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27 Februari, 2014

Setangi Beach

Setangi Beach - If called Setangi Beach, definitely people will be confused and do not know where the place is located. Though beauty is not inferior to the well-known beach in Lombok. That Lombok, storing various kind of natural beauty that has been exposed and is still hidden.
During his time at the beach, cool atmosphere, will feel fresh and fun. Many coconut trees which will grow soothing atmosphere around the beach. In addition to a pleasant atmosphere, the cleanliness of the beach is maintained.



Sunset At Setangi Beach - Photo by Lychos Photography
Setangi Beach is located in North Lombok regency precisely before Malimbu. Has good road access and can be passed by both private vehicles motorcycles and cars. Their journey through the city of Mataram does not take a long time, besides the distance is not too far away, the road through which was nice and wide.

To Get There

Access to the beach is easy, because the location is not too far from the city of Mataram, Senggigi no point – Malimbu. From this point we can just go to the west, there are several entrances, one of which just had made on the ramp before Malimbu, fairly wide path so that the car can freely enter. The sand is white mixed with black, large extend with large waves.
Warm sunset at Setangi Beach -
Photo by Lychos Photography

Amaq Darwilis, The last sasak Puppets Maestro

Amaq Darwilis -
Photo By Lychos Photography
AMAQ DARWILIS-The Last Sasak Puppet Maestro - His name is Amaq Darwilis, the last sasak puppets maestro.

Sasak puppet is special puppet of Sasak tribe living in Lombok. Sasak puppet looks like Bali puppet. Based on the history, Sasak puppets has existed in Lombok since 1464 M. Wayang Sasak formerly used to preach Islam in Lombok, but now Sasak puppet is commonly presented in exhibition or cultural show.

Gamelan that accompanies wayang Sasak composed of ceng-ceng, suling, tawa-tawa, kendang, pleret, and kempul. Sasak puppet show needs 10 people to help organize the show. The organizer is consisting of a puppeteer, two assistants to organize puppet puppeteer, and seven drummers of gamelan.

In Lombok Island, the famous puppeter is Lalu Nasip. He started playing puppet since he was in the 5th grade of elementary school. Our hope is that young generation will help to preserve the culture.

25 Juni, 2012

Surfing Spot in Lombok & Sumbawa

 Lombok is also known for its best secret surf point, The Desert Point. Still very isolated but for most Australian surfers they named it as "Desert Point", located in South West cost of Lombok. Desert Point also known as Bangko bangko beach.

A long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Best between 3-8 ft.
Surfing in Lombok is much less hassle than in Kuta Beach Bali.

Kuta Beach & South Coast of Lombok (The Gerupuk Beach) also offer good quality of surf. You may need to hire boat from locals to take you to some of the wave's point. If you stay in Kuta Beach Lombok, ask around, many locals surfer will guide you to find the waves.

Kuta Lombok is "surfers' paradise". Waves are excellent and many good surf points, such as Mawi, Mawun and etc include "Point X", along South coast of Lombok. Matahari Hotel or Kuta Indah has the wave information board.

Surfing spots in Kuta and South Coast of Lombok

This huge bay is about 7 km east Kuta. The bay itself is home to five different spots which work on various tide, wind and swell combinations. Basically you can always get a wave at Gerupuk. All waves can only be accessed by boat.

Inside Gerupuk: or Bumbang Bay, is a right-hander over a flat reef. It is suitable for all levels an has fun waves, with a long wall and a forgiving lip. On big days with a Southwest swell it can be a great spot to surf. This break is surfable at any seasons and can handle any wind, even the trade wind, as it is protected by the surrounding hills. Best on an incoming tide and can hold 10ft solid.

Outside Gerupuk: or Gili Golong. A right-hander that is good at mid to high tide, better take your booties at low. Multiple peaks outside offer big drops on takeoff bending into a hollow and fast inside section. Can hold 8-10ft but is best at 4-6ft, from October to April.

Don-Don: The furthest break inside the bay and as a result needs a bigger swell to break. Don Don is a perfect A-frame peak walling and bending both left and right. For all level of surfers. Can be good in any season as long as the winds are light. Works on any tide, with out going tide the best time.

Kid's Point: or Pelawangan, is another right-hander, only breaks on the biggest days, but when it works, its barrel city. Best on an incoming tide.

