This is a tender port.
Scenic sights and wonderful landscapes are abundant next to the docking area of the Lombok Port. The town is called Lembar.
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The wonderful, natural settings around Lombok create an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. A day at the pristine beaches surrounding the island offers visitors ample opportunities to participate in water sport activities such as water-skiing, swimming and boating.
As soon as you are outside the gates you will be mobbed by street sellers. For about $75 you can hire a van/car with driver for the day. Inside the gates it will be much more expensve. Tell the driver you want to go to Senggigi beach with a stop off on the way for a coconut drink. Then ask to go to the shopping center in Lombok and he will wait for you the whole time. Kuta in Lombok is also nice if you have time. Dont pay the driver under any circumstances until he drops you back at the port.
Just south of the port you can rent a motorised boat for a trip along Gili Nanggu Beach, which provides a picture of the life-style on the island, with the pleasant bungalows built on pillars.
You may also be able to visit the resort island of Gili Nanggu just 20 minutes by outrigger offshore, which offers idyllic conditions for snorkelling (with pretty coral formations and many colourful fish), swimming, or just relaxing on the island's white sandy beach.
The Gili Islands composed of the Gili Air Island, the Gili Meno Island and the Gili Trawangan Island offer the best beaches in the region. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the best activities to do in these islands.
The Gunung Rinjani is a spectacular natural area to visit. It offers the chance to enjoy hiking, in a volcanic mountain range with majestic views of the island and the village of Sapit. Hot springs and the vast semi-lunar crater borne from an eruption centuries ago are sights to see.
At the local markets you can buy Lombok souvenirs of carvings and even observe the artisans at work.
ATMs are common in any major cities in Indonesia.
Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.
The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.
Internet: Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp 5,000 per hour. In large cities, there are free hotspots in certain shopping malls, McDonald restaurants and Starbucks cafes. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby.
mobile phones emergency number: 112
December/January Idul Fitri, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
January 1 New Year's Day ( Tahun Baru).
March/April Nyepi, Balinese saka New Year.
March/April Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
May Idul Adha (Hajh), Muslim Day of Sacrifice.
May Waisak Day, anniversary of the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
May/June Ascension Day.
June/July Muharam, Muslim New Year.
July/August Maulud Nabi Muhammad, the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed.
August 17 Independence Day ( Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan) celebrates the proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945 by Dr Sukarno.
December Ascension Day of Mohammed.
December 25 Christmas Day.
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