Mt. Rinjani Trekking
Mt. Rinjani 3726m asl, 3Days/2nights trek
offering amazing experiences, visiting rim
lake and hotspring.
Komodo Island Tour
The 5D/4N is the most fantastic experience to
explore the dragon, including 1 night in Bali
island of the gods.
Kayaking is the best way to explore the island,
Lombok sea kayaking expedition paddling from one
small island to the next. We will visit people
that have rarely seen outsiders, snorkel
beautiful reefs and sample delicious sea food.
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Lombok Island & Beyond
There is motto in vogue among tourism official
and operator in Lombok,
" Bali can be seen in Lombok, but Lombok cannot
be seen in Bali "
Such is the cliché in a brochure advertising
Lombok as a tourist destination. That is not
without reason. In the western part of the
island, Hinduism is heavily present alongside
Islam. The island was Javanese prior to the
Islamisation of Java, and as such subjected to
the powerful influence of the Shiva Buddhist
tradition from Java.
In the 17th century, the King of Karangasem
invaded Lombok, turning into an important center
of Hindu - Baliness power and culture. Such
influences inter - wine history of Bali and
The Balinese still makes up an important
minority in the western part of the island. The
city of Cakranegara is a mainly Balinese city.
The Pura Meru Temple, built by Anak Agung Karang
in 1720, is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of
Brahma, Wisnu, and Shiwa.
Another sign of the effect of Karangasem is the
famed Taman Namada, built 1727 by Anak Agung Gde
Ngurah Karangasem as both a recreational garden
and a place to Shiwa.
But despite the Hindu influence, Lombok is
essentially a Muslim island. Islam come first
from Java, and then from Sulawesi, whose sea -
faring Bugis set up the eastern Kingdom of
Selaparang in the 17th century. So the religious
mix is remarkably complex.
Most of the Sasak people of Lombok follow a
brand of Islamic orthodoxy professed by
traditional teacher, which is known as "Tuan
Guru". Other follow the syncretism tradition of
' Watu Telu". Instead of praying five times a
day as Moslem usually do, they prey only three
times a days, and have a cosmology influenced by
Hinduism. There is even a temple in Lingsar
where people from Hindu and Islamic traditional
meet for common prayer. Besides the Balinese and
Sasak, there are also Bugis in Lombok Island.
The Lesser Sunda is lands region, of which
Lombok but apart, cover and area as wide as
Java. It has great variety of ethnic groups,
with an increased Melanesia influence the
further one goes east. There is at least 33 main
language. Some islands are highly Islamic (like
Lombok and Sumbawa), while other mostly catholic
(Flores) and still other are Protestant, (Sumba,
Rote, and western Timor).
The area is no less varied geographically. The
Nusa Tenggara islands are the most varied in
Indonesia: their landscape ranges from Lombok's
volcanoes to Sumba's and Flores' dry Savannah.
There are also colorful atolls in many part of
Lombok is where the transition towards eastern
Indonesia begins, both naturally and culturally.
The northern part of Lombok is mountainous and
verdant with tall trees and shrubs covering the
land. One finds none of the large Asian mammals.
The western part of the island is the greenest
and most humid. As one moves east, the dry
season become more pronounced, and in many areas
corn and sago instead of rice, are the staple
Lombok Principal Mountain is the 3726-m Rinjani
Mountain, third highest in Indonesia. Still
active, it lasts erupted in 1901, 1994 and 2004.
Mountains play an important role in sasak
tradition. Both the Sasak and Balinese people
have a yearly pilgrimage to Rinjani's summit,
which has several sulfuric lakes with curative
virtues. Mountain Rinjani also offers trekking
through the rain forests.
Mataram the capital of west Nusa Tenggara,
altogether with Ampenan, the old port, and
Cakranegara, the old Balinese capital, make up
the largest urban area in the province. Nearby
Sweta has the largest tradition market including
birds. Very different from the atmosphere of
urban Lombok is a traditional village such as
Sukarara; famous of the weaving, and Penujak,
Banyu Mulek; famous for its pottery.
