Issue 128 | 12 – 26 November 2012
LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 | www.thelombokguide.com
PUBLISHED BI-WEEKLY IN LOMBOK, FOR LOMBOK
SUNDA TRAILS LUCKY PRIZE WINNERS
AIR ASIA PLANS LOMBOK FLIGHTS DAILY IN 2013
SEPTIA & ANTO MARRY AT QUSIA
MORE US CUSTOMERS SEARCHING FOR LOMBOK
Page 10 & 16
Getting to Lombok
Attractions & Actitvities
Special Feature Page 10/16 Senggigi
What’s Hot/ Local News
In Good Taste
Kuta & The South
South Coast Map
Beach Bungalows Page 15
LOMBOK… SIMPLY STUNNING! Having just returned from a trip to the south coast, The Lombok Guide team is once again in awe of the beauty and diversity of Lombok’s south coast beaches, as our cover photo of Pantai Gerupuk by local photographer Ambara Jaya shows. From sweeping stretches of pure white sand and aquamarine waters to majestic limestone formations jutting from cobalt oceans – Lombok is simply stunning! To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 73 or visit www.thelombokguide.com and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself…
Useful Contacts Page 75 The Gilis
Gilis Fast Facts Page 80 Getting to the Gilis
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Photo by Ambara Jaya
IN THIS ISSUE
The Beach Club
GETTING TO LOMBOK
GETTING TO LOMBOK
Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes Call Centre: 0 80 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. and fares start from around Rp 300,000 (approx. US $33) one way. www.garuda-indonesia.com Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, DOMESTIC FLIGHTS or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available commonly abbreviated to BIL) is the only airport on Lombok. The every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta and south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta. islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. Airport departure tax is Rp 25,000 for domestic departures and Rp Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, 100,000 for international departures. Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1
BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR
In Lombok, flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport. Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 370-642303, 649999. www.garuda-indonesia.com
807 807, Sales Office : +62 370 642303, 649999. www.garudaindonesia.com Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 664009. www.lionair.co.id Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Bima, Dili, Bandung, Flores and Kupang. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111. www.merpati.co.id
Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. www.transnusa.co.id day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Surabaya and Jakarta 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. www.merpati.co.id every day. Lombok, +62 804 1 222 888 / +62 21 38 999 888. Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok www.batavia-air.co.id daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. Sky Aviation offers flights to remote and difficult to get to www.transnusa.co.id destinations, including Labuhan Bajo on Flores, Batam, Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. Pekanbaru, Jambi and more. Ph: +62 370 630787 or see their The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a website for full details. www.sky-aviation.co.id Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair. Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland co.id Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest Sky Aviation operates morning and afternoon flights between coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Bali and Lombok every day. The company also offers private Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the charter flights between the islands, as well as other destinations throughout Indonesia. Lombok, ph: +62 370 630 787. Bali, ph: +62 harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. 361 936 8320. www.sky-aviation.co.id Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival The crossing between the islands costs Rp 36,000 per person and facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. +62 370 622987 takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. FREE +62 370 622987 Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, three times per week. Lombok, ph: +62 370 628254 / 628255. www.silkair.com Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia three times per week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). www.airasia.com
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
SUNDA TRAILS… LUCKY PRIZE WINNERS © Contributed by Marlinde, Sunda Trails
Paul and Claudine at the rice terraces in Tetebatu
The Orban family from Bertrix, Belgium were the lucky winners of last year’s prize at the Brussels Holiday Fair 2012. Their name was picked out of hundreds of entries and they won themselves a 5-day fully catered trip courtesy of Sunda Trails, a specialized Dutch-run tour operator based in Ampenan, Lombok. The trip brought them to see many of the beautiful places our island has to offer. They visited Senaru, Labuan Pandan and Tetebatu, amongst others; going on treks through the rice fields, visiting waterfalls, snorkeling in pristine waters, visiting authentic Sasak villages and much more. We had the opportunity to talk to them just before they were getting ready to leave. With guide, Berry, in Tetebatu
So can you tell us something about yourselves? We are Paul and Claudine Orban and have been pensioners for many years. We have three children and three grandchildren. We were both teachers back in the French speaking part of Belgium. How exactly did you win the prize? We were getting some ideas for future holidays at the Brussels Holiday Fair, since we are both enjoying our pension. At the Indonesia Embassy stand, we filled in a form and three weeks later we received a letter saying that we had won the second prize – a fully catered 5-day trip to Lombok organized by Sunda Trails! ‘At first we thought the email was spam!’ Claudine laughed, ‘It was just too good to be true!’ What is your experience with Asia and in particular Indonesia/Lombok?
