Replies: 18 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 11:48 PM Last Post By: Sumbawaman
Apr 17, 2012 1:27 PM
15Asjan, I highly recommend you take that road east. Ciptasari tells me you can get through to Lunyuk now as the bridges are finished. It is wonderful country. I saw lots of monkeys and big lizards. Four years ago I walked the coast from near Sekonkang to a village of Sasak transmigrants called SP3. The road will take you through there and they sell petrol. There is a warung too. You can see my photos of the coast on Google Earth. Keep up the informative reports. Have a great ride.
Apr 18, 2012 12:51 AM
May 5, 2012 11:09 PM
Nov 12, 2012 11:48 PM
I wanted to give you a bit of an update: after living in and around Maluk and Sekongkang for over a decade i can tell you that it is one of best places on Sumbawa island from the pristine beaches to the secluded camp sites If you are Surfing - fishing - diving or just touring you will love it. Sekongkang area caters for tourists of all sorts and every different budget. Over the last couple of years there has been a few new "surf camps" or hotels built near the Gilis at the mouth of the Sekongkang river which cater for the surfers that are on a budget but still like the creature comforts, with views to die for over yoyos bay Hotel Santai is one of these at around Rp150,000 per night
Rantung surf camp has recently upgraded some of there rooms with new finishing through out and it has an ideal beach setting right on the water. room cost is around Rp150,000 per night.
Rantung Hotel provides great rooms on the water front at around Rp700,000 per night, they also have a great bar over looking the bay and restaurant.
Yoyo Hotel provides Deluxe - Standard and Surf camp rooms with prices starting from Rp150,000 a/c surf camp rooms and up to around Rp600,000 for Deluxe rooms. The food at the bar is great and boasts the coldest beer ever.
Tropical Hotel is also a great place with pool and right on the beach front it is a wonderful setting, this is for the up market tourist, and they provide great meals with a selection of beers, sprints and cocktails.
The roads from Poto Tano are good with most roads being quite new (there will always be ongoing repairs to some areas) the only road that hasn't been done to date is in the actual main street of Sekongkang either side of that has new roads.
Motor bikes can be rented from several places such as Yoyos Hotel and Rantung and also the locals have started renting them also just ask where ever you are staying and they will point you in the right direction.
There are a number of Warungs (eateries) on the side of the road in Sekongkang or at the front gate of the Newmont mine site that sell good local food at cheap prices.
The area beyond Sekongkang towards Lunyuk is accessible thanks to new bridges being build but the roads from Tongo on are gravel and a bit bumpy, it is still worth a look as all the tracks off to the right all lead to the beach and you will find yourself alone on a secluded beach in no time.
If you prefer to stay around Sekongkang there are great places to visit such as Lawar cove or a 20 minute hike to the water fall where you can swim in the natural pool.
There are plans to continue building smaller hotels and houses in the area as the tourism has grown quite rapidly over the last couple of years.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$120.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$206.61 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$110.00 per night