Mataram City

mataram_cityKota Mataram (Mataram city) is the administrative capital of Province Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB). Public buildings, banks, post office, general hospitals and shopping malls are found here. A part of West NKota Mataramusa Tenggara (NTB) province, Mataram is the capital and main city of Lombok. It includes the port town of Ampenan, the towns of Mataram, Sweta and Cakranegara.

As a center of government administration, Mataram has many large, impressive public buildings and substantial houses include Governor office, Mataram university and Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram (public hospital). The city also has transportation and shopping facilities. The main square is used for art exhibitions, theater, dance and wayang kulit (puppet theater) performances. In other parts of Mataram, there are a variety of old-style markets and neighborhoods featuring traditional craftwork like basket ware and gold- and silver-threaded sarongs, or wraparound garments.
kantor_gubernorThe port of Ampenan was once Lombok's main port, but it now relies mostly on fishing vessels. Cakranegara has significant Balinese andGovernor Office in Lombok Chinese populations, the Chinese having been brought by the Dutch to provide cheap labor.
The town is easy reach from new international airport (Bandara Udara Lombok) about 35 minutes drive by taxi or Airport shuttle bus and Lembar sea port just 20 minutes drive with public bus transportation.

 

ampenan_lombokAmpenan
Once was the main port of Lombok. Old buildings are found here and kept by the local community, the town inhabitant are mix population of Arabs, Malay, and Chinese. Lots of local restaurants which is provide Chinese food and Sasak food.

Cakranegara
Cakranegara is the main commercial center of Lombok, has a thriving Chinese and Balinese community. Its also home to many Chinese and Balinese who make up over 50 percent of the citAmpenan Cityy population. The street of the city make an interesting tour with gold shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and many other local products

Public Transportation
Mandalika Bus station is the main bus terminal for the entire island. It's also the eastern terminus for the local yellow bemo's " the public transport" that shuttle back and forth to Kebun Rowek Ampenan. The major night bus are operated from Mandalika bus terminal, for the travelers who want traveling to Sumbawa or Java island this bus terminal are the base.
Lombok Taxi you can find around the road or available on call phone (0370) 627000, Lendang express Taxi Phone (0370) 644444 available 24 hours a day.

Mataram HotelsOgoh - Ogoh Festival
There are plenty of good quality hotels, hostel to stay in Mataram form medium to low budget. For either business or leisure, Mataram is a clean and friendly city to explorer. Food stalls, shopping mall are the main attraction of this town. Most places to stay are recently located in Cakranegara and few old places in Ampenan. The Mataram city about 35 minutes drive from new international airport in Lombok (Bandara Udara International Lombok). It's easy to get around and metered taxis are available upon request.

Place of interest in Mataram City, Lombok :

Taman Mayura
Taman Mayura was built in 1744 by Lombok's King Anak Agung Ngurah Karang Asem. The center piece of the garden is aMeru Temple delightful pool, in the middle of which is a Bale Kambang (floating house), its used for judicial lawsuit or important meetings. The temple and park is influence either by Moslem and Hindu culture, it's shown from the statues surroundings it building.

Pura Meru (Meru Temple)
Pura Meru located is in Cakranegara, was built in 1720 under the instruction of Anak Agung Gede Karang Asem. This temple situated on opposite of Mayura temple and short walking distance from Cakranegara traditional market.

Museum Nusa Tenggara Barat
The Museum of Nusa Tenggara Barat shaped to resemble a Sasak dwelling, located on Jalan Panji Tilar, ampenan. The historical artifacts of the Museum collection included a 1239 manuscript which is the ancient history about the island and wrote in native language which is not longer used as the next was wrote on dried palm leaves, bark and bamboo.

Taman National Narmada (The Royal Park)Narmada Park - Lombok
Taman National Narmada is situated 15 minutes drive to the east of Cakranegara. The Narmada Royal Park was built in 1805 as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak lake. The Royal Park was built on ruled of Anak Agung Ngurah Karang Asem. When the king became too old to make a pilgrimage to Segara Anak he built the Narmada royal garden and temple where he could perform his annual rituals.

