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IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot Local News Local Scene Mr Fixer Local News The Cities Cities Map Special Feature Discount Vouchers Distribution Southwest Kuta & The South Pasar Classifieds Useful Contacts The Gilis Gili Bytes Gilis Map

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As we publish this issue, Chinese people around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year, known as “Imlek” in Bahasa Indonesia; and the beginning of a 15-day celebration at the start of the Chinese Lunar calendar. Lombok is home to a large community of Chinese people who will celebrate the start of a new year and the first day of Spring on 23 January 2012. This year is the Year of the Dragon… the most auspicious of the animals celebrated in the Chinese calendar and a symbol of success and prosperity. To all our Chinese readers, gōng xǐ fā cái!

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It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes. Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office : 0370-642303, Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok five times a day. Lombok, ph: 0370 621111, Airport: 0370 633637 / 087864253577. Bali, ph: 0361 420999. Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok daily. Lombok, ph: 0370 624555. Bali, ph: 0361 8477395. www. Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. Lombok, Call Centre: 080 4177 8899. Bali, ph: 0361 765183. www.


Lombok International Airport (approx 40km south of the city of Mataram and 1 ½ hours drive from Senggigi ) has full Visa on Arrival facilities, with efficient and fast visa processing. Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, three times per week. Lombok, ph: 0370 628254 / 628255. Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. Call Centre: 080 418 07807. Airport: 0370 649100. Merpati Airlines also has flights three times per week between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (via Surabaya). Lombok, ph: 0370 621111. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogyakarta and Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office : 0370 642303, 649999. Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: 0370 6627444 / 642180. Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Sumbawa, Flores, Kupang and many other Indonesian destinations. Lombok, ph: 0370 621111. Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once a day. Lombok, ph: 0370 624555.

Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Surabaya and Jakarta every day. Lombok, ph: 0370 648998.


Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The crossing between the islands costs Rp 36 000 per person and takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: 0370 681 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (0363) 41849 /

FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Most serve Gili Trawangan, but several call at both Gili T and Teluk Kodek on mainland Lombok. The crossing between the islands can be treacherous in bad weather, so choose a reliable operator and avoid companies that practice “over loading” in busy times. Gili is an online booking service offering easy reservations for the leading fast boat services between Bali and Lombok. Availability checks, schedules and e-ticketing, as well as accommodation options on both islands, are all available online at the site. Gili Cat departs Padang Bai Harbour – Bali at 11.30am every day for Gili Trawangan & Lombok (Teluk Kodek) and has an excellent safety record. The return voyage departs Gili Trawangan at 9.00am. With a crossing time of just over 1 hour, Gili Cat provides the quickest sea crossing between Bali and Lombok of all the fast boat operators. Price includes free transfers between Padang Bai, Ubud, Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur – Bali. Other locations are available with small additional surcharge. Ph: (0361) 271680. Island Getaway is a comfortable fast boat departing from Benoa Harbour, Bali (only 20 mins from Kuta) daily at 8am. The crossing takes around 2 hours to Gili Trawangan and Teluk Kodek on Lombok. Ph Bali: (0361) 751570 / 726 523; or Bali: 0819 1673 3051; Gili T: 0878 6432 2515. Blue Water Express, operated by Blue Water Safaris, provides transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan. BWS operates two boats, with 25 and 15 passenger capacities, departing from Serangan (near Benoa Harbour) at 8am and 10am, and from Padang Bai Harbour at 11.15am every day. Return transfer from Gili Trawangan is at 11am. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers in Bali. Ph: (0361) 723 479.


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Malimbu, West Lombok

Attractions & Activities

Getting around Lombok is easy by car or motorbike and you can hire these in all the main tourism areas, with an International Drivers License. The roads are generally in good condition and traffic is light. Alternatively, hire a car and driver for exploring or take part in the tours and day trips offered by the many tour agencies on the island.

BEACHES The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches, most of which are covered in clean white sand and fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Senggigi to Malimbu or Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkelling and swimming. The southwest coast also has fine beaches, especially around Sekotong and Taun. Visit the small island of Gili Nanggu for rustic accommodation and great snorkelling just off shore or stay at Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede to explore the twelve other undeveloped islands in the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are breathtakingly beautiful. Visit Gerupuk for fantastic scenery, Kuta for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the peaceful lagoon at Mawun.

DIVING With so many beaches and small islands, Lombok offers a myriad of diving and snorkelling opportunities. The best known locations are around the Gili islands - Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Snorkelling is easy from the shore and all three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer full PADI certification courses, day and night dives to the many sites around the Gilis, as well as specialised courses and live-aboard adventures to exotic locations. For the

more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as near Kuta on the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast.

SURFING Lombok is becoming a world-renown surfing destination amongst surf enthusiasts world-wide. Huge waves and challenging surf lure die-hards to BangkoBangko (also known as Desert Point) on the south-western tip of Lombok. Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers. Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals. The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness!

TREKKING Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours. There are a number of spectacular waterfalls on the island which provide lovely trekking opportunities, whether travelling independently or as part of a tour. Sendang Gile on the slope of Mt Rinjani in the north is an easily accessible waterfall in a stunning jungle setting and popular with visitors. Air Jeruk Manis, near Tetebatu is reached by walking through pretty rice fields and forests. The awesome Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls, in central Lombok, are located within a short trek of each other and make a perfect day trip for those who appreciate truly magical natural surroundings. Photo by Simon Mammino


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Segara Anak Lake by SImon Mammino


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MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Mt Rinjani, Lombok’s famous volcano, soars 3726 m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea Lake) and a smaller volcanic cone, Gunung Baru Jari, which was formed a couple of hundred years ago. There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano. In 2004 Rinjani won the World Legacy Award and the volcano is recognised internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. Two, three and four day treks on the volcano are offered by tour companies and trek organisers in all the main resort areas of Lombok.

HISTORIC SITES & TEMPLES There are a number of interesting temples around the west coast, many of which are Hindu or ancient animist sites of worship. Pura Lingsar is possibly the only place in the world where Hindus and Moslems come together to pray and celebrate. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original animist statues remain today. Perang Topat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualised war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods.

Pura Narmada (or Narmada Temple), around 10 km east of Cakranegara in Narmada, was created circa 1805 as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak, the lake within Rinjani’s crater. The gardens at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake. Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located a few kilometres north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest and holiest of the Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th-century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground streams bubble up into restored baths, used for ritual bathing. Huge sacred eels live in the pools and streams here, and can sometimes be lured out with an offering of boiled eggs (purchased at a nearby stall). To see a sacred eel is considered very lucky!

HANDICRAFT VILLAGES Lombok is famous for its traditional earthenware pottery made from local Narmada Water Park

clay with distinctive “Lombok primitive” designs. You can also purchase handwoven sarongs and fabrics (ikat). Pringgasela in central Lombok is a small village which is steeped in tradition and is a major centre for weaving ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to purchase traditionally woven, colourful fabrics. Masbagik, close to Pringgasela, is a small pottery village. Wander the streets and see the pottery being made in the small yards behind the simple homes here and purchase the wares for amazingly cheap prices. Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is a weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated “back strap looms” to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave, and collectors from around the world visit this village to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here. Banyumulek, easily reached on the road south to Lembar Harbour, is an important centre for pottery on Lombok. The small village is packed with shops selling pottery produced in the area, as well as from the other main pottery-making villages such as Penujak and Masbagik. Lombok pottery, with its distinctive terracotta styles, has become famous internationally and is exported throughout the world.

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ILLEGAL MINING GETS LOMBOK IN THE NEWS… FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS Once again, reports on the dangers and environment damage posed by illegal gold mining in Lombok are gaining the island negative attention both nationally and internationally.

