Issue 299 | 1 – 15 July 2019
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Getting to Lombok Getting Around Lombok Map Special Feature Best in Lombok Senggigi Senggigi Map What's Hot / Local News Local News Classifieds Local Scene Local Scene Distribution Useful Contacts The Cities Cities Map The Southwest South Lombok Map Kuta & The South Coast Kuta Map The Gilis Gili Islands Fast Facts Getting to Gilis Gilis Map
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GETTING TO LOMBOK
Lombok International Airport (abbreviated to LIA with the IATA code “LOP”) is the main airport on Lombok.
Makassar. Direct flights to Lombok from Bali, Jakarta, Jogja and Surabaya are available from multiple airlines every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights.
The airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 hour drive from Lombok is an important connection for travel to the eastern islands, in particular the islands of Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta. Airport departure tax is included in the price of all tickets. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Lombok International Airport has full Visa on Arrival (VOA) facilities, including 30 day “Visa Free” (no charge) for tourists. Ph: +62 370 622987.
AirAsia will operate flights onboard Airbus 320 aircraft between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Yogyakarta starting 1 August 2019. Tickets are available online now at www.airasia.com. Garuda Indonesia has direct flights daily between Lombok and Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta. Call Centre: 08041 807 807. www.garuda-indonesia.com
Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and Perth, Western Australia four times per Lion Air / Wings Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, week: every Monday, Wednesday, Labuhan Bajo (Flores), Bima (Sumbawa), Jakarta, Jogja and Friday and Sunday. Book cheap flights Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. www.lionair.co.id now through the AirAsia website. Batik Air flies direct between Lombok and Jakarta every day. AirAsia also flies direct between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur www.batikair.com in Malaysia, with many international connections available. Flights NAM Air operates a flight between operate twice daily, seven days per week. www.airasia.com Lombok and Bima in Sumbawa every Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore day using Boeing 737-500 aircraft. Airlines) flies direct between Bookings can be made online at Lombok and Singapore, three times www.sriwijayaair.co.id. per week (Monday, Wednesday BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA and Friday). Ph: +62 370 628254 / 628255. www.silkair.com Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the Garuda Airlines connects Lombok to major destinations southwest coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi. Arrange your around the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Bangkok and more, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. Call Centre: own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. 08041 807 807. www.garuda-indonesia.com BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only around 40 minutes and fares start from around Rp 350,000 (approx. US $35) one way. Buy tickets online, or direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, or contact local travel agents in both Bali and Lombok. In Lombok, all flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at the domestic terminal at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Airport.
Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The crossing between the islands costs Rp 46,000 per person and takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 FAST BOATS There are numerous fast boat services operating between Bali and Lombok. Google “Gili Fast Boats” to choose from a range of operators.
Fast boat companies depart from Padang Bai, Serangan (near AirAsia will operate daily flights between Lombok and Bali starting 1 August 2019. Flights are onboard Airbus 320 aircraft. Benoa Harbour), Sanur and Amed and connect Bali to Lombok (Bangsal Harbour in North Lombok) via the Gili Islands every day. Tickets are available online now at www.airasia.com. Gili Getaway operates several comfortable fast boats connecting Bali and mainland Lombok (including the Gili Islands and Gili Wings Air / Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok daily. The Gede in southwest Lombok) with daily transfers from Serangan companies code-share, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and Harbour on Bali. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers to find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call Centre: +62 80 main points in Bali. 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair.co.id They also offer a VIP transfer service from Gili Gede to the south DOMESTIC FLIGHTS coast, the cities, Senggigi and other destinations around Lombok. European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Ph: +62 811 380 1717 or +62 821 4489 9502. Java), Bali and other capital cities such as Jogjakarta, Surabaya and (WhatsApp): +62 813 3707 4147. www.giligetaway.com Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok and Bali every day. Call Centre: 0 8041 807 807. www.garuda-indonesia.com
Tourism Information DAMRI operate a regular schedule of departures every day to coincide with airline schedules. Three airport shuttle services are available – one to and from central Senggigi (LIA Senggigi), another to and from Mataram (LIA - Mataram Pool Damri), and one to and from Selong in East Lombok (LIA – Selong Pancor).
LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is a relatively small airport that handles domestic flights between Bali, Jakarta and other Indonesian cities and international flights to and from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Perth.
There are official taxi counters inside the arrivals hall that will allocate you a fixed price taxi to most destinations plus charge an additional airport fee of Rp 17,500; however, it is just as easy to walk outside and catch a metered taxi independently.
Officially, the scheduled departure times are every hour for shuttle buses to the city of Mataram and every 1 and 1/2 hours to Senggigi, from 3am until 8pm. However, you may find yourself on a bus that combines both routes, stopping first near Mataram and then continuing on to Senggigi.
Getting to the Airport: Lombok Taxi (Blue Bird) is the most convenient taxi operator throughout Lombok and will drop passengers directly in front of the departure terminal. Note: Lombok Taxi cannot pick up passengers from inside the airport grounds. For low cost airport transfers, the DAMRI bus is the cheapest way to travel between Senggigi, Mataram and the airport (see below).
From the Airport: taxis are available to meet all arriving flights. After collecting your baggage, head out of the exit doors of the terminal and through the arrivals hall to the official airport taxi parking area (at the end on the right hand side).
Ignore the many touts that will approach you with offers of cheap fares – they are not licensed operators and often quote low prices, which can quickly change once you are in the car. Avoid eye contact and avoid the hassle. If you do need to use an independent driver – if you are a large group or have a lot of luggage or sports equipment, such as surf boards – make sure you negotiate a fixed price before you get in the vehicle. The public DAMRI bus uses air conditioned Mercedes buses which seat around 40 passengers and are an economical solution to airport transfers to and from Senggigi and the cities.
Kotama and Kotasi are the main operators, using dark blue sedans carrying a maximum of 4 passengers (less if you have a lot of luggage).
Approximate taxi fares: to Senggigi Rp 220,000; to Mataram Rp 160,000; to Kuta: Rp 100,000; to Bangsal Harbour Rp 350,000.
The trip terminates opposite the Galleria shops on the main street in Senggigi (just south of Asmara Restaurant). If you need to stop beforehand, let the driver know and he will usually accommodate your request. The trip to Senggigi takes around 90 minutes and costs just Rp 40,000 per person (Rp 30,000 to Mataram, and Rp 35,000 to Selong). If your hotel is outside of Senggigi, flag down a metered Blue Bird taxi from the shuttle stop in Senggigi to take you to your hotel or villa.
These taxis are licensed and insured and will use the meter to calculate your fare anywhere on the island. Organising an airport transfer with your hotel is often the easiest option, with the hotel driver meeting you on arrival and transferring you to your hotel in comfort. Check with your hotel – charges are usually only slightly more than a taxi.
The helpful drivers tend to stop at other popular points along the route, including dropping off passengers at the roundabout in Gerung (useful if you are heading to Sekotong or Lembar), several points near the city, and outside the old Selaparang Airport on the way to Ampenan (where taxis also await the arrival of the buses).
The DAMRI counter is located inside the arrivals hall, at the end on the left hand side and is manned by an information officer who issues tickets for the bus service. Prices are clearly shown on sign boards at the counter. The bus parks just outside the hall on the left.