Lingsar Temple
At Lombok's historic Lingsar Temple, both Hindu's and Muslims gather to give thanks to God for regional prosperity by staging the lively and combative ritual of Perang Topat (rice cake war).
The Perang Topat series of ceremonies takes place on full moon of the six month of the Sasih on the Balinese Hindu calendar.
Lingsar Temple is the most unique temple at Lombok island, located nine kilometers from Mataram city, Lombok Barat. The unique complex includes a sacred Hindu shrine and central temple which includes buildings (Kemalik) that are sacred to the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok who practice Islam. The Hindu/Muslim complex was built in 1759 by King Anak Agung Ngurah of the Balinese Kingdom of Karang Asem

Sekotong Beach

SEKOTONG is one of Lombok Barat district located on south western of Lombok Island. It has long white sandy beach, protected bays, crystal clear blue waters magnificent coral and green mountains as a backdrop. Sekotong beach is being hailed as the "new" tourist destination for visitor to Lombok. Much of the area still relatively unchanged exhibiting beautiful, natural landscapes and simple, traditional life style. The only word that comes to mind is "peaceful". Weather it's taking lazy walk on the long white beaches, soaking in the exotic sunrises and sunsets or admiring the majestic view if Mt. Rinjani, Lombok highest peak, and Mt. Agung on Bali, you will be surprised at the sense of well being that will surround you in this delightful setting.

The majority of population are Sasak people who are very friendly and polite. While strolling along the beach or just sitting back relaxing, you can watch the local bringing in the catch of the day, collecting shellfish and seaweed from the low water pools or the children happily swimming in the sea, don't forget to joint them they will really make you feel at home! There is also a small enclave of Hindu villagers and their temple is the beach area. And they make an important contribution here too. Daily local market available in Pelangan, you can find the locals market the wares and produce of the area.

Interesting place in Sekotong :

Gili Nanggu
Gili Nanggu is a small Island with a beautiful white sandy beach, it is surrounded by many small Islands, which also beautiful place for snorkeling and swimming. Many visitor just do a day trip from Senggigi or Mataram area but if you want to spend longer day on the island, there is a Bungalow to stay in and restaurant serve Indonesian and European foods. Accommodation rate from Rp300,000/per room/night. Contact your travel agent to do a trip or stay on Gili Nanggu to enjoy the tranquility of the beaches. Don't have Gili Gede, Sekotongagent contact us for a tailor package trip.

 Gili Gede
Gede mean big so Gili Gede is big island. That is true that Gili Gede is the largest Gili Island on Lombok. It has It has 4 Sasak traditional Fishing villages and accessible from a well well maintained Lombok highway. It is only 400 meters from the main island of Lombok. You can get there easily via a local outrigger local boat transport called "Sampan". On the island there is one resort for visitor stay called "Secret Island Resort". For those who love beach, snorkeling, diving or just want to relaxing on hidden word of paradise do not miss to visit and stay on Gili Gede. Other interesting to see is a big farm oyster industry for Pearl own by Japanese. The farm industry called "Kyoko Budaya Mutiara", it has been produces the best quality of pearl in the world.

 Gili Asahan, Gili Renggit,
Gili Poh and Gili LayarGili Rengit Sekotong
These gilis are a cluster of non populated island next to Gili Nanggu and Gili Gede on the coast of Sekotong Beach. These island has many sites for snorkeling, diving, fishing and swimming. All accessible using charter outrigger locals boat (Sampan). There is no accommodation available on these and no tourist facility, whole of the day is quiet. Visitor who want to spend holiday on these island should arrange one day trip or camping if want to stay overnight in the one of these island. Please contact us if you don't have travel agent to arrange this trip.

Pelangan
The main town of Sekotong with several Balinese and Sasak villages along the road to Mekaki Beach and Bang-Bangko. There is daily market call Pasar Pelangan on the corner of triangle road to Mekaki and Bangko-Bangko, between the roadside around the market are shop which is local people call "Kios". Both market and shop are selling all daily need and local produce. Pelangan just 70km away from Mataram City and accessible from well maintained Lombok Highway.Gold Mining Pelangan Sekotong
Local people depend their life on agriculture, on the low land developed as terraced field for rice, corn, bean plantation. On the hilly land are planted with cashew nut and mangoes trees.

