lombokdestinations.com – On the steep slopes of Mountain Rinjani, it gets very cold at night, but as soon as the sun comes out, a scenic panorama is revealed. Rice, garlic, tomato, chili, cabbage fields unfold in the valley against the background of the still active volcano. The indigenous Sembaluncommunity settling here has scarce space to live.
The steeper slopes cannot be cultivated. A part of their traditional land overlaps with the Mount Rinjani National Park, other areas where turned into big, privately-owned, plantations. A huge state-of-the-art greenhouse in the middle of the land traditionally used by the Sembalun for cattle ranching, on the territory of the national park further reduces the land available.
The introduction of modern large-scale agribusiness and private land ownership has over the last decades considerably devastated the natural resources, diminished the forest and threatened the water sources. It is forbidden to extract any kind of wood or hunt animals. Whoever wants to fell a tree needs to receive a permission, subject to a proof that 10 new trees have been planted. Newly-married couples have the obligation to plant 4 new trees and care for them.
Traditionally, of the 24 000 hectar belonging to the customary Sembalun land, only about 4000 are converted to be used for fruit and vegetable agriculture, pasture land for livestock, rice fields, settlement and harvest stocks. The remaining area is remains for the biggest part intact nature, consisting mainly of forests.
In recent times, cattle running free have become a problem, together with forest fires, damaging the intact or freshly reforested areas.
Sembalun is divided into two villages; Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung which only 2 km apart. The area looks like a dry lake, transformed into a fertile land.
Sembalun Lawang is set in an ancient and fertile caldera to the east of Mt. Rinjani, the preferred access route for summiteers. The rich soil produces high quality market garden crops, including the famous garlic and rice, staple of local farmers. Seismic activity is monitored daily at the government Rinjani Volcanology Centre.
The beautiful valley of Sembalun is also known for its hill walks, recently restored traditional village, active cultural performers and local weavers. Some home stay (losmen) accommodation is available and trek services are based at the Park’s Rinjani Information Centre. Also enquire about the local walks: the Sembalun Lawang Village Walk, to experience the scenic beauty of the village or/and the Sembalun Wildflowers Walk, a two day one night hike to see the wildflowers at Propok in Gunung Rinjani National Park
LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – For those of you who like adventure and the challenging scenes, it is the perfect location for your vacation choice, the TIbu Ijo Waterfall Kekait Village, Gunungsari sub distric, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. There, you can enjoy the views of this hills, palm gardens, and natural atmosphere which is very natural.
This waterfall called Tibu Ijo because under the waterfall there is a pool that does not have a base, that’s way the pool is green. Towards Tibu Ijo waterfall, you have to walk for 45 minutes. But if you’ve been there, the tired during the trip will soon disappear, because under the Waterfall there are numerous small pools in naturally compound.
The sensation of jumping from rocks into the pool is the unforgettable experience that makes you feel addicted to return to the place. In the area of waterfall is not available locker room to change clothes. So do not forget to bring a cloth or gloves to change your clothes. Do not forget to bring drinks and foods as well because there is no merchant in the forest area.
Apart from soft adventure activities, such as trekking or camping, during adventure you can see directly the activites of Kekait villagers. One of them is harvest the palm trees to e processed into “Gula aren” – palm sugar. In addition, there is harvest “Tuak Manis” (a drink made from palm tree). “Tuak Manis” is very fresh to drink and can add energy as well as good for health, because it is very natural.
Palm sugar and Tuak Manis can be used as a souvenir after having adventure at Tibu Ijo waterfall. It is not hard to get Palm sugar and Tuak Manis since the majorities of the villagers produce both of them and peddle them along the way. Tibu Ijo Waterfall can be reached around 20 minutes or about 13 kilometers from the city of Mataram.
