Issue 152 | 14 – 28 October 2013
LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 | www.thelombokguide.com
PUBLISHED BI-WEEKLY IN LOMBOK, FOR LOMBOK
JETSTAR FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT
CRAZY LITTLE HEAVEN LAUNCH
QUNCI VILLAS WINS AN OSCAR
THE YAK AWARDS 2013
IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot / Local News Local News Local Scene Mr Fixer Special Feature Classifieds DIscount Vouchers In Good Taste Distribution Land & Property The Cities Cities Map The Southwest Kuta & The South Coast South Coast Map Useful Contacts The Gilis Gilis Fast Facts Getting to the Gilis Gilis Map
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PERTH – LOMBOK DIRECT! Lombok is buzzing, with the first Jetstar flight direct from Perth to Lombok arriving at Lombok International Airport on Tuesday, 24 September.
The inaugural flight – linking Lombok to Australia – touched down to fanfare, with the first 150 passengers onboard receiving a warm Lombok welcome. Jetstar will operate four flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Special introductory fares are still available on line, so West Aussies –grab a bargain, avoid the congestion and the hassle of transferring via Bali, and fly direct to the true paradise now! To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 53 or visit www.thelombokguide.com and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself…
like thousands of others, you’ll be enchanted!
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GETTING TO LOMBOK
It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available every day and and fares start from around Rp 350,000 (approx. US $35) one way. are usually timed to connect with European flights. Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta, or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. Surabaya and Makassar and is an important connection for travel to the eastern islands, in particular the islands of Sumbawa, Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Komodo and Flores. commonly abbreviated to BIL, and using the IATA code “LOP”) is the only airport on Lombok. Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, The airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta.
Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0804 1 807 807, Sales Office : +62 370 642303 / 649999. Airport: 0370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com
Airport departure tax is Rp 30,000 for domestic departures (Rp 40,000 from Bali) and Rp 100,000 for international departures.
Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. www.lionair.co.id
BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR In Lombok, all 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
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 daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. www.transnusa.co.id Batavia Air has flights from Lombok to Surabaya and Jakarta (via Surabaya) every day. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 648998. www.batavia-air.co.id
Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a Wings Air (Lion Air) has daily flights from Lombok to Bali and day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 Surabaya, Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. Bookings via Lion Air. 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. www.merpati.co.id www.lionair.co.id Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair. Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. co.id Trans Nusa Air operates flights between Bali and Lombok daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. www.transnusa.co.id
Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service.
Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival crossing between the islands costs Rp 40,000 per person and (VOA) facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. Ph: +62 370 takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. 622987. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
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 every day of the week. www.airasia.com Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. All other international connections are available via Jakarta. Call Centre: 080 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com DOMESTIC FLIGHTS European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Java), Bali and other capital cities such as Jogjakarta, Surabaya and Makassar.
FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Marina Srikandi operates a direct fast boat service every day between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Senggigi (Lombok), arriving and departing from the jetty on Senggigi Beach. This is the only direct service between Bali and Lombok (mainland). Lombok Ph: +62 370 693 383, Bali Ph: +62 361 729 818. www.marinasrikandi.com Most other fast boats 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.
Malimbu Beach by Iwan Haryanto
BEACHES The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches, most of which are covered in clean white sand and fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Senggigi to Malimbu or Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkelling and swimming. The southwest coast also has fine beaches, especially around Sekotong and Taun. Visit the small island of Gili Nanggu for rustic accommodation and great snorkelling just off shore or stay at Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede to explore the twelve other undeveloped islands in the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are breathtakingly beautiful. Visit Gerupuk for fantastic scenery, Kuta for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the peaceful lagoon at Mawun.
With so many beaches and small islands, Lombok offers a myriad of diving and snorkelling opportunities. The best known locations are around the Gili islands - Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.
Snorkelling is easy from the shore and all three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer full PADI certification courses, day and night dives to the many sites around the Gilis, as well as specialised courses and live-aboard adventures to exotic locations. For the more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as near Kuta on the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast.
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.
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.
Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers. Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals. The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness! Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: Inside Ekas and Outside Ekas, which are suitable for beginners to experts, depending on different peaks and tides.
Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours.
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originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original animist statues remain today. Perang Topat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualised war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods.
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
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”
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. Weaving Ikat at Pringgasela, East Lombok
JETSTAR FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT PERTH – LOMBOK!
The moment so many of us in the tourism industry had been waiting for finally came on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, as we waited on the tarmac at Lombok International Airport. Assembled were a welcoming committee made up of members of the Lombok Hotels Association, government representatives and media. As Jetstar flight JQ 112, direct from Perth, West Australia, touched down on the runway a cheer went up from the crowd. At last, the first direct flight linking Lombok and Australia! More than 150 passengers arrived on the inaugural flight from Perth, among them a delegation of VIP guests from Jetstar, and travel agents and media representatives from Australia. They were greeted in true Lombok style by dancers in traditional costumes and the sounds of the big drums of Lombok: Gendeng Beleq. The VIP’s seemed delighted as they were presented with welcome drinks and woven ikat scarves made in Lombok – hugs, smiles and slaps on the back all round. Speaking at the airport, Nigel Fanning, Jetstar Head of Sales and Operations Improvement, confirmed the commencement of four flights per week, providing a direct link between Perth and the island of Lombok.
In his speech, Mr Fanning said that Jetstar was committed to the success of the PerthLombok flights and that, once the new route was established, frequency would increase to daily flights.
visiting Tugu Hotel before heading out to Mahamaya Boutique Resort on Gili Meno; while the travel agents visited The Oberoi Lombok before transferring to Gili Trawangan for lunch at Hotel Vila Ombak.
The successful linking of Australia and Lombok comes as a result of more than a year of negotiation and encouragement, most of it the work of the Lombok Hotels Association, which also went all out to show the agents and media the best of Lombok during their stay.
All accommodation, meals and events at Lombok’s top hotels and resorts were supplied by LHA members.
