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Issue 123 | 3 – 17 September 2012


LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 |






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Attractions & Actitvities

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Lombok Map

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Senggigi Map

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What’s Hot/ Local News

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Local News

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Pasar Classifieds

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Discount Vouchers

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Mr Fixer

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The Cities

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Cities Map

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In Good Taste

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The Southwest

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Kuta & The South

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Useful Contacts Page 77 The Gilis

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Getting to the Gilis

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Gilis Fast Facts Page 84 Gili Bytes

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Gilis Map

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AirAsia joins Silk Air, who currently operate direct flights between Singapore and Lombok, as the first airlines offering direct international flights out of the new Lombok International Airport, which opened in October last year. More are expected to follow… This is fantastic news for Lombok’s developing tourism industry, as well as for Malaysian tourists, who now have the opportunity to discover the unspoilt natural beauty of our island paradise! South Coast by Barbara

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Local Scene

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Lombok is buzzing with the recent announcement that low-cost airline AirAsia will soon commence direct international flights between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok.

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IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok

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It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of and fares start from around Rp 300,000 (approx US $33) one way. Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogyakarta and Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern commonly abbreviated to BIL) is the only airport on Lombok. The islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. airport is approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram, and Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Senggigi and 25 minutes from Kuta. Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office : Airport departure tax is Rp 25,000 for domestic departures and Rp +62 370 642303, 649999. 100,000 for international departures. Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 664009. In Lombok, flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Aiport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport.

Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Bima, Dili, Bandung, Flores and Kupang. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111.

Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. 370-642303, 649999. Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Jakarta every day. Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a Lombok, +62 804 1 222 888 / +62 21 38 999 888. day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. Sky Aviation offers flights to remote and difficult to get to Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok destinations, including Labuhan Bajo on Flores, Batam, daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. Pekanbaru, Jambi and more. Ph: +62 370 630787 or see their website for full details. Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Call Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www. Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Sky Aviation operates morning and afternoon flights between Bali and Lombok every day. The company also offers private charter flights between the islands, as well as other destinations throughout Indonesia. Lombok, ph: +62 370 630 787. Bali, ph: +62 361 936 8320.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Lombok International Airport 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: +62 370 628254 / 628255. Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. Call Centre: 0 80 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100.

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: +62 370 681 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840

FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Most serve Gili Trawangan, but several also call at Teluk Kodek on mainland Lombok, making fast boats from Lombok to Bali (and vice versa) an option to flying. See the “Getting to the Gilis” section for details.



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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.

Climbing Mt Rinjani by Iwan Haryanto

Mawun Beach by Barbara


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.


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.

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.

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.

Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals.

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

Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers.

The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness! Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: Inside Ekas and Outside Ekas, which are suitable for beginners to experts, depending on different peaks and tides.

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.


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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Aik Kalaq (Hot Spring Water) near Segara Anak Lake at Mt Rinjani by Koes Nadi

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.

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

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 clay with distinctive “Lombok primitive” designs. You can also purchase hand-woven 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. Pura Suranadi (Suranadi Temple) by Barbara



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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 Reef, off the southern point,

Senggigi Bay by Iwan Haryanto


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.

an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, 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.

The main road in Senggigi is lined with small attractive hotels catering to all budgets, shops, tour agencies, restaurants, bars and nightclubs; many of which have live music in the evenings. There are a couple of supermarkets, numerous ATM’s and moneychangers, a post office and all the normal tourist facilities.

Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with two hotels – Jeeva Klui and Hotel Bulan Baru – and long stretches of pristine beaches.

Senggigi is a relaxing and attractive place to stay, with a good range of luxury hotels and resorts, as well as mid-range and budget accommodations. Tourism development runs north along the coastal road for about 10 km, with many hotels and restaurants positioned along the beautiful beaches that line the entire west coast. About 2 km north of central Senggigi Kerandangan Valley has a popular beach nearby and some small boutique hotels, such as Puri Mas Spa Resort and Villa Campi Sorga, situated in a pretty valley. Dream Estate Park comprises private villa accommodation for owners and investors, and has villas available for short and long term rental in a secure, well-managed estate.

Mainly deserted white sand beaches, flanked by coconut groves and untouched by hotel development, continue all the way north along the main coastal road. Malimbu and Nipah are two picturesque bays less than half an hour from Senggigi, which are good for snorkelling, swimming and getting away from it all. Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek are on a large bay that forms a natural harbour, about 25 kms north of Senggigi. All the main dive operators have boats here, which transfer guests to the Gili islands, as an alternative to nearby Bangsal Harbour.

Bangsal Harbour, less than 5km further north, is reached by turning left at the crossroads in Pemenang and from there it is easy to catch the public ferries (actually large outrigger boats) out to the Gilis, or to charter boats for island hopping. Whether you are seeking luxury accommodation at a top resort with fine dining and spa facilities, or a budget At the end of the road through holiday with days spent exploring – or all Kerandangan Valley is the Taman Wisata the choices in between – Senggigi caters Alam – Kerandangan Nature Reserve – for all tastes and budgets. with clearly marked hiking paths leading From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the through the rain forest along the river. attractions of the stunning south coast or There is a small Ranger’s hut and visitors to hop on a boat to the famous Gili islands centre near the entrance, and picnic areas with basic concrete tables along the paths. lying just offshore. Swim, snorkel, dive, hike, lie in the sun, have a massage, eat The park boasts a small waterfall, pretty and drink at some of the great restaurants river scenery, families of local monkeys, and a variety of tropical plants and birdlife. and bars in town; or just take a break and be enchanted by the peace and beauty of Lombok. Further north, Mangsit has developed as




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18 Café Alberto, the popular Italian restaurant in Batu Bolong, has just opened its new Bed & Breakfast. The newest and most stylish B&B in Senggigi is located next to the restaurant right on the beachfront at the southern entrance to Senggigi… just 5 minutes’ walk to the centre of town.

Temptations in Green Valley are expanding their shop to almost twice the size to make way for a bigger and better range of products. This home-based business has become so successful in supplying Senggigi and Lombok residents with grocery and bakery items, they need more room to grow! Bigger premises will make way for a larger range of fresh breads and bakery goods, imported meats, cheeses and other dairy products, and a variety of local and imported tinned and packaged goods. Find the bigger (and even more tempting) shop on the right hand side of Jl Palem Raja (the main road into Green Valley, opposite Café Alberto).

Spacious guest rooms feature king sized beds, air conditioning, hot and cold water, TV and free WiFi, plus the large swimming pool, beach restaurant and bar, and inhouse dining from Café Alberto’s extensive menu.

Things are finally moving for Lombok International Airport with the announcement of AirAsia direct flights between Malaysia and Lombok expected to commence in October (see story below). Garuda Indonesia is also expected to increase the different ways of getting to Lombok with the commencement of flights between Surabaya and Lombok in October.

Enjoy superb ocean views from the guest rooms and the romantic dining balé on the rooftop, overlooking the beach with glorious sunsets.

In November, the national airline plans to increase the number of flights between Denpasar, Bali and Lombok to three times daily, rather than the one evening flight currently available. Exciting news!


of our unbelievable low fares. Lombok is a must for those looking for adventure, serenity or a romantic getaway.”

As we hinted in our “What’s Hot!” column in our last issue, it’s official: AirAsia will commence operating out of Lombok International Airport with direct flights linking Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Lombok.

Jasmine Lee, AirAsia’s commercial director, said in an official statement that Lombok would be the 15th Indonesian destination served by flights from Kuala Lumpur. Air Asia serves 150 routes in Asia, Australia and Europe, and currently has a fleet of 106 aircraft. The AirAsia Berhad head office is in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur – Mataram route is planned to commence in October and will operate three times per week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights will use large-bodied aircraft with a capacity of 300 seats. “This new route opens access [to Lombok] for people in Malaysia and throughout the world, allowing them to visit one of the most beautiful Indonesian tourism destinations,” she said.

