On Saturday 3rd January 2015 I fly to Lombok for a six-week intensive Indonesian language course at the University of Mataram.
I went there with Marie for a holiday in July and took a few pictures. Some of them are here so that you’ll have an idea of the place.
Mataram is the capital city of the provice of Nusa Tenggara Barat (West Nusa Tengarra) which comprises the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, Moyo, and Sangeang. The province has a population of about 4.7 million and Mataram’s population is about 420,000.
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia but there are still local languages which are widely spoken throughout the archipelago. The local language on Lombok is Sasak.
We stayed for the first week in the tourist centre of Senggigi, about 10km from Mataram. We visited the three Gili islands on a day trip and visited Mataram a couple of times. We went to the surfing resort of Kuta on the south coast or the second week.
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Senggigi is about 10km from Mataram, about 15 minutes by taxi and the fare is about AU$5.00 or Rp50,000 (Rupiah).
Kuta is about 50km from Mataram. It takes about 90 miutes and costs about AU$35.00 or Rp350,000.
Senggigi is a tourist centre and also a fishing community. The boats used for fishing are similar to those used by tourists for trips to the Gili islands. The boats are built to a traditional design with two outriggers.
Once, when I was near one of the villages, I stopped to take a picture and was soon surrounded by women selling sarongs and children selling wristbands. They seemed to appear out of nowhere!
Senggigi has a large fishing fleet and the boats return with their catches just after sunrise. Everyone helps to bring the boats ashore.
The women sort the catch and get it ready to sell.
Fresh fish for sale.
Senggigi is a good place to start a boat trip to the Gili Islands. The three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are a very popular with tourists and have excellent reef diving. They have lots of tourist accomodation, bars and cafés, This is the view from Gili Trawangan looking towards the volcano, Mount Rinjani.
This is the only transport apart from motos and bikes.
Another view to Rinjani on the main island of Lombok.
Note the interesting steering modification on the bike. I wonder if it’s better than regular handlebars.
Another bar on Gili Trawangan.
We went to Kuta on the south coast and called in at a traditional Sasak village. Here you can see a traditional house. The design is reflected in some modern buildings on the island. You can have a tour of the village and see the weaving of the traditional cloth called Ikat.
Kuta has some beautiful beaches. It’s basically a small fishing village which is developing as a tourist destination after becoming popular with the surfing community.
The beaches to the east and west of Kuta offer some magnificent surfing, so I’m told by surfers. This is the beach at Mawun.
At the heart of Kuta is the traditional fishing village. It has a market once a week.
Near the place where we stayed, this old woman set up her fire and cooked food to sell every morning.
These cooked fish are displayed for sale on one of the many food stalls along the main street.
Buffalo are a common sight grazing on the beaches near Kuta. These are an important source of meat. I don’t think anyone has thought of the dairy possibilities. Buffalo Mozarella, anyone?
On one of my walks, I came across these statues on the seashore. I presume they commemorate some heroic action during the war of independence against the Dutch. Must find out more.
Sunset at Senggigi with Mount Agung on Bali in the background.