September 4, 2014

   

Lombok – Bali’s Neighboring Paradise

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Tourists often think of Bali whenever they think of beaches in Indonesia. But Bali is just one of the thousands among the beautiful beaches in Indonesia. Lombok is one of the places that you should visit in Indonesia which is not that far away from Bali. Lombok is famous for its white sands, unspoiled and quiet beach and its clear aquamarine waters.

The island of Lombok is about 80km from East to West and about the same from North to South. It has lush evergreen landscapes and some parts of the island are a bit dry. The beach is also famous for the year-round warm climate, sweeping tropical jungles, gorgeous rice terraces, abundant marine life, friendly locals and a choice of unspoiled white-sand beaches. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful paradises on Earth.

Lombok is less crowded than its neighbor Bali and it offers a good range of holiday accommodation that could accommodate a variety of budget. For those who have the money, you could splurge in one of the high end resorts in Lombok which is the luxurious Oberoi Lombok. Oberoi is overlooking the idyllic and private Medana Beach on the northwest coast.

Lombok

There are lots of tourist attractions to visit in the island like Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat. This modern museum has exhibits on the geology, history and culture of Lombok and Sumbawa and it’s definitely worth visiting. If you intend to buy any antiques or handicrafts, have a look at the daggers, silver or gold-threaded cloth, basket ware and masks.

There are also lots of beaches and islands to go to like the Gili Islands. These small islands are famous for their white sandy beaches surrounded by corals that are teeming with colorful marine life. Kuta beach is an upcoming beach resort of Lombok. The place is quiet and laid back and offers a relaxing atmosphere to the tourists. You could also visit Senggigi, the most developed tourist spot on Lombok. It has beautiful beaches and good snorkeling facilities.

Also, there are lots of fun activities to do and experience in the island aside from lounging on the beach or snorkeling or diving. You could go hiking to the enchanting waterfalls in Rinjani National Park or enjoy the quiet rural charm and serenity of Tetebatu and Sapit (two beautiful villages that are located on the slopes of the volcano Gunung Rinjani). You could also ride a horse-drawn cart along picturesque country lanes, meet the friendly Hindu Balinese minority and learn more about the indigenous Sasak people. The indigenous Sasak are Muslims but have a culture and language unique to the island of Lombok. Aside from the Sasak, there’s also a significant Hindu Balinese minority in the island.

Have you been to Lombok? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations in the comment section below.

Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Lombok by ^riza^

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