Actually this is only our second time outside of Europe. We have been to Thailand before, but adventure wise, it doesn’t even compare to Lombok. So yes, it is safe to say that this is the most adventurous trip we have done in our lives. If we hadn’t won the price, we are not sure if we would have been here. It is a little embarrassing, but we had actually never heard of Lombok! Yes, we knew and had heard about other Indonesian islands such as Bali, Java and Sumatra but we had never heard of Lombok. Thankfully Sunda Trails provided us with a lot of background information as well as an itinerary that described the trip very well. You arrived in Bali first, where you spent a few days and then travelled on to Lombok. In your opinion, in what ways is Lombok different to Bali? Wow, there are many, many differences! First of all, we find Lombok way more authentic and wild. We found the people here to be very inviting and inquisitive. The infrastructure in general is less developed. It was great seeing all the Cidomo horse carts driving around and the landscape is just spectacular. And obviously the religion is different. A twohour boat ride and all of a sudden there were mosques instead of temples. Continued on Page 16
Senggigi Bay by Iwan Haryanto
WEST COAST RESORT
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, 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. 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. 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. At the end of the road through Kerandangan Valley is the Taman Wisata
Malimbu by Koes Nadi
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.
Alam – Kerandangan Nature Reserve – with clearly marked hiking paths leading through the rain forest along the river. There is a small Ranger’s hut and visitors centre near the entrance, and picnic areas with basic concrete tables along the paths. The park boasts a small waterfall, pretty river scenery, families of local monkeys, and a variety of tropical plants and birdlife. Further north, Mangsit has developed as 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. Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with two hotels – Jeeva Klui and Hotel Bulan Baru – and long stretches of pristine beaches. 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 holiday with days spent exploring – or all the choices in between – Senggigi caters for all tastes and budgets. From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the attractions of the stunning south coast or to hop on a boat to the famous Gili islands lying just offshore. Swim, snorkel, dive, hike, lie in the sun, have a massage, eat and drink at some of the great restaurants and bars in town; or just take a break and be enchanted by the peace and beauty of Lombok.
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Special Feature Continued from Page 10
© Contributed by Marlinde, Sunda Trails
What was your first impression arriving at the harbour? To be honest our first impression wasn’t too good, but probably because we were a bit nervous entering Lombok, to say the least! After half an hour we got more acquainted with everything. The difference was quite big, just arriving from Nusa Dua in Bali. Can you tell us what you thought of the tour and the places you have visited? The tour and itinerary were ‘magnifique’ as they say in French. We were definitely well taken care of. Everywhere we went the people were so nice and helpful and the program was really well organised. We stayed in the Pondok Senaru Hotel, where they were nice enough to give us an upgrade upon arrival, since they heard we were the lucky prize winners. Also our guide from the Rinjani Trekking Center was very nice and professional. We Sendang Gile waterfall in Senaru did a “Panorama Walk” and his English was very impressive. He was really careful called Berry to guide us on this trip. We also do good banana pancakes here on and helped us with the more difficult parts absolutely adored him! We truly believe Lombok! since we are a bit older. that people like Berry, Remy and Amy If you could, would you wish to stay The people at Amy’s guesthouse in Labuan made our trip all the better. longer on this island? Pandan supplied us with a really good What did you think of the food? If we had the time, we would have lunch and accommodation. We were wanted to stay at least two days longer. extremely enthusiastic and charmed about We absolutely loved the food! On Gili Our driver Remy told us about so many this little place and we will recommend Kondo our driver arranged grilled fish for other interesting places on the island. this to everybody. us; a really nice touch. As Belgians we Talking about Remy aka ‘Master Claxon’ have to comment on the beer of course; In Tetebatu we went for a hike in the rice or ‘Champion’ as we called him, this was Bintang Beer is the best! And maybe not fields and to a waterfall. Sunda Trails our first holiday ever with a driver and we really Indonesian, hahaha… but they had arranged a very wise young man don’t want anything else anymore. Can you describe Lombok in one sentence? Paradise with ever smiling people! We have made over 2000 pictures here, so I guess that says it all. We will highly recommend Lombok as we found this the best part of our trip! A truly unique and authentic place what hasn’t been fully taken over by tourists (yet). We only saw a few tourists around Senaru and Tetebatu but you could count them on one hand. And with this last sentence they took off back to Bali, where they are going to stay for a few more days to relax and process all the new impressions they received during their trip to our beautiful island. Trying their hands at threshing rice
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What’s Hot! / Local News
18 As they do every year, Glenn and Dee will close the doors to The Beach Club in Senggigi for one week this month.
served with creamy mashed potatoes, rich brown gravy and roasted garlic, topped with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
The popular bar and café will be closed from 14 to 20 November for its annual ‘spring clean’ and facelift, and to give hard-working staff a break before the Christmas and New Year rush.
We’ve witnessed some of these as big as a lamb roast (much to the delight of Lamb Shank lovers!) It’s a taste of home not to be missed!
The doors will open again on 21 November with a fresh new look (and we hear rumours of an exciting new menu too!)… we can’t wait to see what they will do this year! www.thebeachclublombok.com Café Lombi takes their coffee very seriously… roasting, blending and brewing fine coffee for connoisseurs. Now, in response to many requests by residents and tourists, they have added to their coffee assortment with Decaffeinated Coffee.