At the foot of the hill there is one resident’s house which is providing area of parking and you can entrust your vehicles there by only paying IDR 5000. There is no admission to the attractions in this place. So, for those of you who like to travel a particular interest, take your bag immediately and explore Tibu Ijo Waterfall. Good luck
Source : Lombok Magazine, Jan 2016Editor : Zakaria
LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – When the time comes for a change of scenery away from Lombok’s glorious beach life, the island’s magical waterfalls are always high on the list. For most visitors, the cascading falls of Sendang Gile are the main attraction but savvy locals in the nkow head for some of Lombok’s secret waterfalls hidden deep in the hinterland.
The twin waterfalls of Benang Setokel and Benang Kelambu are two such hidden gems yet are not as difficult to get to as one would imagine. Situated in the far southern foothills of Mount Rinjani near the village of Aik Berik, it takes about an hour’s drive to reach from Mataram.
It’s an appealing scenic drive from the city through villages backed by undulating rice fields. Before reaching Benang Kelambu you will encounter its twin sister Benang Setokel waterfall which cascades down into a crystal clear pool of water from about 20 metres high. The shallow pool is very clear an ice cold – the perfect respite on a hot tropical day. A large clearing surrounded by a mossy rock face is very photogenic and a great spot to enjoy a picnic.
It is an easy walk from the main road to here while the Benang Kelambu waterfall is a futher 30 minutes on foot along a forested path surrounded by banana trees, coffee, jackfruit, and a multitude of other exotic plants. There is usually lots of unseen activity in the undergrowth, with chirping birds and a colony of long tail monkeys scampering around.
Once you reach Benang Kelambu it becomes immediately apparent the extra walking was worthwhile. It is an Instagram worthy moment watching the sheets of fresh, cool water jetting out of a steep rock face of vibrant green. It has a mesmerising quality as you gaze up and see the water cascade through the thick undergrowth that completely covers the hillside.
In all, the waters drop down three levels from a heigh of about 40 metres and it’s a very peaceful experience. While most waterfalls of a smiliar height are a thunderous, noisy experience crashing against rocks, the waters of Benang Kelambu are much quieter, passing through a thick wall of tropical flora.
The water here is also incredibly clear and unsurprisingly is thought to be a cure-all for all manner of ailments. The water is thought to be sourced directly from Rinjani’s volcanic Segara Anak lake. There are a handful of food stalls located near the entrance to both waterfalls and it has become a busy weekend haunt for local families.
LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – Lombok’s time is here and now, having finally stepped out of Bali’s shadow, showcasing to the world its unique mix of adventure, pristine natural scenery and captivating art and culture. A new airport, international yacht marina and improved reads have made travel to and within Lombok much easier, but it is its untamed natural beauty and traditional charm that captivates.
It is an adventure-seeker’s paradise, home to world-class scuba diving, surfing and mountain climbing yet travellers looking for a cosmopolitan beach lifestyle and luxury creature comforts will not be short of options. Experience the best of Lombok with these recomended highlights and hidden gems:
Senggigi and The West Coast
Senggigi, just a short drive from the island capital Mataram is Lombok’s premier beach resort, extending along a series of sweeping bays. The main beach strip is fringed by a wide expanse of sand framed nightly by spectacular ocean sunsets.
It is a fairly spread out beach town that rarely feels overcrowded yet there is a board variety of places to stay, eat and socialse. There is a vibrant expat community here with lots of opportunity for sports and leisure, business networking and searching out those hard to find omported goods.
Senggigi is the beast place to arrange days out and guided trips to other parts of Lombok. The beach road then winds it way north to upmarket Mangsit, dotted with hip boutique hotels and villas among some of west Lombok’s most captivating scenery.
In all, the Senggigi area stretches for almost 10km along the west coast, and away from the main tourist centre, comprise numerous palm fringed beaches dotted with colourful fishing boats.
A trio of tiny tropical island off the northwest coast, known simple as “the Gilis” are the go-to place for laid-back island life and the simple pleaseures of sun, sea and superb scuba diving.
