20 Facts About Lombok


Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.

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Orang Lombok is some what similar in size and density, and shares some cultural heritage with the neighboring island of Bali to the west.

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Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.

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Lombok is under the administration of the Governor of the province of West Nusa Tenggara .

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Relations between the Sasak and Balinese in western Lombok were largely harmonious and intermarriage was common.

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Lombok sent a large army to Lombok and the Balinese raja capitulated to Dutch demands.

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July 2018 Lombok earthquake killed 20 people and injured hundreds more.

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Lombok is part of the Lesser Sundas deciduous forests ecoregion.

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Water supply in Lombok is stressed and this places strain both upon the water supply of the provincial capital, Mataram, and upon that of the island in general.

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Areas in southern Lombok Island were classified as arid and prone to water shortages due to low rainfall and lack of water sources.

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Island's indigenous Sasak people are predominantly Muslim however before the arrival of Islam Lombok experienced a long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence that reached the island through Java.

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Non-orthodox Islamic group found only on Lombok are the Wektu Telu, who pray three times daily, instead of the five times stipulated in the Quran.

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Lombok has retained a more natural, uncrowded and undeveloped environment, which attract travelers who come for its relaxed pace and the opportunity to explore the island's unspoiled natural environment.

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However, the people of Lombok are coming under increasing pressure from rising food and fuel prices.

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Tourist development started in the mid-1980s when Lombok attracted attention as an 'unspoiled' alternative to Bali.

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Tourism was slow to return to Lombok, provoked in part by a worldwide reluctance to travel because of global tensions.

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Sekotong, in southwest Lombok, is popular for its numerous and diverse scuba diving locations.

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South Lombok surfing is considered some of the best in the world.

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Lombok is famous for its diversity of breaks, which includes world-renowned Desert Point at Banko Banko in the southwest of the island.

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In 2019, Lombok received a score of 70, the highest among the assessed top 10 halal tourist destinations in Indonesia in study conducted by the Tourism Ministry.

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