We had a rainy day in Mataram, so we sought out the Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB province State Museum). Although we came after closing hours, a warden let us in and showed us around.
The museum has a geology part, with displays on the geology of Indonesia generally and NTB province more in particular.
And a culture and history part on Lombok and Sumbawa.
The warden told us they have plans to build a new wing across the road, but so far the money has not been forthcoming!
Opening hours: 8 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 am to 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays and Fridays closed.
This small touristic town is the most developed area for tourists, it´s a pleasant village with a wide option of accomodation, from five star hotels like the Oberoi to small hostels. The town is located along the coastal road that continues to Bangsal, the main port if you want to visit the Gili islands.
The Sasak represents the main part of the island population. They came to Lombok from Northwest India and Burma (Myanmar) in the 14th century. They live mainly from agriculture, and unlike other muslims they have a Caste system; there are four castes; the highest Datu, the second Radem, the third Buling and the four Jajar Karam. They keep specific rituals for marriage and circumcison. I visited a small village on my way from Kuta to Senggigi with some interesting huts and a small mosque.
In the early seventies you could still meet them along main roads on Java, e.g. in the teak forests near Weleri and near Ngawi: monkeys begging for food. However, with dense traffic on Java these days are long gone.
So meet them at Lombok's Hutan Monyet or Monkey Forest. Unlike Monkey Forest at Sangeh, Bali, these monkeys still live in undisturbed forest. You find them near Pusuk Pass, the highest point in the road straight north from Mataram. At the pass is a parking, where you see the first monkeys. But all along the road through the forest another km or so you may find them.
It is said these macaques can be aggressive, especially the males. We did not find them so. Stick to these rules and they will eat from your hand:
- never touch them, try to caress them or hold their hand.
- do not try to cheat them by withdrawing food you are offering them.
And while you are here, take the short walk to Pura Manik Sari. See our OTBP tips.
While driving to the ferry for the Gilis, make a stop at Pura Batubolong. Or walk there from your stay at Senggigi beach.
This temple is reminiscent of Bali's Tanah Lot, and named after a hole in the rock on which it is built. We found the local priest eager to reminisce on the equivalence of all religions ("one God under different names worshipped with different customs").
On clear days from the temple one can see as far as Mount Agung on Bali, unfortunately it was raining when we were here.
Gili Trawangan is one of 3 famous gilies/ small islands nearby Lombok Island.
to reach it, you must go to Bangsal Port, the take the public boat for about 20 minutes sailing.
cost per pax is around IDR 20 vice versa. The schedule is every hour or you better check first at the port.
but if you decided to stay over at gili trawangan, you may choose various bed & breakfast there.
I recomended Dream Village, it owned by Mr Augusto, a friendly italian.
another inn that may attract you are many surrounding Gilli T, just go see all first before you choose.
Gili T has fabolous beaches and great spots for snorkeling, the local opens many rental shop for snorkeling and diving.
The famous beach of Lombok, but I wasn't too impress since it was dirty and too many hawker offering me stuffs that i don't need.
but worth to try is the restaurant called Cafe Alberto.
It was nice italian resto with a great view
The nearest Gili to the main island of Lombok is Gili Air (Water Island). When i went for snorkeling between the three gilis, i guess this is the best spot. Most of the coral still intact and colorful. I have a chance to meet a baby clam here!
Not far from here, there are few people went for scuba.
we stopped for our lunch here and the food was good even tough the it is bit pricey. Anyway, it is understandable that anything is more expensive than the main land.
There are also few places for staying overnight.
This is the middle 'gili' of the famous three gilis. I have not specifically get off into this island but it is equally beautiful as the other two. I have the nearest chance to see this island when the boat that i took from Sengigi made a stop to drop off some passenger.
No jetty being used, u have to go down to the water from the boat to make your way to the shore. No worry because the water is clear and clean. There are few places to stay here in this island.
Gili means 'island' from local language. So you can find lots of Gilis around Lombok (as the mother of gilis). Gili Trawangan is one of the most beautiful island off Lombok. It is part of the famous 3 gilis, the other 2 gilis is Meno and Air.
To go here, you can take boats from Bangsal jetty or straight from Sengigi beach. To alight the direct boat from Sengigi, you can approach one travel company that have an office in front of Lina Hotel. It may give you less hassle than you have to go to Bangsal.
The best thing about Trawangan is that you can have a lots choice of places to stay and no motorised transportation are allowed here. There are only bicycles and 'cidomo' horse-cart. Less pollution and fresher air.
Very peaceful and this place alive with party at nite!
The further you drive eastwards from the airport, you will reach a special area, where the indigenous Sasak-people live. Their villages are very different from what you might have seen in Bali and resembles more the villages in Burmas "Golden Triangle" around the city of Khengtung.
A walk through the village makes you believe to be in ancient Asia !
This village in east Lombok is known for its traditional woven cloth. Still produced on old looms by the women of the Sassak-people, the cloths are now experiencing a resurgence of interest because of their natural look.
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. It rises to 3,726 m (12,224 ft), making it the third-largest volcano in Indonesia. The first historical eruption occurred in September of 1847. The 6 km by 8.5 km oval-shaped caldera is filled partially by a lake known as Segara Anak.
This is a Sasak Village on South Lombok. There are two villages like this a few kilometers north of Kuta, called Rembitan and Sade. Even if some of these traditional villages today may have become tourist traps a visit can be an interesting experience. All the guides, souvenir sellers and donations to the village is something you will have to tolerate, this is an important income and maybe you help preserve a culture which otherwise would have disappeared?
There are only three types of buildings in Sade (three is a very important number in the Wektu Telu religion); a large "beruga" or traditional ceremony hall with six pillars, "lumbung" with four pillars for storage of rice and other food, and "bale tani" which is used as living quarters. The roofs are covered by alang-alang (elephant grass) and constructed in order to keep the temperature inside cool on hot days and warm on cooler days. Other Sasak villages has tried to use bricks for construction, but these houses proved to be humid and unhealthy.
A traditional Sasak family do not live exactly as we are used to, the head of the family do not normally sleep inside the house. The men is supposed to sleep outside under the stars, in a lumbung or on a balcony outside the house. Only women and children will sleep inside. When a boy is 12 he must follow his fathers example.
Sukarara is the home of Ikat weaving on Lombok . The more traditional plain chequered styles are being superceded by more gaudy creations (which is great if you like colour!) and you can see the women working the weaving looms outside the Ikat shops.
One of the tradition of Lombok is, if the girl can do the weaving, so she can get married...:)