Lombok is the most popular destination in Nusa Tenggara, with the fabled Gili Islands drawing visitors for action both in and out of the water. Mighty Gunung Rinjani lures the trekkers and the big breakers on the south coast are a magnet for surfers. For those who are only after some R & R Lombok has some superb sandy beaches in some stunning and quiet locations around the island.
Accommodation is available and caters to all tastes-from upmarket luxury hotels to hostels and cheaper properties for those on a tighter budget.
Flights to Lombok
Lombok is situated to the east of Bali and there are flights to Lombok from Denpasar (Bali) which take around 40 minutes, and flights to Lombok from Jakarta which take almost two hours. Flights are regular and frequent from both Denpasar and Jakarta.
Lombok has two main seasons, the wet season which usually is from November to May and dry season generally is from May-October. The best time to visit Lombok is in earlier in the dry season when the weather can be just perfect for exploring or enjoying the sunshine and bright daylight without being too hot.
The majority of the population are Muslim so expect some facilities or services to be reduced or unavailable on Fridays.
Language: The people of Lombok speak Indonesian as well as their local Sasak language.
Population: Lombok's population is made up of Sasak, Balinese, Chinese, Arabian, and Javanese.
Lombok has Indonesia third largest volcano- Mount Rinjani-which extends over 3700 meters high with a crater lake called Segara Anak.
For golf lovers there are two 18 hole courses-one at the Rinjani Country Club and the other is the Lombok Kosaido Golf Club. A full range of facilities are available.
The Gili Islands is where everyone goes for the most spectacular snorkeling and Scuba diving in crystal clear azure waters. Dive shops with qualified dive masters are to be found throughout the Gili Islands.
A good choice of trekking and "Eco" tours are also available with qualified guides.
The best surfing conditions are at the southern end of Lombok with Kuta beach and Desert Point two of the favourites.
Must buy: Local traditional handicrafts make nice mementos or presents. What about a beautifully crafted wooden mask, Ketek grass baskets, wooden boxes inlaid with small pieces of shell or perhaps something made from bamboo or rattan.