Lombok is an eastern island of Indonesia. Tourism on Lombok is not much developed in this part of the country and yet this place is a very favorite haunt for tourists because it provides a perfect escape from the din and bustle of busy Bali. For those who love such exotic getaways this is the place to be.
Lombok is picturesque in its landscape and natural scenery. It is really something for the artists and the photographers. They find much of their work in this place. The people living here are very simple and friendly, ready to welcome any new visitor to their place.
On Lombok is the 3rd largest vulcano, Mount Rinjani located. The Mount Rinjani volcano has a crater lake of its own as well called Segara Anak and there are hot springs over here.
The main places of attraction around the city are Mataram, Pura Meru, Sukarare, Penujak and of course the various beaches. Pura Meru is the largest temple in Lombok. Near Pura Meru a royal palace dating back to 1774, Mayura Water Palace is set by an artificial lake. This palace is a historical interest and surely would interest anyone related to the subject.
Then there is the weaving village called Sukarare where traditionally dressed women weave clothes on wooden handlooms. People who like to collect original creations of different countries would find something they would appreciate over here. Penujak is a pottery village not far away from the capital. All sort of interesting handicraft items are to be found here in this particular village.
Senggigi is a developed beach but it is worth a visit as this is a very quite and yet beautiful beach. There is an affordable hotel located on the beach featuring a pool and excellent restaurant. Another resort over here is Sheraton Senggigi Resort which includes many recreational facilities like tennis courts, a fitness center and children’s playground. One of the most beautiful hotels of Lombok is the Oberoi Lombok with a swimming pool, gymnasium, health clubs, spa pavilions, beauty salon and so on.
Turtles are in abundance in the Gili islands. Over here diving and snorkeling are particularly enjoyable. The best beaches for surfers and windsurfers are further west of Tanjung Aan. Kuta beach is the best one for swimmers.
Trekking, apart from diving and snorkeling, is a popular activity in Lombok. With an experienced guide the trekking on Mt. Rinjani takes about three days.
Festivals of Lombok
In Lombok one can see the blend of the three religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. There are all kinds of festivals and special events celebrated throughout the year in Lombok. There are the Islamic festivals of Ramadan which ends with Eid al-Fitr. Then there is the local rain festival which takes place in between the months of October and December.
Lombok is a quite and peaceful getaway for those who are looking for a serene island.
Climate of Lombok
May to September is the best time to be in Lombok as the weather is perfect during these months with the moderate warmth and rainfall.