Women travelling alone
I found Lombok to be really easy to travel alone.Of course renting a car is more expensive when you are not sharing the cost with someone. Dress modestly would be my only advice...shoulders covered...long skirt or pants.
I travelled to little villages and was greeted by kids waving by the side of the road. My highlight was driving to a village that was celebrating a wedding and following the wedding procession down the road...such a happy happy moment with all the villagers laughing,clapping and dancing.....but a very solemn faced bride!!!!
Diving in Lombok-The dream come true!
Went to Lombok with the intention of getting my PADI Open Water Diver Certification.
Was looking around the net and the recommendations from VT for 5 Star IDCs (International Dive Center) that were nice and cheap.
Ended up choosing 3 prospective dive centers.
Blue Marlin – Sent them a email but didn’t get a peep from them….Argh!!!
Dive Indonesia – Got a reply but had lots of little “extra fees” on top of their professed package. (Hmmmmm…)
Dream Divers – Recommended by some VT’ers, got a reply from Julie the manager from DD. Rates were fair and she was very patient and friendly even though I bombarded her with questions after questions. She also offered an Internet rate that was cheaper than the one posted.
Arrived on the 18th and went to their office in Sengigi and met were met by their staff. The staff were friendly and helpful. Met Julie the manager and she was all smiles and verve. My cousin was raving about how much looked like Jenna Elfman. (Hehehe)
We were issued receipts and were told that we would pay after the course. Open Water, Here we come!!!
Village of Clay Potters - Banyumulek
In this village of clay potters you can see a pottery being made, and see many others on long rows of rack. You can buy what you like for a very competitive price.
The typical drinking jar is called kendi maling, literally means 'thief jar'. It is named so because the jar's top is not a cap that can be opened. So how do they pour the water in? It is from the bottom of the jar! The bottom has a hole that is formed like a small elephant's nose going inside the jar. You hold the jar upside-down, pour the water inside through the hole, then turn it to the normal position fast. Now you have the water inside it. Pour the water out like you usually do.
Let's get horizontal
In this sleep and easy going Island
a recent new opening is Horizontal.
Owned by an English couple
who ventured off to find
a different way of life,
they have created the new
'Hot Spot' on Gili.
Nestled amongst the Dive Centers,
losmens, and bars advertising
'We have bloody mushrooms' signs,
this restaurant/bar offers great mojitos,
one of the best I have EVER tried,
amongst other drinks and a set and daily menu
for fine dining under the stars. The Mojitos!!!
The Big Chill
The Gili Islands are the perfect place to chill!
Personally, I wouldnt bother staying on Air or Meno, just go visit them for a few hours then come back to Trawangen. I stayed on both and found myself one of the only ones there, but it gave me a chance to chat to some locals(theres only about 25 live on Meno!).
The best way to chill out is either watching a movie in one of the many bars. Sit on the beach, play volleyball, or go out snorkelling or diving. Be warned, the current is very strong here.
Each night, the bars take it in turn to hold the 'party night' and is well worth going to for a good night!
There are no hawkers on the islands so you can relax in peace!