Speaking to press at the official announcement, Ms Lee said: “Lombok is a hidden gem. Blessed with a plethora of spectacular scenery, Lombok satisfies diverse holiday preferences. Outdoor lovers may embark on adventurous trips to explore the mighty Mt Rinjani or tropical forests and nature reserves.” “Honeymooners will definitely find the untouched sandy beaches at Senggigi and the Gili Islands as romantic retreats. For those who seek escapism, Lombok is a perfect spot for snorkelling and diving, with a dreamlike and picture-perfect underwater world. Make this dream getaway a reality by taking advantage

The route is currently served by Garuda Airlines who operate a flight connecting Lombok to Kuala Lumpur, via Jakarta, every day. Lombok, along with the rest of the West Nusa Tenggara province, is the main source of migrant workers for Malaysia but until now has not been a major tourism market for Malaysians. To mark the launch of the new route, AirAsia offered promotional rates of Rp 299,000 ($31.39) for one-way flights from Lombok to Kuala Lumpur for flights booked from 16 – 26 August and for travel times between 12 October 2012 and 22 May 2013. An extract from the AirAsia website promotes Lombok as “Surrounded by untouched beaches and emanating relaxing feel good vibes, this quiet getaway is exactly what you need to unwind from the daily rat race. Just read on and you’ll find out just why, we fell in ♥ with Lombok…”



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LOMBOK… Through a Traveller’s Eyes

We met Don and Jerry – two intrepid 60-something travellers from Arizona in the US – when they visited Lombok last month. Don is an accomplished painter and an avid writer of travelogues about the many places they have visited around the world. Below is Part 2 of an extract from his writings about Lombok, continued from Issue 122 (if you missed part one, you can read it on our website at

(Part 2)

something. No need for newspapers and their disparaging political news. By now we have no worries… no cares about all that. Our days were spent lazing by the pool, strolling along the beach and chatting to the peddlers. Sometimes we spent the afternoon at the plush Qamboja Spa, where we relaxed in soft chairs overlooking palm trees and the ocean and indulged in reflexology treatments at the spa, which was incredibly relaxing and healing; with beautiful Amy and Owia, whose gentle natures and bright smiles melted your heart. We watched the changing sky over the Lombok Sea as Bali showed its head again and again with some of the most glorious sunsets ever; so bright red it sometimes looked like Gunung Agung, the highest volcano on the island, was erupting.

Nipah Beach, West Coast Lombok

Our original intent, during the 17 days of our holiday in Indonesia, was to leave Qunci Villas and Lombok for several days and spend some time on the island of Bali; but we were so enthralled by the beauty and atmosphere of Qunci that we did not want to leave. Everything we needed was right there. We were not looking for party time, night life or excitement, but peace, tranquillity and a chance to catch our breath from our hectic pace of life and just unwind…and be spoiled for a time. And yes, we were spoiled in this dream-like place. Deciding we didn’t need to fly back to experience more of Bali, we continued to spend one glorious day after another on Lombok. Most mornings we were awakened to the constant sound of the ocean waves lapping against the beach, along with the sounds, sometimes, of the call to prayer from the hillside mosque.

When school was in session, the prayers were followed by the beautiful hum of children’s’ voices in harmony, like a choir constantly changing, coming from the youngsters at the school across the street having celebrations of the last days of school. Of course, intermingled with all of that was the continuous sound of singing birds creating, along with everything else, the feeling that you are in a heavenly place.

It was a magnificent drive as we made our way on to the fancy Oberoi Hotel where we stopped to enjoy the attractive, manicured grounds and peace and tranquillity.

One more beautiful day greeted us and as we were off to breakfast, the hawkers called to me. “Hello Don! Hi Don!” Among seven or eight of them, on the beach near the deck, I spotted Ali who had gone for a walk with me a few days earlier. I walked over to the edge of the deck as they all gathered near me and said “Hello”. Handing Ali a Rp 10,000 note, I said to him, “I don’t need a bracelet, but this is for you, for being kind to me and for sharing a walk with me.” He looked totally stunned and then flashed a big smile of understanding… “We believe if you give kindness, it will come back to you.” By now we were stress-free, relaxed and calm. We had forgotten about time or the rest of the world. The wristwatch was removed as soon as we arrived. No need.

Bali Sunset from the West Coast

One day, after breakfast, a driver and van was called to take us on a drive up the west coast, with the ocean on one side and lush green hills on the other. Our driver, Gusdi, skilfully managed the winding road, past coconut palm groves and postcard-worthy views of the deep blue ocean and beaches like Malimbu Beach; so beautiful they beg you to stop for a photo.

No need for television with advertising shouting at you, constantly trying to sell you

After lunch, leaving the ocean behind, we drove on over a narrow road where radiant emerald green rice fields, broad-leafed banana trees with bunches of ripe bananas waiting to be harvested, lush distant mountains, and quaint villages, created one of the most beautiful and interesting drives we have done. Eventually, with our van twisting and turning, around each hairpin curve, we wound our way high into the mountains to the Monkey Forest: a jungle of green growth, giant leafed plants… and monkeys…and more monkeys! Continued on Page 24



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LOMBOK… Through a Traveller’s Eyes (Part 2) Alongside the road or sitting on the guard rails, or swinging in the trees, or romping along on the ground…everywhere you looked, small monkeys with their tiny eyes were curiously looking back at you.

much of the world, but in Lombok we were finding a great deal to awe and amaze us. We were up early for a relaxed breakfast the next day and afterwards, when the beach sellers spotted us walking near the pool, we heard the now familiar: “Hello Don! Hello Jerry! Hello, hello, hello!” Ali called me over and the group gathered around holding up their goods, hoping I would buy. “I want to give you a gift,” he said to me.

Of course, we had to stop at a stand at the top of the hill to buy 50 cents worth of peanuts and were soon surrounded by these little creatures at our feet wanting a snack. While big daddy’s looked on, babies clung to the hair on their mother’s tummies as they scampered around us gathering up the nuts. When the peanuts were gone, so were we and, as we headed down the mountain, a gentle rain began to fall, cooling the air and creating a fresh smell as we continued to twist and turn on the narrow road. A stream, surrounded by dense jungle growth, tumbled over rocks below. Occasionally we passed fruit stands… children played in their yards in the villages… women walked alongside the road with their baskets of goods balanced on their heads… trucks loaded with green bananas off to market… a home haircut taking place on a man under a palm tree, in the yard of his house… simple but beautiful people, living simple but beautiful lives. It takes a great deal to make an impression on Jerry and I after travelling all over so

I told him, “You don’t have to do that” and he said, as he pulled out a hand-carved gecko (the symbol of Lombok) on a leather strap and placed it around my neck. “I want to give you something to remember me by.” An act of kindness brought back to me as an act of kindness in return. On another day we joined our friends on a trip to a pottery village for another experience and an adventure into the living conditions of the potters in the village, in their simple homes.

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alone in these unfamiliar environments, as we have received only kindness from a people who have not yet been spoiled by the effects of an abundance of tourism. Although in America we would consider them living in poverty, in my eyes I saw such a peaceful scene, taking me back to a serene time in my childhood. A stone well with a water bucket on a rope, to drop down into the well to draw drinking water, just like we did when I was a child in Oklahoma… a young woman washing her children’s clothes in a tub, scrubbing them on the top of a stone wall… a small, wooden house with goats and cows grazing around the yard, while hens with their baby chicks pecked at the ground. Laughter came from young girls, spotlessly dressed, ribbons in their hair, playing a game they had scratched in the dirt. There were the young boys cheerfully tossing a ball against a house. Simple things.

