There are small islnds around the island of Lombok called Gilis. Only those 3 Gilis located on the west coast of the island are popular for holiday namely Gili Air the closest to the beach, Gili Meno in the middle and Gili Trawangan the outer one. Their main interest is torques clear water, white soft sand beach and beautiful panorama of Bali island from all Gilis. The best way to organize holiday on the island is given below. There are many ways to visit these gilis, one is by fast boat from Bali, or fly from Bali to Lombok then take land transport to Senggigi beach, and from Senggigi beach by motorized boat around 20 minutes to Gili Trawangan the farthest Gili among the tree. Day tour from Bali is not enough now althogh by boat or by flight, it is definitely need 1 night overnight at one of the bungalows on Gili.
Day 01 Bali – Gili Trawangan
Early breakfast at hotel 06.00 – 06.30 transfer to Benoa harbor to board Srikandi fast boat, takes around 3 hours to the small island of GiliTrawangan on the west coast of Lombok. Around 11.30 arrive on the beautiful island with legendary turquois clear water and white sand beach. Direct check-in at Gili Pearl bungalows. Rest of the day explore on own cost the island by hiring cidomo that is local art dragged by horse, or find your favorite water sport or just relax on the breathtaking views of the sea and next sunset. Dinner on own arrangement by choosing any of the plenty restaurant along the beach.
Day 02 Gili Trawangan – Bali
Breakfast at hotel’s restaurant, free time to enjoy half day more the beauty of the island, until 12.00 time to check-out and board the fast boat to Bali. Around 15.00 arrive back at Benoa harbor and transfer to hotel for rest.
The province of West Nusa Tenggara also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands, comprises of Bali and eastern islands through Timor. Lombok and Sumbawa are the major islands in province of West Nusa Tenggara. Lombok island is the place of the transition of the western and eastern Indonesian fauna and flora according to the research done by Walace which is then known as the Walace line. The discovery of some ancient remains of fauna in Flores island which is also consist of remains of elephant, this theory would have been reviewed after decades become the main reference of paleontologists and archaeologists.
The northern part of Lombok island is mountainous and verdant with tall trees and shrubs covering the land. The south of Lombok is arid and covered by savannas. Dry seasons are generally more prolonged in Lombok. Lombok island has white virgin beaches, an age-old culture, separated by merely a narrow strait from Bali. At present Hinduism is the religion embraced mostly by the Balinese population of western Lombok. The indigenous people of Lombok, the Sasaks are predominantly Moslem which was starte around the turn of 17th century by missionaries from Sumbawa.
West Nusa Tenggara's cultural make-up is a composite of the four main population groups inhabiting the two islands : the Sumbawanese, and the people of Bima and Dompu. The regions are famous for its ikat hand-woven textiles. Cattle and horses are the major export commodities of these islands. Lombok just has been developing for holiday destination after Bali. The area which is developing as tourist destinations are Senggigi Beach, Kuta Beach and some of Gili islands covering : Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Three gilis in Lombok are very famous in the world especially for visitor who looking for marine life or scuba diving activities and honeymoon vacation.
Senggigi beach is one of the area in Lombok developed well for holiday destination followed by the Gili islands. The distance of Gilis island from Senggigi beach is not far around 30 minutes by speed boat having beautiful clear water and excellent walls for scuba diving. The name of Gilis even more and more popular in the world compared to Senggigi Beach for Lombok destination. The three Gili islands such as Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan offers great holiday with the main interest of bauty of nature and tropical water.
Beside offering natural beauties Lombok also offers ethnic craft and art, natural exploration such as the adventure of mountaineering, and unique tradition which is a mixed up between original tradition, Hindu and Moslem. The fame of Lombok must also have been due to the distance of the island from Bali is only 25 minutes by air, and 8 hours by land and ferry boat crossing of Lombok strait. When the economy of Indonesia was still running well, an express catamaran from Benoa harbour to Lembar harbour or to Senggigi beach takes only 4 hours to reach the island. A one day tour to Lombok was common during 1990s, where travelers depart on 6.00 am from Bali and return back after 6.00pm after a half or full day tour in Lombok.
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description