Also drool-worthy was last week’s special menu item: Chicken Liver Pâté. Served in two pots (perfect for sharing) with crunchy slices of Melba toast, this is a real country-style pâté that shows off the creative talent of Made Suyana in producing simple but superb dishes to suit his clientele. Bravo Pak Made (and put this one on the permanent menu too, please!) www.squarelombok.com At the other end of the island, it’s no wonder people flock to Laut Biru Café at Sempiak Villas for fabulous food… even if it means a drive to Selong Belanak just for lunch!
The Decaf Blend uses 80 percent Arabica beans from Central America and 20 percent Robusta beans grown in Indonesia and is blended, roasted and processed with the SWS (Swiss Water method for decaffeination) in Switzerland by Jura. All coffees prepared with these beans are available at Rp 25,000 per cup at Café Lombi in Senggigi Square or take home 250g packages (beans or ground) available for Rp 295,000 from the café. Ph: 692085 For almost a year now, a small but vocal group of Lamb Shank lovers have been meeting regularly at Square Restaurant in Senggigi for special-order Lamb Shank meals prepared by Pak Made, Executive Chef at Square.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon last week we enjoyed a fantastic lunch at this atmospheric south coast café on beautiful Selong Belanak Beach. Outstanding meals included the Prawn Papaya Salad, served in a crispy spring roll pastry basket and garnished with fresh herbs; and the Butter Chicken – a bowl of aromatic chicken curry in Indian spices and coconut cream, served with Naan bread, rice and a fresh salad garnished with mint and basil.
After a large and boisterous group from Blue Marlin Dive showed up with a special request for 18 of the chunky lamb bones, Pak Made finally surrendered to demands and put Lamb Shanks on the menu permanently. Baked in the oven for around four hours until the meat is almost falling off the bone, the delicious imported Lamb Shanks are
Of course, everyone raves about the desserts at Laut Biru and our table couldn’t resist sampling the Homemade Pavlova with fresh cream, and the equally famous Mango Cheesecake… both delicious and alone, worth the drive down south! www.sempiakvillas.com
AIR ASIA PLANS LOMBOK FLIGHTS DAILY IN 2013
Air Asia has said that it plans to operate flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia every day in 2013.
of connectivity throughout the world, with routes linking KL to other major destinations in Southeast Asia as well as Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia.
Commencing in December 2012, the lowcost airline will increase scheduled flights to Lombok from three times per week to four times a week. The plans were announced at a recent media visit to Air Asia Headquarters in Malaysia, organised in conjunction with Air Asia and local government. The announcement follows the high level of interest from passengers for the Malaysia Lombok route. Air Asia Public Relations officer, Philip Gan, said that increased flights would also decrease the price of tickets, with a greater
frequency giving travellers more choice and variety of tariffs. The new route, which commenced last month with direct flights between Lombok and Malaysia, opens up the region not just for travel between Kuala Lumpur and Lombok but – with KL as the hub for Air Asia – offers a huge variety
Mr Gan said that Air Asia had adopted a number of promotional strategies which provide cheap tickets to passengers on the route. Cheap promo tickets can be obtained by the first passengers booking tickets and making payments on a flight, and are also available at certain times of the year. “Cheap ‘Promo tickets’ to Lombok are available from as low as Rp 600,000. We also offer discounts to any group with at least 10 people travelling together,” he said.
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Italian Beachfront Restaurant Delicious Fresh Seafood, Authentic Italian Dishes Oriental Food, Barbecue on the Beach Wood Oven Pizza, Homemade Pasta and Italian Bread
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Ask us about our Catering Services, Wedding & Birthday Cakes! Jl Palm Raja No 5, BTN Green Valley, Senggigi. Phone: 0370 693251
Puri Mas Gallery The Essence of Tradition, Luxury & Style
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Imported products, pastas, herbs, cooking oils, lentils, nuts, butter, cheeses, jams and sauces, Lindt chocolates, juices, and fresh vegetables
Try our home-cooked foods without MSG: fresh garden salad, chicken sandwich (grilled chicken breast and salad in toasted bread), spaghetti bolognese, spring rolls, or our delicious burgers with the meat patty made from fillet steak and based on a Slavic â€œcevapciciâ€? recipe
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Fresh Salads Garden
Jl Raya Senggigi (30m from Asmara Restaurant) | Phone: 0370 693177
Complete pet supplies in Senggigi! We carry a large selection of quality Dog and Cat Foods Pet Accessories (Collars, leads, cages, bowls, toys, etc) Pet Care Products (Vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick powders, coat conditioners and pet medicines) Hamster and fish foods and more!
Open 7 days a week
Jl Raya Senggigi (next to Deli Senggigi)
Phone: 0370 693177
New Culinary Excellence at Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort Change is in the air. New menus and culinary delights to tempt all palates. New Tapas at our Sunset Bar. A new approach to cuisine, using the freshest local ingredients prepared with international excellence. Because you donâ€™t just wine and dine in paradise... You belong.
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Jl. Saleh Sungkar, Gg. Sawah, Ampenan, Lombok Ph: +62 370 636150 - Fax: +62 370 637635
THE RED PEPPER INN Clean and comfortable. Located in the middle of the”kampung”near the local Kebon Roek traditional market you immediately have a sense of the real Indonesian life. Ampenan is near Mataram and Cakra and only 7 kilometers away from Senggigi.