Each of these three islands has its own distinctive atmosphere; the smallest is Gili Meno, a peaceful tropical island haven with few distractions other thatn deserted white sand beaches and a couple of chilled out beach bars.
Legendary “party island” Gili Trawangan is largest and most cosmopolitan of the Gili Islands with no shortage of swanky boutique villas, diverse dining and plenty of action after dark. Gili Air, located closest to the Lombok mainland, sits somewhere in the middle of these two extremes and has the most authentic local atmosphere.
The enduring appeal of the Gili Islands is the refreshing absence of any motorised transport making for a pleasant alternative to Bali’s congested beach resorts.
Scuba diving is still the main draw and it is one of Asia’s top spots to learn the basics and get qualified. For landlubbers, there are few better places to get horizontal on a tropical beach and soak up the unique island vibe.
Kuta and South Lombok
Like its namesake in Bali, Kuta Lombok is synonymous with worl-class waves but thankfully without the hassle of 24/7 traffic and infuriating beach hawkers. In fact, Lombok’s south coast surf breaks are more than a match for the best in Bali, and savvy surfers are heading here to enjoy miles of uncrowded, adrenaline-fuelled waves.
Kuta, invitingly close to Lombok’s new International airport, is the main tourist hub yet remains a fairly tranquil tropical haven favoured by both surfers and adventurous families. It makes for a great base for exploring the rugged souhthern coastline dotted with numerous breathtaking beaches. Scenic highlights include up-and-comping Tanjung A’an, Gerupuk and isolated Ekas Bay.
Lombok’s ruggedly beautiful southwest peninsular is largely unexplored by visitors but is now getting serious recognition with the discovery of superb offshore scuba diving and miles of deserted beaches.
The main gateway is Sekotong Bay, located just south of Lombok’s main ferry port Lembar and is the jumping off point for Lombok’s “Secret Gilis“. These small offshore islands feature pristine coral reefs and idyllic tropical beaches for a real castaway experience.
Heading south, the coastal road winds its way past tiny fishing communities and secluded bays all the way to the tip of the peninsular where the legendary surf breaks of Bangko-Bangko (Desert Point) are found-rated among the best in the world.
For an alternative to surf, scuba and sandy beaches, a trek up the immense Rinjani volcano is hard to beat. At over 3.700 meters, this is Indonesia’s second highest volcano and makes for challenging 3-4 day trek but the views are definitely worth all the effort.
The mountain dominates much of north Lombok and the caldera alone covers a mind-boggling 50 square kilometres. Most climbers only go as far as the crater rim which offers vertigo-inducing views down into the volcanic lake but the extra effort to get to the summit will be rewarded with views as far as Java and eastwards across to the island of Sumbawa.
If this all sounds too arduous for comfort, the mountain’s foothills offer a wealth of leisurely hiking opportunities. Head to Senaru village for easy-going walks through remote weaving villages and dense jungle to uncover a succession of scenic waterfalls.
Source : My Lombok Mag, 26
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LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – When you hear about Gili Trawangan you probably also hear the words “party island” yeah? Thought we should just address that straight away! Gili Trawangan gained this title because it is the largest of the three northern Gili Islands with the most development, hence it offers the greatest abundance of everything-including nightlife.
There are fantasticparties every night of the week that attract large crowds of people from all dofferent walks of life and every corner of the globe. Nightly features start with a sizzling local food market and advance into live music, beach parties and DJ’s. there’s also the option of watching movies screened at an open air beach “theatre” the romored growth of Trawangan from a backpacker island into something of a glam island is supported by the unveiling of new upscale boutiques, restaurant, resorts, spam, and now a heli-pad, however, it remains a hub of charm for a wide spectrum of travelers.
