Lombok lies within West Nusa Tengarra province in Indonesia and is known to many as the quieter cousin of Bali. The island is similar in size to Bali but is culturally different despite its close proximity with a smaller, mostly Muslim population of 3.3 million people. Lombok’s popularity has grown only in recent years with the Lombok International Airport opening in October 2011.
Mount Rinjani, a live volcano, is the highest point of the island and is also the second highest volcano in Indonesia, rising to 12,224ft (3,726m). It’s most recent eruption was in May 2010, which saw lava flowing into the caldera lake within Mount Rinjani.
Lombok has something for every kind of traveler. Hikers will be pleased to know that Mount Rinjani and its surrounding areas are crisscrossed with beautiful hiking trails. Ocean lovers will find stretches of white sand beaches and healthy coral reefs to snorkel and scuba dive. Lombok is also a top surfing destination during April to October. This coincides with the dry season and is an ideal time to visit Lombok.
Lombok is surrounded by many small islands which are known as Gili in the local Sasak language. The most popular of these islands are known as the Gili Islands consisting of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Diving and snorkeling are top activities there along with it being a wonderful place to rest and relax.
Hiking and camping around Mount Rinjani is highly recommended. Besides that, surfing is also a highlight activity along with visits to waterfalls and other ocean activities like snorkeling and kayaking.
Fly to Lombok from Bali on local airlines or directly from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via airlines like AirAsia, Silk Air or Garuda Indonesia. It is also possible to get to Lombok via ferry or boats which leave from Padang Bai on Bali.