Showing posts with label INDONESIA-LOMBOK. Show all posts
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Komodo Island and Komodo Dragon 7 Wonders

Komodo Island in area Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of 1817km (proposed extensions would bring the total surface area up to 2,321km2). As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides refuge for many other  notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home.

Komodo Island

Komodo island will be more popularized by Sail Indonesia 2011 on June with about 120 yachts from at least 20 countries and will start from the provincial city of Kupang through Alor, Lembata, Maumere, Ende, Rote Ndao, Sabu, Sumba Timur, Riung, Sumba Tengah and Labuan Bajo as the mouth of Komodo island. Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The island has a surface area of 390 km² and over 2000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed themselves with the Bugis from Sulawesi. The population are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu minorities.
Komodo Dragon
Komodo or Komodo Dragon is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. Particularly notable here is the native Komodo dragon. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.

Komodo Island or Komodo National Park Tour In sumbawa Lombok Is Good your Swimming and Diving Include area:

Tanjung Rusa-A variety of small invertebrates and fish, including sharks and giant trevally, are visible while snorkeling the rocky slopes. Deeper diving to 40m reveals many coral trout, large groupers, schools of giant trevally, and massive dogtooth tuna.

Toro Oi-Excellent hard coral garden. Frogfish can be found on sponges on the reef slope. Nudibranchs and other unusual creatures are often found in this area.

GPS Point-Abundant fish life still exists in current-prone areas including large, missile-like Spanish mackerel. On the northwestern corner of this seamount grey reef sharks swim at 30m depth. Dogtooth tunas can sometimes be seen along the deeper slopes.

Lohwenci-A good variety of hard and soft corals, plenty of fish life and other marine creatures can be found at this site.

Tukoh serikaya--The corals are in very good condition and fish life is also very good. Lots of a whitetip reef sharks patrol the area, which is surrounded in clouds of anthias.

Tukoh-lehokgebah--This site has good coral coverage and plenty of small fish and sharks.

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon, as befits any creature evoking a mythological beast, has many names. It is also the Komodo monitor, being a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae, which today has but one genus, Varanus. Residents of the island of Komodo may call it the ora. Among some on Komodo and the islands of Rinca and Flores, it is buaja darat (land crocodile), a name that is descriptive but inaccurate; monitors are not crocodilians. Others call it biawak raksasa (giant monitor), which is quite correct; it ranks as the largest of the monitor lizards, a necessary logical consequence of its standing as the biggest lizard of any kind now living on the earth.

(A monitor of New Guinea, Varanus salvadorii, also known as the Papua monitor, may be longer than the lengthiest Komodo dragons. The former's lithe body and lengthy tail, however, leave it short of the thickset, powerful dragon in any reasonable assessment of size.) Within the scientific community, the dragon is Varanus komodoensis. And most everyone also calls it simply the Komodo.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gili Nangnu Paradise Island In Lombok and Turtle Conservation

Gili Nanggu is an island off the South West Peninsular of Lombok. The island is privately owned so there is only one place to stay and one restaurant. Gili Nanggu is tiny, it took us 20 minutes to walk around the whole island! There are only 20 bungalows on the island and they are set just back from the beach. This island is private and only occupied by the management and staff of the resort. The enchanting sea casts a strong spell on many visitors. It’s pristine beauty is a magnet to come and play at the beach everyday. Only by going a few meters down to the shallow seabed, crystal clear waters will reveal multi-colored tame marine fishes.

The Gili Nangnu island Is small island in Lombok was beautiful and the beaches were absolutely stunning. There was no dead coral on the beaches unlike the previous Gili islands so it was great just to have powder white sand under our toes.

