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Lombok/Gili Islands Travel Note

One of my resolutions this year is to explore more of Indonesia–her over 17,000 islands–one destination after another. Post seeing the recently released film Arisan 2, and having lived in flat and dry Texas for the past one and a half year, I wanted to stimulate the nature-loving side of me and re-experience blue waters and skies, white sandy beaches, and all that jazz. Our first stop was Senggigi Beach, followed by Gili Trawangan, and island-hopping-snorkeling to Gili Meno and Gili Air.

From Senggigi to Trawangan, we took a 1.5 hour boat ride. Upon arriving at Trawangan, right on the beachfront of our hotel, the sun was out–getting us excited about possibly snorkeling or renting a bike to tour the island. But the rain caught up with us–a blessing in disguise though, since we went to grab a bite instead. And we ended up swimming in the rain for the rest of the afternoon.

The seafood in the area was quite fresh overall, notably the tuna. For some reason, all the swimming, snorkeling, strolling around, talking, laughing, drinking pumped up my (and my friends’) appetite quite a bit. There were 4 of us and we would be ordering for 6 or more. The weather wasn’t the sweetest–we got lots of rain, cold breezes, and goosebumps along the trip. But to say the least, it was a short and sweet getaway. Needless to mention, it was the company that mattered most!

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

Traveling by boat from Senggigi Beach to Gili Trawangan

GETTING THERE

We took a 2-hour Garuda flight from Jakarta to Lombok which cost us around Rp. 1.850.000.

ACCOMMODATION

We spent our first 2 nights in Lombok’s Senggigi Beach at Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort at Rp. 1.500.000/night. We were sure the Sheraton was the best accommodation around the area. It’s an old, decently maintained hotel.

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Jalan Raya Senggigi Km. 8
Senggigi
LombokWest Nusa Tenggara 83355
Indonesia
T. +62 370 693333

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

On the third day, we took a boat to Gili Trawangan and bunked there for the next 2 nights at Vila Ombak Hotel at a little over Rp. 1.000.000. There were other hotel options on the island, but this one is definitely the biggest and cleanest. Lucky for us, we even got upgraded to the Superior Lumbung Terrace with a private pool and lounge area.

Vila Ombak Hotel
Gili Trawangan Island
Kabupaten Lombok Utara (KLU)
Lombok
Indonesia 83355
T. +62 370 6142336
E. info@hotelombak.com

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

SEE

1. Kuta Beach

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

2. Desa Sasak/Sade Traditional Village

A hamlet habited by 150 families of the indigenous Sasak people. The traditional houses are constructed of woven bamboo, with no nails required. An interesting fact: strangely, the villagers made use of buffalo dung to clean their floors back in ancient times when there was no cement plaster. The fun thing about buffalo dung? No mosquitoes!

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

3. Banyumulek Pottery Village

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4. Sukarara Weaving Village

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

5. Pura Lingsar (Lingsar Temple)

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

6. Pura Narmada (Narmada Temple)

7. Pura Suranadi (Suranadi Temple)

DO

1. Snorkel

We went on a 1-day tour package of snorkeling/island-hopping (Gili Trawangan – Gili Meno – Gili Air)

2. Ride a boat

Take a boat island-hopping from Senggigi Beach to Gili Trawangan to Gili Meno and Gili Air.

3. Learn to weave at Sukarara Weaving Village.

EAT

It was all around fresh seafood for us. I especially enjoyed the tuna (filleted and grilled). Except for this one time we spotted this little trailer just across from Desa Sasak:

Lombok/Gili Travel Note

A little food porn never hurts, right?

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