A right hand reef break located on the west side of Kuta. Access by boat and land is possible. This break is one of the best right hander on the South Coast. Mid to low tides can see the inside section doubling up and barreling. A left hander on the other side of the bay is surfable, though only when its small. Need a north-west wind, most common from October to April. Are Guling can hold 8-10ft when perfect, but is best at 4-6ft.

seger beach
Located just 2 km from Kuta. Seger is a right reef break, with the occasional left off the peak. A good place when the swell drops. On mid tides and offshore winds this can be a great spot, with short tubes and bowly walls ready for any move you can think of. Need a light wind or north west wind, around Oct-April...

Located 20 minutes west of Kuta. On small days this reef break offers a nice peak with short hollow rights and lefts. At 6ft plus, Mawi transforms into a heaving left barrel, with elevator drops and heavy hold downs. At 8-10ft it’s not a spot for the faint hearted. Best on mid tides and a south east trade wind, from May to September. Mawi can hold any size you're prepared to surf, just bring your balls!

Located to the east of Kuta and takes about 30 minutes by car to Awang and then another 20 mins by boat across the bay. Ekas is home to two spots.

Outside Ekas: is a left hander that starts working over 5ft and holds up to 10ft. The wave offers huge drops, acres of open face to carve and a ton of power to spare. Best on mid to high tides and a south east wind.

Inside Ekas: Located further inside the bay from Outside Ekas. A fun, walling peak, that can handle real size. Needs a big swell and south east winds, but on it day can offer very long rides and barrels on the inside of the right. Low tides for the right, higher tides for the left and holds 12ft plus.

Located on the South West Coast of Lombok, 3 hours drive from Kuta. On its day Desert Point is regarded as one of the best waves on the planet. Barrels of 20 seconds have been filmed there and 10 second tubes are common. Full or new moon low tides, a south east wind and a big swell are needed, most consistent from May to October. It can go weeks without waves, but just one Desert Point bomb will make the wait worth it. Experienced surfer only. Bring your booties an a good tube riding board.

Lakey Beach

One of the surf paradise and become the one of the best surf spot in Indonesia is Lakey Beach, located in Huu District, Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. Lakey Beach is one of the beautiful beaches in Indonesia where the Lakey’s wave peak that so famous to foreign countries. This beach is known for its excellence and consistency of the waves to become the world’s best surfing locations. Lakey Beach is also known for having the most complete types of waves than the other beaches in the world. Wave types are:
  • Nangas is a type of flat-shaped waves.
  • Lakey Peak is the first wave peaked and then leveled off
  • Pipe is a wave that looks like a pipe, a type of waves that can also be found in Hawaii.
  • Periscope is a type of wave that resembles a pair of binoculars so that when they bend over the waves, surfers as there are in the binoculars.
If in Nias Island or Hawaii, the waves were only moving in one direction, then Lakey wave can move in both directions, left and right. Technically, the Lakey waves was considered safe for surfing sports, because in normal conditions the wave height between 1.5 to 3 meters and a depth of 4 meters of the beach, And with waves sound about 150 feet from tidal water.
Lakey Beach has become one of the leading tourist attraction with many facilities have been provided. Anyway, enjoy your vacation at Lakey beach.

Oncer Dance

Oncer Boy - Photo by Lychos Photography
Oncer Girly - Photo by Lychos Photography
This dance is a dance together which consisted of three groups of six or eight people carrier called kenceng kenceng dancers, two men carrying a drum called the dancers drums, and one person called a dancer petuk, petuk carrier. Each group brought their own movements. Oncer can dance danced by both men and women, but the role one plays the role of men. Can be played at the arena or on the stage of the day and night.

Oncer dance are closely related with the Gamelan, Gendang ( Drum) Beleq. Beleq drum beaten while dancing with a unique movement. Gamelan Drum Beleq numerous in the island of Lombok.

This dance consists of three parts including:
- Motion Bukaq trap
- Motion Lizard Ngengos
- Motion Rebek taping
- Motion Tereng Repoq
- Motion Tindoq
- Motion Cempaka Panclang
- Motion Keroton Kombol
- Motion Sandal Kebak

After the dance ended, the dance will be closed with respect hersap sate together in the formation by placing both hands clasped in front of the face.

Novotel Lombok

Novotel Lombok is a 4 star resort located on the southern shore of Lombok island, overlooking the beautiful white sand and turquoise bay of Kuta beach. Built 19kms from Bandara International Lombok Airport, our resort features traditional Sasak and provides a tranquil atmosphere set within luscious tropical gardens. Featuring 102 beautiful rooms, suites, traditional Sasak and private pool villas set amongst tropical lush gardens, Novotel Lombok is the essence of relaxation and tranquility.

Hotel highlights

Novotel Lombok is a 4 star resort located on the southern shore of Lombok island, overlooking the beautiful white sand & turquoise bay of Kuta beach. This idyllic resort is just 19kms from Bandara International Lombok Airport (Airport Code LOP).