Young babies crawled around grandmother, who was undaunted by our presence as she sat on the dirt floor and moulded clay between her hands on the rustic potter’s wheel. Some bowls, finished, but yet to be decorated, sat outside on the dirt walkways to dry in the sun. We stopped in at Anan’s pottery, where we discovered a large shed full of row after row of the most beautiful, hand-painted vases, large and small; gorgeous plates, serving dishes and all sorts of wonderful artwork. Anan, a warm and pretty lady treated us like family, serving us Lombok coffee and connecting with us “very handsome men,” as if we were long lost friends. I took a photo of an outstanding plate that hung on the wall thinking, “This one is so beautiful it would cost much more than we would want to pay.” We were shocked when she said the price was only $14.00. Knowing in Indonesia you must always bargain, we said, “Would you take $8.00?” “Of course” she said, and of course we bought a beautiful plate from her. On another day, I took a walk alone up the dirt road, past the mosque and through a small settlement of houses. “Hello, Hello!” constantly came from small children flying their kites in the breeze among the goats along the dirt road. “Hello, Hello!” from women and men alike.

Pottery Maker by Iwan Haryanto

Special Feature

For some reason I have no fear of being

And, in spite of what seemed to be such a lack of material things, I heard the sounds of happiness all around me… without cell phones… without computers or iPods. I don’t get it… or maybe I do. All too soon, it was time to pack up and, sadly, we got our suitcases ready and waiting for morning. We managed to sleep a few hours and were up at 4:00am fully rested and ready, but sad to leave our paradise. A car and driver was waiting to take us in the dark on the interesting drive back to airport as, at that early hour, fog and sunrise created a beautiful but eerie effect over the amazing landscape of rice fields, coconut palms, banana trees and distant mountains. As the sun lit up the sky, we made our short flight to Bali where we would fly on to Singapore, saying goodbye to the beautiful island of Lombok and bringing this part of this particular dream to a close… But, as the green landscape dropped away below us, I recall the words CS Lewis wrote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”




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The Jakarta Post and local Lombok newspapers report that the NTB government will support AirAsia with a marketing fund to promote their new direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Lombok.

Member of Commission II of NTB Parliament, Ir H Misbach Mulyadi, said the marketing fund requested by AirAsia amounted to Rp 500 million per year and has been prepared through an amendment to the 2012 NTB budget. The amount of funds requested is considered small compared to the results to be obtained later. Funds will be used to promote Air Asia flying new routes to and from Lombok International Airport through media campaigns and via the airline’s inflight magazine. “The fund is to promote us, so it will be very beneficial to us as well,” Misbach Mulyadi, told reporters on Wednesday, 15 August. Misbach said that assistance for marketing funds is commonplace for most airlines. Typically, the funds are used for marketing three months prior to the first flight and are intended to introduce prospective airline passengers to the opening of new routes. Meanwhile, the NTB Government is said to be actively seeking direct flights from Lombok International Airport (commonly referred to as Bandara Internasional Lombok and abbreviated to BIL) to Perth in Western Australia. The new route is considered to be very attractive, with many Australian tourists visiting Indonesia, including Lombok. Assessments are apparently being discussed with Garuda Indonesia and Tiger Airways. “I submitted to Garuda, how about opening new routes from BIL to Perth? However, there are concerns of those that asked for support from the NTB provincial government, including flight subsidies. I think we could subsidise flights… we have to be brave, because this new route is where the market is,” Misbach told reporters. In this case, Garuda asked for guarantees

and contributions from the NTB provincial government for the opening of new routes. Misbach said the amount of the subsidy has not yet been discussed nor how it would be launched. However, he said that the NTB provincial government and parliament are ready for it, because the BIL – Perth route should be realised. According to Misbach, Tiger Airways is also exploring the idea of direct flights out of Lombok, with the possibility of a direct flight between Lombok and Perth. If it is approved, he said that the local government should also prepare a marketing fund, as a Lombok – Perth route is considered to be very beneficial to developing tourism in Lombok. “Many Australian tourists only know Bali, because promotion is quite intense. In addition, there are already many direct flights from Perth to Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali,” he said. This is exciting news for Lombok and its developing tourism industry, which is often hampered by the lack of flight availability to the island.

The opening of the Lombok International Airport in October 2011was hoped to pave the way for a greater number of domestic options to the island, as well as direct flights from international destinations. Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, operates three international flights per week between Singapore and Lombok, and has proposed increasing their direct flights from Changi Airport to 5 times per week. So far, those plans have been stalled. Jet Star is also rumoured to be exploring a new Lombok route and other international carriers are believed to have applied for landing rights, although no details have been released as yet. The opening of new flight routes in Indonesia is often a slow process, particularly for foreign-owned airlines.

The two low-cost franchises that have gained traction in Indonesia in recent years are AirAsia, and Tiger Airways Holdings, through its investment in the restructured Mandala Airlines.


PT Angkasa Pura I (PT API), the national airport authority which manages Lombok International Airport (BIL), has said that work will begin on extensions to the apron and runway at the airport in 2013. PT API General Manager, Pujiono, told reporters that the apron at the airport will be expanded, along with the runway extension initially planned for phase II of BIL development.

Currently the apron at BIL can accommodate around 10 aircraft, ie 4 large aircraft and six small aircraft. The airport authority plans to add the capacity for another five aircraft to the airport’s facilities, bringing the capacity to 15 aircraft next year. “Expanding the apron was already included in the development plan for BIL, together with extending the length of the runway from its current 2,750 metres to three thousand metres,” Pujiono told reporters at the airport on

15 August. “In addition, we hope that the apron will be able to accommodate the aircraft of several Heads of State who will participate in the meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year.” Bali will host the APEC Summit in November 2013. Despite the expansion of Ngurah Rai Airport, due to be completed in May 2013, Bali’s airport does not have the facilities to park the number of planes that will be used by participants, particularly private aircraft used by Heads of States. The conference will be attended by 21 countries with around three thousand participants. With a flight distance of only 25 minutes between Bali and Lombok, it is hoped that BIL will be an alternative place to park the aircraft, rather than re-locating them to Jakarta as previously planned.



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Glenn’s Birthday @ The Beach Club Friends gathered at The Beach Club to celebrate the birthdays of both Glenn and Ansel recently. The crowd kicked on at Happy Cafe with Glenn taking centre stage, a guest appearance by Gabriel on bass, and incredible guitar magic from Ricky.

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GETTING READY TO HOST SAIL INDONESIA! Gilis, and short trips to the Sekotong peninsula and its surrounding islets.

On the land side there is established infrastructure, and nearby hotels and a golf course to provide facilities and activities. The site is also close to superb beaches, the world-famous tourist attraction of Mt Rinjani volcano and the Rinjani National Park, as well as various waterfalls, traditional villages and historical sites.

Lombok, and particularly Medana Bay Marina, are getting ready to host Sail Indonesia 2012 over the coming month. Sail Indonesia is an annual international sailing rally, now in its twelfth successful year. The rally begins with the “Darwin to Kupang Rally” departing Darwin on the north coast of Australia in the middle of July and is the beginning of a three month program of events across Indonesia. Sailing across the Indonesian archipelago, participants are invited to a linked series of cultural festivals and special events at various different locations along the route. At each location they are able to experience different cultures, local arts and crafts, wonderful foods, different languages and Indonesia’s diverse peoples. More than 100 yachts representing around 22 different nationalities have joined the twelfth series of ‘Sail Indonesia’ with participants from Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Austria, Sweden, The Netherlands, Japan and more. The yachts are divided into two teams that will enter Indonesia from the east and west. The eastern team will enter from Saumlaki, Banda, Buru, Ternate, Wakatobi and Takabonerate Island. Many of the yachts are travelling the popular Western Passage from Darwin in North Australia to Kupang, Alor, and destinations on and around Flores. Both teams will meet in Labuan Bajo, Flores, in September before sailing on to Lombok, Bali, and the western islands. The Lombok leg of the event is scheduled for 17 - 21 September although, based on past years, some yachts will start arriving before then. The main venue will be at the Medana Bay Marina development on the north-west

coast of Lombok, overlooking the three Gili islands to the west. The North Lombok Government and local people will be involved in the event, and a cultural performance and “Welcome Dinner” will be hosted at the Marina. Medana Bay Marina was the first privately owned facility to host Sail Indonesia in September 2009 and is proud to be the Lombok hosts for the fourth year running, welcoming Sail Indonesia 2012 / Sail Morotai. (Sail Bunaken in ’09, Sail Banda ’10 and Sail Wakatobi Belitung ’11). Medana Bay is an ideal stopover on the rally, from both the marine and landside development aspects. The bay is a natural safe harbour, protected from the prevailing major winds and waves, and is beside the preferred sailing route to the eastern islands, within easy day sailing from the

