As beautiful and bewitching as its close neighbour Bali, Lombok is now much more than just a surfers' paradise, although this is one of her many assets. Located in the West Nusa Tenggara province, Lombok forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok strait separating it from Bali to the west. As with Bali, the island has seen an increase in visitors over recent years, however the standard of available accommodation here is also high, thus making Lombok a good choice for an addition to an Indonesian journey.
The provincial capital, Mataram, has a vast array of activities able to entertain adventure and relaxation-seekers alike. Located on the coastline, visitors may choose to relax on one of her alluring beaches, or surf along bays, reefs or rocky inlets perfect for wave-chasing. Inland, there is opportunity to visit traditional markets for a blast of Indo realism and plenty of sights such as Hindu temples, Mayura Garden and Narmanda Park providing cultural experiences.
North East of Mataram is the great Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano. Trekking along its winding, jungle-clad slopes is a great way of taking in Lombok’s natural beauty. At the summit, the sight of jaw-dropping sunrises and volcanic calderas gives a true sense of peace.
Directly North of Mataram are the Gili island triplets – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, each with its own character and attributes. Gili Trawangan, known as the part island, is the most cosmopolitan of the three, with upscale dining areas and bars for visitors. Gili Meno, the least developed island, is known for its peace and tranquillity and is perfect for a walk and you will ikely spot an iguana or two en route. Gili Air has the strongest local character and has been known to be a social backpacker paradise, with countless little beachside cafes serving a variety of both local and international cuisine. All three islands are free of vehicles and transport is in a cidomo, a horse drawn carriage which is passed down through generations from father to son.
There are hotels and villas on the Gili Islands, although the standard is not as high as Lombok and Bali, therefore we suggest arranging a private excursion for the day to explore the land and snorkel or dive in the beautiful waters.
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