Bauty of Lombok
The beauty of nature in Lombok is no longer a secret. For 4 days there must be many interesting places to go. From Pink Beach to Gili Trawangan, everything fascinates!
Going to Lombok may not be a big thing for people who often walk around. But for me traveling this time is a big thing. I never know what Lombok is like, how it is. Capital only intentions, reckless and provision of potluck.
I am an all-rounder person, destinations to Lombok are also not planned much further. H-3 before the new departure planned all itinerary. I travel is not alone.
I am accompanied by a friend who likes to walk and also impromptu. But he departed from Kediri, while I started the journey from Yogyakarta. We will meet in Surabaya.
The awaited day arrived. I missed the train. Had panicked, trains other Surabaya destination expensive and long. Finally, I decided to take the bus. That means spending on transport will be greater than the previous plan.
Had time to delay the departure for tomorrow, but unfortunately the time. Finally, at 18.00 I arrived at Bungurasih Terminal. There I met a friend walking this time. Then at 19.00 we continue the journey to the port of Ketapang, Banyuwangi.
Travel time from Surabaya-Ketapang is 8 hours by bus. Finally, at 3:00 am we arrived at the last bus stop. The distance to the last stop with Ketapang harbor less than 4 km, we traveled by foot, not bad for morning exercise.
Arriving at the port of Ketapang, we rested, bathed and prayed. After that immediately continue the journey considering the time also keep going. At 06.00 we continue the journey to the port of Gilimanuk, hoping to see the sunrise on the ferry. Apparently we were not lucky.
At 7:45 pm we arrived at Gilimanuk port. Then we asked the Dishub officers and residents to access the port of Padang Bai. It turns out that Gilimanuk-Padang Bai bus only operates at 01.00 03.00 Wita.
Finally, the route went to Gilimanuk-Denpasar-Padang Bai.
The bus price of Gilimanuk-Terminal Ubung, Denpasar is Rp 30 thousand with AC facilities and travel time about 5 hours. Tired, we ended up sleeping on the bus.
After arriving at Ubung Terminal at approximately 12:30 pm, we take a break, eat and find the bus info to Padang Bai. Finally after 30 minutes of searching, take a bus ride to the Jakarta-Bima department. This bus passes Ubung-Mataram Terminal route.
If calculated it seems we are lucky enough to get a ride to the city of Mataram. The journey from Ubung-Mataram Terminal starts at 13:29 pm. Travel time increases approximately 4.5 hours for crossings to Lembar Port in Lombok.
We arrived at Sheet port at 20.00 Wita. Then we traveled by bus to the terminal in Bertais for approximately 1 hour. There are several destinations that we will go on this trip.
The first day we went directly to Pink Beach. Travel time from Mataram to Pink Beach is approximately 3 hours drive by motorcycle. The streets of Mataram are so empty and there is no traffic jam.
Pink Beach is located in the southeast of Lombok Island. About 2 km before Pink Beach, road access is not so good. The streets are still ground that has not been paved. This journey is better taken by motor than car.
After 3 hours drive, at 10:00 am we arrived at Pink Beach. The sand is really pink. There was only one group of tourists from Japan who were visiting at that time besides us.
After we got there, we were approached by the local people who offered snorkeling in 3 places namely Pink Beach 1, Pulau bowl, Gili Indah and Pink Beach 2. After bargaining price, we finally accepted the offer.
The beauty of the underwater in 3 places was really cool. From the surface of the water, coral reefs are already visible. Only 2 m from the water level, we could see the Nemo fish house colony.
At 4:00 pm we decided to finish the streets. We shower and pray with very minimal facilities. Do not be surprised if when there, the place to change clothes just a cubicle of a simple wood covered curtains.
Similarly, the toilet, built from bamboo booths and roofed sky. The water must also ditimba first, water channels potluck and sometimes inundated around the booth. May local governments be sensitive to the enormous natural potential in this area by building adequate facilities.
At 5 pm we said goodbye to the local people. We continued our journey to Tanjung Ringgit for sunset hunting. Tanjung Ringgit is the tip of Lombok Island.
On the second day, we continued our trip to Kuta Beach, Tanjung Aan, Batu umbrella, Novotel Beach and surrounding areas. These beaches are located in a row and still in one area. Kuta Beach is the most crowded and filled with foreign tourists.
Before sunset we decided to return to Mataram. We stopped for a while to eat culinary roasted chicken taliwang which turned out to be quite a price to spend even though only eat on the roadside. Roasted chicken taliwang this is a typical culinary Lombok.
After tasting the culinary of taliwang chicken, we decided to look for lodging in Mataram. The price of lodging in Mataram is reasonably priced. Starting from Rp 30 thousand to Rp 200 thousand per night and it is located in downtown Mataram.
Going to Gili Trawangan
Our third day to Gili Trawangan. People say not to Lombok if not visited Gili Trawangan. But after visiting Gili Trawangan, apparently the perception of people is wrong. Gili Trawangan is like abroad for me.
The price of goods and food is also not affordable for me who is a mediocre backpacker. But lodging in Gili Trawangan turned out to be reasonably priced. I get the lodging price of Rp 80 thousand per night with spacious room facilities, mattress, washbasin, wardrobe, bathroom and fan.
Gili Trawangan has a nice view, the air is also very fresh and clean. The crossing to Gili Trawangan is available from 08.00-17.00 Wita.
The next day we decided to go back to Mataram. At 10.00 we crossed from Gili Trawangan to the harbor. We passed a forest filled with monkeys along the way. I do not know what the forest name is.
At 13.00 we started the journey home from Mataram. We take an angkot to Lembar port in Lombok at Rp 10 thousand per person. Arriving at the port of Lembar Lombok, the transportation we were traveling to the port of Ketapang in Banyuwangi is a truck.
We arrived at the port of Ketapang at 24.00 pm and went straight to Banyuwangi station. We decided to sleep at the station temple. After spending the night at the station, the next day we took the train from Banyuwangi to Yogyakarta.