While many people have not heard of this tropical island, located just next to Bali, but if they were told of its location next to Bali, then they will soon realise, this is a GEM on its own. This is another of the island that belongs to Indonesia, but it is more laid back, and not so touristy and commercialised like Bali.When I did a search for the hotels in Bali, and then compared to the number of hotels found in Lombok, I soon realise that there are only one tenth of the number of hotels in Bali for Lombok. There are more than 2000 hotels in the database of the search engine, and there are only more than 200 hotels in Lombok.
Beautiful Lake Segara Anak , Mt Rinjani National Park. Lombok
One of the top adventure to do in Lombok is to trek up Mt Rinjani, the second highest mountain in Indonesia. It is a very tough climb, as the final ascent up to the summit involves going up the scree slope full of sand, tiny gravels, little stones, and make every one step a chore. Every two steps that you take, you will likely to slide a step down. So, this takes up a lot of energy from the trekker. And even just before you could reach the summit, there is this final uphill slope that is covered with rocks, and much bigger rocks. Every step requires a lot of your strength to push your foot off, and yet stepping on all these rocks that you could not avoid by all means.
Well, if you go to Lombok, I would suggest that you make a trip to the nearby Gili Islands located off the northern coast of Lombok. The Gili Islands are famous worldwide for its excellent location for diving and snorkelling.
Stay three to five days if you could afford the time. And I will share with you what you could do on this little island.
The group of Gili Islands are made up of three islands - namely, Trawangan, Meno, and Air. Trawangan is the largest of the three and Air is the smallest of the three. These islands are now car - free. So, you either walk around by foot, or travel by the horse-drawn carriage.
When I was there during the last weekend, I found almost 8 Dive Shops along the main street that is facing the beach front. WOW!! This is not my first time in Gili Trawangan. I had been there twice before but that was long time ago, and back in the mid 1990s.
The beach was empty those days and now, it was filled with many restaurants, bars, and cafes lining the street. I could not recognise this place anymore. With twenty years of development, many boutique hotels, and resorts have sprung up all on the right side of the street as you walk down this main street after you make your left turn from the harbour.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN GILI TRAWANGAN
5. Take Up FreeDiving Course
6. Learn Cooking
7. Top Dining Experiences
10. Take a helicopter tour to Bali
There are a number of Dive Schools here.
There are daily classes at the Yoga Garden.
Learn to Freedive. How deep can you go with one Single Breath?
Don't miss out on the seafood.
The Beach House Resort Restaurant
Great Ambience, lovely sea view, and fresh seafood.
Organic Food, and No taxes here.
Pay no tax here.
Try out the full body scrub here.
TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR TO BALI
Well, for the Singaporeans, we are really spoilt for choice. We have many flights flying to all these nearby little islands from Singapore, and we even have a few choices when it comes to the airlines. With the addition of the budget carriers - Tiger Airways, Jet Star, Air Asia, we just have so many of such flights taking off from the sunny Singapore island. It is not expensive to fly there especially if you book your tickets in advance. However, with one experience of flying with Jet Star, I realise there are a number of restrictions and hassle when you choose to fly such budget carriers.
Please find below the fare of the sectors, and all these are about the cheapest fares (round up) that you could get if you book in advance.
Singapore - Bali (DPS) , $300 (including taxes)
Singapore - Lombok (LOP), $400 (including taxes)
Singapore - Phuket (HKT), $300 (including taxes)
Singapore - Kalibo (KLO) Boracay Island, Philippines ,
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