A damning report by Bali-based Australian journalist, Deborah Cassrels, published in national newspaper “The Australian” on 31 December 2011 has been picked up by wire media and duplicated on websites across the World Wide Web. The story, titled “Destructive Gold Fever Takes the Shine off Tourism”, discusses the uncontrolled mining activities by local people that are damaging sections of Lombok’s pristine southwest coast, particularly around the Sekotong region. The report alludes to “…mercury contamination in water, soil and food as locals engage in rampant small-scale illegal goldmining using toxic processing methods,” and says that “…the toxic substance is vaporised or dumped, along with other mining waste including cyanide, on to land or into rivers and then flushed into the sea.” The story also states that “…Clashes with police, the military and mining companies – with corrupt officials fuelling resistance – are common; this week on neighbouring Sumbawa island police shot dead two locals protesting over the Australian Arc Exploration gold mine.” The international story comes hot on the heels of international reporting on the recent clashes between local communities and police at Bima, on Sumbawa, after mining licences were issued for tribal lands within a national park, on the island just east of Lombok. On 24 December 2011, officers and protestors clashed when a number of residents, citing environmental concerns, demonstrated against the Bima administration by blocking the road to Sape port, and demanding the revocation of a mining permit issued to PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara. In that clash, police opened fire on the crowd, shooting dead three protesters and injuring more than 30 others (some reports say up to 81), and prompting a media outcry and outrage from human rights advocates.

government put an end to the mining activities that are destroying hillsides in the southern regions, many of which are also slated for tourism development. Protestors cited the fact that the area is prone to earthquakes and that the quarrying of hillsides in search of gold by local unlicensed villagers was putting whole communities at risk. They also said that a number of strategic roads in the area had been ruined by the trucks and other vehicles being used to carry quarried rocks from the area, making them virtually impassable. “If the government can not take care of this problem, then better the Regent and the Vice Regent resign,’’ said a spokesperson. Most recently, around 150 university students, activists and farmers grouped under the” People’s Coalition of West Nusa Tenggara” staged a rally on Thursday, 12 January 2012 to protest against land expropriation and to condemn repressive measures taken against local people. According to the coalition, the West Nusa Tenggara administration has plans to designate 891,000 hectares of land, or around 44 percent of the province’s land area, to 197 mining companies in Lombok and Sumbawa. Some of the companies have carried out exploration and exploitation activities, while the others are still waiting for a license from the administration, protestors said. “These mining companies will eventually take control of farmers’ land. The people have to fight against this.”

Previously, on 14 December 2011, students and members of the Joint Environmental Care Alliance Movement (Earthquake) Central Lombok, demonstrated at the government offices in Praya, Central Lombok, against illegal mining on the south coast.

Illegal mining in Lombok first took off in 2008, when locals living in the southwest and south coast learnt of gold deposits in the hills that line the coast from Sekotong to the south and extend east in a series of ranges along the length of the southern coast.

The demonstrators demanded that the

Since then, thousands of local villagers

have become involved in mining activities, digging tonnes of rock from the hillsides in the hope of discovering gold. Hundreds have died in landslides and, with the monsoon season now upon us, many more landslides are expected. Gold processing plants line the roadsides and many are using mercury to extract the precious metal, with little understanding of the risks involved and with no regard for the consequences of mercury contamination to the surrounding environment. The problem is succinctly expressed in the following letter sent to us by long-time Kuta resident, Helen Morgan. This letter was also published by national media, including The Jakarta Post, and has been picked up by internet sites around the world. We publish it here in both English and Bahasa Indonesia in the hopes that all sectors of the Lombok community will read it and make their protests known to our local governments. Letter: Community mining in Lombok A few kilometers south west of Kute, Lombok there is an area which is having its guts ripped right out because gold is in the ground. Those in authority, who should care about these things, are seemingly unable to gather together the will to call a halt to it. This lack of interest is symptomatic of the two major ailments which are impacting heavily on this area of Lombok right now: developer madness and gold fever. The Kute area of Lombok is being touted as having fantastic potential for investors, who will help move the island forward into a shining future. Those who are projecting this stylish image (used to be LTDC, then BTDC, now maybe ITDC?,) are encouraging a fantasy that the whole southern coast will morph into a playground of golf courses, luxury hotels, jet skis and marinas. Continued on Page 56



WEST COAST RESORT Just over one hour from Lombok International Airport, Senggigi is the main tourism centre on Lombok and, apart from the Gili islands, the most developed tourism area on Lombok. The town of Senggigi is about 10 km north of Ampenan, and about 30 minutes drive from Teluk Nara and Bangsal – the harbours to the Gili Islands. Nowhere near as large or as busy as its Bali counterparts, Senggigi is a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The pace is laid-back, with activities centred on the beaches and day trips to places of interest, which are all within a few hours drive from the town. At night, Jalan Raya Senggigi (the main street) comes alive. Dine in the many restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets, listen to live music at the bars, or dance the night away at the nightclubs. Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of Senggigi, with the main road running parallel to the beach, and large resorts occupying the space between. The Senggigi Beach Hotel, Santosa Villas and Resort, and the Sheraton Senggigi Resort all line the curved bay of Senggigi Beach and offer a full range of resort facilities, equally attractive for singles, couples and families. The beachfront is currently undergoing “revitalisation” by the West Lombok Tourism Department, which threatens to ruin the natural beauty of the beach. It can become very crowded and is best avoided on Sundays and public holidays. However, many more beautiful beaches exist just minutes away to the north. One of the most spectacular sights on the island is the sunset viewed from Senggigi Beach, with the bright orange sun sinking into the sea to the west and Bali’s Gunung Agung volcano silhouetted on the horizon like a giant pyramid floating in the ocean.

Senggigi Bay by Simon Mammino

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with boutique style hotels positioned along the breathtaking beaches of this section of coast. The popular Qunci Villas, Puri Mas Beach Resort, Windy Beach Resort and Holiday Resort Lombok are located in Mangsit. Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with two hotels – Jeeva Klui and Hotel Bulan Baru – and long stretches of The main road in Senggigi is lined with pristine beaches. small attractive hotels catering to all budgets, shops, tour agencies, restaurants, Mainly deserted white sand beaches, bars and nightclubs; many of which have flanked by coconut groves and untouched live music in the evenings. There are a by hotel development, continue all the couple of supermarkets, numerous ATM’s way north along the main coastal road. and moneychangers, a post office and all Malimbu and Nipah are two picturesque the normal tourist facilities. bays less than half an hour from Senggigi, which are good for snorkelling, swimming Senggigi is a relaxing and attractive place to stay, with a good range of luxury hotels and getting away from it all. and resorts, as well as mid-range and Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek are on a budget accommodations. large bay that forms a natural harbour, about 25 kms north of Senggigi. All the Tourism development runs north along the main dive operators have boats here, coastal road for about 10 km, with many which transfer guests to the Gili islands, as hotels and restaurants positioned along the an alternative to nearby Bangsal Harbour. beautiful beaches that line the entire west Bangsal Harbour, less than 5km further coast. north, is reached by turning left at the About 2 km north of central Senggigi is crossroads in Pemenang and from there it Kerandangan Valley, with a popular is easy to catch the public ferries (actually beach nearby and some small boutique large outrigger boats) out to the Gilis, or to hotels, such as Dream Estate, Puri Mas charter boats for island hopping. Spa Resort and Villa Campi Sorga, situated Whether you are seeking luxury in a pretty valley. accommodation at a top resort with fine At the end of the road through dining and spa facilities, or a budget Kerandangan Valley is the Taman Wisata holiday with days spent exploring – or all Alam – Kerandangan Nature Reserve – the choices in between – Senggigi caters with clearly marked hiking paths leading for all tastes and budgets. through the rain forest along the river. From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the There is a small Ranger’s hut and visitors attractions of the stunning south coast or centre near the entrance, and picnic areas with basic concrete tables along the paths. to hop on a boat to the famous Gili islands lying just offshore. Swim, snorkel, dive, The park boasts a small waterfall, pretty hike, lie in the sun, have a massage, eat river scenery, families of local monkeys, and a variety of tropical plants and birdlife. and drink at some of the great restaurants and bars in town; or just take a break and be enchanted by the peace and beauty of Further north, Mangsit has developed as an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, Lombok. Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, has good coral for snorkelling and, in the right conditions, some decent surf breaks. Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism times. Local outrigger boats (prahu) can be chartered from the beachfront for trips along the coast or out to the Gili Islands.