The developed tourist area of Senggigi is 45 minutes’ drive to the south along the scenic coastal road, the city of Mataram is around 40 minutes away via the inland road through the Monkey Forest, and Bali is only 45 kilometres across the Lombok Strait, which separates the two islands. Boating facilities at the purpose-built marina include10 serviced berths alongside a floating jetty linked to the land by bridges for boat supplies by trolley. This comprises two main pontoons of 24m length with space for a further eight boats of 12m to 15m size berthed ‘Med style’ on the 44m cross pontoon. In addition there are 12 mooring buoys in deep water (10m-15m) in the bay and anchorage room for more. There is a timber jetty and dinghy dock immediately in front of Sailfish Café, and toilets and fresh water shower facilities close by. Medana Bay Marina is also able to arrange CIQP and CAIT (Port Authorities Customs Immigration & Quarantine). Continued on Page 48



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GETTING READY TO HOST SAIL INDONESIA! Continued from Page 44 On shore, the Sailfish CafĂŠ serves tasty freshly cooked Indonesian food and cold drinks on the beachfront and has Wi-Fi internet service. Fresh water to re-fill boat tanks and diesel fuel and petrol supply services are available. A range of foodstuffs, household products, dry goods, and cleaning materials are sold at the Mini Market within the marina and, for those wishing to stay longer, tours and transport, massage and laundry services can be arranged. A 17-room hotel and Meeting Hall were constructed in 2011 and add to the increasing range of facilities offered at Medana Bay. The Meeting Hall is able to accommodate up to 250 attendees in different configurations, and has an adjacent kitchen and covered dining area. When not in use for Sail Indonesia, the hall is kept busy with meetings, seminars, organisation rallies and weddings.

The hotel features 17 twin and doublebedded rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Facilities include TV and Wi-Fi with a convenient desk and appliance power points.

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Tongue-in-cheek answers to your personal and The two German men will have a strict building problems weekly schedule of alternating visits with the German woman.

QUESTION: I have just chartered a large sailing yacht jointly with some friends from Europe and Asia. Together, we all intend to spend the next six weeks sailing the seas of Indonesia with its many deserted islands. On board will be the following list of crew members: 2 Italian men and 1 Italian woman 2 French men and 1 French woman 2 German men and 1 German woman 2 Greek men and 1 Greek woman 2 English men and 1 English woman 2 Bulgarian men and 1 Bulgarian woman 2 Japanese men and 1 Japanese woman 2 Chinese men and 1 Chinese woman 2 American men and 1 American woman 2 Irish men and 1 Irish woman If we get ship wrecked on any of these stunningly beautiful desert (and deserted) islands in the middle of nowhere, what do you expect to occur?

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The two Greek men will sleep with each other and the Greek woman will clean and cook for them.

The two Irish men will divide the Island into the North and South and set up a distillery. They will not remember if sex is The two English men will wait for someone in the picture, because it gets sort of foggy after the first few litres of coconut whiskey. to introduce them to the English woman. But they will be satisfied because at least The two Bulgarian men will take one look the English aren’t having any fun. at the endless ocean, another long look at the Bulgarian woman, and start swimming. The two Japanese men will fax Tokyo and await instructions. The two Chinese men will set up a pharmacy, a liquor store, a restaurant, and a laundromat and will have got the woman pregnant in order to supply employees for the store. The two American men will contemplate the virtues of suicide because the American woman will keep endlessly complaining about her body, the true

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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.

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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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In Good Taste... Welcome to Lombok! As an expat working here in Lombok, I want to share with all our valuable visitors a few of the recipes that you will try around our lovely island, so hopefully you can take more than just a great memory home and show your friends that – apart from beautiful scenery, sexy beaches, amazing weather and friendly people – we have some exquisite food available here and Lombok people do take their food seriously! Selamat Makan! By Bryce Adamson, Chef and Beverage at Qunci Villas.

This is a recipe from Eddie Pono, Executive Chef at Qunci Villas:

Seafood Laksa

blend flawlessly for a complex taste. Optional lime helps to counter the fishy taste and adds a citrus zing. The Origins of Laksa Laksa is generally thought to be a creation of the Chinese who immigrated to the British Straits in Malaysia during the 15th century. Known as the Peranakan, most of the immigrants were of Hokkien descent and came from South China. The History of Laksa Indonesia - is a food aficionado’s playground. Foodie or not, very few people can resist a second bowl of tangy Laksa after sampling their first. Laksa is one of those unique dishes, possibly hard to find at home, that people crave long after their Southeast Asia suntan fades to a fond memory. Sour, spicy, slightly sweet with a hint of fish – Laksa is a mouth-watering noodle soup dish found all over Southeast Asia. Though the epicentre may be Malaysia, Laksa’s fame has spread throughout Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the West. Laksa typically consists of rice noodles in a thick, gritty gravy made from either coconut milk and curry paste or tamarind, fruit and fish; depending on the locale. Lemongrass, garlic, shallots, chili, fish or shrimp, and a long list of other seasonings,

Even the origin of the word “Laksa” is debated. The word lakhshah denotes a type of noodle in Hindi; however, Laksa sounds similar to a Chinese word meaning “spicy sand” – fitting because of Laksa’s gritty texture. Seafood Laksa (serves 2)

Laksa spice (mashed or blended to a paste) 2 pcs Garlic cloves 1/2 tbs Coriander seeds 1cm Turmeric 1cm Galangal 3 pcs Candle nut 1/4 tspn Palm sugar 1/4 tspn Salt Method: 1. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in large skillet or pot on low heat. 2. After the oil is hot, fry the shallots until crispy, remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. 3. Then to the hot oil add spice paste, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and bay leaves and sauté until fragrant. 4. Add coconut milk and prawns to the pot and cook until boiling. 5. Cut tofu in half diagonally and fry in separate pan until golden, remove and drain.

Ingredients (can substitute local versions): 6. Cut fish into cubes and roll them in flour, then fry until brown. Remove and 4 Prawns (peeled and deveined) drain. 250g Fish Fillet

600ml Coconut milk 7. Soak rice noodles in boiling water, drain 1pce Lemongrass and divide between two bowls. 1 pce Kaffir lime leaf 8. To serve, add bean sprouts, fish, tofu, 1 pce Bay leaves sliced red chili and basil leaves to the 75g Rice noodles noodles. 25g Bean sprouts 1/2 cup Javanese local basil (or lemon 9. Pour Laksa over the top and sprinkle basil) with fried shallots. Finish with a squeeze 1 pce Red chili (sliced to garnish) of fresh lime (optional). 3 tbs Vegetable oil 50g Flour Of course, if this is too hard, you can always take the easy route and head to 1 pce Tofu (fried and cut in half) Qunci Villas to have this delicious soup 4 Shallots (sliced fine and fried until served to you crispy)


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The Southwest

The Southwest

Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches!

Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are twelve 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.

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.

Elak Elak, Sekotong by Didiek Hariadi


the northwest and Madak Belo on the east. Gili Gede is large enough to provide a range of activities such as hiking to the hills in the centre for fantastic views across the other islands, exploring deserted beaches and hidden coves and meeting the people living on the island, who are very friendly and, as yet, unspoilt by tourism.

Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the Secret Island has comfortable budget hillside overlooking another white sand accommodation, including a unique beach. The hotel development is still under Along the roadsides you will see people bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – construction. building and repairing boats, laying the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, Resort offers a host of activities that all the Across the road from Sundancer, on the working in the fields, and sometimes family will enjoy, while also being a place beachfront, is Dive Zone – currently guiding primitive wooden ploughs where you can get away from it all. the only diving facility in this part of harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they Lombok and the experts on diving around prepare the fields for planting. Secret Island can also organise fishing trips the southwest islands, having pioneered and island hopping excursions to the other The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is development of previously unknown dive beautiful islands in the area, most of which sites in this area. situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. are deserted, about their comfortable 9m The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the custom-built boat “Scorpio”. Dive Zone offer dive trips around dazzling white sand stretches in a wide Sekotong and the islands, as well as To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of sweep around the bay, while the hills in three locations in South Lombok – Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined behind form a perfect backdrop to this including challenging world-class diving up like secret treasures in the calm sea. idyllic setting. off southeast Lombok. Bounty Cruises, a Bali-based company, Just out in the calm bay are the three Past Dive Zone another few kilometres is own much of the land on Gili Ringgit and lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort on the have constructed a boat mooring and pier Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. With accessible by local outrigger boats. A small 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by sign in the nearby village will direct you private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals to the local boat hire area, where you can only luxury accommodation in the area. lay just beneath the surface and the reef arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and extends along most of the island’s coast. At the next intersection there is a the other small islands offshore. signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and The other side of the island, where the Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. pier is located, has a fantastic white sand accommodation for visitors, with Gili This is a small hotel, situated right on Nanggu Cottages providing simple beach and is a favourite for guests from the beachfront with comfortable and cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as Secret Island Resort and Dive Zone, as the clean rooms at reasonable prices. The well as deluxe rooms further back from the hotel also organises snorkelling tours and scenery and beach here are so lovely. beach. The island is small and the beach is a popular choice for those surfing at It’s easy to snorkel offshore just north of here has soft white sand and a good reef Bangko-Bangko. the pier and, although the reef isn’t as large just off the beach for snorkelling. The largest of these islands is Gili Gede, as on the other side of the island, there is Travelling a little further south, before the appropriately meaning “Big Island”. The still plenty to see. marine culture complex (Balai Budaya island lays just offshore and is so large Bright blue starfish drape themselves Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out visitors often mistake it for part of the across patches of coral, and bright yellow onto a white peninsular of sand that juts mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached by into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the boat from the village of Tembowong and is and black Moorish Idols dart through end for superb views and a close up look the water. Schools of hundreds of small only minutes across the water. at Gili Genting. iridescent fish swim past and weirdly Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the shaped squid drift by in the deeper areas. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the area that has accommodation, at Secret peninsular and at low tide you can walk Island Resort on the south, Via Vaccare on Continued on Page 66

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66 We met a boat load of happy tourists on Gili Ringgit, out for the day with Dive Zone, who described the diving as some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Most couldn’t stop gushing about the huge school of turtles they had just seen near Gili Layar! All around these Southwest Gilis, abundant coral reefs lay just below the surface waiting to be explored, filled with thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish, huge sprawling blue starfish and magical turtles gently gliding through the water. Slightly south of Gili Gede, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees. Pearl Beach Resort, the only accommodation on the island, is a lovely boutique hotel with charming and welldesigned bungalows here looking out over a breath-taking beach. Of a much higher standard than most of the accommodation in the southwest, each bungalow is spacious with a private terrace and western standard bathrooms with hot water showers.

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There is also a beachfront bar and restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals, and good snorkelling directly from the beach. The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours.

wide white sand bay is lined with fisherman’s huts and draws hundreds of surfers every year from as far away as Hawaii and Brazil to challenge the huge waves of Desert Point, just offshore.

Although the road deteriorates after Labuhan Poh, it is still passable for most vehicles in the dry season. During the surfing season, from mid-May to September and again in December, the beach is buzzing with surfers, but otherwise it is a remote and peaceful area. Bali is clearly visible, with the island of Nusa Penida only about an hour’s sail away. The drive to the point is dotted with bucolic scenery and tiny villages, making it a worthwhile trip even for non-surfers. There is basic surfer accommodation in the area and plans for development in the near future.

Pearl Beach is perfect for romantic escapes The southwest is slated for tourism and for those seeking the tranquillity of a development and it’s easy to imagine private island resort. hotels and resorts on all these beaches and Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the islands in the future, as well as yachts, mainland there are small home-stays and fishing boats, windsurfers, dive boats and private accommodations spaced out along the like. But for now, the Southwest is the road to Bangko-Bangko – the surfing unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret Mecca for those in the know, located on islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and the far southwest tip of Lombok. The unique; and known only to the lucky few.

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Indonesia boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the world and the south coast of Lombok rates as being among the best.

Kuta by Barbara

South Lombok has views that inspire artists and photographers and leaves visitors from around the world speechless at the sublime panoramic beauty that unfolds beach after beach, bay after bay, all along the coast.

The proximity to the airport has already sparked an investment boom in the area and major developments are expected over the coming year. For now, the south is uncrowded, pristine and spectacular.

Slightly further south is Sade, an 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.

The beaches of the south 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 (sometimes spelt Kute) 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.

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.

Located around 60 km south of Mataram and about one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta makes for a wonderful day trip from other points in Lombok, or an alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. Since the Lombok International Airport opened in late 2011, many of the major roads have been upgraded and the main road to Kuta is very good. The new airport is located only 25 minutes’ drive north of Kuta and has made access to the south very easy. Traditional Sasak Village Sade

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.

Kuta itself is a small town with 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. Weaving

The drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Fields of tobacco, corn and peanuts line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated ploughs pulled by large water buffalo. Just before arriving in Kuta, the road passes two traditional Sasak villages – Sade and Rambitan. On the east side of the road is Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung, or rice barns, and traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo, with hardened cow and buffalo dung floors.

There is a good variety of accommodation, restaurants and facilities for travellers and – with investment taking off –more options are opening all the time. There are plans for a luxury beachfront resort in central Kuta this year and smaller developments are already under construction. At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury resort: the Novotel Lombok. The Novotel has a range of accommodation, from comfortable hotel rooms to spacious suites and luxurious villas, some with private swimming pools. Designed to blend in with the environment, and with a stunning beachfront location, the Novotel is a wonderful example of traditional Sasak architecture. Continued on Page 73

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Heading west from 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. 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; look for the three startling pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean. Kuta Cowboy

Nearby Mandalika Beach is named after the legendary Princess Mandalika, a beloved character in Sasak folklore. 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. 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 organic gourmet snacks that are truly out of the ordinary. Open Tuesday to Sunday, for breakfast and lunch only.

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! At Bumbang, Bumbangku Beach Cottages has simple thatched cottages and comfortable brick deluxe rooms right on a beautiful deserted beach. There is a good restaurant, serving fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen, and easy access to the best surfing spots nearby. Even for non-surfers, Bumbangku is a delightful place to spend a few days, swimming, strolling along the wide calm bay and relaxing in the peaceful natural surroundings.

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Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations at Gerupuk, Tanjung Aan, Ekas, and the beaches to the west. It’s easy to hire a board and a surf guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfers, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area. Hire a car or motorbike and you can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly deserted beaches, both to the east and west of Kuta.

Selong Blanak is a long sweeping bay framed on each end by headlands and surrounded by rolling hills. Sempiak Villas has plush villas perched on the hillside with breath-taking panoramic views. Laut Biru Café at Sempiak Villas is a popular place for a stop – or justifies a day trip in itself – and serves fresh and delicious snacks and meals throughout the day in a pretty restaurant overlooking the beach. Spend a day exploring the area, with lunch and a swim here as the highlights of your trip. Further west are picturesque Sepi and Blongas bays, and many more scenic beaches along the way; all are mostly deserted. The road deteriorates rapidly and the going can be rough at times. For exploring this remote area it’s best to use an experienced local guide with a good vehicle. 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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Three perfect coral islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – fringed with white sands and swaying palm trees, lay in the sparkling ocean just off the north-west coast of Lombok.

diverse range of visitors – serious diving enthusiasts, sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach getaway, singles, families, and couples of all ages find something to attract them to the Gilis.

