Yes, it’s high season in Lombok and the island is very busy – but you’ll never find the crowds that have overtaken Bali here!
With its vast coastlines, deserted islands, hectares of forests and national parks, and hundreds of quaint villages to explore, you’ll always find some special space to enjoy the fun and sun in Lombok!
Gili Trawangan is known, rightly or wrongly, as “the party island” and, especially in high season, it can certainly be seen that way as thousands of visitors flood onto the small idyllic island off the northwest coast of Lombok during the annual European holidays.
But, even for an island that has found itself marketed as a party destination and happily provides a range of fun and exciting nightlife options for tourists, there comes a point when “enough is enough”!
EPICENTRUM TO CHANGE THE FACE OF SHOPPING IN LOMBOK
After more than two years of rumours, construction is now underway at Lombok’s newest and biggest mall.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Lombok Epicentrum on Jalan Sriwijaya in Mataram took place on 1 March, 2014 and, when we visited this week, site works are well underway for the stylish mall that will change the face of shopping in Lombok.
August is high season in Lombok and, when the main tourism areas get too busy, a day trip across the island is a great way to get away from the crowds and see the “real face” of the island.
The centre of Lombok encompasses the southern slopes of the Rinjani mountain range and is cooler and more lush than the south; being protected by forests and jungle and receiving abundant rainfall in the wet season. There are many rivers, waterfalls and streams originating from the mountains and feeding the villages below.
Every single household in Green Valley generates rubbish.
The volume of waste being generated on a daily basis now far exceeds the capacity of collection points and frequency with which this waste is removed.
Genuine health and environmental issues have arisen from the massive excess of waste that has been allowed to accumulate and, as a result, a group of concerned residents recently formed the Green Valley Association (GVA) to look at ways to address the concerns of many living in the area.