All most travellers see of Lombok's east coast is Labuhan Lombok, the port for ferries to Sumbawa. But the road around the northeast coast is pretty good, with isolated black-sand beaches, particularly at Obel Obel – the route can be traversed if you're hoping to complete a circumnavigation. From Labuhan Pandan, or from further north at Sugian, you can charter a boat to Gili Sulat or Gili Pentangan. Both islands have lovely white beaches and good coral for snorkelling, but no facilities.
South of Labuhan Lombok, Selong, the capital of the east Lombok administrative district, has some dusty Dutch colonial buildings, while the fishing port of Tanjung Luar has stilted Bugis-style houses. In Keruak you'll see wooden boats being built, and in the traditional Sasak village of Sukaraja it's possible to buy woodcarvings. Just west of Keruak a road leads south via Jerowaru to Ekas and the spectacular southeastern peninsula.