Five or six days to kill on/around Lombok
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Nov 13, 2012 2:27 PM Last Post By: mikio44
Oct 4, 2012 12:13 AM
Five or six days to kill on/around LombokGidday all,
Have run out of realistic time on Flores and so ambling my way back to Lombok. I have a flight to catch later on and will have five or six days to kill, once I reach Lombok. Not enough to go anywhere too adventurous, but still usable.
I'm thinking about mooching around South West Lombok, perhaps checking out a few of the islands there (already spent time on Giles etc).
I'm open to ideas, happy by or in the sea but also up for the odd trip into the bush. Not too fussed about temples.
Does anyone have any useful info on this area, suggestions or tips?
Oct 4, 2012 1:40 AM
If you haven't already been, then consider Kuta Lombok. Really handy for the airport at only about 20 minutes. the furthest west we got from there, by motorbike, was Selong Balanak. Further west and I believe transport gets a little difficult.
Oct 4, 2012 3:30 AM
2The islands off SW Lombok are nothing on the 'three' Gilis, so I too would recommend the south coast heading in either direction from Kuta. The coast between Sengigi and Bangsal is also attractive. Then inland you've got Tetebatu and Rinjani. Wherever you are in Lombok you can reach anywhere else in just a few hours by car.
Some pics are here.
Oct 4, 2012 6:24 AM
3wow farflung, those are fab fotos, really whet my appetite for our up and coming trip to Lombok !
Oct 4, 2012 12:42 PM
4Gili Gede on SW is a great place - can't compare it to any of the three Gili's up beyond Senggigi, I decided I din't want to visit those islands - a personal choice.
Stayed on Gede for 5 nights, walked the island beaches twice which took 3 hours each time. During that 3 hours I was on white sand and empty beaches except for one or two areas where the fisherman had there boats up on the beach.
Only about 5 places to stay on the island, all beach front places - it cost me 100,000 a night for the best view i've ever had during my many visits to Indonesia. Pool table, great gardens, good food, always good company when I was there and diving/snorkel and sea fishing can be arranged if required.
I used bemo's all the way from Lembar to get there and then from there back through lembar into Mataram and then onto Ampenan where I spent the night with friends before heading for Senggigi, as "farflung" says, the coastal road between Senggigi and Bangsal is great... maybe even fantastic..... Kuta Lombok also has amazing coast surrounding it.
Depends on what you enjoy doing - have fun whatever you do.
Oct 5, 2012 5:32 AM
Oct 5, 2012 10:10 AM
6yeah, it was pretty good - went out on one of the boats owned by Peter the owner of the resort I stayed at. He took 5 of us to 4 locations that day - two of the sites were from different islands, the other two sites were from the boat.
Not the best snorkelling i've had, but it was much better than I expected. Great visibility and some great fish and coral... the best was when we hung onto a tube as he towed us along - he had to take us back the same way due to the amount we wanted to see again.
There's also some snorkelling off the area around the bungalow whicht is at the end of a short jetty.... that bungalow can be seen with the rest of the accommodation within the following link:
overall a great place; little tourism and beautiful island..... maybe not as beautiful as any of the "three" Gili's (I'll never go to them to compare)... but Gili Gede is definately unspoilt by mass tourism which I saw many times while driving through Bangsal as they were all heading for the boats..... high heeled sandals and wheeling their suitcases along the beach to get to the boats.... the females weren't any better ;-)
Oct 5, 2012 8:59 PM
Oct 5, 2012 9:30 PM
8@ merentau - now we can't say everyone who goes to that part of Lombok is more concerned about their tan and how they look, but there was more than less the times I saw them being transported over to those islands..... each to their own though........ i have no hair to bother about and the days of wearing a short dress and high heels are over for me!!!!!!!
Oct 6, 2012 7:38 PM
9Ah thanks guys, useful advice. Had a bit of a chuckle about comments on three Giles! There certainly are some precious ones there! I spent ten days moving between Meno and Air and thoroughly enjoyed both. But once I'd eaten my way through every menu, time to move! Gile T exemplified everything that is bad about travel and I could only manage six hours there. Must be getting old! Meno is still lovely and retains a friendly local feel with relatively little trash. Air has a bit more life but still pleasant. If it's any use to anyone it is currently still very hot and dry. Water clarity good with some welcome windy days.
Have just spent ten days mostly at sea mooching around Komodo National Park and was blown away. Best diving locations ever experienced and leaves west Indo far behind.
Thanks dc1 cor tips. Ended up back in sengiggi late last night but hoofing it down to Lembah and beyond tomorrow.
Oct 7, 2012 12:19 AM
Oct 7, 2012 3:36 AM
Oct 7, 2012 7:36 AM
Yes I did snorkell off the beach on both islands. I can't say I did all areas but certainly there was plenty to see out there with several quality turtle encounters. Many of the boat snorkel tours just take you to the drop offs which you can reach from shore. The lagoon are mostly very shallow so you have a bit of a walk to reach deep water. A pair of reef shoes really helps save your feet. Quite entertaining though watching pretty young things walk backwards for 300m with their fins on, inevitably falling over!
Update on earlier post: pissed with rain this afternoon. Welcome change!
Oct 7, 2012 8:39 AM
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