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What To Eat: Lombok Traditional Food Options

Some say that Lombok is just like Bali was 20 years ago, where most areas and beaches remain untouched and pristine. Lombok also has a really interesting culinary scene, so don’t just rely on burgers and pizzas while you’re there. Here are some of the top quality Lombok traditional food options on the islands:

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Ayam Taliwang

Ayam Taliwang is one of the most popular Lombok traditional food. This dish is so popular that it has made its mark across the country. You can even find specialty restaurants selling the Ayam Taliwang in Bali! Fresh chicken marinated in special sauces, herbs and spices and then grilled over hot coals, gives you a succulent meal that is slightly crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. The best Ayam Taliwang is made using free-range chicken or ayam kampungand served with rice, raw greens and a delicious dollop of sambal.

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Bebalung Soup

A delicious soup, featuring a tantalizing mixture of herbs and spices like shallots, turmeric, ginger and chillies and the main ingredient, cow ribs. Sometimes this soup is even made using buffalo ribs! You can find this dish in Lombok and Bali as well. For an extremely satisfying meal, after a day of swimming and snorkeling, the soup is best consumed hot. Our new destination in Nusa Penida is another great spot for swimming, diving and of course delicious food!

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Sate Tanjung

Next on our list for Lombok traditional food, Sate Tanjung. This is an all-time favourite with a twist! Sate Tanjung is not your regular everyday sate made with chicken, pork or beef – it’s made with tuna. Try it, and add a new and mouthwatering favourite to your book of culinary adventures. 

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Nasi Balap Puyung

A delicious Lombok traditional food consist of rice, shredded chicken, fried tempe and abon, which is spiced flossed chicken or beef meat, with sambal and fried eel.

Lombok is a tropical paradise only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from Lombok to Bali. Don’t forget to check our new destinations to Nusa Penida!

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Lombok Travel Tips : Do’s and Don’ts

Your adventure here in South East Asia wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lombok. While Lombok has it’s own charm and character when compared to Bali, remember to stay vigilant and stay safe.

Here are some important “Lombok Travel Tips”, we have compiled a list of dos and don’ts when visiting Lombok.

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Choose A Reputable Fast Boat Company

Fast boats are the fastest way to get to the Gilis. Just 90 minutes from Bali’s Padang Bai Harbour or over 2 hours from Benoa Harbour, and you’ll soon arrive at your destination. Choose a reputable and credible company for the sake of your safety, value for money and for peace of mind. Patagonia Xpress is Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from Gili Islands, Bangsal, Lombok and Bali. Be sure to check out ticket prices and schedules at www.patagonia-xpress.com and don’t forget to check our new destination to Nusa Penida.

Be Mindful Of Your Things

If you disembark at Bangsal Harbour, don’t allow a stranger to handle your personal items, not even if they declare themselves a “porter”. They will charge you unreasonable amounts just to carry your bags for you. Authentic porters only charge Rp 2,000 per bag! If you’re not sure who the actual porters are, just play it safe and carry your own stuff. Remember to pack light.

Local Vendors

There are plenty of local vendors at Bangsal Harbour who will bombard you with the trinkets they’re selling. Their prices are most often shockingly high. Remember there are tons of other shops in Lombok and the Gilis that sell sundries and day-to-day items at a much better price. Children will also offer to wash sand off your feet; remember this is not free, they will ask you for money.

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Transportation

Lombok isn’t Bali and getting a Go-Jek or a Grab isn’t as easy as pushing a button. Don’t give in to the touts at the harbour, simply call the Lombok taxi service at 627000 and ask them to pick you up.

Despite it all, Lombok is a tropical paradise only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali. Check our new destination to Nusa Penida as well!

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Explore Lombok: Sunset at Malimbu Hill

While holidaying in Lombok, you’ll enjoy numerous wonderful sunset moments, but none will compare to the sunset you’ll witness while at Lombok’s Malimbu Hill. Located just 45km from Mataram town or 10 km from Senggigi, Malimbu Hill promises views unlike anywhere else on the island.

The name Malimbu Hill was derived from America’s famous “Malibu” beach but due to the local dialect, the hill eventually became known as Malimbu. It’s been said that sunset views at Malimbu Hill are epic. The spectacular panoramas are further intensified by two of the Gilis (Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno), as well as Bali’s majestic Mount Agung. Don’t forget to check our travel & money saver tips at The Gili Islands.

