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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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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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Luxury getaways in Gili Trawangan

Since tourism in Gili Trawangan picked up tremendously, glamorous resorts and restaurants have been emerging one after the other.

Whether you are on a budget or blessed to have deep pockets, Gili T’s beachfront villas and bungalows are worth a visit. Now that traveling from Bali to Gili Trawangan is easy and affordable, you have more reasons to give those holiday plans a green light. Have a look at four of the most stunning hotels on the island that are perfect for your stunning Gili islands getaway.

  1. Hotel Vila Ombak
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    This beachfront gem is ranked second on TripAdvisor for its price and popularity, with reviewers labeling the resort ‘fabulous’, ‘trendy’, and ‘luxury’. Hotel Vila Ombak claims to be the first international hotel on the vibrant Gili T and offers four star accommodation services and facilities. With Balinese art inspired architecture, the hotel boasts stunning views of Lombok’s rolling hills and towering Mount Rinjani as well as a view of the other two Gili Islands. Hotel Vila Ombak has easy access to a myriad of local and international cafés, restaurants, pubs, and boutique shops.
  2. Mala Garden Resort & Spa
    malagardenPic credit: malagardenSituated on the quiet western side of Gili T, this resort is great for couples, individuals, or families of all ages who are seeking a relaxed getaway. The resort is a veritable haven of modern Indonesian design and antiquities that complement perfectly with their ideal beachfront location, stunning sunset view and Mount Agung as a backdrop. You will experience your own private oasis while you immerse in a sense of traditional Indonesian lifestyle.
  3. Ko Ko Mo Resort
    luxury getaways in Gili TrawanganPic credit: kokomogilit Set on the calm fringe of the main strip of Gili T, ko-ko-mo is surrounded by abundant coconut groves, white sandy stretches of private beachfront, and a tranquility only marred by the calming waves crashing on the reef. This resort is a unique deluxe villa resort that combines boutique level accommodation with 5-star international beachside cuisine.
  4. Gili Meno
    Luxury getaways in Gili Trawangan gili jogloPic credit: tripadvisor Promoting ‘luxurious privacy’, Gili Joglo takes pride in the highest standards of comfort and service for guests. The villas are set up in such a way to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, with staff and 5-star services available 24/7. Gili Joglo boasts a stunning tropical garden ambiance while only located a two minute walk from the beach. Their luxury villas are eco-orientated and follow the principles of sustainable hospitality establishment.

Planning to treat yourself and escape from your hectic everyday life? Book a fast boat from Bali to Gili with Patagonia Xpress, where your safety and comfort are our top priority.