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LOMBOK

Lombok is noticeably different to its close neighbor, Bali. The northern part of the island is mountainous and lush with tall trees and shrubs. The South on the other hand is arid and covered by savannas. Large Asian mammals are absents and replaced instead by large numbers of marsupials, lizards, cockatoos and parrots. The difference becomes more pronounced as one moves further east where dry seasons are more prolonged and the land is dry and bush-like, and so in many areas corn and sago are the staple food, instead of rice. At first Islam time come to these islands in the 16th century, four Hindu Kingdoms co-existed in apparent peace what is now called West Nusa Tenggara and is still the religion embraced by those in the west of Lombok, which are primarily Balinese. Lombok experienced strong Balinese influences in the past, but has still retained a unique identifies. The indigenous people of Lombok, the Sasaks, are predominantly Moslem and have a strong, distinguished tradition, as do the people of neighboring Sumbawa. Soft white sand, virgin beaches are typical in Lombok, where the motto is 'You can see Bali in Lombok, but not Lombok in Bali'. Famous for its 'tenun ikat' hand-woven textiles, the island has exceptional charm and its relatively undiscovered, except for Senggigi City, which becoming a major resort area. Regulars shuttle flights from Bali and Surabaya as well as ferries provide excellent transportation links within the islands of the province as well as with the rest of the country.

Gili Trawangan

The largest of the three islands, Gili Trawangan attracts the majority of visitors, it is around thirty minutes boat ride from the northwest mainland of Lombok and regular daily fast boats depart Bali directly to Trawangan island and all boats stop off at Teluk Nare on mainland Lombok as part of the return journey.

Gili Meno

Gili Meno is the smallest of the three Gili island which located on the north coast Lombok. Special feature on the island is salt water lake and the spectacular dive site such as, Meno Wall, green sea turtle point, and blue coral point. A greatest escape for honeymooners or someone who wants to get away from all of it.

Gili Air

Gili Air is the closest island of the tree on the north corth coast of Lombok. The island of Gili Air is approximately 1.800 inhabitants, the most of densely populated from the three Gilis. The local in habitant is mix between Bugis and Sasak. The island offer total relax holiday in a comfort and quite setting of white sand beach, amazing sunrise and Lombok's Gunung Rinjani view.

KUTA BEACH

Kuta Beach spectacularly picturesque beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. The fabulous south coast of Lombok, with sweeping bays and craggy headlands protected from the full force of the Indian Ocean swells by colorful coral reefs, finds its most 'urban' expression in the little community of Kuta, around 30 kilometers south of Praya in the Central Lombok lowlands.

NARMADA

Taman narmada, 11 kilometers east of Mataram, was built in 1727 by King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karang Asem as both pleasure garden and place to worship Shiva. Its big pool is said to represent Segara Anakan, the crater lake on the volcano Rinjani, where they used to make offerings by throwing valuables into the water.

SUKARARE

This is a village of traditional weavers south of Cakranegara. Lombok is known for its brightly parnered songket cloth. The tehniques, patterns and motifs have been handed down through the generation

Rinjani National Park

The National Park extends over an area of 41,330 ha. with the surrounding protected forest covering 51.500ha. Community base activities are conducted in conjunction with the Rinjani Trek Center in Senaru. Mount Rinjani and Lake Segara Anak located in the north of Lombok 85 kilometers from Mataram, Mount Rinjani is the second highest peak in Indonesia standing at majestic 3726m.

MAYURA PARK

The Mayura Park is what remains of the once existing Karang Asam kingdom of Bali whose King A.A. Ngurah built it in 1744. In the middle of a large pond is a structure called “ Balai Kambang “ which at the time functioned as a legal court of justice as well as a hall for important meetings. Curiously, its architecture shows both Hindu as well as Islamic influence, whereas around the place statues made of stone are found in the form of a Moslem hajji. The palace was built in the centre of Cakranegara to serve Balinese court. The full moon of the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, is the date of Mayura's most important ceremony.

SENGGIGI BEACH

Senggigi, north og bangsal, is one of the most scenic and popular beaches on the island of Lombok. Excellent snorkling and good accommodation facility

Meru Temple

Another relic remaining from the Karang Asem Kingdom is the Meru Temple at Cakranegara, close to Mataram. The temple was built in 1720 during King A.A. Made's rule as a symbol of Hindu unity on Lombok Island. Several structures are found in this complex, all of them designated to function for particular purposes, including the 33 stalls located next to the main temple.