PUBLIC FERRY, Large ferries carrying passengers, goods and vehicles operate daily between Padangbai (near Candi Dasa in Bali) and Lembar Harbor. These ferries are quite basic and slow, taking between 4-5 hours for the crossing. While they are cheap, it can cost quite a bit extra to get to Padangbai so its worth comparing all alternatives.
If you travel on a budget, public ferry is the alternative mode of transportation to reach Lombok. It departs from Padangbai (East Bali) to Lembar (West Lombok). Ferry service departing every 2 hours, operating 24 hours.
All services are subject to weather conditions, and the trip across the Lombok Strait can get quite bumpy.
TRAVEL TIPS & USEFUL INFORMATION
Lombok and Bali offers travelers of all ages numerous and various leisure activities to enjoy. There are variety of hotels, resorts and villas to choose from.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Peel the fruit before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe. Drink always from bottled water and eat well done cooking food, unless when eating at recommended restaurants/cafes or hotel’s outlet.
Street or beach vendors are often pushing too hard on selling and most visitors feel inconvenient. Never try to look at any of their item/s even they might be interesting to you, even this could be fun for those who want to learn about bargaining tactic. For most visitors this is hassling.
Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Use sun block and hat.
Sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers have multiple partners from all over the world. Act responsibly and use condoms, available over the counter at pharmacies.
BOOK IN ADVANCED
Due to the limited number of flights to Lombok, during the peak season we highly recommend you to make flight booking far in advanced. Don’t forget to ask your local tour operator to re-confirm your ticket minimum 24 hours in advanced to ensure yourself to get seats.
RAMADHAN (FASTING) BREAK
Most tourist facilities in Lombok (Gili Islands & Senggigi) remain open during Ramadhan. Local Restaurants might close in residential area in Mataram or Cakranegara to respect the majority of Moslem Fasting. Tourist are suggested to eat and drinks in hotel’s or resort’s area.
You must have at least 6 (six) months validity of passport to enter Indonesia.
Visa On Arrival (VOA) can be obtain at the International Airports in major cities of Indonesia.
According to customs regulations, one adult is allowed to bring into Indonesia a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 1000 grams of tobacco, and reasonable amount of perfume.
Photographic, video and filming equipment radios, typewriters, and cars are admitted provide they are recorded in your passport on entry and taken out of the country on departure.
Narcotic, firearm and ammunition, TV set, and Chinese medicine are strictly prohibited. Fresh fruit, plants and animals must be passed by Quarantine Office.
LAND TRANSFERS AND SIGHTSEEING
Visitor can explore the tiny island by using various kind of transportation such as: Chartered/Car Hire, Taxi, Bus, Bemo/Angkot (local’s public transportation) and Motorcycle.
Public Transportation or known locally as “Bemo OR Angkot”, a non-AC minivan are available in major town with quite inexpensive price. They take and drop off local passenger and often load over capacity, without travel insurance coverage. For those who prefer to travel more privately, car-hire option or charter or motorbike rental may be the choice. The prices, however, do not always included insurance. And they vary depending upon the type of vehicle and the duration of hiring. Petrol pomp and service stations are available at every large town. In emergency there are always road side kiosks fuels out of drums at a bit dearer price.
If you rent a car (self drive), you may find the rental fare are much more expensive than in Bali because of limited car available on Lombok. While driving yourself, please take out most care since the traffic rules may be some what different from those observed in your country. Indonesian and any other Asian Countries uses “right side steering system”
An international drivers license is required, but one can apply for temporary permit in Lombok and go for test driver in tourist driving license office in Jalan Langko Mataram Lombok.
It is compulsory to wear a crash helmet while you ere on the road on a motorbike. Helmets are available at motorbike hire outlets. Small horse drawn carts called Cidomo serve as convenient transportation during off hours and off the beaten track.