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Welcome to Lombok

ABOUT LOMBOK

Lombok Island – General info

 

Dominated by the mighty Mt Rinjani, and surrounded by gorgeous white-sand beaches, picturesque bays, tiny paradisiacal islands, turquoise waters, coral reefs and thrilling surf breaks, the beautiful island of Lombok offers a myriad of natural attractions. Warm weather, a colorful Sasak culture, ethnic markets, and tranquility are also among Lombok’s many charms. This is a perfect destination for anyone who is looking for adventure, culture, or a relaxing short break.

 

Whether you wish to go trekking in the Rinjani National Park or participate in an exceptional day-trip chasing waterfalls, Lombok Comfort Travel is here to take you on a fun and enthralling journey of discovery in the company of English-speaking guides. The famous northwest Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – offer fantastic snorkeling, while the secret southwestern Gili Islands – which include Gili Gede, Gili Asahan and Gili Nanggu – offer a tranquil getaway, where you can enjoy soothing coastline views while relaxing in the shade of the coconut palms lined up along the shore. A trip to Lombok is also an opportunity to encounter a traditional, rural way of life exposing a fascinating integration of Muslim and Hindu cultures, and visitors are always welcomed at the splendid Sasak festivals. The island also produces some remarkable handicrafts, and artisans can be seen at work creating textiles, baskets and pots.

The Weather

 

The climate of the region has a perfect climate with annual temperatures ranging between 21 and 33 degrees. It has only two seasons, the dry from May to October and the wet from November to April.

 

People, Religion, Arts & Culture

 

Two thirds of the 2.6 million population live of Lombok which is home to sasak people a group of indigenous people who inhabit various parts of the islands, some of who still live a traditional lifestyle. In western Lombok, descendants of Balinese who sailed over the Lombok strait centuries ago, still reside. They retain their Hindu beliefs and intricate ceremonies, while their Sasak neighbors are predominantly Moslem.

The diversity of people provide the region with a rich tapestry of dialect and divers range languages, traditional dance, music and ritual. In addition, beautiful pottery making, cloth weaving, and painting are done using skill passed down through the generations.

On Lombok the influence of Javanese, Hindu and Islamic cultures can clearly be noted in a traditions of the society.

 

Government

 

As a province, the autonomous region of West Nusa Tenggara is governed by a governor who has first been elected by the regional parliament and then appointed by the president for a five years term, Mataram is the capital of the provincial government.

 

Places of Interest

 

Senggigi Beach

Situated ten kilometers north of Mataram , Senggigi is Lombok ’s oldest and most famous resort area.
A perfect place to relax, Senggigi boast a series of white sandy beaches and a save swimming area. Senggigi caters to all wallets. Expensive restaurant and small cafes line the main street; accommodation ranging from luxury hotel to small, comfortable bungalows is available;fine dining;bars;live music;spa facilities;money changer;beautiful sunset over Bali’s Mt Agung;and lots tourist service if you are looking for dive shop, rent motorbike-or car, even organize an adventure on Lombok.

Senggigi – Aerial View

Highlight : Beach Deck Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel

KILA SENGGIGI BEACH HOTEL

Room type : Sea View Room Twin Bed

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Gili Air, Gili Meno , Gili Trawangan

(The Gilis Island is the best known location for diving and snorkeling activities).

The Gili islands, as they are known collectively, are located some 20 kilometers north of Senggigi and within 30 to 60 minutes of the north west coast. Each island boast excellent beaches and diving tanks to extensive coral reefs that an circle each island. It is these coral reefs that are home to the blue coral-a coral said to grow in only two places in the world-the Caribbean and here, off the coast of Lombok.
Traditional boats (perahu) departing from Bangsal(north of malimbu) ferry passengers out to any of the islands.

 

Gili Trawangan is popular for tourist activities, there are such a good facilities of hotel, restaurants, and bars. Things to do in Gili Trawangan is most likely water activities for diving and snorkeling where you find turtle, manta rays, tropical fish and beautiful coral reef marine garden and more..
Daily activity on beach for swim, relax, sunbathe, and in the night; spotlight of “Disc Jockey” music party.
Beautiful sunrise over Mt Rinjani and beautiful sunset over Bali’s Mt Agung.

