Located east of Bali, Lombok has a huge reputation as an unspoilt tropical island. Golden beaches, cascading waterfalls and the imposing volcanic wonder of Mount Rinjani are just some of the attractions that continue to draw so many holiday goers to Lombok each year. Not to be mistaken as a tourist hub, the island is not very busy, even in peak season, allowing you to discover the beauty and tranquillity of Lombok at your own pace.
Despite an increasingly modern society, Lombok has managed to retain much of its rich history and indigenous culture making it popular for more than just relaxing. One of the many unique holiday attractions of Lombok is the fascinating history and culture of the Sasak people. The stunning landscapes and traditions have remained for centuries and whilst some 5 star resorts and global corporations are present, these are few and far between.
Desa (village) Sukarana is where you'll find the local's oldest past time, weaving. This handicraft can be found all over Lombok but Sukarare is the best place to seem them at work using their traditional process. Weaved goods are an affordable and excellent souvenir of your time in Lombok and there are many kinds of colourful and functional crafts available.
Namada Park (Tama Narmada) is 10 km east of Mataram and is one of Lombok's most popular attractions. Originally a relaxation compound for the king, the park is now open to the public and features a traditional Hindu temple, swimming pool and a fountain known as the 'youth fountain' which is said to grant long life to anyone who drinks the water.
Of course there are also plenty of holiday adventure activities and water sports including fishing charters, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Another great way to explore Lombok is on one of the many walking treks and bike tours around the island. After a day of adventure and activity, relax with a traditional massage at one of the luxurious day spas.
Drier than the rest of Bali, Lombok has hot and humid tropical weather with the peak tourist season falling between May and August. However Lombok is also popular during Bali's wet season between October and December as it rains far less here.