The alternative island

  • Muslim culture 
  • Rice fields and tobacco
  • Cozy small town

This neighbourhood is situated on the outskirts of the small town of Kotaraja. You will be living by a small stream next to large rice fields. The old Muslim town is just a 10-minute walk away in case you want to go wander the streets and make locals’ heads turn. 

The main sources of income here are rice and tobacco. Like in all of Lombok, men here are heavy smokers! Your host might also be a blacksmith, have a small shop or breed fish in the wet rice fields. 

Renting or borrowing a motorbike is a good idea if you want to go explore the smaller villages further out from town!

Lombok is a Muslim island. Traditions and way of being are very different from what you might have seen in Bali. Ask your hosts if you can join any possible religious events! You should also remember to dress more conservatively and cover your knees and shoulders.



PRICE of the stay IN KOTARAJA:

24 EUR / person / day*

24 EUR if you stay for 7+ days
26 EUR if you stay for 4–6 days
30 EUR if you stay  2–3 days



  • homestay accommodation in a private room with a lock
  • shared toilet and washing room
  • electricity, fan, bedsheets and towels
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • possibility to join daily activities in the community


Things to do IN KOTARAJA:

  • Get lost in the streets of Kotaraja.
  • Catch fish with your bare hands from the wet rice fields.
  • Learn how to cook traditional Lombok meals. 
  • Hop on a motorbike and go explore the smaller villages nearby. 
  • Learn all about farming. 




Motorbike or taxi are the best ways to get to Kotaraja from the harbour and airport. Ask Faiz to help you get a driver if needed!


Congratulations! You are one step closer to Kotaraja.

This is a new Duara village. Among the first bookers, you will get a -20% discount, and a chance to make Duara better together with us. All you have to do is give us detailed feedback after your stay.

Book your stay by filling in this form and we will get back to you in 48 hours. Notice that things in these villages do not always work as fast as you might be used to. The Duara Contact will need some time to organise things. We hope to receive your booking at least seven (7) days before the beginning of your stay.  


Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions. Just send an email to

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