LOMBOK TOURS AND TRAVEL

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LOMBOK TOURS AND TRAVEL

Highlights

Climb one of S.E Asia’s best kept secrets
Visit waterfalls and a high altitude lake
Swim and snorkel pristine tropical waters
Marvel at an active volcano and watch the sunrise over Bali
Have a chance to see Sasak stick fighting

OverviewFamed for its tremendous beauty and eerie isolation, Mount Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest mountain outside Irian Jaya. Although it is a dominant geographical phenomenon, its peak is rarely seen from the low lands, as it is often shrouded in cloud.
The Mount Rinjani Trekking track is one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Comparable to more famous mountain tracks, Rinjani offers the adventurous awesome scenery, waterfalls, rain forests, wildlife, hot springs, caves, demanding hiking, pristine lakes, interesting culture and of course a volcano.
Gunung Rinjani is considered by all in Lombok and Bali as sacred. It is believed that the Gods reside on its summit and that the hot springs that bubble from it contain remarkable healing properties. It is for these reasons that the trek up Rinjani is far more important than just the climb itself; it is a pilgrimage to the Gods and all their powers.
No Roads Expeditions takes small groups through this wonderful national park to the summit of Mount Rinjani. We are the only trekking company that takes you that much further, to the summit of a truly magnificent mountain.
We are also proudly establishing Indoneisa’s first Clothing Bank on the island of Lombok. For each client signing up for the Rinjani expedition, No Roads Expeditions will donate a warm and water proof jacket to the Clothing Bank. If you are interested in this project please click here.The ExpeditionIt is advised that the trek to the summit or to the rim should not be undertaken during the wet season. The track itself is extremely narrow and during the wet simply becomes a ragging river. The best time of the year for climbing is between May and October which is generally

drier and safer. The other consideration is the cycle of the moon. Rinjani is a favourite for pilgrims when the moon is full, and while the summit may not be terribly crowded at this time the shores of Segara Anak can swell with fishermen.
Finally, the trek is neither for the faint hearted nor the unfit. The climb to the rim of the volcano is extremely hard and a reasonable level of fitness is needed (though you don’t need to be super fit). The climb to the summit is even harder but truly rewarding.RoutesThe two main tracks leading to the summit are either up the northern slope from Senaru (600m ASL) or the eastern slope from Sembulan Lawang (1100m ASL). There is also a new route opened by No Roads from the southern slope known as the Jati Track.The Gunung Rinjani trek circuit is an amazingly beautiful, rugged and difficult track. Although it is not well known it is equal to any of the great hiking tracks of the world.
ItineraryAll expeditions are guided by a bi-lingual guide, porters are provided for, so are tents, sleeping bags and cooking utensils. All food is covered for on the mountain. All park fees and admission fees are also included.

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LOMBOK TOURS  AND TRAVEL

Lombok Hotel, Resorts and Villas
Lombok Island has varied types of accommodations for your great comfort and relaxation. Which almost all of Lombok hotels and lodges operate on the relaxation and leisure type of services or fun services. In addition, because of the landscapes of Lombok Island has several type of altitude, that make the location of hotels and lodges in Lombok have three types of land altitudes.

The most hotels and villas are located in central of tourist area such as :
– Mataram Area
– Senggigi Area
– Kuta Beach Area
– Gili Island Area

Mount Rinjani National Park
Rinjani soars 3726m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousand of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge caldera near the top is around 4 km wide and is almost filled by a beautiful crescent-shaped lake, Danau Segara Anak ( Child of the sea ). The lake is around 230m deep and contains plentiful fish , as well as being home to bird and other wildlife.
A smaller volcanic cone, Gunung Baru Jari, was formed a couple of hundred years ago and just from the craters interior at the edge of the lake.

Snorkeling And Diving in Gili Island

In fact, the word “ Gilis” means small islands which is peppered with white sand and swaying palm trees, lay in the glistening ocean just off the north west coast of this island.
For many decades the Gilis have become center of many tourist attentions from round the Globe for their pristine waters, great diving, snorkeling opportunities and laid-back charm.

Lombok Fishing Trips
Fishing for those who like the challenge of fishing, we invite you stay on board for days. Trolling and bottom fishing,Lombok tuor Information fishing packages provides trip on full meals basis, stay in the boat cabin, transport to and from the boat base. With the rich fishing knowledge and technique, lombok Tour information can guide anglers whether amateurs or enthusiasts the unique and innovative way of fishing. You will feel a safe and comfortable place to fish throughout the trips.

Accomodation
hotels in Lombok
Pulau Lombok (Lombok Island) is Bali’s neighboring Island on the east. Lombok’s panorama is as beautiful as Bali island. Some people say that Lombok is Bali in the 60’s. What you can find in Bali certainly can be found in this island with different atmosphere.

