One of Lombok’s most important and popular festivals is “Bau Nyale”, meaning “to hunt Nyale (a type of sea worm)” in the local Sasak language. It is a cultural tradition, deeply rooted in local legend, and unique to the island of Lombok.
• The Beach Club in Batu Bolong is going ahead with plans to bring Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) staff to Lombok to deal with the growing problem of roaming and wild dogs in communities around Senggigi.
In an exciting development, BAWA has advised that they have received permission to vaccinate dogs with the rabies vaccine. The approval is only for West Lombok at this stage.
Australian newspapers and television news continue to be dominated by negative reports about methanol contaminated drinks being sold in Lombok and Gili Trawangan.
The Australian outcry comes following the death of 19 year old Liam Davies in hospital in Perth, West Australia, on 6 January 2013. Liam died as a result of consuming vodka which was contaminated with methanol at Rudy’s Pub on Gili Trawangan on New Year’s Eve.
An article in The Jakarta Post on 5 February 2013, reports that the provincial administrations of Bali and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) plan to collaborate on opening a new ferry route connecting Karang Asem in Bali with Ampenan in Lombok.
Currently, the two islands are connected by public ferry on the sea route between Padang Bai Harbour (on the northeast of Bali) and Lembar Harbour (on the southwest coast of Lombok).
Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to expand its international network by adding a new route between Jakarta and London, making it the first airline to fly the route to the European financial center non-stop, the airline announced on 3 February 2013.
The Jakarta-London route is planned to commence in October 2013 and will connect Soekarno-Hatta Airport and Gatwick Airport, with six flights per week.
QUESTION: I have just arrived on the holiday island of Lombok and am amazed to discover how much has changed since my last visit a few years ago.
New roads, new bars and restaurants, new housing developments, new hotels and resorts are everywhere. Even the petrol station has a bank of new ATM machines. The instructions can be a bit confusing. Is there a simple set of instructions on how to use these money machines?