Resources

Lombok Guide (www.thelombokguide.com) Comprehensive site covering main areas of interest. Look for the print version at hotels and cafes on the island.

Gili LIfe (www.facebook.com/Gililife) Magazine with digital and print versions highlighting local culture and news on the Gilis and Lombok.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Rent a motorbike To escape the crowds, sleep in nature or stroll down an empty beach, you'll want to have your own wheels. Prices are affordable and the roads are generally quite good.
  • Download apps If you've purchased a local SIM and want cheaper, more efficient taxi travel, download the apps for Blue Bird (www.bluebirdgroup.com) and GoJek (www.go-jek.com).
  • Refill water bottles The website Refill My Bottle (www.refillmybottle.com) directs you to hotels and restaurants across Lombok where you can refill your water bottle for free or for a negligible fee. You can also download the app.
  • Always carry sunblock The equatorial rays are strong, and even an hour or two unprotected can cause a nasty burn.

What to Take

  • Plug converter for Indonesia
  • A sturdy pair of walking sandals
  • Two swimsuits (so you'll always have a dry one)
  • Sunblock and bug spray
  • Layers for the Rinjani hike
  • A dedicated beach bag (to keep the sand at bay)

What to Wear

Lombok is extremely casual, so short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals are all fine during the day. At night, if going out to nicer restaurants, men may want to wear lightweight long pants; singlets are poor form. Women often change into beachy dresses.

Keep in mind that Lombok is a conservative Muslim island. Topless bathing is a big no-no, and beachwear is just that: clothing for the beach. It is considered offensive to wander around a local village in your bathing suit.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make certain your passport will be valid for six months after your date of arrival in Indonesia. This regulation is strictly enforced.
  • Download Lombok mapping data from Google Maps so you can navigate with your phone offline.
  • Inform your bank of your trip so your credit or debit card doesn't get locked after your first transaction.