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Lombok Island

23
Jun

Sembalun – The Unequalled Village at the Base of Rinjani Volcano

Sit in the base of Rinjani Volcano, Sembalun Village is unequalled, stunning, and incredible part of East Lombok. With the great volcano as the background, exquisite panorama of beautiful valley welcomes every guest accompanied by warm smile of the indigenous Sembalun people. Read more

21
Jun

The Old City of Ampenan

Ampenan is the suburb of the city of Mataram. It is situated on Lombok Island which is known as the old town. According to historians, the name Ampenan was taken from the local word “Amben” means heaven. Used to be, Ampenan was a city that was used by the Dutch colonial as a port. Because of that, the area was full of various ethnics. Read more

19
Jun

Beautiful Sunset in Senggigi Beach Lombok

Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara is the perfect destination for you who are looking for relaxation. In this island, a lot of natural wealth can be found ranging from tropical forests, mountains to exotic beaches. Though many beaches in Lombok, but one of the most popular is the Senggigi beach located in West Lombok.

 

Lombok, which is located in the east of Bali, is known as the island where tourists can find beautiful beaches, great mountains and waterfalls. Senggigi beach has been known among visitors for many years. This beach offers a fascinating view, white sand and calm waves which invite visitors to swim or surf. Can be said, Senggigi is the center of tourism in Lombok where so many things can be found easily.

 

The beach is located in the western side of the island or about 12 km from the city of Mataram. You do not have to worry about the accommodation and transportation here because the government has provided sufficient accommodation to guarantee the comfort.

 

Senggigi beach is known for its exoticism. It is fascinating beach with white sand and calm waves become the main attraction. It also has marine activities such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling or even diving. The beach is clean from rubbish and the water is clear, so the underwater life can be seen easily when you snorkeling. Because of that reason, Senggigi is also known for its water activities.

 

Sunset in Senggigi

Sunset di Kila Senggigi

Once you reach Senggigi beach, you will find a strong natural atmosphere. The waves and the wind give a great feeling to anyone. In the south, you will see the open sky and the east side brings a set of green trees. From here, you will also see the greatness of mount Agung in Bali. This beach is really perfect for spending time or playing around with your beloved couple or family.

 

However, the most interesting thing you will find in Senggigi beach is its sun. It sets in a perfect position that is difficult to find in other places. You can enjoy the beautiful view by just sitting on the side of the beach with a drink on hand. Or, you can sit in cafes near the beach where usually tourists spend their time wait for the sunset.

 

Because of the position of the beach, which is in the opposite side of the Bali Island, the sunset here is one of the most interesting attractions that are waited by most visitors. Different from other beaches in Lombok, Senggigi brings a magnificent view when the sun sets in the west. When the sun goes down, Mount Agung in Bali becomes the background. It creates beautiful scenery that will help calming your stress.

 

You can enjoy the beautiful sunset by sitting in the cafes near the beach. You can have some drinks and menus for your dinner. You can find local menus to international cuisines that will give a perfect combination to your vacation. So, do not forget to visit Senggigi beach when you visit Lombok.

6
Nov

Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. Administratively the mountain is in the Regency of North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Barat, NTB). It rises to 3,726 metres (12,224 ft), making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia.

On the top of the volcano is a 6-by-8.5-kilometre (3.7 by 5.3 mi) caldera, which is filled partially by the crater lakeknown as Segara Anak or Anak Laut (Child of the Sea) due to blue color of water lake as Laut (Sea). This lake is approximately 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level and estimated to be about 200 metres (660 ft) deep; the caldera also contains hot springs. Sasak tribe and Hindu people assume the lake and the mount are sacred and some religion activities are occasionally done in the two areas.

The volcano and the caldera are protected by the Gunung Rinjani National Park established in 1997. Tourism is increasingly popular with trekkers able to visit the rim, make their way into the caldera or even to make the more arduous climb to the highest point; fatalities, however, are not unheard of. In July 2009 the summit route was closed due to volcanic activity at that time and subsequently reopened when the activity decreased. During early 2010 up to and including May 2010 access to Rinjani was at times again restricted due to volcanic activity.

The park is popular for mountain climbs and trekking and represents an important nature reserve and water catchement area. The park is officially 41,330 hectares (159.6 sq mi) within the park boundaries and includes a further 66,000 hectares (250 sq mi) of protected forest outside. The mountain and its satellites form the Mount Rinjani National Park (Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani). In 2008, the Indonesian government proposed to UNESCO that Mount Rinjani be one of the world’s official geoparks. If this was approved by UNESCO, Mount Rinjani would become the first such geological park in Indonesia.

It has been claimed that the preliminary documentation required for UNESCO registration has not received sufficient support from the Nusa Teggara Barat government offices. Among the requirements to become a geo-park sufficient information must be supplied to show that the location has sufficient and appropriate management, information services, access to educational instruction to facilitate “knowledge-based geotourism”, the implementation of a sustainable regional economy, biodiversity conservation, and to have established public access to the park area.

