You will need at least one week to fully appreciate Lombok, plus another few days if you plan to climb Gunung Rinjani. Two weeks is about all you need, unless you plan to do a lot of trekking, sunbaking and exploring of traditional village.
Wear to wear
If you are planning on traveling around the island and visiting small villages it is more respectable to wear slacks or knee length shorts, a shirt with sleeves or a sarong. If you happened to be here during Ramadan, which is the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, please do not to eat, drink or smoke out in the open public during this month long fast. Even though the people don't seem bothered in the common tourist areas like, Senggigi and the Gili islands, it is better to respect the people and not eat or smoke openly
RAMADHAN (FASTING) BREAK
Most tourist facilities in Lombok (Gili Islands & Senggigi) remain open during Ramadhan. Local Restaurants might close in residential area in Mataram or Cakranegara to respect the majority of Moesleem Fasting. Tourist are suggested to eat and drinks in hotel's or resort's area.
Indonesian work in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. If you need to visit a government office, arrive between 08 AM and 11:30 AM. This also apply to banks and private businesses. Government offices close early on Fridays and Saturdays. Generally offices are open 07:30AM - 3 PM Monday - Thursday, 07:00AM - noon on Friday. Banks and Government Offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
All parts of Indonesia utilize electricity supply is 220V. There are some areas like Gili air, Gili Meno and Kuta, electricity supply is limited, erratic or nonexistent. In these three tourist areas, mid-range and up market hotels normally have small generators, but chieper places may have no electricity at all, so bring candles and a torch (flashlight).
Lombok is relatively poor and undeveloped, so toilets in most restaurants and budget hotels are more likely to be the squat-style variety, and they won't provide toilet paper. Toilet paper is available at general stores throughout Lombok, but if there's a bin next to the toilet, use it to dispose of the paper so you do not clog up their system.
In BANGSAL HORBOUR
You will find many peapoles offering service to carry your bags, this guys are usually try to be gentle or act like a boatman crew so be ware and do not let they carry your bags for whatever reason. They often charge an expensive and unreasonable amount. If you have to pay, a regular porter cost is about Rp. 2000 -5000 / bag.
Do not buy any mosquitoes coil from some kids at the harbor, as they are trying to sell things at the highest they can. There are lots of shops on the Islands selling those stuffs with better prices.
Do not try to look at the things that they offers, and do not make any promises to say "maybe later". Those guys can recognize your face and ask for the promises.
When you returned from the Islands, many kids brings water to wash your foot. At first you may feel convenient, but at the end they ask some money. Give them some school needs i.e: pens, or writing book. It's better not to let them do anything to you.
In the sea
Stonefish are found on the coral reefs where they are camouflaged and almost invisible. They are poisonous if stepped on.
Be aware of strong currents while swimming or snorkeling. It is best to ask the advice of a dive master before swimming alone.
Jelly Fish is almost invisible on the water. It looks like a crystal/plastic, but very dangerous.
Some kind of jelly fish is making your skin itchy, and some are poisoning.
On the beach
Use a high protection of Sun Cream. The weather can be very hot on the afternoon.
Do not leave any valuable belongings unattended at the beach while swimming or snorkeling. Ask for a deposit box at the hotel where you stay.
There are a number of catholic and protestant churches in Lombok. Some of these are listed in the directory below.
Most of the consulates and embassies are located in the nearby Bali islands. These consulates extend their help to the citizens in case of any emergency and extend help with the visa formalities. Their numbers are as follows:
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