Lombok Off The Beaten Path

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    Manggis and Rambutan

    by cokes Written Apr 24, 2012

    I tried this fruit when I stayed at the Sheraton Senggigi and I have to say it`s a must to try. The manggis looks like a very wierd kind of fruit but the taste is absolutely fantastic , Very flavourful. Manggis almost looks like garlic. Then there is Rambutan ,when you open it up it`s not different to a litchi and taste the same.

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    Meet biawak lizards

    by theo1006 Written Dec 5, 2008
    Biawak crossing
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    Taking a quiet byroad or walking a dirt path we met these lizards, which seem to be common on Lombok. They are called biawak in Indonesian. Perhaps distant relatives of the lizards we saw in Australia.
    They were not difficult to photogaph, only leasurely walking away when we came too close.

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    Walk to Pura Manik Sari in the forest

    by theo1006 Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Pura Manik Sari built on a rock
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    Across the road from Pusuk Pass parking is a small sign pointing to the temple Pura Manik Sari. Although it was raining, we thought to seek it out. It was half a km of sopping wet forest path. We met some Hindu people returning from their devotion, trying to negotiate the path on motorbike: walking seemed easier.
    When you pass a little waterfall (see picture) you are almost there. A temple built on a rock at a spot where two brooks come together. Quite an attractive place, even in the rainy season.

    For directions, see our Things To Do Tip 'Meet the monkeys at Pusuk Pass'

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    Watch ritual bathers

    by theo1006 Written Jan 4, 2008
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    As in Bali, in Lombok too it is worthwhile to be on the lookout for Hindu people performing their rituals. You are always welcome to watch and make pictures.
    These bathers we saw on the coast along the road from Mataram to Senggigi. The girl with her arms up seemed to have gone in a trance.

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    Kuta in the South

    by heckendorfmortgage Written Oct 15, 2007

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    Get a guide with vehicle to take you for a day trip to the south of Lombok through Tabacco fields and barren lands in dry season.
    You will get the usual "we stop at, weavers, potters, art market".

    You will see bemos and buses piled high with people and produce, typical of 3rd world.

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    Finding your own secluded beaches

    by go_AIR Written Apr 4, 2007
    one of many beautiful beaches

    Lombok is surrounded by a LOT of beaches..so if you want to have "your own beach", you can easily find your own spots for privacy along the coastal line..just make sure you don't trespass private properties ;)

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    Paradise Beaches Eastcoast

    by WStat Updated Feb 10, 2007

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    one of the paradise-beaches of eastern Lombok

    Driving from the airport not to the well known beaches on the westcoast, like Senggigi, but about one hour eastwards to the small town of Labuhan, you will spot several lonely, most beautiful beaches. Nearby there are several BB`s , small hotels and hostels for backpackers and surfers.

    See Lombok Map at
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mapshells/south_east_asia/lombok/lombok.htm

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    Desa Banyumulek

    by black_mimi99 Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    Banyumulek is a pottery village, all the people live here is doing the pottery. And they make it without help by machine, just use hand till finish! And one woman can make 25 pottery in a day! Really awesome!

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    Watch granules sand at Kuta beach

    by harish_mikael Written Feb 6, 2007

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    I have been to off-tracked Kuta beach in Lombok. Even tough it is least popular than Sengigi here but it offer more than what to expect. The beach is 5 time fresher than Sengigi and the most magnificient here is the type of sand here.

    I stepped into the beach and to find out quarter of my leg thrusted into the sand. I look at the sand and to find out it is a granule sand rather than a powdery type sand.

    Less people come here but the scenery is superb. Few small resort and motel are also available here.

    Kuta is connected with Tanjung Aan.

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    Gili Meno is for the birds

    by balisunshine Written Nov 2, 2006

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    It's just us birds out here

    Just a boat hop away
    from Gili Trawangan,
    of even Lombok is Gili Meno.

    On this isolated island,
    the Gili Meno Bird Park is
    open daily from 8 am – 5 pm.

    A ticket costs 50,000 RP
    and entitles you to a one hour guided tour
    and chance to feed the birds.

    This park is dedicated to conserving
    and breeding rare species so to prevent extinction.

    Most of the birds live freely amongst the park’s 2500 sq. m.

    Backpacker accommodations are available
    at the park for only 10,000 Rp the night
    and fully furnished rooms with showers
    are available at 400,000 Rp.

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    Grandmotherly Java-Murut Styled Massages

    by xuessium Written Sep 23, 2005

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    You really ought to have a go at this if the chance arises.

    As my hotel (Puri Saron) is sited on the beach itself, but fenced off from the beach, there were plenty of vendors hanging around the back-door leading to the beach. The pool was located here as well. Well, to cut to the chase, me & my mate came down for a swim and saw these 3 British ladies getting massages from some grandmothers by the pool whom they had called into the hotel. We decided to have a go too. It turned out to be one of the best massages I ever had.

    There I was, lying comfortably on a pool deck chair and having this grandmother (who probably kneaded things for a living) expelled every aches and pains from my body for the next 2 hours. Decadently blissful. I could hardly walk properly after the 2 hours as my body felt as light as a feather.

    Anyway, for 2 hours, it was a mere S$10 (50000 Rupiahs). Of course, this being circa 2001, the prices may have changed.

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    The Kapok (or Silk Cotton) Tree

    by xuessium Written Sep 21, 2005

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    KapokTree(Flowers&Pods)

    Latin name: Ceiba pentandra
    Common name: Kapok tree, Silk cotton tree, Java Cotton, Java Kapok, Ceiba de lana, Bois coton, Kapokier, Pacae, Sumauma & Kankantri
    Family: Malvaceae

    A very large majestic tree, with a conspicuously buttressed trunk. The Kapok tree grows more than 60-70 feets' tall: with widely spreading branches. The trunk can become more than 9' in diameter. The silk cotton tree is deciduous and all the leaves are shed during the dry season. While still on the tree, the fruits (pods) burst open exposing the cotton-like substance, harvested as kapok (heavily cultivated in Java for it) - a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, highly flammable and resistant to water. It cannot be spun but is used as a filling for bedding and upholstery, and for insulation. It was previously much used in life jackets and similar devices. The fibre has been largely replaced by man-made materials. The small, brown seeds, inbetted within the fluffy kapok, are blown away in the wind for many miles. The seeds produce an oil used in soap and that can be used as fertilizer.

    It is a sacred symbol in Maya mythology.

    You can find this fascinating tree along the main beach front on Gili Trawangan.

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    Village of Clay Potters - Banyumulek

    by traveldream Written Feb 13, 2005

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    A woman making pottery

    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.

    Kendi Maling

    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.

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    Traditional Village of Sasak Tribe

    by traveldream Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Sasak tribe is Lombok's local tribe. You can visit one of the villages. I think there are one or two villages that are open for 'outsider' to visit. You can see the traditional silo where they keep harvested rice inside, traditional handycrafts such as hair accessories, necklaces, bracelets, belts

    Sasak house

    A Sasak house has no window. It is because of the local tradition of kidnapping young women to be married. To avoid a daughter from being kidnapped by a man, the house has no window.

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    Gili islands

    by cadzand Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Gili Islands

    Gili Air, Gili Meno and Trawangan Islands:
    A short ride north of Senggigi, a cluster of tiny coral islands offer the perfect destination for snorkeling, scuba diving or picnics on pristine stretches of white sand beaches. Hire a boat to take you out to discover a magical marine world of blue coral, brightly coloured fish and delicate shells, Good dive locations.

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