Lombok has large array of beautiful beach. Kuta
beach (also known as Putri nyale beach), it on
the south coast of Central Lombok. The answer to
Bali's Kuta, albeit much less developed, kuta in
one of the most scenic and unspoiled beaches on
the island. From Kuta to Tanjung A'An, five
kilometer away, there is an unbroken stretch of
clean white sand. The Sea is safe for bathing
Further to the west are several surfing and
windsurfing beaches. Each year, on the 19th day
of the tenth month of the sasak lunar calendar,
when the Nyale fish come to the sea surface,
Kuta beach host the famous Nyale festivel
(Normally on February).
But Lombok's chief resort is Senggigi beach,
offering range of accommodation, with the best
Hotel on the island situated here. Coral can be
seen in abundance just offshore.
Gili in the Sasak language means island. The
three gili island, gili Air gili Meno and gili
Trawangan, are idyllic islets just off the
A favorite with back packers, the island abounds
with coral garden. Gili air the nearest island
can be reached in 15 to 20 minute by boat from
the main land and 1,5 hours from Senggigi. One
of the best way to enjoy the splendor and beauty
of the Gili island is to go on cruise by
Traditional boat from Senggigi. The blue tinted
stag horn corals are one of the attractions
On Lombok, nature and you enter new geographical
zone, the intermediate zone between Asia and
Australia. The staple food is sago, corn, or
cassava. There is little paddy, as cattle
replace agriculture as the main activities of
the local people. The other important economic
activity is the making of pottery, which is
gaining worldwide fame.
Pottery is produced mainly in the village of
Banyumulek, Masbagik Timur and Penujak. Here,
women have been involved in this craft since the
decline of the Hindu Kingdom of Majapahit in the
early 16th century. Technically, there are few
differences in processes used in the three
villages except that the designs of the pots are
Since 1988, the Lombok craft project, jointly
run by the Government of the Republic Indonesia
and of New Zealand, has been provided technical
and marketing assistance to these women potters.
It has assisted them to process their clays in
way which produce a stronger product.
The earthenware clay used is grayish brown in
its natural state but becomes a beautiful rich
brown when fired. Finished pots are coated with
a slip made from the same clay, sieved to
produce a fine surface which is later burnished
with stone. The clay used to produce Sasak
pottery has been approved for food safety by the
New Zealand Department of Scientific and
Industrial Research. Such pottery items, ranging
from food storage containers to cooking utensils
and water jars. Totally hand - crafted, Sasak
pottery is intrinsically fragile but if handled
with care will last many years.
Another island in the Nusa Tenggara chain is
Sumbawa, whose 2200-m Mount Tambora, erupted in
the 18th century, killing most of the local
population (about 30.000 people). The biggest
town is Sumbawa Besar. The island is
predominantly Moslem, with some Christian
communities. The palace belonging to the ancient
Bugis Sultan of Sumbawa, Dalam Loka can be
visited. As can Bima and Sape two other
Flores means "Flower" in Portuguese, and the
island which take this name is one of the main
island in East Nusa Tenggara. It was a
Portuguese colony for long time before the dutch
took over. Many of the local people are of
Portuguese descent and still retain Portuguese
names. Catholicism is the main feature in the
many villages of the flores and of same of the
small islands nearby. Every year the Paso Easter
procession in held in Larantuka, the town house
of the black Madonna of Flores.
This westernized island has many untouched
beaches and pristine underwater coral garden.
There are shark hunter villages in Lamalera and
Small Island of Lambata.
The mainland is famous for its tricolor Caldera
Lake on Mt. Kalimutu, whose combinate of colors
change according to the volcanic activity. The
women made ikat weaving from flores are well
known amongst collectors. It has many styles as
there are dialect: about 15 altogether.
Between Sumbawa and Flores is Komodo and Rinca
Island, a Jurassic Park of an Island, home to
the Giant four meters long Komodo dragon lizard,
which cam weigh up to 150 kilogram. June till
September is the best months to observe this
endangered prehistoric monster up close. When
watching this living dinosaurs, visitor offer
goats as bait to make the monster demonstrate
their "beastliness". But be careful! ( There are
stories of European tourists whose cameras were
the only things which returned home. Unusually,
the sand on this island's beach has pink hue.
On each island of Nusa Tenggara, the traditional
are particularly beautiful and the traditional
markets unique. Apart from the larger islands of
Nusa Tenggara, there are many smaller island
ready to uncover their beauty and richness. They
represent future challenges for the Indonesia
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