Around Lombok: Lombok is easy to get around. The roads are in good condition and there is little traffic, apart from in the cities. The island itself is only slightly smaller than Bali at 115km (70 miles) long and 80km (50 miles) wide; however, it is not practical to drive around Lombok in one day. Continued on Page 8
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AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW LOMBOK ROUTES!
Rp 202,000 one way – much cheaper than fares offered by the other two airlines flying the route: Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air. This means that travellers can easily combine a Bali - Lombok holiday from anywhere in the world. Travellers from Perth can also book a multi-city route online combining Bali and Lombok on the same ticket. For example, you can book Perth to Lombok for a week of R & R, and then fly to Bali for a few days shopping before flying back to Perth from Bali (and vice versa).
AirAsia has made good on its promise to increase connectivity to Lombok with the launch of three new domestic routes, in addition to its Perth - Lombok and Kuala Lumpur - Lombok international routes.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dendy Kurniawan said the AirAsia hub would play a key role in seeing “all-round growth on the island” by increasing domestic and international connectivity.
Connectivity between Lombok and Jakarta for business travellers and holiday-makers wishing to escape the city get a big boost with daily flights on QZ 0611 Lombok to Jakarta at 17.30 and QZ 0610 Jakarta to Lombok at 18.55.
The low-cost airline announced the start of the three new routes last week: Lombok - Denpasar (Bali), Lombok Jakarta, and Lombok - Yogyakarta. Bookings are available online at the AirAsia website now (www.airasia.com). Flights will commence on 1 August 2019. The airline operates an Airbus A320 on the routes, with seating for 180 passengers. The announcement is in-line with the promises made by AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan when the airline officially inaugurated Lombok International The airline commenced direct Perth Lombok flights on 9 June 2019, operating Airport as an “AirAsia hub” on 2 May four times per week: every Monday, 2019. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flights have already proven popular, with West Australians flocking to the island that has been dubbed “the new Bali”. The new AirAsia routes increase options for domestic travellers and for international visitors wishing to combine a number of destinations on their holidays. Flights between Bali and Lombok operate every day with attractive time slots: QZ 0431 departs Lombok at 11.50, arriving in Bali at 12.30. Return flight QZ 0430 departs Denpasar (Bali) at 16.15, arriving in Lombok at 17.05. Lombok on the board at Perth Airport
Flights from Lombok to Bali are available on the AirAsia website starting from just
Additional morning flights between Lombok and Jakarta are available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on QZ 0613 Lombok to Jakarta at 07.00 and QZ 0612 Jakarta to Lombok at 08.25. Flights between Lombok and the new Yogyakarta Airport operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with QZ 0650 Lombok to Yogyakarta at 08.05 and QZ 0651 Yogyakarta to Lombok at 09.00. Holiday-makers can now combine a Lombok holiday with a visit to the historic city of Yogyakarta and the beautiful Borobudur Temple. The new AirAsia flights make islandhopping an affordable option, using Lombok as a base to access other popular destinations in Indonesia quickly and easily.
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Taxis are easily available in Lombok and, unlike in other areas of Asia, all use their meters (argo) to calculate fares, so there is no need to haggle a price. Lombok Taxi (operated by Blue Bird Taxi, light blue colour) is the largest company in Lombok and you will find them in the cities and around tourist areas such as Senggigi. Taxis can be used to make trips to Kuta or Lembar and Bangsal Harbours and, if you are shopping or making day trips by taxi, ask the driver to wait and leave the meter running. Fares are still very low compared to those in the west. Short trips around Senggigi will cost around Rp 20,000; a taxi from Senggigi to Mataram is around Rp 65,000.
Phone for a taxi or ask your hotel to phone, or flag one down from the side of the road. Make sure the driver starts the meter when you get in. Lombok Taxi (Blue Bird), ph: 0370 627 000 (or download the ‘My Blue Bird’ App from Google Play, iTunes, or from the Blue Bird Group website).
Motorbikes are the most popular form of transport and are generally small, light 125cc bikes with automatic gears. Modern and economical motor scooters, such as a Yamaha Mio, are easy to ride and do not have gears. Expect to pay between Rp 35 - 60,000 per day for motorbike rental, depending on age and type. Both require an international drivers’ licence. Tours are readily available in all the tourist areas, and drivers and guides are licensed by the local Kotasi (tour organisation), who also regulate prices in the industry. Most tour operators are reliable and will have a wealth of local knowledge, which can make touring a more rewarding experience. It is also the most comfortable way to explore the island, as you have time to sit back and observe, rather than negotiating traffic and unfamiliar roads.
Popular tours, such as day trips to Sedang Gile waterfall, or to Kuta and the south coast, are structured to take in a full day of sightseeing. Tours range between Rp 350 – 700,000 a day for a driver and an air conditioned vehicle for up to 4 passengers, depending on distances and the number of places visited. * Expect to pay high end prices during peak seasons.
Cars and Motorbikes can be hired in Lombok and driving yourself is easy. Cars drive on the left hand side of the road (as in the UK). Modern, air conditioned cars that comfortably seat 5 people including the driver can be hired for between Rp 350 - 500,000 per day, including basic insurance.
Cidomo (pronounced ‘chi doh moh’) are traditional horse drawn carts that were once the main form of transport in Lombok and are still used today, although they have been replaced by cars and
motorbikes in the cities. The covered wooden carriages are pulled by small local ponies and, in villages and at the local markets in Kebun Roek, they are popular transport, particularly for carting goods. Use cidomo for short trips, such as getting to restaurants and hotels around Senggigi. A short trip should cost around Rp 20,000; negotiate the fare with the driver before climbing in. There are no cars or motorised transport on the Gili Islands, so cidomo are the main form of transport and the islands’ cidomo have a fixed price schedule of fares, much higher than on Lombok.
Bemo (pronounced ‘bee moh’) are generally small minibuses used as public transport in towns and cities. They are a cheap way of travelling, but can be uncomfortably crowded.
The small versions used in villages are vans with an open back and seats along each side. Flag down a passing bemo from the side of the road and climb on board; press the button on the ceiling when you want to stop and get off and pay the driver when you disembark. Short hops cost around Rp 5,000. These bemos can also be chartered for your private use; negotiate a fare with the driver for a direct trip to a specific location, without stopping to pick up other passengers. In the cities, larger bright yellow bemos travel the routes from Ampenan to Mataram, Mataram to Cakra, and beyond. You will see them cruising the streets, horns beeping, as they pick up and drop off passengers. If you are travelling between the cities, you will need to change bemo, as each serves only one area. Fares between cities are Rp 5,000.
This world-class course was designed by Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett, who have respected the unique setting and contours of the location. The 18 hole, par 72 championship course (6245 meters) offers world-class challenges for golfing enthusiasts of all levels in a natural and picturesque environment.
BEACHES People come to Lombok for our fantastic unspoiled beaches! The whole island is surrounded by postcard perfect beaches with crystal clear waters and clean white sand 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 has particularly fine beaches, especially in Sekotong and the small islands off the coast.Visit the small islands of Gili Asahan and Gili Layar for the ultimate island escapes or stay at the luxurious Ko - ko - mo Resort on Gili Gede to explore the secret islands of the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are so breathtakingly beautiful they must be seen to be believed! Visit Tanjung Aan for fantastic scenery, Selong Belanak for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the lovely protected bay at Mawun.
DIVING AND SNORKELLING With so many 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. And yes – the Gilis are open and already receiving a lot of visitors! Snorkelling is easy from the shore and all three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer certification courses, day and night dives and specialised courses, as well as liveaboard adventures to exotic locations.