Mount Rinjani, the highest mountain in this island (3,736 m), is visible from Bali island. From the top you can see all of Lombok, Bali and Sumba Islands. Senggigi beach offers you a virgin beach with great waves for suffers while Gili isles are well known for their “underwater colorful world”, and is one of the best snorkeling places on this island.
Access to Lombok from Bali has become easier and faster in recent years. You can enjoy a sightseeing adventure by sea when you choose to visit Lombok by high-speed ferry. Or you can catch a 20 minutes flight from Ngurah Rai airport to Selaparang Airport.
For your convenience you can choose an international standard service in many hotels here or just a local home stay to ease your budget. There are lots of hotels and losmens along tourist’s destination in this island. Rental cars and international restaurants can be found here, too.

AGRICULTURE
About 75% the people of lombok are Farmer they mostly site and spreading in whole area in this island, this island look greeny when the rainy season and the land cover with the plants like padies (rice), vegetable (cillies, tomatoes, beans, garlics, sweet potatoes etc)some fruit are rise too here. padies and vegetable commontly rise in January until Juny, here is the harvesting time. and About 60% of the area are planted by tobacco in the begining of Juny after Harvesting the padies and Vegetables.
Tobacco are one of the main crop after the two farmer productions after padies and vegetable. Along the year Lombok island such a beutifull green mat made of the crops that rise to the farmers herein. Mostly the problem of the plentyfull of production of the farmer around Lombok is about the market…vegetables sometime need new market and new alternatif way to handle and procces crops become a news products. We wish oneday there is a manufacture or company that could helping the farmer of Lombok to reduce rare market and make good quality crops. we need some investor here to change the way of the people marketing the crop and the build a good business with the farmers
Lombok is getting better in terms of hygiene and medical facilities but it still has a long way to go. You do not want to have a medical emergency here – getting off the island could take time. Play safe and make sure you have medical insurance before you come. Best to have insurance that will evacuate you if you get terribly sick or have a serious injury and need airlifted to Singapore or home. Here are a couple of other common sense points that should keep you in good shape and enjoying your visit.

Getting Around

Traveling in Lombok is much more relaxed than Bali but the roads tend to be narrower (2 lanes with passing in both directions) and once you get out of the main tourist sections, not as well maintained. Whilst we wouldn’t recommend anyone rent a self drive car in Bali – in Lombok you can, if you’re a bit adventurous, get around on your own quite nicely.
Still the byword is Caution. Traffic moves quite slowly and you can come up on a cidomo (horse drawn cart) quite quickly without realizing it. Also, when you put cidomos together with pedestrians, bicycles, tour buses, trucks, livestock and assorted immovable objects in the middle of roads that are not well marked with traffic controls that are often ignored and little – if any – enforcement of rules that may exist – you have one of the most creative driving experieces imaginable. Pay attention – especially at night !
Metered taxis are now available in Lombok. Easily recognizable by their blue color, they are surprisingly inexpensive compared to other private transport options.
Also be advised that if you have an accident and there is an injury to a local person you will not be able to leave until the matter is cleared up. In the long run it is usually better to hire a car with a driver, enjoy the scenery and arrive at your destination relaxed. It usually costs only about US$ 10.00 more per day to hire a driver with your rental vehicle than without – so you be the judge.
That said, the more adventurous visitor may want to explore Lombok by motorcycle. If you do choose to do so be advised that you will need a motorcycle driver’s license – if you don’t have one you may get one at the Police station and you need to wear a helmet (the police just love tourists who flaunt this rule). Another interesting way to discover Lombok is by Bemo (the small covered carry vans careening about). No better way to mix with the locals – Very cheap but there’s no airconditioning and the bemos can get crowded. That said, make sure you understand the price before you get in – locals seem to have one price, tourists another – you might just find taxis cheaper.
Last but not least are cidomos (2 wheeled horse drawn buggies). More a tourist thing in Senggigi at night but a staple of transportation for locals in Mataram and elsewhere during the day.

Money Matters
You can exchange most major world currencies (cash or travelers checks) easily into the local currency, the Indonesian Rupiah. All hotels offer currency exchange but at less favorable exchange rates. Or – and this our choice – go to a branch office of one of the local banks. Also, it is better to change your money first, if you plan on visiting the central or eastern Lombok for the day as it can be difficult to find a money changer in remote areas.
However that being said, there are a several “authorized” money changers available. If you choose to deal with an money changer – here are a couple of points worth remembering. First, the rate posted on the door usually is for amounts in notes of US $100. – lesser denominated notes (i.e. $50.00) will be given a less favorable rate. Next verify the exchange calculation (ask to use the calculator or bring your own) and count your change before you leave the window. Lastly, be prepared, if you are cashing travelers checks you will need to present your passport for identification and many money changers do not accept cash notes that have been defaced – or are in less than near mint condition. The official exchange rate posted is daily in all major newspapers. Also, rates that are too good to be true generally – watch out for.
The Rupiah comes in paper and coins. Paper denominations are 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000; coin denominations are 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000.
Credit cards are accepted at better restaurants and retailers. But be aware most retailers add an extra 3 – 5 % on your bill for the privilege of using plastic. You do not have to accept this: You’re not going to get anywhere arguing with the shopkeeper but if you want to get this back make sure the retailer or restaurant writes this surcharge down as an extra charge for using the card and then claim it from your month end billing.

