Discover Lombok Trip Notes

Discover Lombok

Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016
Discover Lombok
Trip code: TISL
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery, rich culture and incredible diversity of Indonesia's tropical Lombok island. Get off the beaten track as you spend time in rural villages, take a variety of transportation, meet lots of locals and discover the fascinating Sasak culture. From chilling out in cultural Ubud and the tranquil hill retreat of Tetebatu, to savouring views of the highly revered Mt Rinjani and relaxing on the magical Gili Islands - once you travel to Indonesia, you won't ever want to leave!
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesAlternate finish point instructions
ThemesMeals introductionEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?MealsVisas
Why we love itMoney mattersWhat to take
MapSafetyClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryJoining pointCommunications
Itinerary disclaimerJoining point descriptionHealth
Physical ratingJoining point instructionsTravel insurance
Included activitiesFinish pointA couple of rules
Important notesFinish point descriptionResponsible Travel
Group sizeFinishing point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersAlternate finish pointFeedback
AccommodationAlternate finish point description
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- Walking in the villages of Tetebatu and Senaru is on relatively flat ground; however, the terrain between villages and in the hills can be steep and, at times, slippery or muddy. It is best to take shoes with good grip that can get wet.
- In Tetebatu you will stay in a small, basic, family-run hotel. Tetebatu is a small town with limited accommodation options, however the opportunity to interact with villagers and stay in these lush surroundings is more than worth it.
- There is limited, at times, no Internet or wifi at our accommodation in Tetebatu and Senaru, due to their remote locations. Enjoy some time off the grid for a couple of days.
- The snorkelling trip in Gili Air is a great chance to witness the sealife, but bear in mind you'll need to be a confident swimmer.
- Lombok is more conservative than Bali, so it's best to dress conservatively while you're there, particularly in smaller towns and during village walks.
Why we love it
- Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour, yet offer beautiful mountain scenery and pristine beaches
- You still get a great taste of Bali, as your adventure kicks off in Sanur, home to one of the best Balinese night bazaars
- Visiting the villages around Tetebatu and Senaru gives you an insight into local customs and culture
- The clear waters around the Gili Islands make for an amazing day of snorkelling as you swim amongst turtles and reef sharks
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Sanur
Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. Start your adventure in Sanur, with a quick taste of Bali. Sanur is home to one of best Balinese Night Markets.
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 2 Tetebatu
Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai (approximately 1.5 hours). Then you'll take a fast boat that takes you from Bali to Lombok (1.5-2 hours). Then take a bus to Tetebatu (2 hours). The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.
Optional Activities
  • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR1500000
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 dinner
    Day 3 Tetebatu
    Enjoy a guided walk through verdant rice fields and see how the farmers of this region have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations (walking time is approximately 2 hours). Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. After returning to the hotel, you will travel to Masbagik village, which is noted for its pottery. Explore the village and see the process of pottery making, with the possibility to get down and dirty and try it for yourself. Then continue through the village and see the other products Masbagik is renowned for, such as tofu and soya bean.
    Included Activities
    • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
    • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch
      Day 4 Senaru
      Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving. (Total driving time is about 5 hours, but it will take most of the day to reach our destination at Senaru, as we stop a couple of times.) Senaru is a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.

      Notes: We do not include a Mt Rinjani trek on this itinerary, but we do stay in the vicinity with great views of the mountain.
      Included Activities
      • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
        Accommodation
        Guesthouse (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast
        Day 5 Gili Islands
        Continue to the west coast today (approximately 2 hours). You will visit the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall. The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Transfer by small boat to the Gili Air where you can take in the breezy atmosphere and stroll down stunning white beaches that rival those of the neighbouring islands. Your hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the port. Your bags can be transported by Cidemo from the port to the hotel.

