With the worst of the rainy season now past us, Lombok has been blessed with some beautiful sunny weather over the past few weeks... and some great surf.
Whether you’re trying out beginner waves in Senggigi, blissing out on uncrowded right and left-handers at Kuta and Ekas, or challenging the big barrels of Desert Point at Bangko-Bangko, Lombok has it all – as Rip Curl competitors discovered when they surfed Lombok recently!
• The Square Sunday Brunch is on again, on Sunday, 21 April.
The popular brunch at one of Senggigi’s best dining venues runs from 11am to 3pm and features a big selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, including cereals and fresh fruits, eggs and all the trimmings, as well as a buffet of tasty main courses, sushi and sashimi, salads and desserts.
Balidiscovery.com reports that Kees Van Der Spek, a Dutch investigative journalist, is at the center of growing controversy over three separate and very explosive videos – now going viral – each depicting Bali’s tourism industry in a most unfavorable light.
The first video was apparently recorded several months ago at a busy traffic intersection in Kerobokan, Bali. Using concealed microphones and multiple hidden cameras, the Dutch journalist managed to capture a very amiable, but no less corrupt, traffic cop extorting Rp 200,000 (US $20) from the journalist for his failure to wear a helmet or carry a valid driving license while riding his motorbike.
“When is there going to be another contest?” one keen young Lombok surfer asked in February. Mid-March we got news from Kimen (from Kimen Surf Shop in Kuta, South Lombok) that Ripcurl was coming over to Lombok to work with the locals in running a surfing competition for the young local kids.
Everybody was ecstatic hearing this news. So on the 31st of March the “Ripcurl Grom Search” was held at Seger Beach in Kuta, Lombok.
On 26 January 2013, they organised Lombok Audax 300 km and were
joined by 81 participants from various provinces in Indonesia and from 9
different countries including Italy, Holland, Germany, Argentina, USA, UK,
Russia, Singapore, and Malaysia.
A report in The Jakarta Post on 27 March, states that ‘the Mandalika Resort in Lombok – which is projected to become Indonesia’s new premier destination in addition to the neighboring island of Bali – is due to see the start of several projects this year.’
The report goes on to say that ‘the Development Director of the state-run Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), Edwin Darma Setiawan, said the construction of access roads, hotels and resorts in the area’s 1,035 hectares would begin within the next few months.
The Chief Ombudsman for NTB is leading an investigation into land certificate problems in West Lombok.
The Chief Ombudsman (Republic of Indonesia) for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Adhar Hakim, conducted an on-site investigation without prior notice at the office of the National Land Agency (BPN) West Lombok, on the morning of Monday, 25 March 2013.