The VIP delegation included travel agents from New Horizons, Asia Escapes, Best Flights and Flight Centre offices in Australia. Media groups represented included The West Australian, Travel Weekly, Woman’s Day, Cleo Magazine, and more. The group spent a fabulous three days being shown around Lombok by members of the Lombok Hotels Association (LHA), staying at some of the best resorts on the island. After arriving, delegates were whisked away to The Novotel for a welcome dinner and a tour of our stunning south coast the next morning, before heading up to Senggigi. There they joined a “table top” meeting to exchange information and ideas, before attending a gala Welcome Dinner hosted at Santosa Villas & Resort in Senggigi. The next day, they were split into two groups, with media delegates
Speaking with many of the guests at the Welcome Dinner at Santosa, they all seemed surprised at how beautiful Lombok is and how many wonderful world-class resorts are available on the island. This was the second visit to Lombok for Peter Dolman, Operations Manager at Asia Escape Holidays, who said: “I knew Lombok was beautiful the first time I came here years ago, but it’s even better now. Australians are going to love Lombok!” These sentiments were echoed by Jaclyn Snell, Jetstar Manager of Sales Australia. “This is not at all what I expected,” she told The Lombok Guide. “The standard is unbelievable… much higher than expected! “ “We are overwhelmed by the welcome we received on our inaugural flight from Perth,” she said. “Jetstar is committed to the success of the Perth-Lombok flights. And, hopefully, more to come…!” she added with a wink. Jetstar operates the new direct PerthLombok service onboard an Airbus A320, with four flights each week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flight time is approximately three hours and 40 minutes.
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Just over one hour from Lombok International Airport, Senggigi is the main tourism centre on Lombok and, apart from the Gili islands, the most developed tourism area on Lombok. The town of Senggigi is about 10 km north of Ampenan, and about 30 minutes drive from Teluk Nara and Bangsal – the harbours to the Gili Islands. Nowhere near as large or as busy as its Bali counterparts, Senggigi is a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The pace is laid-back, with activities centred on the beaches and day trips to places of interest, which are all within a few hours drive from the town. At night, Jalan Raya Senggigi (the main street) comes alive. Dine in the many restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets, listen to live music at the bars, or dance the night away at the nightclubs. Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of Senggigi, with the main road running parallel to the beach, and large resorts occupying the space between. The Senggigi Beach Hotel, Santosa Villas and Resort, and the Sheraton Senggigi Resort all line the curved bay of Senggigi Beach and offer a full range of resort facilities, equally attractive for singles, couples and families. The beachfront is currently undergoing “revitalisation” by the West Lombok Tourism Department, which threatens to ruin the natural beauty of the beach. It can become very crowded and is best avoided on Sundays and public holidays. However, many more beautiful beaches exist just minutes away to the north. One of the most spectacular sights on the island is the sunset viewed from Senggigi Beach, with the bright orange sun sinking into the sea to the west and Bali’s Gunung Agung volcano silhouetted on the horizon like a giant pyramid floating in the ocean. Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, 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 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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18 As we mentioned a couple of issues ago, a new food supplier is coming to Senggigi. Chicken Stop and Sausage King is now open in Senggigi Plaza (on the right hand side, near the Wine and Cigar Lounge). Chicken Stop stocks a range of chicken products (similar to Lenard’s Chicken outlets in Australia) including marinated and stuffed chicken, double breast roasts, Chicken with Macadamia and Honey, Thai Grilled Chicken, etc. Sausage King features a selection of 100% home-made gourmet sausages, such as BBQ Beef, Chicken and Basil, Chicken Bratwurst, Chorizo and more. A separate freezer in the shop is dedicated to pork products, including popular English Breakfast sausages. All products are ready-prepared and easy to take home and cook, or to stock up the freezer. We recommend the Chicken Lasagne and the Lamb and Rosemary sausages! See advert page 40. In a move that can only be described as criminally stupid, Radar Bali (Jawa Post) reports that on Thursday, 3 October, 2013, the Bali government shut down the operations of the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA).
Gede Daging, the head of Community Enforcement in Gianyar (Satpol PP), explained, “Because there were so many violations committed by BAWA, we invited all these agencies to participate.”
Since its establishment nearly a decade ago, BAWA has made tremendous strides in improving conditions for Bali’s dogs and other animals. It has launched educational programs in local communities and schools; provided free clinics for pets; established a 24-hour animal ambulance service; created an effective adoption program for stray or unwanted animals; and played a frontline role in the critically important battle against rabies in Bali. According to the report, the Regency of Gianyar dispatched a coordinated team to forcibly shut and seal the doors of the BAWA clinic near Ubud. A team comprised of officers from the regency, animal husbandry (Disnak), manpower (Tenaga Kerja) and the Agency for the People’s Unity, Protection and The Agency for the National Preservation of Societal and Political Unity (Kesbanglinmaspol) participated in closing of the BAWA clinic.
The closure came after a third and final warning letter was issued by the Gianyar Regency to BAWA for failing to obtain an entire range of permits and licenses that are still under process, but yet to receive formal approval. Authorities cited BAWA for lacking the proper building permit, the lack of an environmental impact study, and a failure to manage solid and atmospheric pollution. Given a deadline of only days to prepare licenses that require weeks of detailed preparation and processing, the workers and volunteers faced the inevitable closure of their animal clinic and the resulting dilemma of how to find homes for the nearly one hundred animals under BAWA’s care. Janice Girardi, the founder of BAWA, told a press conference on 29 September 2013, that despite their best efforts, the final permits could not be issued within the strict deadline period set by authorities. Shame on you, Bali!
13TH CENTURY MYSTERY ERUPTION TRACED TO LOMBOK An article published on the BBC News website reports that scientists think they have found the volcano responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in the 13th Century.
The mystery event in 1257 was so large its chemical signature is recorded in the ice of both the Arctic and the Antarctic. European medieval texts talk of a sudden cooling of the climate, and of failed harvests. In the PNAS Journal, an international team points the finger at the Samalas Volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia… underneath what is now Segara Anak Lake on Mt Rinjani. Little remains of the original mountain structure – just a huge crater lake. The team has tied sulphur and dust traces in the polar ice to a swathe of data gathered in the Lombok region itself, including radiocarbon dates, the type and spread of ejected rock and ash, tree-rings, and even local chronicles that recall the fall of the Lombok Kingdom sometime in the 13th Century.
“The evidence is very strong and compelling,” Prof Clive Oppenheimer, from Cambridge University, UK, told the BBC’s Science In Action programme.
Co-worker, Prof Franck Lavigne from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, added: “We conducted something similar to a criminal investigation.” “We didn’t know the culprit at first, but we had the time of the murder and the fingerprints in the form of the geochemistry in the ice cores, and that allowed us to track down the volcano responsible.” The 1257 eruption has been variously linked with volcanoes in Mexico, Ecuador and New Zealand. But these candidates fail on their dating or geochemistry, the researchers say. Only Samalas can “tick all the boxes”. The team’s studies on Lombok indicate that as much 40 cubic kilometres (10 cubic miles) of rock and ash could have been hurled from the volcano, and that the finest material in the eruption plume would
likely have climbed 40km (25 miles) or more into the sky.