Room rates (smoking & non smoking) Standard room with fan – Rp 80 000 Standard room with TV & AC – Rp 130 000
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Individual and Group Pearl Farm Tours Pearl and Jewellery Showroom Private viewings welcome
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SPECIAL ZONING FOR MANDALIKA RESORT REJECTED
As we reported in our last issue (No. 127, published on 29 October 2012), an application was lodged with the Ministry of Economic Affairs requesting special zoning for the Mandalika Resort development in South Lombok.
The Resort development comprises 1035 hectares of prime land along the south coast of Lombok and includes 7.5km of beautiful beaches, spanning from Kuta through Tanjung Aan to Gerupuk. The Kawasan Ekonomi Khusus (KEK) or Special Economic Zone (SEZ) designation would give investors a number of benefits, including special 50 year leasehold titles over the land they develop. However, the Minister for Economic Affairs, H Hatta Rajasa has said that the application has been rejected and that
H Hatta Rajasa told reporters in Lombok that the proposal has been rejected by the Ministry and that they have ordered BTDC to redesign the project, as “the range is too big”.
the Mandalika Resort area cannot be designated as a Special Economic Zone this year because some of the documents are not yet finished. In addition, the Ministry has said that the proposed Mandalika Resort development needs to be redesigned. The Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), who have development rights for the multi-million dollar resort, has targeted the completion of a new master plan by the end of this year.
Hatta explained that the design of the proposed Mandalika Resort is too large, with individual holding of tens to hundreds of hectares. Therefore the development is restricted to only large investors and large-scale developments. The government wants more land available in parcels of various sizes, thus providing the opportunity for small investors to participate and invest in the development. This latest development would seem to call into question recent reports in local media that an Australian company was set to begin developing a hotel in the resort zone, with a 50 year lease agreement.
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We sell: Salt and Freshwater Pearls, San Marco Jewellery, Lombok Pottery, Hand Painted Modern Wooden Statues and Masks, Unique Lamps, Paintings, Handwoven Ikats, Sarongs and much more!
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“De Quake is One of the Most Enjoyable Places to Eat in Senggigi” – The Lonely Planet
Lunch daily 11am - 3pm Freshly baked breads and homemade pastas, delicious sandwiches, salads and burgers
Dinner from 4pm til late Fine cuisine and fresh ingredients Steak, seafood, pasta and Asian specialties
Art Market Senggigi, Lombok +62 370 693694
Septia & Anto @ Villa Qusia Family and friends joined Septia and Anto at luxurious Villa Qusia in Mangsit to celebrate their marriage recently
Puri Bunga Beach Cottages
Luxury and Tranquility Privately positioned on terraced slopes of beautiful flowers, overlooking Senggigi Bay and the Lombok Strait to Bali Standard, Deluxe and Suite Cottages with air conditioning, hot water, television, mini bar, telephone and internet access
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Senggigi Square Blok A/05 (next to Cafe Lombi), Jl Raya Senggigi. Ph: 0878 6228 0693
Enjoy the happy hours in our restaurant Discount 20% for all dishes and drinks* Sunset Bar
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Mixed Seafood Ala the Rosy
Black Pepper Steak
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Little ghosts, big goulies and kids in cute costumes celebrated a spooky Halloween at Papaya Cafe in Senggigi.
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New Menu! Delicious Meals and Snacks Authentic Lombok Dishes Daily Specials Jl Raya Senggigi Km.8 Senggigi, Lombok | Phone: 0370 693616 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contemporary Furniture Outdoor and Indoor Furniture Highest Quality Synthetic Ratan Jl. Raya Senggigi Duduk Garden No.6 Batu Bolong 83355 Lombok Phone/Fax: 0370 6194 123, HP: 0813 3955 5456| www.gandari.com The
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MORE US CUSTOMERS SEARCHING FOR LOMBOK: WEGO LOMBOK is currently trending across all of Wego’s travel metasearch sites around the world, but growing fastest in the US. Wego is one of the world’s most comprehensive travel metasearch engines and now operates in over 50 markets worldwide, with localised sites in 30 languages. The company reports that search volumes for Bali’s neighbouring island have jumped over 40 per cent year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2011, with one in every five searches made by American Wego.com users. The trend matches the tourist arrivals captured by the Department of Culture and Tourism, West Nusa Tenggara, measuring 36 per cent uplift for Lombok in the first half of 2012, compared to 2011. Total visitor numbers to Lombok from January to June 2012 reached almost 500,000. Indonesian travellers still dominate, but international visitors outpaced the average at 47 per cent for the same period last year. Over half of the users of Wego’s 52 country sites searching Lombok were using the local Indonesian site, wego.co.id, with the remainder consisting predominantly of travellers from Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. “We’re seeing a trend that both domestic travellers and international visitors are discovering new destinations in Indonesia,” explained Graham Hills, Managing Director of Wego Indonesia.a “Bali may be the most frequently searched, but Lombok is rapidly closing the gap. The destination’s increased accessibility and recently opened international airport will only encourage more visitors and support the expansion of its hospitality sector.”