Those who are interested in maritime recreation, snorkeling, sunbathing at the beach, or relaxing at a place of natural beauty, why don’t you stay overnight at Gili Nanggu. The island of 12,5 Ha area in Western Lombok is managed with Forest/Virgin Island concepts of unexploited nature. The serenity and beauty of this island makes Gili Nanggu a routine destination for many foreign tourists. They call Gili Nanggu:

The Gili Nanggu Sea Turtle Conservation Program has been functioning since 1995. Adult sea turtles lay eggs once a year. If you are lucky enough to visit Gili Nanggu when the baby sea turtles are ready for release, you can take part in this natural conservation activity and help give the sea turtles a future.

Gili Nangnu Beach Or Island have a great snorkelling, Diving and Swimming even for beginners, with a small reef very close from the shore with lots of colourful fishes,get used to people swimming in a crystal calm water. The last day in Gili Nangnu Island we did much the same, sunbathed, did some snorkeling and just chilled out. We all really loved Nanggu, it was really quiet, had beautiful beaches and nothing to do so was the perfect place to relax.

Senggigi Beach Lombok Beautiful Landscape

The Senggigi Beach spreads out along nearly 10 kilometers of coastal road. This road continues north to Bangsal, port for the Gili Islands. Along the way, a fantastic scenery of the north west coast of Lombok awaits. Most travelers start or end their stay at Senggigi Beach because of the easy access to Mataram Airport and accommodations options are available to all budgets. If you are frugal or intrepid and take the slow ferry from Bali, it's best to arrange transport in advance from the ferry dock to Senggigi, since the dock on the Lombok side is in a remote spot several kilometers south of Mataram.

Senggigi Beach is situated approximately 13 kilometers northwest of Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Lombok, stretched along 10 kilometers with white sand that tempt us to sit and enjoy the sound of the waves and forget all the routines and the fatigue life of the city with all the congestion and his frenzied. Beach scene with sea water blue green degradation and enjoy the sunset served in Senggigi Beach.
On this Senggigi beach, tourists can enjoy the activities swimming, canoeing, diving, snorkeling, or just sunbathe and enjoy the scenery.

Visiting Senggigi Beach on Lombok Island may need to be a tourism agenda for tourists who love the beauty and natural coolness. Just imagine, when entering the beach area, travelers will soon be swept away by the breeze gently blowing in the cluster along the coast in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province. Senggigi Beach does offer a unique charm of the beach.

Tiu Kelep Water Fall and Sendang Gile Water Fall Amazing Trip To Lombok

Those towering waterfalls are Sendang Gila Water Fall and Tiu Kelep waterfall. Sendanggila Water Fall is considered smaller than Tiu Kelep but its peculiarity is that it seems it cut through in the middle of the waterfall by a dike line is only to find that the more you are exploring down the river line off the main waterfall, the more you will encounter many other small waterfalls streaming down the dike line. After this, we are trailing up the irrigation steps and follow the ditch line and pass the brooks to get to Tiu Kelep Water Fall. Tiu Kelep is regarded the biggest waterfall in Lombok, on its base is the pool which sending chilly and cool water for the swimmers and according to Lombok belief it will keep you young once you probe its chilly waters.
Tiu KeleP Water Fall
From the entrance, you will walk about 20mins to Sendang Gile Waterfall, the smaller waterfall. From there, you can trek for about 45mins to the next bigger one, Tiu Kelap Waterfall which is the biggest in Lombok, but I would only suggest the physically fit ones to take this trek as you have to walk through jungles and the road is pretty steep and slippery.

You will also pass by a waterfall which you have to cross against the current of water, so no no for slippers. Best to wear something with strap around your feet and able to walk in water as it would be diffcult to wear barefoot given the rough road and the pointed rocks in the waterfall which you have to cross over.

