Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 kilometres across and a total area of about 4,514 square kilometres. The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram.

Lombok is somewhat similar in size and density, and shares some cultural heritage with the neighboring island of Bali to the west. However, it is administratively part of West Nusa Tenggara, along with the larger and more sparsely populated island of Sumbawa to the east. Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.

The island is home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded in the decennial 2014 census.

Earthquake disaster

The July 2018 Lombok earthquake killed 20 people and injured hundreds more, the earthquake caused significant damage to Lombok island and was the foreshock of a larger earthquake that followed eight days later. The 5 August 2018 Lombok earthquake had a moment magnitude of 7.0, and it caused catastrophic damage to North Lombok and also caused damage to nearby Bali and the Gilis. It caused over 550 deaths and more than 7000 were injured. Another Lombok earthquake occurred on 19 August 2018, killing 13 people and damaging 1800 buildings.


Public Ferries depart from Padang Bai (Southeast Bali) and Lembar (Southwest Lombok) every hour, taking a minimum of 45 hours make the crossing in either direction. 

Tourism is an important source of income on Lombok.  The most developed tourism area of the island is on the west coast of the island and is centered about the township of Senggigi. Direct fast boat services make a direct connection to the Gili islands. The Gili islands provide both a lay-back backpacker's retreat and a high-class resort destination. 

~ Ref: Wikipedia

1. On board the bus for the drive to the harbour to catch the ferry.
2. The ferry carries trucks and passengers.
The truck drivers seem to get most of the "couches"
and sleep the whole trip, while most of us were squished into booths

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As we will be on the ferry for 5 hours, over lunch, we ordered the boxed lunches that Bill is seen carrying.
We hired porters to carry our luggage as it is a 10 minute walk and steep stairs to our lounge deck.
They charged 20,000 Rp or $2.00 per person.
Some of the suitcases were huge and the porters were small, wiry and older,
but they just hoist the cases up onto a shoulder and away they go!
Glad ours were carry-on size . . . we usually travel with backpacks.

Thought we were lucky to get a good seat - a booth.
Then shortly after we headed out, a crew member came and plugged the TVs in!
Whoa! Sub-woofers had nothing on these...with a pretty violent movie on the go!
We were tempted to pull the plug that was within reach, but we didn't want to risk being thrown overboard...

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Bill went up to the top deck for some pictures.
It was pretty hot up there. Some people were sleeping under whatever shade they could find.

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Kevin, one of the "newbies" to our travel group. overlooks the lounging passengers.
Our seats were in the A/C lounge.
At the back was the non-A/C lounge, and people were sleeping on mats (for rent) on the floor.
It was a slow ferry and we felt slightly seasick from the rolling motion.

Some more photos from the top deck.

Docking at Lombok Harbour


Vera from Indonesia, Barry from London, Bill from Manitoba, and Bill from Calgary.
Travel companions watching our ship come in to dock beside another ferry.

Motor bikes - the major transportation mode.
These are new ones on the way to the dealer.
Disembarking was easy since porters carried the luggage ashore.

A walk along the dockyards to board our air-conditioned bus.




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