To the east of its famous Indonesian sibling Bali, lies Lombok; an island becoming more and more popular with tourists. That’s largely thanks to the 3 Gili Islands which lie off the north-west coast. However, the rest of Lombok remains largely uncharted by the crazy throngs, and so provides many glittering examples of secret islands, bays and beaches only available to those in the know. With its colourful Sasak culture, incredible dive spots, pink beaches, giant tree forests, some of the best surfing in the world at Desert Point, astonishing waterfalls and the mysterious, active volcano, Mount Rinjani, a trip to Lombok promises an authentic, island paradise experience. Plus, there’s easy access to dozens of other, smaller, even more exotic Gili Islands which put the 3 Gilis to shame in terms of that pure, virgin, uncharted vibe! Backpackers and honeymoon couples tend to flock to Lombok for its quieter ambiance compared to Bali – and it’s probably what Bali must’ve been like decades ago. The masses have not descended yet but it’s only a matter of time, so get there while it can still legitimately claim to be a hidden treasure – for those with a boat to access all its charms!