Lombok is a world-renown surfing destination amongst surf enthusiasts world-wide. Huge waves and challenging surf lure die-hards to Bangko-Bangko (also known as Desert Point) on the southwestern tip of Lombok. Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and facilities especially for surfers. Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals. The waves at Gerupuk and Tanjung Aan offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness! Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: Inside Ekas and Outside Ekas with waves suitable for beginners to experts, depending on the season. At certain times of the year when conditions are right, you’ll find locals surfing the breaks at Senggigi and Mangsit Beach, and off Gili Air and Gili Trawangan.
For the more adventurous, there is superb snorkelling and diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well challenging dive sites off the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast. GOLF Sire Beach Golf Club is located on the shores of Sire Beach in northwest Lombok, close to the Oberoi and Tugu hotels. It is less than one hour’s drive from Senggigi.
Surfing Gerupuk by Gretah Gray
11 come together to pray and celebrate. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original 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.
HANDICRAFT VILLAGES Lombok is famous for its traditional earthenware pottery made from local clay with distinctive designs, as well as handwoven sarongs and fabrics (ikat).
Benang Kelambu Waterfall by Iwan Haryanto
Taman Narmada (or Narmada Park) in Narmada (around 6 km east of Cakranegara), was created in the late 1800â€™s as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and its crater lake. The gardens at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake in this cool hillside setting. Take a picnic and enjoy a few relaxing hours here or combine the trip with a visit to Lingsar or Suranadi. 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.
TREKKING Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours.
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. 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
Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is another weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated â€œback strap loomsâ€? to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave and collectors from around the world visit these villages to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here.
There are a number of spectacular waterfalls on the island which provide lovely trekking opportunities, whether travelling independently or as part of a tour. Air Jeruk Manis, near Tetebatu, is set in a cool mountain location and reached by a pretty walk through rice fields and forest.
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 see the old traditional looms being used to create intricately woven, colourful fabrics.
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! Across the road from the temple is a local market complex where you can sample tasty charcoal grilled satays and buy cold drinks and fresh seasonal fruits.
Banyumulek, easily reached on the road south to Lembar Harbour, is an important centre for pottery on Lombok. The small village has many 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, is famous internationally and is exported throughout the world.
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.
Senggigi Bay by Simon Mammino
SENGGIGI & THE WEST COAST Senggigi is the main tourism resort area on Lombok’s West Coast and is around a onehour drive northwest of Lombok International Airport.
The Chandi Boutique Resort, with contemporary villas in a peaceful coconut grove, and the resort’s Meru Restaurant, are located on the quiet beachfront here.
The Senggigi tourism strip starts a few kilometres before central Senggigi and 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.
The Cowshed Steakhouse is also located on the main road in Batu Layar, just a five minute drive south of Senggigi.
A few kilometres south of Senggigi, The Hill (locally called The Bukit), is a residential community perched on a green hillside in Batu Layar. The homes and villas here feature stunning architectural design and have magnificent views over the ocean.
road runs parallel to the beach and large resorts occupy the space between; with Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel at the south end and the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort at the north end of the bay.
Closer to Senggigi, Batu Bolong is the beach resort area forming a strip between the historic Batu Bolong Temple and the southern gateway to Senggigi.
Café Alberto is located on the beachfront in Batu Bolong, just before the entrance to Senggigi. Directly across the road from Café Alberto is the main entrance to the Green Valley residential area.
Senggigi Beach is a wide protected bay with promontories at each end. The beach is lovely for swimming and relaxing but can become crowded on Sundays and public holidays.
Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of Senggigi. The main
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16 However, it is still scenic and peaceful during weekdays. In the early mornings, enjoy a stroll along the beach looking out to the ocean dotted with the bright, colourful sails of fishing boats, as the local fishermen return with the day’s catch.
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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. Malimbu by Iwan Haryanto
In the centre of the bay is the Pasar Seni (Art Markets) with many small shops selling handicrafts, clothing, sarongs and other souvenirs. Lining the beach side of the Markets are small restaurants for dining next to the waves. Come for a drink at sunset and then enjoy pizza and delicious Italian and Indonesian food at Lotus Bayview Restaurant. 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 Ranger’s hut and basic visitors centre near the entrance. 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. On the south end of Mangsit Beach is the lovely Puri Mas Boutique Resort. The popular Qunci Villas is in the centre and Katamaran Resort is located on the north end.Verve
Beach Club is also located along this stretch of beach, along with small local beach cafes selling cold beer and cheap eats. There is good snorkelling in front of Puri Mas at high tide and, when the wind is right, surfers take to the waves in front of Qunci Villas. Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with Living Asia Resort located on the long stretch of pristine beach at Lendang Luar. Mainly deserted white sand beaches, flanked by coconut groves 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. West Coast by Barbara
Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, has good coral for snorkelling during high tide. To the left of the reef, Anjungan is a popular surf spot and, in the right conditions, has some decent surf breaks. When the winds are high, local surfers can be seen catching the waves here every day. Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism times. Local outrigger boats (perahu) can be chartered from the beachfront for trips along the coast or out to the Gili Islands. Away from the beach, the main road (Jalan Raya Senggigi) is lined with restaurants, shops, tour agencies, bars and nightclubs; many of which have live music in the evenings. There are convenience stores and supermarkets, numerous ATM’s, money changers, a post office and other tourist facilities. About 2 km north of central Senggigi, Kerandangan has a popular beach nearby and a road leading into a residential area situated in a pretty valley. This area was badly damaged during the earthquakes in August and is being rebuilt.
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 – the Senggigi area caters for all tastes and budgets. From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the attractions of the south coast or to hop on a boat to the famous Gili Islands for the day. 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 West Lombok.
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School again to run a special “Kids Summer Holiday Camp” at the beautiful beachfront resort in Kuta.
g Good news for Gili residents – 2-legged and 4-legged – with the opening of the Gili Islands Veterinary Clinic on Gili T! The new Vet Clinic is the result of years of hard work by Tori Taylor from Horses of Gili, together with Animal Aid Abroad and Patzy from Cats of Gili. Horses of Gili is a not for profit organisation located on Gili Trawangan that helps with the education of local horse owners, provides medical care for horses and ponies, assists with twice annual free horse clinics, and rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured horses. The new Vet Clinic houses the Gili Cat Hospital and provides care for all animals located on the three Gili Islands. Both paid and charity services are available for anyone who has a sick animal in need. The clinic will also organise regular surgery days (spay/neuter) in the near future. Gili Islands Veterinary Clinic is located at Horses of Gili Charity Stables just past Jali Resort on Gili T and is open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. If you’re on Gili T, feel free to stop by and welcome new vet, drh Misha and make a donation to help fund this fabulous initiative for the animals of the Gilis! For more information, visit Facebook: Gili Islands Veterinary Clinic.