Mount Rinjani has obtained the World Legacy Award from Conservation International and Traveller (2004), and was a finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (2005 and 2008) from the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC)..

5
Nov

Visiting Each Gili Island

To move from one island to another the formal procedure is to take the Public boat (ferry) to Bangsal and then a further similar ferry to the required island departing from Bangsal. To return the reverse is required. This can be confusing and co-ordinating the timing with the connecting boat departing from Bangsal may be either difficult or elusive. There is also a limited official inter-island Island Hopping service provided.

Ferry operators may sometimes enter into informal arrangements with passengers to journey inter-island. In this situation a passenger boards a boat that is meant to go directly to Bangsal from one of the three Gili islands but instead it detours and sets down on the beach at another island whilst en-route. The prices are a movable feast. Inter-island access on the public boats in this manner is dependant upon timing, weather, loading, payment and the inclination of the crew to facilitate an inter-island journey and such arrangements are not officially sanctioned. The standard procedure is to travel to Bangsal and make a separate trip to the different island or to use the very limited official service. Read more

5
Nov

Get Gili Islands From Bali

As we know that the only one way to get Gili islands through the sea, by using Fastboat, or Ferry services.  The most suitable way to get Gili Island is by using a fastboat which is directly take you to Gili Island, the fastest, shortest, safe and comportable. All fast boat services are subject to weather conditions and the trip across the Lombok Strait can get quite bumpy especially in July and August. Most operators offer pickups and drop offs but all cover slightly different regions. Prices usually include land transport from/to your destination in Bali.

You may get a better price by booking from a travel agent in Bali /Lombok rather than booking directly with the boat company as the agents get discounts and some may pass them on to their customers. We recomended to booking a ticket online cause it’s more easiest to get the ticket wherever you are. Read more

5
Nov

Get Gili Air from lombok

These are the suitable ways to get Gili Islands through the sea, from Lombok Mainland:

From Lombok International Airport you can used taxi to get Bangsal or other port in Lombok Island, which only take few hours in journey depend on the traffic, there are a few taxi providers before you step out of the airport gate.

Public boat (ferry), is the standard method to reach Gili Air and is used by both local residents and tourists. The maximum number of passengers is fixed at 20 persons but it is often overloaded with goods and or passengers. If it seems clearly unsafe due to either overloading or prevailing weather conditions then it is most likely best not to board it. The earliest deaprt at 7:30 am, the next around 8:30, it includes the time for slow boarding). There is a ticket office on Gili Air to buy your ticket back to Bangsal, it is located adjacent to the arrival and departure point. Read more

5
Nov

Get Gili Meno from Lombok

As the other Gili, sea was the only way to get Gili islands, here are some suitable transportation that you can used:

Public boat (ferry), was the standard method to reach Gili Meno and is used by both local residents and tourists. The afternoon boat departs at 2PM, arrive with plenty of time prior to departure to avoid overbooking problems or last moment confusions. The maximum number of passengers is fixed at 20 persons but it is often overloaded with goods and or passengers. If it seems clearly unsafe due to either overloading or prevailing weather conditions then it is most likely best not to board it. Buy your tickets direct from the official Koperasi Angkutan Laut Karya Bahari office. In Bangsal this is located inside the main building near the door at the eastern corner. The Koperasi operate the Public Boat, the Shuttle boat, the Island Hopping boat and also offer (official) Charter boats. There is a ticket office on Gili Meno to buy your ticket back to Bangsal, it is located adjacent to the arrival and departure point. Read more

5
Nov

Get Gili Trawangan From Lombok

Sea is only one way to get Gili Trawangan from Lombok, and Lombok served some several port which will directly take you to Gili Trawangan (Teluk Nare/Teluk kodek, Bangsal,Senggigi), there are a lot of vehicles that you can used such as Fastboat transfer, Public boat or traditional boat.

Fastboat is a suitable way to get Gili Trawangan with easiest, fastest, safe and comfortable, although the cost is more expensive then others option. Fastboat services is usually included free pickup and drop off to your hotel. These fastboat services run in and out of the lovely ports located in Lombok, there are a lot of fastboat options that you can choosed depend on your budget and your need. Read more

5
Nov

Gili Air

Gili Air is the most easterly of the three Gili Islands of Lombok. Gili Air is the second smallest of the islands and the closest to mainland Lombok, making it popular with honeymoon couples and travellers seeking a quiet retreat. It has a population of about 1,800. The island offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving off its east coast, and turtles can be seen along the coral reef. Other water sports such as Standup Paddleboarding and Kite surfing are also now available.

Traditionally, Gili Air was seen as the domain of families and couples wanting a quiet, off-the-beaten-path escape, while the rowdier hoardes had their fun on Gili Trawangan. With Trawangan now upscaling so obviously, more and more backpackers seem to be chosing Gili Air as their primary option. This island has more of a rural, established feeling than the other two, and it is no surprise that many of the local Gili Islanders seem to prefer living on Gili Air. Read more