It would have had to be this big in order for material to be carried across the entire globe in the quantities seen in the Greenland and Antarctic ice layers. The impact on the climate would have been significant. Medieval texts describe atrocious weather the following summer in 1258. It was cold, and the rain was unrelenting, leading to flooding. Archaeologists recently put a date of 1258 on the skeletons of thousands of people who were buried in mass graves in London. “We cannot say for sure these two events are linked but the populations would definitely have been stressed,” Prof Lavigne told BBC News. In comparison with recent catastrophic blasts, Samalas was at least as big as Krakatoa (1883) and Tambora (1815), the researchers believe.
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LOMBOK LAUNCH OF “CRAZY LITTLE HEAVEN”
As we mentioned in our “What’s Hot!” column in Issue 149 (published on 2 September 2013), one of Lombok’s own – Mark Heyward – has just published his first book: “Crazy Little Heaven: An Indonesian Journey”.
A selection of interesting and slightly quirky songs, the album is a unique collaboration between Mark and a group of talented Indonesian musicians, and was recorded in Lombok and Bandung. Bringing Mark’s colourful lyrics and and earthy vocals to life, Crazy Little Heaven features the extraordinary talents of Qisie: Lombok-based musician, arranger and sound engineer.
After successful book launches in Australia and Jakarta, Mark will celebrate the Lombok launch of the book, and a CD of the same name, at Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi on Saturday, 19 October, from 6pm.
Tracks on the CD feature Mark Heyward on guitar and vocals; Qisie on electric and accoustic guitars, mandolin, backing vocals, synth, and stringpad; Ipang playing electric and accoustic bass, and mouth harp;
As an Australian expat based in Lombok, Mark has spent the past twenty years living, travelling and working in Indonesia. “Crazy Little Heaven” is his first literary work and documents his adventures travelling across the remote Indonesian island of Borneo. However, this is not simply a travel adventure. Rather, it spans a life journey of two decades and captures a snapshot of time and place; of history, disappearing and emerging cultures, and the transitioning of a westerner into an eastern world. Australian journalist and media personality, Tim Bowden, who has endorsed the book, describes it as “one of the best books on Indonesia I’ve ever read”.
He officiated at the launch of “Crazy Little Heaven” at the Hobart Bookshop in Tasmania on 18 September and said: “I first read Crazy Little Heaven in proof form, and wrote the Foreword, which ended with the words that now adorn the front cover, that it was ‘the best book on Indonesia I had ever read’. When my copy of the finished book eventually got to me – the cover is
fantastic by the way – I wondered if I had rather over-egged things. So I sat down to read the whole book again, and Mark... I still think it is the best book on Indonesia I have ever read!” The Tasmanian book launch was a huge success with all copies of the book being sold out and more on order!
Icink on drums, cajon, and percussion; Ary Juliant on slide guitar, violin, tin whistle, backing vocals, and miscellaneous sounds; Ary Piul on piano, violin, and cello; Agus Hikmat on banjo; Tri Hadi playing violin; and beautiful vocals by Angelika Kelly. Both the book and the CD will be available for sale at discounted prices at the launch. The book is selling in Australia for $29.95 and in Periplus Book Shops throughout Indonesia for Rp 268,000.
Previously, “Crazy Little Heaven” celebrated its Indonesian launch at Periplus Kemang Villa in Jakarta on 5 September, and was attended by Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty. Saving the best for last, Mark will officially launch his book in Lombok at Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi on Saturday, 19 October, from 6pm. All are welcome to attend! As a special feature, Mark will also release his original CD of the same name – Crazy Little Heaven – at the Lombok launch. As many of us living in Lombok know, Mark is also a musician and has been writing and performing music all his life. Crazy Little Heaven is his first album.
Come along to the launch at Asmara and purchase the book for just Rp 200,000. The CD will also sell for Rp 200,000. As a special deal, the CD and book set are available for Rp 300,000. Perfect for friends and family back home… Christmas presents perhaps? To be part of the Lombok launch of Crazy Little Heaven, come along to Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi on Saturday, 19 October at 6pm!
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LOMBOK’S QUNCI VILLAS WINS WTA “OSCAR”!
Qunci Villas – hailed as “one of Indonesia’s hippest hotels” by the New York Times several years ago – has now been named “Indonesia’s Leading Resort” by the World Travel Awards (WTA).
overlooks the Lombok Strait and Bali’s revered volcano, Mt Agung. Qunci – pronounced koonCHEE and derived from the Indonesian word “kunci”, meaning “key” – was selected as the hotel’s name to fit its motto: “Qunci Villas: Your Key to an Idylllic Lombok”.
The stylish boutique resort in Lombok bested some of Bali’s top resorts, including international hospitality brands, for the coveted title of “Indonesia’s Leading Resort”, including nominees:
All rooms offer at least 55sqm of living space with a private balcony and all one- and two-bedroom villas Ms Wiwit, GM of Qunci Villas, accepts the World Travel Award Amandari Resort & Spa, Bali include a private pool. Accepting the award, Qunci’s General AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali Manager, Ms Wiwit said, “We are The hotel features three infinity-edge Conrad Bali elated, of course, but I have to share this pools, two measuring 30 meters, the other Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay acceptance with the island of Lombok 15, and each of its spa treatment rooms Meliá Bali for giving us its unspoiled, un-crowded opens onto a private courtyard with a large Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort beaches and culture and, while we are soaking tub carved from a single Javanese The Balé, Bali indeed located next to Bali, Lombok offers stone. The Bulgari Resort, Bali travellers completely The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua The Mulia Resort & Villas, Nusa Dua, Bali different experiences.” The Oberoi Lombok The Oberoi Bali The St. Regis Bali Resort
WTA, recognized as “the Oscars of travel and tourism”, announced this year’s winners at its annual gala, held on 2 October, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “In this, our 20th year, we are pleased to say that Qunci Villas epitomizes our organization’s mission and that is to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel industry,” said Graham E Cooke, WTA’s founder and President.
