Visit Lombok Island
HOW TO GET TO LOMBOK.
The common way to get to Lombok is via Bali. From Singapore there are direct flights to Lombok with Silk Air which makes it easy to combine a Lombok getaway with a journey through other areas of Asia. Currently the 3 main ways to reach Lombok from Bali are, aircraft, hi speed boat or by large ferry that will also accommodate your car or motor bike. Now the new International Airport is open we advise you to get your travel agent to check for flight connections if you are coming to Lombok from further afield, as the facilities at the new airport can now handle medium to longhaul aircraft types. Seasonal Charter Flights fly to Lombok Direct and by end of this year direct flights from various cities in Australia will fly non stop to Lombok.
* Flights: From Denpasar Airport, Merpati Airlines offer a number of services every day. The flight takes approximately 20 minutes for the one way trip. The first flight departs from Denpasar to Lombok International Airport around 7:30 am daily. While the last flight is around 4:30 pm. The last return flight from Lombok International to Denpasar is approximately 5:30 pm.
* Public Ferry: Large ferries carrying, passengers, goods and vehicles operate daily between Padang Bai (near Candi Dasa in Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). These ferries are quite basic and slow, taking between 4-8 hours for the crossing depending on weather conditions.
* Fast Boat: There are several water taxi operators, crossing from Bali to Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Departure locations from Bali are: Nusa Dua, Benoa Harbour, Sanur and Padang Bai. Tour operators also provide hotel transfers to and from your port of departure And arrival. The crossing takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and departs daily at approximately 8:00 am. depending on weather conditions.
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LOMBOK TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
Lombok has always been famous for its Mt Rinjani hiking tours. At 3,726 m, Rinjani waits to be climbed as a safe and arduous 3-day hike, to view the turquoise waters of its crater lake. In 2004 Mt Rinjani received a World Legacy Award from National Geographic for developing eco tourism in the Rinjani National Park.
Bau Nyale Worm Festival Central Lombok.
LOMBOK SPORT & LIESURE ACTIVITIES
GOLFING IN LOMBOK
There are currently 2 golf courses available on Lombok, and there are several new courses planed for construction in Kuta and Sekotong. The uncrowded Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club and Rinjani Golf Club, the island is well equipped to meet the needs of golf enthusiasts. The 18- hole, Kosaido located on Shire Bay on the North West Coast of Lombok Island, offers a magnificent view of Mt Rinjani on the North East and Gili Islands across the bay to the west. It is 45 minutes drive from Materam Selaperang Airport and 40 minutes drive from Sengigi resort area, while Rinjani Golf Club is located 30 minutes from Materam at the foothill of Golong Sedau Narmada.
SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING
The Gili Island is where everyone goes to dive and snorkel in the clear blue waters with abundant with sea life.
There are many PADI professional dive shops on the Gilis with certified dive masters. The most popular ones are, Blue Marlin, Dream Divers, Trawangan Dive, Dive Indonesia, Blue Coral, and Manta Dive. Trips are from beginner to advanced. A note of caution if snorkeling alone due to strong currents.
Surfers usually journey to the south of Lombok for better quality waves. The south (Kuta) faces directly toward the mighty Indian ocean swells. Most of the waves break offshore rolling beside perfectly shaped coral reefs. This makes for safe swimming inside the reef and protected white sandy beaches. You will need a boat to reach some breaks. Another famous surfing spot is Banko Banko or known by most surfers as Desert Point, pictured to the right, its highly regarded as one of the most perfect wave areas in the world. A detailed breakdown of the surfing areas in Lombok
Being in Lombok and not going for a fishing expedition is like having a cake without the icing. The waters of Lombok is endowed with a multitude of Picean spicies. Fishing enthusiasts can hope for an enthralling experience while on a visit to this island.
WILDLIFE AND NATIONAL PARKS IN LOMBOK
Do you intend to saunter through the lush landscape while strolling upwards the verdant hills that seems gleaming with radiant sun? Do you wish to stride along the meandering pathways that take you to the mystical land, which is scattered with plant and animal life? The place is non other then Lombok when one gets the pleasure to indulge in a wildlife adventurous tour. Feel the introspective calmness in the air as you travel through Lombok, which has a varied spread of for a, fauna and vegetation as sighted from the presence of several Wildlife and National Parks in Lombok.
Trek along the Gunung Rinjani Mountains that stands in the second position as one of the highest volcanoes within Indonesia. Nestled within Nusa Tenggara Barat this is a unique spot to venture to. The uncanny seclusion along with soaring mountain peaks are the soul attraction of this area. Known for having the Gunung Rinjani National Park, which is recognized as one of the distinguished Wildlife & National Parks in Lombok seems to be instituted here. Catch glimpses of the dazzling emerald water of Lake Segara Anak along with dense expanses of wide ranging forests. From tropical vegetation to captivating wildlife, the area enthralls you with all kinds of beauty. Watch out for species like, Water Buffalo, Barking Deer, Long-Tailed Macaques, Wild Pig and Civets that can be frequently sighted.