Secret Island Resort

If you are looking for a Lombok Gili hotel and a change from the  often over crowded 3 NW. Gili islands or Lombok's other remarkable areas. The Secret Island Resort hotel is perfect for your get away.  We presently consider our Hotel at least a two star hotel in a five star location with many 3 star features. This includes yacht moorings and a guest dock. We also have Solar Hot water in our deluxe bungalow on the hillside, bungalow over the Reef, beachside rooms and our 2 bedroom Villa: AC is really not needed most all year round nor desirable for the environment. We are working toward being a fully Eco responsible hotel aware that Global Warming is upon us. The Spectacular Bungalow over the Reef is stable and not floating. It is attached to a long wooden dock that is wonderfully tranquil and private. This unit plus our two bedroom villa and deluxe hillside bungalow are for those looking for a higher class setting with hot water and spectacular views. Honeymoon specials available.

The beautiful surroundings and undisturbed nature of Gili Gede provides the perfect location to experience the 12 Unspoiled SouthWest Gilis. It is located just 5 minutes from the mainland of Lombok Island and features  a really good for the kids swimming beach right in front of the Resort.

Look for the only Car & Boat Gas Dock/Station in Sekotong SW. Lombok, just a 45 minutes drive past Lembar harbor you will find Tembowong beach and just 100 meters past the only gas station you will see the 'Secret Island Resort' sign.

The charter Sport Fishing and Snorkel Mania speed boat 'Scorpio' is located here at Secret Island Resort's own private Dock.  We now have 3 diferent boats to offer you snorkeling from 100,000Rp to 200,000Rp, depending on your desired time snorkeling and amount of locations. If you are only two 3 people we recommend our 6 meter Speed boat to 3 different Gili islands for 150,000rp per persons. The 12 unspoiled SW. Gili Islands have the Best Snorkeling in Lombok, we promise you won't be disappointed.

This unique resort is now fully open for your vacation pleasure. SIR has the only safe and stable Bungalow over the Reef in all of Bali or Lombok. Please come and meet Lombok's Friendly people.

The facilities including a large restaurant & pavilion with Titin's Yacht Bar, sometimes hosting cruising sailors and all others who are interested in having an enjoyable vacation away from other crowded Gili islands.

Some other 4 star guests from other "high class resorts in Lombok" visit us for the day and the excellent food. If your looking for a peaceful spot with lots of good Fishing and Snorkeling, shell collecting and very friendly people Secret Island Resort is a place for you.

Whoever you are; our guests enjoyment and good service come first. If you are interested in arriving via a deluxe charter boat from Bali; there are several excellent possibilities to charter from Bali to the Secret Island Resort our 9 meter ten passenger 'Scorpio'  is one. 'Fast Boat Travels'

Our very special "Our Over the Reef Bungalow" is often booked, so please check with us as soon as possible for availability.  Also available is our two-bedroom villa with Hot Water, one Hillside Bungalow with Hot water, 5 double Rooms, 2 double and single bed rooms and single person bedrooms;  Some rooms offer dramatic ocean views with the perfect sunrise and sunset panorama from different spots around the grounds.

There are a couple pyramid gazebos for your relaxing pleasure: Secret Island is quickly becoming well-known to those seeking the good life where FUN, FOOD and ACTIVITIES are primary.

Spend a day here or spend several days. You and your friends can take "Great Kayak Tour" of the inner waters of "Tembowong Bay". This is a natural harbor with many calm reefs and some of Lombok's oldest pearl farms. It is also very easy to get around by Kayak just by your self.  Or charter one of Secret excellent boats to cruise, snorkel or fish with.

The best snorkeling in Lombok is very nearby and excellent day or night fishing are available here in the south west Gili Islands. "The Secret is the Refuse" where it is easy to refuse your stress. "SIR" encourages you to enjoy your special vacation time here and promise we will do our best to show you around the 12 unspoiled gilis.

Aman Gati Hotels

Hotel Aman Gati Sekotong, West Lombok

The Aman Gati Hotel Lombok - Labuhan Poh. We are located on the beach in Sekotong West Lombok. World class surfing, diving, and fishing are  awaiting you on this Bali's sister island. Its rustic rural setting allows and welcomes guests to witness and interact with friendly local people. Traditional lives, awe & inspiring beauty, excellent service and good reasonable prices are our guarantee.
The Aman Gati is nestled in the back of a large bay, the glassy conditions in the bay are perfect for water sports such as: Wake Boarding, Tubing, Jet Skiing, and Waterskiing. Just around the corner is Legendary Desert point, regarded by many experts as one of the best waves in the world. We provide transportation to and from the surf. We can also take you to some secret spots.

