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Guide: Lombok, Indonesia
Lombok is a tropical destination you can consider when thinking of escaping from a dreary weather. Lombok is located in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is surrounded by several islands and islets boasting of superb beaches and an incredible marine life. Lombok itself has plenty of deserted and pristine beaches, verdant and lush landscape and the second highest volcano in the country.
What to see
- Getting there
Lombok is served by the Lombok International Airport receiving international flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. From Bali, it is a mere 20-minute boat ride. There are only 25 miles separating the islands of Bali and Lombok.
- Main attractions
Most visitors go to Matram, the capital of the island. It is an ideal base to go to surrounding islands or to arrange transfers. Using a boat or motorised vessels is the main form of transportation.
Kuta is often compared to Kuta Beach in Bali, but should not be confused because they share the same name. Kuta, Lombok has a wide expanse of white, sandy beaches and the waves on its sea are enormous. It is in fact, considered a surfers’ paradise. It is still relatively untouched and undeveloped which makes it an interesting area for those avoiding crowded spots.
2. Sekotong Peninsula
Located southwest of Lombok is the Sekotong Peninsula with many prime diving locations. Sekotong is famous for its numerous diving spots, good surfing, and fantastic beaches.
3. Gili Islands
Gili is a paradise for both backpackers and regular tourists with plenty of villa accommodation and even an upscale resort. Island hopping to the island of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Airis is a popular activity where there are fantastic beaches and teeming marine life. Snorkelling and diving are equally popular. Taman Burung Bird Park is also a key attraction on Gili.
4. Mount Rinjani
The diverse topography of Lombok is part of its charm and appeal to visitors on the island. Mount Rinjani is an active volcano with an elevation of 3,726 metres making it the second highest peak on the Indonesian archipelago. Mount Rinjani National Park is famous among trekkers and climbers who aim to reach the crater. It is also an important water catchment area and nature reserve.
A paradise island
Lombok can be regarded as your tropical beach destination which encompasses a spectacular marine life, still immaculate beaches, and volcanic structures. Life is still pretty laid back on the island and surrounding islets. But, because the Indonesian government is promoting the island as a separate tourist destination it might not be long before hordes of visitors come to experience the delights of this paradise island.