EXCLUSIVE SAILING ADVENTURE – LOMBOK & BEYOND
Our exclusive sailing adventure – Lombok & Beyond takes you to Lombok, the Gili Islands and the western coastline of Sumbawa. Lombok lies to the east of Bali, only about a 10 hour sail for our luxury live-aboard vessel from our mooring in Benoa Harbor on Bali. Lombok is recognized by the towering volcanic peak of Mount Rinjani, which rises up to 3,726 metres (12,224 ft), making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Lombok’s scenic interior is filled with lush green rice paddies and lots of local colour. On our cruise, we will pass through the Lombok Strait separating the island of Lombok from Bali. Lombok is roughly circular, with a small “tail” (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 km across comprising a total area of about 4,725 km² (1,825 sq mi). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram.
Our exclusive sailing adventure – Lombok & Beyond – is a well balanced journey, combining luxury cruising with exciting land excursions, water sports and diving. Our first stop after the passage of the Lombok Strait is a well protected anchorage at Gili Trawangan, the largest of three small islands located to the northwest of Lombok. Here, we will enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars. The next day is reserved for exploration of the Gili Islands, water sports and scuba diving in the fish teeming waters surrounding the Gilis. Early next morning we will sail to Lombok, where our land excursion begins.
One of our favorite stops on Lombok is Pringasella, a tiny village where traditional weaving is done using a back-strap loom. Watch as the women weave intricate patterns into their cloth. They are easily found in the village, by just following the clacking sound of the loom. This village also hand spins and hand dyes many of the threads used for the cloths. From Pringasella, we will travel to the picturesque village of Tetebatu at the base of Mount Rinjani for lunch, and a walk through beautiful terraced rice fields.
After lunch, we will visit one of the pottery villages, where you have a chance to view the traditional methods used to produce the famous Lombok pots. Lombok pottery was revived by a New Zealand subsidy to the women of the village so that the art would not be lost. The women of the village can be seen forming the pots each day, using scraps of glass to cut patterns and textures on the surface. The pots are placed in the hot sun for a preliminary drying, and then fired outside under an open fire which is fueled by dried rice stalks.
After our land excursion on Lombok, we return to ADELAAR, where a splendid dinner awaits you. The next day we are sailing along the northern coastline of Lombok due East reaching the Alas Strait (the body of water, separating Lombok from Sumbawa) by nightfall. Our anchorage for this night will be close to Alas and the Bugin Island, which is build from coral and sand. All houses on this densely populated island are build on stilts to avoid flooding during high tide.
For those die-hard guests, we recommend a trek up Mount Rinjani! Not for weaklings, this is a tough three day adventure, and you better be in shape. The view from the outer lip of the caldera is breathtaking and once down inside, soaking in the hot springs is a must for those aching leg muscles. The trek requires 2 nights of primitive tent camping, but local porters carry in all the required gear, including food. You will be well fed!