Sendang gile Water Fall
The Tiu Kelep waterfall is located in the Mount Rinjani national park in the Indonesian island of Lombok. It is accessed via a track from Senaru Village. Sendang Gile Water Fall, located 600 meters above sea level on the foot of Rinjani Mountain. cool and quiet hill, gives you a comfortable rest. 300 meters down is the biggest waterfall in Lombok, irrigates the environment with it's crystal clear water coming from the nature. Senaru Traditional Village, where mountain tribe's life and civilization of past century still exist as a part of the nature.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tanjung Ringgit Rock Adventure Tourism In Lombok Indonesian

At the witching hour between midnight and sunrise, the view from the lonely lighthouse at Tanjung Ringgit, on Lombok’s southeastern tip, is like that over an enormous city, as the lights of the fishing boats crowd into the blackness. Above, the stars seem not only more plentiful than anywhere else but fatter too, great splotches in the sky as though here you are just that bit closer to heaven.

When the stars fade, the fishermen return home with their haul. The sky breaks open in pink and orange over the mistdraped island of Sumbawa, next in the diverse Lesser Sunda Islands chain. It is not the kilometers that make this place remote. Reaching it is a rough drive along a rough road, through seemingly uninhabited scrub and cotton trees, the arid hills falling away to unkempt beaches. There is plenty of proof this desolate, windswept point is not at the end of the world, but it almost feels it could be.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


The view from the hills over Kuta Lombok, on the island’s south coast, is one of untouched tranquility.
The land stretches out in shades of green, rice paddies peeping through the clutter of palm trees, the rugged coastline dropping hillocks into the achingly blue waters. From up here, the only sign of civilization is the ragged road and a telecommunications tower, but somewhere down there are villages of farming and fishing folk, engaged in the business of just getting by. Somewhere down there is a strip of guesthouses, restaurants and a surf shop, more superimposed on the town than part of it. One or two places offer live music but the main entertainment here is still the sunset. For many, Kuta’s quiet is the very reason they’re on this side of the Lombok Strait, rather than in Bali; the near neighbors are worlds apart.

Driving west along the coast road out of Kuta Beach Lombok is to go off the beaten track onto the battered, bruised and broken one, battling along on what is more pothole than road. This is not gentle country, nor an easy drive, but the destination is worth it. Those who just want to relax or hide can do so in blue-and-white bays, such as Mawan, where the most desirable beachfront property is overrun with bamboo shacks and brightly painted boats, the working fishermen apparently oblivious to the bikini-clad tourists paddling in the shallows.

Those who want to surf can find world-renowned waves, especially at Kuta, Gerupak or Mawi beaches. Or they can head further round the coastline to Bangko Bangko, also known as Desert Point, a windy outpost on the island’s westernmost tip, accessible via an arm-wrenching drive along a track of sand and rocks.

Desert Point has nothing but a couple of bamboo kiosks, gazebos and disordered bungalows, from which emerge incongruously oversized surfers, come for the legendary waves. Surfing done, they sit by the sand, clutching equally oversized Bintang bottles, watching the sunset as the fishing boats flicker like competitors in a recreational yachting race. Such rough, intense beauty was never going to stay that way for long. Investors
are snapping up great slabs of land, drooling over visions of luxury villas and tourist dollars (once they sort out the certification and lack of electricity and water).

The greatest of these is Emaar Properties from the United Arab Emirates, which has announced plans to build
near Kuta – for US$600 million, on some 1,200 hectares with seven kilometers of waterfront – five-star resorts, luxury residences, a marina, a golf course and boutique shops. In two years or 10, that view from the hills above Kuta will be changed utterly, and who knows what kind of beauty will be born.

Mount Rinjani Lombok Adventure Tourism

The revered Mt. Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest mountain, dominates the north of Lombok. From mountain to coast is farmland, dotted with mosques and villages, home to the island’s three million people, most of whom are indigenous Sasak. Although it is only about 80 kilometers from one side of the island to the other, when driving the island seems larger, with the quality and chaos of the roads keeping the average speed down. Nevertheless, from Salaparang airport near the capital, Mataram, on the west coast, you can get anywhere in Lombok within a couple of hours: north to the resort strip of Senggigi and the legendary Gili islands; northeast to Rinjani and the rural retreat of Tetebatu; or south through the city of Praya to the beaches.

