LOMBOK ISLAND TRAVEL

As a small and picturesque island, Lombok makes a great tourist destination in Indonesia beyond Bali. Mountains, volcano, crater lake, waterfalls, traditional villages, rivers, the sea with its pristine white sandy beach, the Gili Islands with their endemic shores fishes, the natural hospitality and curiosity, plains, surfing spots – you name it, you can find it within a modest tropical island of 4,736 km² (little bit smaller than Bali, its closest neighbor to the west), as well as many natural and landscape parks. You can trek the majestic volcano of Rinjani, the best trek in South-east Asia, or soft trek through the idyllic rice terraces in the morning and surrender to the comfort of the small or international hotels and villas by the sea in the afternoon.


South Lombok scenic view


Lombok can justly claim to be the new emerging natural tourist destination beyond Bali, a transit island to discovering the mighty island of Sumbawa and the National Park of Komodo to the East. Lombok is a part of the provincial territory of West Nusa Tenggara, one of the provinces of Indonesia, about 500 kilometers from Java Island. The natural and the cultural beauties, and the well connection to the major Indonesia’s airports make Lombok a very appealing new destination for travelers.

  • Capital city: Mataram (356,000 inhabitants)
  • Population: About 3.5 million
  • Land area: 4,736 km²
  • Official language : Bahasa Indonesia since 1928
  • Local language: Sasak
  • Main religion: Islam
  • Other religion : Hinduism, Buddha, Christian, Roman Catholic.
  • Climate: Tropic with the rainfall between 1,000 – 5000 mm per annum
  • Elevation: 0 – 3,727 m
  • National Park: One (Rinjani Volcano National Park)
  • Visa: Visa on arrival for most countries. A valid passport is required only.
  • Ethnic : Sasak Lombok (75%), Balinese, Chinese, Samawa, Javanese, others (25%)
  • Cell phone coverage: Telkomsel, Pro-XL, Flexi, IM3, Axis, Smartfren, Indosat.
  • Holiday season: Whole year
  • Trekking season:  April to 1 December
  • Cruise periode from Lombok : April – November

Snorkeling holiday at a Gili Island

Economy 

Most Lombok’s people live from agriculture and fishing. Rice, tobacco, peanut, and soy bean, as well as cattle and fish are the common products. The ocean around Lombok produces the quality natural and cultivated pearls. In the future, tourism is expected to be the second island’s source of revenue after agriculture.

Access 

Lombok has a good access  to and from the other Indonesia islands. Bandara International Lombok (BIL) is the fastest aerial connection from and to Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bima, Sumbawa, and Labuhan Bajo  Flores. Lombok has also two sea ports namely Labuhan Lombok in the east for connection to Sumbawa Island, and Lembar in the west for connection to Bali and further. And for tourists who want to go directly to the Gili Islands, the fast boats services from Bali are available.

Beaches

Lombok is famous for its white sandy beaches stretching from the southwest to the southeast, and in the Gili Islands.

Volcano 

Lombok has only one volcano, “Rinjani Volcano”. The best trek in Southeast Asia.

People

Lombok is dominated by the Sasak Lombok, Balinese, Samawa, Mbojo-Bima, and others minority ethnics.

Religion

The principle religion in Lombok is Islam. However Lombok is also a home to the Roman Catholic, Christian, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They have been living in harmony since hundreds of years.

Commerce Commodity

The commerce commodities from Lombok for national and international markets are white pumice, cashew nuts, ocean cultured-pearls, corn, Virginian tobacco (the third biggest Virginian tobacco producers in the world), handicrafts such as stone and wood carving, furniture, alive fish for salt-water aquarium, cattle, soy bean, rice, and peanut.

After Visiting Lombok

After visiting Lombok, you may continue your travel to:

·         Komodo National Park on boat cruises from the Gili Islands in the north coast, or the Labuan Lombok in the eastern coast. This cruise take 4 days, and 3 days.

  • Sumbawa Island.
  • Trek to Mount Tambora by land.
  • Trek to Mount Tambora by sea.
  • Return to Bali.