KITAS and KITAP) can get discounts on dining at two of the West Coast’s great eateries. Dine at the lovely Ballroom Restaurant at Puri Mas Boutique Resort in Mangsit or at the White Elephant Restaurant at Puri Mas Spa Resort in Kerandangan and receive 20% discount off your meal (for every Rp 250,000 spent). See advert on page 36. g Families can take advantage of a great deal from Aruna Senggigi Resort located in the heart of Senggigi. A family of four can stay for 3 days / 2 nights in a Deluxe Room with extra bed for just Rp 2 million (including tax and service). The offer includes breakfast for four, a complimentary dinner at Pandan Restaurant for four people, free return transfers, and access to the resort’s gym, swimming pool and kid’s zone. This is unbeatable value, working out a just Rp 1 million per night! See advert on page 20.
g Looking for ways to entertain the kids over the school holidays? Novotel g For a limited time, Lombok residents Lombok Resort & Villas has teamed (local KTP holders and expats with up with Rinjani Indah International
Rinjani Indah International School is a community based school meeting the educational needs for the growing Kuta and South Lombok communities. The Holiday Camp will operate every day to Friday,19 July with an actionpacked and fun programme for children aged 4 - 12 years. This is a great way for children to meet other children in the area and to keep the kids entertained, while being fully supervised by the qualified teachers from Rinjani Indah School. Half day and full day programmes (including a yummy lunch at the resort) are available. Hurry – spaces are filling fast! See advert on page 53. g Don’t forget the next Cellar Party at Square Restaurant on Friday, 5 July starting at 7pm! Held on the first Friday of every month, the Cellar Party features three and a half hours of free-flow red and white wines, together with a delicious buffet including sushi, tapas, pasta, roast meats, salads and desserts. Price is Rp 400,000 nett all inclusive or you can choose the ‘buffet only’ option for just Rp 200,000 nett per person. Book before 5 July and get 10% discount! See advert on page 3.
RINJANI TREKKING OPEN AGAIN Following on from our article last issue, the Rinjani National Park Board (TNGR) has now re-opened trekking on the volcano.
people climbing Rinjani and implemented a quota system to limit numbers on the routes.
The park was re-opened on Friday, 14 June after having been closed since late July 2018.
The treacherous path to the summit was damaged by earthquakes almost a year ago and the trails leading down to the lake were obscured by landslides. The walls of the crater are still unstable and the risk of further landslides makes the descent too dangerous.
In the first two days after the TNGR lifted the ban on trekking, more than 200 tourists climbed the famous 3,726 m Rinjani volcano.
Visitors can, however, enjoy the challenging climb up to “Plawangan” Senaru or Sembalun – the shoulders on either side of the crater, overlooking the lake.
The quota system has been implemented to reduce the number of people on the trails and to ensure safe and comfortable trekking conditions on all routes.
In addition, at the request of the Sembalun community and elders, the trekking route from Sembalun will be closed every Friday. Visitors are advised to climb from one of the three alternative routes.
Tickets can be purchased online at www. erinjani.id. Entry fees are Rp 5,000 for Indonesian citizens and Rp 150,000 for foreign visitors.
The TNGR has opened four routes for trekking: Senaru in North Lombok, Sembalun and Timbanuh in East Lombok, and the Aik Berik trail in Central Lombok. While trekking on the mountain is now possible, people are not allowed to climb to the summit or descend to the lake in the crater, Segara Anak.
This year the Park Authority has introduced an online booking system for
Both the popular Senaru and Sembalun routes are limited to 150 people per day, while the Timbanuh and Aik Berik hiking routes are limited to 100 people per day.
However, you must use a guide when climbing Rinjani. Therefore tickets will be organised by your trekking company.
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Organised by Enjoy Life NGO from Slovakia, together with the Mataram students, the conference focused on ecology and environmental initiatives, and practical activities to help make Lombok a “green island”.
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work in educating children about plastic pollution and trash problems in Indonesia. His organisation has already run education programmes in more than 1,000 schools and also organised one of the biggest beach cleanups in Bali at Sanur beach, which was attended by more than 10,000 students. Ernanda Agung Dewobroto, GM of Golden Palace Hotel spoke about the ecology activities and anti-plastic straw programme run by his hotel in Mataram. Jeroen van Overbeek from “Social ImpaKt” spoke about his Nazava Water Filters, which are providing fresh drinking water all around Indonesia.
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PURI MAS â€“ INDONESIA OPEN DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
Puri Mas Resorts have once again given Lombok a spectacular weekend of worldclass entertainment with the annual Indonesia Open Dance Championships.
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USEFUL CONTACTS EMERGENCY SERVICES Senggigi Police (POLSEK Senggigi): Jl Raya Senggigi. Phone: 0370 693267 | 632733 Lombok Police (POLDA NTB): Jl Gajah Mada 7, Mataram. Ph: 0370 693110. Emergency No: 110 Fire Brigade: Phone: 0370 672013. Emergency No: 113 State Hospital UGD (Emergency Unit Service): Phone: 0370 622254 Ambulance: Phone: 0370 623489. Emergency No: 118 Emergency Rescue (RSU Mataram) Ph: 0370 620009. HOSPITALS (Rumah Sakit) Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga Jl Ahmad Yani 9, Selagalas. Ph: 0370 670000 | 6177000. Emergency (24hrs): 6177009. Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl Pejanggik No 6, Mataram Phone: 0370 6660224 | 638464 New NTB Province Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Propinsi) Jalan Prabu Rangkasari, Dasan Cermen Phone: 0370 7502424 Central Lombok Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Praya) Jl H Lalu Hasyim, Tiwugalih, Praya. Phone: 0370 6635050 East Lombok Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Dr R Sudjono) Jl Professor M Yamin No 55, Selong, East Lombok. Phone: 0376 21599 Biomedika Hospital Jl Bung Karno 143, Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Sentra Medika Hospital Jl Pejanggik 115, Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 | 632117 DENTISTS (Dr Gigi) Drg. Farida Istiarini, Sp.Ort (Joli Sourire Dental Care) 1st Floor at Lombok Epicentrum Mall. Jl Sriwijaya, Mataram. Ph: 0878 6490 1535 Drg.Yuanita Jl Sriwijaya (opposite Kura-Kura Waterpark), Mataram. Ph: 0812 3763 156 Drg. Mumu Jl Bung Hatta 14, Mataram. Ph: 0853 3730 7008 VETS (Dr Hewan) / PET CARE Dr Dani (Scotty Pet Care) Jl. Majapahit No.40, Taman Sari, Ampenan. Ph: 0823 3910 2011 Dr Wahyu (Nobel Petshop) Jl Sriwijaya (next to Town Palace), Mataram. Ph: 0370 6160300 Dr I Gede Sudiana (FB: lombokanimalrescue) Jl Sadewa 9, Cakra. Ph: 0878 6585 6260 Dr Ajus Ph: 0878 6441 3232 Dr Yoses Kristianto (DC Petshop) Jl Saleh Sungkar, Ampenan. Ph: 0819 99831337 Dr Dwi Ph: 0878 6477 0490 Dr Irfan Ph: 0817 579 0834 Dr Nurul (Kuta) Ph: 0818 0366 2612
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for Lombok and Sumbawa (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosques, schools and colleges, bookstores, the main post office, and Mataram University downtown.
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 shops selling everything imaginable from everyday items to gold and pearls. There are many pearl shops in Ampenan and the nearby village of Sekarbela that sell unset pearls and pearl jewellery at attractive prices. These are genuine pearls – some cheap quality from China and more expensive ones farmed in Lombok and Sumbawa. If you bargain the price, you can usually get a good deal. There are gold shops in both Ampenan and Cakra, with 24 kt gold being sold by the gram at market price. For cheap and interesting food choices, explore the many restaurants, warung (local cafés) 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 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, where the remnants of the port are slipping into the sea. The streets become a market at night, filled with warung and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. 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
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. 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 walk with gold shops, sporting goods, clothing and fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cottons, to name a few. There is a local market at the main intersection in Cakra; turn right at the traffic lights and look for the entrance to the market on the left. Inside is a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from woven baskets to fresh flowers and local food.
