- Mataram - the largest city in Lombok and the provincial capital of West Nusa Tenggara
- Ampenan - historic port city and site of the previous international airport serving Lombok, however those airport facilities have now been moved to Bandara Internasional Lombok near Praya, and the airport has been closed to airline operations.
- Cakranegara - the main commercial area on the eastern flank of Mataram
- Senggigi - the main tourist strip, including the neighboring beaches of Mangsit, Klui and Batu Bolong
- Tanjung - on the north west coast including the newly developing areas of Medana and Sire beach, administrative capital of the North Lombok Regency
- Bangsal - little harbor servicing the Gili Islands
- Pemenang - a local service centre and northern gateway to the Pusak pass and Monkey forest, support township for Bangsal and Gili islands
- Gerung - administrative capital of the West Lombok Regency, to the south of the provincial capital of Mataram
- Lembar - non-descript harbour town for the larger vehicular and passenger carrying ferries to and from Bali
- Gili Islands — Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan, these tiny islands of the west coast are popular with divers, backpackers, heodonists and those looking for a relaxing island holiday. Each island has a different flavour and tempo, research well for a good fit and if you get it wrong just change islands, they are very close to each other and to the mainland for day trips or further exploration
- Sire beach at Tanjung — developing into a location for palacious fully serviced rental villas and intimate 5 star resorts.
- Kosaido Golf Club on the Sire Peninsula in Tanjung
- Medana Bay Marina — in Tanjung, 18 holes on gentle undulating greens surrounded by rustic villages and coconut groves
- Monkey forest — at Pusuk pass on the road between Gunung Sari and Pemenang, an alternative route northward from Mataram
- Old town and port of Ampenan, the inlet is still in use for fishing boats and Lombok's maritime oil and fuel terminal and storage tanks are sited on the foreshore. Has a forlorn but interesting seaside esplanade that has seen better days
- Gunung Sari — the mountain overlooks the northern flanks of the city, it has a traditional market and is the gateway to the Pusuk pass
- Batu Bolong — means 'rock with a hole in it', one of many wave eroded rocks with holes in them along the west coast but this one is an important Hindu site
- Kerandangan beach — popular spot for satays and beach activities on Sundays, has a strring of traditional thatched warungs along the beach. Far back in the long valley behind the beach there are a few rental villas and as a gateway to the forest there is a lineal conservation park
- Mangsit beach — the quieter and more civilised end of Senggigi, a lovely beach and good range of hotels from budget to boutique resort and has the full scale 4 star Lombok Holiday Resort and the popular Qunci boutique resort right on the beach
- Klui beach — even quieter again and site to a new small boutique resort hotel, has a lovely beach popular on Sundays with local people eating satay and playing on the beach
- Lendang Guar — quiet scenic beach immediately north of Klui beach and Mangsit beach, 3 hotels, one recently opened on the beach and 2 on the main road
- Malimbu beach — has spectacular views from the headlands at either end, popular with sunset photographers
- Nipah beach — a lovely clean bay with traditional fishing activities and a stunning mountain backdrop
- The scenic west coast highway — with beautiful bays, headlands and mountain framed rice fields to the north, a must for a motorbike enthusiast
West Lombok is the principal area of tourist activity and endeavour in Lombok. It has the most facilities including hotels, restaurants, tour companies, car and motorbike rental operators, western and locally oriented bars, clubs and restaurants. The focus of this activity is upon the township Senggigi including it's lineal satellites along the coast north to the quieter and pretty Mangsit beach and Klui beach, and south to Batu Bolong, Batu Layar and Montong.
The Senggigi area and in particular the township itself serves as the principal gateway to the other attractions of Lombok northward up the west coast including the Gili Islands and to Tanjung with it's upmarket resorts and rental villas at Sire Beach and Medana beach. Tanjung in the north of the district is the gateway to the North Lombok region including Senaru, Mount Rinjani and further on to the historic villages of Bayan and Sembalun in adjoining North Lombok.
Bahasa Sasak is the language of the Sasak peoples of Lombok.
In western Lombok the local people speak in varying dialects of the indigenous language of Lombok. Informal versions of Bahasa Indonesian are also spoken by many people especially amongst the younger generations who may also introduce elements of Javanese or Jakarta slang into their conversations. In the hotels, larger shops and offices of the district people will normally speak in more formal versions of Bahasa Indonesia. In the tourism areas along the west coast some people may speak English, especially those associated in some way with tourism activities. In tourist venues such as hotels and restaurants catering to overseas tourists there is more likelihood of English speakers being available most especially in the major hotels, restaurants and other establishments.
Lombok International Airport (LOP IATA) is located near the city of Praya on in South Lombok, and is approximately 10-60 km from the various parts of West Lombok (40 km southeast of Mataram). The airport is covered in the main Lombok article.
Airport taxis travel into West Lombok and are available to arriving passengers at Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok). The taxis providing services to and from the airport use a taxi meter. Payment of an Airport Taxi Service Charge is required for taxis departing the airport. The fee for West Lombok destinations is Rp 17,000, payable at a dedicated Airport Taksi desk at both the domestic and the international terminals.
Airport pick-up, the established hotels and resorts of the West Lombok area may offer pick up's and transfers to and from the airport or other locations in Lombok. You will need to enquire at the hotels for this service and ensure you book ahead.
DAMRI public airport bus service provides a scheduled air-conditioned service in late model buses operating between the airport and Mandalika central bus terminal on the eastern outskirts of Mataram (Rp 15,000/person) and to Senggigi on the west coast (Rp 25,000/person).
Public buses and bemo run to and from the west coast and the city of Mataram.
The northern areas feed in through Tanjung with limited services further north from Bayan connecting down the west coast.