American entrepreneur, Scott Coffey, purchased the land on Mangsit Beach in 2002, building the property’s first 20 rooms at a time when the SE Asia had its share of concerns. Hotel occupancy across Indonesia had fallen like a rock. “Hoteliers thought I was nuts,” said Coffey, “but we prevailed, with a significant portion of our bookings from Europe, many repeat guests, along with what is today numerous regional guests from Perth, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore arriving on direct flights.” Qunci Villas, celebrating its own 10th anniversary in July, is a privately owned and operated boutique hotel with 78 rooms and luxury villas situated on Lombok’s western shore and nearby hillside.
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The hotel is also renowned for its minimalist design using Indonesian materials, and its collection of local and international art. The World Travel Awards are decided in a popular vote by both travel professionals and travellers, numbering in the hundreds of thousands annually. This year, over 1,300 travel, tourism and hospitality companies competed for the prestigious awards honouring a wide range of destinations, facilities and services; from airlines and airports to specialised resorts (family, casino, golf, spa) to cruise lines and luxury trains.
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Lombok’s Boutique Hotel [ The Lonely Planet 2013: “Best Place to Stay in Lombok” ] [ Cosmopolitan: “Lombok’s Hidden Beauty” ] [ Guide du Routard: “Le Reve!” ] Jl. Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Lombok | Phone: +62 370 693 800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.quncivillas.com
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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
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DREAM DIVERS have been Lombok diving specialists since 1996. Our SSI Instructor Training Center and PADI Dive Center on Gili Trawangan (also home to the DREAM DIVERS Bungalows, Bar & Restaurant), Gili Air and in Senggigi, on mainland Lombok, offer fun diving for everyone, SSI & PADI diving courses for all age groups and skill levels - from ‘Discover Scuba Diver’ to ‘Dive Instructor’. MORE THAN JUST A DIVE CENTER! Our staff is ready to ensure that you experience a really great holiday. We can arrange snorkel trips, accommodation, domestic flights, transport, sightseeing tours, diving in South Lombok, Komodo or Bali, and much, much more. Let us help you make your stay unforgettable. Nothing is impossible - DREAM IT… DO IT! For our Senggigi based guests we offer daily transport & dive trips over to the Gili Islands, including a pick up from your hotel.
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Try our home-cooked foods without MSG: fresh garden salad, chicken sandwiches and chicken burgers, spaghetti bolognese, spring rolls, fresh salsa, Indonesian soto and nasi goreng, or our delicious burgers with the meat patty made from fillet steak and based on a Slavic “cevapcici” recipe
While you’re eating delicious food in the Warung, drop into the Deli which sells a range of handy products such as Imported goods, pastas, herbs, cooking oils, lentils, nuts, butter, cheeses, jams and sauces, Lindt chocolates, juices, and fresh vegetables
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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!
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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.
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Tongue-in-cheek answers to your personal and building problems but now we are starting to get bored.
QUESTION: I’ve been on holiday in Lombok for only a few days and already, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a hunk of a man!
I married my husband for his looks but not the ones he is giving me lately! We had a big argument last week and for the last few days he hasn’t spoken to me. What should I do? MR FIXER: Don’t worry, my friend George hasn’t spoken to his wife for months. He doesn’t like to interrupt her!
He’s from New Zealand and so am I. We were made for each other! He says we should go back to New Zealand where same sex marriage is now legal. Do you think I should take the plunge? Justin.
QUESTION: Mine is a somewhat tragic
MR FIXER: Why not? I don’t see why gays shouldn’t be as miserable as the rest of us!
My wife of over 40 years has passed away.
QUESTION: My husband and I came to the sunny holiday island of Lombok to get away from the European cold weather and so far it’s been like having a second honeymoon.
of their own now. I see them every now and
We’ve seen the waterfalls and temples, and been to all the restaurants and bars,
That’s why I decided to spend some time
story of reaching the age of retirement after nearly 50 years of working for a company in good old USA, only to find my services are no longer required. The kids have moved away and have kids again. Most of my friends are in a similar position. Some of them are no longer alive. I go to more funerals than weddings these days. on the idyllic island of Lombok.
I’ve made some new friends but most of them seem not to have too long to go before they hang up their boots and call it a day too. I’ve rented a small villa with a garden, where I’m having lots of fun watching some tomatoes and melons grow. The soil in Lombok is amazingly fertile. I’m dreading the day when I have to attend the funeral of some of my new friends in Lombok. Any thoughts? MR FIXER: It has to happen to us all at some time. 20 years ago, the USA had Johnny Cash (famed country singer) and Bob Hope (legendary comedian) and, until just recently, Steve Jobs, who changed the world. Now, people in the USA have NO CASH, NO HOPE and NO JOBS! Please don’t let Kevin Bacon die!
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THE YAK AWARDS 2013… More than just Motown!
Each year The Yak – Bali’s leading life style magazine – runs a poll on their website (www.theyakmag.com) asking their readers and the public to vote for Bali’s outstanding businesses and noteworthy individuals.
This year’s nominees and winners were announced at a fabulous gala event held at Vue Beach Club, Lv 8 Resort, at Brawa Beach, Canggu on Friday, 27 September. Glitzy and glittering guests dressed for the “Motown” theme and enjoyed wines, cocktails and canapés supplied by Bali’s top culinary venues, while being entertained by stunning stage performances of Motown classics.
Congratulations to this year’s winners in each of the categories: Best Newcomer: Merah Putih Restaurant, Petitenget Best Retail Space: SATU, Beachwalk, Kuta Best Chef: Ben Cross, Mejekawi at Ku De Ta, Seminyak Best Sunset Venue: El Kabron, Uluwatu Best Restaurant: Sarong, Petitenget Best Wine List: Winehouse, Kerobokan Best DJ: Daniel Ka, Ku De Ta, Seminyak Yak Woman of the Year: Sinta Maroe, Rainbow Community Yak Man of the Year: Tah Riq, Inspirational Activist Best Community Service: Bali Children, Margaret Barry Best Bar: Charlie, Petitenget Best Villa: Luna 2, Seminyak Best Spa: Cocoon Medical Spa, Sunset Road Best Fashion Label: Farah Khan Best Jewelry Design: Jemme – Luke Stockley Best Resort: The Oberoi Bali, Seminyak Best Ad Campaign: Plaga Wine Best Event: Bikini Tribal Party, Ku De Ta, Seminyak Outstanding Achievement Award: Natalia Perry, Safe Childhoods Foundation
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Bel Air Resort is looking for candidates for the following positions:
Enjoy our wonderful atmosphere and delicious hot and cold drinks, snacks and desserts! Free Wifi! AC inside and a smoking area outside. New menu items now available: Chicken Quesadilla Jaffle and Chicken Nuggets for the kids. Located between the old airport and Kebon Roek Market on Jl Adi Sucipto, in the Griya Ellen complex. Open Daily 10am - 9pm and Sundays 12 - 9pm
Order a cake for your special event! Phone 0370 616 2667
1. General Manager 2. Assistant General Manager 3. Chef 4. Head Receptionist Minimum requirements: * 2 years experience in the same position * Good Appearance * Good Communication Skills * Fluent in English both written and spoken * Willing to live on Gili Air or Lombok Please send your updated CV, presentation letter and a recent picture of yourself via email to: email@example.com and mention in the subject the position you are applying for.
