Discover Lombok Trip Notes

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  • Trip code : ITISL
  • Trip length : 8 Days
  • Trip starts in : Ubud, Indonesia
  • Trip ends in : Senggigi, Indonesia
  • Maximum group size : 12
  • Ages : Min 15
  • Meals : 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinners
  • Accommodation : Guesthouse (5 nts), Hotel (2 nts)
  • Transport : Ferry, Minibus, Taxi, Van

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Day
1

Ubud

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali.

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Ubud is Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie, Eat Pray Love. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.

For those with extra time in Ubud there are plenty of things to see and do. Bicycles can be hired to explore surrounding rice paddies and small villages or get to the lush Botanic Gardens just outside of town. There are numerous art galleries and interesting museums that can take up your day, and If shopping is more your thing, there are plenty of woodwork, silverware and other handicraft shops to browse through.

Please note that in your hotel room in Ubud is fan-cooled by a ceiling fan. Air-conditioning is not included, but can be made provided at an additional cost. You can pay for this locally - please inquire at the hotel reception

Accommodation: Inata Bisma or similar (1 nt)

Day
2-3

Tetebatu

Travel by minivan from Ubud to the port of Padang Bai (approx 1 hr).

Take a ferry from Bali to Lombok (approx 4-7 hrs). The ferry is a huge multi-level boat busy with food hawkers offering interesting snacks, as well as plenty of local passengers to meet. Although the journey is long, this ferry ride and the arrival into Lembar port can be quite an eye opener as both the scenery and culture of Lombok are very different to that of Bali.

Take a bus ride to Tetebatu (approx 3-4 hrs).

The hill retreat of Tetebatu, situated in the centre of Lombok at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, provides spectacular views.

Take a walk with our local guide through verdant rice fields (tobacco in the dry season) and see how the farmers of this region have farmed for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher through clove and coffee plantations. Approximate walking time: 2 hours.

After returning back to the hotel, we travel to Masbagik village, a village noted for its pottery. Exploring the village, we see the process of pottery making, and have the possibility to get down and dirty and try it for ourselves. We then continue through the village and see the other product that the village is famous for, tofu and soya bean.

Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast.

Accommodation: Green Orry Inn or similar (2 nts)

Day
4

Mt Rinjani/Senaru

Visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving.

Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Total driving time is about 5 hours but it will take most of the day to reach our destination at Senaru as we stop a couple of times.

Senaru is a small rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.

Accommodation: Pondok Senaru or similar (1 nt)

Day
5-6

Gili Islands

Travel on to the west coast (approx 2 hrs).

Take a leisurely walk to the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall.

Transfer by small boat to the laidback island of Gili Trawangan.

The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

Our hotel on Gili Trawangan has twin-share bungalows located near the beach. It has en-suite bathrooms with cold showers (brackish water - mix of salt and fresh water) and a pool.Our hotel is located about 20-30 minutes walk from the port where we arrive and from the main drag. There are no motor vehicles on the Gili islands so we will be putting our bags into a Cidemo (horsedrawn cart) and walking to our hotel. Although our hotel is not in the centre of town it is possible to hire bikes and helmets at an extra charge through our guesthouse for those that want to go into town during their free time.

You have free time to enjoy the pristine beach, which is literally 150 metres from our Hotel or island-hop to the nearby Gili Air or Gili Meno.

Enjoy snorkelling around the crystal waters of Gili Trawangan.

Indulge in a delicious BBQ buffet dinner, hopefully sampling some of the local catch.

Accommodation: Trawangan Oasis or similar (2 nts)

Day
7-8

Senggigi

Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approx 40 mins) and transfer to our guesthouse in Senggigi (approx 1.5 hrs).

Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, Senggigi is Lombok's most well-known beach resort and a perfect place to relax.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Accommodation: Puri Bunga Beach Cottages or similar (1 nt)

included1

  • Pottery and Soya village walk
  • Snorkelling
  • Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
  • Waterfall walk

not-included1

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

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Standard

For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for an fun, informative experience.

Style Facts

  • Comfortable tourist class hotels
  • Family Homestays
  • Private and local transport
  • More inclusions than Basic tours
  • Fully trained and experienced leaders

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid.

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

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health-and-fitness

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-information

NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.

RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL
In 2015, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 18th June through until 18th July and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days.
Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. Please note that drivers and leaders of Muslim faith are likely to be fasting over Ramadan. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.

BALINESE NEW YEAR:
Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.

PACKING
We recommend taking a backpack and packing lightly as we will be getting on and off small boats

 

 

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