The island of Lombok is broadly divided into 5 separate areas:
West Lombok – includes the major centre of commerce, Mataram, the current airport, and the sprawling coast line that encompasses the major tourist area, an ever-growing number of restaurants that offer many different cuisines and limited night life. Senggigi is clearly the most developed tourist area on Lombok, but that now stretches to the more tranquil and classy Mangsit a few kilometres north. Overall there is still an enormous undeveloped area along this coastal strip of white sands and majestic hillside locations
South Lombok – the magic white sand beach of Kuta, with big breaks for the surfers off the reef, a much quieter region than the east, but will soon host Lombok’s first International Airport, and new major resort complexes. This is the only area on the south coast which has some tourism of any significance, but must not be compared to Kuta on Bali. This place is much quieter with only a fraction of the tourists and facilities.
Central Lombok – the tourist heart of the Island. The area concludes the traditional villages - the major city is Praya. The fertile area south of the mighty Mt. Rinjani has interesting villages, beautiful landscapes and green rice fields. Most of the villages here are populated by Sasak. A few km from Tetebatu you will find the Taman Wisata Tetebatu monkey forest its with black monkeys and waterfalls, among them the popular Air Terjun Jukut waterfall. According to the locals the water from Air Terjun Jukut will give increased hair growth.
East Lombok – lush and less developed than the western part of the island, allowing you to look at a rural part of Indonesia. Inhabited by the indigenous Sasak people, who keep their culture very much alive, the major city is Selong. The major tobacco companies invest heavily here as the region produces the best Virginia tobacco.
North Lombok – dominated by the massive Gunung Rinjani volcano, and most of the villages here sit on the slopes of the mountain or along the narrow coastline. Many travelers come here on their way to the Gili islands or to climb Gunung Rinjani. Surrounding is a beautiful landscape with waterfalls, the great view over the ocean and the mountain and the traditional villages.
Whilst to Lombok’s north west are their three famous small islands; Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.
Gili Air - is the nearest Gili to Lombok. It is also the most populated and you will find more trees there than the other Gili's. The local inhabitants are: Sasak, Mandar, Bugis and Makassar. You can find their unique culture that is different from Lombok and wonderful beaches. Many of the older generation still make their living as boatmen, fisherman and farming coconuts.
Gili Meno - the middle island, the smallest of the three Gili's and it is the quietest with fewer tourists. Special features of the island are the salt lake and spectacular dive sites such as, Meno Wall, Sea Turtle Point, and Blue Coral Point. The beach on the eastern part of the island is special and there's snorkeling just offshore and further north. Gili Meno also hosts Lombok's world class Bird Park.
Gili Trawangan - the most popular among the three Gili’s. The main strip down the east coast has many different levels of accommodation, a variety of restaurants and dive shops. If you are seeking a quieter place to stay there are bungalows in the north. This is the Party Island, and attracts many of the world’s youth [of all ages] on their adventure tours.
Many other islands [gilis] are found off the coast of Lombok and many are being developed into simple tourist locations.