Geography and Climate
Lombok island is located east of Bali. Lombok geographically is almost the same size as Bali and, becoming more and more popular for tourists just as Bali, offers a variety of destinations to suit different holidaymakers’ tastes. Tropical climate with warm and humid weather all year round. Temperature range from 21 Celsius to 32 Celsius.
Lombok island is one the regency of West Nusa Tenggara province and located in central of Indonesia. The island is divided into four regencies and municipality. They are, North Lombok Regency is capital in Tanjung, West Lombok Regency is capital in Gerung, Central Lombok Regency is capita in Praya, East Lombok Regency is capital in Selong, and Mataram City is municipality.
Sasak is the biggest ethnic group in Lombok. 95% of the population is Moslem, as Lombok also known as Island of Thousand Mosque, just like any other part in Indonesia. Others ethnic are Balinese, Javanese and Bugis.
Lombok is living with the Sasak ethnic group with their belief 95% is Moslem. and the other ethic as well as Bali ethnic group, java ethnic group, and bugis ethnic group. Lombok is an uniqe place as the inclusive to the best tourism destination in Indonesia, and at moment lombok has International Airport, it’s Lombok International Airport is located in Central Lombok. Lombok as pamuse tourims destination due has high nature potensial as such as ,nature, culture, marine , and custume.
There are many place as tourism point of lombok you may visit are:
Senggigi is Lombok’s oldest and most famous resort area. The Senggigi region is the main tourist destination in Lombok , a beach town of Senggigi on the west coast of Lombok. A perfect place to relax, Senggigi boasts a series of white sandy beaches and safe swimming areas. The point at central Senggigi has good waves for surfers. This place has a colorful reef which provides shelter to a variety of marine life and exquisitely shaped coral and makes it a perfect place to snorkel.
In the dry season, there are an interesting variety of boats moored in the bay. The town of Senggigi spreads out along nearly 10 kilometers of coastal road. This road continues north to Bangsal, the port for the Gili Islands. The Senggigi region is formed by several different nearby areas all lying along the same two-lane coastal road. The exact boundaries of each area can seem rather ill-defined. While pockets of development can be found in some areas, long stretches of open undeveloped land lie in between. Nightlife and major restaurants are concentrated in the central township of Senggigi. The first time visitor should be aware of these distinct regional differences. Simply booking a hotel in Senggigi could mean a relatively remote location where the town centre can only be reached by taxi or public transport.
Lombok Kuta Beach
Kuta is the main town and centre of tourism development on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub for exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many points of interest in the region. Located around 60 km south of Mataram and about one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta (sometimes spelt Kute) makes for a wonderful day trip from other points in Lombok, or an alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. Kuta is an unprepossessing town – a small haven of hotels, home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that cater mainly to the thousands of surfers from around the world who are drawn to the area every year.
Kuta and the surrounding beaches have gained an international reputation for some of the best surfing destinations in Southeast Asia. It is here that the gentle waters surrounding Lombok meet the currents of the Indian Ocean, forming great swells and surf breaks. Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations nearby and it’s easy to hire a board and a surf guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfers, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area.
The drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Fields of tobacco, corn and peanuts line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated ploughs pulled by large water buffalo. Just before arriving in Kuta, the road passes two traditional Sasak villages Sade and Rambitan. On the east side of the road is Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched lumbung, or traditional rice barns. On the west side of the road is Sade, an authentic hilltop village with one of the oldest mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. Both villages are interesting examples of traditional Sasak architecture and communal living within the compounds, where life continues as it has for centuries. Residents, who act as guides for a small fee, encourage walks through either of these villages and are happy to share a glimpse of their lifestyles with visitors.
The Gili Islands (Indonesian: Tiga Gili [Three Gilis], Kepulauan Gili ( Gili Islands ) are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok. The islands are popular destination for tourists looking for a remote island experience. Each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a collection of huts for tourists, a small pool and restaurant. Most local inhabitants live on Trawangan in a township stretching along its east side just inland (which is also where most recent development is taking place). Automobiles and motorised traffic is prohibited on the islands by local ordinance, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Diving in and around the Gilis is also popular due to the abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations.
Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. Administratively the mountain is in the Regency of North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Barat, NTB). It rises to 3,726 metres (12,224 ft), making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia.
On the top of the volcano is a 6-by-8.5-kilometre (3.7 by 5.3 mi) caldera, which is filled partially by the crater lake known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). This lake is approximately 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level and estimated to be about 200 metres (660 ft) .There is also hot springs inside the caldera.
Sukarare Village is a village of traditional weavers south of Cakranegara, Lombok known for its brightly patterned songket cloth. The techniques, patterns and motifs have been handed down through the generations
Sade Village is a traditional Village on Lombok island. This traditional Lombok village located on Central Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. It takes about 1 hour from Mataram City or half hours from new Lombok Airport. Their houses are still built in traditional styles. The roof made from alang-alang and the wall made from combinations of clay and cow faeces. For them, cow faeces have many functions for their live such as for cleaning the floor, washing, bathing, etc.
The people in Sade Village specially the man must sleep outside the house. Why?? They have traditions, if they have a daughter, they have to protect their daughter from kidnapped. In Lombok island, if a young man want to get married with a young girl, he must kidnaped the girl.
Banyumulek village is one of pottery centres in Lombok island. In Banyumulek village, making pottery is a job that has been done for Sasak Lombok tribe for generations. The job has been able to move the village economic wheel and attract many visitors and buyers to come to this village.
When you’re entering Banyumulek village, you will be welcomed by a green gate which says ‘Banyumulek, Pottery Centre’. Even the school and local government offices are decorated by huge potteries in the gate fence. These decorations strengthen even more that Banyumulek is a pottery centre.
Narmada Park is located in the Village Lembuah, District Narmada, West Lombok regency, about 10 kilometers east of Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. Park which covers about 2 hectares was built in 1727 by King Mataram Lombok, Anak Agung Ngurah Karang Asem, as a place of ceremony Pakelem held every full moon Caka fifth year (October-November). In addition to the ceremony site, Garden Narmada is also used as a resting place of the royal family during the dry season.
The name is taken from Narmadanadi Narmada, children are very sacred Ganges River in India. For Hindus, the water is a sacred element that gives life to all beings in this world. Water emanating from the soil (spring) associated with Tirta Amrita (water of immortality) emanating from Kensi Sweta Kamandalu. Formerly the possibility of a name used to name the name of Narmada springs that form several ponds and a river at the site. Over time used to mean the whole complex of temples and Narmada Park.
West Nusa Tenggara Museum
West Nusa Tenggara State Museum (Indonesian Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat) is a state museum located in Mataram, Lombok Island, Indonesia. The museum is the provincial museum of the West Nusa Tenggara province.
The museum collects 7,387 items (2006) related to Lombok and Sumbawa traditional arts (e.g. traditional kris, songket, basket ware and masks) as well related subject such as geology, archaeology, architecture, biology, ceramic, paintings, and others
Mataram Mall is the biggest shopping center in Lombok and as the main a luxury shopping center. Most traditional or local items can be shop here.