Lombok, information, accessibility, geography, things to see, possible tours

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LOMBOK can be accessed via flight and by Ferry from Bali or direct flight from Jakarta via Yogyakarta. It is about 30 minutes away by flight from Bali while it is about 4 hours by Ferry from Padang bai harbour in the east of Bali.

About Lombok

Lombok is a tiny island situated about 30 minutes by flight from Bali to east direction. Mostly dwelled by Balinese Hindus people on the westside and Mixed Lombok/Sumbawa/Bugis Moslem on the middle and east of the island. Lombok can offers both beautiful nature and exotic cultural interests for visitors. The while sandy beach of Senggigi and Kute and the panoramic view of three island called Gili are the best available marine resourced can be experience. Since most of the west side of Lombok is occupied by Balinese Hindus, you can find easily many Balinese temples on Balinese comnity, on the coastalside and also the mountains.

And since the majority of people are Moslem, in most of the village corners you can find Mosques which is Lombok island is also known as "The island with thousand Mosque".

The capital city called Mataram, the airport is Seleparang while the seafort call Lembar.

Tourist destination in Lombok :

Senggigi : the beach area on southwest coast about 25 minutes drive from Seleparang airport. This is the volunteer of tourist resort developtment of Lombok. This white sandy beach area offers various accommodation from backpackers to luxury stared world class hotels

Medana Beach : this is the extension beach of Senggigi, good for visitor seeking a quiter place but still have the easy accessibility to the night life, restaurant, Gili island etc nearby.

Gilis Island : Three islands about 15 minutes by boat from the nearest harbour, famous for the magnificent under water view and while sandy beach. Here you can also find sort of accommodation from homestay class to 3 stars hotels category.

Kute beach : the white sandy beach stretch on about 5 kilometers with calm clear crystal water can be accessed for about 1.5 hours from Seleparang airport. Simple local accommodation and luxury hotels are available here.

Mount Rinjani : wellknown for Mount Trekking tour, good for those are interested in eco tourism.

What to do???

Possible daily sightseeing tours

Full Day excursion discovering deserted private little atolls in the south west coast of Lombok. Driving through beautiful scenery of green paddy fields and verdant hills on the way to Lembar harbor where we boar the outrigger motorized boat for a short sail to Gili with its golden white sandy beach and fantastic under water garden off shores, an ideal place for snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing or just lazing around and enjoy the art of doing nothing.

Getting to know Sasak people with their cultures, tradition and arts is a life time experience, this tours start with a visit to Banyumulek pottery making village, see the local women at work at Sukarara for both Ikat and Songket hand woven fabric, beeswax Batik maybe seen on the way down to Sasak typical village of Rambitan, after lunch at the local restaurant spend the rest of the day for swimming and sun bathing on the stunning white sandy beach of A’an bay. Afternoon drive back to hotel.

Enjoy an easy walk through paddy fields, under the shady trees of central Lombok rain forest and meet the friendly mountain tribes, or cycling along the country roads with its scenic landscapes. After picnic lunch served, drive to Narmada a royal kingly garden or “ Water Eternity”. Mandalika one of the biggest local market in Lombok. Before returning to the hotel stop at Batu Bolong a rocky temple that jut out to the ocean.

To see the way locals making home production stuff by visiting: Grisak a tofu and soybean cake production center. See the whole process of buffalo skin cracker making at Seganteng. Getap balck smith village. Jangkuk hand made craft. Tanjung Karang shell accessories and back to hotel.

Leaving from Senggigi at 15:30 on fisherman boat heading to the best location either for fishing or cruising around for sunset will be another experience on your holiday, try to catch fish with traditional fishing gears provided while waiting for the most spectacular sunset over looking mount Agung in Bali. Any fish you catch be your own barbeque. At 18:00 pm back to the harbor.

This excursion will give you fully chance to get involved in the Sasaknese wedding ceremonial day. You will be part of the participant dresesed in the traditional sasak custom joining the bride and the groom accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra. Generally the groom family by walking a long the street to introduce the newly married couple to the public, since the marriage is not generally through the process of engagement but most commonly by kidnapping or MERARIK in the local language.

Pick up at your hotel stay, then starting the program by visiting: Banyumulek, the home local pottery industries. Sukarara village of traditional hand weavers, Lombok is known for its brightly patterned songket cloth, the techniques, pattern and motifs have been handed through the generation. Beleke one the famous wood carving and rattan handicraft. Pringgasela another style of weaving village. Loyok bamboo handicraft. Lunch will be provided at Tete Batu restaurant.

Drive through fascinating coastline of north Lombok while enjoying the breeze and the beauty of the gorgeous blues ocean. Stop over at picturesque Malimbu vantage point, from where you can enjoy the blend of green valley, blue ocean and highest and holiest Bali mountain in the distance. Meeting sasak indigenous people and experience their way of life at isolated Segenter Village is also part of your journey before finally take shower in Sendang Gila Waterfall. While enjoying the scenic beauty of the landscape, lunch will be served by the waterfall. After lunch, drive back to the hotel through Pusuk Monkey forest to see our “ ancestor “ in the wild, waiting for some peanuts from tourists passing by.

The Rinjani Trek

Mt. Rinjani has not erupted in recorded history, Mt. Baru (2,363m) in the crater lake is an active volcano. It last erupted dramatically in 1994. There are 2 main routes up the mountain, one from Senaru in the north and other from Sembalun Lawang at the east. The challenging three-day Rinjani Trek route from Senaru to the crater rim (Plawangan), down to the stunning crater lake then on to Sembalun Lawang, is considered one of the best treks in South East Asia. Those heading for the summit usually prefer to start in Sembalun Lawang.

Rinjani Trek Centre is located at the trailhead above Senaru traditional village. It offers information and displays for visitors on the trek, the National Park, Sasak culture and a range of activities available in Senaru. The Rinjani Trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds.

Gunung Rinjani National Park lies within the major transition zone (Wallaceae) where the flora and fauna of South East Asia makes a dramatic transition into that which is typical of Australasia. The Park has a rich variety of plants and animals, although they can be hard to spot due to the terrain and rainforest cover. Sometimes seen early in the mornings is the rare black Ebony leaf monkey, known locally as Lutung.

The Long tailed grey macaque or Kera is common in Lombok and older males are seen on the crater rim. Rusa deer are forest dwellers and are occasionally seen along the Rinjani trek trail. The smaller Barking deer or Kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog-like bark. Look for the disturbed ground where the Wild pig or Babi hutan has been foraging. Also found in the forest is the Leopard cat or Bodok alas, Palm civet or Ujat and Porcupine or Landak. A variety of colourful birds live in the forests of the Park. Perhaps the best-known icon of the Park is the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that is not found any further west of Lombok. Many of the forest-dwelling animals, insects, birds, civets and monkeys owe their survival to the wild fig tree or Beringin as a provider of food and shelter.