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Diahatsu Gran Max Pick UP Truck, 1300cc, 2012. Mileage 9000 km, like new: Rp 82,000,000 Yamaha Mio 2007 Motor Bike: Rp 7,000,000 KTM 85 Motocross Bike 2009: Rp 35,000,000 Voltage Stabiliser / Stavol 3000w: Rp 1,000,000
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20% discount on the entry fee Entry fee Rp 200,000 per person includes complimentary boat trip to our ancient snorkelling reef or fun lesson on our Stand-up Paddle Boards. Exquisite scenery, Lombok’s largest relict fossil site, Infinity pool, buy lunch in the restaurant, stroll in the forests or pristine beaches. * Surf craft not allowed for day guests www.sanctuaryinlombok.com | email@example.com Ekas Bay, South-east Lombok
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In Good Taste
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 in our restaurants here and Lombok people do take their food seriously!
INDONESIAN POACHED LOBSTER ITALIANO by I Made Merta, Chef at Gili T Resort
with salt and pepper to taste.
Good day all and, as always, welcome to paradise! First and foremost, I want to send out a big “Congratulations!” to my old team at Qunci Villas in Mangsit.
Sauce: 100ml Heavy Cream 100ml Milk
Qunci has just won the World Travel Awards (the “Oscars of Travel”) for “Indonesia’s Leading Resort”! That makes me extremely proud that I was a part of the team last year and I have to say they deserve it!
25 grams Onion 5 grams Garlic 20 grams Parmesan Cheese (grated) 20 grams Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
I do miss my old team at Qunci but I gotta love my new team at Gili T Resort. Gili Trawangan is still busy, which is fantastic, and all my team keeps performing so well, especially my chef, Made. Once again I was in the middle of doing a recipe and he brought me this lobster dish that he had created. We ran it as a special at The Terminal Restaurant and it sold out in a day!
5 grams Butter 1) Sauté the onion and garlic in a saucepan until soft and fragrant. 2) Add the heavy cream and bring to a low boil.
pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. 2) Add the lobster and lower the heat to just simmering.
3) Add the grated cheeses. The sauce will thicken quickly, so stir constantly until cheese is melted and combined.
4) Remove the meat from the lobster tail and slice about 1cm thick.
4) Remove from the heat and add milk, whisking into the sauce. Use a hand blender to get the best consistency for your sauce and make sure there are no lumps. Season with a little pepper. Don’t add salt, as the Parmesan cheese is already salty.
5) Serve as per the picture and enjoy!
1 Lobster (250-300gm)
2 medium Potatoes (boiled)
5 grams Turmeric (chopped)
1 piece Shallots (finely chopped)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
10 grams Butter
As always, if you aren’t culinary inclined or just can’t be bothered to do the work, come over to The Terminal Restaurant at Gili T Resort and our team will be happy to make this dish for you!
1 piece Lime Leaf (Kaffir)
5 grams Rosemary
1 Stick Lemon Grass (finely chopped)
1) Slice the potatoes a little thin.
200ml Rice Wine Salt and Pepper to taste
2) Sauté the garlic, turmeric, and rosemary in butter over low heat to bring out the flavour.
1) Place all ingredients in a medium stock
3) Toss in the sliced potatoes, and season
Lobster is always a favourite and the combination of seasonings in this dish enhances the delicate flavour of the lobster meat perfectly. So without further ado, here is Chef Made Merta’s “Indonesian Poached Lobster Italiano”…. Selamat Makan!
3) Cook the lobster for 4-5 Minutes and remove from the stock.
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FALCON DEVELOPMENTS IN LOMBOK Falcon Developments is a new and innovative property development company and the exclusive partner installer of b-panel® in Lombok. Formed by a team of specialists – with more than 30 years experience in property development, sales and marketing, property consultancy, management and customer service – Falcon Developments aim to change the face of construction in Lombok. “Lombok is really starting to take off and already we see some major companies developing properties here,” said Jonas Falcon, who heads Falcon Developments. “Local builders generally aren’t up to the task and that’s why we are doing something different in Lombok,” he continued. “Often the architects and builders here are inexperienced for international standard projects. They don’t have the skills or experience, particularly in the areas of structural engineering, energy efficiency, and quality control that the modern developer demands.” Working with a team of international and local specialists, Falcon Developments offers a complete in-house service, from concept and design through to the finished project. In addition to real estate and property development, the company offers sales and marketing services for on-sale and leasing of the projects they develop, together with property management services for local and international investors.
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Falcon Developments is also the exclusive partner installer for b-panel® in Lombok. The b-panel® building system is an innovative, earthquake-resistant and energy-efficient building system, which uses interlocking panels comprised of reinforced concrete, insulated with a b-foam® Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) layer. The panels offer excellent thermal and acoustic insulation characteristics, superior earthquake resistance, as well as other benefits such as being fire resistant, cost efficient and environmentally responsible. Rapid installation is achieved with a
modular cutting list system tailored to the specific design of the building being constructed. The light-weight panels form a rigid, monolithic structure (as all walls lock together to act as one unit), making it highly resistant against break-in, structural movement and earthquakes. “We deliver high quality construction for a very affordable price. b-panel® is the core product of our company and offers a wide range of building solutions, while also being flexible in how it can blend with other traditional building systems and materials,” Jonas said. “These days, buildings must provide safety, energy efficiency and low maintenance costs; as these will have a huge impact for many years to come.” Although Falcon Developments is a relatively new company, they work in collaboration with major professionals such as Emiliano Armani (one of the top architects in Europe) and Omnitech Consultants (one of the top engineering companies in Perth). “With a professional international team, we work with local architects and engineers, right down to our in-house team of site workers, who all benefit from the knowledge and experience of our European partners,” Jonas explained. “It’s a win-win situation for local people and our clients.”