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18 We are really excited about Kafe Foto, which recently opened in the Art Markets and is currently celebrating its soft-opening period. The café is located at the far right side of the Markets (nearest the Sheraton) with an excellent beachfront ambience. Going down the steps to the Art Markets and through the maze of small stalls into the café is like being instantly transported to one of the beachfront restaurants in Bali. Much care has been taken to create a modern and contemporary ambience, with the elevated beachfront infinity pool as the central focus. An open kitchen puts the chefs on display while the bar on the opposite side has glass display cases filled with colourful tropical fruits used in the café’s delicious freshly blended juices. On the grounds alongside is a grassed barbecue area, displays for fresh fish and tables in an attractive garden setting. The menu is European with an Italian emphasis and offers calamari platters, seafood, pastas and pizzas, as well as imported steaks, barbecued chicken from the rotisserie, and a good selection of salads and appetisers. A lovely setting for lunch or dinner, with cool breezes from the ocean and great sunset views, Kafe Foto looks set to be a winner! Ph: 692 158 Anyone driving from Montong to Senggigi at night is sure to have noticed the gorgeous lamps glowing in the window of a little shop on the roadside at Melase. Tucked in amongst the warung and cafés just next to the Jayakarta Hotel, Jacks Wood Art has a small but lovely collection of eye-catching lamps in contemporary colours and patterns, crafted from fiberglass and imported from New Zealand… unlike anything else we’ve seen in Lombok! The shop also sells unique furniture and art pieces crafted in teak wood by the owner, Jack, as well as other interesting gift pieces, pearls and decorator items. Open every day from 9am to 10pm – stop in and check it out next time you’re passing by! Ph: 660 4452. One of Lombok’s best kept secret retreats, Heaven on the Planet, joins our client list this issue with a special offer to

introduce our readers to this unique and exclusive resort on the south coast. Marketed under the umbrella of HOTPlanet, the property is actually comprised of two resorts: Heaven on the Planet, perched on the cliff overlooking Pantai Sorga (Heaven Beach), and Ocean Heaven, the exclusive beachfront resort right on the sands of Heaven Beach. HOTPlanet is the only accommodation currently available for those wishing to explore the southeast coast and the stunning areas to the east of Ekas Bay. Both resorts are ecological sanctuaries offering guests total peace and relaxation, along with a host of activities including some of the best surfing in Lombok, superb snorkelling, untouched coastal vistas, deserted beaches and sublime scenery. See their discount voucher on page 57 for their exclusive deal and discover one of Lombok’s best kept secrets! and The PLN continues to frustrate and disappoint, with frequent blackouts hitting the Senggigi area and other parts of the island. After the promises by the PLN that the dark days were behind us, and enjoying a relatively problem-free electricity supply for the past few months, these latest rounds of blackouts and failures are particularly annoying. Saturday, 12 January saw the power out in Senggigi and surrounds from early morning until 9pm that night… almost 12 hours! Many homes and small businesses do not have generators and the loss in refrigerated and frozen goods – as well as the damage to computers and other electrical appliances – is shocking! Our sources tell us that, although the blackouts are occurring island-wide, nowhere are they as frequent, or for as long, as in Senggigi. The PLN tells us nothing, apart from trotting out the same tired stories of “bad weather” or “replacing poles in Tanjung”. We suggest that everyone contacts the PLN every time the power is off (if you can’t speak Indonesian, have your staff do it for you) to voice your protest… with enough calls, we might be heard! PLN Mataram: 632 182 or PLN Senggigi: 693 535


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It’s that time of the year again, when the monsoon season starts across Indonesia, bringing with it rains, high winds and dangerous ocean conditions. The monsoon refers to the winds, not rain, caused by the normal reversal of NE or SW prevailing winds at this time of the year. As Lombok is only 8 degrees south of the equator, it has a typical tropical climate with two seasons: the dry season and the monsoon, or rainy season. The monsoon season in Lombok usually lasts from around November to April, although with changing weather patterns the season may begin earlier or later. Interestingly, despite it being “rainy season”, the hottest months of the year are usually February and March, with humidity reaching up to 97%. Rain does not necessarily fall every day during the monsoon and, even when it does rain it doesn’t usually rain all day. A heavy torrential downfall is often followed by sunshine… making this the best time of the year to spend by a swimming pool or on beautiful beach! However, the high winds do play havoc with the sea and people need to be careful when travelling by boat between Bali and Lombok and the Gili Islands. The Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) for Denpasar, Bali has warned boat and cruise operators to be on guard to the threat of tropical cyclones in the waters surrounding the islands through the coming months until February 2012.

Quoted in, the chief of the BMKG for Bali, Wayan Suaradana, said that tropical cyclones occur when deep low-pressure fronts form in the waters south of Bali (and Lombok). The cyclonic lows can whip up winds along the coast that reach 60 kilometres per hour. “Fast winds will also stir up waves off Bali’s shore with heights that can reach 5 meters,” he explained. These weather conditions also result in whirlpools, dangerous currents and very high waves for vessels at sea. Suardana said the effects of cyclonic storms could occur anytime between the months of December 2011 and February 2012. Meanwhile, heavy downpours and high tides in Lombok last week prevented hundreds of fishermen from going to sea. While fish are abundant in these conditions, high tides and strong winds have made the risks too high for most local fishermen, who traditionally use small outrigger boats called perahu. The BMKG Mataram office has issued warnings for both fishermen and small boat operators to beware of the rapid changes in weather. “We’ve issued a warning since Monday morning [9 January 2011], especially for fishermen and small boat operators not to go to sea,” an officer of BMKG Mataram said. Bad weather affects sea routes between

the islands every year in Indonesia and, on occasion, crossings by public ferries are temporarily suspended. Travellers are advised to check with the Harbour Master in each area to see whether ferries are operating. The same applies to fast boat crossings between Bali, Lombok and the Gilis. Always check weather conditions at the port of departure, as well as checking the condition and size of the boat, and whether it is equipped with safety equipment (adequate numbers of life vests, a life boat, on-board radio, etc). Do not board boats that practice overcrowding, do not have enough seating for the number of passengers, load too much baggage or cargo onto the boat; or if you feel that the operator is blasé about safety. Even the crossing between mainland Lombok and the Gili islands can become treacherous in extreme weather conditions. Check waves and currents before agreeing to board local outriggers and, if in doubt, delay your departure or choose a larger boat with a bigger motor. Mornings are usually the best time to make the crossing, as waves tend to whip up in the afternoon and currents between the islands are strong. Never attempt to swim between the islands, even though they do look close to each other. People have drowned in the past, due to the deep channels and strong currents between the Gilis.

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THE GREAT BIBI COOK-OFF! “My Bibi is a better cook than your’s” sparked off the first-ever “Great Bibi Cook-Off” in Senggigi on 15 January. Organised by Leanne and Terry, and hosted by Yvonne and Dennis at their home in Secret Garden, guests participated in a blind tasting of dishes prepared by nine different bibi’s. The winner was Ibu Nur, with her delicious Ayam Wijen (Sesame Chicken). Runner up was Ibu Rusdiayu with her wonderful combination of Ayam Bumbu (Spicy Chicken) and Rendang (Spicy Coconut Beef)


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Tongue-in-cheek answers to your personal and building problems QUESTION: My husband and I have bought a small villa on the tropical holiday island of Lombok. We have been married for 38 years and have decided to stick together and try to make a go of it, despite constant disagreements and arguments. The one thing we do agree on is that Lombok is where we want to stay and enjoy our well-earned retirement.

