|Brief Info on Lombok Indonesia
Lombok island is located east of Bali Indonesia and can be easily accessed by air or sea. Lombok is one of the popular tourist destinations in Indonesia and attracts travellers from all across the globe.
|Lombok, an integral part of the Lesser Sunda Islands is situated in the province of West Nusa Tenggara a series of small islands in the Indonesian archipelago. West Nusa Tenggara spread into two islands Lombok and Sumbawa. Lombok spans 90km from north to south and 80km from east to west.
It boasts untouched, pristine beaches, a bigger volcano, Mount Rinjani, and a huge variety of different landscapes and sceneries. The island of Lombok offers the most complete escape from the hustle and the bustle of towns. Tourist activity is confined to Senggigi, Kuta Lombok, and Gili islands.
The Lombok People and Religion
Sasak is native indigenous inhabitants of Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara) was followed a belief in animism. Numbering about two million, they are thought to be descendents of a hill tribe in northern India and Myanmar (Burma). After the 16th century, Islam separated from Java and crossed the kingdoms to the Islands of Lombok and Sumbawa. Nowadays almost 90% of Lombok people are Muslim. In the 17th century the Balinese came to the west coast of Lombok Island. Within several decades a kingdom was established, extending the territory of the kingdom of KarangAsem, East of Bali. The Hindu Religion began to settle up on that times. In the beginning of the 18th century, the Dutch colonized the eastern part of Indonesia, including lesser Sunda (Bali, Lombok across to Timor). Belonging to the Dutch administration of the area they promoted Christian missions. The island in habitants are 85% are Sasak, 10 – 15% Balinese, with small reminder being Chinese, Arab, Javanese and Sumbawanese.
Year round the island, which is located about 200 miles south of the equator, is tropical… meaning hot and humid. Being so close to the equator days are typically 12 hours long with sunrise around 6:30am and sunsets around 6:30pm. As a result it is hard to know what time of the year it is without looking at the climate.
The Lombok “dry season” begins in May and lasts through October. On the beach the temperatures are in the high 80s to the low 90s throughout much of the year during daylight hours, and a bit cooler in the evening. In the interior temperatures can actually heat up quite a bit. The exception is Mt. Rinjani, which at more than a mile high can get quite chilly.
The “wet season,” which again isn’t that wet has pretty much the same weather. The climate is often described as monsoon, but this in fact refers to the wind, not the rain. Thus the winter months are when the breezes pick up. And while the tourist season is from May to September, there is really no bad time to head to Lombok.
Lombok Flora and Fauna
Health and Medical Information
Peel the fruit before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe. Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Use sun block and hat. Sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers have multiple partners from all over the world. Act responsibly and use condoms, available over the counter at pharmacies.
Lombok Tourism Information 2008 to the Present
Tourism visits to this tropical island are increasing again as both international and local tourists are re-discovering the charms of Lombok. With this new interest comes the development of a number of boutique resorts on the island providing quality accommodation, food and drinks in near proximity to a relatively unspoiled countryside. The Indonesian government is actively promoting both Lombok and neighboring Sumbawa as Indonesia’s number two tourism destination after Bali. The President of Indonesia, SusiloBambangYudhoyono, the Ministry of Cultural and Tourism and the regional Governor have made public statements supporting the development of Lombok as a tourism destination and setting a goal of 1 million visitors annually by the year 2012 for the combined destination of Lombok and Sumbawa. This has seen infrastructure improvements to the island including road upgrades and the construction of a much delayed new International airport in the islands south. – taken from wikipedia
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