Lombok - Indonesia

Lombok, a beautiful and lush island, is located in southern Indonesia, in Nusatenggara Province. One of the Lesser Sunda Islands, it is located east of Bali across the Lombok Strait. Mountains of volcanic origin on the island rise to 3726 m (12,224 ft) atop Mount Rinjani. Mataram, on the western coast, is the chief settlement, and the nearby port of Ampenam is the site of Mataram State University (1963). Lembar is also a major port where you may dock. At the North-East corner of this Island is Gili Sudak which has two different coast lines to offer. To the east with cliffs and stones and to the North with around 200m beachfront with super white sand. In the 14th century, Lombok was settled by Hindu-Javanese. The Islamic religion was brought to Lombok between 1506 and 1545. In the 17th century, the island was divided into a number of small princedoms. In return for Balinese support in their struggle against the Raja of Sumbawa in the early 18th century, the Sasaks allowed the Balinese to settle in the western part of their island. The Dutch colonialists used the conflict between the two groups to their advantage. In the late 19th century, the Sasaks sought assistance from the Dutch, who had occupied northern Bali in 1882. In 1894, the Dutch mounted an elaborate military expedition in Lombok against the Balinese. Soon after, Lombok formally became a part of the Dutch East Indies. Strained feelings still exist between the Sasaks and the Balinese. Today, Lombok's 1.7 million people are a mixture of Islamic Sasak (80%) and Hindu Balinese (10%). There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.