I am still haunted by the charms of the locals, especially the local beauties who smile and say “hello mister” at almost every opportunity. I’m no oil painting these days, so it’s quite flattering to get so much attention from the opposite sex! Marriage was the last thing on my mind until I met Lolita. It was like I was 17 again! We have booked a restaurant setting by the beach for 30 or 40 guests for the ceremony. It is getting so emotional. Even the wedding cake will be in tiers. My fiancé wants a traditional western white wedding in June, with all the trimmings including flowers and a bouquet for the bride. It all seems quite extravagant but my fiancé is insistent and I am so much in love with her, how can I say no? I was wondering if you could explain the reason why a bride has to have a bouquet?

During the first year of our marriage, when my husband spoke, I listened. For the next few years, I spoke and my husband listened. Now, we both speak and the neighbours listen. We keep on having the same arguments and disagreements over and over again and we end up going to bed angry. Can you suggest a solution? MR FIXER: Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. QUESTION: I first came to Lombok many years ago whilst working for a mining company, when Senggigi was just a sleepy fishing village. Nearly 20 years later, you would hardly recognize the place.

MR FIXER: Most people in Europe in the 1500’s got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour; hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. My friend George takes a bath twice a year whether he needs to or not.

MR FIXER: Most strains of E. coli found on the hands and phones are not likely to cause major ill health, although campylobacter and salmonella bacteria are much more likely to cause a gastric infection and could easily be passed on through faecal contamination.

In this tropical climate such simple hygiene precautions as washing your hands could save lives. Most people don’t wash their hands for long enough (if they even wash them at all!) After a visit to the toilet, I suggest two choruses of “Happy Birthday” to be sure and don’t forget the soap. Some mobile phone connections can be often described as sh#t, but don’t let this confuse you. Don’t hang around Ampenan too long. QUESTION: I have read recently in a national newspaper that Indonesia is planning to have four nuclear power plants by the year 2025. What will we do if there is a sudden nuclear accident in the villages? Who will be in charge? MR FIXER: Look on the bright side. Motor cycle riders with no lights would be a thing of the past, as everyone would glow in the dark and there would be a new addition to restaurant menus: Fission chips.

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The government’s plan to control the sale of subsidised fuel, starting in April this year, still seems to be unclear.

Consumer groups and analysts have slammed the government’s plan to prohibit private car owners from using Premium, the widely used state-subsidised fuel, saying the infrastructure to provide alternatives on a large-scale is not yet ready. The prohibition on sales of Premium fuel to private car owners starts on 1 April, though public transportation vehicles, fishermen and motorcycles will be exempt. In 2011, the government spent Rp 165 trillion (US $18 billion), 130 percent of the Rp 127 trillion allotted for fuel subsidies in the budget. The higher subsidy level was due to higher crude oil prices and an increase in consumption of subsidised fuel, which was 1.5 million litres more than the quota of 40 million kilolitres. The government has said that it would revoke the licenses of gas pump operators that continue to sell Premium to private cars once the policy has been implemented.

Fuel prices are a sensitive issue because it drives up inflation. In October 2005, annual inflation rose to 17.9 percent from 9.1 percent after the government raised subsidised fuel prices.

Currently, Premium is sold at Rp 4,500 per liter, while the price for two products with higher octane gasoline, Pertamax and Pertamax Plus, fluctuates at around Rp 8,000 to Rp 9,000. Attempts to install Pertamax pumps at petrol stations in Lombok last year met with strong resistance by petrol station operators who argue that the number of vehicles required by the government to purchase non-subsidised fuel in Lombok is still too small, especially when weighed against the costs of installing Pertamax pumps and upgrading facilities. The scheme is unlikely to be implemented this year. The Bali Post reports that the Bali office of the State-owned Oil Company, PT Pertamina, views plans by the government to control the distribution of subsidized fuel as, at this stage, remaining just an “idea” to the extent that the mode of introduction of the policy change in Bali has yet be finalised.

However, analysts say the impact from the ban would be equivalent to the government The area manager of Bali and NTB for raising the fuel price.

Pertamina, Iin Febrian, told the Bali Post on 12 January 2012, “Indeed the implementation is planned for April 2012 for Java and Bali, but there’s no legal framework for its implementation, so it still remains very conceptual.” Febrian said that Presidential Decree No. 55 of 2005 and Presidential Decree No. 9 of 2006, neither of which discusses subsidised fuel, govern fuel distribution. He contends that without a legal framework and another presidential decree it will be difficult for the government to move ahead with plans to limit the use of subsidised fuel. He said Bali is attempting to prepare for any coming change in distribution policies by surveying the supply and distribution of fuel in Bali in order to smooth any massive transition from the use of premium fuel to Pertamax. “In addition, we are pushing ahead by making sure Pertamax is available at all gas stations in Bali,” Febrian added. From the 178 gas stations (SPBU) operating in Bali, only 83 (46%) are equipped to supply Pertamax non-subsided gas. Efforts are now intensively underway to bring this level to 80%.


The Jakarta Post reports that the Transportation Ministry is moving fast to contain the damage from the use of recreational drugs by pilots and cabin crew, by expanding the protocols for drug abuse prevention. The ministry has issued a circular requiring airline companies to intensify drug tests on pilots and crew members as required by the Standard Operating Procedures for Drug Abuse Prevention. The circular also demands that the procedures be applied to all types of commercial airlines. Previously, the drug prevention protocol did not apply to airlines holding a 135 Certificate or those operating aircraft with fewer than 30 seats, such as Airfast Indonesia, Aviastar and Susi Air. The Ministry’s move follows a series of incidents involving Lion Air pilots and crew members who were caught red-handed with drugs. A Lion Air pilot was caught in possession of crystal methamphetamine in a karaoke bar in Makassar, South Sulawesi, last week. In 2011, authorities recorded five drug arrests involving Lion Air pilots and crew members.

Ministry spokesperson Bambang Ervan said on Friday that the circular was in line with the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR), Article 91 on violations related to alcohol and drugs and Article 61 on sanctions for violating safety regulations linked to drugs and alcohol. Bambang also confirmed that intensifying measures against drug use was a response to an alarming prevalence of drug use found among Lion Air pilots and crews. Human error has been the biggest source of air accidents in Indonesia. According to the National Committee for Transportation Safety, 52 percent of all aircraft accidents between 2007 and 2011 were caused by human error. Bambang said that on top of the new circular, the ministry was drafting a “Drugs and Alcohol Testing Program” that would apply to all people involved in air transportation-related work on a daily basis. “The Drugs and Alcohol Testing Program will apply to air traffic controllers, ground

crews, technicians and airport security personnel,” he added. On a separate occasion, operators said that they were ready to intensify drug prevention measures.

Lion Air general affairs director, Edward Sirait, welcomed the circular, saying it was necessary to increase safety measures. “We will increase urine sampling from 50 to 100 this year,” Edward told The Jakarta Post. The airline’s contract clearly states that pilots or crew members found to be using drugs will have their contracts terminated, he added. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia public relations senior manager, Ikhsan Rosan, also supported the government’s effort to decrease drug abuse among pilots and flight crew. “We already have a system that is strict about pilots’ and crew members’ health. We see this circular as a government effort to remind airlines to put safety first,” Ikhsan told The Post.

