Lombok and Gilis Regional Info (App Version)
Lombok and the Gili Islands are located just to the East of Bali and are reachable by fastboat or plane. The climate is tropical with two distinct seasons - wet season and dry season. Lomboks local population known as 'Sasak' make up 85% of the islands inhabitants. Visit Lombok and the Gili Islands and you'll be treated to picture postcard beaches, vibrant festivals, the dramatic Mount Rinjani, traditional artisan villages and laid back island life.
Mount Rinjani is the second highest peak of the Indonesian Volcanoes and is still very much active.
There is no motorised transport on the Gili Islands. One gets around by cidomo(horse and cart), bicycles and walking.
Lombok has two International standard Golf Courses.
Lombok is famous for its Ayam Taliwang - spicy grilled checken dish.
Every year a multi-cultural food fight takes place on Lombok called Perang Topat or known as the 'Rice cake war'.
Lombok and the Gili Islands form part of the 17,500 islands making up the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia. For years dubbed "the next Bali," Lombok's time has well and truly arrived. A brand new international airport and yacht marina, and improved infrastructure throughout the island offers a hassle-free introduction to Lombok life, nicely juxtaposed between a back to basics tropical island atmosphere and a comfortable beach lifestyle that modern travellers crave.
Lombok and the Gili's boasts some of the most enticing stretches of pure white sand in Southeast Asia and best of all, outside the very busiest months of the year, you will often have some of them all to yourself. Lombok's more popular beach resorts include Senggigi on the west coast, the up and coming surfer's paradise of Kuta in the south and the fabled Gili Islands . There are abundant spots to enjoy world-class scuba diving and snorkelling and in South Lombok, legendary waves attract pro surfers from around the world.
Undoubtedly, Lombok's most notable feature is the dramatic Rinjani volcano, a challenging three-day trek, rising skywards to almost 4,000m, completely dominating the northern portion of the island. Elsewhere less arduous pastimes include jungle walks, visits to hot springs and waterfalls or a round of championship golf.
In Lombok art comes naturally, providing the perfect excuse to venture into the interior to the island's renowned handicraft villages noted for intricate pearl jewellery, ceramics and textiles. Outside of these artisan cottage industries, village life revolves around age-old agricultural practices with rolling fields of coffee, rice, copra, tobacco and chilli. Dotted around the coastline, you are as likely to encounter seaweed and pearl farms, lobster fishing and small-scale boat building as you are five-star hotels and beach cafes.
The island capital of Mataram, a laid back conurbation of four small cities, offers a delightful modern buzz of shopping, sightseeing and a peek at contemporary Lombok life.
Nestling just offshore from the northern harbour of Bangsal are the crown jewels of Lombok tourism – a trio of tiny tropical islands known collectively as the ‘Three Gilis.' These are three tiny paradise islands each fringed by palm trees, white sandy beaches and clear blue seas filled with an astounding range of marine life.
Each of the Gilis has developed its own distinct character. Sleepy Gili Meno, the smallest of the three, exudes a real life castaway experience while still boasting a good range of accommodation for every budget. In complete contrast, the 'party island' of Gili Trawangan has attracted big money with 5-star villas, boutique spas and late night bars. The middle ground comes in the form of Gili Air, which has a laid back backpacker-friendly vibe and the most authentic local atmosphere of the three islands.
Whatever your interest, be it lazy days by the beach, thrilling eco adventures or an enriching journey through the island's rural heartland, Lombok and The Gilis fits the bill on every level!