An impressive array of sea life can be seen, including green and hawksbill turtles, morays, barracuda, reef sharks, occasionally leopard sharks and manta rays, and much more.

Every year the Gilis attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world for their pristine waters, great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and laidback charm.

There is a good selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan.

Visibility is very good and commonly in the 15-30 m range; and water temperatures average 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F). Currents around the islands can be quite strong and drift diving is the norm.

The word Gili actually means “small island”, and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers. The Gilis are Lombok’s most popular islands and are consistently rated as top SEA island destinations by travellers and travel publications. Although previously popular mainly with backpackers, the Gilis now attract a

While nobody comes to the Gilis for shopping, each island has many small shops selling essentials such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, toiletries, cold drinks, snacks and more. In addition, there are cheap clothing and t-shirts, sarongs and local handicrafts stalls. Activities include walking, riding bikes, horse riding and kayaking on Gili T, yoga, massage and beauty treatments, glass bottom boat trips and island hopping, live-aboard dive trips and cruises to nearby islands, fishing, sailing, surfing and all kinds of water-based activities. The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, relax, sunbathe, explore, snorkel or scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Snorkelling is easy in the calm waters directly off the beaches, with plenty of colourful fish to see. At greater depths and at specific 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.

Many of the popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners and PADI and SSI licensed dive operators, with professional standards of safety and environmental awareness, exist on all three islands. Each Gili has 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 Trawangan is the most developed and popular of the three, with the greatest range of facilities and activities; while Gili Air has a relaxed, laid-back style and is popular with couples and families. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, perfect for really getting away from it all. Choose the island that suits you most, or it’s easy to combine an island-hopping holiday to sample the best of all three!


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The Gilis are easily reached from Bali via the numerous fast boat services now operating between Bali and Gili Trawangan. Alternatively, you can fly to Lombok and travel across to the Gilis.

Fast Boats: With Lombok’s airport now based further away in central Lombok, the fast boat services are a popular option, providing fast and easy transfers between Bali to Gili Trawangan. 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. Blue Water Express, operated by Blue Water Safaris, provides transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan. BWS operates two boats, with 28 and 30 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) 841 3421-24 / 0813 3841 8988.

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 and many businesses on the Gilis 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 (including fast speed boats) out to the islands with 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.

Gili 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. Gili is an online booking service offering easy reservations with the leading fast boat operators between Bali and Lombok. Availability checks, schedules and e-ticketing, as well as accommodation options and more, are all available online from their website: www.gilibookings. com By Plane: Fly to Lombok and either stay on the mainland before making a trip out to the Gilis or travel to Senggigi (1 hour 15 minutes) to arrange transport to the Gilis. There are many different options, as described below. Tour companies and dive operators in Senggigi also provide transfers daily. 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.

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. 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:

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 islands. Bangsal is a pretty area; it’s a shame some of the touts try to ruin it for everyone. If you get stuck at the harbour in the evening, there are some basic home-stays on the road from the beach. Arnel is a nice option with pretty rooms at reasonable prices. 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. 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. 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!

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

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.

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.

Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.

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.

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There are numerous fast boat services operating between Bali and the Gilis. In good weather, fast boats can make the crossing in around 80 minutes but in heavy seas the trip can take two hours or more. Make sure you choose a reputable company who care about passenger comfort and safety, rather than “pack them in and profit”. Check weather conditions before going – the Lombok Strait is one of the deepest bodies of water in the world and seas can get very rough, with waves up to 5 metres in bad weather. Refuse to board overloaded boats. It is also possible to fly to Lombok and transfer to the Gilis from the mainland. See “Getting to Lombok” and “Getting to the Gilis” sections for details. Electricity on all three Gilis is supplied by generators and blackouts are sometimes a problem. Many places have their own emergency generators but the smaller businesses may rely on candles and lanterns when the power goes out. Water is a scarce resource on the islands and fresh water is shipped from the mainland daily. A business on Gili T now supplies desalinated water and fresh water showers are becoming common. However, smaller hotels and home-stays may only

provide salt water showers. Use bottled water to rinse off. The tap water on all the islands is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and readily available. Internet is available on the Gilis at internet cafés and most larger hotels and restaurants. Connections can be intermittent and speeds are generally slow. ATM machines are available on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Credit cards are accepted at most dive shops and larger hotels and restaurants. Money changers are available on all the islands, although the rate is lower than on Lombok. Health services on the islands are limited. There is a 24-hour Clinic at Hotel Vila Ombak on Gili T, and small local clinics on Gili Meno and Air. Dive shop staff have emergency first aid training and basic medical supplies but for anything serious, get to the mainland as fast as possible. Weather is generally hotter on the islands than mainland Lombok. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use sun protection, even on cloudy days. There is no motorised transport on any of the islands. Walk, ride a bicycle or ride in a cidomo (local horse cart). None of

the islands is very large, so walking is an easy option. Bicycles can be hired for between Rp 25,000 and Rp 50,000 per day, depending on the type and condition of the bike. Some hotels provide bikes free of charge for guests. Cidomo fares are now fixed by law and fares are displayed in the front of the cart. Generally, short distances will cost around Rp 40,000; a round-the-island tour costs Rp 125,000 on Gili T. Dress is casual on the islands and it is normal to see tourists walking around in swimsuits, sarongs and shorts. Remember that the islands’ residents are Muslim and nude or topless sunbathing is frowned upon. Please respect island sensibilities and keep clothes on! Mosquitoes can sometimes be a problem, especially during rainy season. DEET repellents are the best protection and local products such as “Autan” and “OFF!” are relatively cheap and readily available in the shops. The Gili Eco Trust (GET) is a non-profit organisation based on Gili T that works to protect and conserve the environment. GET activities include reef conservation, resource management, waste management and education programmes, to name a few. To date, the Eco Trust has installed 63 Bio Rock structures around the islands. The metal frame structures create artificial reefs using low voltage current to promote new coral growth and provide homes for schools of fish and reef creatures. The Eco Trust raises funds for its programmes through an Eco-tax of Rp 50,000 collected from divers on the islands. Clean-up days, to collect rubbish from the beach and sea, take place on the first Friday of every month on Gili T. Register at Gili T dive shops and join in the fun! To find out more about Eco-projects and to support GET programmes, visit:


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The most well-known and popular of the three Gilis, Gili Trawangan is the largest island and the furthest from the mainland, but easily reached in less than an hour by local boat and only 10 minutes by speedboat from Lombok.

and Bali, together with singles, couples and families from all over the world.

The island itself is around 3km long and 2km wide, so walking is easy and you can cycle around the island in around 1 1/2 hours (but will need to get off and push Previously tagged “the party island” by the your bike through sandy sections on the Lonely Planet, Gili T (as it is affectionately west side). known) has moved on and up. This is the only Gili to rise significantly above sea level and the hill in the south Gone are the days when backpackers is a great lookout from which to enjoy flocked to the island for Rp 20,000 a the spectacular sunsets across the ocean night huts on the beach and Rp 5,000 to Bali; or in the mornings, the brilliant Bintang beers. Today, Gili T has a sleek sunrise over Gunung Rinjani on mainland sophisticated side that becomes more Lombok. evident every year. That’s not to say that the original charms that attracted tourists in the beginning are gone. The perfect white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and laid-back island style are still there in buckets.

On the far south end of the hill are the remnants of old WWII Japanese gun emplacements and crumbling bunkers, but the hand-dug tunnels have been blocked up.

