Lombok is a small-medium sized island in Indonesia with a diameter of around 70 kilometers (from North to south the drive takes around 3-4 hours). It lies between Bali to the east across the Lombok Strait, and Sumbawa to the west.
With less than three million inhabitants spread across 4725 square kilometers of land Lombok is relatively uncrowded. Much of the population is centered around Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, which also includes the island of Sumbawa to the east.
Lombok enjoys a range from 21C to 32C the year round with a wet season running from November till May followed by the dry season through to the end of October.
As charming, beautiful, and fascinating as its world-renowned neighboring island, Lombok is emerging from the long shadow of Bali to claim its rightful place as a global travel destination. Scores of white-sand beaches facing the dramatic Indonesian ocean waves or nestled in secluded coves, refreshing highland resorts and fascinating traditional cultures make Lombok an appealing blend of contemporary convenience and timeless tradition.
Horse-drawn carts are a frequent sight on the extensive, well-maintained road network. Potters and weavers create works of fine craftsmanship with the simple tools of their ancestors. Even at a relaxed pace, all the attractions of Lombok can be visited in a day. The more adventurous can trade their vehicle for a pair of sturdy boots for the climb to the summit of Mount Rinjani, a volcanic peak visible from every corner of the island.
Marine Life & Diving
The white triangular sails of Bugis fishing craft gliding gracefully offshore attest to the maritime bounty of the
seas around Lombok. The fertile waters at the junction of several ocean currents, and the abundance corals
reefs lying off the rugged coastlines, offer endless opportunities for diving, snorkeling, and fishing. Numerous
experienced operators and a well-developed infrastructure serves divers of all experience levels.
Gentle currents and crystal waters in numerous inlets and coves are ideal for novice divers and snorkelers. Further offshore, experienced divers will encounter giant groupers, graceful manta and other one-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Big-game fishers will relish the challenge of reeling in one of the scores of pelagic species migrating through the 1500 meter Lombok Strait. The sheltered bays along the southern coast and the Sekotong Inlet are ideal venues for marine sports such as jet skiing and paragliding.
The dramatic coastlines offer untold rewards for sea-borne explorations by weekend sailors and hardened seamen alike.
The south coast of Lombok boasts some of the best surfing spots in the world. Surfing is possible for most of the year, with May to September offering the best and most consistent waves. Warm water and air temperatures make surfing, and waiting for the right wave, a joy even for novices, while experienced wave riders will relish the challenge of the Indian Ocean’s massive breakers.
Whether rank beginner or seasoned expert, all will find Lombok a surfer’s paradise.
The sheltered bays and coves along the south coast offer waves suitable for surfers of all levels. Depending on tide, wind, and weather,
waves can be gentle enough for even novice riders, or present a real
challenge for the pros.
Gerupuk Bay to the east of Kuta, has four breaks offering a wide variety of waves all year round: something for everyone. Reef breaks, such as Kuta, require some experience to surf safely. To the west of Kuta, as the big swells roll in Mawi offers the bravest surfers pulse-pounding thrills heaving barrels and elevator drops. Further afield, the world-famed Desert Point of the far western tip of the Sekotong Peninsula
challenges the best surfers with giant waves driven by the full power of the Indian Ocean.