Rolling Hillside | Lobster Bay | Lombok
Bumbang Beach | Lobster Bay | Lombok
Bumbang Boat | Lobster Bay | Lombok
Sunset View | Lobster Bay | Lombok
Nowadays, the comparison seems to fade and Lombok stands out on its own, thanks to its exquisite white sandy beaches, epic surf, a lush forested interior, and hiking trails through tobacco and rice fields, Lombok is complete with equatorial allure and has earned its place as the newest and most anticipated beach destination in Asia.
Lombok is a tropical island paradise located to the west of Bali. It is part of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara Barat province. Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called “Gili.” It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the east. The city of Mataram is the largest city and provincial capital located on the Island.
The land area is 4,739 SQ-KM (1,830 SQ-Miles) with a population of 3.3 million. The island is divided into four regencies: West Lombok, North Lombok, Central Lombok (Lobster Bay) and East Lombok. The island’s topography is dominated by the centrally located Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia that rises to 3,726 metres (12,224 feet).
The island’s inhabitants are 85% Sasak whose origins are from Java in the first millennium BC. Other residents include an estimated 10-15% Balinese, with the small remainder being Chinese Indonesian, Javanese, Sumbawanese and Arab Indonesian.
Access to Lombok by air is through Lombok International Airport, which opened in October 2011. You can access flight schedule via www.lombokairportonline.com/flight-status-arrivals-departures
On the doorstep of Australia, and only a three-hour flight from the international flight hubs of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the island is easily accessible for tourists from all over the world from Denpasar Airport in Bali, a short 20-minute hop away. A helicopter service is also available from Bali.
Access to Lombok by sea is available with numerous fast boat and ferry services. Please follow these links to make your bookings, www.baliferry.com or www.lombokfastboats.com
Seasonal temperatures range 27-32 degrees celcius, with prevailing winds from the northwest. Being so close to the equator, there are distinct dry (April to October) and wet (November to March) seasons, but there seems to be little correlation between seasons and visitors.
Events & Festivals
Chinese New Year: Lombok’s Chinese community puts on a good show during their traditional New Year. Firecrackers, the colour red and happy families fill many villages. This is a popular time for people to visit relatives and purchase new clothing.
Bau Nyale Festival: Lombok’s most famous and fascinating ritual happens along the south-central beaches when thousands of colourful sea worms are washed ashore due to natural circumstances.
Gendang Beleq Festival: Each village sends their version of this traditional musical troupe to this grand gathering to compete and have a good time.
Male’an Sampi: This fun and exciting Lombok tradition pits cattle against each other in a race across a rice paddy, to mark the beginning of the new planting season.
Senggigi Festival: During this week-long event, cultural events take place at Lombok’s main beach area to promote the island’s tourism potential and celebrate its unique art and culture.
Stick Fighting Festival: Senggigi is the best place to see this annual event where men compete with sticks and shields, to show off their strength and agility.
Senggigi Art Market: Daily Art and handicrafts exhibitions.
Independence Day: This national holiday marks Indonesia’s freedom from colonialism with fun village games like pole climbing, special cultural performances and other interesting activities.
The Gili Islands
Three paradise islands – which seem tiny compared to Lombok – are located only 20 minutes away by boat: Gili Trawangan, the main island, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The Gili are very popular for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The second highest volcano of Indonesia is definitely one of THE highlights of Lombok! You can book multi-day, guided tours to Crater Lake and even to the top.
Pusuk Monkey Forest
Taking a winding road through a breathtaking mountain landscape is the second option to get to Bangsal. One can find the so-called monkey forest, named after the overflow of wild monkeys in the jungle and near the street.
Lombok has numerous waterfalls, mostly in the northern part of the island. Among others, there are Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep or Sendang Gile. Even in the centre of Lombok, one can find cascading waterfalls – for example, the Benang Kelambu or the Benang Stokel.
The Lesser Sunda Deciduous Forests are found on a string of volcanic islands stretching across the Java Sea between Australia and Borneo. It is part of a unique biogeographic region known as Wallacea, which contains a very distinctive fauna representing a mix of Asian and Australasian species. These distinctive seasonal dry forests harbour unique species, including the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world, and 17 bird species found nowhere else on Earth. The Australian plants are more resistant to the long dry periods. Apart from rainforests, you can also find mangrove forests and savannas.
The Lesser Sunda region encompasses small rugged islands surrounded by jaw-dropping coral reefs bursting with marine life like manta-rays, whales and sea turtles. Only a few locations in the world still have the characteristics of a coastal marine environment preserve, and this is particularly true of Lombok. Both the land and marine environments of the islands off Lombok reveal highly diverse vegetation and wildlife highlighted by several recent studies (Department of Environment, Study Area REAM, Studies and WWF).
Since our first visit, and the many thereafter, the island of Lombok has become a place that we are incredibly passionate about and want to preserve not only for environmental opportunities, but also the tradition and culture.
A growing number of world travellers are concerned about their vacation footprint; the growth in the last decade of ‘eco’ destinations demonstrates this; however very few locations take this seriously beyond the ‘Green Flag.’
Typically, over a five-day stay, we can provide a comprehensive program that includes a vast array of activities, wellness and healthy eating options combined with a range of unique experiences. Whether you are a leisure traveller or enjoying a business retreat, we provide an “a la carte” experience.
Greetings & Civilities
Sasak does not have greetings such as “Good Morning.” A Sasak approaching a friend might ask in the local language, ” How are you?, How’s your family?” simply as a form of greeting. Locals will frequently ask foreigners like this in English (it may be their only English!) as a greeting. Try not to get annoyed, they are just trying to be polite. A smile and a “hello,” or greeting in Indonesian, is a polite and adequate response.
