Lombok is the most popular destination in Nusa Tenggara, with the fabled Gili Islands drawing visitors for action both in and out of the water, the mighty Gunung Rinjani luring trekkers and the big breaks on the south coast a magnet for surfers. Mataram, Lombok’s capital, is a good spot for day trips to the surrounding areas. The island of Lombok shapes up at about 80km from east to west and about the same from north to south, with lush evergreen landscapes and a pronounced topography with hills seeing all around the west coast. Rice is an important crop, though yields are lower here than on neighbouring islands. Tobacco, coconuts, coffee, kapok and cotton are also important crops, while cloves, vanilla, pineapple and pepper have also been introduced.
Superbly positioned along a stretch of sweeping bays, Senggigi is Lombok’s principal beach and ocean view resort. Senggigi has fine sandy beaches, and as the sun sinks all eyes turn west to take in the blood-red, orange and pink spectacular sunsets over Bali that can be enjoyed from the seafront or even better; from the hills right behind it. As it gets dark, the fishing fleets line up offshore, its bright lanterns glinting like a floating village against the night sky.