Lombok is an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is located just east of Bali. Lombok has beautiful beaches, enchanting waterfalls, the large, looming volcano of Mount Rinjani combined with relatively few tourists. It is indeed the paradisiacal tropical island to visit.
Lombok Strait separates Lombok and Bali. Lombok is also part of the bio-geographical boundary between the fauna of Indo-Malaysia and the distinctly different fauna of Australasia. The boundary is known as the Wallacean Line, after Alfred Russell Wallace firstly remarking upon the striking difference between animals of Indo-Malaysia and those of Australasia.
Lombok is a paradise as it has few exceptions on natural landscape and the traditional way of life have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Virtually all small to medium size businesses are run by local families. Many of these businesses sell a wide variety of merchandise, where villagers can find food, hardware, and toys all in a single small store.
Lombok is a relaxing place, the warm tropical sun can normally slowly melt a sense of urgency and a hurried pace off most visitors. It is easy to visit Lombok because a new international airport has been built and came into service on 1 October 2011.
Lombok has a rich and enduring indigenous culture that has withstood the pressures of modernity remarkably well. The strong remnant culture and history of the Sasak people is one of the many unique attractions of the island. The island possesses a total population of 3,166,685 (as of 2010 Census), 85% are indigenous Sasak people whose origins are thought to have arisen from Java in the first millennium BC.
Other residents include an estimated 10–15% Balinese, with the small remainder being Tionghoa-peranakan, Javanese, Sumbawanese and Arab Indonesians. The Sasak people are culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese, but unlike the Hindu Balinese, the majority practice local
Climate in Lombok is tropical, hot and humid. Lombok is drier than neighbouring Bali. The climate makes Lombok a particularly attractive option during the Oct-Apr rainy season. On Lombok it rains too. The peak of the tourist season, though, is May-August.
Bahasa Sasak is the language of the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok. It is normally spoken throughout Lombok and has dialectal variations across the island. Bahasa Indonesia is also spoken or at least understood by many local people and normally used in government offices, larger shops and businesses.
In the more remote and undeveloped areas of Lombok however, Bahasa Indonesia is not frequently used and often cannot be understood by the local people, especially the elderly and those who have missed out on formal schooling. English is reasonably common in the resort areas and occasionally some other European languages are spoken by people involved in the tourism sector.
HOW TO GET IN
Bandara Internasional Lombok is a new airport located near the city of Praya on Jalan Raya, Tanak Awu Lombok Tengah in central south Lombok. It is approximately 40 km south of Mataram, and 55 km southeast of the established Senggigi tourism precinct of West Lombok.
To arrive at the airport, you may have flights Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta. From Bali to Lombok the distance is very short by air (flight time 25 min) with several daily flights by both turboprop and jet powered aircraft.
Garuda airlines have been serving flights to Lombok since 2009. Wings Abadi code share with Lion Air serve Lombok flights on 6 September 2010. Trans Nusa provides services from Bali and onward routes to other destinations in West Nusa Tengara. Indonesian Air Transport (IAT) provides daily services from Bali to Lombok.
There are daily connections to Java including Jakarta (CGK) (flight time 1 hr 50 min-2 hr ) and Surabaya (SUB) (flight time 55-60 min). The direct flights to either Jakarta or Surabaya are a good alternative to the much longer bus/ferry trip via Bali. Flights to Lombok are provided by Wings Air (the regional feeder affiliate of Lion Air), Lion Air (direct), Garuda (direct) and Citi Link.
International flights are currently limited to direct services from Singapore (SIN) 3 times per week, Perth (PER) 4 times per week and daily from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in Malaysia directly and limited seasonal charter services by Nordwind Airlines to Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo in Russia.
The Perth service is operated by Jetstar. PER-LOP flight number JQ112 Departs PER approx 0930hrs LOP-PER flight number JQ111 departs LOP approx 1410hrs. Flights operate each Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Approximate flight time is 3.5 hrs.
The Singapore service is operated by Silk Air. These flights are code shared with Garuda Airlines and Malaysian Airlines, (flight time 2 hr 45 min) arriving in Lombok on Friday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. The flights arrive and depart at the International terminal.
Garuda offer one-stop connections from Kuala Lumpur (KUL), the Garuda Airlines service is code shared with Malaysian Airlines and is via Jakarta. These flights arrive and depart at the LOP domestic terminal. Air Asia has 2 daily flights from Kuala Lumpur i.e. AK308 and AK306.
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