Unlike Muslims in general, the Sasak in northern and west Lombok have a caste system. There are four castes, the highest being Datu for men and Denek Bini for women, the second Raden for men, and Denda for women, the third Buling and the fourth Jajar Karang. In central and east Lombok, Lalu is used for men and Lale is used for women.
Traditional law (adat) is still fundamental to the way of life on Lombok today, particularly customs relating to courting and marriage rituals. In western Lombok you can see Balinese ceremonies and temples with colourful procession and decorative offerings. Sasak ceremonies are often less visible, though you may see colourful procession as well. Ask around and you can probably find when and where festivals and celebrations are being held.
Young couples in Lombok have a choice of three rituals; the first is an arranged marriage, the second a union between cousins, and the third elopement. The first two are uncomplicated: the parents of the prospective bride meet to discuss the bride’s dowry and sort out any religious differences. Having handled the business arrangements, the ceremony called “sorong serah” is performed. The third method is far more complicated and dramatic. Theoretically, a young girl is forbidden to marry a man of a lower caste, but this rule can be broken through kidnapping and eloping. As a result, eloping is still a widespread practice on Lombok, despite the fact that in most instances the parents of the couple are aware of the situation!
Whether you are a leisure traveller, or enjoying a business retreat, we provide an “a la carte” experience from the moment you arrive. “An experience driven concept” that includes pre-arrival and online concierge services, your own dedicated Resort Ambassador, and a seamless journey throughout the Resort.
This is the only high-end Resort destination in Lombok providing L.I.F.E (Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experience); a chance for guests to reconnect with nature, culture and seamless access to the multitude of activities available including diving, snorkeling, surfing, deep-sea fishing and sailing.
Our L.I.F.E Centre provides anything from guided treks and tours in the adjacent forest reserve, private cruises or bespoke picnics to secluded beach hideaways to name just a few; the possibilities are endless.
Customs and Duty Free
The duty-free allowance is 2 litres of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco, along with a reasonable amount of perfume.
Prohibited items include narcotics, arms and ammunition, TV, radio/ cassette recorders, pornographic objects or printed matter.
Internet and WiFi are available at Lobster Bay Resort and around the island in populated places.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia, which is written in Roman script. There are 250 regional languages and dialects, of which Sundanese (the language of West Java and Jakarta) is the most widespread. In Padang and elsewhere in West Sumatra, the population speak Minang, which is also similar to Bahasa. About 70% of the population can speak Bahasa. English is the most common foreign language, with some Dutch and Portuguese speakers.
The best English-language newspaper is the Jakarta Post. The Asian Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune can be purchased in Jakarta and some other major cities and tourist destinations; so too can the Singapore Straits Times.
Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) broadcasts throughout the country. News and commentary in English is broadcast for approximately 1 hour a day. Shortwave radios will pick up Voice of America, the BBC World Service and Australian Broadcasting.
Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) is the government-run channel. There are also private stations showing news and occasional English-language films and documentaries.
The unit of currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (Rp). When taking US$ in cash, make sure the bills are new and crisp, as banks in Indonesia can be fussy about which bills they accept (Flores and Sumatra are particularly bad). Larger denomination US$ bills also tend to command a premium exchange rate. In more out of the way places, it is worth making sure that you have a stock of smaller notes and coins – it can be hard to break larger bills.
Tipping is commonplace. A 10% service charge is added to bills at more expensive hotels. Porters expect to be tipped for each bag. In more expensive restaurants, where there is no service charge, a tip of 5-10% may be appropriate. Taxi drivers (in larger towns) appreciate a small tip. Valet attendants always expect payment for ‘watching’ your vehicle.
The postal service is relatively reliable; though important mail should be registered. Every town and tourist centre has either a kantor pos (post office) or postal agent, where you can buy stamps, and post letters and parcels.
Despite the recent media coverage of terrorist plots and attacks, riots and other disturbances in Indonesia, it remains a safe country and violence against foreigners is rare. Petty theft is a minor problem. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; travellers cheques can be changed in most major towns.
International enquiries: 102.
Local enquiries: 108.
Long distance enquiries: 106.
Every town has its communication centres (Wartel), where you can make local and international calls and faxes.
Known as hand-phones in Indonesia, usage has sky rocketed and costs are unbelievably low. Top-up cards are sold in various denominations. Popular companies include Telkomsel, IM3 (the cheapest for international calls – ask vendor about necessary prefixes) and Pro XL.
Expect to pay 11% tax in the more expensive restaurants, particularly in tourist areas. Some cheaper restaurants serving foreigners may add 10% to the bill.
Visas and Immigration
As of 21 March, 2016, there are now 169 countries that receive a 30 day Indonesia free visa upon arrival.
The new law approving of these 79 countries was officially signed by President Joko Widowo (Jokowi) on 2 March, 2016. The new law was then made public by the ministry of justice on 10 March, 2016 and finally implemented on 21 March, 2016.
For more information, please visit the link: http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/
All visitors to Indonesia must possess a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months from their date of arrival in Indonesia, and they should have proof of onward travel. It is not uncommon for immigration officers to ask to see a ticket out of the country.
Conservation of energy throughout the Resort is paramount. We are currently investigating a number of new and existing technologies to find a sustainable balance. The water will be pumped into the natural reserve via deep well aquifers. The Resort will be equipped with a water treatment plant recycling waste water from showers, etc., to meet water requirements for watering gardens. Furthermore, we will also collect rainwater to cover dry season shortfalls.