Lombok is separated from Bali in the west about 40 km away by the Lombak Strait. The island is roughly circular in shape measuring about 70 km across. The centrally located, Mount Rinjai at 3726 metres is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and is still active.
The capital of Lombok is Mataram and the populace consists of about 85% sasak and about 15% Balinese. The sasak whilst culturally and linguistically related to the Balinese are mostly muslim.
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Bali, the island of the gods.
The island is approx. 153 km wide (east to west) and approx. 112 km from north to the south. Bali’s central mountains contains several peaks of more than 3,000 metres of which the highest is Mount Agung at 3,031 metres, known as the “mother mountain” and an active volcano.
The largest city is Denpasar, near the southern coast, followed by Singaraja located on the north coast.
The main tourist locations are Kuta (with its beach) and its nearby suburbs of Legian and Seminyak, the east coast town of Sanur and Ubud in the centre of the island (the cultural centre of Bali) and the newer development of Nusa Dua, where many of the five stars resorts are situated.
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