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Top Choice Seafood in Selong Blanak

Laut Biru Bar & Restaurant

On the beach, this light and airy haven is part of the cliffside Sempiak Villas but is open to non-guests. Breakfasts feature muesli and yogurt, banana pancakes and eggs on toast. Lunch and dinner have global influe…
Hindu Temple in Around Mataram

Pura Lingsar

This large temple compound is the holiest in Lombok. Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in lush rice fields, it’s multidenominational, with a temple for Balinese Hindus (Pura Gaduh), an…
Seafood in Around Sumbawa Besar

Warung Santong

A tasty fish shack teetering on the rocky shore at the island’s midway point. Dine on fresh catch, grilled or fried, in the ‘dining room’, or in one of the stilted pagodas at the water’s edge.
Indonesian in Bajawa


This long-running favourite has a new 2nd-floor location, which puts you above traffic and in the midst of pleasant breezes. It serves fine pork sate and other local faves in an appealing wooden dining room.
Indonesian in Bajawa


The dining room is brightly lit, the better for reading your guidebook. There are Western dishes, but try the chicken sate – it comes with a unique sweet, smoky pepper sauce.
Indonesian in Bajawa


Dito's does a brisk business serving pork and chicken sate and fresh tuna bakar, which is sourced from nearby Aimere and grilled to perfection. The tamarillo juice is delish.
Arts & Crafts in Temkessi & Around

Maubesi Art Shop

Has a terrific selection of local ikat, antique masks and statues, plus carved beams, reliefs and doors from old Timorese homes. Prices are quite low. Look for the plain yellow-and-black ‘Textile’ sign.
Wildlife Reserve in Komodo & Rinca Islands

Komodo National Park

Declared one of the New Seven Wonders ( of nature, this national park, established in 1980, encompasses Komodo, Rinca, several neighbouring islands, and the rich marine ecosystem within its 1817 sq km. …