Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram. It is somewhat similar in size and density with neighboring Bali and shares some cultural heritage, but is administratively part of Nusa Tenggara Barat along with sparsely populated Sumbawa. It is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air.
Lombok island has Tropical islands and coastlines lined with pristine beaches, fabulous waters for swimming, sunbathing, sailing, surfing, fishing and underwater activities. The most developed tourism area of the island is on the west coast of the island and is centered about the township of Senggigi. The immediate surrounds of the township contain the most developed tourism facilities. The west coast coastal tourism strip is spread along a 30 kilometres (19 miles) strip following the coastal road north from Mataram and the old airport at Ampenan. The principal tourism area extends to Tanjung in the northwest at the foot of Mount Rinjani and includes the Sire and Medana Peninsulas and the highly popular Gili Islands lying immediately offshore. These three small islands are most commonly accessed by boat from Bangsal near Pemenang, Teluk Nare a little to the south, or from further south at Senggigi and Mangsit beach. Many hotels and resorts offer accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious. Recently direct fast boat services have been running from Bali making a direct connection to the Gili islands. Although rapidly changing in character, the Gili islands still provide both a lay-back backpacker's retreat and a high class resort destination.
How to Get To Lombok?
How to get to Lombok Island from Bali
There are 3 options to reach Lombok from Bali Island. First, you can use a flight from Denpasar Airport with 30 minutes transfer time. The flight is suitable for those of you who don't like a long transfer time. After 30 minutes of flight with domestic airlines, you'll arrive at Lombok International Airport and get a taxi or shuttle car to reach your hotel. Lombok International Airport located at Praya, Central Lombok, so it will closer to you who want a vacation to Senggigi, Kuta or South Lombok. But if you want to go Gili Island, Mt. Rinjani or another at North Lombok, using a fast boat may become right options. But, if you still wanna use a flight, we can provide a private car to reach Gili from Lombok Airport with a cheap and affordable price.
The second option is by fast boat. Many fast boats serve a route from Bali to Lombok with a stop at Bangsal harbor and Senggigi. You also can choose the departure port based on your preference or the nearest port from your hotel. The boats will depart from Sanur, Serangan, Padangbai, and Amed. The transfer time from each port is different, the fastest one is from Amed to Lombok with only 45 minutes to 1 hour depends on the sea weather and the slowest one is from Sanur due to the boats will stop at Nusa Lembongan to load another passenger first. If you choose Padangbai or Serangan, the transfer time will need around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours depends on the weather. The advantages of using a boat from Bali to Lombok is you don't need to arrange your transport to reach the port. Fast boat operator already provides it with free of charge ( on the certain area only ).
The third option is by slow boat or slow ferry. This is the longest, slowest and the cheapest way to reach Lombok Island from Bali. The slow ferry departed from Padangbai harbor only. A slow ferry will depart each hour with a duration of transfer time is around 4 hours depends on the weather, every day. The ferry will stop at Lembar harbor in West Lombok. If you travel on a budget or want to bring a car or scooter from Bali to Lombok, the slow ferry is a good option for you.
How to get to Lombok Island from Gili
Lombok can be reached easily from Gili Islands. The cheapest one is using a local boat from Bangsal or Teluk Kode. The boat will leave from Bangsal when the boats already full with the passenger. On a peak season, it just needs 15 minutes to 30 minutes to wait for the boat until fully loaded. Besides a local boat, you also can use a fast boat from Senggigi to Gili Islands. But, the price will be more expensive due to there's only one fast boat serve Senggigi to Gili Island. Expensive but the transfer time becomes shorter.
Places to Visit in Lombok Island:
1. Mount Rinjani.
Large, active volcano looming over the island and the 3rd highest peak in Indonesia; the Mount Rinjani National Park is a hugely dominant feature of the island. If you want to climb Mount Rinjani, you can make reservation through VisitRinjani.com. it is an organizer for trekking to Mount Rinjani in Lombok Island
Off the beaten path in West Lombok, this area is fast becoming a tourist destination.
Gateway village area to Mount Rinjani, with some great waterfalls and other spectacular natural scenery.
The islands principal tourist strip with a wide range of hotel, resort and villa destinations. Includes the Senggigi township and the coastline from Senggigi beach to Mangsit beach in the immediate north and Batu Layar to the immediate south.
8. Tanjung Aan.
Almost impossibly beautiful isolated bay in the southeast which is earmarked for high end resort development.
9. Kuta (Lombok).
A surfing mecca like its Bali namesake, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Traviora.com is a recommendation for booking tour packages for lombok and bali, if you want to visit lombok and spend time there, you can create a list of travel tour, and we have it here: List of tour lombok. Currently lombok tourism has grown rapidly with the existence of several star hotels and fancy restaurants. You will not find saturated on this island, there are some white sand beaches, waterfalls and beautiful scenery, as well as rural areas that you may never have met before.