The Cities



The Cities

The Cities The three main cities in Lombok – Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara – have expanded over the years and now merge together to create what is, for Lombok, an urban sprawl of shops, administrative centres and residential areas. A visit to the cities makes an interesting day trip, exploring the numerous small shops selling everything imaginable at low prices. There are numerous pearl shops in Ampenan selling unset pearls and pearl jewellery at cheap prices. These are genuine pearls from the pearl farms on Lombok and Sumbawa and, if you bargain the price, are a good deal. Gold shops are also popular in both Ampenan and Cakra, with 24 kt gold being sold by the gram, regardless of the design. For cheap and interesting food choices, explore the many restaurants, warungs and food stalls in the cities. Or just wander around the streets to soak up the atmosphere and discover fascinating insights into Lombok city life! Ampenan was the original old port in Lombok during Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. With its numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentiful cidomo (horse carts), gold and pearl shops, and its Arab quarter, Ampenan is a colourful town to explore. Kebun Roek, just near the traffic lights in Ampenan on the road from the airport, is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up stalls selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boats


Mataram Mall come in. A stroll through the markets is a pungent and enlightening experience! Mataram, about 3 km to the east of Ampenan, is the administrative centre for Lombok and Sumbawa (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosques, schools and colleges, bookstores, the main post office, and Mataram University downtown. In Mataram, the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum houses historical and cultural artefacts from Lombok and Sumbawa. It’s an interesting place to visit and occasionally hosts special exhibits. Displays include exhibits on geology, history and culture. Address: Jl Panji Tilar. Ph: 632159 for opening times. There is a small admission fee. Also worth visiting is the cultural centre, Taman Budaya on Jl Majapahit. Music and dance performances are presented here regularly. Phone: 622428 for details. Mataram Mall, on the main street in Mataram, has an upstairs food court for cheap local meals. Lombok’s only real mall, there are four floors of shops and stalls selling a vast selection of goods. Particularly good buys are shoes, jeans, and copy brand bags and belts. There is a department store, several electronics stores, and shops selling clothing, CD’s and DVD’s. Hero Supermarket, on the ground floor, is useful for some western goods, food and toiletries. The Chemist next door has imported toiletries, supplements and medicines. McDonalds and KFC have outlets on the ground floor.

Pura Meru (Meru Temple)


Cakranegara (usually abbreviated to “Cakra”) is Lombok’s main shopping area. It is also home to many Chinese and Balinese, who make up over 50 percent of the city’s population. The streets of the city make an interesting tour with gold

shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and very good fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cottons, to name a few. Many of Lombok’s weaving and basket making industries are located near Cakra; turn left at the central traffic lights and look for the market on the right near the bridge. The baskets in particular are sold in Bali at many times the local price. The next large town east of Cakra, Sweta, has a huge market every day near the Bertais bus terminal, with all kinds of goods on sale, from foodstuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more. Nearby Temples and Places of Interest Pura Meru on Jl Selaparang, Cakranegara, was built in 1720 by Balinese Prince Anak Agung Made Karang and is the largest temple on Lombok. Its three meru are for the Hindu trinity – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. This is an important temple for the Balinese here and its annual Pujawali festival, held over five days during the full moon in September or October, is the biggest Balinese Hindu event on Lombok. The outer courtyard hall has large drums used to announce ceremonies and festivals. In the central courtyard are two buildings with raised offering platforms. The interior enclosure has 33 shrines as well as the three multi-tiered meru. Pura Mayura, just across the street from Pura Meru, was built in 1744 as the court temple of the last Balinese kings in Lombok. An open hall or bale kambang (floating pavilion) stands in a large artificial lake here and is used as a place for meetings and to relax. Today the palace gardens are a playground for children. The temple sits behind the sedate water gardens and is open daily; admission is by donation.


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Special Feature


Meanwhile in reality, Kute has become a tip; the local beaches are not pristine, and the road to certain well-advertised spots with surf-able waves and beautiful bays suitable for swimming is almost totally destroyed. This is because it is the same road used by the miners in their pick-ups, trucks and motorbikes. The traffic on this particular stretch has increased maybe fivefold since mining began two years ago.

Many locals living along this road are involved in the first stage of processing – generator-run noisy machines breaking down rocks, often twenty four hours a day. Who can blame them, ignored as they are

by government at all levels?

No electricity, no easily accessible water, no road maintenance literally for years. But many of them do not understand the dangers to their health and the environment – they just need the income. Neighbours who do not have a processing plant, through choice or lack of start-up funds, dare not protest or make more formal complaints for fear of retribution from those who do. And yet – and here’s the irony – Lombok is actively seeking investors, and Lombok wants tourism badly.

So maybe it’s time to choose, because in many people’s minds the development of tourism side by side with community mining just cannot work. The two are simply incompatible.

Let the relevant government departments – tourism, environment and health – meet together and begin serious discussion about ways to put a stop to this illegal activity, which has the potential to harm not only investment in Lombok but also, and this is long-term, its environment and the health of its long-suffering people. Helen Morgan Kute Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

Translation of community mining letter‫‏‬


Beberapa kilometer sebelah barat daya dari Kute Lombok, terdapat suatu kawasan pemukiman yang keindahannya ternodai oleh karena kandungan emas di bawah tanah yang dimilikinya.

dari penambangan illegal tersebut terhadap kesehatan dan lingkungan sekitar mereka, mereka hanya mementingkan bagaimana menghasilkan pendapatan demi bertahan hidup.

Pihak berwajib/ pemerintahan terkait, yang semestinya peduli akan situasi seperti ini, seakan-akan tidak mampu untuk menghentikan penambangan ilegal yang terjadi di kawasan tersebut di atas. Kurangnya kehendak pihak terkait untuk turun tangan dan mengontrol 2 hal yang menjangkit di kawasan Lombok selatan: demam tambang emas dan pengembangan property. Kawasan Kute Lombok diakui memiliki potensi yang menggiurkan untuk para investor, yang diharapkan akan membawa pulau Lombok ke masa depan yang gemilang. Pihak yang diharapkan mampu mewujudkan harapan (awalnya LTDC, kemudian BTDC, saat ini mungkin ITDC?) di atas dengan memberikan suatu citra modern telah memberikan suatu imajinasi kepada khalayak dimana seluruh kawasan pantai selatan akan menjadi kawasan hiburan yang lengkap dengan lapangan golf, hotel mewah, jet ski dan dermaga indah. Sementara pada kenyataannya, Kawasan Kute tak lagi semolek dulu. Pantai di kawasan ini mulai tercemar, jalan yang merupakan satu-satunya akses menuju lokasi-lokasi Surfing yang diiklankan ke khalayak ramai-yang namanya tak perlu kami disebutkan disini, jalannya nyaris tak dapat dilalui lagi oleh

kendaraan bermotor, padahal pantai-pantai tersebut memiliki ombak yang indah dan teluk yang tepat digunakan sebagai tempat berenang. Semua ini disebabkan oleh para penambang emas ilegal yang mengemudikan kendaraan operasional mereka seperti truk besar dan kecil bahkan sepeda motor dalam mengangkut hasil tambang dan lain-lain, naik-turun perbukitan di kawasan ini. Lalu lintas di kawasan ini dapat dikatakan meningkat hingga 5 kali lipat dalam 2 tahun terakhir ini. Mayoritas warga lokal di daerah ini terlibat dalam tahap awal pengolahan hasil tambang, di sepanjang bahu ruas jalan pun kadang terlihat jelas aktifitas mereka –gemuruh generator bekerja keras menghancurkan batu, terkadang bahkan 24 jam sehari. Siapa yang dapat menyalahkan mereka yang bisa dikatakan telah dilupakan oleh pemerintah lokal hampir dalam semua lini kehidupan. Ketiadaan listrik, tidak adanya sumber air bersih, tiadanya perbaikan jalan dalam kurun waktu yang lama. Namun mayoritas dari warga tersebut di atas tidak menyadari dampak negatif

Pihak warga yang tidak memiliki alat/sarana pengolahan barang tambang, entah memilih untuk tidak terlibat maupun tiadanya dana untuk memulai usaha tersebut, tidak berani memprotes atau mengklaim keluhan resmi oleh karena khawatir akan reaksi dari pihakpihak warga yang terlibat dalam proses penambangan. Ironisnya, Lombok aktif mencari penanam modal, dan mempromosikan pariwisata besar-besaran. Mungkin telah tiba saatnya untuk memilih, karena di benak banyak pihak pengembangan pariwisata dan penambangan illegal tidak akan bisa terjadi dan berkembang sehat sebelahmenyebelah. Kedua hal tersebut tidak akan berkesinambungan. Tiba waktunya pihak pemerintah terkait, seperti Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata, Komite Lingkungan Hidup dan Dinas Kesehatan, untuk berkumpul bersama dan melakukan diskusi dalam membahas langkah yang harus diambil dalam menangani aktivitas penambangan ilegal tersebut di atas yang mengancam tidak saja penanaman modal di Lombok namun juga dalam jangka waktu yang lebih panjang, lingkungan dan ekosistem sekitar pada umumnya dan juga kesehatan warga sekitar pada khususnya. Helen Morgan Kute Lombok, Nusa Tengggara Barat

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The Southwest

Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches!

Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are thirteen small islands called the Southwest Gilis. Unlike the famous Gili islands in the northwest of Lombok, the Southwest Gilis are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers, thus they are often called “The Secret Islands”. The Sekotong region starts just south of Lembar Harbour and features stunning beaches and bays set against a backdrop of rolling hills. The drive itself is a worthwhile trip, meandering through villages where life is largely untouched by tourism and where the people are involved in their day-to-day activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brickmaking and other traditional pastimes. Along the roadsides you will see people building and repairing boats, laying out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, working in the fields, and sometimes guiding primitive wooden ploughs harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they prepare the fields for planting.

The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide sweep around the bay, while the hills behind form a perfect backdrop to this idyllic setting. Just out in the calm bay are the three lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily accessible by local outrigger boats. A small sign in the nearby village will direct you

to the local boat hire area, where you can arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and the other small islands offshore. Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has accommodation for visitors, with Gili Nanggu Cottages providing simple cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as well as some more up-market rooms further back from the beach. The island is small and the beach here has soft white sand and a reef just off the beach for snorkelling. Travelling a little further south, before the local marine culture complex (Balai Budaya Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out onto a white peninsular of sand that juts into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the end for superb views and a close up look at Gili Genting. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the peninsular and at low tide you can walk across the sandbar and explore this uninhabited island. Old volcanic rocks and stone carved from centuries of tides create small caves and alcoves, providing shelter

for picnics and interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the hillside overlooking another white sand beach. The hotel development is still under construction. Across the road from Sundancer, on the beachfront, is Dive Zone – currently the only diving facility in this part of Lombok and the experts on diving around the southwest islands, having pioneered development of previously unknown dive sites in this area. Dive Zone offer dive trips around Sekotong and the islands, as well as in three locations in South Lombok – including challenging world-class diving off southeast Lombok. Past Dive Zone another few kilometres is Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort, which opened in mid 2010 on the secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. With 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with private swimming pools, Cocotinos brings the first luxury accommodation option to the area. At the next intersection there is a signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. This is a small hotel, situated right on the beachfront with comfortable and clean rooms at reasonable prices. The hotel is popular with people surfing the big waves at Bangko Bangko. Continued on Page 62

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62 The largest of the islands in this area is Gili Gede, (appropriately translated as “Big Island”). The island lays just offshore and is so large, visitors often mistake it for part of the mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached in only minutes by boat from the village of Tembowong. Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the area that has accommodation, at Secret Island Resort and at Via Vaccare on the other side of the island, with more hotels planned for the near future. There are around 400 people living on Gili Gede, who are very welcoming and not trying to sell tourists anything. Gili Gede is a great island to explore, because of its natural beauty and friendly people. Secret Island Resort has a range of accommodation, including a unique bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The Resort offers activities that all the family

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The Southwest island hopping excursions to the other beautiful islands in the area. To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of Gili Ringgit, Gili Layar and Gili Asahan are lined up like secret treasures in the calm sea.

will enjoy, while also being a place where you can get away from it all.

Bounty Cruises, a Bali based company, own a large parcel of land on Gili Ringgit and have constructed a boat mooring and pier on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals lay just beneath the surface and the reef extends along most of the island’s coast.

Secret Island Resort has two different speed boats offering “Snorkel Mania” trips around some of Lombok’s very best snorkeling reefs, plus professional Sport Fishing Charters aboard their comfortable 9m custom-built boat, “Scorpio”. The resort can also organise transfers and

On the other side of the island is where the pier is located, with a fantastic white sand beach. It is a favourite for guests from Secret Island Resort, and Dive Zone often brings divers to the island to relax in between dives, as the scenery and beach here are so lovely.

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South Lombok has beaches that inspire photographers from around the world and draw crowds to bake on the blindingly white sands, swim in the crystal clear oceans and challenge some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia. Kuta is the main town and tourism centre on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub for exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many points of interest in the region. Located around 60 km south of Mataram and about one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta (sometimes spelt Kute) makes for a wonderful day trip from other points in Lombok, or an alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. With the Lombok International Airport currently under construction in the area, all the major roads are being renovated and the main road to Kuta is very good. The new airport is located only 15 minutes north of Kuta and is expected to spark major development in the area. For now, the beaches are pristine and spectacular. Kuta and the surrounding beaches have gained an international reputation for some of the best surfing destinations in Southeast Asia. It is here that the gentle waters surrounding Lombok meet the currents of the Indian Ocean, forming

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to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung (rice barns) and traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo, with hardened cow and buffalo dung floors. Nearby, on the hilltop, is one of the oldest mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. The small building with a thatched roof is considered holy and many believers make pilgrimages to pray here. Slightly further south is Sade, a hilltop village with more Lumbungs and traditional homes. Both villages have been renovated and cater to the tourist market, but are still interesting examples of traditional Sasak architecture and communal living within the compounds, where life continues as it has for centuries. Residents, who act as guides for a small fee, encourage walks through either of these villages and are happy to share a glimpse of their lifestyles with visitors. The south coast itself provides plenty of opportunities for exploring beaches and coastal scenery of such breath-taking beauty it is hard to describe. Hire a car or motorbike and you can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly deserted beaches, both to the east and west of Kuta. Continued on Page 69


Kuta and The South Coast

Kuta and The South Coast


Continued from Page 67

Kuta itself is a small, relatively unattractive town of hotels, home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that cater mainly to the thousands of surfers from around the world who are drawn to the area every year to surf the left- and right-hand breaks out in the bay. There is a good variety of hotels and restaurants for budgets travellers and one luxury resort: the Novotel Lombok Resort. Designed to blend in with its environment, and with a stunning beachfront location, the Novotel is a wonderful example of traditional Sasak architecture. Situated just to the east of the main Kuta area is Mandalika, named after the legendary Princess Mandalika. It is near here that thousands of people gather every year to celebrate the colourful ritual of Bau Nyale, when masses of sea worms spawn in the waters offshore. Around 4 km east of Kuta is Tanjung A’an, with perfect white sand beaches and good waves for surfers. Slightly further east is Gerupuk, well known as a top surf location and situated on a peninsula of land that juts out into the ocean, with stunning views of the sea, and the surrounding islands and bays. There is a good surf school here and no fewer than five surf breaks. The beaches and scenery continue all the way to the east coast, with

fantastic places such as Bumbang, Awang Bay, Ekas and Pantai Sorga (Heaven Beach)… the name says it all! Simple beach cottages and a charming restaurant sit right on the sands of Bumbang beach, for those wishing to stay a few days, surfing and exploring the eastern beaches. To the west of Kuta are another series of beautiful beaches and bays hidden behind headlands and rolling hills, providing peaceful and secluded spots for picnics and swimming. All are within easy day trips of Kuta. Ashtari, around 2km west of Kuta, stands out from the usual Kuta cafés and is a “must stop” for those touring in the area. Perched on top of the hill with spectacular views over Kuta and the surrounding beaches, Ashtari serves exquisite teas and juices, and delicious vegetarian meals and snacks that are truly out of the ordinary.

