Natural Treasures of Lombok & Gili Islands

9 Days Natural Treasures of Lombok & Gili Islands

Prices from £1217 per person based on 6 People
Including International Flights, Ground Transfers, Activities and Hotel Accommodations


ITINERARY

What to expect

Lombok, located in the West Nusa Tenggara province and part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. With Lombok Strait separating the island from Bali to the west, Lombok is blessed with beautiful white sandy beaches, enchanting waterfalls, great surf, abundant marine life, hiking trails through rice fields and the looming volcano of Mount Rinjani – Indonesia’s second-highest volcano, with its dazzling crater lake at the summit. With fewer tourists and a noticeably different atmosphere, Lombok offers something different compared to the neighboring island of Bali.
Located just over 100 kilometers away from Bali, the 4,514sqm island of Lombok is easily accessible either by fast boat or by taking a 45-minute flight. It is also accessible via direct flights from Jakarta or Surabaya. Lombok is conveniently connected by direct flights to many other great destinations nearby, such as Singapore, Perth, and Kuala Lumpur; making the island a perfect addition to any tour of the surrounding area.
The majority of Lombok’s inhabitants are Muslim, so daily life on the island is influenced by Islamic traditions and holidays. However, after a long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence that reached the island from Java before the arrival of Islam, to this day the minority, Balinese Hindu culture remains strong in Lombok, with many Hindu ceremonies celebrated in the villages populated by Hindus throughout the island.
This 8-day discovery package is perfect for those who seek a tropical yet un-crowded atmosphere, with many natural treasures and majestic scenery; all the while discovering the culture of indigenous Sasak and staying at a humble lodge or beach hotel, making life-long wonderful memories to keep.

Highlights

- Kicks off your adventure with one-night stay in Sanur, Bali
- Discover the age-old Sasak culture, traditions, and beliefs
- Stay at a local guesthouse in Tetebatu surrounded by rice paddy fields and magnificent natural mountain charm
- Stay at a lodge in a rustic local village of Senaru, nestled at the base of the highest mountain in Lombok
- Visit the most famous waterfall in Lombok and see the rainbow as the refreshing mist touches your skin
- Discover the three idyllic atolls of the Trio Gilis using an outrigger boat
- Snorkel and swim in clear turquoise water with abundant tropical fish
- Stay overnight in tranquil Gili Air

D1: London - Denpasar

D2: Arrival Denpasar – Sanur (-/-/-)

A warm welcome awaits as you arrive at Bali’s international airport – I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport. You will be greeted by our professional and licensed guide who will escort you to your hotel of choice in SANUR. Considered as Bali’s earliest beach resort area in the southeast of Bali, Sanur has a long stretch of beach offering shallow waters where colorful jukung fishing boats rest on the sand, offering a relaxed coastal ambiance.
Check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.
Overnight at your choice of hotel in Sanur
Approximate distance and journey time:
Denpasar International Airport – Sanur (17 km): 35 minutes

D3: Sanur – Padang Bai – Tetebatu (B/-/-)

While staying in Sanur, early risers will not want to miss catching the sunrise! Check out after breakfast then at 07:30hrs you will be escorted in a chauffeured vehicle to get to PADANG BAI, a small but bustling fishing town in eastern Bali serving as a ferry port connecting Bali with Lombok, the Gilis and several of the other lesser Sunda Islands. Sitting on a bay surrounded by hills, this is where you embark on a fastboat taking you to Lombok.
Disembark at Lombok port in Teluk Kode at around 11:00hrs, a local guide will welcome you. Proceed to drive to Tetebatu. Situated about 2km away from the southern boundary of Mount Rinjani, the small town of Tetebatu is a quaint and scenic rural area situated about 450m above sea level.
You will be transferred directly to a local guesthouse in Tetebatu nestled in the heart of paddy fields near the waterfalls and the Monkey Forest, featuring breathtaking views of Mount Rinjani. Check-in then the rest of the afternoon is free at your own leisure to familiarize yourself with the climate and surroundings.
Overnight at Les Rizieres Lombok or other similar in Tetebatu
Approximate distance and journey time:
Sanur – Padang Bai (28.3 km): ` 55 minutes by car
Padang Bai – Teluk Kode: 2 hours by fast boat
Teluk Kode – Les Rizieres (68 km): 2 hours 15 minutes by car

D4: Tetebatu: Sasak Cultural Tour (B/L/-)

Wake up this morning and have a simple breakfast at the guesthouse which is located about 7 kilometers away from the Monkey Forest. Proceed with a 2-hour guided walk through verdant rice fields and see how the farmers of this region have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Hike and pass through clove and coffee plantations. Afterwards, visit the local village of Pringgasela to get to know more of the weaving-process of Sasak traditional woven fabric which involves age-old traditions that have been handed down through generations. Here at the village, enjoy a delicious Sasak feast for lunch.
At Masbagik village, which is noted for its pottery; explore the village and see the process of pottery-making using traditional combustion techniques, with the possibility to try creating your own piece of pottery. See also the other products Masbagik is renowned for, such as tofu and soya bean. Return to the homestay for an afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Les Rizieres Lombok or other similar in Tetebatu
Approximate distance and journey time:
Les Rizieres – Pringgasela (10.7 km): 23 minutes by car
Pringgasela – Masbagik (10.7 km): 23 minutes by car
Masbagik – Les Rizieres (8.3 km): 18 minutes by car

D5: Tetebatu – Senaru (B/-/-)