        Notes: Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
        Included Activities
        • Senaru - Waterfall walk
          Accommodation
          Beach cabin (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 6 Gili Islands
          Today you'll get amongst the marine life, with a snorkelling trip around the crystal waters of Gili Air. After being fitted for snorkelling equipment, head out on a motorised wooden around the Gili Islands. Swim out straight off the boat and catch colourful scenes of fish and sea turtles in the water. You will make a few stops at different spots around the islands. When it's over, you'll feast on a delicious dinner of local seafood.

          Notes: This activity is subject to local weather conditions and may be cancelled due to rough seas.
          Included Activities
          • Gili Air - Snorkelling
            Accommodation
            Beach cabin (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 dinner
            Day 7 Senggigi
            Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approximately 40 minutes) and transfer to your guesthouse in Senggigi (approximately 1.5 hours). Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, this renowned beach resort is the ideal place to relax and unwind. A great optional activity is to visit the Pura Batu Bolong, which is around 2.5 km south down the coast from the resort. This is an important local Hindu temple and also a lovely spot to watch the sun go down.
            Optional Activities
            • Senggigi - Pura Batu Bolong Hindu Temple - Free
              Accommodation
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Day 8 Senggigi
              Your Lombok trip comes to and end today. Perhaps extend your stay in Senggigi, or pre-book a departure transfer to Lombok Airport.
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Itinerary disclaimer
              ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
              Physical rating

              Included activities
              Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
              Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
              Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
              Senaru - Waterfall walk
              Gili Air - Snorkelling
              Important notes
              1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to 'Your Fellow Travellers' section of the trip notes for information on excluded nights and how to book.
              2. FINISH POINT: This trip concludes in Senggigi, Lombok. There are departure flights operating from Lombok International Airport, or you can travel by fast boat back to Bali. Please allow sufficient time if you are planning to depart from Bali, Denpasar International Airport. Please refer to the finish point instructions for further information.
              3. 2017 Departures: For departures from 1st January 2017 there are changes planned for this itinerary and the trip will conclude on the Gili Islands. Departure dates will remain the same, and you will be contacted with more details about itinerary changes before the end of the year. Please keep this in mind when planning onward travel.

              Group size
              Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
              Your fellow travellers
              GROUP TRAVEL
              As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

              SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
              Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

              SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
              A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent or our website to book .
              Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available:
              Days 2 & 3 - Tetebatu
              Day 4 - Senaru
              Accommodation
              Beach cabin (2nt), Guesthouse (3nt), Hotel (2nt)
              LOMBOK:
              Lombok is generally less well developed than nearby Bali – the infrastructure is less developed and hotels are more basic.

              OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
              The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

              TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
              Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

              CHECK-IN TIME
              Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

              PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
              If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
              Meals introduction
              While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

              Strict vegetarians should be aware that a lot of Indonesian cooking contains fermented shrimp paste (terasi) as a basic ingredient. Although there are many vegetarian options available, please be specific when ordering food, as often a little chicken is included with most dishes.
              Meals
              7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
              Money matters
              SPENDING MONEY
              When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

              Budget for meals not included:
              USD 120

              EMERGENCY FUNDS:
              We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

              The official currency of Indonesia is the Rupiah (IDR).

              There are money exchanges and ATM machines available at the airport and all major towns. ATMs are the easiest and safest way to access cash, although we also recommend that you bring and carry some cash in a major currency for when ATMs can not be accessed.

              USD notes older than 2000 series, as well as foreign currency notes that are old, torn, worn or damaged notes can't be changed in Indonesia.

              TIPPING
              If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

              The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

              Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

              Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.

              Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.

              Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

              In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

              Optional Tipping Kitty:
              At your group meeting on Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty at your own discretion.

              Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

              Departure tax from all Indonesian Airports, for domestic and international flights, is included in the price of your flight ticket.
              Safety
              FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
              Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

              SEAT BELTS:
              Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

              PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
              While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

              MOTORBIKE BAG SNATCHING:
              Be particularly aware of motorbike bag snatching, especially in the bigger cities.
              Joining point
              Puri Kelapa Hotel - Sanur
              Jl. Segara Ayu No. 1 Po. Box 3436
              Sanur
              80034
              INDONESIA
              Phone: +62 361286135
              Joining point description
              Equipped with pool and spa, the hotel is located in the heart of the traditional Sanur village and only a short walk away from the Sanur Beach. Other hotel facilities include Wi-Fi and a restaurant.
              Joining point instructions
              An arrival transfer from the airport is available if purchased at the time of booking. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you have booked an airport transfer the representative will be waiting outside the main arrivals gate with an Intrepid sign – they will arrive 30 minutes after the scheduled arrival of your flight and wait for 2 hours only. If you cannot find your transfer representative at your scheduled arrival time please proceed to the airport information counter (open between 10am - 11pm daily) and inform staff that you looking for your transfer driver, the transfer company is Buffalo Tours. If you arrive between outside these hours, or if there are any changes to your scheduled arrival please call the 24 hour transfer helpline on +62 (0) 821 4439 4346 (Buffalo Tours).
              Alternatively, taxis are cheap, safe and reliable. As you exit from Immigration at Denpasar you will see a sign for public taxis. At this booth you buy a coupon which is given to your driver. There is no bargaining - the system is straightforward. Expect to pay about IDR150,000 (increased rates at night time). It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to get to Sanur from the airport.
              Finish point
              Puri Bunga Beach Cottages
              Jalan Raya Senggigi
              Senggigi
              Lombok
              INDONESIA
              Finish point description
              The Puri Bunga Beach Cottages are a mixture of western-styled Balinese bungalows privately positioned on terraced slopes of beautiful flowers. The hotel stretches between two green valleys within comfortable walking distance (25 metres) from the white sands of Senggigi Beach. Hotel Puri Bunga uniquely preserves your privacy within delightful surroundings in full view of the wide ocean and setting sun. Rooms are equipped with AC, private bathrooms, fridge & TV, with Wi-Fi also available at an additional cost.
              Finishing point instructions
              The hotel can help you book a taxi to the Lombok Intrenational airport. Expect to pay approx. 200,000IDR (approx. 20USD) for the 1.5hr journey.

              Flights from Lombok (LOP) to Bali (Denpasar DPS) can be booked via the following websites:
              - www.travelindo.com
              - www.flights.indonesiamatters.com
              - www.itravelindonesia.com/ticket

              Alternatively you can arrange this at the start of your trip in Bali - but please be aware that availability on these flights is some times difficult to get at short notice. Another alternative is to take the ferry back to Bali. Your leader can advise you of transport options.
              Alternate finish point
              For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
              07 Jan 2017 (TISL170107), 14 Jan 2017 (TISL170114), 21 Jan 2017 (TISL170121), 04 Feb 2017 (TISL170204), 18 Feb 2017 (TISL170218), 18 Mar 2017 (TISL170318), 25 Mar 2017 (TISL170325), 08 Apr 2017 (TISL170408), 15 Apr 2017 (TISL170415), 29 Apr 2017 (TISL170429), 13 May 2017 (TISL170513), 27 May 2017 (TISL170527), 03 Jun 2017 (TISL170603), 10 Jun 2017 (TISL170610), 24 Jun 2017 (TISL170624), 08 Jul 2017 (TISL170708), 11 Jul 2017 (TISL170711), 15 Jul 2017 (TISL170715), 22 Jul 2017 (TISL170722), 29 Jul 2017 (TISL170729), 05 Aug 2017 (TISL170805), 12 Aug 2017 (TISL170812), 15 Aug 2017 (TISL170815), 19 Aug 2017 (TISL170819), 26 Aug 2017 (TISL170826), 02 Sep 2017 (TISL170902), 09 Sep 2017 (TISL170909), 16 Sep 2017 (TISL170916), 23 Sep 2017 (TISL170923), 07 Oct 2017 (TISL171007), 14 Oct 2017 (TISL171014), 21 Oct 2017 (TISL171021), 28 Oct 2017 (TISL171028), 04 Nov 2017 (TISL171104), 11 Nov 2017 (TISL171111), 25 Nov 2017 (TISL171125), 09 Dec 2017 (TISL171209), 16 Dec 2017 (TISL171216), 23 Dec 2017 (TISL171223), 30 Dec 2017 (TISL171230)
              Grand Sunset Gili Air
              Jalan West Beach
              Gili Air
              Gili Islands
              Lombok
              83352
              INDONESIA
              Phone: 62 812 3831 2163
              Alternate finish point description
              Alternate finish point instructions
              Emergency contact
              In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722 (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Burma & Phillipines) and Tel: +855 92 555 969 (Cambodia).

