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
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
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
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.
3 Best Places to Visit in Lombok for Vacation, Lombok is not just offering beaches and mountains but as a popular tourist destination, the island is also offering other attractions. We have to admit that the Gilis or small islands around the main island of Lombok is the most popular destination but we also have to say that Lombok is not just those islands; there are small, traditional villages where you can find various interesting things. Below, you will find three most interesting villages in Lombok.
This village is located in District Pujut in Central Lombok or about 30 km from the city of Mataram. Sade village is one of the tribe villages where Sasak people live. Here, you will how the people live in a traditional manner. Their homes were built from bamboo and wood with thatched roofs. Most people who live there are farmers. But, because the tourism industry has been developed, many of the locals become tour guide.
Another interesting thing you can find here is handicrafts and ikat weaving that are made by hand using traditional techniques. Most houses in Sade village are selling souvenirs, such as necklaces, key chains, bracelets and many more. You can also see how women in the village create ikat weaving.
Just like Sade, Sukarara is also a traditional village where you can see the uniqueness of Sasak tribe. The village is located in the district of Sukarara in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. It is just 25 km from the city of Mataram. Most women who live in Sukarara village worked as weaver. The reason why they work as weaver is not just about money but more than that, they want to preserve and maintain their culture and the existence of traditional weaving. Most women here get their weaving skill since they were just a kid. They also have responsibility to teach the technique to their daughters who will continue it.
Women in Sukarara village weave in front of their houses. This scenery can be found in almost every house along the road village. Songket or woven fabric created by Sukarara weavers has different patterns with other villages.
This traditional village is located in the district of Kediri in West Lombok, Nusa Tenggara. It is just 14 km away from the city of Mataram. Different from Sade and Sukarara, this village is the center of pottery.
Once entering the village, you will see a row of art shops belong to local people. Those shops are selling Kemmek (pot), trash cans. Kekete (Pan), selao (barrel), jars and many more. What makes this pottery interesting is the technique. Local pottery makers who live Banyumulek are still keeping and using the same technique as their ancestors do thousand years ago.
Gili islands are the most popular tourist destination in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. The popularity of the Gilis began in the 1980s and 1990s. During the time, the Gilis in Lombok are established and now they provide an array of glamour options. Today, some Gilis, especially the popular ones, are very relaxed and laid-back. They have so many beachside cafes, bars and restaurants with various menus, from local to international. Read more
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)..