Tours in Lombok
There are general sight seeing tours in Lombok and more specifically orientated tours for those who have more specific interests. As Lombok is home to some of the world’s best surfing and diving there are a significant proportion of people who travel to Lombok on a tour that is dedicated to these activities. These kinds of tours in Lombok are best booked through known and international acclaimed businesses so you can sure of a competent and professional service for you money. As boats are usually required and due to the adventure nature of these Tours in Lombok, it is usually better to pay a little more if possible because as with most things you really do get what you pay for.
However the most common Tours in Lombok are sightseeing tours that include the secluded secret beaches of the south that are possibly some of the most beautiful areas in the world, the mount Rinjani and its surrounding villages, the Gili islands where the diving and partying is good as well a there being a very slow and relaxed paced of life and also a night’s stay in Senggigi where there is some marvelous dining and accommodation. In the centre of Lombok and really in all areas there are some incredible markets where you can pick up some unusual and interesting items. Lombok is famous for its batik and Ikat fabrics as here the designs used are particularly enchanting and desirable.
Tours in Lombok is an excellent choice for Bali and beyond tour as it is the closest and smallest island area with the biggest differences to Bali in every way possible. Lombok differs not only culturally but also in its dryer climate and sparser landscapes. Tourism has not yet affected Lombok in the same way that it has in Bali and the only real areas with any kind of a tourism industry are Senggigi on the north east coast, the nearby Gili Islands and the Kuta area of the south of Lombok where the surfers stay although even here services are limited. With the Muslim Sasak culture, the people are different but equally as friendly if you are respectful to their culture. It more important here to where modest clothing when traveling, although it is fine to wear beachwear on the beaches and in the resort areas and towns.
Some of the more specific tours in Lombok and longer tours will include extended periods of time island hopping around the Gili Islands and maybe some trekking in the Mount Rinjani area where you can watch the sun rise and set over Bali with incredible views of the entire island. For an easy trip which is inexpensive Lombok is the popular route to take, you can use the bus and ferry option which is incredibly cheap or fly or take a fast boat which is excellent value for the services provided.
Lombok Tourism and travel information guide featuring all tours in Lombok Island. Lombok tourism industry has been growing since many years ago. Lombok tourism services and facilities are well established to cater the needs of each traveler to this island. Lombok tourism becomes one of the major income after agriculture. With its easy accessibility, this island can be reached by air from major cities in Indonesia and by sea or land from Bali an Sumbawa Islands. The development of Lombok Tourism has been spread into several tourist area such as Senggigi Beach, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air and Kute Beach.
Lombok is the neighbor to Bali although it differs in many ways to Bali in terms of culture, physical geography and linguistically as well as its development of tourism. However this is changing and with the international airport that is being built in the south of the island, there is no doubt that Lombok’s relationship with tourism is about to become more familiar the main reason to visit Lombok is to bask in its undeveloped beauty of dry lands and palm encrusted beaches and mountains. There is only really one area that is established in a similar way to any of the Balinese resort areas and that is Senggigi of west coast. It is possible to reach Senggigi via a direct fast boat from Bali and there you will find some amazing international and incredible resorts and some fantastic dining all at a substantially lower price than in Bali.
Differences also include the amount of people who speak English isles and there is a far more prominent state of poverty in the west of Lombok away from Mataram and Senggigi. Some of the highlights of Lombok that really shouldn’t be missed is the fantastic markets offering some incredible fabrics and pottery and are scattered across the whole of Lombok. Also the Gili islands are one of the main destinations of people coming through Lombok as there is incredible diving in this area and the three islands are small tropical islands with no cars or roads and are beautiful to relax on. The Gunung Rinjani is the highest mountain on Lombok and is an excellent challenging for the more adventurous of the travelers in the area. When watching the sun rise from the very top it is possible to see the whole of Lombok, and part of Bali and Sumbawa. Also another reason to come to Lombok is for the surfing beaches and reefs of the south coast. Surfers usually stay at Kuta where there is budget accommodation and a beautiful beach. This place is nothing like Kuta Bali and is more traditional in style, far smaller and quieter than Kuta Bali with no real nightlife of any kind. The surfing beaches include Mawi which is a heavy shallow left hand barreling wave and Grupuk which requires a boat trip and is suitable for beginners as long as the swell isn’t too big, this wave is a right-hander and there are huge right and left bombies at the front of the bay. There is also the world famous and extremely dangerous Desert Point which is arguably the best wave on the planet.
The only night life exists in Senggigi and on the Gili Islands where the parties go all night especially on a full moon. Otherwise the Muslim faith of the island steers the island away from drinking and hedonism which is one of the reasons that Lombok has not acquired tourists in the same way as Bali. It is import to be modestly dressed when not on the beach especially for women in order to show respect to the locals. A small price to pay to visit this incredible island.