45 Store, as well as a Cinema XXI Movie Theatre and Timezone Entertainment Centre. There is a well-stocked Ace Hardware store, an Informa furniture store, and several pharmacies. Other retailers sell a wide variety of fashion, shoes, electronics, sporting goods, and much more. There are many food outlets and cafés, as well as Burger King, KFC, Bread Talk, J. Co, Starbucks, Excelso, and more. The older Mataram Mall on Jl Pejanggik is a more low key shopping centre with a Hero Supermarket, Tiara Department Store, McDonalds and KFC outlets, electronics and home ware stores, and a good selection of specialty shops. 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. The caretaker will meet you and give you a sash to wear in the temple. Please sign the guestbook and give a donation.
The next large town east of Cakra is Sweta. The Bertais Bus Terminal is located here for connections to the east of the island and beyond. Near the bus terminal there is a huge local market every day with all kinds of goods on sale, from foodstuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more.
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 the middle of a large artificial lake here and an interesting temple is sheltered under huge old trees at the rear of the lake.
The gardens and the adjoining Pura Jagatnatha temple complex are a peaceful place to escape the bustle of the city and well worth exploring.
Lombok Epicentrum Mall on Jl Sriwijaya (see cities map) is Lombok’s most modern shopping centre with four floors of retail outlets. The complex houses a Hypermart Supermarket and a Matahari Department
Taman Mayura is open every day, from 8am to 8pm; admission is Rp 5000 per person. The gardens are popular on weekends so the best time to visit is during the weekdays.
Southwest Lombok by Asriel Haryadi
The Southwest consists of long meandering coastlines of pristine white sand beaches with thirteen small islands - the Southwest Gilis floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just offshore.
and bays set against a backdrop of rolling green hills.
Unlike the famous ‘Gili Islands’ in northwest Lombok, the Southwest Gilis are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers... that’s why we call them ‘The Secret Gilis’!
The drive down the southwest coast is an enjoyable trip, meandering through villages where life is largely untouched by tourism and where the people are involved in their day-to-day activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brickmaking and other traditional pastimes.
The big island of Gili Gede is rapidly becoming the hub for tourism in the Southwest and, with a range of accommodation and facilities, it’s a good base for island hopping and exploring the area.
The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide sweep around the bay.
The picturesque Southwest region starts at Sekotong, just south of Lembar Harbour, and features stunning beaches
Just out in the calm bay are the three lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudak (and the tiny island of
Gili Kedis) – all easily accessible by local outrigger boats. A small sign in the nearby village will direct you to the local boat hire area, where you can arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and the other islands. Accommodation at Taun has grown over the past few years and there are now a few small hotels and home stays on the bay. It’s easy to base yourself on the mainland and take boat trips to explore all the southwest islands from here. Gili Nanggu has accommodation for visitors, with simple cottages on the beach and a restaurant. The island is small and the beach has soft white sand and a good reef just offshore for snorkelling. There is also simple accommodation on Gili Sudak (the island closest to the mainland). 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. Continued on Page 48
VILLA SELALU Gili Gede, Lombok
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Further south you will come to the only petrol station along the south coastal road at Tembowong Village. Nearby is the site for catching boats out to Gili Gede, only a few minutes across the water. Gili Gede: The largest of the islands in the area 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 developing as the main hub for the Southwest Gilis as is one of the few islands in the area that has a choice of accommodation, making it an ideal base for exploring the other nearby islands. The luxurious ko - ko - mo Gili Gede Resort, which opened in February 2016, is the sister resort to ko - ko - mo Resort on Gili Trawangan. The stylish all villa resort, comprising fifteen 1 and 2 bedroom villas with private swimming pools, and one bedroom Villa Kecil (small villas), is spread out over spacious grounds on a pristine beachfront.
Guests at the restaurant can enjoy upmarket dining with a menu prepared from fresh locally-sourced seafood, imported Australian meats and in-house breads and bakery items. There is also an outstanding wine and drinks list. ko - ko - mo has a purpose-built jetty at the front of the resort and operate their own fast boat service – ‘Gili Getaway’ – making Gili Gede easily accessible, even for a day trip.
Villa Selalu has a private beachfront and a boathouse equipped with snorkelling gear, sea kayaks, paddle boards and bikes to make the most of your holiday. Individual rooms are available or rent the villa in entirety for the ultimate island escape! At the other end of the scale, there are a few small cottages and home stays on the island with simple accommodation for budget travellers. Thamarind Resort is a family-run resort with reasonably priced accommodation on the beachfront in comfortable rooms or individual bungalows, including a spacious family bungalow.
Ideal for a low-key and relaxing holiday on the beach, the resort has private beach area and a restaurant with lovely views serving Indonesian and western meals. The friendly Perched on the hilltop just to the north of staff at Thamarind can organise a range of ko - ko – mo is Villa Selalu, a private luxury activities for all ages and interests. All modern comforts such as air retreat that enjoys outstanding 360º views The nearby Ultimate Gili Gede Resort conditioning and ceiling fans, flat screen of the stunning surroundings. is geared for travellers who are looking televisions with satellite channels and The fully serviced 4 bedroom villa boasts for fun and adventure, with a range of DVD, WiFi, fresh (not salt) hot water, unparalleled luxury with all mod cons activities including diving the Southwest plentiful power points for charging devices, and ultra chic furnishings. Guests can Gilis and surfing trips to nearby Desert and more are provided in each villa. enjoy a number of indoor and outdoor Point – a world famous surf location. Facilities at the resort include a tennis living areas, as well as an 18m infinity pool The resort offers 4 beach bungalows and court, a putting green, a small gym, a overlooking the ocean surrounded by a a 3 bedroom villa for families and friends resort swimming pool and purpose-built spacious deck, BBQ area and lounging sharing. On the hillside above the resort is Spa facility and a beachfront restaurant. pavilion.
Tourism Information Villa Vista – a spacious and fully-serviced private 4 bedroom villa, which shares all the resort facilities and boasts a swimming pool and stunning views across the ocean.
51 starfish drape themselves across patches of coral, and bright yellow and black Moorish Idols dart through the water. Schools of hundreds of small iridescent fish swim past and weirdly shaped squid drift by in the deeper areas.
Both resorts provide meals and can arrange transfers, boat trips, island hopping and snorkelling around the islands. There is simple accommodation on Gili Layar and a restaurant serving fresh juices, Gili Gede is large enough to provide a beers and tasty meals. range of activities such as hiking to the hills in the centre for fantastic views across the other islands, exploring deserted beaches and hidden coves, and meeting the people living on the island, who are very friendly and, as yet, unspoilt by tourism. To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined up like secret treasures in the calm sea. Bounty Cruises, a Bali based company, own a large parcel of land on Gili Ringgit and have constructed a boat mooring and pier on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals lay just beneath the surface and the reef extends along most of the island’s coast. On the other side of the island is where the pier is located, on a fantastic white sand beach. 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, and the scenery and beach are lovely. Many are astounded by the pristine conditions and huge schools of turtles seen near Gili Layar – the island between Gili Ringgit and Gili Asahan. Bright blue
Slightly further south, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with its deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees. Gili Asahan Eco Lodge and Pearl Beach Resort both offer comfortable accommodation options on the island. Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the mainland, continue south on the coastal road until you come to a main intersection.