But the island has cast off its grungy origins and now combines the best of a tropical island paradise with a touch of chic and all the mod cons of a top holiday destination.

The main development on the island is on the east coast, particularly southeast in the area called “Sentral”, where the boats dock. The tracks inland are through coconut groves and pockets of development.

Gili T still hosts backpackers and budget travellers, but these days they are joined by expatriates and trendsetters from Java

Development runs all along the east coast with swish places rubbing shoulders with


the older bars and accommodations. The north coast is quieter and offers peaceful alternatives to the central area. Such is the appeal of the island, the south and west coasts are now dotted with small hotels, home-stays, private villas and a couple of larger resorts. This part of the island is the quietest and, although the beaches aren’t as nice as those on the east, the sunsets looking across to Bali are magical. Accommodation on Gili T ranges from basic home stays to luxury hotels and villas. The old style bungalows with woven bamboo walls and thatched roofs are slowly disappearing, to be replaced by simple cottages with western style bathrooms to suit the budget crowd. At the other end of the scale, boutique hotels and luxurious villas boast all the comforts of 5 star resorts, including designer furnishings, private swimming pools or Jacuzzis, WiFi internet, iPod docks, satellite TV and DVD. Restaurants rival Bali in quality, if not numbers. There are lounges and sophisticated bars, Internet cafés, movie “theatres” and beachside cafés galore. Most restaurants and bars are located along the east coast, although the north coast has some lovely low-key options. Dining choices range from the typical Indonesian nasi goreng to sushi; barbecued seafood on the beach to international fine dining; and everything between. There is a lively bar scene at night and the island has a rotating party roster, where some of the top places have licences to host a party on one night of the week (hence the “party island” reputation). These, and the full moon parties that take place on the beach during high season, are a big draw-card for the crowds of younger people who come to the island.

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89 There is a good surf break on the south coast with a fast right-hander that really pumps in the right conditions. Local surfers will happily lead the way and rent you a board.

Continued from Page 87 For those who prefer quieter entertainment, there are sophisticated dining opportunities, particularly at places such as ko ko mo, Scallywags Resort, and on the beachfront at Hotel Vila Ombak. Cocos has an upbeat café scene during the day and Horizontal is the coolest place to chill out, day or night. The social options are virtually unlimited.

The best snorkelling on the island starts on the northern end of the east coast, where you can wade to the reef just offshore. The water is calm and there is a drift from north to south, making it easy to lie on the surface and float down the coral outcrops. Although much of the coral is damaged, there is still an abundant variety of tropical fish species to enjoy and patches of colourful coral.

These days, Gili T is a serious tourist destination with a good infrastructure and range of tourist facilities. Many of the larger restaurants, hotels and dive shops accept credit cards; there are ATM’s in front of Vila Ombak on the east coast and further north, near Horizontal, as well as on the west side at Ombak Sunset. Internet cafés with Wifi are readily available, as are money-changers, tour operators and a large number of fast boat services. There is a tennis club and fitness centre at Kelapa Villas and a medical centre at Vila Ombak with emergency facilities and a doctor on call.

Horses can be hired from The Stud on the southeast coast; sea kayaking is available at Karma Kayak on the north coast; yoga, meditation, massages and other health and beauty treatments are available at numerous places around the island. There is even shopping at the Pasar Seni (Art Markets) in Sentral and at any number of shops and kiosks all around the island, selling everything from pearls to sarongs to hammocks. Innuendo has some upmarket resort wear and Silver Dragon sells beautiful silver jewellery. But it is the beaches and the diving that remain the main draw card for Gili T. People flock here to sunbathe on white sand beaches and swim in clean blue waters, to dive the fabulous reefs and to bask in the hedonistic pleasures of a tropical paradise.

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Further off shore, the island is famed for its vast gardens of coral and is one of the best dive spots in Lombok, which is why thousands of divers visit Gili T every year. It is also one of the safest and easiest places to learn to scuba dive, with warm water temperatures, calm seas and excellent visibility almost all year round. There is a very good selection of professional western-operated dive shops and a range of dive locations suitable for beginners through to thrill seekers. It’s been a slow evolution over the past 20 years for Gili Trawangan, but the island’s time has come. While the backpackers will no doubt lament, there’s a whole new scene unfolding on Gili T. A world-class tourism destination is emerging – without the traffic and pollution – set down on an idyllic tropical island.

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GILI AIR I have been on Gili Air for nearly one year now and, at the end of August, I’m off to new adventures elsewhere. In the time I’ve been here, I’ve learned a lot about the island, got to know some of the language and the people, and had a great if, at times, challenging time running a dive shop. In this last column I want to share all the places that you should really visit when you come to Gili Air. I also have some tips for how to best enjoy the island. Food: Always a good place to start is with food. On Gili Air there are now lots of wonderful places offering a variety of eating options. It’s hard for me to pick my favourite restaurant as there are so many excellent choices, so I am going to pick my two favourite meals. If you want western food then the Pesto Pizza at Biba Beach Village is fantastic. The ingredients are fresh and the beach

setting is perfect (if you just keep walking around the coast path you’ll eventually find Biba). I have mentioned this place on numerous occasions because I know that if I want good food, it’s always guaranteed here.

competition will help keep standards high. The Trip Advisor website is a good resource when picking accommodation. It gives you up-to-date reviews by travellers who have visited recently. Guidebooks are great, but on my travels I’ve seen many hotels let standards slide once they have been mentioned in a

For local food, check out Yahoot (follow the inland path from the harbour and keep walking for about fifteen minutes). This is a small place with only a few seats at the side of a shop. You could easily walk by and not notice – but then you would miss out on their Ayam Rica Rica! This is a popular chicken dish with ginger and spices that’s cooked fresh and is absolutely delicious. The people are always friendly and I’ve seen tourists go back night after night trying a different dish each visit; I have also done this.

guidebook, as they know some customers live by what the guidebook says.

Accommodation: This last year has seen accommodation options on the island increase by at least a third. Unlike last year, I haven’t heard of any tourists having to resort to sleeping on the beach. This is great news, as it means that there is more choice available and the increased

Of course, do not judge a hotel by one or two bad reviews on Trip Advisor – everyone has “off days” and no hotel is perfect for everyone. But, if the reviews are consistently bad, take this as a warning and check out somewhere else. Continued on Page 97

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Gili Meno is the middle and the smallest of the three Gili Islands, with the lowest population and the least number of visitors. The island has not developed as quickly as Gili T or Gili Air and suffered unpopularity when, in the mid-90’s, The Lonely Planet wrote that the salt lake on the island created mosquito problems. This was untrue – mosquitoes are no more prevalent on Gili Meno than anywhere else – but the damage was done. Many would say that the bad publicity was a blessing in disguise. Today, Meno is probably the prettiest of the three Gilis, with the laid-back and uncomplicated charm of a true castaway tropical island. The water surrounding the island is clear turquoise and the beaches are covered in brilliant white sand, fringed with groves of coconut palms. Although investors are steadily buying up land, especially on the west coast facing Gili T, there is no major development on the island as yet. There are a few upmarket villas, but no large resorts. Fortunately, much of the investment taking place here is low-key and – perhaps recognising the pristine nature of the

island – development tends to be along environmentally and ecologically sound concepts. For now, small hotels and basic beachside bungalows provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun with un-crowded beaches, clean waters and peaceful nights under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene and no noisy full moon parties here.

Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches and most tourist facilities (including boat docking and departure) are along the east coast. Although there are small places dotted all around the island, many of the hotels and restaurants are located along the southeastern coast, with beautiful views over Gili Air and Mt Rinjani to the east. Continued on Page 95


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To swim with the turtles – these huge creatures that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with a breath-taking dignity and grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno. There is also good snorkelling off the west coast near the now-defunct Bounty Resort. Swim out to where the old pontoon has sunk and become a home for many fish. Inland from the beaches, the island is quite dry with small homes scattered through the coconut groves. In the middle, toward the west coast, is a salt lake from which the local people still harvest salt on a small scale. It can be quite full in rainy season but dries up in the summer.

