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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.

Malimbu Hill

photo : Richjal Muhammad

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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Extraordinary things to do in Lombok that many never knew existed (Part 2)

There are countless amazing things to do and see in Lombok.  So many, that we had to make another list.  Lombok is highly accessible via fast boats from Bali or the Gili Islands.

Whether you’re in Bali or the Gili Islands, make sure you fit Lombok into your itinerary. Here are the reasons why.

Out of a movie set – Bangkang Cave

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Step into this Indiana Jones-esque cave that is a hundred years old.  It is located in a local village that remains unexplored by tourists, making it a unique and intimate set for pre-wedding shoots. This cave is also home to thousands of bats, and the best time to visit is before sunset. Remember to bring your wide angle lens!

The cauldron of miracles – Aik Kalak hot spring

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Photo source: Vinchel Budihardjo

Locals believe you can cure all your illnesses and soreness just by bathing in this sacred hot spring. It is blessed by the local Hindu community and is believed to have an enigmatic healing power. You could be hiking all day and, after a dip in the spring, be revitalized enough to sweep the fatigue away.

Learn traditional weaving at Sukarara Village

Get up close and personal with Lombok’s traditional culture and heritage, with the craft of ‘songket’ or weaving. The village women are taught at a young age to weave beautifully patterned fabric.

Amazing birds eye view of Lombok and Rinjani – Bukit Pergasingan

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Catch a glimpse of a far-stretching view of colorful rice paddies and the almighty Mount Rinjani. Pergasingan Hill is the alternative to hiking Mount Rinjani, with an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level.

Waterfall of the Sea – Nambung Beach

This unique phenomenon is created by waves crashing against large cliff rocks and majestically falling like a waterfall. To get under the cliff, be prepared to walk through the large waves. The crystal clear water is swimmable at your own risk!

Sail away to an almost-private island: Gili Kedis

Going island-hopping around Lombok isn’t exclusive to taking a fast boat to the Gili islands. There’s many more exotic islands to explore that are just as beautiful as the main Gilis. One of them is Gili Kedis, which hasn’t received the same attention as the other islands, so you may get lucky and have the whole island to yourself!

Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Bangsal, Lombok. Learn more about our scheduling and prices and witness these natural wonders of Lombok.

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Extraordinary things to do in Lombok that many never knew existed (Part 1)

Lombok is like a secret lover, you don’t want to just kiss and tell but perhaps you’d share the secret with those closest to you. Unlike its neighbor Bali, Lombok is relatively untouched and those who have tasted its wonders try to keep it on the down low.

Here are a number of things to do in Lombok that have not made it to the spotlight. If you’re already in Bali, make sure you spare some time for a fast boat trip from Bali to Lombok and experience these secret beauties.

On the cliff’s edge at Lingkoq Datu, Pantai Penyisok

Lingkoq Datu, Pantai Penyisok

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This picturesque seaside cliff will have you feeling like Jack and Rose. You may have to navigate your way through steep rocks but it’s guaranteed to be worth the trek. The view is almost too good to be true – bright teal waters, golden rocks, and no sign of living.

 

Revisit the Dutch colonial past: 84-year Old Suspension Bridge

84-year Old Suspension Bridge

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Built in 1932 with Australian solid iron, this hanging bridge is 100 m high and has been broken twice after being hit by a stream. In its glory days, its pivotal role was connecting the remote areas together. Today however, its mostly explored by young people hanging around on lazy evenings.

Pyramids in the sea – Semeti Beach

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Ever wondered what Superman’s Planet Krypton would be like in real life? Head over to Krypton, otherwise know as Semeti Beach, homing pyramid-shaped rocks that resemble the crystal box in Superman’s home planet.

Grand Canyon of the East – Pantai Tebing

Grand Canyon of the East – Pantai Tebing

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Pantai Tebing has a collection of unique rock formations that stand tall due to the eruption of Gunung Rinjani Tua in 1257. Hot clouds of sediment, resulting from the tsunami and containing fragments of coral, were deposited here.

 

Torean’s Hidden Treasure: Penimbungan Waterfall Viewpoint

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You’ll have to hike Rinjani to enjoy this waterfall. After a two-hour trek from the Torean entrance, you’ll reach the viewpoint of the 75-metre-high waterfall. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

 

Stay in a picturesque, futuristic ‘Hobbiton’ at Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

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Calling all Hobbit fans! Step into this resort to be transported into a mythical land, just like a Lord of the Rings movie set. Nestled comfortably on the Cliffside, overlooking the island’s blue bay, these dome-shaped villas offer a luxurious interior and a breathtaking panoramic view.

Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Bangsal, Lombok. Learn more about our scheduling and prices.