The Beauty of The Lombok Island

Lombok is an island located in West Nusa Tenggara Province east of Bali Island. The island, which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, is located between the Lombok Strait from the West and the Alas Strait in the East. The island of Lombok does have a completely different beauty.

Lombok Island
Lombok Island from the flight

There are those who say that Lombok tourism is an outlet for tourism in the Island of the Gods Bali, actually this expression is not true because in fact there are quite a lot of people who come to Lombok directly from Jakarta. Lombok Island has its own uniqueness that tourists want to meet, as well as Bali which has its own charm.

Lombok Island
West Nusa Tenggara from the flight

Lombok Island can be reached by air / plane transportation in approximately 55 minutes from Soekarno - Hatta Airport to Zainuddin Abdul Madjid Airport. One of the national airlines such as Garuda used to fly from Jakarta to Lombok as many as 22 flights (This is the number at the time of writing in 2019, at other times the number may change). The number of flights is quite a lot.

The number of flights to Lombok is of course because many tourists intend to enjoy the beauty of the island of Lombok. Moreover, Zainuddin Abdul Madjid Airport has its status as an International Airport, so that flight access to and from abroad can go directly to this airport.

Tourists can also access land and water transportation, namely through the island of Bali and then cross using fast boats. There are several fast boat options, namely Wahana Gili Ocean, Wahana Tirta I, Patagonia Xpress, Bluewater Express and Bali Eka Jaya.

So what are the uniqueness of Lombok Island tourism?


Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani National Park
Mount Rinjani National Park. Photo: tnrinjani.net

Besides that, in Lombok there is Mount Rinjani which is a natural charm of its own. Mount Rinjani is located in West Nusa Tenggara and is one of the active volcanoes.

The beauty of Mount Rinjani plus the beauty of Segara Anak or also known as Anak Laut in the Sasak language. The beauty of Segara Anak lake is very cool. Many foreign tourists come specifically to see the beauty of Mount Rinjani.

Mount Rinjani is also included as a National Park or more completely called the Mount Rinjani National Park (TNGR) which has been established since 1997. This National Park has mountainous and valley contours. The plains also stretch out wide savanahs.

The flora on Mount Rinjani is also extraordinary, one of which is the Eternal Flower (Anaphalis viscida) and the Mountain Pine (Casuarina junghuhniana) which is at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level on Mount Rinjani. In addition, the fauna is also very diverse, including some that are included in the list of protected fauna such as the Cikukua Horn (Philemon Buceroides Neglectus), Pangolin (Manis Javanicus), Lutung budeng (Trachypithecus auratus kohlbruggei) and deer (Muntiacus Muntjak Nainggolani).

For those who like climbing activities. Mount Rinjani deserves to be on the list. The climbing schedule here is every day, except on Fridays where certain places are closed. Before climbing, you must register on line in the eRinjani application. The fare for local tourists is Rp. 5000, - for weekdays, on holidays Rp. 7500, -. Meanwhile, the tariff for foreign tourists is Rp. 150 thousand for weekdays and on holidays the rate is Rp. 250 thousand.


Senggigi Beach

Senggigi Beach, Lombok
Senggigi beach view in the morning

Senggigi Beach is located in Batu Layar District, West Nusa Tenggara. This beach has wide white sand with clear sea water. The waves on this beach are quite safe for swimming, especially for children. One of the charms is the beauty of the sea, which is clean, clear, beautiful and unspoiled. Likewise, the marine biota in it is still completely natural.

Apart from enjoying the vast white sand in Senggigi, this beach also provides various water-related activities, such as various kinds of water sports, namely; deving, jet sky, banana boat, rowing boat and so on.

If you like fishing, various fishing equipment rentals have also been prepared. If you are passionate about American Coboy romance, there are also horses available here for rent at a rate of Rp. 250 - 300 thousand for one hour, you just need to prepare the hat. Of course, while taking selfies with various styles.

Wisata Pulau Gili 

Senggigi Beach, Lombok
Turtle on Gili Terawangan Island, Lombok

Gili Terawangan Island (Teragang) is located in Gili Indah Village, Pemenang District, North Lombok Regency. There are 3 Gili islands, namely; Gili Terawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Terawangan Island is the largest among other Gili islands. This island has a length of 3 km and a width of 2 km and has tourism facilities that are classified as complete.

It is called Pulau Terangang because it is used as a place for turtles to lay their eggs. If you like to dive (snorkel), you will often see turtles in the sea. Turtle has become a separate icon in diving activities around the Gili Islands. The sustainability of these turtles is also very well preserved.

Senggigi Beach, Lombok
Turtle on Gili Terawangan Island, Lombok

This Gili Terawangan facility is classified as the most complete, there are hotels, resorts, villas, bungalows, cafes, swimming columns, various water rides and other rides. One of the famous cafes here is Cafe Kayu on Gili Indah. On this beach we can also exercise by cycling which are rented here.

The most sought-after tourist activity here is scuba diving. Many of these dives will be guided by various PADI certified professional guides.


Mataram City

Mataram City, Lombok Island
Mataram City in the night.
Photo: Bachtiar M.
Mataram City is the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. This city is very friendly to tourists, because tourism activities are integrated with the pulse of the people of Mataram, Lombok. Mataram is the largest and most bustling city on the island of Lombok.

Very complete tourist facilities here. There are many hotels, resorts, cottages, restaurants with excellent facilities and international standards.

The city of Mataram is quite large and has a land area of ​​61.30 km². Lombok city also has a wide area of ​​coast and sea, namely 56.80 km² of sea water. Historically, the coastal area has been an important strategic area on the island of Lombok.

There are so many tourist destinations here besides being able to enjoy such as seeing Ampenan Old City, Lombok Islamic Center Mosque which has beautiful architecture, Mayura Water Park Temple Tour, Sangkareang Park, West Nusa Tenggara State Museum, Udayana Park, Meru Temple and Loang Maloq Tomb.


History of Mataram City in Lombok
 
The history of the city of Mataram is closely related to the history of the Mataram Kings who ruled before the Dutch East Indies entered and colonized. Kerajaam Mataram Lombok had reached its glory in 1842, so that the power of the Mataram Lombok Kingdom was able to conquer another kingdom, namely the Pagesangan Kingdom. Then in 1843 the Kahuripan Kingdom conquered.

When the King of Mataram was defeated by the Dutch East Indies who sent his troops from Batavia. The island of Lombok was finally controlled by the Dutch East Indies. At that time, the Government of Lombok Island was in the form of the Afdeling Bali Lombok Residency and was included in the West Lombok Administration.

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