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Three beautiful icons against nature’s most breathtaking backdrop of God’s own canvas. In addition to sunsets, Malimbu Hill is a very popular destination for families, young adults and the motorbike and bicycle communities. On a clear day, the dazzling blue sky blends well with the blue of the ocean, the sparkling white sands and the lush greenery of the hills beyond, making Malimbu Hill a favourite destination for photographers.

To reach Malimbu Hill, you’ll need to drive for 45 minutes from Mataram. The road leading here is quite challenging. If you don’t know the way, ask a local or bring a local friend or guide with you. You’ll have to climb quite a number of steps to get to the top! At the top of the hill, there is a rest area on the hill’s east side that is roughly 150 metres long and 2 metres wide. For safety reasons, a strong guard rail has been installed against a 25 metre dramatic drop.

If you’re going up to the hill, be careful of your belongings though, as there are monkeys at the top of the hill waiting for snacks and treats. There are also small warungs or traditional stalls selling snacks, drinks and fresh coconuts. Remember, however, to take your trash with you and keep Malimbu Hill clean. If you’re planning to head towards the Gilis, you’ll definitely take the route that takes you pass Malimbu Hill, as it is located on the north end of the island. Check our schedule for more detail.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok and Bali. Or you can check our newest destination, Nusa Penida.

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5 Unique Lombok Hotels

Looking to soak up the solitude in peace and quiet? Head over to Bali’s neighbouring Lombok and stay at these impossibly quirky and charming hotels.

#1 Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

Also dubbed as “Hobbiton”, this dreamy resort is located on a cliff’s edge in Mataram and overlooks the beautiful crystal clear waters of the bay. The resort’s dome-shaped villas allow for inspiring 360-degree views while you lie in your bed. Connecting dome villas with a private pool are also available.

#2 Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

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This luxury resort sits in the heart of 55-hectares of natural forest reserve and is mostly made with bamboo, wood and alang-alang. Beautifully designed luxurious interiors come with amazing views of the sea. Your stay includes 3 meals per day, all prepared fresh, using only local produce. This is the ideal resort if you wish to feel far removed from civilization.

#3 Tugu Hotel Lombok

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Inspired by the ancient Hindus of Majapahit, the Tugu Hotel Lombok, like all other Tugu properties in Indonesia, are living testaments to Indonesia’s rich culture and history and houses some of Indonesia’s finest art and antiquities. Guests can expect a full Indonesian experience through cultural performances and refurbished historic buildings. Each room is different and unique, as local artisans carefully curated every room, suite, and villa.

#4 Villa Sapi

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Guests will fall in love with this villa’s whimsical and slightly futuristic design. There are five delightfully decorated bedrooms and all the modern amenities you’ll need. Designed by Canadian designer David Lombardi, the villa is fitted with full-length glass windows to maximize natural light. There is even a home-theatre system, a spa hut in the traditional Lumbung style and your very own private beach!

#5 Rinjani Lodge

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Seeking an alternative to the beach? Rinjani Lodge is located at the foot of a mountain and promises lush jungle views, an incredible infinity pool and immortal views of Mount Rinjani. This luxury property is a jungle lodge at its best and is only 20-minutes’ walk to Sendang Gile, one of Lombok’s most popular and Instagrammable waterfalls.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Travel Tips to Lombok

Lombok is a pristine paradise, home to a plethora of untouched beaches and waterfalls. Here are our tips on how best to explore Lombok during your stay.

Where To Stay

In this day and age, you could find accommodation options to suit your budget and preferences online. It’s so easy! Just a few clicks and you can secure your stay in the Lombok accommodation of your choice. Be sure to check out TripAdvisor for reviews and ratings.

Things To Do

Beaches

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Lombok’s beaches are pristine, clean and free from crowds. While many tourists head towards Kuta Lombok or Senggigi, the beaches with the most spectacular settings and soft powdery sands are Tanjung Aan, Mawun and Selong Belanak. Did you know that Lombok is home to a Pink Beach too? Also called Tangsi Beach by the locals, the Lombok’s Pink Beach is located in Jerowaru District, East Lombok. It will take you approximately 2.5 hours by car to get there from Mataram. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Lombok!

The Gilis

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Lombok is famous the world over for its three sister islands, the Gilis. While you’re in Lombok, don’t miss the chance to visit the popular party island Gili Trawangan. If you prefer something quieter, then head towards Gili Meno or Gili Air. Or you could just as easily visit all 3 islands; they’re only minutes apart by boat. To get to the Gilis, simply head to Bangsal Harbour and get yourself a fast boat that leaves regularly throughout the day. The lesser known islands Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak are also worth a day trip – the waters here are so clear and clean, you’ll be able to see a plethora of colourful fish swimming near the shores.

