Exploring Lombok, Indonesia

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Lombok, Indonesia

Continuing our adventure around Indonesia, from Makassar we flew back to Jakarta and boarded another plane going to Lombok, the main island in West Lesser Sunda Island. After a couple of flights, we finally landed. We boarded the bus and headed straight to our hotel to sleep before exploring the island.

We left the hotel at around 8AM and headed straight to Sasak Sade Village.

Sasak Sade Village

We were greeted by these local playing traditional music as soon as we got down our bus. Sade Village is a traditional village found in Central Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Houses in this village remain traditional. The roofs of the houses here are made of alang-alang leaves and the walls are made of clay and cow manure.

Interesting trivia: our guide also told us that in Lombok Island, if a young man wants to marry a girl, he must ask the hand of the girl from her parents and negotiate the marriage proposal. If the family does not agree, the man must kidnap the girl and take her to his house. After kidnapping her, he will report to the village chief about his elopement and the chief will negotiate on behalf of the young man to the girl's family to accept his marriage proposal.

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Before going around the village, they performed a few of their traditional dances for us.

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Above: Tarian Gendang Belek - Welcoming dance | Below: Petuk Dance - Dance performed during circumcision ceremony

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Above: Perisaian Dance - To celebrate Indonesia Independence Day and to appoint a warrior | Below: Amak Tempengus Dance - a dance to entertain the warriors who return from war

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After all the performances by the villagers, we started going around and the first thing I noticed are these beautiful sarongs and table cloths made by the women in the village. Naturally, we all went crazy and bought a bunch to bring home to family and friends.

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 One of the villagers showing us how to weave ikat cloth.

One of the villagers showing us how to weave ikat cloth.

 Gorgeous details

Gorgeous details

 Walking around the village

Walking around the village

Tiga Gili / Kepulauan Gili

After going around Sasak Sade Village, we got lunch and headed to the port to ride a speedboat to Gili Trawagnan. 

Tiga Gili  (Three Gilis) / Kepulauan Gili (Gili Archipelago) is an archipelago of three small islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air - just off the northwest coast of Lombok.

 Our bumpy speedboat ride to the island

Our bumpy speedboat ride to the island

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The next morning, we got on another boat to go snorkleing around the archipelago. We got to spot a few turtles while snorkeling (such an amazing sight to see!). Love how clear the water is Gili Air. We got to spot a bunch of fish in the area! I really need to get myself an underwater camera so I can take photos when we go snorkeling. :(

 Aleah (solitarywanderer.com) 

Aleah (solitarywanderer.com) 

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Trisha by the beach in Gili Air

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Our last sunset in Gili Trawangan before packing all our stuff and getting on a ferry at 5 in the morning the next day to go to Denpasar to fly to Banyuwangi.

Disclosure: I was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia to be part of their blogger tour #TripOfWonders