Other northern services connect through Tanjung, then onward via Pemenang, through Pusuk pass and onward via Gunung Sari to Mataram, Sweta and to the Central region and on to the south and the east of the island.
From the central areas toward Praya, the eastern coast and the southern beaches including Kuta and Sekotong the bus and bemo system can be a little complex and bewildering.
A bus terminal in the Sweta district just east of the main city of Mataram and Cakranegara serves West Lombok but there are also many smaller regional bemo hubs such as that found at the Ampenan pasar and other regional markets. As the system feeding into and traversing the West Lombok region is somewhat confusing most visitors choose private car options, minibus operators, boat services or Lombok's quite reliable radio dispatched taxi service to get from point to point on the island.
Fastboat services are increasing in number with several operators providing a crossing from Pandangbai in Bali to Gili Trangawan. Many Lombok visitors are now using this alternative to the larger and slower vehicular ferries and the aircraft services arriving at Lombok's airport in Ampenan.
Many are new start ups and there have recently been some operational safety issues with some of the entrants to this Lombok Strait sea route. Potential users of these services should research their options well.
Speedboats to Teluk Nare provide quick and expedient onward services from the Gili islands to the Lombok mainland.
Traditional outrigger boat charters also provide connections through to Bangsal, Mangsit beach and Senggigi beach from the three Gili Islands.
A public ferry service run by a local co-operative travels between the Gilli Islands and Bangsal harbour.
Please see the Bangsal article for more detail on those services.
Limited charter operations also move people between the Medana peninsular to provide services to the 5 star Oberoi Resort and the new Lombok Lodge, both whom have basic landing facilities.
Public vehicular and passenger ferries
- Lombok strait: Lembar Lombok - from: Padangbai, Bali, with 12 ferries providing crossings once every hour, services run 24/7 unless suspended due to adverse weather conditions.
- Alat Strait: Labuhan Lombok - from: Pototano, Sumbawa with 8 ferries providing 18 crossings per day.
Disruptions and re-scheduling can occur on any of these sea crossings as the shipping operators may suspend services due to breakdown or heavy seas.
Lembar arrivals by ferry from Bali may find that only limited services are available to connect to through to Praya in Central Lombok, southeast toward Kuta or north toward the city of Mataram and the West Lombok tourism precincts of Senggigi, Gili Islands Tanjung and on to North Lombok.Taxis service the port area and bemo run during the day. Some visitors prefer to make prior arrangements for onward connections to their final destination in Lombok.
Please see the Lembar article for details.
- Rent a car
- Rent a motor bike
- Please see the main Lombok article article for more detailed information on driving and renting in Lombok and ensure you obtain and use a helmet when riding a motor bike.
- Metered taxis normally operate in the central and eastern area of Lombok however they will be hard to find in the more remote areas. Bookings can be made in advance by calling their radio dispatch service.
- Batu Bolong Hindu shrine
- Sundays at Kerandangan beach or Klui beach, locals play on the beach and seek out satay
- Senggigi nightlife for a flashback to the 80's
- Jalan Udayana, a night time strip of warungs and small food stalls near the now closed Selaparang Airport.
- Go snorkelling
- Go bike riding on the scenic west coast highway between Mangsit beach and Malimbu
- Take a guided walk in the forest
- Hire an outrigger boat and take a trip to the Gili Islands
The west coast strip has a wide array of eating establishments. The highest saturation is in the Senggigi precinct.
Local food, mixed fusion food and a few successful attempts as western oriented styles can be found in this extended lineal coastal strip from Montong through to Klui just north of Mangsit beach.
Please see the Senggigi article for more details.
Many licensed premises such as hotels and some restaurants serve alcohol in the west Lombok region. Do not expect alcoholic drinks to be served in other than the larger hotels and more internationally oriented establishments and please respect local sensibilities by avoiding drinking openly in public whilst in Lombok. Local coffee, tea, fruit juices, coconut juice and softdrinks (sodas) are normally readily available.
Please see the main Lombok article for detail on health and safety in Lombok.
- Please see the Lombok main article for a more comprehensive list of medical facilities available on the island.
- Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umun), Jl. Pejanggik 6, Mataram, ☎ . 24 hr UGD-Emergency room and admissions. The islands main public hospital with UGD (Unit Gawat Darurat)-Emergency treatment room, ICU and OR facilities, laboratorium, Specialist consulting rooms.
- Klinik Risa (Risa Centra Medika Hospital), Jl. Pejanggik No.115, Cakranegara (just east of Mataram mall on the right hand side of the road), ☎ . 24 hours Emergency room, Specialist consulting rooms and Dentist..
- Ambulance +62 370 623489
In emergency dial - 118
- The reality is that unless within the confines of Mataram/Ampenan/Cakranegara an ambulance is normally too far away to provide prompt transport in the case of a true emergency. Most often a taxi, police vehicle or a private car is used to get someone requiring urgent medical attention to a hospital. The ambulances in Lombok are more often used in the role of assisted patient transport rather than for first responder/paramedic supported emergency assistance and transport.
West Lombok has varying terrain and land use from urban cities to remote mountain peaks and valleys. Accordingly mobile telephonary varies from reasonable to patchy to non-existent. The cities and built up areas normally have reasonable to good coverage from the two main operators.
- Telkonsel is operated by Indonesia's Telkom. They provide GSM 2G and in some areas including Senggigi, Mangsit and south to Mataram 3G reception and broadband wireless connections may be possible.
- XL is also provides a wide coverage of 2G and in some areas 3G coverage.
Post offices are available in Mataram at the central post office at Jalan Sriwijarya, Mataram, ☎ +62 370 632645.
There is also a post office on the other side of the traffic round-a-bout outside the old Selaparang airport gates and another in Senggigi in the main street opposite of Bank BNI.
Post offices are described as Kantor Pos in Indonesia.
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