Lombok At Glance - General Information
Geography & Climate
Lombok island is located east of Bali. Lombok
geographically is almost the same size as Bali
and, just as there are popular tourist areas on
Bali, so Lombok offers a variety of destinations
to suit different holidaymakers' tastes.
climate with warm and humid weather all year
round. Temperature range from 21 Celsius to 32
Celsius. Wet season starts from November to May
and dry season start from May-October.
The best time to come is in the month of May
when the weather is just perfect with bright
daylight and green scenery.
Population is about 2,5 million. The local
inhabitants of Lombok are called Sasaks who make
up 70% of the population are the predominant
group with Balinese, Chinese, Arabian, and
Javanese and other ethnics groups making up the
rest. Bahasa Indonesia is the National Language,
but English is widely spoken.
Lombok has three main districts with three
capital cities: Mataram in the west, Praya in
central and Selong in east Lombok. The majority
of commerce is in the capital city of Mataram in
Islam is the majority religion, but all other
religions are practiced freely. Every Friday
around 12.30 noon, Muslims go to the mosques
just like Christians go to church on Sunday.
you are planning on traveling around the island
and visiting small villages it is more
respectable to wear slacks or knee length
shorts, a shirt with sleeves or a sarong. If you
happened to be here during Ramadan, which is the
Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset,
please do not to eat, drink or smoke out in the
open public during this month long fast. Even
though the people don’t seem bothered in the
common tourist areas like, Senggigi and the Gili
islands, it is better to respect the people and
not eat or smoke openly.
Wetu telu is an unique religion that that blends
Islam - Animism and is only found in north
It roots stem from the village of Bayan in the
north. The people who practice this still
consider themselves Muslims but they have their
own rituals in addition to the normal Muslim
ones. One such ceremony is Nyiu, that takes
place 1000 days after someone dies. The
relatives of the deceased offer material things
like clothing, toothbrushes, food, dishes,
mattresses, etc. so the deceased will be pleased
Money & Local Currencies
changing money there are many money changers in
Lombok. The best rates are usually in Senggigi.
Money changers prefer new, clean large bills and
will accept smaller denominations at a lower
If you have traveler’s checks the rate will be
less than bank notes.
sure to count your money before you leave money
You can also check local banks but the rate is
slightly lower than outside. Re-count the money
in front of the money changer reception is a
must, as usually there's a quick tricky way how
they can steal your money. A suggestion when
changing money. If you plan on making small
purchases be sure to carry small denominations
with you because many sellers do not have
change. The Rupiah come in denominations of
100,000, 50,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, and 500,
100 in coin.
Don't miss Lombok's beautiful scenery. If you
choose to rent a car or motorcycles and drive
yourself, you must have an International Driving
a car is a good alternative to get around
Lombok, either self driving or with driver so
you can relax and enjoy the view. (Tip driver
pocket money for meals if you stop for lunch or
dinner). If you are pleased with service, tip (
Rp. 20,000 minimum). If you collide with
anything, or it collides with you, you are
responsible for all cost.
Motorcycles are a convenient and inexpensive way
to get around the Island, but Tourists are
frequently injured in motorbike accident. If you
rent a bike, drive slowly and very defensively.
Helmets are required by law but those provided
by rental agencies offer little protection.
Indonesian work in the morning to avoid the heat
of the day. If you need to visit a government
office, arrive between 08 AM and 11:30 AM. This
also apply to banks and private businesses.
Government offices close early on Fridays and
Saturdays. Generally offices are open 07:30AM -
3 PM Monday - Thursday, 07:00AM - noon on
Friday. Banks and Government Offices are closed
on Saturday and Sunday.
Cellular phone in Indonesia is GSM. If you have
brought your cellular hand phone, you can
purchase prepaid calling cards to make outgoing
calls at lower cost than calling on your home
SIM. Shops which sell these cards are prolific.
Major service providers are: Telkomsel,
Satelindo and XL Ritel. Look for signs and
banners with those markings.
Health and Medical Info
hotels have on call doctors. For what it is
known by Australian as "Bali Belly", Iomotil and
Imodium eliminate Symptoms, but not infections.
A fever along with the symptoms requires doctor
prescribed antibiotics. Drink as much as liquid
as possible. For discomfort, diarrhea, and
cramping, drink strong, hot tea; avoid fruits
and spicy food. Drink only bottled water or
boiled water (air putih).
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.
Things To Take Back Home
Wanting to take back something from Lombok?
Lombok has great woven textiles like songkets
and ikats that can be used as a sarong, wall
hanging, table cloth and more. The design woven
is special to each weaver and it is passed down
through the generations before. There is a
traditional hand weaving village in Puyung,
central Lombok. You can even try on a
traditional Sasak costume.
(West Lombok), Penujak (Central Lombok) and
Masbagik (East Lombok) are famous villages in
Lombok for making pottery. Lombok pottery has
gained popularity and is shipped throughout the
world. There is a wide range of selections and
it can custom made to your liking. We hope to
develop the economy of the area by directly meet
them with serious buyer from all over the world.
There are many traditional handicrafts you could
take back as a souvenir i.e. wooden masks,
baskets made out of ketak grass, wooden boxes
designed with bits of shells, or other things
made from bamboo or rattan.