LOMBOK, TROPICAL PARADISE
Lombok is the most popular tourist destination in Nusa Tenggara. The stunning Gili Islands draw tourists from near and far, the imposing Gunung (Mount) Rinjani is a trekkers delight, Kuta in the south famed for its deserted sandy beaches and big surf breaks, Sekotong in the southwest with its numerous and diverse scuba diving sites, and Senggigi with its scenic bays. The peak of the tourist season, and also the best time to visit Lombok is from May to August.
The islands main inhabitants are the indigenous Sasak who are believed to have migrated from Java in the first millennium BC and number around 2.6 million. They are culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese, but unlike the Hindu Balinese the majority are Muslim, and Lomboks skyline is punctuated with mosques and minarets. Islamic traditions and holidays influence the islands daily activities. There is also a significant Hindu Balinese minority a legacy of the time when Bali controlled Lombok.
Mataram in West Lombok is the provincial capital.