Phone Home
All telephone numbers listed herein are local numbers. To reach any number in Lombok dial: International access code + 62 + 370+ (local number). Wherein “62” is Indonesia country code and “370” is the area code for Lombok. Be advised that most Lombok telephone numbers are 6 digits.
Telecommunication capabilities have improved greatly over the last few years but patience is the keyword when trying to dial overseas from Indonesia – especially during office hours. Most better hotels offer International Direct Dialing (IDD) and Home Country Direct (HCD) services. Overseas calls can also be made at state-run telephone offices known as a wartel (warung telekomunikasi).
Need to get online ? Lombok has many cybercafes – especially in Senggigi. If you plan to be on Lombok for a while and need to get online to check your Yahoo! email you can use the local telephone company. The dialup access number is 080 989 999 (no area code). Username: telkomnet@instan password: telkom. AOL has a local access number on Bali. From Lombok dial 0361-289-652. But you need Globalnet in your bag of AOL connection options (no problem with newer versions).

Business Hours
Lombok’s laid back pace of life can frustrate the avid shopper. Most shops in the major tourist areas have fairly regular hours from 10 am till 8 p.m., six days a week – sometimes a shop is closed just because it’s slow that day! Restaurants start serving from 7.30 a.m. or so until 10.00 pm. Government offices and banks operate from 8 am till 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 8 am till 12 p.m. on Fridays.

Bargaining
Difficult for many first timers but once you get the hang of it you’ll never pay retail again! Bargaining is the norm in Lombok’s art markets, trinket and T-shirt shops. But don’t get cheesy. Nothing is more irritating nowadays than watching a well clad tourist trying to squeeze the last 1,000 Rupiah (about 10 US cents) out of a shopkeeper. Just remember how much it cost to get to Lombok. So what is the value in not taking home that beautiful earthenware pot? Negotiate a good price and take home a good story.

Street Wise
Lombok’s reputation has been sullied as of late since the economic crises hit Indonesia (staying only in the tourist enclaves you may not see the hardship this economic crises has caused the people) and crime has been on the rise – especially in Southern Lombok (Kuta) and at Mount Rinjani. Nonetheless that said Lombok is still far, far safer than most large cities in this world.
Pickpockets, car break ins and the like seem to be the most common complaints. To reduce your risk, use plain common sense and take the same basic precautions you would if you were visiting any big city. Keep a tight grip on your purse or camera, Never leave any bags (whether valuable or not) in your car unattended in your car, on the beach or by the pool, use the hotel safety deposit box, don’t go down dark deserted alleys and don’t count money in the open etc, etc….
On the other hand don’t even think of committing a crime in Indonesia. You are a long way from home with far fewer rights than you think. Behave yourself and be a gracious guest.

Senggigi Area :
A six kilometre stretch of beach hidden away at the bottom of some rugged hillside, Senggigi has some of the most picturesque beaches to be found. Azure blue water fades into deep blue off the white sandy beaches that are tucked into small bays with towering palm tress. Take time to travel to the north on the coastal road for some breathtakingly beautiful scenery and on a clear day you can see Mt. Agung on Bali.

Senggigi was the first area to develop as a beach resort and as such Senggigi Beach offers a wide selection of hotel accommodations to fit any budget. As this is where you’ll find most restaurants, nightclubs and shops, Senggigi is where most visitors will stay on Lombok – and truth be told it’s hard to leave. Swimming is safe and snorkeling is possible.
About 30 minutes north of Selaparang Airport and 45 minutes or so from the ferry dock of Lembar, the journey into Senggigi is delightful ride through rural Indonesia. FYI, in order to remain objective hotels are listed in alphabetical order. We don’t favor any hotel for any reason.

Kuta Area :

Not to be confused with its namesake in Bali, Kuta is an area of wind swept beaches and large rock outcrops that combine for awe inspiring beauty. Kuta and south Lombok is well known by surfers and as such has several melati & losmen (homestay) style accommodations. However that said, one of the Lombok’s premier hotels, the Novotel Coralia, can be found here.
The journey to Kuta gives you an opportunity to see the real Indonesia, passing several small towns for and chance to shop for handicrafts made the old fashioned way – by hand. FYI, in order to remain objective hotels are listed in alphabetical order. We don’t favor any hotel for any reason.

Gili Island Area :

Previously visited mostly by divers – the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are 3 small islands just off Lombok’s northwestern coast. With lovely beaches that are surrounded by coral the islands now attract day trippers for snorkeling and other water sports. What little water there is on islands is brackish – fresh drinking water is brought in.

Far and away the most popular is Gili Trawangan, the furthest west from Lombok’s mainland. Surprisingly Gili Trawangan has a wide range lodging on offer – from cheap losmen to mid-range luxury resorts as well as a choice of restaurants and bars that make for a lively holiday. However that said there are not that many rooms available and it fills up quickly especially for the peak season of June through September so book early for that period.

The other two – Gili Meno and Gili Air – have some basic accommodation but you’ll be hard pressed for anything much beyond shelter. FYI, in order to remain objective hotels are listed in alphabetical order. We don’t favor any hotel for any reason

 

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