Oct 23, 2014


(photo credit to wisatablog.com)

Lombok has a quite a lot to offer . You can choose to explore the idyllic beaches, dense rainforest, soak yourself in cold isolated waterfalls and explore a traditional artisan village or even check out some deserted island, if you dare.

Rinjani volcano (photo credit to gorinjani.com)

Lombok's gem is towering Rinjani volcano, which if you like jungle trekking, it will be a challenging three-day trek that will however, leave you breathless in every sense. For the wannabe surfers, world class surfing can be done on the south coast, fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving or immerse yourself in traditional rural life in a colourful Sasak village.

Senggigi(photo credit to fotowisata.com)

Senggigi is a little town set on a lovely generous bay that provides magnificent views of a blood red sunset over neighboring Bali. The view of this amazing sunset is best enjoyed relaxing with a drink at one of the beach cafeterias or on a hill overlooking the bay

Map of Sumbawa (photo credit to divescover.com)

Sumbawa is quite remote. To get to Sumbawa from Bali visitors can take the ferry from Bali to Lombok, travel overland to the eastern seaport in Lombok and then get another ferry to Sumbawa, ending up in Poto Tano. From there transportation could be a little problematic. There are buses that will take us on to Sumbawa Besar, the capital, or along the coastal road to the south, If traveling from Lombok, it is best to board a bus there that will take us to our final destination in Sumbawa.

Uniquely shaped, Sumbawa consists of volcanic ridges, terraced rice fields, wild terrains and sheltered bays. Some people call Sumbawa as the hidden paradise, and I must say from these photos I have to agree!!!

Mount Tambora (picture credit to kidsoftherecession.wordpress.com )
For the brave, and adventurous, climb to the top of the highest mountain in Sumbawa, Mount Tambora which is 2,851 meters high. This volcano spectacularly erupted in 1815 but has since lay dormant. Hike to the rim of the volcano and peer into the crater’s remarkable gigantic hole that is over 3km wide. 

Maluk Village (picture credit to lombok-sumbawaoverland.blogspot.com)
Surfers will mostly head to Maluk village where the powdery sand beach and turquoise waters can be found. If you are a professional surfer try hitting the famous Supersuck – a reef break that gives rides up to 100 meters long. 

Sumbawa Besar is the main town of West Sumbawa. The Dalam Loka (Sultan’s Palace) is the main tourist attraction here. It was built in 1885. Visit the remains of this imposing palace which covers almost an entire block. 

Dalam Loka Palace (photo credit to batuhijauphotography.net)

Originally built over 200 years ago for Sultan Mohammad Jalaluddin III, the remains of the Dalam Loka , has since deteriorated until some Japanese archaeologists, with the Indonesian government agreement, dismantled it to the frame and restored its antique reverence in the 1980's.You can find old photos of the royal family, antique parasols and carriages inside the palace.

Life in Sumbawa is slow compared to other places. The locals are predominantly Muslim but traditional beliefs and practices also continue to influence daily life. 

There are two main cultural groups on Sumbawa, the Tau Samawa in the west and the Dou Mbojo in the east. In parts of Sumbawa, traditional ways of living continue today. Many of the ritual events of old ways are still performed such as water buffalo racing and berempuk – a ritual boxing match.  

Lakey Beach (photo credit to thesaltydreams.com)

The surf at Hu’u and Lakey beach in East Sumbawa also attracts surfers from around the world. The best surf is usually June and August. 

Lengge (photo credit to nusatenggaraindonesia.com)

Do not miss the picturesque village Bima is filled with traditional style houses with rice granaries called lengge. 

 Liang Petang Cave at  Batu Tering village (photo credit to lombok.panduanwisata.com)

Another notable place to visit would be the Liang Petang cave which is located in the village of Batu Tering Kecamatan Moyo Hulu about 29 km from the town of Sumbawa Besar. Liang Petang is a natural cave in which there are human like - stone, halls (Pantar), loom, and also filled stalagmite and stalactites. Not too far from this cave, there is also a bat cave (Liang Bukal).
It is rumored that this cave is the center for the spreading of Islam in the island of Sumbawa, because they have inhabited cubicles. The stalagmites and stalactites there is a sight to behold, so check out the fascinating natural phenomenon. 

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