This hidden gem, while only 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Bali, feels worlds away from some of the more widely traveled ports of Indonesia. Its untouched natural beauty, unique cultural treasures, and serene ambiance call to those who want a more authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local way of life within the traditional villages of the Sasak people, known for their unique art and music. Here, ancient customs thrive, and warm, welcoming smiles accompany your every step. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts may prefer to search for glimpses of unique birdlife and monkeys that live along the trails of Mount Rinjani, the second-largest active volcano in Indonesia. Time on this island seems to slow down, allowing you to savor life's simple pleasures and reconnect with the beauty of the natural world.