Mawun Beach is around 30 minutes drive to the west and is a picturesque, almost circular bay with small green headlands rolling into the ocean from either side. It is a spectacular beach with calm blue waters, perfect for swimming and spending a day lazing on the white sand. Mawi, around another 7km to the west, has good right- and left-hand barrels for surfing when the swell is large enough. At other times, it is a lovely beach with impressive views of Gili Lawang just offshore; with three startling pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean. Further west are picturesque Selong Blanak, Sepi and Blongas, and many more scenic bays and beaches along the way; all are mostly deserted. The road deteriorates rapidly and the going can be rough at times. Be sure to use an experienced local guide with a good vehicle. The recently opened Sempiak Villas in Selong Blanak has a restaurant and several comfortable villas for those wishing to stay in this secluded region. Steeped in history and legend, surrounded by beaches of almost surreal beauty, the south coast is a fascinating area to visit, whether your interests are historical, cultural or just the opportunity to see and explore some of the most beautiful and pristine coastal scenery in Indonesia.


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General Information (Directory Assistance): (0370) 108 AIRLINES Batavia Air Jl. Pejanggik No.88, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 648998, Fax: 0370 648400. cs@ Garuda Indonesia Jl. Pejanggik 42 – 44, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 638259, Fax: 0370 637951. www. Indonesia Air Transport (IAT) Mataram, Ph: 0370 639589 Lion Air Mataram, West Lombok. Ph: 0370 6631444, 6640009, Fax: 0370 642180. Merpati Jl. Pejanggik No. 69 Cakranegara, W.Lombok. Phone: 0370 621111, Fax: 0370 633691. www. Silk Air Jl. Panca Usaha No.11, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 628254, Fax: 0370 628292. www. Trans Nusa Jl. Adi Sucipto, Mataram, Lombok. Ph: 0370 6162428, 6162433, Fax: 0370 646840. Email:, Trigana Air Jl. Adi Sucipto, Mataram, Lombok. Ph: 0370 6162428, 6162433, Fax: 0370 646840. www. BANK / ATM Bank Central Asia (BCA) Jl. Pejanggik No.67, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632588, Fax: 0370 622347 ATMs - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - MGM Plaza, Jl. AA Gede Ngurah, Mataram - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Praya, C. Lombok - Jl. Langko, Mataram, W. Lombok Bank Danamon Indonesia Jl. Pejanggik No.117, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631322, Fax: 0370 633068 ATMs - Jl. Koperasi 1, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Komplek Ruko B1, Sweta, W. Lombok Bank International Indonesia (BII) Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.48, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 635027, 633347 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga No.25, Mataram, Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok Bank Mandiri Jl. Pejanggik No.20-22, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 631311 ATMs - Jl. Pejanggik No.20, Cakranegara, Lombok - Jl. Taruna Jaya, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Selaparang Airport, Mataram, W. Lombok Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631046, Fax: 0370 631005 ATMs - Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pejanggik No.68, Mataram, W.Lombok - University of Mataram (UNRAM) - Jl. Sandubaya, Sweta, W. Lombok - Jl. Selaparang No.37, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman 51, Praya, C. Lombok Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Jl. Pendidikan No.16, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632246, Fax: 0370 633084 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pahlawan No.92, Selong, E. Lombok

MEDICAL / HEALTH CARE Medika Husada Clinic Jl Raya Senggigi (next to Choice Café, 50m from Art Market) Phone: 0370 6644820 Hospitals Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Pejanggik No.6, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 623498 / 6604605 New Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Bung Karno 1 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645045 Central Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Jendral Basuki Rachmad, Praya, Central Lombok. Phone: 0370 654007 East Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Professor M. Yamin No. 55, Selong, East Lombok. Phone: 0376 21680 Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno 143 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Clinic Jl. Pejanggik 115 Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 / 632117 DENTAL drg. Farida Istiarini, Sp.Ort (Hospital Permata Hati) Jl Majapahit No 8 Ampenan. Ph: 0370 631999 / 0818368528. Joli Sourire Dental Care Mataram Mall. Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara. Ph: 0370 668 1797 drg. Lina Kulsum Jl. Gunung Dieng No.7, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0818536236 / 0370 632131 MONEY CHANGERS Multigraha Kelolavalas - Jl. Rasa Senggigi km.10, Senggigi, W. Lombok, Ph; 0370 693693 - Jl. Pejanggik No.1, Mataram, W. Lombok, Ph: 0370 631567 Multigraha Valas Jl. Saleh Sungkar No.1 Ampenan, W. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 624045 PT. Bali Mispintjira Jl. Raya Senggigi km.13, Senggigi, West Lombok, Ph: 0370 692247, 0370 692247 SHOPPING Senggigi Abadi Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8.5, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693311 Senggigi Jaya Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693530 Art Market (Pasar Seni) - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi West Lombok - Gili Trawangan, West Lombok Barata Department Store Jl. Niaga II, Ampenan, West Lombok Phone: 0370 646123 Grand Store Mataram Mall, 3rd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629931 Hero Supermarket Mataram Mall, 1st floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629918 Tiara Department Store Mataram Mall, 1st & 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629902 Kharisma Book Shop Mataram Mall, 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629875 Ruby Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.111, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 631092 Jembatan Baru Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.41, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 636106 MGM Plaza Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.98, Cakranegara, West

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The Gili Islands Pearls in The Ocean

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Three perfect coral islands, fringed with white sands and swaying palm trees, lay in the sparkling ocean just off the north-west coast of Lombok. For many years the Gilis have attracted visitors from around the world for their pristine waters, great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and laidback charm. The word “Gili” actually means “small island” and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers, who have long considered them to be at least equal to the appeal of Thailand’s and India’s south coasts. The Gilis have sparse vegetation and rainfall, and it can seem much hotter than on the mainland. This means there is sunshine most days of the year, even when it’s raining in Lombok and Bali. Water is mainly drawn from wells or shipped from the mainland, so there is a need for conservation to preserve the limited resources. Be prepared for salty showers in most of the small hotels and homestays, although the larger hotels and villas provide fresh water. There are no cars or motorbikes on the islands, and the main form of transport, apart from walking, is by horse and cart (locally called cidomo). There is a

good selection of restaurants, bars and accommodation on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan. Telephone and internet facilities are available, and most of the normal tourist amenities, although there are no banks and only the larger hotels and dive operators accept credit cards. Moneychangers exchange at a slightly lower rate than the mainland, so it’s wise to change your money before going. The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, sunbathe, snorkel or scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners with PADI qualifications, and professional standards of safety and environmental awareness. Blue Marlin Dive, Dream Divers and DSM Dive Centre are probably the biggest dive companies, with offices on the Gilis and in Senggigi on the mainland. Manta Dive, Big Bubble, Trawangan Dive and Vila Ombak Diving Academy on Gili Trawangan also have good reputations. Snorkelling is easy in the calm waters directly off the beaches and, although much of the coral in the shallow waters has been destroyed, it’s still enjoyable,

with plenty of fish to see. At greater depths and at dive locations around the three islands, the pristine waters are home to an abundant variety of corals, aquatic life and thousands of species of tropical fish, at least comparable to the top dive locations in Thailand. All three islands have developed independently and at different paces, giving each a different personality or style, and catering to different types of holidaymakers and travellers. This means that travellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer. Gili Air is closest to the mainland and the most quickly accessed of the three Gilis. This island has the largest local population of the three and combines the charm of a tropical island, with access to the people and culture that make Lombok so special. Diving facilities abound and there is nice snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and northeast beaches. The south of the island has some good surf, in the right conditions. Gili Meno is the middle and smallest island of the three, with the lowest population. It is not as developed as Trawangan or Air, but has its own special tranquil style. Continued on Page 81



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Getting To The Gilis


The Gilis are easily reached from Bali via the numerous fast boat services now operating between Bali and Gili Trawangan.

