The landscape around Sembalun
How to Experience Sembalun?
There is only one way to experience the area, and that is to drive all around it. There is no public transportation in or around the villages. The only way to explore it is to rent a motorcycle, bicycle or car.
Biking around the village is a great experience. You will have time to enjoy the scenery and say hi to the locals. The disadvantage of biking is it can be a tiring task. The roads in Sembalun are undulating. If you are not an experienced cyclist, it can be very tiring to go up and down all the time.
The easiest means of transport to get is a motorcycle. You can ask your hotel or guesthouse if they know someone who is willing to rent out a motorcycle. With a motorcycle, you will get to explore the rice paddies and mountain vistas, which are located outside the village proper. Most locals drive a motorcycle in Sembalun.
It is possible to rent a car or hire a local to drive you around Sembalun. Just take note that you should be prepared to negotiate a good price. Since, Sembalun is quite remote, also don’t expect formal papers when you rent someone’s vehicle. It will be quite informal. The locals here are not used to people renting their cars, so some of them may ask for an expensive rate. If you are comfortable driving around Lombok, then picking up a rental car at the airport is another option. Then, of course, drive it all the way to Sembalun.