It is possible to walk around the whole island on a small beachside track in around 90 minutes. Those seeking total tranquillity head to the north and west coasts, where more development has been quietly taking place over the past year. Mahamaya on the northwest coast has the most luxurious accommodation on the island, with two exclusive beachfront villas and more planned for later in the year. The restaurant is earning accolades for top quality cuisine served in the shady dining area or at pretty tables on the beachfront. Stylish rooms and personalised service make Mahamaya popular with honeymooners and those seeking luxe island escapes. Good mid-range options include Tropical Hideaways and Adeng-Adeng. Tropical Hideaways, located a short stroll from the best beaches on the east coast, has comfortable and modern air conditioned rooms and a good restaurant and bar,

serving delicious and well-priced meals. Set in shady gardens, Tropical Hideaways has one of the few swimming pools on the island. Adeng-Adeng is a new resort being developed along ecological lines on the north coast. Rooms and dining pavilions are set on unique islands surrounded by small canals in a pretty garden shaded by conifers. Accommodation includes air conditioning and lovely open-air bathrooms, while the garden café and beachfront bar are already attracting popularity for excellent quality cocktails and delicious freshlyprepared meals. There is good snorkelling in front of Adeng-Adeng and along the northwest coast, where it is often possible to see Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.

Also inland, on the main track from the east coast, Gili Meno Bird Park has some tropical birds and a few interesting animals. There is accommodation here and a great display of Beatles memorabilia collected by the owner. Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties. Some provide low-key entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high season, but visitors to Gili Meno largely come for romantic escapes and a chance to rejuvenate in the natural beauty of the island’s deserted beaches, which some argue are the best of all three Gilis.

96 Gili Air is the island closest to the mainland and can be reached in around 20 minutes by local boat or five minutes by speedboat. Gili Air has the largest local population of the three islands, combining the charm of a tropical island with access to the people and culture that make Lombok unique.


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At present, Gili Air is a laid back little island with a beachfront lined by simple cafés and bars made from bamboo and thatch. Its main appeal is in its unspoilt nature, with few of the swanky restaurants and villas that have sprouted up on Gili T… and that’s why so many people love it. However, with some believing that Gili T is becoming over-developed, Gili Air is taking off as an alternative destination. Over the past couple of years, investors have been snapping up land on Gili Air and a number of up-market accommodations and restaurants have sprung up, with more to open in the next year. Most development is on the east coast and towards the south. Scallywags, who have another popular resort on Gili Trawangan, own Scallywags Organic Beach Club on the southern end of the east coast with excellent swimming in front and a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has taken island dining to a new level with its excellent menu and guest facilities. The Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, will also open The Beach Club Gili Air in mid2012. Plans include charming bungalows, similar to their Senggigi accommodations, with large bedrooms, private terraces and semi-open air bathrooms, as well as a restaurant serving above-average island fare. Existing accommodation on the island is generally simple and until now, has mainly been the domain of the backpacker crowd; although the Gili Air Hotel on the north of the island has a variety of rooms and a

swimming pool, and Manta Dive has nice bungalows with a swimming pool. Many of the older places offer thatchroofed bungalows with basic amenities, close to white sand beaches and at relatively low prices. There is a good variety of small restaurants and beachside cafés on the island, with many offering traditional Indonesian dishes and basic western fare. The beach barbecues with freshly caught fish are particularly good. The bar scene can get pretty lively in the evenings and, during high season, the island kicks into high gear with Full Moon parties on the beach. Activities include walking and cycling around the island, sun bathing, and swimming, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters. Yoga and meditation, together with relaxing massages and body treatments, are available at H2O Yoga and Meditation. For exploring, there is a path running parallel to the beach and it takes around 90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is criss-crossed with a maze of tracks that can get confusing, but all lead back to the beach.

There is a good surf break with a barrelling right hander known as “Play Gili” off the south coast that attracts crowds when it is pumping. It breaks over sharp coral, so check with local surfers about conditions and board hire. Diving opportunities abound and there is a good selection of reliable dive operators on the island, including Blue Marlin, Dream Divers, Oceans 5, Karang Divers and Manta Dive. The calm waters and good visibility make Gili Air an ideal place to learn to dive or to upgrade diving skills. There are a number of popular dive sites that attract divers from the other Gilis, including Air Wall off the west coast, Hans Reef and Frogfish Point off the north coast. The water surrounding the island is of a colour hard to describe – a clear, translucent turquoise, made even more pure by the sparkling white sand beneath. Gili Air still boasts living reefs off much of its coast and there is wonderful snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and northeast beaches. The coral starts within metres of the beach, making it easily accessible to anyone – even novices who have never snorkelled before. Because the island is protected by reefs, there are few waves and the ocean is amazingly gentle, allowing snorkellers to drift in a dreamy daze above this panorama of aquatic shapes and colours. As is the case on all the Gilis, there are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the island, thus there is no pollution to spoil the clean air and the peaceful atmosphere. The views from all points of the island are stunning but the east coast, facing Lombok, is probably the most fantastic – looking back at the big island with its white beaches and green mountains dominated by the volcano, Mt Rinjani.

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The accommodation that stands out for me most on Gili Air is Bintang Beach. It’s located on the far north of the island from where you arrive, but it is only Rp 50,000 to have a horse cart drive you around. This place has excellent budget rooms and bungalows at very attractive prices. The staff are friendly and it sits on a lovely stretch of beach with fantastic sunset views. The Beach Club, which opened recently, has eight very comfortable air conditioned bungalows and a great restaurant on the beach. Crowds are already gathering on the beautiful stretch of beachfront to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and above average food here. The other great accommodation is at Oceans 5 dive resort, which you find just as you arrive on the island. They have excellent value accommodation, with

standard and luxury rooms, a great pool and a new restaurant. The staff are friendly and it is a great place to stay and learn to dive with a really professional team. Sander and Simone, who run Oceans 5, have been really wonderful this past year. They have always offered excellent advice and been there whenever we’ve needed anything. Alex and I are really grateful for their help and we cannot recommend them enough as a place to stay and, of course, dive. Relaxation: Gili Air is a great place to relax, slow down and let the rest of the world go about its busy business. To help you let go you should book a massage or treatment at the Natural Spa. This is just up from harbour at H2O Yoga, has well-trained therapists and many of the ingredients used in the treatments are grown in the spa’s garden. Diving: The thing I have loved most about this island is just how great the diving is here. I have seen some really cool stuff like black and white tip sharks, sea snakes, devil rays and, of course, hundreds of amazing green and hawksbill turtles.

I have also seen some really unusual stuff; recently I saw a near two-metre cowtail ray, a large marbled ray and a truly amazing flying gurnard. My favourite dive sites are Hans and the harbour at Teluk Nara (on the mainland). At Hans there are at least four different dives, depending if you go deep or shallow, left or right. There is a large coral mountain where turtles like to hang out on the top of large barrel sponge and are usually happy to pose for the camera. Teluk Nara is for experienced divers who want a new challenge. You will be swimming around under the pier in relatively shallow water over dark sand that will cloud your visibility with one wrong kick. The reward is to see some of the most amazing critters that can be found anywhere in the world – including the rare and wonderful mimic octopus. Around the Gilis I have seen large shoals of metre-plus Bumphead parrot fish, seahorses, and cuttlefish and, after a year of diving, I can honestly say that Nemo has been found. Whatever you do on Gili Air, I hope you enjoy relaxing, eating great food and have an amazing time. Contributed by Dante Harker

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The Lombok Guide Issue 123  

The Lombok Guide Issue 123 ~ Lombok's most comprehensive tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer!

The Lombok Guide Issue 123  

The Lombok Guide Issue 123 ~ Lombok's most comprehensive tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer!