High season has started in Lombok and our beaches and resorts are buzzing with holiday-makers enjoying the beautiful sunny days and cool nights at this time of the year.
This year, Ramadan coincides with high season but visitors shouldn’t let that bother them. Despite what mischievous people in Bali might tell you, it is business as usual in all the tourism areas on Lombok!
Ramadan, the fasting month, started on 20 July this year. Muslims across Indonesia will be fasting for an entire month; so now is a good time to dispel some of the myths that get aired at this time of the year.
Naughty tour guides and taxi drivers in Bali will tell visitors not to go to Lombok during Ramadan because all the restaurants are closed, there’s nothing to eat, and none of the taxis are operating, etc.
• The Cellar Party at Square Restaurant in Senggigi is legendary and, if you don’t know about this already, put this one in your diary now! Held on the first Friday of every month, the next party will take place on Friday, 3 August.
The Cellar Party showcases two different imported red and white wines each month, accompanied by a delicious gourmet buffet – which includes sushi, tapas, pasta and other mouth-watering dishes created by Executive Chef, Made Suyana.
We’re often asked by visitors to Lombok what trip is worth doing if they only have one day for touring.
It’s a difficult question to answer, as a trip down to the south coast is always interesting; likewise, chartering a boat out to the Gilis for the day is a fabulous experience. Easy day trips from Senggigi include driving across the island to the rice terraces and pretty village of Tetebatu, or touring the temples and historic sites around Lingsar and Narmada.
Lombok is becoming famous for its beautiful pearls, many of which are grown on pearl farms around the island and on the neighbouring island of Sumbawa.
Recently the well-known Indonesian brand, Nur Hikmah Pearls, opened their new showroom in Lombok. The family-owned business, whose members are originally from Lombok, has its head office in Jakarta and retails and wholesales pearls and pearl jewellery both nationally and internationally.
Thank you for telling your readers about the fishery in Tanjung Luar and highlighting the terrible destruction of one of Indonesia’s most wonderful resources: its larger species of marine life. It is a very tricky situation, as the people of Indonesia have been fishing for hundreds of years but, at the rate things are going, there will not be much left for future generations.
“Never a lender or borrower be!” said Mr Micawber. Good advice to a young Oliver Twist, for whom the advice seemed puzzling.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost loads of money by lending to friends, or friends of friends. I hate it when someone asks for a loan. There’s always some plausible excuse. “I need it to pay a fine” or “I need a new bike.”
Bali Daily reports that the Australian government will assist Bali in developing an effective emergency management system in order to help the island deal with future natural and man-made disasters.
The pledge of continuing and increased cooperation in the area of disaster contingency planning follows a recent visit by Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, to Australia's Northern Territory, during which they visited medical facilities that provided critical care to many of the victims of the 2005 Bali bombing.
We’re well into high season now and all three of the Gilis are busy, especially Gili Trawangan. If you haven’t booked accommodation for your holiday yet, don’t delay… all the good places are filling up fast!
Something a bit different on Gili T… a gorgeous little shop called Vintage Delivery tucked away in the Art Markets, about 30m from the pier next to “The Terminal”.