Here’s your complete insider guide to Lombok, including the weather, transportation, health and safety recommendations and money exchange advices.
Best time to visit:
Lombok’s weather is beautiful all year round, thanks to it’s tropical climate. Although it has two seasons. The Dry Season runs from May through to September. The Rainy Season runs from October through to April. In terms of weather, the most popular time to visit Lombok is definitely the Dry Season. But the rainy season is less humid and rainfall is not overly high.
Bus: Almost every corner of Lombok can be reached by bus, mostly with private operators connecting transport and tourist hubs.
Bemo: Small, cheap, public minibuses operate around population centres, often radiating out along predetermined routes from dedicated terminals.
Taxi: Metered taxis operate from the airport and other transport hubs.
Car: It’s easy to hire a car in all the tourist areas (with/without driver per day from Rp 600,000/350,000).
Motorcycle: Driving a motorbike is simply the best way to get around if you are not going for long trips. Motorbikes are also widely available from about Rp 70,000 per day. Check your insurance arrangements carefully. You need an international driving license which you have to apply for in your home country. They are usually only valid together with your “real” driving license, so you need to bring both along.
Health Insurance: Even if you are healthy, don’t travel without sufficient health insurance – accidents do happen. If you’re uninsured, emergency evacuation is expensive – bills of more than US$100,000 are not uncommon.
Vaccinations: Recommendations for Southeast Asia include the following for all travellers. For further informations on health advices and different conditions that you might be worried about, you can consult your country’s representative embassies in Indonesia, or try to read through these detailed FAQ about general questions example: https://kemlu.go.id/stockholm/en/lists/faq/category-faq
Even on a cloudy day sunburn can occur rapidly, especially near the equator. Use a strong sunscreen (at least factor 30).
Never drink tap water in Indonesia. Widely available and cheap, bottled water is generally safe.
For the most part, Lombok is very safe. There is certainly an element of danger (just like with most counties in the world) – but generally speaking, Lombok is perfectly safe place to visit.
By far, the biggest risk in Lombok is a natural disaster. A natural disaster like earthquake can certainly disrupt travel here, but nothing so far has stopped tourists from visiting. Thousands of people still visit Lombok each day, and the island is prepared if an incident does occur. It’s safe to visit Lombok right now, but just be cautious of current geologic events, and what to do in an emergency.
Top safety tips for traveling to Lombok:
- Take a digital copy of your important documents – always take a digital copy of your passport and important documents so you can still access them if anything gets lost.
- Stay clear of drugs – getting caught with possession of drugs in Indonesia is a serious offense. Penalties can be as severe as the death penalty.
- Only drink bottled water – you can’t drink tap water in Lombok, so always remember to buy bottled water.
- Wear mosquito repellant – avoid being bitten by wearing insect repellant. Mosquitos may carry dengue fever which can be potentially life-threatening.
- Wear a helmet – road accidents in Lombok are extremely common. If you are renting a scooter make sure to always wear a helmet.
- Be careful with the monkeys – they are unpredictable, and sometimes aggressive. Some may even have rabies. Observe them from a distance, but don’t get too close.
Money exchange: You can exchange most major world currencies easily into the local currency, the Indonesian Rupiah (1US$ = Rp 15,000). All hotels offer currency exchange but at less favorable exchange rates. You can go to a branch office of one of the local banks, or you can find several “authorized” money changers in the tourist areas (for example in Senggigi) and in the capital Mataram. Better to change your money in advance, if you plan travel around Lombok as there are some place neither money changers not credit card payments available, only cash! Credit cards are accepted at higher-end establishments.
ATMs are everywhere in Lombok. Even on the Northern Gili Islands are several ATM’s. On the mainland you’ll find ATM’s in every touristic place, even in some supermarkets. Withdrawals can be made with credit cards and some debit cards on the Maestro and Cirrus networks. Most ATMs dispense money in multiples of Rp 50,000 and a few machines will dispense Rp 100,000 notes. All ATMs are clearly marked which denominations they pay out. Some banks will only allow maximum withdrawals of Rp 1,250,000 at one time but will allow up to three withdrawals in a day. Others will allow Rp 3,000,000 at one time with a maximum of Rp 6,000,000 withdrawal in a day.
– How can you get to Lombok Island? Click here: Access to Lombok! –