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. The dive sites of the Southwest 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 colourful corals, which harbour an amazing variety of marine life, including ghost pipe fish, leaf fish, pygmy seahorses and much more.
A signpost to the left leads to the spectacular large bay at Mekaki. The road to the right leads to Labuhan Poh and Pelangan.
For non-divers, the islands are a delight for snorkelling – 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.
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.
It’s easy to imagine hotels and resorts on all these beaches and islands in the future but for now, the Southwest is unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and unique, and visited only by the lucky few.
Kuta and The South Coast
KUTA & THE
UBLIME OUTH COAST
Kuta Beachfront by Dian
Tourists are drawn to the south for the stunning beaches and scenery, the laid back lifestyle, and almost year-round sunshine… as well as some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia! Kuta (sometimes spelt Kute) is the main town and tourism centre on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub for exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many places of interest in the region. The Lombok International Airport (LIA) is the only commercial airport on Lombok and is located just 25 minutes’ drive north of Kuta , making access to the south very easy. 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. Major roads have been upgraded and the main road to Kuta is in very good condition.
over 1000 hectares of prime beach land, will further transform the south coast in coming years.
traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo, with hardened cow and buffalo dung floors.
But for now, the south is still pristine and spectacular.
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 drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour through 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
The proximity to the airport has sparked an investment boom in the area over the past couple of years and Kuta has blossomed, with many new hotels, restaurants and cafés catering to increased numbers of tourists. The proposed Mandalika Resort development, with its plans for luxury hotels, villas and supporting facilities on
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Slightly further south is Sade, another hilltop village with more Lumbung and traditional homes. Both villages have been renovated and cater to the tourist market, but there are still interesting examples of traditional Sasak architecture and communal living within the compounds, where life continues as it has for centuries.
Residents, who act as guides for a small fee, encourage walks through either of these villages and are happy to share a glimpse of their lifestyles with visitors. Kuta itself is a town on the move that is evolving quickly and positioning itself as the tourism hub for South Lombok. In the past, it offered mainly low budget hotels catering to the thousands of surfers from around the world who are drawn to the area every year. These days, there is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes, from simple and cheap hotels to luxurious villas with private swimming pools. As with accommodation options, new restaurants, coffee shops and eateries are springing up in the area almost monthly.
55 tours, surf lessons and surfboard hire and more. There are several minimarkets in town selling drinks, snacks, toiletries and other daily needs, as well as ATM facilities, tour agencies and more. At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury resort: the Novotel Lombok. The Novotel has a range of accommodation, from comfortable hotel rooms to spacious suites and luxurious villas, some with private swimming pools. Designed to blend in with the environment, the unique style of the buildings at the Novotel are a wonderful example of traditional Sasak architecture. The Novotel occupies a privileged location on the scenic beachfront at Mandalika with a long white sand beach and lovely views across the bay.
Restaurants and cafes in Kuta now rival the foodies scene in Bali and offer a range of choices including Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican, Asian Fusion, vegan and gluten free, nouvelle cuisine, home-made cakes and breads â€“ dinners are trully spoilt for choice and you can dine in a different place every night without being bored! Kuta offers a full range of tourist facilities from motorbike hire, car rental and
The stunning resort swimming pool and a bar overlook the beach and happy hours in the late afternoon are popular even with non-staying guests.
Gerupuk, Ekas and the beaches to the east. Itâ€™s easy to hire a board and a surf guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfers, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area. Otherwise, hire a car or motorbike and you can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly deserted beaches, both to the east and west of Kuta. Just east of Kuta is Seger Beach (sometimes called Mandalika Beach, after the legendary Princess Mandalika â€“ a beloved character in Sasak folklore who is believed to have sacrificed herself for the good of her people from the rocks overlooking the beach). It is 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.
There is also an upmarket Spa and two There are great views from the beach restaurants at the resort, which hosts and even better views if you climb the a good variety of theme dinners with surrounding hills. traditional entertainment during the week. There are small stalls selling drinks and Kuta attracts thousands of visitors snacks to enjoy after taking a swim or a stroll to enjoy the views. every year for the great surf locations at Continued on Page 56
Selong Belanak Beach
Kuta and The South Coast
boats) available for hire, offering trips around the bay and to the nearby surf breaks. There is a small hill towards the east end with steps cut into the side. It’s an easy climb to the top for lovely views and you can watch the surfers catching the waves offshore.
The government has built a rather ugly building here to host the annual Bau Nyale Festival but nearby there is a lovely monument in the bay commemorating the Mandalika Legend. Tanjung Aan, around 5km east of Kuta, is a long picturesque beach with a wide sweep of white sand, perfect aquamarine water and shady trees on the shore. There are a number of warung or beach cafés along the beach selling cold drinks and beer, as well as snacks and simple meals. One of the best is Warung Turtle. Guests are welcome to relax on the sun lounges on the beach in front of Warung
Turtle and spend the day swimming in the calm waters. Dine on the beachfront or in the shade of the café. The fresh grilled fish and the Chicken in Red Sauce are both highly recommended. The Warung has snorkeling equipment, surfboards and stand-up paddle boards for hire and the local owner, Herman, is a friendly host with a wealth of information to help make the most of your visit. The water at Tanjung Aan is calm and clear, with a white sandy bottom making it fantastic for swimming. There are also perahu (local outrigger
On the far western end of the beach is Bukit Merese – a larger hill and a slightly tougher climb – but worth the effort for the fantastic views from the top. It is popular in the late afternoon, when everyone climbs up to see the spectacular sunsets. Further east of Tanjung Aan is Gerupuk – well known as a top surf location and situated on a peninsula of land that juts out into the ocean. The bay is used for lobster farming and is filled with local boats, which ferry avid surfers to no fewer than five surf breaks nearby. Gerupuk is also evolving and offers a range of simple accommodation and restaurants to cater to the growing tourist trade. Continued on Page 60
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60 Continued from Page 56 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! In the opposite direction, 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. Are Guling is popular with surfers, with left and right hand reef breaks as well as a beach break for beginners. There are great views over the bay and to the small island of Gili Nusa just off-shore. Are Guling has a good amount of simple accommodation, mainly catering to surfers and a number of local cafés, including places on the beach. Mawun Beach is around 30 minutes’ drive to the west and is an 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. There are stalls on the beach selling drinks, snacks and simple meals. Mawi, around another 7km to the west, is for experienced surfers and has good right- and left-hand barrels for surfing when the swell is large enough. For non-surfers, if you can brave the treacherous road, it is a lovely beach surrounded by small hills, with impressive views; look for the three pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean. Selong Belanak is a long sweeping bay framed on each end by headlands and surrounded by rolling hills. The beach is lovely for swimming and has good waves for body surfing, as well
as being popular for beginners surfing lessons. There are many small stalls selling drinks and snacks, as well as offering surf lessons and surf board hire. Sempiak Villas has plush villas, some with private pools, perched on the hillside overlooking the bay with breath-taking panoramic views. Laut Biru Restaurant and Bar at Sempiak Villas is a beautiful all-white venue right on the beachfront with lovely views. It is a popular place for a stop – and justifies a day trip in itself – serving fresh and delicious snacks and meals throughout the day in a pretty restaurant on the beach. There is also a serene Day Spa offering massages and beauty treatments. Spend a day exploring the area, with lunch and a swim here as the highlights of your trip. In the Jabon hills behind Selong Belanak is the stunning Aura Lounge and Bar at Selong Selo Residences. Approaching via the winding mountain road, the contemporary design creates a surprising contrast to the small traditional homes dotted on the hilltops. Perched high on the hilltop, Aura Lounge and Bar overlooks the terraced green valley across to the wide crescent of Selong Belanak Beach and beyond. It’s a
breath-taking vista and one that has been attracting hundreds of guests since Aura opened. There are both covered and outdoor options for dining at comfortable tables and couches artfully arranged to take in the fabulous views. Guests can choose from a delicious assortment of all-day snacks and meals, or pull up a stool at the stylish bar and order an icy cold beer or signature cocktail. The outdoor viewing deck overlooks a 23m infinity pool edged in white stone where guests can relax on sun lounges or float in the cool water with the illusion of flowing out into the blue of the bay beyond. Further west of Selong Belanak are the picturesque bays of Torok Aik Berik, Pengantap, Sepi and Belongas, and many more scenic beaches along the way; all are mostly deserted. 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.
