Bali and Lombok are both great islands. Choosing the right one for you all depends on what you want to experience!
Beyond the fact that they both have a city called Kuta (don’t get confused between the two!) and have many cultural similarities, they have a fundamentally different environment.
Historically, all Indonesian islands were separate and independent states. What brings them together today is that they were all once Dutch colonies. And at the time of their independence, they are united under the name “Indonesia”.
Bali and Lombok are both similar in size, have similar cost of living, and type of landscape, which is full of jungle, volcanoes, beautiful scenery.
One of the main cultural differences is that Bali is a Hindu island, while Lombok is Muslim. Five times a day, you’ll hear the call of prayer—one that can wake you up at night.
Balinese culture is an essential asset to attract tourists to the island. The locals are very open and love to share stories and anecdotes with visitors.
You will definitely get an opportunity to learn about their fascinating history, religion, art and traditions.
Bali has been welcoming tourists for decades and as a result has reliable infrastructure – Lots of choice in terms of accommodationWestern and healthy food, and things to do.
To such an extent that tourism has taken over the local culture in some places. Pollution, heavy traffic and over-urbanization are some of the consequences of mass tourism.