 

Gili Meno is the escape island for more quieter and a totally for relax, walking around island, sunbathe, also where you find snorkeling spot of blue coral reef, turtle or just play beach volley ball with sea pine trees atmosphere.

 

Gili Air is a romantic island and offering good beach front restaurant, also island activities for walking on white sand beach around the island, cycling, sun bathing in the wooden deck or only with beach sarong, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat trips and more.. sometimes full moon parties on the beach, or enjoyed a live music and chilling out on a beautiful tropical island.

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GETTING TO THE GILIS

 

By Plane :

Most major airline route have daily schedule to fly to Lombok International airport; Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Etc..
Then you get in Gilis can be reach by the public boat from Bangsal harbor ( Open daily 08:00 am – 05:00 pm/office hours ) or private harbor with speed boat; this could be flexible anytime to your flight arrival ( last order Speed boat at maximum at 09:00 pm )
Note : To and From Gilis by a Taxi or private driver take approximately 1 hours : 45 minutes.

 

By Fast boat (Include shuttle service) :

There are many fast boat company services to Gilis that you can arrange depart from your hotel located in Bali. The Fast boat standard operated and crossing the Lombok strait about 1 hours : 30 minutes ( between Lombok & Bali ) from Padang Bai harbor in Bali.

 

Note :

– Depart your hotel in Kuta Bali to Padang Bai harbor approximately take 2 hours : 30 minutes in the car.
– Depart your hotel in Kuta Bali to Serangan harbor approximately take 30 minutes in the car but it take more time on boat to Lombok.

Mataram City ( Capital City of Lombok )

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Shopping Center and  Cinema XXI on Epicentrum Mall

Gili Nanggu

This island is good for family activities such as swimming on the beach, sun bathing or just relaxing with wave of Gili Nanggu, as well being home to a variety of marine life ( Nemo fish ) and exquisitely shaped coral – a perfect place to snorkel.

Kuta Beach

Similar with its Bali namesake when it comes to surfing swells, this beach has pristine sands, crystal clear waters and much lesser crowds. Seen as the next hot spot for Lombok, it still retains it rustic charm with sleepy fishing villagers where the friendly residents maintain their old ways of life. Come here for the idyllic beach holiday you’ve always dream of.

Sendang Gila & Tiu Kelep Waterfalls Northern Lombok

They say three is a magical number, and it is true for Lombok’s case. Aside from the three Gilis, the island also offers three gorgeous waterfalls within lush rainforests. Sendang Gila is the most famous of the three, whilst the more adventurous can continue to Tiu Kelep Waterfall walk through jungle trek and cross a river to visit the second waterfall where you can swim in the pool.

 

Pura Lingsar

A unique temple complex with both Balinese-Hinduism and Wektu Telu (local indigenous religion) influences combined, with mind-blowing architecture to boot! There’s a pond within the Waktu Telu section where ‘holy eels’ call home and you can feed them with boiled eggs. It is also the site for the annual “Perang Topat” ritual, a “rice cake war’ that symbolizes brotherhood and tolerance between Muslims and Hindus.

 

Pura Batu Bolong

The magnificent temple clings to a rocky promontory forming a hole under the temple, set against a panoramic backdrop of the Lombok Straits. “Batu Bolong” means a rock with a hole, referring to the fact that this temple stands on a volcanic rock outcrop on the beach facing Bali’s Mount Agung. People come here to enjoy picnic by the sea and you will have the chance to see people flood the area at the time of Eid al-Fitr.

 

Pura Meru Cakranegara

The largest temple in Lombok has three merus (multi-storeyed temples) for Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu the Preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer – the Hindu trinity. Colourful festivals are held every full and new moon, heralded by beatings of the big drum on the outer courtyard.

 

Mayura Water Palace

Fall into sombre reverence as you step onto the seemingly floating structure perched upon a beautiful artificial lake. Long before Indonesia’s independence, this was the site of bloody battles against the colonial Dutch. Today, it is a peaceful royal court complex with a wonderful garden and a serene lake that is connected to the shoreline.

 

Tanjung Aan

It is surf’s up with rocking waves, or simply take a break as you bask in the sunshine on the powdery beach. Tanjung Aan is an incredibly beautiful isolated bay best explored on bare feet. Enjoy clear waters of blue and green hues with moderately-sized waves hitting the reef. Go up the Merese hill and enjoy the view of the nearby Kuta Beach.

 

Sukarara Weaving Village

Beautiful ikat cloth is meticulously weaved right before your eyes as the Sasak women work their craft with the looms. Sasak girls learn the art of ikat (an ancient technique to create design by resist-dying the threads before the fabric is woven) from a very young age and by the time they reach womanhood, they have perfected their skills. See them at work and be amazed with their skills, especially when making the chiefly prized double ikat.

 

Mount Rinjani National Park

Standing 3,736 metres tall, Mount Rinjani is the highest volcano in Indonesia. It’s a challenging trek to the top, but the majestic view is well worth the effort. On your way up, take a break at picturesque Lake Segara Anak and find the hidden hot spring before you continue your hike to the vantage point where you can see Bali’s Mount Agung across the sea.

 

Ayam Taliwang

Should you find yourself on the island of Lombok, then you owe yourself to try the Lombok’s speciality culinary, called Ayam Taliwang.
Ayam Taliwang is made from free range chicken that has been marinated with shrimp paste, chili and spicy garlic sauce. And usually serve together with Plecing Kangkung (water spinach with tomato sambal and bean sprouts), roasted peanut, and rice.

 

LOMBOK EVENTS

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing the best time to visit Lombok, are Lombok events or festivals. Some events may interest you and some events may restrict what you can do.

Here are some events which happen in Lombok, although the dates can change each year.

 

Bau Nyale Festival (usually in February or March)

This is a ‘catching of sea worms’ festival that happens annually. It draws the crowds at Seger Beach, Kuta, where people camp out overnight and join in the traditional rituals, art performances and boat races.

Ogoh Ogoh Parade (usually in March or April)

This is an event that happens the day before Nyepi day (Hindu New Year), and occurs in Mataram and west Lombok. Here they have Ogoh Ogoh Statues in a parade.

 

Nyepi Day (usually in March or April)

Nyepi Day signifies the start of the Saka New Year for Indonesian Hindu people and is a day of Silence, reflection, fasting and meditation in Bali. Because of this, Bali airport and other transport services are closed so you will not be able to get to or from Lombok on this day. Although Nyepi Day is still an event in Lombok, the island functions as normal.

Gendang Beleq Festival (usually in April)

This is a festival which features locals performing a dance, accompanied by drums and colourful clothing. It is a unique cultural activity of Lombok.

 

Senggigi Festival (usually in July)

A several day celebration of Lombok art and culture, to promote Lombok tourism. A great way to see culture from all over Lombok in one place, and a fun event with parades and competitions.

Ramadan

A muslim event characterised by a month of fasting. Most businesses, restaurants and hotels in tourist hubs in Lombok are still open.

 

Lebaran (Idul Fitri)

Significant Muslim festival which marks the end of the Ramadan Fasting. Can be a difficult time for transport and some businesses are closed, including banks.

 

Idul Adha

This is Muslim day of Sacrifice. Most businesses are closed.

 

Perang Topat (usually in November or Decemeber)

This is a rice cake war celebrated by both Hindu’s and Muslims at the Pura Lingsar Temple at West Lombok. People come together to offer up cakes, fruit, rice etc. to give thanks for their crops. Following this, there is a good natured war of rice cake throwing to celebrate harmony between people of Lombok.

As you may also be either going through Bali to get to Lombok or including Bali as part of your Indonesian Holiday.

So whats the best time to visit Lombok? Lombok is a great destination all year round, depending on what type of Lombok holiday you want. The dry season is your best option, closely followed by the wet season. Of course depending on what it is you want out of your Lombok Holiday.

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