Since 2008 lot of gold point founded on the hilly area of Sekotong and Pelangan that makes local people very busy doing traditional way gold mining with very simple tools. The life has been slightly change since 2 year pass by this activities, economic improved and run well.
But their activities also impact to threatened environmental damage by the potential negative effects from the use of chemicals to separate gold ore from the rock.
Accommodation for visitor to stay in Pelangan available at Permula beach, the name is Bola-Bola Paradise and Palm beach Bungalow, all at the front of beach.

Mekaki Beach
Other beautiful beach in Sekotong is Mekaki Beach, from Pasar Pelangan drive further to the south about 5km. The beach just soo white and wonderful views sweeping India ocean. The sea quiet wavy so should guided to go for swim.
No accommodation available here but visitor can just stay in Pelangan and do day trip to this area. Or if you want to stay overnight here must arrange camping trip in advanced with your travel agent or contact us to arrange it for you.

Bangko-Bangko
This place has been really famous by all surfers in the world as the best spot for surfing in Lombok Island. Surfers from many countries has been cameBangko Bangko Sekotong to try the wave at Desert point, Bangko-Bangko. Barrels of 20 seconds have been filmed there and 10 second tubes are common.
Full or new moon low tides, a south east wind and a big swell are needed, most consistent from May to October. It can go weeks without waves, but just one Desert Point bomb will make the wait worth it. Experienced surfer only. Bring your booties an a good tube riding board.
Very simple hut build for surfers to stay here but for more comfortable stay surfers always stay either in Bola-Bola Paradise, Palm Beach, In Deep or Purnama Villas.

GETTING THERE
All Sekotong areas easy access either by car or Motorbike on well maintained Lombok Highway.
Public transportation to Sekotong and Pelangan is by Bemo depart from Lembar Bemo station, turn left 100m before ferry terminal from Mataram direction.

DESTINATION:

  • Mataram / Cakranegara / Sweta to Lembar Bemo station ±30 minutes
  • Lembar to Central Sekotong ±30 minutes
  • Central Sekotong to Pelangan ±30 minutes
  • Central Sekotong to Tawun ±20 minutes
  • Pelangan to Bangko-Bangko ±30 minutes
  • Pelangan to Mekaki Beach ±15 minutes
  • Tawun to Gili Nanggu by Boat ±25 minutes

Mount Rinjani

Gunung Rinjani (Mount Rinjani) is second highest volcano in Indonesia, located on Lombok island, part of Nusa Tenggara Barat Province. Its is an active volcano, rises to 3,726 meters (12,224 ft), becomes one of the over 40 National Parks throughout Indonesia since 1997 with name Taman National Gunung Rinjani (TNGR).
Mount Rinjani caldera formed oval-shaped 6 km by 8.5 km, filled partially by the crater lake known as Danau Segara Anak. The lake altitude on 2000 meters above sea level with some point estimated around 200 meters deep, the caldera also contains hot springs. In the lake can be found several species of fish and the endemic duck called Belibis.

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The eruptive history of Rinjani prior to 1847 is not available as the island of Lombok is in a location that remained very remote to the record keeping of the era.
First historical eruption occurred in September 1847 have been restricted to Barujari cone and the Rombongan dome (in 1944) and consist of moderate explosive activity and occasional lava flows that have entered

Segara Anak lake. The most significant eruptions occurred during a spate of activity from 1994 to 1995 which was resulted in the further development of Gunung Barujari. (Mt.Baru 2363).
The latest eruption occurred since April 2009 until now (July 2010), the park was closed due to high activity of the volcanic and subsequently reopened when the activity decreased however its still not allowed to come close near Gunung Barujari (Mt. Baru) because the volcano still erupting ashes regularly and strong smell of sulfur.
The trekkers now able to visit Senaru Crater Rim, Segara Anak Lake, Hot spring, Mount Rinjani Summit and Sembalun crater Rim.