Aman Gati Hotel Lombok Labuhan Poh. For those who just want to relax, you have come to the right place. Sekotong’s long empty beaches are perfect for a morning and sunset stroll. Looking for seashells, enjoying a massage or just watching cable television in your air conditioned room are really relaxing, far from any duty.

Our hotel has restaurant,  meeting hall, biliards and ping pong room. We also provide a boat dock for guests arriving by sea. Last but not least we have signal for mobile phones for those who need to stay in contact with the outside world using your mobile phone and/or network.

The Exotic Gili's in South Lombok

Did you know there are in fact 26 Gili islandssurrounding the mainland of Lombok, on the northwest coast is of course the most famous and most developed, They are called - Gili TrawanganGili Meno and Gili Air, they are the most famous Gili Islands which are in the North Lombok Regency.
On the southwest peninsular which is rapidly being developed on the mainland due to the expectation of the new airport and of course it’s amazing natural beauty are another 12 Gili islands in the Sekotong Peninsula, West Lombok Regency. They are called - Gili NangguGili SudakGili Tangkong, (Where the super chic, Dharma Gili eco resort is planned), Gili Poh (the smallest by far) Gili GentingGili LontarGili LayarGili AmbenGili GedeGili AnyaranGili Layar and Gili Asahan. only 2 have accommodations, Gili Nannggu and Gili Gede.
The southwest coast of Lombok is one of the most spectacular areas in Indonesia and is still relatively undeveloped, offering a pristine natural region for travellers to explore.

South of Lembar Harbour, the main port on West Lombok, the southwest coast features a series of stunning bays set against a backdrop of green hills and fields. There are also twelve small islands just off the coast, similar to the famous Gilis, but largely uninhabited.
The drive itself is a worthwhile trip, meandering through villages where life is untouched by tourism and where the people are involved in their day-to-day activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brick-making and other traditional pastimes. Along the roadsides you will see people building and repairing boats, laying out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, working in the fields, and sometimes guiding primitive wooden ploughs harnessed to huge water buffalo as they prepare the fields for planting.
Heading towards Sekotong, on the left side of the road is a sealed road leading up the hill. Climbing steeply, the views back down the hill and across the fields are truly magnificent. The panorama stretches out across the clear waters, highlighting the white sand coastline and the many small islands dotted just off the coast. Some of these islands have simple accommodation for travellers and are great places to visit – the Gilis of the future, no doubt!