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THE CITIES 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.
Mataram Mall 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 old Selaparang 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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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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Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are thirteen small islands called the Southwest Gilis. Unlike the famous Gili islands in the northwest of Lombok, the Southwest Gilis are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers... thus we call them “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-today activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brick-making and other traditional pastimes. Along the roadsides you will see people building and repairing boats, laying out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, working in the fields, and sometimes guiding primitive wooden ploughs harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they prepare the fields for planting.
Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches! Nanggu Cottages providing simple cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as well as deluxe rooms further back from the beach. The island is small and the beach here has soft white sand and a good reef just off the beach for snorkelling. Travelling a little further south, before the marine culture complex (Balai Budaya Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out onto a white peninsular of sand that juts into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the end for superb views and a close up look at Gili Genting. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the peninsular and at low tide you can walk across the sandbar and explore this uninhabited island. Old volcanic rocks and stone carved from centuries of tidal flow create small caves and alcoves, providing shelter for picnics and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.
Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is hillside overlooking another white sand situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. beach. The hotel development is still under construction. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide Across the road from Sundancer, on the sweep around the bay, while the hills beachfront, is Dive Zone – a well-run behind form a perfect backdrop to this diving facility and experts on diving idyllic setting. the southwest islands, having pioneered development of previously unknown dive Just out in the calm bay are the three sites in this area. lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily Dive Zone offer dive trips around accessible by local outrigger boats. A small Sekotong and the islands, as well as in three locations in South Lombok – sign in the nearby village will direct you including challenging world-class diving to the local boat hire area, where you can off southeast Lombok. arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and the other small islands offshore. Another few kilometres past Dive Zone is Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort, set Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has on the secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. accommodation for visitors, with Gili
With 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the only luxury accommodation in the area. Cocotinos in Sekotong is the second venture for the Odyssea Asia group, with their first dive resort already well established in Manado, Sulawesi. Scuba diving courses and dives, operated by Odyssea Divers, are available from the resort, together with snorkelling, boating and other sea sports. Fronting the resort is a glorious white sand beach which spans over 300m, part of which is a private cove. Facilities include a 17m beach front swimming pool, a restaurant overlooking the bay, the Laleina Spa on the waterfront, a boat jetty, and diving and boating facilities. At the next intersection there is a signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. This is a small hotel, situated right on the beachfront with comfortable and clean rooms at reasonable prices. The hotel also organises snorkelling tours and is a popular choice for those surfing at Bangko-Bangko. The largest of these islands is Gili Gede, appropriately meaning “Big Island”. The island lays just offshore and is so large visitors often mistake it for part of the mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached by boat from the village of Tembowong and is only minutes across the water. Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the area that has accommodation, at Secret Island Resort on the south, Via Vaccare on the northwest and Madak Belo on the east. Gili Gede is large enough to provide a range of activities such as hiking to the
69 own a large parcel of land on Gili Ringgit and have constructed a boat mooring and pier on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals lay just beneath the surface and the reef extends along most of the island’s coast. On the other side of the island is where the pier is located, with a fantastic white sand beach. It is a favourite for guests from Secret Island Resort, and Dive Zone often brings divers to the island to relax in between dives, as the scenery and beach here are so lovely.
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. Secret Island has comfortable budget accommodation, including a unique bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The Resort offers a host of activities that all the family will enjoy, while also being a place
It’s easy to snorkel offshore, just north of the pier and, although the reef isn’t as large as on the other side of the island, there is still plenty to see. Bright blue starfish drape themselves across patches of coral, and bright yellow and black Moorish Idols dart through the water. Schools of where you can get away from it all. hundreds of small iridescent fish swim past Secret Island can also organise fishing trips and weirdly shaped squid drift by in the and island hopping excursions to the other deeper areas. beautiful islands in the area, most of which We met a boat load of happy tourists on are deserted, about their comfortable 9m Gili Ringgit, out for the day with Dive custom-built boat “Scorpio”. Zone, who described the diving as some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Most To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of couldn’t stop gushing about the huge Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined school of turtles they had just seen near up like secret treasures in the calm sea. Gili Layar! Bounty Cruises, a Bali based company, Continued on Page 70
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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 looking out over a breath-taking beach. Of a higher standard than most of the southwest accommodation, each bungalow has a private terrace and western style bathrooms with hot water. There is also a beachfront restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals. The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours. Pearl Beach
is perfect for romantic escapes and for those seeking the tranquillity of a private island resort. Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the mainland there are small home-stays and private accommodations spaced out along the road to Bangko-Bangko – known as Desert Point and the surfing Mecca for those in the know – located on the far southwest tip of Lombok. The 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. Those who wish to explore the underwater world further can join dive adventures with either Dive Zone in Sekotong or Odyssea Divers at Cocotinos The dive sites reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesian diving has to offer. Dive in and be fascinated by turtles, white tip reef sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels and many other varieties of marine life. The reefs are full of bright soft corals and colourful corals, which harbor an amazing variety of rare marine life, including ghost pipe fish, leaf fish, pygmy seahorses and much more. The southwest is slated for tourism development and it’s easy to imagine hotels and resorts on all these beaches and islands in the future, as well as yachts, fishing boats, windsurfers, dive boats and the like. But for now, the Southwest is unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and unique; and known only to the lucky few.
Kuta and The South Coast
Kuta by Barbara Cahyadi
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.
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.
Nearby, on the hilltop, is one of the oldest mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. The small building with a thatched roof is considered holy and many believers make pilgrimages to pray here.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Kuta itself is a small town with hotels, home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that cater mainly to the thousands of surfers from around the world who are drawn to the area every year to surf the left- and right-hand breaks out in the bay.
Nearby Mandalika Beach is named after the legendary Princess Mandalika, a beloved character in Sasak folklore. It is near here that thousands of people gather every year to celebrate the colourful ritual of Bau Nyale, when masses of sea worms spawn in the waters offshore.
