Discover the diversity of the Indonesian island on your Lombok vacation. The so-called "little sister of Bali" is in no way inferior to its far more prominent neighboring island, but is still considered a real insider tip. Relax on secluded, paradisiacal beaches, immerse yourself in Lombok's fascinating culture, enjoy Indonesia's delicious cuisine and embark on an adventurous hike to the island state's second largest volcano, Mount Rinjani. If you're lucky, you'll even get the unforgettable pleasure of swimming and diving with sea turtles in Lombok.
Lombok offers fascinating culture and breathtaking flora and fauna. The Indonesian island is still a real treasure. Marvel at mosques and Hindu temples, experience the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls on a jungle hike or visit the Gili Islands. A vacation in Lombok is guaranteed to make any traveller's heart beat faster.
The culture on Lombok is Muslim and about 85 percent of the inhabitants belong to the Sasak culture. The ethnic group is known for the architecture of their Lumbung rice granaries and their elaborate and richly decorated handicrafts.
In Lombok, the food is very spicy by European standards. If you don't like spicy food, ask the waiters to spice your food less. The national dish of Indonesia is Nasi Goreng, fried rice, which is offered in different variations.
Among the main attractions on Lombok are Mount Rinjani and Gunung Rinjani National Park. Rinjani is the second largest volcano in Indonesia at more than 3,700 meters and a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sasak. A 3-day trekking tour is the best way to experience the natural phenomenon. However, the way up to the summit brings even experienced hikers to their limits and is extremely demanding.
With its crystal clear water and powder sugar fine sandy beach, Tanjung Aan Beach gives you that Caribbean feeling. You're guaranteed to find a quiet spot in the two-kilometer-long bay, and the nearest fresh coconut isn't far away, either.
Tetebatu, in the heart of the island, is often called the "Ubud of Lombok". Indeed, the lush green rice terraces are reminiscent of the popular tourist attraction in Bali. What's more, at Tetebatu you'll experience a phenomenal view of Mount Rinjani.
On the outskirts of the island's capital Mataram, near Narmada Park, lies the magnificent Pura Lingsar Temple, one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in Lombok. What is special about this place of worship is that besides Hindus, Christians and Buddhists also come to Pura Lingsar to pray and make offerings. Less
The best time to travel to Lombok is from the end of May to the end of September. Then you can expect the least rainfall. The island is also charming in the rainy season from November to February. In these months there are usually daily heavy showers, but you experience Lombok wonderfully green and share the island with significantly fewer tourists.
The currency on Lombok is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
The official language on Lombok is Bahasa Indonesian. In addition, many dialects are spoken. Due to the colonial past, the English language is widely spoken.
You can enter the country without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days.
For a vacation in Lombok, the standard vaccinations should be complete and up to date. These include vaccinations against tetanus (tetanus), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and basic immunization against poliomyelitis/polio. Depending on the program, vaccinations against hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and Japanese encephalitis are also recommended.
A trip to Lombok is usually a combination of hiking and swimming holiday. So you should pack sunscreen, swimwear, bathing slippers and a bath towel, and take sturdy shoes and a sun hat for exploring in nature. When choosing clothing, keep in mind that knees and shoulders should be covered when visiting temples.