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Carl Ottersen 7 Days Lombok

  • Seven Days in Lombok

    The Magical Island Tour

April • May • June 2017

This tour will run once a month. Right now we are keeping the actual start dates flexible so that we can fit in with your own travel intentions. Once we have 4 confirmed participants, we will block the date.

US$ 2650 per participant

US$ 375 discount for a companion. To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 8 to 12 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 4 participants to confirm the tour is a 'go'.

Full Package

Excellent 3-4 star, family run hotel stays, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

Photo tour led by Carl Ottersen

in partnership with Vickar Adam

Sister island to Bali, Lombok has its own special magic as it blends the culture of Bali with more ancient customs and rites, which have mixed themselves into both Hinduism and Islam. The island is a marvel of nature, not least the great volcano Rinjani. This is a full island tour, from north to south and across its middle. One of my favorite islands.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the dry season so, though it does rain from time to time. In the plains it is hot, but up high, as we will be, it is very cold at night, even close to freezing, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes.

Tour Program

Touring Lombok is ideal for the photographer, with the light and shadow playing off hills, trees, stone buildings and the eternally present sea. These five days are much about stopping to photograph the natural scenery and local life as it is to see the places mentioned. You will learn and practice several photographic techniques: composition, street photography, unusual angles, portraits, film/shutter/aperture combinations, depth of field, using light and many others. Photo skills will be reviewed "as-you-go" and also at the end of the day so you get the best from these opportunities. At the end of the day you will also have something to see and enjoy, always with photography in mind.

Settling in • Kuta

Everyone is going to arrive at different times, so this is a very relaxed day, for settling in and getting to meet each other. You may arrive by air or by sea; we will pick you up and bring you to the hotel. Anyone coming in early can go down to Kuta's golden beaches to relax and enjoy the extra time. Before having a lovely dinner we will have an orientation session.

Day One • South

The southern part of Lombok is renowned for its natural beauty, so that is what we do today, as well as visiting a couple of the traditional Sasak villages in the area. Later on we will do some portrait fotos in natural light before hitting the beach area to capture some wonderful sunsets.

Day Two • Center

With a very early start we head off to the center of Lombok, to visit some of its older and more traditional places: Pura Lingsar, the Narmada Water Garden, the Bertais market, Tetebatu and Pringgasela. This means some walks through the foothills of mighty Rinjani to enjoy the sight and freshness of local waterfalls. Absolutely worn out, we return to the splendors of the hotel in Kuta and the caress of soft ocean breezes.

Day Three • East

We get up in the dark, because I want you to see the dawn as it rises over Sumbawa, the long and wild island to the east of Lombok. This means heading to Tanjung Aan and Sekaroh, where the beaches are pink thanks to the broken coral and shells. We do a little island hopping here, to shoot fotos of their natural beauty, set in a crystal clear sea. Lots of photo sessions here! Later in the day we head up to Tanjung Luar and Labuan Lombok, which is the port facing Sumbawa. Here we stay the night so you can experiment with night photography.

Day Four • North

After an early morning walk up down to the old harbor to shoot the scenes there, we head around the coast to the north of the island, which has not been developed by tourism. Here we will cut in to the slopes of Rinjani, to see the village of Sembalun, the old mosque at Bayan Beleq, the waterfalls at Sendang Gila and the village of Senaru, where we will stay overnight.

Day Five • West

We carry on around the coast, passing the ferry port for the Gili Islands (you can always go on to these tourist islands after the tour) and on to Pemengang to see the pearl farm, a paradise beach empty but for its fishing boats, Batu Bolong with its Hindu temple and Sengiggi, a picturesque resort town where we stay the night. Well before the sun goes down we will stop by Malimbu, which is a great place to enjoy the sunset over Bali. Night photography in Sengiggi!

Add three days and climb to the top of Rinjani!

From the village of Senaru it takes a day to climb to the top of Rinjani, the mighty volcano that towers over Lombok. Camping over night you can not only see the views from it summit, but also go down to the lake that lies in the heart of the great crater. One day and another night takes us back to the village again. Amazing, stunning, unforgettable. To do only if you are fit.

Photos from tours in Lombok


We provide shuttle from/to Lombok airports or the port at Lembar, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring some lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Canon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact Carl Ottersen by email to carl.ottersen@gmail.com.


  • Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Lombok.
  • Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.


  • 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
  • Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
  • 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
  • 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.

Registration Form

Just to be clear, filling in and sending this form does not commit you to anything or any payment until the booking is confirmed, which will be done with the photographer directly after you both have spoken and agreed everything.

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Carl Ottersen

Carl offers photo tours in Italy and Indonesia. He is the author of six books, mostly on travel, which are full of wonderful photographs. His photographs and articles have been published in several travel magazines and travel related websites. Carl also has an ongoing exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia in partnership with JW Marriott to promote educational support for children.

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