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Communities and Lifestyles
According to the percentage of population on Lombok Island are mostly sasak ethnics, most slopes surround Mt. Rinjani National Park populated by the indigenous Sasak population and only some small area found group of balinese stay side by side.
For Sasak and Balinese people of Lombok revered Mt. Rinjani as a secret place and abode of deities, Segara Anak crater lake is the destination of thousand of pilgrims. They do secret annual ceremony on beginning
of rain season, place offerings in the water and wish to a good intensity of the rains during rain season for farming, bathe away disease in the hot springs.
The highlands are forest clad and mostly undeveloped. The lowlands are highly cultivated by the local people who lives around. The major crops grown in the fertile soils of the island are rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cinnamon, cacao, cloves, cassava, corn, coconuts, copra, bananas and vanilla.

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Trekking to Mt. Rinjani National Park (TNGR)
The Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds. When the weather is settled, the sun is intense and the nights frosty.
Parts of the trail are steep and slippery. Beware of bad weather and risks of exposure to the wet and cold (hypothermia). If caught in an electrical storm, take shelter and avoid prominent ridges. Beware of stinging insects and plants. Leeches can be a nuisance in the wet season.
People who has mountain sickness and height phobia not recommended to trek activities on Mount Rinjani, its a risk because evacuation access to trek is very limit by car or an helicopter. For first emergency help or evacuation in case of any accident is done by human power until to the road head where the car or other transportation could reach it. All trekkers should well prepare in advance with their physical fitness and health to gain walk in long distance of Mount Rintani trek trails before commencing the trip.
Strictly rule of trekking to Mt. Rinjani, Lombok is not allowed trekking without trekking guide assistance. Trekking to Taman National Gunung Rinjani only through legal gate and buy entrance ticket Rp. 150.000 per person each entrance the national park of Gunung Rinjani. Book your trip to Mt. Rinjani only through licensed trek organizer or travel agency.

Volcanic Hazards:
Although Mt.Rinjani has not erupted in recorded history, Mt.Baru (2,351m) in the crater lake is an active volcano. It was erupted dramatically in 1994. After 10 years periodically actives on 2004 and 2009 resulting new crater on body side of Gunung Baru Jari. Check the notice boards for recent hazards, and take advice from park staff and guides.

Spring Water:
Fresh water springs are a feature of the trek and determine campsites. Your guide knows where these are. During the drier months (July - September) some springs completely disappear. Park staff and guides constantly monitor these water sources to determine their abundance.

Our Philosophy
We deal largely in ecotourism & adventure travel, but for us adventures are not just the rugged kind. An adventure can take many forms and need involve little that is overly strenuous - to us every trip is a voyage of discovery and hence an adventure. The guiding philosophy behind each is that the trip be environmentally friendly and sustainable. This means impacting as little as possible on the peoples and places we visit, always respecting the distinctiveness and special qualities of each.

The way we do it must be environmentally-friendly as well as economically and physically efficient. This means we trek, cook, camp and shows you more of the things with care and attentions. We use mechanized transport when we have to cover long distances in limited time; even so, we use local modes of transportation as far as possible to maximize exposure to the local lifestyles and to get close to the people. As a consequence, during the tours there is a lot of opportunity to learn about and from the indigenous peoples.

Telephone Communication:
Cell phone (GSM) covers most area of Rinjani National Park. Most guide carry their own mobile phone. Not all cellular operators can be used. Pro XL, Mentari and Simpati are recommended.

Booking Mount Rinjani Trekking:
Book your trip to Mt. Rinjani through licensed Rinjani trek organizer or travel agency, its more safe and you will get more maximal service with the money that you spend for it as they expecting any recommendation and good feedback from you. If you buy the trip from street vendor which is offering you cheap price they will give you minimal service too and there is no where you can address your complaining. Most of them are unlicensed too.
"You will get what you pay"
Booking with us at www.lombok-eccotour.com is licensed travel agent include trek organizer.

Lombok Eco Tour offers:

Kuta Beach

 Kuta Beach - A Paradise beach on South Lombok

The best-known place on the south coast is Lombok's Kuta Beach (Sometime spelt Kute Beach) a magnificent stretch of white sand and blue sea with rugged hills rising around it, famous for its surfing spots. Kuta Beach LombokKuta Beach Lombok is the main town and tourism center on the south coast of Lombok which has been attracting  visitors for its beautiful virgin beaches and surfing spots. Surfers from all over the world find Kuta Lombok as a surfer paradise.
Kuta Lombok and surrounding beaches have gained an international reputation for some of the best surfing destination in Southeast Asia. It is here that the gentle waters surrounding Lombok meet the currents of the Indian Ocean, forming great swells and surf breaks.