Waterfalls

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On mainland Lombok, you’ll find some of the most majestic waterfalls. The more popular ones are Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Sendang Gile Waterfall which are located in Senaru, North Lombok. You’ll enjoy amazing views at these waterfalls; a wide expanse of tiered ricefields in the valleys below, as far as the eye can see, and sunrise here is said to be amazing!

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats, to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Kuta Bali VS. Kuta Lombok

Did you now that Lombok island has its very own version of Kuta? However, there are huge differences between the two Kutas, and in this article, we explain them.

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Kuta Bali

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This is where it all began for Bali. Surfers first found this stretch of beach back in the 70s and its popularity, along with development, grew rapidly. Mention Kuta, Bali to anyone now and the first thing they’ll say is “Oh, it’s so touristy!” Not to mention the perpetually chaotic traffic along the shopfronts and resorts, right opposite from Kuta beach. This 5km stretch of beach offers one of the very best sunset spots in South Bali.  Enjoy watching the sky turn a deep gold, pink and purple while you enjoy a cold beer or a coconut, on a beach chair or beanbag provided by one of the many vendors dotting the beach. While it’s constantly crowded and never quiet, it’s still a major attraction, especially for surfers and tourists. Kuta town is a major party destination; you’re sure to never run out of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs or spas to visit.

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Kuta Lombok

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Lombok’s Kuta beach is located in the South of Lombok. Those seeking clean, pristine and unspoiled beaches away from the crowds and noise will find what they’re looking for here. Kuta is a long stretch of white sandy beach fringed by palm trees overlooking the beautiful aqua water. There is hardly any development and noise. There are breathtaking views everywhere you look, and mornings are great for yoga and quiet meditation or just having a moment to yourself. Aside from a few fishermen boats out at sea, there won’t be much to disrupt your peace and serenity. At times, a few local ladies might approach you with their wares while you’re on the beach, but they aren’t persistent. These ladies are friendly and would be more than happy to sit and chat with you for a minute or two. In Kuta town itself, there are a few warungs and shops, but they are almost always empty. At night, you’ll find a pop-up bar on the beach to entertain tourists with a little music and some drinks.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok and Bali.

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A Honeymooner’s Guide To Lombok

Planning your honeymoon? Why not head for Bali’s neighboring island, Lombok?  Here are 5 of the most romantic luxury resorts in Lombok to consider for an unforgettable honeymoon escape.

The Oberoi Lombok

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This beautiful 5-star resort is one of the most unique luxury hotels in North Lombok. Overlooking the enchanting Medana Bay, the resort sits on 24 acres of lush tropical flora and fauna. Guests have access to the incredible infinity pool and splendid sunset views of Bali’s Mount Agung. There’s a fantastic restaurant offering local and international cuisines and an open-air spa for top-to-toe rejuvenation.

The Lombok Lodge

The Lombok Lodge

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Designed by an Italian architect, this unique boutique hotel in North Lombok has 9 luxury lodges overlooking the breathtaking Medana Bay and the mighty Mount Rinjani. Featuring contemporary designs and luxury amenities, The Lombok Lodge is only 10 minutes away from the beautiful Gili Islands. Honeymooners can be sure of a quiet environment and romantic, idyllic settings.

Sudamala Suites & Villas

Sudamala Suites & Villas Honeymoon in Lombok

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This gem of a resort is located in sleepy Senggigi and features superb finishing, woodwork and masonry in every suite and villa.  All villas are furnished with custom handmade furniture, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, private balconies and genuine art pieces in each unit. The resort promises a genuinely attentive service. Guests can unwind at the Sparkling Pool and Beach Deck, on the beach, at Mango Tree Spa or on the Yoga Deck.

Hotel Tugu Lombok

Hotel Tugu Lombok

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The Tugu Hotels are relatively known throughout Indonesia as a living art hotel or museum; hotels to house some of Indonesia’s finest art and antiquities. Guests can expect a fully Indonesian experience through cultural performances and refurbished historic buildings. Sitting on the white sandy beach of Pantai Sira, Tugu Hotel Lombok offers breathtaking views, various dining options and award-winning spa treatments.

Purimas Boutique Resort & Spa

Purimas Boutique Resort & Spa

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This luxury boutique resort is only 5 minutes away from Senggigi and has an adults-only policy. Representing tradition, luxury and style, it was voted “Best Boutique Resort In Indonesia” by World Luxury Hotel Awards. Guests can enjoy the beachfront Ballroom Restaurant, dazzling infinity pool, Yoga Garden and Luxury Spa.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to the Gili Islands, Lombok, and Bali.