About Lombok

Lombok is the forgotten sister to the bigger island of Bali, but she has her own personality!

The island of Lombok is much less developed than Bali, and still retains its own ambience and cultural differences. Because Lombok has a very different history to many other islands in Indonesia, it has its own pace and style. Offering a stunning tropical climate with temperatures between 21 and 30 degrees Celsius all year round, it is the ideal climate for simply relaxing and enjoying a tropical island paradise. Beautiful coral sand beaches ranging in colour from pure white to almost black (the black beaches are volcanic sands) ring the island and its many bays and coves, providing a delight for anyone who likes snorkelling, with numerous coral reefs teeming with marine life. Lombok has a population of around 2.5 million, made up of mainly Balinese, Arabian, Chinese and Javanese, with small mixes of other races represented as well. There are still remnants of past visitors to the island visible in the historic artefacts found scattered around Lombok with coins from ancient Chinese dynasties regularly found adorning Lombok’s own cultural relics. Lombok offers not just great snorkelling, but also exceptional surfing, and some it is surprisingly close to the main tourist area of Senggigi, which is located to the west of the island.  Senggigi point is a very popular spot when the swell comes in from the south-west, but the break is so wide there is little need to jostle for that perfect wave. The people of Lombok are exceedingly friendly and helpful, and English is becoming spoken more as increasing numbers of international guests arrive each year.
Language on Lombok The main language spoken on Lombok is Bahasa Indonesia. Don’t speak Bahasa?  No problem, English is widely spoken all over Lombok, though the quality is sometimes less than perfect… hey, we all start somewhere! You will find most people have an understanding of English in the more popular tourist areas around Mangsit and Senggigi, and of course the Gili Islands, and failing all else, sign language works everywhere in the world. The eastern and northern sides of Lombok have less tourist visitors, and so finding someone fluent in English is a little more difficult. With a little patience and perseverance, you will always make yourself understood, and it is always a lot of fun making animal noises in restaurants to find out what sort of meat is on the menu! Religions of Lombok The main religion on Lombok is Islam, as it is right throughout Indonesia. While there are other religions represented such as Hinduism, Christianity and a unique religion confined mainly to the north of the island in the Bayan Village area, the main religion is Islam. A note about respecting the beliefs of others…  people in small villages scattered around Lombok are less exposed to international visitors, and some have strong beliefs about dress and conduct. If you intend visiting small outlying villages, it is best to wear long sleeves and at least knee-length trousers out of respect for the the majority Muslim inhabitants, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink (or smoke) during daylight hours in public, so just to keep everyone happy, consider the locals and their religious beliefs. We should point out here that the people living in the Senggigi, Mataram, and Gili Islands areas, are more accepting of the dress of international visitors due to their exposure to more visitors, so it is less of an issue. As with everywhere in the world, if you should wish to visit a Mosque, they are open to everyone, but do ask first as there are some areas where women are not allowed to go, and also some areas where non-Muslims are not permitted to enter.
Lombok Customs Lombok, having such a wide and diverse history of its people and culture also has a widely diverse set of customs. As the vast majority of people here are Muslim, respect their customs. You will know you are in a Muslim country at the first call to prayer (which is 5 times a day), especially if your hotel is close to a mosque.  While the call to prayer is usually short (a few minutes), some voices are easier to listen to than others, so before you book your accommodation, find out where the nearest mosque is located) The first call to prayer is very early in the morning.  (You have been warned!) Clothing.  If visiting the more remote areas of Lombok, wear long sleeves and trousers that cover to at least the knees. Ramadan.  During the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours, nor smoke in public.  While this is of less a concern in the more touristy areas such as Senggigi, Mataram and the Gili Islands, it may draw some displeased looks in the smaller villages. Like anywhere in the world, respect the cultures of the country you are visiting.

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About Lombok

Lombok is the forgotten sister to the bigger island of Bali, but she has

her own personality!

The island of Lombok is much less developed than Bali, and still retains its own ambience and cultural differences. Because Lombok has a very different history to many other islands in Indonesia, it has its own pace and style. Offering a stunning tropical climate with temperatures between 21 and 30 degrees Celsius all year round, it is the ideal climate for simply relaxing and enjoying a tropical island paradise. Beautiful coral sand beaches ranging in colour from pure white to almost black (the black beaches are volcanic sands) ring the island and its many bays and coves, providing a delight for anyone who likes snorkelling, with numerous coral reefs teeming with marine life. Lombok has a population of around 2.5 million, made up of mainly Balinese, Arabian, Chinese and Javanese, with small mixes of other races represented as well. There are still remnants of past visitors to the island visible in the historic artefacts found scattered around Lombok with coins from ancient Chinese dynasties regularly found adorning Lombok’s own cultural relics. Lombok offers not just great snorkelling, but also exceptional surfing, and some it is surprisingly close to the main tourist area of Senggigi, which is located to the west of the island.  Senggigi point is a very popular spot when the swell comes in from the south-west, but the break is so wide there is little need to jostle for that perfect wave. The people of Lombok are exceedingly friendly and helpful, and English is becoming spoken more as increasing numbers of international guests arrive each year.
Language on Lombok The main language spoken on Lombok is Bahasa Indonesia. Don’t speak Bahasa?  No problem, English is widely spoken all over Lombok, though the quality is sometimes less than perfect… hey, we all start somewhere! You will find most people have an understanding of English in the more popular tourist areas around Mangsit and Senggigi, and of course the Gili Islands, and failing all else, sign language works everywhere in the world. The eastern and northern sides of Lombok have less tourist visitors, and so finding someone fluent in English is a little more difficult. With a little patience and perseverance, you will always make yourself understood, and it is always a lot of fun making animal noises in restaurants to find out what sort of meat is on the menu! Religions of Lombok The main religion on Lombok is Islam, as it is right throughout Indonesia. While there are other religions represented such as Hinduism, Christianity and a unique religion confined mainly to the north of the island in the Bayan Village area, the main religion is Islam. A note about respecting the beliefs of others…  people in small villages scattered around Lombok are less exposed to international visitors, and some have strong beliefs about dress and conduct. If you intend visiting small outlying villages, it is best to wear long sleeves and at least knee-length trousers out of respect for the the majority Muslim inhabitants, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink (or smoke) during daylight hours in public, so just to keep everyone happy, consider the locals and their religious beliefs. We should point out here that the people living in the Senggigi, Mataram, and Gili Islands areas, are more accepting of the dress of international visitors due to their exposure to more visitors, so it is less of an issue. As with everywhere in the world, if you should wish to visit a Mosque, they are open to everyone, but do ask first as there are some areas where women are not allowed to go, and also some areas where non-Muslims are not permitted to enter.
Lombok Customs Lombok, having such a wide and diverse history of its people and culture also has a widely diverse set of customs. As the vast majority of people here are Muslim, respect their customs. You will know you are in a Muslim country at the first call to prayer (which is 5 times a day), especially if your hotel is close to a mosque.  While the call to prayer is usually short (a few minutes), some voices are easier to listen to than others, so before you book your accommodation, find out where the nearest mosque is located) The first call to prayer is very early in the morning.  (You have been warned!) Clothing.  If visiting the more remote areas of Lombok, wear long sleeves and trousers that cover to at least the knees. Ramadan.  During the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours, nor smoke in public.  While this is of less a concern in the more touristy areas such as Senggigi, Mataram and the Gili Islands, it may draw some displeased looks in the smaller villages. Like anywhere in the world, respect the cultures of the country you are visiting.
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