Exploring Indonesia


Billabong Rote Surfing Open Starts Next Week

Great news for the surfing fraternity and those lovers of watching surfing and related events with the Rote Open 2011 presented by Billabong just a few days away. For those who have never heard of Rote, the island is part of Kupang Regency in East Nusa Tenggara. Along with some […]


Komodo Island the New Hotspot in the Archipelago

Having a holiday in Bali can be so much more exciting and interesting if you were to venture to the other islands close, or relatively close, to Bali. Lombok has for quite some time been a popular ‘skip across the water’. The latest hotspot for travellers is now Komodo Island […]


Photo of the Day: Pura Batu Bolong, Lombok

As most of you know I have visited just about every temple on the island of Bali and during my recent visit to Lombok, I was interested to note the comparison between the temples of Bali and that of Lombok. The one temple I found fascinating was Pura Batu Bolong, […]


‘Friends of Komodo’ Concert

The island of Komodo located between Sumbawa and Flores, is the home of the Komodo Dragon which is the largest monitor lizard in the world and is he sole survivor of the dinosaurs in Indonesia. The island is surrounded by some of the most treacherous currents around and that combined […]


Photo of the Day – Taman Narmada, Lombok

Taman Narmada is one of those places in Lombok that you just have to visit; even if its only for the experience. This famous tourist attraction is a miniature replica of the summit of Gunung Rinjani and its Crater Lake. When visiting here allow yourself a few hours to explore […]


Photo of the Day: Surfers at Senggigi Beach – Lombok

On my last visit to Lombok we decided to upmarket our accommodation a tad from our usual homestay tradition and chose the Sengggi Beach Hotel. The long stretch of stunning coastline 10 klms north of Ampenan known as Senggigi Beach is in reality the tourist centre of the island of […]


Photo of the Day: Banyumelek, Lombok

Of the three major pottery villages on the island, Banyumulek is probably the best to visit for first timers to Lombok. Here you will find several showrooms with all forms of pottery from floor to ceiling and most are open from 8am-5pm. Lombok has always been famous for their traditional […]


The Traditional Weaving of Sukarara in Lombok

Lombok has so much to offer travellers and any visitor to the island will be first struck by the awesome and natural beauty of the environment. But, the island has so much more and their culture and handicrafts are amazing. When I last visited there I was particularly interested in […]


The Lombok Project

Lombok has always lagged behind Bali in regards to tourism. These days, Lombok is used as a stepping stone to the nearby Gili Islands. This doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do on the island. On the contrary, Lombok is an island of stunning palm-fringed, white sand beaches and […]


Hari Raya Waisak: Indonesia

Today in Bali and across Indonesia is Waisak Day. This is a Bhuddist holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Bhuddism. To all my friends that are Bhuddist I wish to express… SELEMAT HARI RAYA WAISAK Hari Waisak – Waisak Day