Volcanos and beachlife on Lombok

Trip Start Apr 24, 2009
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Trip End Aug 29, 2009


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Arriving on Bali was quite a shock. We headed straight for Ubud the cultural center of Bali. Here thousands of tourists were walking on the streets. They were outnumbering the locals. What a change from Papua and Sulawesi. But then it is tourist high season. After a while you get used to it and the greetings on the street from the locals changed from hello boss on Papua to hello mister on Sulawesi into hello transport. Thanks to the number of tourists in Ubud they weren't as pushy as they can be here on Bali. We found a nice and peaceful bungalow with two terraces with a nice view. The food here is a bit more sophisticated which was nice for a change. Basically we just stayed in Ubud for a couple of days to organize some tours, transport and flights for our last weeks on Lombok and Flores.  On Lombok we first went to Senggigi to organize a trek to Gunung Rinjani the second highest volcano in Indonesia. We were planning a 3-4 day hike but it turned out that that was not possible as the little volcano inside the main crater erupted recently last April. So unfortunately we could only do a 2 day trek to the rim and couldn't go to the summit and the hot springs. Like I said it is high season at the moment and we were not alone on the mountain. About 50 to 80 people in smaller( we were with only 4) or larger groups were either going up the volcano or coming down. Porters were carrying tents, mattresses and sleeping bags up and down.. Sometimes it looked like a highway. It was a long and strenuous climb especially the last part but the views on the rim were spectacular. Our guide and porters found a nice spot for us to camp with a great view of the smaller volcano and the lake inside the crater.The sunset was even more dramatic with amazing cloud formations and as it got darker we got to see why you weren’t allowed to go inside the crater and to the top. There was still lava flowing from the small volcano!! During the day we could here the grumbling sounds and we thought that it was just gasses coming out of the volcano but at night when we opened our tent we got to see that small eruptions were still taking place every now and then  It was just absolutely awesome and that the wind was blowing fiercely and it was cold and we hardly slept a few hours didn’t matter at all. We spent a day in Senaru on the slopes of the Rinjani for some more spectacular views, for some swimming in a waterfall and giving our sore leg muscles some rest. Then it was time to relax at the beaches. In the southern part around Kuta, Lombok you’ll find beautiful  deserted beaches with mainly Australian surfers and on the northern Gili Islands you’ll find mainly Europeans.  The atmosphere in Kuta is a bit more relaxed and not as crowded. After a couple of days in Kuta we went to the Gilis and decided to go to the smallest, least crowded and most relaxed island of the 3 Gilis, Gili Meno. A lot has changed in 20 years. Back then there were no restaurants and just a few bungalows on Gili Air and Meno. They would ring a bell for lunch and dinner. Now the beaches are lined with bungalows and restaurants with lounge huts overlooking the sea. Although it is busy Gili Meno still has quite a charm. The only thing you get stressed about is when you have to choose between a pineapple juice or a mango juice or maybe a watermelon juice or shall I get a mixed juice. Then for dinner the same stress. Shall I have a grilled red snapper or maybe squid or or or shrimp or barracuda. Oh such a stressful life we have here. To chill out you just hang around a little bit and watch the rolling waves come in and while having a beer we watched the full moon rising over Gili Air and  Mount Rinjani. Oh and the diving is absolutely great here. On every dive I’ve seen turtles and on one or several occasions I’ve seen cuttle fish, stone fish, white tipped reef sharks, blue spotted sting rays, barracudas, frog fish, murray eels, nudibranches and so on and so on. But after all this stress it is time to move on. We’re off on a 3 day boat trip to Flores with some more snorkeling and a stop at Komodo Island and its komodo dragons, but more on that in our next blog.
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anne-cathrien
anne-cathrien on

Hi there!
Wat een gezellig verhaal om te lezen. Kan me voorstellen dat jullie een beetje een cultuurshock kregen met al die toeristen! En wat een problemen allemaal met de keuzes van de drankjes....haha...Volgens mij hebben jullie ze allemaal wel geproefd.
Geweldige foto's ook weer, heb bij het bekijken het gevoel of ik er zelf ook bij was! En wat zien jullie er ook goed uit saampjes, lekker gebruind! Ik kan zien dat jullie een hele boel indrukken opgedaan hebben maar nu opnieuw lekker aan het genieten zijn. Blijf genieten in deze mooie omgeving en van jullie laatste maandje

Dikke kus van je Zus

thomasberk
thomasberk on

wat heerlijk!
Ha Paul en Ton,

aan de foto's en de verhalen te zien dat jullie je erg vermaken! ook wel lekker toch, even aan het strand relaxen! en die waterval zag er ook erg ontspannend uit hoor :-) geniet er nog maar van, want voordat je met je ogen knippert sta je weer in de hectiek van schiphol!

groetjes neefje Thomas

hettyjanneman
hettyjanneman on

Bali avontuur
Hoi Ton en Paul,

Wat een mooie verhalen tot nu toe en gefeliciteerd met jullie beklimming. Jullie zien er goed uit! Nog even over de Komodovaraan. Men dacht altijd dat de beet zo gevaarlijk was omdat zijn bek zo vol bacterien zit, maar een paar maanden geleden hebben ze ontdekt dat het toch een giftand is...
Maar laat ik het fijne reisgevoel niet teniet doen, geniet van de rest van de reis! groetjes Hetty, Marco, Marit en Tosca

carelvdberk
carelvdberk on

Hello again!
Hello Guy's! Again fantascic news and photo's! We are curious to see all the photo's in a slideshow on the TV-screen, DVD quality. (As the photo's loose much quality at the PC)Here everything under controle: was working in Hungary - Szekesfehervar. Go to Germany and Luxembourg and then Holiday > Spain!Funny remark Paul made: things changed after 20 years: beaches are lined up..etc. As we can see: after 20 years you are lined up as well!!
And I....!! Enjoy the rest of the trip and come home safely!(Last weeks 2 airplane crash-accidents, Indonesia and PNG) Greetings: Carel, Leny Paul.

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