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ISSUE 185

 

BAU NYALE IN LOMBOK!

One of Lombok’s most popular festivals – Bau Nyale – will take place at Seger Beach on the south coast on 9 and 10 February this year.

The Bau Nyale celebrations are unique to Lombok and attract tens of thousands of people every year.

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BAU NYALE FESTIVAL – 9 & 10 FEBRUARY

One of Lombok’s most important and popular festivals is “Bau Nyale” – a unique event that attracts thousands of visitors to the south coast every year. Many travellers to Lombok plan their trip to coincide with Bau Nyale.

Bau Nyale (meaning “to catch Nyale” in the local Sasak language) is a cultural tradition said to date back to the 16th century and is centred on the seasonal appearance of Nyale (a variety of Palolo worm found in tropical waters in certain parts of the world, including Lombok).

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What's Hot

The Cowshed in Batu Layar has just opened its Butcher Shop! The shop sells imported Angus Beef steaks (in any size you require) as well as Tenderloin, Sirloin, Scotch Fillet, Rump and T-bone steaks.

In addition to quality beef products, they have also teamed up with Chicken Stop and Sausage King and now supply all the wonderful chicken products produced by Chicken Stop such as marinated and stuffed chicken, Chicken with Macadamia and Honey, Thai Chicken, double breast roasts, etc., and gourmet sausages including Roasted Garlic and Feta, Chicken and Basil, English Breakfast and more.

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RINJANI TREKKING SEASON CLOSED

The Mount Rinjani National Park Authority has closed Gunung Rinjani volcano to trekking, effective from 10 January 2015.

All tourist gateways to Mount Rinjani – including Sembalun, Senaru, Torean, and Timbanuh – are now officially closed.

The Authority normally closes Lombok’s famous tourist attraction to trekking in January every year to protect tourists from risks caused by bad weather during the monsoon season.

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TOP CHEFS IN FIERY COMPETITION AT QUNCI VILLAS!

Lombok is well-known throughout Indonesia for spicy foods and flavours and perhaps the most well-known dish on the island is Ayam Taliwang.

The dish is so popular that no Indonesian tourist would leave Lombok without trying Ayam Taliwang at least once and now many western tourists also seek out Lombok’s spicy chicken specialty. A visit to Lombok is not complete without eating Ayam Taliwang!

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SHAGS BOXING DAY TOURNAMENT

The Sengiggi Hackers Amateur Golf Society (SHAGS) played their annual Boxing Day Tournament on 26 December, 2014 at Kosaido Country Club in North Lombok.

Four teams of mixed handicappers competed in the Texas Scramble Tournament. The winning team, taking home the shield, comprised
Shawn “red wine” Brown, Gary “dusty wallet” Kreps, Chuck “chuckles” Kreps and Tony "tickle me Elmo" Treadgold.

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SUSPENSIONS OF AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHTS

Uncertainty surrounds the announcement of the AirAsia direct flights between Lombok and Singapore, due to commence on 28 January 2015.

In December 2014, the low cost carrier airline announced the direct flights would commence on the new route from 28 January, with three flights per week.

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DOMESTIC FLIGHT FARES TO INCREASE IN THE WAKE OF THE AIRASIA CRASH?

In related news, the Indonesian Minister of Transportation has created controversy with his plan to set minimum pricing rules for Indonesian domestic air carriers.

The Transportation Minister, Ignasius Jonan, considers the low-cost airfares offered on some domestic routes as financially non-viable and contribute to poor safety standards found among some Indonesian carriers.

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WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC WITH SEA CROSSINGS

The monsoon season is here and, despite the reasonably pleasant weather, high winds are playing havoc with sea crossings, especially between Bali and Lombok.

Fast boat services to the Gilis and Lombok have been suspended several times recently, due to strong winds and high waves making conditions in the Lombok Strait (the sea between Bali and Lombok) dangerous.

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FREE VISAS FOR FIVE NEW COUNTRIES FAILS TO MATERIALISE

The announcement by Indonesia’s new Minister of Tourism promising free visas on arrival starting in January 2015 for the citizens of 5 countries – Australia, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan – has failed to materialise; calling into question the veracity and bureaucratic prowess of the new man in charge of national tourism.

As reported by Balidiscovery.com , the Minister made the announcement of free visas on 5 November 2014, saying that the step was needed to meet official goals for increased tourism flow and assuring that inter-agency agreement was in place to allow the plan to go ahead.

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REPAIRS TO DAMAGED BYPASS ROAD

The Head of the Department of Public Works, Dwi Sugianto, has said that the NTB government will begin repairs soon on the bypass road to Lombok International Airport.

The road, constructed five years ago, is already starting to deteriorate as many motorists have noticed when travelling to and from the airport. Some sections of the road have become wavy and uneven due to movement of the foundation, and there are cracks in the road surface.

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LOCAL SCENE

GREY MARDI GRAS @ SANTOSA

Family and friends from around Australia and Indonesia gathered to celebrate Peter Duncan’s 70th birthday with the Grey Mardi Gras party held at Santosa Villas & Resort in Senggigi

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