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your personal business to Indonesia Indo-Ned will help you in running your business in Indonesia. Assistance for foreigner who have, or intend to have, property in Indonesia. Indo-Ned will also be your partner for business and administrative affairs including business reports, and monthly and annual tax. OUR SERVICE INCLUDE: Company Registration: – PMA (BKPN, Act of Notary, Comicile License, Tax Register, SK-Kehakiman, TDP) – PT Local – Representative Office in Indonesia Other Licenses: Stay and Working Visa, Import License, SRP & NPIK Legal Documents: Tax Reports and Administration Assistance Our Offices: – Jl Raya Kuta No.68 - R16 Istana Kuta Galeria, Central Parkir Kuta, Bali. P/F: 0361 769 102 | M: 0821 4795 7755 – CIK’s Building 2nd Floor Suite 215 Jl Cikini Raya No.84-86 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat. P/F: 021 314 5614 | M: 0813 1593 5911 – Kopelslager 2, 6641 GS Beuningen (Gelderland) - The Netherlands. M: (+31) 630 368 263 | P: (+31) 024 677 0324 | F: (+31) 024 675 0862 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
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NOW OPEN IN SENGGIGI! MAMAS, NIKMAT, CATER PRODUCTS Sirloin, Tenderloin, Fillet Steaks Cold Cuts and Deli Meats Salami, Ham, Chicken and Turkey Sausages - Breakfast, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Herb and Mixed Dry Pasta and Sauces Gandari Purified Ice Cubes
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FREE DELIVERY EVERY DAY Jl Raya Senggigi, Duduk Garden No.6 Batu Bolong
Hotline: Hp: 081 836 8731 | Ph: 0370 619 4273 | Flexi: 0370 668 1958
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THE BEACH CLUB
We are looking for a Maintenance Man Dicari staff bagian pemeliharaan
to work in two locations (Senggigi & Gili Air) Must have electrical & carpentry skills, and be able to maintain all areas of both hotels & restaurants.
KAWASAKI 2011 KX250F MOTORBIKE Excellent condition, low hours and well maintained. Great for trails & motocross. Rp.75,000,000
Ph. 0813 3990 4033
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untuk bekerja di dua lokasi (Senggigi & Gili Air) Harus memiliki keterampilan dalam bidang listrik & pertukangan, dan mampu melakukan pemeliharaan di segala bidang baik hotel maupun restoran.
Two bedroom character cottage. Fully furnished. Nestled on the banks of the Swan River, 5 mins from public transport and historic Fremantle town and beaches.
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GOLF PLAYERS WANTED SENGGIGI HACKERS AMATEUR GOLF SOCIETY (SHAGS) Friendly, non-profit golf Games every week – Monthly Cup New members, tourists and casual games Discount rates! ALL WELCOME!
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FOR SALE: Gallery Jacks Gallery, House & Workshop
WE WELCOME DONATIONS OF YOUR UNWANTED NOVELS AND BOOKS FOR OUR GUEST LIBRARIES IN SENGGIGI AND GILI AIR
Located on the main road in Melase, Batu Layar. Electricity and water available. Outdoor kitchen Good location, also suit café/restaurant/home stay 2.5 are (250m2) 3 years leasehold with option Price with gallery & workshop stock: Rp 225 million or without gallery stock: Rp 160 million
PLEASE DROP BOOKS TO THE BEACH CLUB, SENGGIGI OR PHONE: 693637
Ph: Jack 0817 575 2059 / Carla 0819 0784 3327
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In Good Taste & Local News
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 Budi Man, Assistant Pastry Chef at Qunci Villas:
MISRO - SPECIAL DESSERT FROM BANDUNG
Today’s recipe, Misro comes from Bandung and is a Sundanese delicacy. Bandung is a kind of culinary heaven for food-lovers in Indonesia and you will often see stalls selling these fried snacks along the streets.
4) Round it off with your hands to seal in the jackfruit and it will look like a small doughnut without the hole. 5) Press into shredded coconut and fry in hot oil until golden brown.
Aside from its delicious regional specialties, Bandung’s culinary scene is also renowned for its high level of creativity. Similar to Indonesian Comro, these snacks are identical from the outside. In fact, even the cooking process is pretty much the same for both. But, as we all learn through life, it’s what’s inside that really counts. Comro is an acronym for Oncom di Jero, or ‘oncom inside’. That means it’s filled with oncom – a West Javanese specialty that is similar to tempeh. Oncom is basically a fermented mish-mash of all the good stuff left over from making tofu, peanut oil and cassava starch. Meanwhile, Misro is short for amis di Jero, or ‘sweet inside’. Palm sugar is the compulsory filling for this authentic snack and becomes a delicious sweet liquid inside when it is fried. Combined together with the exotic taste of jackfruit, Misro are the perfect snack to while away the afternoon and are pleasing all tastes. Ingredients: 200 gr Sweet Potato 100 gr Palm Sugar 100gr Jackfruit (chopped) 150gr Shredded Coconut Cooking oil to cook
6)Serve with some fruit garnish or (as I always say!) a scoop of ice cream can make any good dessert a memorable one! Enjoy while warm. As always, if you don’t feel like doing all this, Budi and the team at Qunci Villas will be more than happy to do the work for you! 2) Mix the mashed potato together with tapioca flour until the mix is dry in the hands. If need be use a little more flour (but not too much or it will be too dry). 3) Divide and make flat ‘pancakes’ with the mixture. Add jackfruit and palm sugar to the centres of each.