It’s an iconic island of variety with numerous options for every budged/lifestyle for eating, sleeping (backpacker dorms to luxury villas), entertainment and activities. Gili Trawangan has extraordinarily beautiful beaches and shimmering ocean waters of crystal-clear visibility for diving and snorkeling. this island boasts some of the finest coral gardens and the widest range of dive conters with the best socializing opportunities.
Although it is predominately known as a party island, Gili trawangan has much more to it and venturing away from the densely developed east coast, you can find a plethora of vacant beaches. renting a bicycle is a great way to see the island, bearing in mind there are some sandy patches! seeing how life works here can be very eye-opening: it’s not an escape from reality-just a slightly different one but understandably surreal nonethelles!
There are several conservation organizations based here including Gili Eco Trust (GET) and the Gili shark foundation-ask around (try dive centers) about how you can get involved! As you may know-there is no motorized transport in the Gilis and what a sooting break that can be! surfing is popular off the south and it’s not unwise to speak to locals about the break. For a supreme viewpoint walk up the hill on the south that was previosly used as a lookout during WW II.
Gili T is the spicy island of Pizzazz with something for absolutely everyone!
LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – Set between Gili Air and GIli Trawangan, Gil Meno arguably offers the finest beaches of all the Gili Islands. The sands are white and soft beneath your feet and you can relax on vacant strethes of beach lined with coconut trees. Meno is the real escape to paradise where you can fill your days with activities like diving, snorkeling, surfing or just simply taking in the tranquil views.
This island is a treasure of local lifestyle where time seems to bend and life seems to slow down. It is the least developed island where you can completely relax amongst abundant nature. Meno is a holiday within an holiday. Here you can walk or take a cidomo (horse & cart) to attractions such as the salt lake where it’s possible to spot rare blue kingfishers and the elusive island monitor lizard, or venture to the eerie remnants of an abandoned resort -where a popular wrek-dive site exists just offshore.
There area no bicycle rentals in Meno but it’s possible to walk the island in an hour. Gili Meno offers great selections of local and western restaurants and most places serve a variety of the two. There are also traditional warungs for popular local dish – nasi campur.
There is a variety of accommodation on Meno and your options range from backpacker dorms, beachfront and village bungalows to luxury villas, apartments and resorts. There is also open air berugaq –style accommodation for the true outdoorsmen– er, and women!
Other points of interest on Meno include a bird park and the turtle conservation pools (which run entirely on donations). This island is primarily popular amongst couples and those seeking a more enlightening, recharging time. Yoga and meditation are up there with diving and honeymooning for making Gili Meno and ideal travel destination.
In the past, Meno was said to have a mosquito problem but this is not the case -in the wet season there area normal levels of what you would expect in a tropical place, perhaps even less, and in the dry season- tidak apa apa- no problem!
Gili Meno is the island of sweet simplicity and nature where you will sight with happiness
lombokdestinations.com – The closest island to Lombok, Gili Air is aptly named after the Indonesian word “air” meaning “water“. It’s the only Gili island to have natural underground fresh water wells. Gili Air is gem of a spot that allows you to sample the best of both worlds of the Gili Island – it has the relaxing charm of Gili Meno and a bit of the night life of Gili Trawangan.
Here you can take it fast or slow and enjoy an abundance of water sports from diving to surfing to kiteboarding and land activities such as yoga and cycling. in the evenings you also have the option of watching movies screened on the beach (weather permitting).
Gili Air has pristine beaches an clear turquoise waters that soothe and revive. it is the most locally populated island with 1500 residents and it’s not hard to see a special pride amongst the localsfor the awe that their land inspires. There is the biggest concentration of bars and restaurants on the east of Air where you can take in views of lush Green Lombok and the heights of Mt. Rinjani.
Venture to the northwest and you will find yourself on empty sands gazing at the majestic Agung volcano of Bali. For sunsets be sure to be on the north/west side of the island. Happiness is infectious on this island and it’s friendly inhabitants will never miss a chance to make you smile.
