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ISSUE 229

 

THE BULLET… Senggigi to Gili T has never been so fast and easy!

Travelling between Senggigi and Gili Trawangan can be confusing for tourists and time-consuming for those who live in Lombok.

You can charter a local perahu (fishing boat) from Senggigi beach but that involves some good negotiating skills to get a reasonable price. If it’s a nice day, it can be a long and interesting trip up the west coast and out to Gili T. But if the seas are rough, prepare for a slow, wet and miserable journey.

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SWEDISH GOVERNMENT PROPOSES BIOGAS PLANT FOR WEST LOMBOK

Local newspapers report that the West Lombok Government has received a proposal from representatives of the City of Boras in Sweden to build a biogas plant in West Lombok to provide a solution to waste management for the region.

Representatives from Sweden, Jessica Magnusson and Thomas Crook, presented the proposal to West Lombok Regent (Bupati) H Fauzan Khalid and other government officials earlier this month.

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What's Hot

• SPICE has moved to the beach! Senggigi’s newest bar, lounge and dining venue has re-located from its hill-top perch above the Sheraton to new premises in the Art Market (Pasar Seni) on the beach in Senggigi.

The new SPICE has moved into the premises previously occupied by De Quake for many years and offers diners a choice of wining and dining options.

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PURA GUNUNG AGUNG… Lombok’s Hidden Temple

A couple of years ago, we decided to search for a mysterious Balinese temple in Gunung Sari. We’d heard snatches of information about this temple over the years but – as the main historic temples (such as Lingsar, Suranadi, Gunung Pengsong, Batu Bolong, etc) are so well known – it didn’t seem that such a little-known temple would be very important.

How wrong we were... this temple is easily one of the most beautiful temples in Lombok!

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OPENING NIGHT @ PIPE DREAM VILLAS RESORT

Hundreds of guests attended the opening night party at Pipe Dream Villas Resort in Kuta, Lombok on 18 September 2016.

The fabulous new resort is the latest addition to Kuta’s fast-growing tourism scene, featuring luxury private villas and trendy new hangouts such as the ‘Laid Back Bar & Grill’, ‘Down Under Bar’ and ‘Shisha and Sky Lounge’.

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GARUDA CONSIDERING LOMBOK - BALI FLIGHT INCREASE

National airline Garuda Indonesia is considering replacing the smaller aircraft used on flights between Lombok and Bali, in anticipation of an increase in the number of passengers using the service.

“If possible we will replace the small ATR type aircraft, with a capacity of 70 passengers, with aircraft that can accommodate up to 200 passengers,”  Dasep M Suanda, General Manager of Garuda Indonesia Regional (NTB), told reporters in Mataram this month.

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EARLY RAINS IN LOMBOK AND BALI

The predicted La Nina weather pattern is now being felt in Lombok and Bali, according to the Indonesian Bureau of Meterology (BMKG).

Rainfall during July and August increased significantly compared to previous years and the Bureau predicts that we are now seeing the early effects of the La Nina weather phenomenon, expected to last from September until December.

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SENGGIGI FESTIVAL 2016

Despite an incredible lack of organisation by the NTB Government, the Senggigi Festival was held this year from 16 – 19 September on the Senggigi beachfront.

Events over the three days of the Festival included the spectacle of dozens of Gendang Beleq (the big drums of Lombok) players arriving at the beach onboard perahu (local fishing boats) accompanied by the Navy, traditional dances and music, live bands and DJ’s on the stage set up on the beach, beach volleyball and other competitions!

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