Lombok is located to the east of Bali and is geographically the same size. Just as Bali welcomes a wide cross-section of tourists, Lombok, though not as well known, has a wide range of destinations guaranteed to suit even the most discerning visitors. With its pristine white-sandy beaches, the magnificent Mt Rinjani volcano, and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in, and out of the water.
To get to Lombok, you can travel by air, ferry or fast boat. There are daily flights between Denpasar, Bali and the capital of Lombok, Mataram. Lombok’s Selaparang Airport is located on the northern side of Mataram. The public ferry travels between Padangbai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok) multiple times a day, and the trip takes roughly four hours.
There is a traditional handweaving village in Puyung in central Lombok where visitors can try on a traditional Sasak costume, and the village of Sukarare is a must visit for kain ikat or handwoven textiles. Lombok is also known for its magnificent South Sea cultured pearls grown in pristine waters around the island. Lombok pottery has gained in popularity and is now shipped all over the world.
Popular tourist resort area, Senggigi, is a township that’s positioned on a sweeping bay – providing magnificent views of a rich, fiery red sunset over neighbouring Bali. Visitors to Lombok also flock to one of the three Gili islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These secluded tropical islands are just a short 20-minute boat ride from Senggigi.
Whether you wish to surf the massive breaks on the south coast, challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks, or hire a bike and cycle through lush, abundant rice paddies – you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty of Lombok. The island enjoys a tropical climate with warm and humid weather all year round with a temperature range of 21°C to 32°C.