Information for Visitors

LOMBOK, INDONESIA – TOURISM INFORMATION

It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali-flight time is only about 30 minutes and fares from around Rp 350,000.00(Approx US $35) one way. Buy tickets direct from the airline couriers at the domestic airports, or contact local travel agents at both Bali and Lombok.

Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, commonly abbreviated to BIL, and using the IATA code “LOP”) is the only airport in Lombok.

The airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram.

BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR

In Lombok, all flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpansar) Domestic Airport.

Garuda Airlines has direct flight between Lombok and Bali every day. Call Centre: 0 8041 807 807. Sales Office: +62 370 642303/649999, www.garuda-indonesia.com

Wings Air/Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok daily. The companies’ code-share, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air Flight! Lombok, Call Centre: +62 361 765132. www.lionair.co.id.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Lombok International Airport (AITA: LOP) has full Visa on arrival (VOA) facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing, A 30-day Tourist VOA costs US $35.00. Ph: +62 370 622987.

Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, four times per week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday), Ph: +62 370 628254/628255. www.silkair.com

Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and two destinations in Malaysia, with many international connections in Malaysia, with many intyerna tional connections available. Flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur operate every day, and between Lombok and Johor Bahru 3 times per week. www.airasia.com

Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. International connections from around the world are available via Jakarta. Call center: 08041 807 807, Airport: +62 370 49100. www.garuda-indonesia.com

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Java), Bali and other capital cities such as Surabaya and Makassar.

Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available everyday and are usually timed to connect with European flights.

Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya and Makassar and is an important connection for travel to the eastern islands, in particular the island of Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores.

Garuda Indonesia/Citilink has direct flights daily between Lombok and Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta. Call Centre: 08041 807 807. Sales Office : +62370 642303/649999. Airport: 0370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com

Lion Air/Wings Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali Bima (Sumbawa), Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 6627444/642180. www.lionair.co.id

Batik Air flies direct between Lombok and Jakarta, with two flights every day. www.batikair.com

BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA

Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service.

Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The crossing between the islands cost Rp 40,000.00 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 now numerous “fast boat” services between Bali and mainland Lombok

Blue Water Express has services between Bali and mainland Lombok, with convenient departures from two different locations on Bali-Serangan (near Benoa Harbour) and Padang Bai Harbour-every day. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers in Bali. Ph: +62 361 895 1111/0813 3841 8988. www.bluewater-express.com

Gilli Getaway also connects Bali and mainland Lombok with daily transfers from Serangan Harbour on Bali. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers to main points in Bali. Ph: +62 819 1673 3051/+62 813 3707 4147. www.giligetaway.com

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Mt. Rinjani, Lombok’s famous volcano, soars 3726 m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak ( Child of the Sea Lake) and a smaller volcanic cone, Gumung Baru Jari, which was formed a couple of hundred years ago. There are number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano.

In 2004 Rinjani won the World Legacy award and the volcano is recognized internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. Two, three and four day treks on the volcano are offered by tour companies and trek organizers in all the main resort areas of Lombok.

HISTORIC SITES & TEMPLES

There are a number of interesting temples around the west coast, many of which are Hindu or ancient sites of worship.

Para Linguar is possibly the only place in the world where Hindus and Moslems come together to pray and celebrate. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and scene of the original animist statues remain today. Perang Tupat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualized war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods.

Taman Narmada (or Narmada Park), around 6 km east of Cakranegra in Narmada, was created in the late 1800’s as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak, the lake within Rinjani’s crater. The gardens and temple at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake.

Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located a few kilometers north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest and holiest of Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th-century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground streams bubble up into restored baths, used for ritual bathing. Huge sacred eels alive in the pools and streams here, and can sometimes be lured out with an offering of boiled eggs (purchased at a nearby stall). To see a sacred eel is considered very lucky!

HANDICRAFT VILLAGES

Lombok is famous for its traditional earthenware pottery made from local clay with distinctive “Lombok primitive” designs. You can also purchase hand-woven sarongs and fabrics (ikat).

Pringgasela in central Lombok is a small village which is steeped in traditional and is a major centre for weaving ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to purchase traditionally woven, colourful fabrics.

Masbagik, close to Pringgasela, is a small pottery village. Wander the streets and see the pottery being made in the small yards behind the simple homes here and purchase the wares for amazingly cheap prices.

Sukarara is a 5km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is a weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated “back strap looms” to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave, and collectors from around the world visit this village to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here.

Banyumulek, easily reached on the road south to Lembar Harbour, is an important centre for pottery on Lombok. The small village is packed with shops selling pottery produced in the area, as well as from the other main pottery-making villages such as Penujak and Masbagik. Lombok pottery, with its distinctive terracotta styles, has become famous internationally and is exported throughout the world.

BEACHES

The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches, most of which are cob=vered in clean white sand and fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Sanggigi to Malimba of Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkeling and swimming. The southwest coast also has fine beaches especially around Sekotong and Taun.

visit the small island of Gili Nanggu for rustic accommodation and great snorkeling just off shore or stay at Secret island resort on Gili Gede to explore the twelve other undeveloped islands in the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are breathtakingly beautiful. Visit Gerupuk for fantastic scenery, Kuta for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the peaceful lagoon.

DIVING

With so many beaches and small islands, Lombok offers a myriad of diving and snorkeling opportunities. The best known locations are around the Gili Islands-Gilli Air, Gilli Meno and Gilli Trawangan.

Snorkelling is easy from the shore and three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer full PADI certification courses, day and night drives to the many sites around the Gillis as well as specialized courses and live aboard adventures to exotic locations. For the more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as near Kuta on the south coast and the small uninhabited island off the east coast.

SURFING

Lombok is becoming 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 south-western tip of Lombok.

Kuta, on the south coast, is surf central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers.
Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals.

The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness!

Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: inside Ekas and Outside Ekas, which are suitable for beginners to experts, depending on different peaks and tides.

TREKKING

Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours.

There are number of spectacular waterfalls on the island which provide lovely trekking opportunities, whether travelling independently or as part of a tour. Sendang Gile on the slope of Mt. Rinjani in the north is an easily accessible waterfall in a stunning jungle setting and popular with visitors.

Air Jeruk Manis, near Tetcbatu is reached by walking through pretty rice fileds and forests.

The awesome Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls, in central Lombok, are located within a short trek of each other and make a perfect day trip for those who appreciate truly magical natural surroundings.

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