By Dea Yolia Oktadela
Lombok is rising on the global radar as a unique and rewarding travel destination. It’s one of the fastest-growing destinations across the vast Indonesian archipelago.
Lombok is often compared to Bali. The neighboring islands have many similarities and many differences. They are only about 20 miles apart. Both islands have Hindu and Muslim influences, but in opposite proportions. Both islands have beautiful highlands and white sandy beaches, but Lombok is quieter and dryer than Bali for the most part.
Lombok is situated in the lesser Sunda Island chain and is sandwiched between its more famous neighbors, Bali and Sumbawa. Lombok deserves several accolades for being one of the very few islands in the world that have maintained the natural beauty of the place. Stunning pristine white beaches and a majestic volcano make Lombok the perfect getaway for sun, sea and adventure.
Depending on the weather conditions and the current, you also can reach Lombok via a fast boat ride. You also can take a more leisurely boat, which takes about 4-5 hours from Bali. If you plan to take a boat, keep an eye on the weather. The channel between Bali and Lombok can be challenging for smaller boats during adverse conditions.
Just like Bali, Lombok experiences two seasons: the dry season and the wet season. From October until April, Lombok experiences the wet season makes most of the island green and lush. The weather can impact your travel on the island at times, so be braced for rain or shine at all locations and elevations. The dry season lasts from May through October, which offers an entirely different character to the island. Locals say that the perfect time to visit Lombok would be during the mid of the dry season when the air is not sticky with humidity and the island is still lush green and full of scenic beauty. If you’re not adverse to huge crowds, this is the ideal time to explore Lombok.
After exploring the natural beauty of the island, we recommend visiting the Banyumulek Village to experience a taste of Lombok’s local culture. The village is the perfect place to witness the glory of the traditional pottery of the island that generations have been doing so and perfecting for years. The finished product is a beauty to behold. The Sasak people of Lombok have tirelessly preserved and perfected the art of pottery making. Their products are cherished around the world.
Natural beauty combined with the island’s culture and cuisine make Lombok a must destination for tourists and investors. Read the original article about Lombok, Indonesia. Take a quick video tour of Lombok.
Indonesia is the fourth-largest nation in the world with more than 267 million people. The country is comprised of more than 17,500 islands, including Bali, Borneo, Java, Lombok, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Learn more about Indonesia.