Gili Air has a great selection of restaurants including homemade italian ir mediterranean food, spanish tapas and exquisite cuisine options as well as a number of charming warungs seving all the best local dishes. There’s a range of accommodation for every budget from backpackers to bungalows (on the beach and in the village) and private villas and resorts.
There are also a number of spas to choose from and you’ll be delighted to find quality shooping on the island! because of Air’s beauty and increasing popularity as a dive and travel destination the island is seeing rapid depelopment but somehow maintains it’s local charm and atmosphere. wander throughout the island to take it all in as you lose and find yourself here!
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LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – Sendang Gila Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in northern Lombok. Refresh yourself in the invigorating waters of Senaru in the midst of lush grenery with beautiful volcanic black rocks strewn on both sides.
Sendang Gila waterfall is about 40m high, is 600m above sea level and in the region of Mount Rinjani National Park. It is accessible from Bangsal in 2 hours by car and 20 minutes walk from the village of Senaru.
You can cross the valley and descend the 315 steps along the irrigation canals. Maybe you will even meet some monkeys on the way!
The entrace fee is a couple of Rp 10.000. Typical bathing attire is long shorts and a t-shirt, event for women! Planning is necessary. Locals like to enjoy a picnic in Sendang Gila, where there is a relaxed family atmosphere. You immediately feel the invigorating freshness when discovering this power waterfall.
The locals like to believe that the waterfall has a magical element ! It is enough to go behind the waterfall to make you a year younger!
If you have mor time and you like hiking, you can continue your journey for another 40/60 minutes to reach Air Terjun Tiu Kelep, a beautiful swimming pool downstream from the Sendang Gila falls.
Source : Gililife Magazine, August 2013
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Editor : Jackysan
LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – Every traveler’s dream a perfect tropical paradise holiday, but usually what is depicted on a brochure, poster or any other kind of promotional media is not what you get. Don’t get it wrong; you do end up getting tanned on a nice beach, but the whole packages is far from the meaning of “paradise”, the moment you turn back from the exotic beach you’ll need up in something pretty much you seen everyday crowd, traffic, al the hustle and bustle the very same thing you’ve been trying to escape by taking a holiday trip.
There is one place that truly worthy for the title of “Tropical paradise” and it can be found in Lombok. But no the overcrowded-popular Gilis, which had become the mini version of Kuta, Bali. With all the villas, spas, cafes or nightclubs.
It is their less popular brothers on the eastern shore of Lombok, The Gili Kondo and co, East Lombok. With Gili Kondo as the biggest and other two smaller island : Gili Bidara and Petagan. They are located on the eastern shore of Lombok island, about three hours trip from Senggigi or Mataram. You will need to take a boat from the Labuan Lombok habor to reach this little paradise; it took about 45 minutes of crossing. The other two is also nice to visit but most of activities and facilities can be found in Gili Kondo.
Beautiful clean white sand stretch around this 20-acres (8 hectare) island a perfect matrass for your dream sunbath, turquoise blue water with breathtaking underwater views with colorful coral reefs and beautiful underwater marine life can be seen even from the surface, magnificent scenery surrounding it. Face west and you will be served with a majestic view of the rooftop of Lombok, Mount Rinjani, face east and view the dazzling scenery of Sumbawa Island and on top of all it’s absolutely away from all the hustle and bustle. A bright blue sky and warm sun will add as a cherry on the top to this perfect tropical paradise.
Facilities on this island also keep as natural as possible; no permanent building is built here. Several exotic bamboo cottages can be rented if you are intend to sped a night or two, with nice clean water and meals also served at the restaurant. It may be just a small island in the middle of the ocean but this is land is greener the main land, shady trees planted by all over the island.
Another interesting thing to see is barrier island that can be found near Gili Kondo. This tiny sand island will make you realize how its feel being cast away also a very nice place to take some memorable pictures.
