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Off the north-west coast of Lombok, about 20 kms North of Senggigi, can be found the trio of islands known as THE GILIS – Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. All have spectacular white sandy beaches, sparkling blue water and are encircled by beautiful coral reefs containing the very rare blue coral and thousands of species of marine life. Snorkellers and divers flock to these islands to indulge in an underwater fantasy.

GILI AIR

Gili Air is closest to the mainland and its range of accommodation and restaurants is somewhere in between those on terrific Trawangan and those on mellow Meno. However, recent improvements in facilities have made it a better contender against its “rival” Trawangan. There’s good snorkelling, diving and glass-bottomed boat trips here too. Walking and cycling around the island are peaceful pastimes, but, if you want more excitement, enquire about the night parties and full-moon parties. Why don’t you join many others for a sunset drink on the beach somewhere on the Gilis soon? The white beach around Gili Air is quiet and deserted, and a romantic stroll round the island will take less than 45 minutes. If you really want to find peace, seclusion, and relaxation, this is the island for you.

 

 

GILI MENO

Gili Meno is the least developed of the islands, has a limited range of accommodation and eating places and is, therefore, less crowded – suitable for those who just wish to relax.  It does have a picturesque salt lake and an excellent bird park with restaurant and bar.  Snorkelling is excellent off the east coast. Diving or sightseeing boat trips are also possible from Meno. Electricity is available 24 hours but very unstable. The water system has not been installed to this island therefore most of cheap hotels use light salty water and only expensive hotels buy pure water from the main land but most. The boats from Lombok arrive at the E coast of the island. The accommodation is spread mainly to South (left as you land) and some to North.

 

 

GILI TRAWANGAN

This was the first island to attract visitors, with very simple rooms being built to cater for the demand mainly from divers. The coral around these islands offers some great snorkelling and dive trips to some excellent sites in deeper water are popular. Today, Trawangan has a range of small "losmens" or basic rooms with restaurant attached offering cheap, very simple lodgings, dotted along the east coast. Trawangan also has a number of good dive shops, some run by expatriates living on the island, so this is still the favoured island of divers, although the best snorkelling is found off the other islands. At night, Trawangan always has a party happening at one of the restaurant / bars to disrupt the tranquility. Generally this island attracts younger travellers and divers content with basic accommodation but still wanting some life. This island has a beautiful white beach, excellent coral including rare blue coral just offshore, and is very peaceful.

  
GILI NANGGU

This small remote island is situated off of south-west Lombok.  This is an ideal destination for snorkelling.  Nanggu is an absolute water paradise with white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water.  Come here and experience the underwater world amongst thousands of tropical fish and various sea creatures.   If you are lucky you may even see some sea turtles!  Make sure you bring your underwater cameras as it is an experience you will want to capture forever!  You can take a day trip or spend a couple nights there.  There are two ways to get there.  From Sengiggi, you can go directly by boat (2.5 hours).  Or, from Sengiggi, drive 2.5 hours to Taun Harbour, then take a boat (15 minutes).


Lombok Intro
Monday, July 24 2006

LOMBOK  is a series of small islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It stretches for some 5000 km between Malaysia and Australia. Lombok spans 90 km from North to South and 80 km from East to West. Although this beautiful area is not as well-known as its' popular neighbor, Bali, it boasts untouched, pristine beaches, a bigger Volcano and a huge variety of different landscapes and sceneries...........

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Rinjani Stories
Monday, July 24 2006

At 3.726 m, Mt. Rinjani is the second highest Volcanic peak in Indonesia and is a part of celebrate "Ring of Fire". Forested slopes rising directly from the sea create their own weather pattern and act is the main water-catchments for the island of Lombok. Gunung Rinjani National Park lies within a major bio-geographical transition zone (Wallaceae), where the flora and fauna of South East Asia ................

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Senaru & Beyond
Monday, July 24 2006

The village of Senaru, an easy 2.5 hours drives from Mataram or Senggigi, is the main access to the national park. As a non trekking destination it is also popular a cool, flower filled mountain village stretching along a hill side spur above Bayan. Senaru has range of accommodations in simple home stays (Losmen), and a number of cafes serving delicious local specialties..................

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Rinjani Trek Information's
Monday, July 24 2006

The Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds. When the weather is settled, the sun is intense and the nights frosty. Parts of the trail are steep and slippery. Beware of bad weather and risks of exposure to the wet and cold (hypothermia)..................

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Scuba Diving
Monday, July 24 2006

Did you know that 25 percent of all reefs are in Indonesia? With over 3,500 species living in the Indonesian underwater world, we have one of the richest diversities of marine life in the Indo-Pacific region. In comparison, the Great Barrier Reef has just 1,500 species and the Red Sea has only 600 species. Our drop-offs, plateaus and slopes reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesia has to offer............

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Cultural Tips
Monday, July 24 2006

The Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds, but when the weather is settled, the sun is intense and the nights frosty. Visitors are attracted to the stunning view, panorama and wildlife. Our trek programmes are sets to minimize the impact on the environment,..............

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Villages & Watefall
Monday, July 24 2006

The village of Senaru is the main entrance to Gunung Rinjani National Park, the most popular start point for the trek to Indonesia’s second highest peak (3,726 m). Within the spectacular crater, the lake Segara Anak is the destination of  many pilgrims who place offerings in the water and bathe away disease in the nearby hot springs. The cool, flower – filled mountain village of Senaru on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani..............

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