Lombok and Its History
In the early 17th century, Lombok’s Sasak princedoms were seized by the Balinese who took control of western Lombok, and the Makassars’ who invaded eastern Lombok. By 1750 the whole island was in Balinese hands. In western Lombok, relations between the Balinese and the Sasak people were relatively harmonious, but in the eastern Lombok, the Balinese had to be cautious and farmers’ rebellions were common.
The Dutch intervened in the late of 19th century. The Balinese were driven out after a series of bloody fights and Lombok became a part of a group island called Lesser Sunda Islands. At the time, people were preferred to suicide rather than surrender at the hands of the Dutch (perang puputan).
Even after Indonesian independence, Lombok continued to be dominated by its Balinese and Sasak elite. In 1958, Lombok became part of the new province of West Nusa Tenggara, and Mataram became its administrative capital.
Tourism took off in the 1980s but was mostly developed by outside investors. As Indonesia descended into economic crisis and political turmoil in the late of 90s, Lombok began to feel the pinch.
Nowadays, Lombok’s tourism potential remains strong. Considered a safe and stable travel destination, Lombok relished the significant increase in tourists’ arrival.
Spend your day to discover the paradise, here are a few of the best places to visit in Lombok:
The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches. Drive just north from Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort to find Malimbu sunset point, Pandanan, and Nipah to enjoy the beauty of dawn whilst having a culinary adventure.
After Senggigi, Kuta Mandalika is probably the second tourist hotspot in Lombok.It offers blue crystallized ocean framed with curved white sand. Closer by, you can explore the dream beaches of Mawun, Tanjung Aan, and Selong Belanak where you will find picturesque sceneries of sunset. The island-hopping traveler who seek for a relaxing trip will love to explore Sekotong and the small islands (gili) around Sekotong area, including Gili Sudak, Gili Nanggu, and Gili Kedis.
At certain times of the year, you will find local surfing breaks at Senggigi, Mangsit Beach, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. But for the best secret surf point, you may go to the iconic Desert Point (Bangko-Bangko Beach) on the south-western cost of Lombok where a long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Perfect for the pro. Kuta Beach and Gerupuk Beach also offers good quality of surf. The waves offer a variety of challenges from beginners to the professionals. Those places are home of various tides, wind and swell combinations.
- Diving & Snorkling
Having so many islands, Lombok offers magnificent spots of diving and snorkeling. The best-known locations are around the Gili Islands – Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. For the more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as challenging dives off the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast.
There are some spectacular waterfalls to add on your bucket list: Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep in the north with easy access and stunning jungle setting. Air Terjun Jeruk Manis (Jeruk Manis Waterfall) near Tetebatu is set in a mountain location and reached by a pretty walk through rice field and forest. The awesome Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls in Central Lombok are located within a short trek of each other and make a perfect day trip for those who appreciate truly magical natural surroundings.
- Mountain Climbing
Mt. Rinjani, Lombok’s famous volcano, soars 3,726 meters above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. There is a huge crater near the top contain a beautiful lake named Danau Segara Anak and a smaller volcanic cone, Mt. Baru Jari, which was formed a couple of hundred years ago and is still active.
There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano. Rinjani, and its surrounding national park, are recognized internationally as an important eco-tourism destination.
- Historic Sites & Temples
Drive to the south of Senggigi and catch Pura Batu Bolong just nearby to enjoy 14 altars and pagodas that tumble down a rocky volcanic outcrop into the sea. At the downtown, catch the Islamic Center and find the biggest mosque in Lombok offering great sculptures and ornaments.
Next, at the west coast, there is Pura Lingsar which possibly the only place in the world where Hindus and Muslims come together to pray and celebrate. It was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original statues remain today. Taman Narmada (Narmada Park) in Narmada (around 6 km east of Cakranegara), was created in the late 1800’s as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and its crater lake. Last, Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located at the north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest of Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha.
- Handicraft Villages
Lombok is famous for its traditional pottery made from local clay with distinctive designs, as well as hand-woven sarongs and fabrics (ikat). Banyumulek in West Lombokis well known of pottery production, typically for its thief kettle (kendi maling). Here, travelers will find a row of art shops in front of the homes residents selling various handicrafts. Pringgasela in Central Lombok is a small village which is a major center for earing ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to see the old traditional looms being used to create intricately woven, colorful fabrics. Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is another weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold.
Swing your stick at a marvelous court of Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club. Located at Sire Bay, North West Coast of Lombok Island, it offers you a unique, challenging and world-class experience. You may choose to enjoy the hole number 1 – 9 that facing to the sea, hole number 4 that is adjacent to the white sandy beach, hole number 10 – 18 with the captivating mountain views, or the famous hole number 12 people often talk about, with 540 m, Par 5, Handicap one.
Lombok Elephant Park at Sire, North Lombok, has become the playground for animal lovers. As the name suggests, the park emphasizes on delivering experiences to anyone to meet the giant creatures; the elephants. As an animal sanctuary and conservation site, several programs are carried out daily to spur curiosity about these gentle giants, such as elephant feeding, safari ride, and education show. Get a chance to take great pictures with some other fascinating animals of the tropics, including the loveliest birds with the colorful feathers and siamang monkey which is probably the one who will make your head turn, as he dangles from tree to tree while making loud calls or screeches.
Senggigi is one of the main vibrant nightlife in Lombok. Dotted with innumerable clubs and dining joints, you may hit some cafes and clubs to enjoy soulful music and engaging performances.On your tour to Gili islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno), you can visit some nightspots that vouches to be an amazing experience. These hangout zones open their doors after the sun comes down. Beach parties are arranged by some clubs at Gili Trawangan almost every day, where the young crowds have unlimited fun until 4:00 AM in the morning.
From Lombok International Airport (LIA) to Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Distance approximately 57.2 km
Length of time approximately 1.5 hours
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Hotel transfer services
By Toyota Innova at IDR 380,000 nett per car, per way, up to 4 passengers with luggage.
By Mini Van at IDR 650,000 nett per car, per way, up to 10-12 passengers with luggage.
Cost approximately at IDR 250,000.
There is only one appointed taxi at the airport and the counter is located outside the baggage claim. Guest must pay in advance at the taxi counter.
Public bus service (DAMRI)
Cost approximately at IDR 35,000.
The scheduled departure times are officially every 1.5 hours to Senggigi, from 3 am to 8 pm. It is better to check the exact schedule before your departure to ensure you catch the bus plenty of time to connect with your flight.
From Port of Lembar and Bangsal to Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
From Port of Lembar
Distance approximately 25 km
Length of time approximately 45 minutes
Cost at IDR 315,000 nett by hotel transfer services.
From Port of Bangsal
Distance approximately 25 km
Length of time approximately 45 minutes
Cost at IDR 220,000 nett by hotel transfer services.
Domestic and International Direct Flights
Fly directly from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP). The flight will take approximately 2 hours.
From Denpasar Bali
Fly directly from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). The flight will take approximately 30 minutes.
Fly directly from Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG). The flight will take approximately 2 hours.
Fly directly from Juanda International Airport (SUB). The flight will take approximately an hour.
From Kuala Lumpur
Fly directly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The flight will take approximately 2 hours.
Fly directly from Changi International Airport (SIN). The flight will take approximately 2.5 hours.