Introducing the city

£1.00 | Rp16,936

GBP | IDR

Gasoline £0.40 | Rp6,833

One-way ticket £0.24 | Rp4,000

Beer £2.07 | Rp35,000

Main Course £1.48 | Rp25,000

About Lombok

Laid-back Lombok is a verdant, unspoiled paradise, home to Indonesia's second highest volcano, serene waterfalls and white-sand beaches.

Less developed than boisterous Bali to its west, Lombok is a tropical Indonesian island that begs to be explored. Swaying palms, unspoiled beaches and rural mountain towns make this paradise well worth a detour on the well-trodden south Asian trail. Although it's home to over three million people it feels undeveloped - here, it's all about the natural beauty.The beaches are superb with Selong Belanak, Tanjung Aan and Mawun offering some of the best white-sand and clear-water options. On the nearby Gili Islands (accessible via boat) you'll find everything you could want from a hip backpacker idyl from parties and scuba to yoga and art.

At Lombok's northern centre is Mount Rinjani, an active volcano with a caldera and hot springs at its peak - the area is popular with hikers and climbers. There's also an abundance of waterfalls across the island with Benang Stokal and Sendang Gile Tiu Kelep being two of the best. Foodies should opt for a cookery class or a market (warung) trip to the main town, Senggigi.

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When Should You Visit?

January sees warm sea water (great for swimming) and high temperatures.

Lombok enjoys a tropical climate, with year-round warm weather and little variation in temperature. The hottest month is April with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and the coolest is July at 26 degrees Celsius. The wettest month is November. Rainfall happens throughout the year but is most frequent between November and April.

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Travioor top tips

SARONG
MASSAGE
CAR & DRIVER

Insider Info

  • Take a sarong or shawl so you can cover your shoulders and arms when visiting rural villages.
  • Traditional massages are widely available for purse-friendly prices. Ask in hotels or find a masseuse on the beach.
  • A good way to get around is to hire a car with a driver - they know the roads and fees are usually reasonable.

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Food and drink

Main Course £1.48 | Rp25,000

3-Course Meal £13.29 | Rp225,000

Cappuccino £1.57 | Rp26,667

Beer £2.07 | Rp35,000

The Scene

Indonesian cuisine is a colourful mix of spices and flavours and eating it is one of the best ways to experience local culture. Popular eating choices include street food stalls, warungs (traditional markets) and informal dining houses. Rice and noodles are popular meal staples although recent years have seen innovative takes on popular plates; three of the nation's dishes made CNN's 'The World's 50 Most Delicious Foods' list - satay, beef rendang and nasi goreng. Lombok has a few signature dishes of its own - must-trys include taliwang chicken (served with chili, garlic, fried shrimp, tomatoes and Java sugar) and pelecing (kale and spinach cooked with garlic, spices and tomatoes).

Alcohol is available (especially in tourist areas) but note that it's a predominately Muslim island and recent changes in law mean it's not as easy to purchase. If you are keen to try the local plonk though opt for tuak, a fermented palm wine. Most of the nightlife is centered around Senggigi.

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History

Lombok's Story

Before the 17th century, the island was made up of several small states that were collectively ruled by a Sasak prince although tensions between the local Sasak and the neighbouring Balinese remained a mixture of cordial and conflicting. During peasant rebellions local Sasak chiefs requested that the Dutch in Bali (who had first visited the island in 1674) rule Lombok and in 1894 the governor of the Dutch East Indies signed a treaty with the locals. The whole island was annexed to the Netherlands in 1895.

During World War II the island was invaded by the Japanese; after they withdraw (and Indonesia gained independence from the Dutch) Lombok was largely ruled by Balinese and Sasak aristocrats. Since the 1950s the island has had to deal with several natural disasters (including crop failures) as well as political riots but in recent years it has established itself on the tourism scene as a popular (quiet) destination.

Language

Apa kabar | Hello
Terima kasih | Thank you

Indonesian

The official language of Lombok is Bahasa Indonesia although the local people also use Sasak, a language native to Lombok. English is widely spoken and most tourist attractions and signs are in multiple languages. If you want to try speaking Indonesian the following may be useful:

  • Please: Tolong
  • Excuse me: Maaf
  • Do you speak English?:Anda bisa bicara bahasa inggris?
  • My name is ....: Arank aku .....(Sasak)

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Need to know

+ 0370 DIALLING CODE
110 | 118 EMERGENCY SERVICES

Get The Low-Down

  • The fire service emergency number can be reached on 113.
  • You should remove your shoes if you enter someone's home. 
  • Try not to use your left hand if passing things to local people. 
  • Use mosquito nets at night as mozzie-born diseases have been know to occur. 

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Indonesia here

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Travioor Recommends

1. HANDICRAFTS

If you're looking to buy some traditional Lombok weaving try Desa Sukarana village. You'll get better value for money than in Senggigi.

2. SWIM WITH TURTLES

Plan a visit around May to July if you're hoping to spot (or swim with!) turtles while diving.

3. SURF

Surf buffs should head to Gerupuk Beach which has great waves - get here before 10am, it can get crowded pretty quickly.

4. WHAT TO WEAR

If you're visiting Air Terjun Tiu Keleop waterfalls don't take shoes on the way down to the second waterfall as you have to walk through water to get there.

5. GREAT VIEWS

If you're flying in from Bali ask for a seat on the left hand side of the plane for magnificent views of Mount Rinjani.


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