Lombok is not as touristy as Bali, but it’s also a popular place to go. The culture has not changed because of the tourism and you will not have to go far away from you hotel before you enter areas where few tourist have been. The coastline of pristine white beaches can be enjoyed on a one day drive and in the centre of Lombok you can view the 3rd highest volcano in Indonesia – Gunung Rinjani (3.726m). For the active you can climb it on a either 2d/1n or 3d/2n hiking adventure. The best time is from April to September.
The southern part of Lombok offers local traditional villages, local craft and a meeting with the original Sasak people and hears about their special beliefs. If you like to relax in a hammock and enjoy the sunrise and sunsets, then the best place is Gili Islands – located out from the Northwestern coast. The three islands located like pearls on a string are different from each other. One thing in common is paradise, peacefulness and charm. There are possibilities for snorkeling and diving, and if you are lucky you will watch the big sea turtles. On the southwestern Lombok you will find Gili Nanggu, which are getting developed now, so it’s still unspoiled by many tourists.
Lombok is a good combination with Bali and Nick Tours has many options to get the best of this island.