A bit further along the main road is Taun, a peaceful village with friendly people, situated on a wide, placid bay. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide sweep around the bay, while the hills behind form a perfect backdrop to an idyllic setting. Just out in the calm bay sit the three lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily accessible by local outrigger boats. A small sign in the nearby village will direct you to the local boat hire area, where you can arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and the other small islands in the area, at reasonable rates.
A little further on, before the local marine culture complex (Balai Budaya Laut), there is a small dirt road leading off toward the beach. This road leads out onto a dazzling white peninsular of land that juts into beautiful blue waters. Gili Genting is a small hill in the ocean situated just off the point. At high tide it is separated from the mainland by a shallow stretch of water and at low tide it is possible to walk out to explore the island. The rock formations are ancient lava flows into which the sea has carved all sorts of interesting shapes, tunnels and caves; providing sheltered nooks and crannies of shade… a perfect setting for a picnic lunch!
On the South West coast in the Lombok Regency there are another 3 islands - Gili SoletGili Sarang Burungand Gili Kawu.
In the South east, in the East Lombok Regency is 3 more islands, Gili IndahGili Merengke and Gili Belek.
And the only other islands are in the very North East Lombok Regency, is Gili LawangGili SulatGili PentanganGili Bidara (Pasaran) and Gili Lampu.
All have a few things in common, 75% are uninhabited, they all have crystal white sands, clear turquiose waters for amazing snorkelling and diving, and are unspoilt. This left us wondering how these islands can still be one of Lombok’s best kept secrets, although I have heard through the grapevine people are catching on and plots are selling, which is not surprising when they have so much to offer, both to tourists and investors!
surfing point in southwest lombok
Dotted in the ocean just off shore from the mainland, around two hours drive south from Senggigi, are the magnificent Southwest Gilis – starting with the three small gilis (meaning “islands” in local language) just south of Lembar Harbour: Gili NangguGili Sudat and Gili Tangkong. only Gili Nanggu has accommodation for visitors, with Gili Nanggu Cottages providing simple accommodation on the beach and a restaurant, as well as some more up-market rooms further back from the beach.
Slightly further south are Gili Genting and Gili Lontar, with Gili Poh forming a round white dot in the ocean slightly further offshore to the north of these two. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of a beautiful white-sand peninsular that juts into the ocean. At low tide, you can walk across the sandbar from the peninsular and explore this uninhabited island. Old volcanic rocks and stone carved from centuries of tides create small caves, providing shelter for picnics and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.
Gili Amben is just offshore, slightly to the south, while Gili Anyaran is further out, but easily accessible by local boat. Dominating them all, located between these two islands, is the big island of Gili Gede.
So large and so close to shore that it is often mistaken as part of the mainland, Gili Gede is a picturesque and sprawling island with many small coves and pretty beaches along its coast and small hills running through the centre, which have wonderful views of the Southwest Gilis.
Secret Island Resort is located on a small hill at the southern tip of the island, providing simple and comfortable accommodation, as well as personalised snorkelling and island tours and fishing trips on their 9m purpose-built boat, Scorpio. On the northern end of the island is another small resort, Via Vaccare, with octagonal shaped rooms on the beach, offering peaceful island breaks, and yoga and meditation sessions for those who wish to participate.
To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of Gili Renggit, Layar and Asahan are lined up like secret treasures in the calm sea. Abundant coral reefs lay just below the surface waiting to be explored, filled with thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish, huge sprawling blue starfish and magical turtles gently gliding through the water. Deserted white sand beaches call visitors from the sea to picnic on the beach and swim in the clear turquoise waters. Many of the beaches are lined with shells washed up by the tide and the temptation to take home these pretty souvenirs is irresistible. A day spent playing in the water, snorkelling above the colourful coral and beachcombing the shores is a tonic for the soul in this magical and pristine environment.
Those who wish to explore the underwater world further can join dive adventures with Dive Zone, the only diving company located in the area, on the beach at Sundancer Resort in Sekotong. Owner-operator, George, is only to happy to show visitors these exciting and totally unspoiled dive sites, abundant with hard and soft corals and all kinds of tropical fish species. Diving amongst schools of magnificent turtles is common, as these peaceful giant creatures live undisturbed in the waters of the Southwest Gilis and do not fear man as a hunter.
There are at least four other small islands, barely dots in the ocean, as well as coral atolls raising out of the sparkling waters of the Southwest Gilis… more delightful islands in the making. But for now, the secret islands of the southwest provide more than enough opportunities for those seeking truly unspoiled and deserted tropical island paradises. With so much beauty on offer both above and below the sea, the Southwest Gilis can’t remain a secret much longer!

Gili Gede is a small island located 500 meters northwest of the island of Lombok. The island has a maximum length of 4 km is the administrative county of West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Gede mean big so Gili Gede is big island. That is true that Gili Gede is the largest Gili Island on Lombok. It has  It has 4 Sasak traditional Fishing villages and accessible from a well well maintained Lombok highway.  It is only 400 meters from the main island of Lombok. You can get there easily via a local outrigger local boat transport called "Sampan". On the island there is one resort for visitor stay called "Secret Island Resort". For those who love beach, snorkeling, diving or just want to relaxing on hidden word of paradise do not miss to visit and stay on Gili Gede. Other interesting to see is a big farm oyster industry for Pearl own by Japanese. The farm industry called "Kyoko Budaya Mutiara", it has been produces the best quality of pearl in the world.
Gili Gede

Gili Asahan

The Anandita Villa

Spectacular Villa Anandita rests within a huge coconut grove bordering the postcard-perfect, white-sand Sira Beach on the island of Lombok – Bali’s beautiful, but slightly shy, next-door neighbour. With acres of space and four delightful bedroom pavilions, Villa Anandita is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a get-away-from-it-all holiday in a gorgeous, tropical island location while being pampered by a dedicated team of experienced staff. Outdoor activities abound, from swimming in the 26m free-form pool to volleyball on the lawn, snorkelling, sea kayaking and bike rides through traditional Villages, to a round of golf on the adjacent and stunningly situated 18-hole championship course.

  • Free-form, light salt water swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • 4 air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • iPod, MP3, HiFi in the four bedrooms
  • Satellite TV, VCD, DVD and CD
  • Board games & toys available
  • Baby cot
  • Safe deposit boxes in the bedrooms
  • Laundry service
  • Spa treatments (extra charge)
  • VCD, DVD and CD library
  • Book library
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Sports equipment: 2 double sea kayaks, 11 adult bikes and 3 children’s bikes, life jackets, snorkelling equipment
  • Volleyball court