A World Record… on Gili Trawangan!

After two previous attempts to break the World Record for the longest time spent submerged in open water, a Gili Trawangan resident, William Goodman, has broken the World Record for staying underwater. William, aged 33 and originally from the UK, is a TDI Advanced Tri-mix instructor and Buddy Re-breather Instructor with Blue Marlin Dive on […]

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Nyepi Escape… to Lombok!

The start of the Hindu New Year – Nyepi – will be celebrated in Bali on 16 March this year. Nyepi is the traditional “day of silence” when, from sunset on 15 March until sunset on 16 March, people on the island are required to stay inside, make as little noise as possible and avoid […]

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Bali and Lombok… Traditional Sisters!

In Lombok we have a saying: “You can see Bali in Lombok, but you can’t see Lombok in Bali”. This is true physically, where Bali is clearly visible just across the Lombok Strait that separates the two islands… a pyramid of an island floating on the horizon, giving those of us who live in Lombok […]

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Too much work… that’s Rubbish

A couple of issues ago, I wrote about the problems of tackling rubbish on developing islands in Indonesia. Although to some it may be an insurmountable problem or even “someone else’s problem”, to Delphine Robbe and the Gili Eco Trust it is their problem and they are doing something about it! The Gili Eco Trust […]

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Spectacular Lombok… from the Sky!

The sun was just rising over the mountains as we arrived at Selaparang Airport on Lombok. Although it was the middle of the rainy season, the day was dawning bright and clear, with a blue sky shining overhead and very little cloud — just perfect for our flight over Mt Rinjani with Sky Aviation. Sky […]

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Rubbish… What a Waste!

What happens when the western world starts flocking to a third world island? One of the problems in developing areas that suddenly face an influx of tourists is that the infrastructure that we take for granted in the west usually doesn’t exist. And while growth is good for the economy and for the local people […]

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Visit Lombok for Lebaran… You’d be Surprised!

As this issue of The Bali Advertiser hits the streets, the Indonesian nation is half way through the holy fasting month known as Ramadan. Since 21 August, most of the country’s Muslim population have been abstaining from food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset, as part of their commitment to their religious […]

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Bau Nyale… Lombok’s Unique Festival

One of Lombok’s most important and popular festivals is Bau Nyale, meaning “to catch the sea worms” in local Sasak language. It is a cultural tradition, deeply rooted in local legend and drama, and unique to the island of Lombok. The sea worms are a rare variety of Palolo worm (Eunice viridis) found in tropical […]

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Lombok Luxury… There’s a Place Called ko-ko- mo

Take one popular tropical island, add a dynamic couple backed by family in Australia, mix stylish architecture with a stunning location, and you have a recipe for success. Such is the case with the newest addition to the Gili Trawangan scene: ko-ko-mo Resort. Gili Trawangan (or Gili T, as it is better known) needs no […]

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Discovering Lombok… The Best Areas To Stay!

Lombok geographically is almost the same size as Bali and, just as there are popular tourism areas on Bali, so Lombok offers a variety of destinations to suit different holidaymakers’ tastes. In this article, we give you an overview of the most popular areas to stay in Lombok! Senggigi is the tourism centre of Lombok, […]

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