Many visitors come back year after year to surf the famous Kuta waves for the great surf location at Gerupuk, Tanjung A'an and nearby beaches. Whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner you will find the surf spot for you. Surf boards & boogie boards are available to rent or bring your own.
You will need transport to the waves from Kuta, most guests choose to rent motorcycles which come with a special surf rack attached.
Kuta beach Lombok just 15 minutes drive from New International Airport in Lombok (Bandara Udara Internasional Lombok) Tanjung Ann Beach Lombok
The drive to Kuta Lombok is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Field of tobacco, corn and peanut line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated ploughs pulled by large water buffalo. Just before arriving in Kuta Beach Lombok, the road passes two traditional Sasak Villages -  Sade and Rambitan. On the east side of the road is Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung (rice barns) and traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo with hardened cow and buffalo dung.
There are accommodation available at Kuta Beach, from backpacker home stay range to luxury hotel such as Novotel Hotel and Bumbangku Bungalow further south from Kuta beach.
Backpackers hotel at Kuta Beach Lombok includes Surfer Inn, Puri Rinjani, Tastura Boutique Resort, Segara Anak Home stay, Kuta Indah.
Restaurant also easy to find at Kuta beach Lombok, most of the hotels and home stay in Kuta Beach Lombok completed with restaurant serve both Indonesia and western food
The paradise of Kuta Lombok includes Tanjung A'an, Mawun, Selong Belanak, Mawi, Gerupuk and Bumbang.

Tanjung Ann Lombok
Tanjung Aan is located 4 KM from main beach of Kuta Lombok, it has perfect white sand beaches and clear water good for snorkeling and swimming.

Gerupuk Beach
Gerupuk beach is 2 KM further to the east from Tanjung Aan Beach, well known as the top surf location and situated on a peninsula of land that just out into the ocean with stunning views of the sea. There is a good surf school here and no fewer than five surf breaks.

Bumbang beach
Bumbang beach is further to the east from Gerupuk beach, there is simple cottages and a charming restaurant sit right on the sand of Bumbang beach for those who wishing to stay a few days, surfing and exploring the eastern beaches.

Mawun Beach Grupuk Beach - surfing point
Mawun beach is located on the west of Kuta beach, its about 30 minutes drive through the hill with fantastic view. Its a spectacular beach with calm blue water, good for swimming and a day lazing on the white sand.

Mawi Beach
Mawi beach is another 7 Km from Mawun beach, has good right barrels for surfing when the swell is large enough. At other times, it is a lovely beach with impressive views of Gili Lawang just offshore with three pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean.

Selong Belanak
Selong Belanak is further to the west, the road quite bumpy to reach this place. Make sure to go with experience local guide and good vehicle. Once there you can enjoy very spectacular beach views.

Transportation to and from Kuta Lombok

1. Taxi Service
Metered taxi available upon request 24 hours service. From new International Lombok Airport is just 15 minutes drive, you can get the taxi service at taxi's counter at the airport. Or you can use Travel service that you can easy  found their counter at the airport

2. Private Pick Up & Transfer Service
This could be one of the best option if you wish to enjoy your holiday without hassle and bustle. You can pre-book a private transfer service to reputable local tour operator or  for an assistances. Traveling in the group and share the fares will make it even much cheaper.

3. Public Transportation
Take a minibus from the bus terminal (Mandalika) to Praya, then swift to bemo to Sengkol, then swift another bemo to Kuta. Prices are change every year especially the "Fuel Raise" in Indonesia also affect the land transportation fares. Tips: use your negotiation skills before entering the car, as if they see tourist, they charge double or even unrealistic fare.

4. Shuttle Bus
To eliminate hassle and bustle, shuttle bus could be one of a good option, even though travel time can be long because the bus will have many stop over dropping and picking up other passengers from their hub/offices in main tourist attraction like Senggigi or Bangsal Harbour.