Sempiak Villas at Selong Belanak by Asriel Haryadi
Kuta and The South Coast
Lombok’s Three Iconic Islands
Three perfect tropical islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – sit in the sparkling ocean just off the northwest coast of Lombok. The Gilis, together with Rinjani volcano, are Lombok’s most famous icons and are consistently rated among the top destinations in S E Asia 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 laid-back charm. The word Gili actually means “small island” in the local dialect, and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers. Today the Gilis 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. There is a good selection of accommodation, restaurants and bars, and tourist facilities on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan.
While nobody comes to the Gilis for shopping, each island has many shops selling essentials such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, toiletries, cold drinks, snacks and more. In addition, there are cheap clothing and t-shirts, sarongs and local handicrafts stalls. Activities include walking, riding bikes, horse riding and kayaking on Gili T, yoga, massage and beauty treatments, glass bottom boat trips and island hopping, liveaboard dive trips and cruises to nearby islands, fishing, sailing, surfing, SUP and all kinds of water-based activities.
Many of the popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners and are PADI and SSI licensed dive operators, with professional standards of safety and environmental awareness. Each Gili has developed independently and at different paces, giving each island a different “personality” or style. This means that travellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer.
The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, relax, sunbathe, explore, snorkel and scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Snorkelling from the shore is easy from each of the Gilis and at specific dive locations around the three islands, the pristine waters are home to an abundant variety of corals and thousands of species of tropical fish. An impressive array of aquatic life can be found here, including green and hawksbill turtles, moray eels, barracuda, reef sharks, and occasionally leopard sharks and manta rays, and more. Visibility is very good and commonly in the 1530 m range; and water temperatures average 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F).
Gili Trawangan – affectionately abbreviated to ‘Gili T’ – is the most developed and popular of the three Gilis, with the greatest range of facilities and activities. It is the largest island of the three and the furthest from the mainland, but is easily reached from Bali in less than 2 hours and is only 10 minutes by speedboat from Lombok. Tagged “the party island”, Gili T continues to cater to the party crowd but also has a cosmopolitan vibe that becomes more evident every year. TripAdvisor® recently rated it as one of the ‘Top 10 Islands in Asia’. Continued on Page 65
The island itself is around 3km long and 2km wide, so walking is easy and you can cycle around the island in around 1 ½ hours (but will need to get off and push your bike through sandy sections in the north).
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This is the only Gili to rise significantly above sea level and the hill in the south is a great lookout from which to enjoy the spectacular sunsets across the ocean to Bali or the brilliant sunrise over Mt Rinjani on mainland Lombok. 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.
Gili Meno by Barbara
For those who prefer quieter entertainment, there are many low-key and romantic options, such as beachside The busiest area on Gili T is the east coast, dining, Spas, yoga retreats and more. but Gili T’s popularity means development The busiest area, called ‘Sentral’, is on the extends around the entire island. east of the island, close to the harbour. Here you will find the greatest number Accommodation on Gili T ranges from of bars and restaurants, many hotels and basic budget places to mid-range and luxury hotels and private villas, so there is resorts, and lots of shops and activities. something for everyone. Resorts, restaurants, dive centres, bars, Restaurants rival Bali in quality and choice, shops and other businesses line the paved ‘road’ that runs around the entire coast of and there are beachside cafés galore. the island. Dining choices range from fresh seafood and modern healthy fare to authentic Small roads meander inland from the main Indian, Italian and other cuisines; and coastal road, where many of the island’s from inexpensive Indonesian dishes to local people live. Home-stays, small hotels sophisticated fine dining. and private villas here offer a quieter (and often cheaper) alternative to the Even the shopping scene on Gili T is beachfront choices. starting to resemble nearby Bali and new shops are springing up almost monthly. The north coast of Gili T has a quieter Shops and kiosks selling the usual sarongs vibe and offers a peaceful alternative to and t-shirts now rub shoulders with 69 the central area. Although the beaches to Slam, Billabong, and other brand outlets, as the north can be a bit ordinary, the views well as stylish little boutiques. are beautiful and snorkelling from the There is a lively bar scene at night and the beach is good. The location makes it easy island has a rotating roster, where different to access the dining and nightlife options nearby but also offers a different, more bars have licenses to host a party on natural side of the island. one night of the week (hence the “party island” reputation). These parties are a Likewise, the south and west coasts are big draw-card for the crowds of younger popular with travellers seeking a place people who come to the island. away from the crowds and are now dotted with small hotels, private villas and a couple of larger resorts. Although the beaches aren’t as nice as those on the east, the sunsets across the sea to Bali are magical.
Located between Gili Air and Gili T, Meno has the lowest population of the three Gilis and the least number of visitors. However, Meno’s popularity has soared over the past 5 years as travellers discover this ‘quieter Gili’ with its beautiful undeveloped beaches and laid back charm – all within easy reach of the diving and activities that have made the Gilis famous.
If you base yourself on Gili Meno, it is easy to dive around the other islands and to make day trips to Gili T and Gili Air via public boats and private boat charter. The water surrounding the island is clear turquoise and the beaches are covered in brilliant white sand, fringed with coconut palms and native sea pines.
Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches and the most tourist facilities (including the boat harbour) are located along the east coast.
Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest of the three Gilis, perfect for really getting away from it all.
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There is a good variety of restaurants and beachside cafés on the island, offering everything from traditional Indonesian dishes to up-market international fare, authentic Italian and other cuisines.
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. Alternatively, pull up a seat at one of the beach bars and enjoy live music by some talented local musicians.
The north coast boasts some beautiful quiet beaches and quality accommodation such as the luxurious Mahamaya Boutique Resort, quirky Adeng-Adeng Resort, and the elegant Seri Resort and Yoga Retreat to the northeast. Apart from these, small hotels and bungalows provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun with uncrowded beaches, clean waters and peaceful nights under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene or noisy full moon parties here. Dotted around the island, casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties. Some provide low-key entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high season, but visitors to Gili Meno largely come for romantic escapes and a chance to rejuvenate on the island’s pretty beaches. A major attraction off the west coast is the underwater sculpture named ‘Nest’ located in the sea directly in front of BASK Resort. Snorkelling trips often include a visit to the sculpture or you can swim out to the site from the beach. Depicting 48 life-size male and female figures, standing together in a circle and entwined together on the ground, the art installation by famous sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor is hauntingly beautiful and well worth a visit. Gili Meno is also famous for the many turtles that live here. To swim with these
huge creatures – that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno.
