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Lombok is a key component of the West Nusa Tenggara Barat province and its indigenous Sasak people are Muslim. the culture and language is rich and unique, and animist beliefs still hold strong. Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara Barat, is around 30 minutes away.
Lombok offers an honest, uncrowded glimpse into a beautiful time gone by. It’s fascinating and distinctive culture will envelope you as you experience its temples, colourful markets, beaches and the sacred volcanic site of Mount Rinjani - the second highest peak in Indonesia.
Still somewhat unknown to the outside world, Lombok's natural landscape and traditions have remained untouched. Tourism is concentrated mainly in Senggigi Bay, and most businesses are run by local families. Farming of rice, tobacco, coconuts, coffee, kapok and cotton are very important to the local economy.
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The Mayura Water Palace was built in 1744. It was once part of the Balinese kingdom’s royal court and the site of bloody battles between the Dutch and Balinese.
Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat exhibits the geology, history and culture of Lombok and Sumbawa.
Shopping in Mataram is very much a cultural attraction. Lombok Handicraft Centre showcases a wide range of crafts from across Lombok and eastern Indonesia, while Lombok Pottery Centre offers a variety of pottery, and the opportunity to see potters going about their work in front of you. For hand-woven keepsakes, head to the Rinjani Handwoven, which also allows you to see workers in action.
ra Meru was built in 1720 and was dedicated to the Holy Trinity of the Hindus – Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. The temple has three courtyards with small shrines, but the shrines of the Holy Trinity are in the central courtyard.
Senggigi, Lombok’s principal beach resort is located about 45 minutes away from the ship, or 15 minutes from Mataram. Relax on the beach, visit the small Hindu temple Pura Batu or visit local villages. There are numerous restaurants, clubs and bars designed for tourists.
About 10 kilometres east of Mataram is Narmada Park. Once the relaxation place for the king, here you’ll find a Hindu temple, swimming pool and "Youth Fountain", believed to give long life to anyone who drinks its water.
Your ship will anchor in the port of Lembar and the ship’s tender boats will transfer you ashore. Lembar is located about 25 kilometres from Mataram, the centre of Lombok.
Taxis are available near the wharf.
When in Lombok, make sure you try the local dish, ayam taliwang (chicken in red sauce with galangal, turmeric and tomato). Alcohol is expensive, and being predominantly Muslim, some restaurants do not sell wine or beer. It’s recommended that you only drink bottled water in Lombok. For quarantine reasons, please do not take any food or drink (other than bottled water) off the ship.
There are a few small shops in Lembar harbour. For shopping further afield, head to Mataram where pottery, traditional weaving and silverware are common souvenir items. Please ensure that any items you purchase do not contravene Australia’s or New Zealand’s strict quarantine laws.
Lombok has a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 25 degrees all year round.
Credit cards are accepted at large restaurants and hotels, but the majority of shops will only accept cash.
Public telephones can be found near the ferry terminal in Lembar. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and insect repellent. While in Lombok please respect the local culture and dress modestly when visiting rural villages, religious sites and government buildings. Long pants, or a long skirt or dress, as well as a blouse or t-shirt that covers your shoulders is recommended.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Lombok. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.