From mainland Lombok, there are many different options, as described below. Tour companies and dive operators in Senggigi also provide transfers daily. FROM BALI: The fast boat services are a popular option, providing fast and easy transfers direct from Bali to Gili Trawangan. is a booking site offering easy online ticketing services for fast boat transfers. See the “Getting to Lombok” section on page 2 for full details. HOTEL TRANSFERS: Many of the larger hotels on the islands now provide speedboat transfers for guests, as well as pick up services from the airport – enquire when you make your booking. FROM TELUK NARA AND TELUK KODEK: Teluk Nara is a large peaceful bay on the west coast, about 25 minutes drive north of Senggigi. Most of the dive companies have their boats moored in the bay and transfer guests to the islands every day from Teluk Nara.

Gili Cat, Blue Water Express and Island Getaway also operate fast boat services between Lombok and Bali from this harbour. It is possible to negotiate private boat trips out to the islands with the local boat owners here, thereby avoiding the hassles of Bangsal. At the northern end of the bay is Teluk Kodek, where Vila Ombak, The Beach House, ko ko mo and Scallywags have bases for transferring their guests by speedboat to the Gilis. MENTIGI BAY: Also on the west coast, a few kilometres before Teluk Nara, Mentigi Bay is a base for Blue Water Cruises. The company offers relaxing day cruises around the Gilis onboard a beautiful traditional phinisi boat, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.

Boats depart daily at 9am. There is a small café at the bay and a variety of fun water sport options available.

islands. Bangsal is a pretty area; it’s a shame some of the touts try to ruin it for everyone.

Blue Water Cruises also operate regular cruises to Komodo Island and other islands to the east, as well as dive and cruise packages. Visit their website for details:

If you get stuck at the harbour in the evening, there is a nice home-stay called Arnel on the harbour road with pretty rooms at reasonable prices.

FROM BANGSAL HARBOUR: Catch a taxi or bemo to Bangsal Harbour, the small harbour on the north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Senggigi.

The attached Salero Minang restaurant serves delicious Minang meals and the friendly owners can help with everything from vehicle hire to travel information and laundry services.

Public ferries (really just large outrigger boats) depart regularly to all three islands and charters are available, with prices depending on the number of passengers and your bargaining skills.

FROM SENGGIGI: You can charter local outrigger boats from the beachfront in Senggigi (in front of the Art Markets). The trip out to the islands takes around one and a half hours.

Unfortunately, the area is plagued by touts and scams, so ignore them and head directly to the ticket office on the beachfront. Public ferry and charter boat prices are posted clearly on the wall of the ticket office.

The journey up the coast in the morning is very scenic, but you may get wet on the way back. Make sure you negotiate a price with the boatman first!

Be aware that public boats leave when there are enough passengers to warrant the trip, so you may have to wait for a while. Best times are between 8am and 4pm. If you don’t want to wait, it doesn’t cost very much to charter a boat, especially if you have a few people in your group. Don’t let anyone carry your bags or, if they offer to carry baggage, negotiate a price first. Ignore people who tell you that there are no return public transfers… there are; or that there is no water, mosquito repellent, etc., on the islands. All the essentials are readily available at shops on all three

A good alternative is to check out the many dive centres on the main street in Senggigi who offer reasonable rates for transfers, usually including pick up from your hotel. Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.


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The Gili Islands

The pace is a much slower, with the laidback charm of a true castaway tropical island experience. Small hotels and basic beach-side huts provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun, with unpopulated beaches, clean waters and quiet walks under the star-filled skies at night.

reached in less than an hour by local boat or 10 minutes by speedboat. This is the most famous of the three Gilis, with a reputation as “the party island”. While this reputation refers to the many fun parties held at different bars and restaurants on the island, it is a misleading description of this lovely place.

Gili Trawangan is the largest island and furthest from the mainland, but easily

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85 one ‘best’; there are several. And, even then, on the worst days, the best spots can seem terrible and yet, on the best days, just popping in the sea anywhere around Gili Air might reward you with the sighting of a turtle or clown fish. The key is to keep your thoughts in the moment… to relax, take a breath and look around.


Gili Air is beautiful, not just at 6:30pm when the sun generally sets – people often demand to know what time the sun will go down and then storm away at 6:35 when there is still light and the sun has decided to take its time that evening.

This is information you will rarely see on the internet; you will be told that Gili Air has a wet season, but not to worry about that because it’s not every day.

I had an email this morning from someone wanting to know what they can do on Gili Air. Fair enough – until they add that they had ‘done’ Bali already and wanted to know how many days it would take to ‘do’ Gili Air.

January is “Storm Month”, several locals have told me recently.

The wet season begins around the start of December and I can report that the rain certainly isn’t every day. I have been in places in Thailand for the wet season where the rain has poured down from morning until night, every single day. Here, for the first week of the year, the sun shone brightly but now the island is cloaked in a grey mist. The influx of people who came for Christmas has cleared and the island is now perfect for those who love peace and quiet. I actually think that Gili Air would make a perfect writers’ retreat. At the moment it has a certain foreboding atmosphere that would fit perfectly in a simmering love story! This time of year adds to the challenge of being on a tropical island. Many people come here from their generally hectic lives and struggle to slow down. I often hear complaints about cars, buses or boats turning up thirty minutes late, (this is all before they arrive on Gili Air, as there is no motorised transport on the island), or how food had taken so long to arrive at their table. These people are missing the point… I believe that Indonesia as a whole, along with a lot of very warm countries, run slightly slower than cities in the west. They have to. Can you imagine if everything in Indonesia ran at the ‘rush, rush, must get done now’ pace that you find in London or New York? If nothing else, everyone would be so sweaty and exhausted that no-one would want to visit this amazing country! Gili Air is about island life – it’s about enjoying the now; being in an amazing place and stopping to enjoy the moment. People who visit here get very upset that they might miss the ‘best’ snorkelling spot. But, I have to tell you, there isn’t

I resisted the urge to send a ranting email back telling them that you can never ‘do’ a place. Every season brings something different, every person you meet, every interaction. No two days, anywhere, should ever be the same, at least if you work on seeing something different around you each day.

the surface for air – but many people do like it, so there is good snorkelling as an option. If you are scared of breathing under the water, by the way, I’m a trained hypnotherapist and that can soon be sorted out in a session before you take your diving course. And after diving or snorkelling, there are many good bars and restaurants here. I recently ate in the Wiwin Café (at the end of tourist town, away from the harbour), and they had some excellent, well-priced food. And I had an amazing mojito in Youpy café, at the side of the island opposite the harbour – this place has a great setting. The staff seemed a little rushed and the food wasn’t special, but the drinks and the setting make up for that.

But I didn’t reply with this, even though I do absolutely detest people saying that they have ‘done’ somewhere. A few days ago someone told me that they had ‘done’ India – a continent; they had ‘done’ it – my If you are the stressed type, you can have a massage on the island; there is a spa as head nearly exploded! well as a yoga centre that can help you I did answer the email; it would have relax. been rude not to. I told him that first and Perhaps though, the best thing to do on foremost that the Gilis are dive islands. Gili Air is to go with the flow… see where The diving here is excellent. There are loads of dive sites that all offer something the mood takes you. Leave plans, and different. All the main sites look different, schedules on the mainland and really get to which makes visiting them fun even if you grips with the island lifestyle. don’t see anything extra special. Whatever you do on Gili Air, do it with a smile on your face and if you’re not When I used to work in Mexico on the smiling, look around, take a deep breath Pacific coast, all our dive sites had sandy and remember where you are. bottoms and looked the same. Every so often we saw some really cool creatures but often we didn’t. In the Gili’s, pretty much every dive is above average, most are great and quite often many are excellent. This is a rare thing in the world of diving. I have been lucky and dived all over the world and I’ve found that the Gilis consistently offer up some wonderful diving. If diving is not your thing, there is snorkelling. I can’t say I am a fan. I like to get up close with the creatures under the sea and smile and wave at them, which is not easy when you have to dart back to

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