Activities include walking and cycling around the island, sun bathing, and swimming, snorkelling and diving, free diving, Subwing, kite surfing, glass bottom boat trips, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and other water sports. 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. 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 professional dive centres on the island and, of course, it is easy to explore the other islands from here.
Popular dive sites on Gili Air that attract divers from the other Gilis include Air Wall off the west coast, Hans Reef and Frogfish Point off the north coast.
Gili Air has a relaxed, laid-back style and is a good balance between the buzz of Gili T and the chill of Gili Meno.
The water surrounding the island is a clear, translucent aquamarine, made even more pure by the sparkling white sand beneath.
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.
For those who have never had the pleasure of viewing the magical world under the ocean, Gili Air offers a superb opportunity to do so in safety and comfort.
Being the closest of the Gilis to the mainland, 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. Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches are on the east coast and most development runs along the beaches here down to the harbour in the south. 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 Indonesia’s second largest volcano, Mt Rinjani. Accommodation on Gili Air ranges from simple back-packer bungalows to luxurious air-conditioned rooms and private villas with hot water and swimming pools.
Other activities on the island include yoga and meditation classes, cooking classes, browsing the cute shops, relaxing massages and body treatments, and simply chilling out on a beautiful little tropical island.
GILI ISLANDS FAST FACTS
Gili Trawangan by Barbara
Boats and Island Hopping: Gili Air, Meno and Trawangan are grouped together off the northwest coast of Lombok and only a short distance apart, so it is easy to move between the three islands.You may want to explore each island for a couple of days or base yourself on one and take day trips to the other islands. Public boats leave from the harbours on each island with transfers to the other islands available every morning and afternoon, eg; Gili Air to Gili Meno, or Gili Air to Gili Trawangan, and vice versa. Prices are reasonable. Purchase tickets at the ticket office located at the harbour on each island. It is possible to charter perahu (local outrigger boats), speed boats and even glass bottom boats for exploring the islands. Bargain hard! Electricity is fairly stable on all three Gilis, although blackouts are sometimes a problem. Most places have their own emergency generators for back-up power but smaller businesses may rely on candles and lanterns when the power goes out. Water is a scarce resource on the islands and is supplied by desalination plants and ground water wells.Your awareness in conserving this finite resource is appreciated; take short showers and opt to reuse bedding and towels. The tap water on all the islands is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and readily available. Internet is available on all three Gilis at most hotels and restaurants. Connections can be intermittent and speeds are generally slow. All three islands have ATM machines so you don’t need to carry a lot of cash. 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.
will cost around Rp 50,000 – 100,000; depending on your bargaining skills. Walking or riding a bike is a nicer option.
Health services on the islands are improving and there are basic medical supplies available. There are around a dozen clinics on Gili T, including a 24-hour Clinic at Hotel Vila Ombak. Gili Air also has several clinics and there are local clinics on Gili Meno.
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 culture and keep your clothes on!
Dive shop staff are also trained for emergency first aid. For anything serious, it is best to visit a hospital on the mainland (see our “Useful Contacts” page). 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 around Rp 50,000 per day, depending on the type and condition of the bike. Some hotels provide bikes free of charge for guests.
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.
Cidomo fares are generally expensive and rates are fixed by the koperasi on each The Gili Eco Trust (GET) is a nonprofit organisation based on Gili T that island. On Gili T, rates are displayed in the front of the cart. Generally, short distances works to protect and conserve the environment. GET activities include reef conservation, waste management and education programmes, to name a few.
The Eco Trust raises funds for its programmes through an Eco-tax collected from divers on the islands. The Trust holds regular clean-up days to collect rubbish from the beach and sea. 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
There are numerous fast boat services operating between Bali and the Gilis (as well as many that stop at Bangsal Harbour on the northwest coast of mainland Lombok).
Air to Gili T). Price is Rp 85,000 per person. Private speedboat charters are available to all three islands, from around Rp 350,000 to Rp 500,000 depending on your bargaining skills and which island you are going to.
Alternatively, you can fly to Lombok and travel across to the Gilis. Fast Boats: With Lombok’s airport based in Central Lombok, fast boat services are a popular option to flying, and provide fast and easy transfers between Bali and the Gilis. Most fast boats leave Bali from either Serangan Harbour in the south of Bali (around 30 minutes from Kuta) or from Padang Bai Harbour in East Bali (around 2 ½ hours from Kuta). 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. The Lombok Strait – between Bali and Lombok – is one of the deepest bodies of water in the region and, during certain times of the year, waves can reach up to 4 metres high. Check sea conditions before travelling. As there are so many boats to choose from, search the internet for “Gili fast boat” to check other travellers’ reviews and choose a reliable operator. Avoid companies that practice “over loading” in busy times. Gili Getaway is a comfortable fast boat departing from Serangan Harbour daily. Gili Getaway provides transfers to Gili T, Gili Air, Bangsal Harbour (on Lombok), as well as to Gili Gede in Southwest Lombok. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers to main points in Bali. Ph: +62 811 380 1717 | +62 813 3707 4147. www.giligetaway.com By Plane: Fly to Lombok and either stay on the mainland before making a trip out to the Gilis or travel to Senggigi (around 1 hour) to arrange transport to the Gilis. Alternatively, organize a taxi or private driver from the airport to Bangsal Harbour (approx 1 hour 45 minutes). There are many different options, as described below. Tour companies and dive operators in Senggigi also provide transfers daily. HOTEL TRANSFERS: Many hotels on the islands provide speedboat transfers
for guests, as well as pick up services from the airport – enquire when you make your booking. FROM TELUK NARA AND TELUK KODEK: Teluk Nara is a large peaceful bay on the northwest coast, about 25 minutes’ drive north of Senggigi, and Teluk Kodek is a smaller bay directly alongside. Most of the dive companies, hotels and many businesses on the Gilis have boats moored here and transfer guests to the islands every day. It is possible to negotiate private boat trips (including speed boat transfers) out to the islands with local boat owners here, thereby avoiding the hassles of Bangsal. FROM BANGSAL HARBOUR: Catch a taxi to Bangsal Harbour, the main harbour to the Gilis on the northwest coast, about 30 minutes from Senggigi (and a few minutes north of Teluk Nara). Tickets are available from the signposted ticket office on the beachfront and boats are operated by Koperasi Angkutan Laut (Sea Transport Cooperative), which monopolises transport to the islands and sets the prices. Ignore touts who want to sell you tickets and buy directly from the office. Public boats are the cheapest option and depart regularly to each of the three islands. Get there early as departures are easier in the mornings. Boat charters are available, with prices depending on the number of passengers and your bargaining skills. Public speedboats operate from Bangsal Harbour to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air daily from 9am - 4.20pm; but it’s best to get there in the morning. Boats leave roughly every hour and also provide fast and easy transfers between the islands (eg. Gili
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 displayed clearly on the wall of the ticket office. 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 2pm. If you don’t want to wait, or if the public boat looks dangerously overloaded, you may want 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 Bungalows 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. www.arnel-restaurant.com 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! A good alternative is to check out the many dive centres on the main street in Senggigi who offer reasonable rates for transfers, usually including pick up from your hotel. Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.