Beaches and volcanoes
Almost popular Lombok offers the soaring volcano of Rinjani, stunning rice paddies, glorious beaches and a rich history and culture. Sitting just across the Lombok Strait from Bali, it’s located on the eastern side of the Wallace Line, firmly in Wallacea, the geographical zone that sees the flora and fauna of Asia gradually shift to that of Australia. The line may well delineate a change in tourism numbers as well.
Lombok is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Lombok as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Lombok’s different areas.
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With the exception of the Gilis -- which many visitors seem to treat as a part of Bali -- Lombok sees but a fraction of the tourists that Bali does. Bali has largely shaken off the downturn that followed the tragic 2002 and 2005 bombings, but for Lombok, the hangover has lingered far longer. Only in recent years has the island’s tourism scene begun to seriously stir again.
As with most of Indonesia, the majority faith on Lombok is Islam but the indigenous language is Sasak, a relation to Balinese and Semawa, the indigenous language of Sumbawa. Balinese make up a significant minority of the population, but to the casual visitor may appear to be over-represented in the tourism industry. Lombok lacks the obvious "richness" of the cultural and artistic scene you’ll encounter in Bali -- no daily ceremonies, fewer streets lined with painters and carvers -- but it more than makes up for this with a splendid and rugged scenery, especially hospitable people and a generally lesser ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)