INDONESIA TO OMIT ENGLISH FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
The Jakarta Post reports that, as part of a curriculum overhaul that will come into effect next year, English will no longer be a subject taught in elementary schools. According to the Deputy Education and Culture Minister, Musliar Kaslim, the omission of English is aimed to give ample time for students to master the Indonesian language first before diving into foreign languages. He stressed that all schools had to implement the change in their curriculum.
The Ministry, however, is still mulling whether private schools will be allowed to teach English to their students as a secondary subject or not.
1) Boil the sweet potato and mash it until smooth.
Besides omitting English as a subject, the ministry also plans to trim the existing
50gr Tapioca Flour
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primary school subjects to six –religion, civics, Indonesian language, sports, math, art and culture – according to Musliar. Musliar said that science and social studies would not be removed completely from the new curriculum, but rather would be incorporated into other subjects, such as Indonesian language. The move has been greeted by shock and dismay across the country and is being questioned by parents who think foreign languages are more easily taught to children if done early. Meanwhile, educational experts have joined the chorus, decrying the elimination of English as a step backward in Indonesian educational policy, and insisting the proposal be carefully reviewed.
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Free transport service to/from Bumbu Cafe (Senggigi area) call 693 166
Great Bumbu Service | Tasty and Varied Menu | Delicious Thai Specialties!
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Tourism Information The three main cities in Lombok – Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara – have expanded over the years and now merge together to create what is, for Lombok, an urban sprawl of shops, administrative centres and residential areas. A visit to the cities makes an interesting day trip, exploring the numerous small shops selling everything imaginable at low prices. There are numerous pearl shops in Ampenan selling unset pearls and pearl jewellery at cheap prices. These are genuine pearls from the pearl farms on Lombok and Sumbawa and, if you bargain the price, are a good deal. Gold shops are also popular in both Ampenan and Cakra, with 24 kt gold being sold by the gram, regardless of the design. For cheap and interesting food choices, explore the many restaurants, warungs and food stalls in the cities. Or just wander around the streets to soak up the atmosphere and discover fascinating insights into Lombok city life! Ampenan was the original old port in Lombok during Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. With its numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentiful cidomo (horse carts), gold and pearl shops, and its Arab quarter, Ampenan is a colourful town to explore. Kebun Roek, just near the traffic lights in Ampenan on the road from the airport, is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up stalls selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boats
Mataram Mall come in. A stroll through the markets is a pungent and enlightening experience! Mataram, about 3 km to the east of Ampenan, is the administrative centre for Lombok and Sumbawa (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosques, schools and colleges, bookstores, the main post office, and Mataram University downtown. In Mataram, the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum houses historical and cultural artefacts from Lombok and Sumbawa. It’s an interesting place to visit and occasionally hosts special exhibits. Displays include exhibits on geology, history and culture. Address: Jl Panji Tilar. Ph: 632159 for opening times. There is a small admission fee. Also worth visiting is the cultural centre, Taman Budaya on Jl Majapahit. Music and dance performances are presented here regularly. Phone: 622428 for details. Mataram Mall, on the main street in Mataram, has an upstairs food court for cheap local meals. Lombok’s only real mall, there are four floors of shops and stalls selling a vast selection of goods. Particularly good buys are shoes, jeans, and copy brand bags and belts. There is a department store, several electronics stores, and shops selling clothing, CD’s and DVD’s. Hero Supermarket, on the ground floor, is useful for some western goods, food and toiletries. The Chemist next door has imported toiletries, supplements and medicines. McDonalds and KFC have outlets on the ground floor.
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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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STROKE RINGAN: JANGAN DIPANDANG SEBELAH MATA Satu dari tiga orang yang mengalami stroke ringan, pada akhirnya akan mengalami stroke, dan setengah dari jumlah tersebut mengalaminya dalam kurun waktu kurang dari setahun setelah mengalami stroke ringan.
