Incredible beaches, steep volcanic peaks, evergreen rice paddies and magnificent scuba diving and surfing.
An excellent alternative to Bali or as an addition to a trip for a more relaxed trip.
Lombok is the much quieter, more sedate neighbour to Bali, separated by the Lombok strait. It is home to the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani and is surrounded by many smaller islets which form part of the Lombok area.
The most developed area for tourism lies on the west coast around Senggigi but a number of the Gili Islands are also popular although not busy by Bali standards.
Temperatures are relatively consistent all-year round with average maximum highs between 28°C (82°F) and 30°C (86°F), and average lows between 20°C (68°F) and 23°C (73°F).
The water temperature is warm enough for swimming all year ranging from 27°C (81°F) July to September and 29°C (84°F) November to May.
Dry season runs from June to September with between 2 and 5 days of rainfall per month and between 20mm and 45mm of rain per month. Wet season runs November to March with between 13 to 17 wet days per month and rainfall from 160mm to 280mm per month. April, May and October tend to be transision months with between 110mm and 160mm of rainfall and 7 to 12 wet days per month.
Humidity tends to be quite high all year and will feel especially muggy during the wet season.
Temperatures will be much cooler at altitude and can get quite cold at the highest altitudes. The interior of the island is also much wetter than the western coast, where we have based our weather statistics (above).
Lombok International Airport (Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport) has regular flights from Jakarta, Bali and Kuala Lumpur
It also possible to travel to Lombok by ferry from Lombuk taking around 4-5 hours. Fast boats are also available although they tend to serve the Gili Islands with Lombok as a further destination.
Taxi – Available in most tourist areas often cruising around looking for a fare. Most of the taxis have meters but if they don’t try and agree a price before the trip.
Bemo – A van or microbus with the seats taken out and wooden bench seats running down each side. Used widely by locals this is non-luxury travel but offers a much more authentic experience. Generally run set routes but you can get on and off at any point.
Shuttle Bus – More comfortable than a Bemo with proper seats and air-conditioning. A wide network links most tourist areas throughout the island.
Bicycle – With no motorised transport hiring a bike can be the perfect way of exploring the Gili Islands
Lombok has a diverse number of locations from mountain retreats to beach paradises.
The Gili Islands attract visitors from all over the world to experience the beach and water life at a generally quieter and more sedate pace than on Bali.
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