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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Bali and Lombok… Minutes but Miles Apart!

Having lived in Lombok for the past ten years and having been a frequent visitor to Bali and Lombok for twenty years, it is interesting to see how both islands have developed over that time. Bali was already a thriving tourism destination when I first stepped off a flight from Australia and discovered the Aussie […]

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Novotel Mandalika… Sustaining the South!

In a nation that boasts some of the most sublime scenery in the world, the south coast of Lombok surely rates as being up there with the best. So stunning is the scenery in this part of the island that Vice President Kalla requested a photo of the view of Kuta and Mandalika beaches to […]

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Volcanic Rumbles… Lombok’s Rinjani Comes Alive!

The northern landscape of Lombok is dominated by its magnificent volcano, Mt Rinjani, which towers 3726m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Local communities in the foothills surrounding the mountain range were startled on Monday, 27 April 2009, when Rinjani suddenly sprang into life, spewing out red hot lava and […]

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Stunning Waterfalls… Naturally Lombok!

Lombok offers visitors a huge selection of stunningly beautiful natural places to visit and has enormous potential for ecotourism. Some of the most popular tours for travellers include trekking through the jungles and rainforests, and visits to the island’s beautiful waterfalls. Sendang Gila and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, near Senaru at the base of Mt Rinjani […]

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