Lombok tour packages & holidays
Lombok is currently being much touted as the ‘New Bali' and it does have a lot in common with its next door neighbour. Holidaymakers are attracted by the sweeping tropical jungles, the idyllic climate and the expansive sandy beaches. Lombok is also very much its own island, a destination that tends to be a lot quieter than boisterous Bali. Lombok's resorts are increasingly sophisticated with plenty to see and do for everyone from young travellers through to families and empty nesters.
Lombok is located just to the east of the Indonesian island of Bali. To the east is the neighbouring island of Sumbawa, while to the north lies the equator. The nearest airport is Mataram (AMI). To the south of Lombok lies the expanse of the Indian Ocean, while to the north is the Flores Sea. The island's main resorts include Senggigi and Kuta, while the highest point is the Mount Rinjani volcano.
Lombok has a tropical climate year round with an average daily temperature of 31°C (87°F). High humidity can be expected during the wet season between October and April. The dry season is between May and September, and is the best time to visit the island as you can take advantage of the long hot days and little rain.
Lombok boasts a string of beaches dotted around the island. The resorts of Senggigi and Kuta both have good stretches of sand with all of the usual facilities. The best beaches are in the northwest in the Gili Islands. The Gilis are very unspoilt with few facilities bar white sand and swaying palms.
Head away from the beaches and the timeless world of much of Lombok awaits. Far less developed than Bali, the island offers a real insight into this fascinating country, a destination alive with local colours and flavours. The Rinjani National Park is very popular with walkers and climbers, with the stunning ascent of the eponymous volcano the highlight.