              For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist. For further contact details please use the following page:

              For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

              While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

              We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

              You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

              Intrepid's Thailand Office: +66 898 103 722
              Visas
              As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
              Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

              Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

              INDONESIA:
              Passport holders for most nationalities are now permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. In March 2016 Australia and Ireland have been added to the list of countries now exempt from visas for visits for tourism purposes under 30 days. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy.

              Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on Visa-Free Short Visits must enter AND exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia including: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport), Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport), Yogyakarta (Adisucipto Airport) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes entry and exist from Lombok (Bandar Udara International Airport). Visa-Free Short Visits cannot be extended and cannot be transferred to another type of visa.

              Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival, or in advance. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.

              Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.

              Local laws require that you must be able show your valid passport at any time when required to do so by an immigration office. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page, and visa (after arriving), to carry with you.
              What to take
              What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

              Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

              Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

              IMAGES FROM HOME:
              During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.

              WATER BOTTLE
              Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

              CLOTHING IN LOMBOK:
              When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Lombok, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
              When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

              WALKING SHOES:
              We recommend to bring appropriate walking shoes for the included walks. For the waterfall walk in Senaru your will walk through a shallow river, please bring sandals or shoes that can get wet.

              TORCH:
              Many travellers have found it useful to bring or buy a head torch for this tour.

              PACKING
              We recommend taking a backpack and packing lightly as we will be getting on and off small boats
              Climate and seasonal information
              BALINESE NEW YEAR:
              Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.

              RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL
              In 2016, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 6th June through until 5th July and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days.
              Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. Please note that drivers and leaders of Muslim faith are likely to be fasting over Ramadan. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.

              NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
              National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.
              Communications
              INTERNET IN LOMBOK:
              The availability of Internet is also increasing, with wifi and access points in many hotels. However Internet speeds are often very slow and unreliable, particularly in rural areas.
              Health
              RABIES:
              Health authorities in Bali have reported of an increase in the number of local people being hospitalised with rabies.

              To avoid the risk of contracting rabies:
              - Do not pat or touch any wild or domestic animals during travel
              - Do not attempt to pick up an unusually tame, unfamiliar animal
              - Do not attract stray animals by being careless with litter

              Pre-exposure vaccine is available but receiving rabies vaccine prior to travel does not preclude the need for post-exposure medical evaluation and additional doses of rabies vaccine. There is a shortage of rabies vaccine in Indonesia and if you are bitten by an animal you should consider travelling to Singapore or your country of origin for treatment.

              Treatment
              * Immediately wash the wound with soap and running water for 5 minutes.
              * If possible apply an iodine solution or 40-50% alcohol (whiskey or other spirit can be used)
              * Seek medical advice about the need for rabies vaccination and possible antibiotics for a bite wound infection as soon as possible. Tetanus vaccine may also be required.

              All travellers who have possibly been exposed to the rabies virus, whether by bites, scratches or other exposure, should seek medical advice without delay. Medical advice should be sought without delay even if pre-exposure vaccine was received.
              Travel insurance
              Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

              When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
              A couple of rules
              Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

              Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
              Responsible Travel
              We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

              When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

              The Intrepid Foundation
              Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

              The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

              http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

              Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Indonesia include:

              * Bumi Sehat's mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as well as to support the health and development of communities. In addition to providing education and training for midwives and community health nurses, their Bali clinic assists approximately 1,000 people each month and their Aceh clinic around 1,500 people each month.
              www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/bumi-sehat/


              For more information, or to make a donation please visit: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/?projectcountry=indonesia

              Feedback
              After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback