Splendid Sister to Bali
The mighty Mount Rinjani which rises to 3,726 m (12,224 ft) dominates the landscape of Lombok and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Just a 45-minute flight from Bali, Lombok is well known for its white sandy beaches and surfing spots, particularly at Kuta and Banko Banko (in south Lombok). Have you heard of the Gili Islands? Three famous and very laid back islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno are accessible from the mainland via a 20-minute boat ride. The Gili’s offer excellent diving on a multitude of colourful reefs. You will be swimming with the turtles in no time.
There are no cars on the Gili’s, so you get around by horse-drawn cart, bicycle, or just walk. After a cultural experience? The culture is strong in Lombok, and the indigenous Sasak people make up 85% of the population. Do visit a weaving village and learn about Sasak handicraft, music and dance. With any luck, you will run into a street parade with boisterous Gendang Beleq musicians who play at what seems to be year-round weekend wedding celebrations. Lombok has it all – beauty, culture and adventure.
Splendid Sister to Bali
The tourism facilities on the island are mainly on the west coast around Senggigi where a large number of hotels and resorts offer accommodation that ranges from budget to luxurious. Highly popular are also the Gili Islands lying offshore in the northwest. There are no cars or motorbikes here and the Gili’s are slowly changing from a laid-back backpacker's retreat into a resort destination.
Lombok is a delightful place to unwind.
Sembalun Village is situated on a highland with an altitude of more than 1000 meters above sea level, and it’s one of the best ventage point to view the great panorama overlooking the pinnacle of Rinjani Volcano (the third highest peak in Indonesia after the Puncak Jaya of Papua and Mt. Kerinci of Sumatra).
The Sasak people live mainly on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, numbering around 3.6 million (85% of Lombok's population). They are related to the Balinese in language and ancestry, although the Sasak are predominantly Muslim while the Balinese are Hindu.
When most of the people hear the name “Gili”, they probably think of the 3 famous Gili Islands Trawangan, Meno and Air in the northwest of Lombok. But did you know that there are many more small islands around Lombok? Some of them are even quite lonely. In the southwest alone, there are more than 10