Ashtari, around 2km west of Kuta, stands out from the usual Kuta cafés and is a “must stop” for those touring in the area. Perched on top of the hill with spectacular views over Kuta and the surrounding There is a good variety of accommodation, beaches, Ashtari serves exquisite teas and restaurants and facilities for travellers and juices, and delicious vegetarian meals and – with investment taking off –more options organic gourmet snacks that are truly out of the ordinary. Open Tuesday to Sunday, are opening all the time. There are plans for breakfast and lunch only. for a luxury beachfront resort in central Kuta this year and smaller developments Kuta attracts thousands of visitors are already under construction. every year for the great surf locations At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury at Gerupuk, Tanjung Aan, Ekas, and the resort: the Novotel beaches to the west. It’s easy to hire a Lombok. The board and a surf guide from here to learn Novotel has a range surfing or, for experienced surfers, to of accommodation, access the more challenging surf breaks in from comfortable the area. Hire a car or motorbike and you hotel rooms to can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly spacious suites and deserted beaches, both to the east and west luxurious villas, of Kuta. some with private swimming pools. Around 4 km east of Kuta is Tanjung A’an, with perfect white sand beaches and good Designed to waves for surfers. Slightly further east is blend in with the Gerupuk, well known as a top surf location environment, and and situated on a peninsula of land that juts with a stunning out into the ocean, with stunning views of beachfront location, the sea, and the surrounding islands and the Novotel is a bays. There is a good surf school here and wonderful example no fewer than five surf breaks. of traditional Sasak Continued on Page 75 architecture.
Kuta and The South Coast
Kuta and The South Coast 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!
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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 on accommodation in the southeast, although there are plans to develop the Tanjung Ringgit area. 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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General Information (Directory Assistance): (0370) 108 BANK / ATM Bank Central Asia (BCA) Jl. Pejanggik No.67, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632588, Fax: 0370 622347 ATMs - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - MGM Plaza, Jl. AA Gede Ngurah, Mataram - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Praya, C. Lombok - Jl. Langko, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (Senggigi Square) Bank Danamon Indonesia Jl. Pejanggik No.117, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631322, Fax: 0370 633068 ATMs - Jl. Koperasi 1, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Komplek Ruko B1, Sweta, W. Lombok Bank International Indonesia (BII) Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.48, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 635027, 633347 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga No.25, Mataram, Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok Bank Mandiri Jl. Pejanggik No.20-22, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 631311 ATMs - Jl. Pejanggik No.20, Cakranegara, Lombok - Jl. Taruna Jaya, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Selaparang Airport, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (In Front of Santosa) Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631046, Fax: 0370 631005 ATMs - Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pejanggik No.68, Mataram, W.Lombok - University of Mataram (UNRAM) - Jl. Sandubaya, Sweta, W. Lombok - Jl. Selaparang No.37, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman 51, Praya, C. Lombok Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Jl. Pendidikan No.16, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632246, Fax: 0370 633084 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pahlawan No.92, Selong, E. Lombok MEDICAL / HEALTH CARE Medika Husada Clinic Jl Raya Senggigi. Phone: 0370 6644820 HOSPITALS Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga Jl Ahmad Yani 9 Selagalas. Ph: 6177000, 670000. Emergency (24hrs): 6177009. Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Pejanggik No.6, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 623498 / 6604605 New Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Bung Karno 1 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645045 Central Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Jendral Basuki Rachmad, Praya, Central Lombok. Phone: 0370 654007 East Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Professor M. Yamin No. 55, Selong, East Lombok. Phone: 0376 21680
Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno 143 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Clinic Jl. Pejanggik 115 Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 / 632117 DENTAL drg. Farida Istiarini, Sp.Ort (Joli Sourire Dental Care) Mataram Mall. Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara. Ph: 0370 668 1797 drg. Lina Kulsum Jl. Gunung Dieng No.7, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0818536236 / 0370 632131 MONEY CHANGERS Multigraha Kelolavalas - Jl. Rasa Senggigi km.10, Senggigi, W. Lombok, Ph; 0370 693693 - Jl. Pejanggik No.1, Mataram, W. Lombok, Ph: 0370 631567 Multigraha Valas Jl. Saleh Sungkar No.1 Ampenan, W. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 624045 PT. Bali Mispintjira Jl. Raya Senggigi km.13, Senggigi, West Lombok, Ph: 0370 692247, 0370 692247 SHOPPING Senggigi Abadi Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8.5, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693311 Senggigi Jaya Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693530 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 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 TAXIS Blue Bird Taxi, Phone: 0370 627000 Express Group Taxi, Ph: 0370 647555 IMMIGRATION Jl. Udayana, Mataram, Ph: 0370 632520 PUBLIC SERVICES ELECTRICITY PLN Mataram. Ph: 0370 632182 PLN Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693535 WATER PDAM Mataram. Ph: 0370 632510 PDAM Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693886 Telkom (Phone/Internet). Ph: (0370) 147 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 INDIA Ph. 0361 259502/259503, Fax. 0361259505 E: firstname.lastname@example.org / 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!
GIli Trawangan by Didik Hariadi
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.
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.
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.
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.
The word Gili actually means “small island”, and so these islands have come to
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. Continued on Page 80
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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. 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,
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 23째C (73째F) to 29째C (84째F).
with professional standards of safety and environmental awareness, exist on all three islands. Each Gili has developed independently and at different paces, giving each a
different “personality” or style, and catering to different types of holidaymakers and travellers.
facilities and activities; while Gili Air has a relaxed, laidback style and is popular with couples and families.
This means that travellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer.
Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, perfect for really getting away from it all.
Gili Trawangan is the most developed and popular of the three, with the greatest range of
Choose the island that suits you most, or it’s easy to combine an island-hopping holiday to sample the best of all three!
GIli Meno by Barbara Cahyadi
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GILI ISLANDS FAST FACTS
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. Alcohol and the risk of methanol poisoning have been in the spotlight since 2009 and there have been a significant number of deaths from contaminated alcohol in Bali, Lombok and the Gilis. Avoid bars and places that serve arak or other “local spirits”, including cocktails such as “Jungle Juice” and “Arak Attack”. With imported alcohol heavily taxed in Indonesia, “Welcome drinks”, “Two for one” cocktails and cheap shots should all be viewed with suspicion. If it seems too cheap to be the real deal, it probably is. Large hotels and restaurants generally serve imported alcohol; otherwise, stick
Gili Trawangan by Didiek Hariadi
to beer and steer clear of places that put profits before your safety. 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 catch 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 fixed and rates 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. Walking or riding a bike is a nicer option. 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 your 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. 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: +62 361 895 1111 / 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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The Beach House on Gili Trawangan is an innovative and contemporary resort set amidst tropical gardens, facing the sparkling turquoise waters of the Lombok Straits. Accommodation choices include a range of private villas, each with their own freshwater pools. Pool suites sharing a freshwater plunge pool, and 12 bungalows set in tropical gardens. The Beach House provides a range of facilities, including a beachfront freshwater resort pool and bar, and a beachside bar and restaurant serving international cuisine.