Need further information for booking accommodation and transportation at Kuta Beach Lombok, please send your email to info@lombok-eccotour.com

Gili Islands

Gili-IslandsThe three islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan is located just off the northwest coast of Lombok. These islands are rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Bali and Lombok. They are now easily accessible direct from Bali with the new Fast Boat service, or by plane and local boat from Lombok. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air
All three islands feature superb, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, spectacular coral reefs, and the best snorkeling and diving to be found anywhere on Bali and Lombok. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the simple pleasures of sun, snorkeling, diving, beautiful beaches, and socializing. The absence of cars, motorcycles, and hawkers adds greatly to the leisure of staying on the Gilis – although there is now a wide range of accommodation available, the islands have maintained the lazy rustic charms of a tropical paradise. To get around the isle, the only means of transport are Cidomos, horse drawn carriages. Bicycle rentals are available too. Expect higher prices for most things there since all food and goods must be brought over from the mainland.

Gili-TrawanganGili Trawangan
Now appears to head the list as the most popular island - it has long had a reputation as the 'party' island mainly through a concentrated and central foreshore area of restaurants, dive operations and hotels including some luxury boutique choices.
High standards, great instructors, new gear, good boats, saltwater pool for training.

 

gili-menoGili Meno
Still the quietest island is a place to escape to and although it has a smaller list of accommodation options those that it has are tending towards a more up-market clientele. Snorkeling off beaches of pure white sand the coral is superb

 

Gili-AirGili Air
Has the largest local population and while it has more of a lived-in feeling than the other two islands for some that is quite possibly its attraction. On Gili Air it's possible to likewise enjoy the marine possibilities but also one can absorb some of the local culture missing on the other islands.

 

How to Get there:Gili Trawangan
The main gate to the three island is via Bangsal harbour in Pemenang, Lombok Utara. Its around 45 minutes by taxi or private chartered car from Mataram Airport, Lombok or Mataram City. From Senggigi area around 30 minutes.
Direct fast boat to Gili Trawangan is now available from Bali, its about 2 hours on the sea. This boat also connect to the main land, Lombok landed at Teluk Nare private harbour.

For all visitors highly recommend use arranged transfer service to avoid hussle and bustle at Bangsal (public harbour to gili islands). Local street vendors who try to sells things with pushing and pressure, or those who grab your luggage and ask too much for a porter service could be annoying. Paying a little extra for a comfort and easy settlement for a wonderful holiday break is worth it, especially those who travel with kids.

ISLAND'S HOPPING
Traveling between the islands requires either catching the infrequent shuttle boats or chartering one to take you across. The distances between the islands may seem swimmable, but do not attempt it — the currents can be fierce and several backpackers have died trying.

Electricity and Communication
Electricity supply are now available on all the three Gilis. The electrical voltage in Indonesia is 220 Volt, if you bring any devices which require recharged at lower voltage (110 Volt) bring an electrical voltage converter or ask the hotel where you stay for STAVOLT.
Mobile phone towers ensure you're never out of touch, and there are several Internet cafes on Trawangan for feeding your Internet addiction, although connection speeds tend to be painfully slow. Printing is possible in a few Internet cafés and you can even hook up your laptop in some.

Activities
There are many options for an enjoyable holiday on the islands. You can rent snorkeling equipment, join a diving course, rent a kayak, go fishing, or take a glass bottom boat to see the magnificent coral reefs and fishes. There are no sights as such on the islands themselves, but the snorkeling and diving all around is a major draw.
The locals living on the island are pretty interesting. If you walk behind the main road you will see how the locals live which is much different then the beautiful bungalows the tourists stay in.

MONEY
There is now a Bank Mandiri ATM on Gili Trawangan, in front of the Vila Ombak Hotel, but it's not always working so it's better to bring along enough rupiah to tide you over. The rates offered by moneychangers are noticeably poorer than on the mainland. Credit cards are accepted by some of the more up market places and all dive shops; some will also arrange credit card advances, but with hefty fees on the order of 7-10%. For your own safety, deposit valuable items at the reception where you're staying at. Carry only small cash and necessary items.

