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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok January 8th 2023

We spent the next week at Hotel Gengong in Candidasa, a lovely beachfront hotel. New Year's eve included a very good meal at Vincente's the local restaurant and then an amazing fireworks display, about 50 feet from our balcony, compliments of the local Silver businessman staying at the hotel. It was impressive! We enjoyed a day trip to a local bee farm that was set among a gorgeous botanical garden. They raised both Asian and Balinese bees. The Balinese bees were tiny, the size of very small ants and produced a sweet and sour honey used mainly for medicine. The Asian bees produced an excellent sweet honey. Continued on to Tanganan - a traditional village - Before the 1970s was known by anthropologists to be a secluded society in the archipelago, known for its gamelan selunding ... read more
View from our room in Candidasa
Offering at Gunung Kawi Temple
Family Temple gate on Galungan

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 1st 2022

A fortnight in Lombok has been quite the surprise packet, after the all too familiar chaos and charm of a return visit to Bali. A long drive out to Padang Bai is required to board the fast ferry across the Lombok strait, and it can be quite a precarious trip as the strait is very deep and prone to inclement weather. Our fast boat navigated the choppy seas without drama, and within two hours arrived at Bangsal, the main port in the northwest of the island. The differences are stark on arrival, with gojek riders nowhere to be seen, nor for that matter the prodigious traffic that is the only downside of visiting Bali. I hooked up with a driver for the long trip south to Senggigi, it was a serene drive on calm and open ... read more
Beautiful view
Lovely waterfall

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok October 14th 2022

Things are amazing on Gili Air. We have had a bit of rain in the afternoons with amazing rolling thunder! We have met a few locals and are having dinner with an expat from South Africa tomorrow. We are trying to learn the Indonesian language and it seems to be appreciated. People are amazing, food is amazing, vibe is amazing. We have gone snorkelling a few times, took a cooking class and continue to chill. Really appreciating getting to know more about Gili Air and the people. The motto here is ‘slowly slowly’ and moving through the days like this is so freeing. We have so much stress around us at home. Things are pressured with full calendars, and I am seeing how much of life I am missing by being so fully booked. Hoping to ... read more
one way to get around the island
one way to get around the island
he goes by Johnny Credit

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air October 8th 2022

We have decided to stay on Gili Air for another week because we love being able to stop and breathe in the beauty. We have gotten to know a few of the locals and found an amazing and well known warung (restaurant) off the main streets here and it is amazing food! Local and fresh made to order. And cheap. We are living our days with the question, ‘what shall we do next’. Not what’s the plan. Just one moment at a time. We have watched 2 thunderstorms over Lombok. One in the evening and one midday. It is quite something. We sat under our grass hut on the beach having a snack and beverage and watched the storm clouds move over Lombok. It was such an intriguing thing to see. There was a ring of ... read more
View of Lombok as storm moves in
Gili Air Shore

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air October 3rd 2022

Gili Air – water (Air) Island (Gili) We love this little island! We were tempted to explore Gili T and Gili Meno, but once we landed, we finally found the sweet pace of nothing. The hardest decision is what to eat and should we watch the sunset? There are no vehicles, just horse and carriage or bike. The people here are friendly and lovely and really do have that island feel. Lots of smiles and easy going attitude. To point where one of the cashiers was napping on the floor of the store using napkins as a pillow. And no one cares. The work gets done and people just get to be people. It is noticeable here, and in Bali as well, that rules are from we can tell, take of yourself and each other. If ... read more
Morning Coffee at Turtle Hotel
Nathan taking in his world
Biking the island

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok January 17th 2020

Around the main island of Lombok there are many, many Gilis (=islands). Some of them inhabited, some just some rocks, bushes - but all having wonderful white sands, turquoise waters and stunning views. Being on search for a nice Gili we finally decided to go on a bigger one, which nontheless is relatively untouched with only few small private bungalows and no real tourist infrastructure. It was Gili Gede in the very far south-west of Lombok. From Senggigi we took a grab car and passing by Lembar, which is the main ferry port when coming from Bali. We reached the sleepy but beautiful village of Sekotong. A bit outside the village there is a little harbour. We got off the grab car and stood there in the midday heat on the beach with our backpacks. In ... read more
chilling in our hammock at Hula Hoop on Gili Gede
we could do this all day long: just relax and sail around this beautiful islands
on Gili Gede everyone is chilled

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Sengigi January 14th 2020

Travelling in Indonesia now since 3 weeks, we only had 8 days left with our free visa on arrival. Having seen and experienced so many incredible things in the last weeks, basically only 1 thing was missing: a super relaxed beach time in a tropical paradies where we could simply enjoy the hours watching the ocean, doing some meditation and just be. There are many options for this in Indonesia, but we decided to go to Lombok as this was the cheapest and easiest option for the remaining time and for both of us, Lombok was a new destination. Well, I (Nina) have been to Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno 9 years ago, but I never explored Lombok island itself. So early morning, we took a propellers flight from Labuanbajo to Lombok Praya. The sky was ... read more
Coco Beach - this place is like heaven on earth
Pantai Kerandangan 3
Senggigi Beach for sunset

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Mataram October 6th 2018

As I get ready to begin my 40th spin around the sun, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the good fortune that has surrounded my life for the most part. The last of 4 children between my parents, my journey was arguably the easiest of anyone in the family. No longer was mom washing ziplock bags for reuse or dad pinching supplies off the railroad, ha! I grew up in one of the nicer neighborhoods in my hometown surrounded by trees, friends and opportunity. My parents gave me every chance to succeed from supporting my football (soccer) aspirations through countless camps and even a tournament in Europe, to my needed move West to start afresh for my college years. Since then I have seen a few places, 51 countries and counting, worked in a few cool places, ... read more
Mind blown on top of Mt. Rinjani 2016
Peduli Anak tent area for the boys
1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in one class

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok July 17th 2018

I flew into Bali from Kuala Lumpur on what was a very turbulent flight. I got a bit braver than normal on the approach to Bali Denpasar airport and took some photos out of the window - very unusual for me to do that, but I did get some cracking photos of the mountains poking through the heavy cloud. We circled a few times before we were able to land and then on the approach to the runway, I actually started to wonder where it was! For quite some time it looked like we were going to land in the sea!! Needless to say, we didn’t. I went down the steps from the plane and was greeted by the most amazing sunset. Beautiful pink and orange skies. I was out of the airport and in to ... read more
Rice field walk, Tetebatu
Rice field workers, Tetebatu
Pottery making, Mas Bagik

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Senarau July 17th 2018

After a great sleep overnight with quite a quiet call to prayer from the local mosque we had breakfast and set off for the local market which was 5 minutes down the road to buy fish for the BBQ we would have on the beach that evening. We walked through the market feeling oddly, a little bit like a celebrity. As we weaved along the small passage ways in the market we were stopped by locals asking for a selfie! Apparenly, they like a photo with white people to post on Facebook - oh how the world has actually gone bonkers!! Our guide found a few stalls where there was a huge selection of fish and different seafood. He selected snapper, squid and tuna and bags of veggies, all selected from different stalls to spread the ... read more
Awesome view underwater
Coral and fish
BBQ on the beach

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