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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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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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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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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.

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Lombok’s Pink Sand Beach

Not unlike Bali and the Gili islands, Lombok has dreamy beaches that should be on every visitor’s to do list. One of them, in fact, presents a rare, naturally-occurring phenomenon you need to witness first hand at least once.

Tangsi Beach, more popularly known as Lombok’s Pink Sand Beach, can be found on the island’s far south-eastern shore. It is one of 10 of the world’s only pink sand beaches. Indonesia is blessed with two beautiful pink beaches – one in Lombok and the other on its neighboring island, Flores.

Mostly due to its secluded location, Tangsi Beach is a hidden gem still untouched by mass tourism. As part of a memorable day out, it’s the perfect destination for exploring Lombok’s unique natural beauty. Plus, the water conditions there are perfect for swimming.

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Why is it pink?

The waves, along with millions of dead red coral fragments, blend with the beach’s white sand, giving it its beautiful pink hue.

Things to do at Pink Beach

Immerse in the raw beauty and the sea breeze under the sun or shade, while sipping fresh coconut water. The beachfront has simple sunbeds with shade umbrellas peppering the sandy stretch for all-day use at a small fee.

You’ll find vendors selling bottled water and cold beverages, but it’s recommended to always carry your own drinking water. Also, if you’re planning to laze around on the beach all day, remember to pack your sunscreen!

Cool off in the ocean. As mentioned before, you can play in the gentle waters of Pink Beach and it is safe for swimming.

Take a half-hour hike up the hillside to the shaded berugak (a traditional hut with roof and pillars), for a breathtaking vista from above the beach.

How to get to Pink Beach

Pink Beach is a 2-hour drive from Lombok’s central (Mataram city). Ideally, you’d want to get there by private car hire with a driver-guide. Alternatively, you can get there by hiring a fishing boat from Tanjung Luar Port. The journey via water takes around 3 hours but will have you witness the wonderful scenery of southern Lombok en route.

Other beaches

The best beaches, ideal for day trips, swimming and surfing, are mostly along the southern coastline of Lombok (near Pink Beach).  They are: Tanjung Aan, Selong Belanak, Mawun Beach
and Cemara Beach among others.

Lombok is accessible by an approximate 2-hour fast boat ride from Bali. Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to Lombok so you can witness one of the world’s Pink Beaches!

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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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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.