Lombok Island

Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Balito the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a “tail” (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) across and a total area of about 4,514 square kilometres (1,743 square miles).

 

The island was home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded in the decennial 2014 census. The Census 2014 resulting the population as 3,352,988.

Lombok has a different feel from Bali due in part to the Balinese being Hindu while the people of Lombok are predominantly Moslem. Dominated by one of the highest mountains in Indonesia, Lombok Island has a unique charm and is famous for its hand woven textiles, distinctive pottery and miles of undisturbed beaches. Mataram, the island’s capital is a quaint town still plied by little pony cart taxis. The island offers the visitor lush mountain forests for trekking, beautiful secluded beaches with magnificent coral reefs and crystal clear water. During festival times, you will see cultural dancers, temple ceremonies and colorful processions.