Health and Medical
Sanitation has improved on the islands. There are two health centers on Gili Trawangan; 1) located near the school and 2) located in Villa Ombak with better facilities for Tourist.
Gili Meno also now have a health centre which funded by local's businesses. Gili Air also have a health centre located near the main village. The health centre is known locally as "Puskesmas". To stay fit and healthy, always drink from bottled water or boiled water and avoid eating raw foods or salads from small non-reputable restaurants, because the water might not be sterilized.
True to the hippie vibe, magic mushrooms are widely available and openly advertised. Their legality is questionable, as are any physical and psychological effects.
Small but annoying jellyfish are common in the waters around the Gilis during August only, so wearing a full-length wetsuit or surf skin in the water is advisable.

Security
There are no Police Station or Military Post on the islands, but there is a small police station in Bangsal harbor. The Islands funded non-uniformed community policing group, SATGAS, ensures visitor's security and safety. In the rare event of someone breaking the law or disturbing tourists, perpetrators are handed over to Police on Lombok and face banishment from the island for up to five years.

Scuba Diving
There are lots of quality scuba diving operations on all the islands. The coral around the islands is good for snorkeling, which can be reach from the shore. See rays and giant clams. A must see: Turtles Point, Meno Wall, Shark (harmless) Point. Dive Schools available on all the islands with many dive programs to choose, from beginners to advanced technical dives.

Snorkeling
While divers are able to regularly swim with black tip, those who prefer to just drifts in the currents with a snorkel, fins and mask are never left disappointed by the more than 6,000 species of marine life living just off-shore.

Fishing
Fishing is one of the highlight activities on the islands. Deep/bottom fishing remain the best on north west of Gili Trawangan. Carry your own equipment if you're not familiar with the traditional-style of fishing.

Hotel Lists:
Gili Air:
Coconut Cottages. Telp: +62 370 635365
Gili Air Hotel. Telp: +62 370 6621448, +62 370 643580
Sejuk Cottages Gili Air. Telp: +62 370 636461, +62 813 39535387
Villa Bulan Madu. Telp: +62819 07330444
Villa Casa Mio. Telp: +62 370 646160
Villa Karang Hotel. Telp: +62 370 637328

Gili Meno:
Bogenville Cottages. Telp: +62 370 635295
Royal Reef Cottages. Telp: +62 370 642340

Gili Trawangan:
Bale Sampan Bungalows. Telp: +62 812 37024048
Blue Beach Cottages. Telp: +62 370 623538, +62 370 623846
Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort. Telp: +62 370 6141575
Dream Village. Telp: +62 818 546591, +62 370 6644373
Gili Villas. Telp: +62 370 6138513
Ko-Ko-Mo Resort. Telp: +62 370 634920
Luce d’Alma Resort & Spa. Telp: +62 370 621777
Ombak Sunset Hotel. Telp: +62 370 644333
Ozzy Cottages and Bungalows. Telp: +62 370 6148528
Samba Villas. Telp: +62 812 37000556
Scallywags Resort. Telp: +62 370 645301
Tanah Qita. Telp: +62 370 6194911, +62 813 37501041
The Beach House Resort. Telp: +62 370 642352, +62 370 649365
The Trawangan Resort. Telp: +62 370 6647066, +62 878 64297487
Tir Na Nog. Telp: +62 370 639463, +62 812 3754778
Trawangan Cottages. Telp: +62 370 639282, +62 812 3789837, +62 819 07081113
Villa Ombak Hotel. Telp: +62 370 642336,
Villa Almarik. Telp: +62 370 638520
Villa Unggul. Telp: +62 370 622818, +62 370 644700

Senggigi

Senggigi is Lombok's oldest and most famous resort area.
A perfect place to relax, Senggigi boasts a series of white sandy beaches and safe swimming areas. The point at central Senggigi has good waves for surfers. This place has a colorful reef which
provides shelter to a variety of marine life and exquisitely shapped coral and makes it a perfect place to snorkle.

In the dry season, there is an interesting variety of boats moored in the bay. The town of Senggigi spreads out along nearly 10 kilometers of coastal road. This road continues north to Bangsal, the
port for the Gili Islands. Along the way, a fantastic scenery of the north west coast of Lombok.
Most travelers start or end their stay at Senggigi because of the easy access to Mataram Airport and accommodations options are available to all budgets. If you are frugal or intrepid and take the slow ferry from Bali, it's best to arrange transport in advance from the ferry dock to Senggigi, since the dock on the Lombok side is in a remote spot several kilometers south of Mataram.


