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Adventure Cruises in Lombok
Though often overshadowed by its smaller sister to the west, Lombok is a jewel among the Lesser Sunda Islands, and Lombok cruises become more popular with every passing year. Lombok, part of the province of West Nusa Tenggara, is home to the Sasak people. The Sasak have blended Islam and Balinese Hinduism to form a set of cultural and religious traditions found nowhere else. Many of their rituals celebrate the island’s significant natural gifts, from verdant mountains and roaring waterfalls to resplendent beaches and breath-taking coral reefs. With great opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, and hiking, in addition to unique cultural encounters, the continued and growing popularity of Lombok adventure cruises is assured.
Top things to do and see in Lombok
Sailing trips to Lombok are all about discovering the island’s many cultural and natural wonders.
With a visit to the traditional village of Senaru, travelers on Lombok luxury tours will be given an intimate look into the daily lives of the Sasak people, from their thatched-roof homes to their fragrant and colorful fruit gardens and spices. A trek through tropical forests will take visitors to Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque constructed of woven bamboo. It is the oldest mosque on Lombok and a cornerstone of the Wektu Telu religious tradition, combining Animism and Islam. Here, visitors can marvel at local weavers as they create wondrous patterns using a unique and ancient spinning technique.
A hike through the forests of Lombok will bring intrepid visitors to the mighty Sindang Gila, a spectacular 40-meter tiered waterfall! It is the perfect spot for a snack or small lunch and, to cool off, visitors can swim with the locals at the waterfall’s frothing base. Along the way, travelers will be granted stunning views of the famous rice fields of Lombok, stretching all the way to the shore. This is an excellent opportunity to see locals harvesting the rice and to marvel at the ancient irrigation system still used to this day.
No trip to Lombok, however, is complete without experiencing the Gili Islands. As part of your Indonesia luxury cruise, you will be given the opportunity to explore the magical coral reefs of Gili Sulat. One of the lesser-known Gili Islands, Gili Sulat remains largely undeveloped, its interior covered in thick mangrove forests. The area is perfect for hiking, swimming, and kayaking. Gili Sulat’s hidden beauty, though, is below the water’s surface. Strap on your snorkel gear to uncover stunning underwater gardens, multi-colored coral, and clownfish darting among the anemones.
Top Tips for visiting Lombok
- Bring an underwater camera to record your experience snorkeling the reefs of Gili Sulat.
- If your small ship cruise includes a visit to the Gili Sulat interior, note that the island has no shops or restaurants. Despite the presence of wooden walkways, the trek may also be a tad rougher, meaning long pants and good shoes are recommended.
Best time to cruise Lombok
Though Lombok has two seasons, the dry season and the wet season, there truly is no bad time to visit Lombok. But plan ahead, as you may have to choose between less humidity but larger crowds, or a stickier climate with fewer fellow visitors.
Lombok in May to September is the dry season and, though less humid and with less rain, it is also peak season and more crowded.
Lombok in October to April is the wet season, but still drier than on Bali, with only about an hour of rain per day.
The primary religious event on Lombok is Bau Nyale, a folk festival that celebrates the annual return of the Nyale sea worm along Seger Beach. In 2017, Bau Nyale falls on the 14th and 15th of February.
Where do Lombok cruises depart from?
Typically, Indonesian small boat cruises to Lombok depart from Padang Bai (also called Padangbai and Padang Bay) or Amed, on the island of Bali, or from Labuan Bajo, on the island of Flores.
If your Indonesia cruise leaves from Bali, you will fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, on the island of Bali. From the airport, you will likely meet your tour operator in the resort town of Sanur, on Bali, about 20 minutes from the airport by Blue Bird Taxi. From Sanur, a shuttle will take you to Padang Bai or Amed, approximately two hours northeast.
If your Lombok cruise departs from Labuan Bajo, on Flores, you will still fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, on Bali, and, from there, fly to Flores and your departure point.
A hub for travel within Indonesia and all of Southeast Asia, Ngurah Rai International Airport is serviced by most international airlines.
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