Check out after breakfast then drive north to Senaru in the north of Lombok. Balancing along the spine of one of Gunung Rinjani's ridges, Senaru is a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mount Rinjani and the edge of the jungle. It is thought of as the key gateway village to an arduous trek up Mount Rinjani. During the long scenic drive, have a few stops along the way. Visit a local market where you can experience the hustle and bustle of daily trading life. There are also some local villages famous for their crafts including bamboo weaving. Observe the process of bamboo weaving and learn more about the Wektu Telu belief system, an ancient animist practice combined with Islam. The area around Senaru was the birthplace of Lombok’s unique belief.
Check in at a lodge offering stunning views over the steep valley and across to Rinjani’s spectacular peak. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight at Rinjani Lodge or other similar in Senaru
Approximate distance and journey time:
Les Rizieres – Senaru (80 km) : 5 hours by car including stops

D6: Sendang Gile Waterfall – Teluk Kode – Gili Islands (B/-/D)

After simple breakfast, check out and embark on an adventure with your guide to visit a waterfall located in the area of Mount Rinjani National Park, Sendang Gile waterfall. A short drive will get you to the entrance. From the entrance, proceed on foot then descend the 200 steps before crossing a bridge to finally arrive at the base of the waterfall. Situated about 600 meters above sea level, the waterfall is 31 meters in height and the refreshing water is believed to come from the ‘fountain of youth’ – anyone who bathes in the water will supposedly look one year younger than their real age.
Afterwards, drive west to Teluk Kode where a local outrigger awaits to take you to discover the three idyllic atolls where the sand is powdery white, the water a sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets over Bali’s Mount Agung in the west simply spectacular in the northwest corner of Lombok. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all three Gili Islands. Each of the three Gilis has its own unique characteristics, thus attracts a different sort of traveler looking for the perfect spot on each of these laid-back gems.
A 45-minute boat ride will take you to arrive at Gili Air, the second smallest of the islands and the closest to mainland Lombok. A horse-drawn carriage called cidomo will take you and your luggage to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Your awaiting chartered boat will then take you to visit the other two idyllic atolls. Gili Trawangan is the largest, most developed and mostly geared towards tourism. Gili Meno is the quietest and smallest of the islets with the smallest population of around 500, perfect for honeymooners wanting secluded white beaches with crystal clear water and idyllic surroundings. Spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling and swimming at different spots around the three islets. Snorkeling equipment is provided for you to observe the colorful coral reefs and varieties of tropical fish.
In the evening, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Gili Air with a seafood dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at your hotel in Gili Air Island
Approximate distance and journey time:
Rinjani Lodge – Sendang Gile (1.5 km): 10 minutes by car followed with 20 minutes walk
Sendang Gile – Teluk Kode (58.6 km): 1 hour 28 minutes by car
Teluk Kode – Gili Air: 45 minutes by outrigger boat
Note:
- What to wear/ bring: comfortable clothing, swimmers, waterproof camera, quick-dry towel, change of dry clothes, comfortable footwear, mosquito repellent, dry bag
- Gili islands tour using an outrigger boat is subject to weather conditions (might be postponed to the next day if the sea is rough)

D7: Gili Air – Free at Leisure (B/-/-)

Wake up this morning and enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s main restaurant. A free at leisure day for you to relax and unwind at the hotel, utilizing facilities provided. Lounge at the beach chair, have a massage and enjoy a cocktail or two. You can also opt for scuba diving or snorkeling around the islet (additional charges apply).
Overnight at your hotel in Gili Air Island

D8: Gili Air – Senggigi (B/-/-)

Breakfast is provided at the hotel. Check out at noon and you will be assisted with your luggage to be commuted to the jetty using a local cidomo horse carriage. A local outrigger boat takes you back to the main island of Lombok where a chauffeured vehicle and English-speaking guide awaits to transfer you to your choice of the hotel located in SENGGIGI, the island’s tourist strip with an array of accommodation and restaurants.
Check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.
Overnight at your hotel in Senggigi (Choose ONE: Superior or Deluxe Accommodation) Approximate distance and journey time:
Gili Air – Teluk Kode: 45 minutes by outrigger boat
Teluk Kode – Senggigi (33.2 km): 01 hours 15 minutes by car

D9: Senggigi – Departure Lombok (B/-/-)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and you can enjoy the facilities provided at the hotel. Check out at the designated time depending on your flight schedule. Private transfer to Lombok International Airport for your onward flight to next destination with memories of idyllic Lombok with its isolated dream beaches.
Approximate distance and journey time:
Senggigi – Lombok International Airport (48.8 km): 1 hour 15 minutes


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TOUR PRICE: From 01 January 2018 to 31 March 2019

No of passengers 2 Pax 4 Pax 6 Pax Single Supplement
Price per person (£) From £1447 From £1336 From £1217 £248

Rates Might Be Changed In Case of Any Changes in Governmental Taxes Or Fuel Surcharges.

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

• International Flights London - Denpasar, and Lombok - London.
• Choice of accommodation on half twin-sharing basis
• Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle
• One-way fast boat from Padang Bai in Bali to Teluk Kode in Lombok
• One-time local outrigger boat transfer from Teluk Kode to Gili Air including Gili islands tour
• One-time local outrigger boat transfer from Gili Air to Senggigi
• Bottled drinking water during transfers
• Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language speaking guide)
• All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
• Public Liability Insurance
• 11% local government tax and 10% service charge

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

• Visa fee/arrangements if applicable
• Any domestic or international flights
• Any alcoholic beverages
• Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
• Personal health and travel insurance
• Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
• Any High Season and Peak /festive season surcharge 
• Any additional excursion/optional tours/activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary (e.g. diving, snorkeling, fishing trip, etc)
• Compulsory New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31st, 2017 (price varies depending on hotel policy – to be advised)

 

 

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