Sorga (or sometimes Surga) is the Indonesian word for “paradise” and that is the word we’re hearing most frequently from tourists as we travel around the island asking their opinions of Lombok!
Fabulous beaches, pristine rainforests, an awesome volcano, delightful small islands, friendly people, and accommodation ranging from comfortable backpackers to world-class luxury… isn’t it time you discovered paradise too?!
Many travellers know Senaru as the place to go if you want to visit the waterfalls, or as one of the main gateways for climbing Mt Rinjani, but this small mountain village is quickly becoming a getaway destination in its own right.
Nestled on the northern foothills of Lombok’s magnificent volcano, Mt Rinjani, the village of Senaru is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Rinjani National Park and has glorious views of both the mountain range and the valleys and villages below.
• It’s that time of the year again when we get occasional days of high winds and big waves, so a word of warning for those travelling by boat.
Several fast boat transfers between Bali, Lombok and the Gilis have been cancelled in the past week, due to high waves and sea conditions being considered too dangerous to safely make the crossing between Bali and Lombok.
It’s high season and people from all over the world are visiting Lombok. For this issue, we travelled around the island to find out what the tourists had to say about Lombok…
Zazie and Francois from Paris, France
“Lombok has everything! We just finished climbing Mt Rinjani yesterday and – even though we have hiked everywhere from Nepal to Argentina – this is the best! Except for the rubbish on the mountain – we were so shocked! They really must clean up this problem. Rinjani is so beautiful – the lake, the volcano and the hot stream! This is paradise!”
It was wonderful to see so many celebrations in Lombok for Indonesian Independence on Sunday, 17 August.
Independence Day is still important for most Indonesians, perhaps because the country has only been an independent nation for 69 years and there are still those alive today who remember what life was like under Dutch colonial rule.