The drive is a picturesque tour of an agrarian lifestyle, through villages and towns and past people working the fields: rice, tobacco, coffee, corn. Lombok is the westernmost island of West Nusa Tenggara, officially the nation’s leastdeveloped province, which gets by on agriculture, tourism and overseas remittances from tens of thousands of migrant workers. If Lombok is going to be the “next Bali”, as some hype would have it, it has a good 25 years to catch up on.

But its secret to closing some of that gap lies on an empty expanse near Praya, where ant lines of trucks kick up dust and a small roadside sign hints that here is the future of Lombok – here, PT Angkasa Pura II is building an international airport. The airport has been talked about for eons, but with construction finally underway, it could be operational in a couple of years. This airport, designed to handle three times as many passengers as the current one, will also help ease the burden on Denpasar, landing tourists here and shuttling them across the strait.

Complementing the development is a new road: a highway to the capital, northwestern tourist attractions and the fast boat to Bali. It is an even shorter trip to the beaches and future resorts down south.

Gili Trawangan a Milion Beauty Saving In Gili Island Lombok

If anyone is nervous about the new airport’s impact and the ascendance of the south, it is those in the more-developed northwest, not least the resort town of Senggigi. Senggigi, minutes north of Mataram, is a 10-kilometer strip of resorts and entertainment spots hugging a splendid coastline of beaches. While each resort offers its own brand of protected paradise, from the road the town is an unprepossessing place. The resort walls block the beaches from anyone not a paying guest, while the other side of the road is a hodgepodge of shops, tourist offices and restaurants, interspersed with vacant lots.

At nighttime the strip comes alive with flashing lights and competing wails from the numerous karaoke joints. But continue north out of town and you are back in that dark Lombok quiet, the hills rising on one side of you, the black nothingness of the sea blotting out the other. Drive a little further, though, and more lights appear in the distance: Gili Trawangan, where the partying really starts.

Gili Trawangan is the largest of the fabled Gili islands – the others are Air and Menos which entered backpacker lore years ago. They are a paradise for diving, snorkeling, lazing and partying (on soft drugs and hard), and have no motorized transport or paved roads. You can walk the sandy track around Trawangan in a couple of hours, past dive centers, souvenir shops, cafes offering mixed juice and magic mushrooms, sophisticated bungalows and private holdings to “downtown”  a row of classy restaurants and bars, their tables and chairs in the sand. Inland are the houses, the villas, the local residents supporting the tourist industry
and all its demands.

Trawangan remains a mock desert island with mod cons and good food. On Trawangan, you can lie in bed to watch the sun rise over Lombok, then walk the 50 meters to the water and snorkel over the reef, taking in tropical fish and a turtle or two before heading back for breakfast on the beach. During the day, the white sand is dotted with pink bodies on deck chairs, as boats come and go for diving and sightseeing trips. At night, “downtown” is lit with lanterns; you can pick your own seafood for the barbecue or sprawl on cushions in a gazebo, sampling a dazzling range of cocktails before moving to a party where the band plays all night. People come to Trawangan for a couple of days and stay for a month, then return year after year for a brief island escape from reality.

But the Trawangan reality is not all peaceful charm. It seems that for every tourist sprawled by the water, there is a construction worker, and for every completed building there is one on the way. The money is moving in  more families and honeymooners are visiting, where once it was just backpackers and divers – and now there are plenty of fancy places alongside the cheaper ones. Those who have been here a while complain of change from the influx of workers:

The sense of community is gone, they say, thefts are up and the illicit drug problem just keeps getting worse.
Like the community, the infrastructure is under pressure. Fresh water is at a premium: It all has to be piped or shipped in. The island’s only generator is overburdened, and blackouts are increasingly common. Development might be the long road out of poverty but, as Lombok is learning, growing means growing pains.