Things to Do
Swimming off the beach is safe, you can also do some canoeing here in Senggigi. Visit Pura Batu Bolong on a rocky point south of Senggigi. There's good snorkeling off the point and in the sheltered bay around the headland.
From here you can arrange plenty of activities complete your holiday on Lombok. Sightseeing or touring organized by reputable local tour operators is the best option to discover what Lombok has to offer. Renting a car or motor cycle is also good alternative to get around, either self-driving, or with a driver so you can relax and enjoy the view. Car rental in Lombok is more expensive than Bali. Tip driver pocket money for meals if you stop for lunch or diner. If you are pleased with service, tip the driver or local guide at the end. If you collide with anything, or it collides with you, you are responsible for all costs.

Where to Eat
There are various foreign and local restaurants that offering international and local foods, cafes and entertainment venues. These all are available along the main Senggigi road and on certain areas along the beach.
For inexpensive eating, try the food stalls along the beach, especially at the end of the road past the Senggigi Beach Hotel.

Things to Buy
There are many souvenir shops along the main Senggigi road that offering you many kind of Lombok souvenir, starting from clothes, paintings, handicrafts, wooden crafts, etc.

Where to Stay
There a lot of diverse range of hotel accommodations that you can choose to stay in Senggigi, from deluxe four-star resort properties to simple home-stays, Such as Holiday Inn, the Oberoi, Sheraton Senggigi, Melati Dua Cottage, Pool Villa Club, Panorama Cottage, and many more.

Tips
◦ Always use your right hand to point or offering anything to the locals
◦ Risking to sound like your mother, we need to remind you to equip yourself with sun protection. Also bring a
bathing suit and extra clothing
◦ Several places rent mask-snorkel-fin sets, such as the beach near the Art Market or the Senggigi Beach Hotel
◦ Senggigi nightlife is low key when there are few tourists in town. It's busier on Friday and Saturday, when young
locals come up from the Mataram area

Disabled
Wheelchair ramps and van lifts are non existent. Many major hotels have limited handicapped facilities and accommodation. Advise your tour operators or hotel for special assistance.

Other Public Facility & Services:
Mail : Senggigi Post Office located on the main street of Senggigi, opposite from Pamour Art & Antique shop.
Internet Cafes : Millenium Internet (opposite Papaya Restaurant) and Star Internet Service located in Senggigi Plaza with dedicated broadband speed at reasonable rates.
Health Centre or Puskesmas: located near Hotel Puri Saron. Drugstore, Apotik available next to the gate of Intan Lombok Hotel. Dentist available at Meninting Puskesmas 10 minutes drive from Senggigi towards direction to the airport.
Bank : BNI Bank available during office hours 5 days a week located near the Post Office. ATM's (Automatic Teller Machine) are easy to find. ATM BCA, ATM BNI, ATM Mandiri are available, you can swift your credit card and withdraw local currency IDR (Rupiah).
Police office: located in Senggigi Art Market, near The Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort.
Telephone Service: available near Melati Dua Hotel.
Cellular phone in Indonesia is GSM and CDMA. If you have brought your cellular handphone, you can purchase prepaid calling cards to make outgoing calls at lower cost than calling on your home SIM. Shops which sell these cards are prolific. Major service providers are: Telkomsel, Satelindo and XL Ritel. Look for signs and banners with those markings.
Money changers: available almost in every corner of Senggigi. Double count your money before leaving the money changers to get the accurate amount. Hotel reception also change foreign money with lower rates.
Mini markets: located next to Bank BNI and near the Papaya Cafe.

Tipping
Most larger hotels and restaurants automatically add Government Tax and Service charge up to 21% to the bill. Tipping is expected in main tourist area, but you're not compelled to tip at restaurants. If you like your driver or local tour guide, a tip of 10-15% is appreciated.
Carry small changes with you as taxi drivers often have none.
Airport or hotel porters expect from Rp.5,000 per bag depending on the size and weights