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ISSUE 205

 

GILI LAYAR… Not a Secret Island for Much Longer!

This is a dilemma for any travel writer – when you find something so special you want to keep it secret so that it won’t change and become over-run by tourists; but at the same time, because it is special, you can’t help but write about it!

Such is the case with the Southwest Gilis – the ones we call the Secret Islands. These thirteen small islands (the word Gili means ‘small island) sit just off the southwest coast, surrounded by aquamarine waters and pristine reefs and, until now, have been the domain only of travellers who don’t mind forsaking some comforts to get off the tourist trail.

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What's Hot

The race that stops Australia could well be the race that stops Lombok – or at least parts of the island!

Held on the first Tuesday in November, this year’s Melbourne Cup takes place on Tuesday, 3 November.

La Chill Bar has joined forces with The Taman to host the biggest and best Cup Day ever at The Taman restaurant in Senggigi. The fun starts at 11am – get there early for the sweeps!

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RINJANI RUMBLING AGAIN!

Mt Baru Jari, the volcanic cone inside Mt Rinjani's caldera, suddenly came to life again last week, forcing the temporary closure of trekking on Lombok’s popular volcano.

Baru Jari volcano (2,376 meters) began sending out smoke and ash on a small scale at around 10.45am on Sunday, 25 October 2015.

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BIL BYPASS BRIDGE COLLAPSES

A bridge being built on the bypass road to Lombok International Airport (BIL) collapsed on Saturday, 17 October 2015.

The collapse of the bridge being built in Banyumulek is thought to be due to negligence when a concrete pillar being moved by a crane hit another supporting pillar underneath.

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TOUGH NEW IMMIGRATION RULES FOR BALI?

A bridge being built on the bypass road to Lombok International Airport (BIL) collapsed on Saturday, 17 October 2015.

The collapse of the bridge being built in Banyumulek is thought to be due to negligence when a concrete pillar being moved by a crane hit another supporting pillar underneath.

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BEYONDTHE EPIC… Lombok Epicentrum Mall Grand Opening

Lombok Epicentrum Mall (LEM) held its official Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, 17 October 2015.

The huge event entitled “Beyond the Epic” attracted tens of thousands of visitors, who packed every level of the newly opened shopping mall in Mataram.

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