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Just across the channel from Bali, Lombok is no twin. Muslim rather than Hindu, Lombok is small (90 miles across) but packed with variety. The small enclave of Senggigi in the west has a clutch of international resorts without five-star snobbery. Just off the coast, the three islands known as the "Gilis" (a linguistic oxymoron as Gili means island in Indonesian) are something of a backpacker legend; known for their rings of white beaches, clichéd turquoise waters perfect for diving and places to stay ranging from simple homestays to comfy hotels that define laid-back. When darkness falls everybody enjoys endless nightlife. On land, ...

Just across the channel from Bali, Lombok is no twin. Muslim rather than Hindu, Lombok is small (90 miles across) but packed with variety. The small enclave of Senggigi in the west has a clutch of international resorts without five-star snobbery. Just off the coast, the three islands known as the "Gilis" (a linguistic oxymoron as Gili means island in Indonesian) are something of a backpacker legend; known for their rings of white beaches, clichéd turquoise waters perfect for diving and places to stay ranging from simple homestays to comfy hotels that define laid-back. When darkness falls everybody enjoys endless nightlife. On land, Lombok's culture is more conservative than Bali's, something best experienced in tiny farming villages where the welcome is as warm as it's simple. In the north, Gunung Rinjani offers superlative volcano-trekking while the often deserted beaches of the south are renowned for their surf breaks. For many, Lombok is their first step beyond Bali into greater Indonesia.

Ryan Ver Berkmoes
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Ryan Ver Berkmoes has written many books for Lonely Planet, including Bali & Lombok and the Southeastern Alaska and Western Canada sections for LP's Canada guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Lombok is an island in Indonesia. It is part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east.
  • Language: Indonesian, Javanese
  • Currency: Rupiah (IDR)
  • Research: Wikitravel | Lombok
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Most times are good; there's more rain October to April.