Lombok is an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east.
Places to Visit:
- Bangsal. A small beach landing site serving the public ferries to the Gili Islands.
- Kuta (Lombok). A surfing mecca like its Bali namesake, but that’s where the similarity ends.
- Lembar. The islands principal commercial port, serves the larger passenger carrying vehicular ferries to Bali.
- Mataram. The capital city of West Nusa Tenggara province and the island’s largest city.
- Mount Rinjani. Large, active volcano looming over the island and the 3rd highest peak in Indonesia; the Mount Rinjani National Park is a hugely dominant feature of the island.
- Sekotong. Off the beaten path in West Lombok, this area is fast becoming a tourist destination.
- Senaru. Gateway village area to Mount Rinjani, with some great waterfalls and other spectacular natural scenery.
- Senggigi. The islands principal tourist strip with a wide range of hotel, resort and villa destinations. Includes the Senggigi township and the coastline from Senggigi beach to Mangsit beach in the immediate north and Batu Layar to the immediate south.
- Tanjung Aan. Almost impossibly beautiful isolated bay in the southeast which is earmarked for high end resort development.
- Tetebatu. Village on the southern edge of the Mount Rinjani National Park with wonderful scenery.
While tropical, hot and humid, Lombok is drier than neighbouring Bali, which makes it a particularly attractive option during the Oct-Apr rainy season (it rains on Lombok too, but rarely for more than an hour or two). The peak of the tourist season, though, is May-August.
Things To Do:
- Traditional Massage and Spa.
- Snorkeling between three popular Gilis, or at Gili Nanggu.
- Surfing around Kuta Lombok.
- Scuba Diving.
- Trekking to Mount Rinjani (3726 meters asl).
- Fishing Trip.
- Biking Tours.