Lombok island is located east of Bali. Lombok geographically is amost the same size as Bali and, just as there are popular tourist areas on Bali, so Lombok offers a variety of destinations to suit different holidaymaker's taste.

Lombok offers a tropical climate with warm and humid weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21 degrees celcius to 32 degrees celcius. The wet season runs from November to May and dry season runs from May to October. The best time to come is in the month of May when the weather is just perfect with bright daylight and green scenery.

The population of Lombok is 3,5 million. The local inhabitants of Lombok are called Sasak and make up 70% of the population. Balinese, Chinese, Arabian, Javenese and other ethnics groups making up the rest. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but english is widely spoken.  The people of Lombok are a gentle mix of Hindu - Balinese and native muslim - Sasak, each with their own variety of arts, crafts, customs and traditions. Many say that Lombok is like the Bali of long ago.The island lies across the straits from Bali and is quickly reached by ferry or plane.

Islam is the main religion, but all other religions are practiced freely. If you are planning on traveling around the island, and visiting small villages it's more respectable to wear slacks or knee length shorts and a shirt with sleeves or a sarong. If you happened to be here during Ramadhan, which is the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, please don't eat, drink or smoke out in the open public during this month long fast. Even though the people don't seem bothered in the common tourist areas, like Senggigi, Gili island, Kuta, etc. It's better to respect the local culature and people and not eat, drink and smoke openly.

Lombok island is a tropical paradise with magnificent stretches of natural beach, excellent diving and snorkelling off three coral-ringed Gili islands, traditional native villages, ancient temples and palaces. Mount Rinjani Volcano dominates Lombok with it's high peak and two miles wide caldera which last erupted in 1901. In the crater is a lake called Segara anak ( child of the sea ) and a new mountain cheristened Gunung Baru which appeared in 1942.

Once in Lombok, you can enjoy the peace and tranquilty along it's shores, or explore the island's largest towns of Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara. if you are fit, you can trek up Mount Rinjani through scenic countryside and picturesque traditional villages and treat yourself to the most spectacular panoramic views.

The countryside has a number of traditional villages worth visiting, including a blacksmith's village, a native weaving village with dome-shaped thatched huts, and the royal water garden of Narmada in which stands the Pura Lingsar, the oldest and most sacred hindu temple on the island, thought to be the only Hindu shrine in the world where both Hindus and Muslims come to worship.

Famous for it's Ikad handwoven textiles, Lombok is relatively undiscovered, except for the town of Senggigi which is now a major resort.

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