Gili Kondo was once a deserted island, only used by the local fisherman to make stop to repair the boats before continuing their trip. But then by the late 1970s Perama Tour a travel company, with their Komodo Trip Program which starts from Lombok island began to make Gili Kondo as a part of the trip program and together with the local people and the regency administration start to develop the island.
With the concept of sustainable tourism, programs such as preventing the illegal coral bombing, tree planting, and coral reforestation which is done by the visitors, all to ensure that Gili Kondo becoming the true Tropical Paradise.
Writer : Dewi Supartini Source : The Journey Magazine, April 2014 Editor : Jackysan
Senggigi is a bustling town on the West cost of Lombok littered with luxury hotels, restaurants, shops of all kinds, and a craft market. About ten kilometers on either side of the city there are beautiful beaches lined with coconut palms.
Mataram, the capital of Lombok has several sectors : Ampenan, the pear, Mataram, the administrative center, Cakra, the business center and Bertais-Sweta where the bus station is located. From the Gilis, take the monkey forest road and visit the Mall for a shopping session!
The Sasak artisans of Lombok produce pottery for centuries and pass on their traditions from one generation to another. Visit one of the most important centers in Banyumulek where you will observe the manufacturing process and find a wide range of objects.
Sekotong – Gili Gede
Gili Gede is a tropical jewel. The lack of traffic and untouched nature are two of the main features of this island! The clear waters and abundant marine life guarantee fantastic snorkeling experience steps from your bungalow.
Sekotong – Desert Point
Said to be “the best left in the world”, Desert Point is an oasis for experienced surfers. Break is located near the village of Bangko-Bangko and produces powerful rollers that can be surfed up to 300m. The best season is from May to September.
Sekotong – Gili Nanggu
This small island without inhabitants (just a resort) is ideal for a snorkeling trip or to spend a few days in total relax, Gili Nanggu is a fantastic getaway that offers a peaceful setting, close contact with nature and with ouerselves!
Bayan – Masjid Kuno
Built in the 16th century, the Bayan Mosque is the oldest mosque in Lombok. It has woven bamboo walls and is built on stone foundation. It is located around 80 km from Mataram and is part of a very interesting and meaningful religious site.
Trekking – Rinjani
Mount Rinjani soars to 3726m above sea level (2nd highest volcano in Indonesia). The ascent does not require highly technical skills but rather determination! Start from Senaru, North Lombok, a site also known for its magnificient waterfalls: Sendang Gila and Tiu Kelep Falls.
From the Village of Senaru it takes 20 minutes walk to access the waterfalls. You can cross the valley and go down the 315 steps following the irrigation canals. Powerful waterfall, locals say that it must go behind to rejuvenate a year.
SOUTH & EAST LOMBOK
Gerupuk is a small fishermen’s village known for its peaceful life and surfing spots. If you love to surf or are looking for a while empty beach just for you, Gerupuk Bay is the perfect destinations!
Kuta is a small town famous for its surfing “beach break” and “reef break”. You can rent boards in several places and take lessons. Its beach is a beautiful and wide sandy cove surrounded by small hills.
Selong Belanak Beach
Selong Belanak is a beautiful bay strewn with small shops. The main attraction is surfing but however, swimming remains possible. The waves are perfect for beginners. You will easily find somewhere to rent a board for a few hours.
Don’t miss Mawun beach under any circumstances! Located 20 minutes west of Kuta Lombok by scooter, the read there is beautiful and safe. You’ll travel alongside rice paddies and small traditional vilalges with typical “sasak” houses.
Tanjung Aan Beach
The Tanjung Aan bay is huge with pristine, fine, white sand on one side, and on the other, a golden sandy beach with large grains. A central rock sperates the two different beaches and you can climb it to admire the magnificent view!
Renown for its world -class surf- breaks and strong wind that blows all year round, this peninsula is the paradise for surfers and kite-surfers. Ekas also offers white beaches with pristine water on sandy bottoms.