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE MILD STROKE: One out of three people who have suffered a mild stroke will eventually have another stroke, with half of those experienced less than a year after the initial stroke. RECOGNISE THE SYMPTOMS
KENALI GEJALANYA Stroke ringan atau Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) merupakan gangguan fungsi otak akibat berkurangnya aliran darah menuju ke otak untuk sementara waktu, akibat tersumbatnya pembuluh darah. Stroke ringan dapat dianggap sebagai peringatan akan adanya resiko terkena stroke, sekaligus sebagai kesempatan untuk mencegah sebelum stroke yang sesungguhnya terjadi. Meskipun tidak menyebabkan kerusakan permanen gejala stroke ringan selama 2 hingga 30 menit tetap perlu anda waspadai, seperti: •
Tangan dan kaki terasa lemas
Baal / kesemutan pada salah satu sisi tubuh
Keseimbangan dan kordinasi tubuh terganggu
Gangguan fungsi bicara, misalnya sulit menemukan kata-kata yang tepat dalam berbicara
Nyeri kepala hebat
Ada beberapa faktor yang memperbesar resiko terjadinya stroke ringan, yaitu: •
Ada riwayat penyakit jantung
Ada anggota keluarga yang pernah mengalami stroke
Tekanan darah tidak normal
DAPATKAN DIAGNOSA DINI Diagnosa stroke ringan dilakukan atas dasar riwayat medis dan pemeriksaan fisik secara menyeluruh, dengan memperhatikan faktor-faktor resiko yang dimiliki pasien. Selain itu pemeriksaan penunjang dengan menggunakan USG Carotid, CT Scan, dan MRI sangat penting, untuk melihat kondisi pembuluh darah arteri pasien.
Minor stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a disorder of brain function caused by temporary reduced blood flow to the brain, due to blockage of blood vessels. Mild stroke can be considered as a warning against the risk of stroke, as well as an opportunity to prevent a more serious stroke happening in the future. Although it may not cause permanent damage, be aware of symptoms that can occur within 2 to 30 minutes of a mild stroke, such as: •
Hands and legs felt weak
Numbness / tingling on one side of the body
Impaired balance and body coordination
Impaired speech function, such as trouble finding the right words in speaking
Several factors increase the risk of a mild stroke, namely: •
There is a history of heart disease
Having family members who have had a stroke
Blood pressure is not normal
EARLY DIAGNOSIS Early diagnosis of a mild stroke can be made on the basis of medical history and a thorough physical examination, taking into account the risk factors of the patient. Carotid Ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI are very important tools for examining the patient’s arteries.
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Jika anda atau orang yang terkasih mengalami gejala stroke ringan segera dapatkan bantuan medis untuk mengetahui penyebab dan langkah pencegahannya. Upaya pencegahan yang dilakukan sedini mungkin sangat penting agar tidak berkelanjutan menjadi penyakit yang lebih serius.
If you or a loved one have suffered mild stroke symptoms, seek medical advice immediately to identify causes and prevention measures. Early prevention efforts are very important to avoid sustaining more serious disease.
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60 I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions. Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome. Both result in a knee in the balls and a kick in the guts requiring hospitalisation.
Tongue-in-cheek answers to your QUESTION: My next door neighbours are personal and starting to drive me mad. They already building problems have a crowd of chickens that scratch up QUESTION: My wife and I have fallen in love with the tropical paradise island of Lombok and have bought some land on a hill with a sea view with the intention of building a small house with pool. My friends say I have guts to tackle such a project but question whether I have the balls to see it through. What’s the difference? MR FIXER: To those of you who are nitpickers about the meaning of words, there is a medical distinction between ‘guts’ and ‘balls’. In an effort to keep you informed, here are the definitions: Guts - is arriving home late, after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask, “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?” Balls - is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, with lipstick on your collar, and then slapping your wife on the butt and having the balls to say, “You’re next, Chubby!”
my front garden and several cocks, which crow at all hours of the day and night.
Now they have added six geese to their menagerie that honk incessantly. Today I saw them come home with some bamboo cages filled with ducks. What can I do? MR FIXER: Cocks are a common problem here and seem to be confused about when sunrise is, so you’ll probably just have to get used to them. The ducks pose another problem and remind me of a story called DUCKS IN HEAVEN!!! Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St Peter says, ‘We only have one rule here in heaven: Don’t step on the ducks!’ So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one.
Along comes St Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw. St Peter chains them together and says, ‘Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!’ The next day, the second woman accidentally steps on a duck and along comes St Peter, who doesn’t miss a thing! With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman. The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps. She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on.... Very tall, long eyelashes, muscular body.... St Peter chains them together without saying a word. The happy woman says, ‘I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?’ The guy says, ‘I don’t know about you, but I stepped on a duck.’
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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 64
64 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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Kuta and The South Coast
KUTA AND THE SUBLIME SOUTH COAST
Indonesia boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the world and the south coast of Lombok rates as being among the best.
Kuta this year and smaller developments are already under construction. 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 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. 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. 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. 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.
mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. The small building with a thatched roof is considered holy and many believers make pilgrimages to pray here. Slightly further south is Sade, 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. 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.
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. Kuta itself is a small town with hotels, Perched on top of the hill with spectacular home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that views over Kuta and the surrounding cater mainly to the thousands of surfers beaches, Ashtari serves exquisite teas and from around the world who are drawn to juices, and delicious vegetarian meals and the area every year to surf the left- and organic gourmet snacks that are truly out right-hand breaks out in the bay. of the ordinary. Open Tuesday to Sunday, There is a good variety of accommodation, for breakfast and lunch only. restaurants and facilities for travellers and – with investment taking off –more options Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations are opening all the time. There are plans at Gerupuk, Tanjung Aan, Ekas, and the for a luxury beachfront resort in central 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. 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.