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91 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 89 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.
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 Blue Beach, 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.
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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.
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.
views over Gili Air and to Mt Rinjani in 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 Boutique Resort, on the northwest coast, has the most luxurious accommodation on the island, with two exclusive beachfront villas and seven spacious Pool Suites set around a small swimming pool. The resort has been built using cuttingedge environmentally-friendly technology, including a bio sewage system for waste water, waste management and recycling policies, fresh rain water collection tanks, solar power and low wattage devices, and NASA oxygen treatment technology for the swimming pool. The restaurant earns accolades for top quality cuisine served in the shady dining area or at pretty tables on the beachfront; especially romantic at night with fabulous sunsets and views across the ocean to Gili T and beyond.
Gili Meno is the middle and the smallest of the three Gili Islands, with the lowest population and the least number of visitors. The island has not developed as quickly as Gili T or Gili Air and suffered unpopularity when, in the mid-90’s, The Lonely Planet wrote that the salt lake on the island created mosquito problems. This was untrue – mosquitoes are no more prevalent on Gili Meno than anywhere else – but the damage was done. Many would say that the bad publicity was a blessing in disguise. Today, Meno is probably the prettiest of the three Gilis, with the laid-back and uncomplicated charm of a true castaway tropical island. The water surrounding the island is clear turquoise and the beaches are covered in brilliant white sand, fringed with groves of coconut palms. Although investors are steadily buying up land, especially on the west coast facing Gili T, there is no major development on the island as yet. There are a few upmarket villas, but no large resorts.
Fortunately, much of the investment taking place here is low-key and – perhaps recognising the pristine nature of the island – development tends to be along environmentally and ecologically sound concepts. For now, small hotels and basic beachside bungalows provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun with un-crowded beaches, clean waters and peaceful nights under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene and no noisy full moon parties here. Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches and most tourist facilities (including boat docking and departure) are along the east coast. Although there are small places dotted all around the island, many of the hotels and restaurants are located along the south-eastern coast, with beautiful
Stylish and contemporary rooms, attention to detail and personalised service make Mahamaya the top choice for honeymooners and those seeking luxe island escapes. Good mid-range options include Tropical Hideaways and Adeng-Adeng. Tropical Hideaways, located a short stroll inland from the best beaches on the east coast, has comfortable and modern air conditioned rooms with western bathrooms. Continued on Page 95
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Set in shady gardens, Tropical Hideaways has one of the few swimming pools on the island and a good restaurant and bar, serving delicious and well-priced meals. The food here has gained a very good reputation on the island and the restaurant welcomes outside guests.
garden café serves good cocktails and delicious freshly-prepared meals. Blue Marlin Dive, on the east coast, and Divine Divers on the northwest coast are the diving specialists for Gili Meno and offer diving courses and dives around all three of the Gilis. There is good snorkelling along the northwest coast, near Mahamaya and Divine Divers, and it is often possible to see Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.
Adeng-Adeng is another resort being developed along ecological lines on the north coast. Rooms and dining pavilions are set on unique islands surrounded by small canals in a pretty garden shaded by conifers. Accommodation includes air conditioning and lovely open-air bathrooms, while the
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.
To swim with the turtles – these huge creatures that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with a breath-taking dignity and grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno. There is also good snorkelling off the west coast near the now-defunct Bounty Resort. Swim out to where the old pontoon has sunk and become a home for many fish. Inland from the beaches, the island is quite dry with small homes scattered through the coconut groves. In the middle, toward the west coast, is a salt lake
Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties. Some provide low-key entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high seasons, 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.
relaxing massages and body treatments, are available at H2O Yoga and Meditation.
For exploring, there is a path running parallel to the beach and it takes around 90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is criss-crossed with a maze of tracks that can get confusing, but all lead back to the beach. There is a good surf break with a barrelling right hander known as “Play Gili” off the south coast that attracts crowds when it is pumping. It breaks over sharp coral, so check with local surfers about conditions and board hire. Diving opportunities abound and there is a good selection of reliable dive operators on the island, including Blue Marlin, Dream Divers, 7Seas Dive Resort, Oceans 5 and Manta Dive.
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 island with a beachfront lined with simple cafés and bars made from bamboo and thatch. Its main appeal is 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. The restaurant has an excellent menu and guest facilities, as well as a friendly atmosphere and excellent swimming directly in front of the restaurant. Just to the south of Scallywags, The Beach Club Gili Air is operated by the Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, and offers eight charming bungalows, similar to their Senggigi accommodations, with large air conditioned bedrooms, private terraces and semi-open air bathrooms. The bar and restaurant serves aboveaverage meals and the beachfront here is a great place for lounging during the day, or upmarket dining in the evening. There are also free movies for restaurant guests on the beach every night (weather permitting).
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. Oceans 5, on the south coast, is a well-managed resort with above-average rooms, a good restaurant and swimming pool. Manta Dive has nice air-conditioned bungalows and a swimming pool. Further south, near the harbour, 7Seas International is a professional dive operation, and also offers comfortable and modern air conditioned cottages right on the white sand beach. It is one of the few places on the island that offers family accommodation, in Duplex Family Cottages, only a step away from the pool. Each has two spacious rooms, a big bathroom, a large terrace and small garden, and sea views from the 2nd floor. The existing bedding is suitable for 5 people and up to 3 extra beds can be added on request. 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. Popular places include Chillout Bar and Zipp Bar. 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
The calm waters and good visibility make Gili Air an ideal place to learn to dive or to upgrade diving skills. There are a number of popular dive sites that attract divers from the other Gilis, including Air Wall off the west coast, Hans Reef and Frogfish Point off the north coast. The water surrounding the island is of a colour hard to describe – a clear, translucent turquoise, made even more pure by the sparkling white sand beneath. Gili Air still boasts living reefs off much of its coast and there is wonderful snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and northeast beaches. The coral starts within metres of the beach, making it easily accessible to anyone – even novices who have never snorkelled before. Because the island is protected by reefs, there are few waves and the ocean is amazingly gentle, allowing snorkellers to drift in a dreamy daze above this panorama of aquatic shapes and colours. As is the case on all the Gilis, there are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the island, thus there is no pollution to spoil the clean air and the peaceful atmosphere. The views from all points of the island are stunning but the east coast, facing Lombok, is probably the most fantastic – looking back at the big island with its white beaches and green mountains dominated by the volcano, Mt Rinjani.
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