West -- The west coast is Lombok's most developed area and the home of the majority of islanders. The cities of Ampenan, Mataram, and Cakranegara serve as the main jumping off point to the rest of the island. Both the port and airport are here. Senggigi, just north of the cities, is Lombok's main tourist hub with the most hotels and resorts on the island, as well as the home base for many of the island's outfitters.

Southwest -- This peninsula remains Lombok's least developed area in terms of tourism and thus provides the unique opportunity to explore hidden bays and deserted beaches.

North -- This is the seat of Gunung Rinjani, Lombok's sacred volcano and destination for many of the island's tourists.

Central -- The cooler central region of Lombok presents your best opportunity for shopping. Small artisan villages that produce ikat cloth, baskets, and pottery are scattered among the hills here.

South -- A new megaresort has been proposed for south Lombok, which has possibly some of the finest beaches in all Indonesia. The surf here is also internationally renowned.

East -- To see the least developed and least visited area of Lombok, come to the east. The villages here are home to a very traditional society of Sasak people. You can also catch a ferry to the islands of Komodo and Flores from here.

The Gili Islands -- These three tiny islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan) have no cars, scant electricity and running water, and little connection to the outside world. Therefore, they're very popular among backpackers, surfers, and anyone looking to go off the grid for a while. Aside from scuba diving, the main draw here is the potential to spend all your time with your feet in the sand.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.