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. Nearby, on the hilltop, is one of the oldest
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.
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! Continued on Page 69
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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. Further east, Heaven on the Planet and Ocean Heaven (collectively known as HOTPlanet) currently has the monopoly
For now, however, these two exclusive properties provide the chance to really escape from the outside world in sublime surroundings. The resorts feature comfortable accommodation, good restaurants, swimming pool, a Spa and Wellness Centre and a host of water activities, such as surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, wind-surfing and more. 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. 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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Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno 143 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Clinic Jl. Pejanggik 115 Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 / 632117
Fire Brigade: Phone. 0370 672013. In emergency call 113 Hospital UGD (Emergency Unit Service): Phone: 0370 622254 Ambulance: Phone. 0370 623498. In emergency call 118
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TAXIS Blue Bird Taxi, Phone: 0370 627000
MONEY CHANGERS Multigraha Kelolavalas - Jl. Rasa Senggigi km.10, Senggigi, W. Lombok, Ph; 0370 693693 - Jl. Pejanggik No.1, Mataram, W. Lombok, Ph: 0370 631567 Multigraha Valas Jl. Saleh Sungkar No.1 Ampenan, W. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 624045 PT. Bali Mispintjira Jl. Raya Senggigi km.13, Senggigi, West Lombok, Ph: 0370 692247, 0370 692247 SHOPPING Senggigi Abadi Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8.5, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693311 Senggigi Jaya Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693530 Alfa Mart Jl Raya Senggigi Indomaret Jl Raya Senggigi Art Market (Pasar Seni) - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi West Lombok - Gili Trawangan, West Lombok Barata Department Store Jl. Niaga II, Ampenan, West Lombok Phone: 0370 646123 Grand Store Mataram Mall, 3rd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629931 Hero Supermarket Mataram Mall, 1st floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629918 Tiara Department Store Mataram Mall, 1st & 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629902 Kharisma Book Shop Mataram Mall, 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629875 Ruby Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.111, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 631092 Jembatan Baru Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.41, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 636106 MGM Plaza Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.98, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 646007 EMERGENCY Senggigi Tourism Police: Jl. Raya Senggigi, Phone. 00370 693267 Lombok Regional Police: Jl. Gajah Mada No. 7 Ampenan. Call this emergency number: 110
IMMIGRATION Jl. Udayana, Mataram, Phone: 0370 632520 PUBLIC SERVICES ELECTRICITY PLN Mataram. Ph: 0370 632182 PLN Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693535 WATER PDAM Mataram. Ph: 0370 632 510 PDAM Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693886 POST OFFICES Mataram: Jl. Sriwijaya, Phone. 0370 632645 Senggigi: Jl. Raya, Phone. 0370 693711 CONSULATES AUSTRALIA (incl. New Zealand, Canada) Phone: 0361 241118, Fax: 0361 221195, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BRAZIL Phone: 0361 757775, Fax: 0361 751005. Email: email@example.com BRITAIN Phone: 0361 270601, Fax: 0361 287804, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CHILE Phone: 0361 756781, Fax: 0361 756783. Email: email@example.com CZECH REPUBLIC Phone: 0361 286465, Fax: 0361 286408. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DENMARK & NORWAY Phone: 0361 701070, Fax: 0361 701073/4, Email: email@example.com FINLAND & SWEDEN Phone: 0361 288407, Fax: 0361 287242. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FRANCE Phone: 0361 285485, Fax: 0361 286406, Email: email@example.com GERMANY Phone: 0361 288535, Fax: 0361 288826, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org HUNGARY Phone: 0361 287701, Fax: 0361 287456. Email: email@example.com ITALY Phone: 0361 701005. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org JAPAN Phone: 0361 227628, Fax: 0361 265066. Email: email@example.com SPAIN Phone: 0361 975736, Fax: 0361 975726, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Phone: 0361 751735, Fax: 0361 754457. Email: email@example.com THAILAND Phone: 0361 263310, Fax: 0361 238044 THE NETHERLANDS Phone: 0361 761502, Fax: 0361 752777, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org USA Ph: 0361 233605, Fax: 0361 222426. Email: email@example.com
The Gili Islands
Unique tropical escapes!
Although previously popular mainly with backpackers, the Gilis now attract a 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.
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. 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. 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.
There is a good selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan. 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.
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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 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. 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. 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
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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GILI ISLANDS FAST FACTS
Gili Trawangan by Didiek Hariadi
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: www.giliecotrust.com
GETTING TO THE GILIS
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. www.bluewater-express.com
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. www.island-getaway.com GiliBookings.com 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: www.bluewatercruises.com.
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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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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87 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 85 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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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. 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.
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
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. Cotinued on Page 91
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91 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. 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.
Continued from Page 89 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 freshly-prepared 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.
Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties.
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.
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.
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“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.
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. 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 crisscrossed 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
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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