KOMODO CRUISE [ BY BOAT FROM LOMBOK ]

By : Dr. Dietrich Lerche

 

The province NTB, in fact the whole of Eastern Indonesia or Nusa Tenggara, offers a unique potential for inter- island discoveries: pristine beaches with crystal clear water, a world of white sand, colorful corals and tropical fishes for snorkeling and diving, exciting land excursions to volcanoes/laces or just pure enjoyment of the generally calm sea, a fresh breeze and that crushing or island feeling...


FISHERMEN NIGHT OUT

By : Dr. Dietrich Lerche

 

Mr. Ahmad happens to be a fisherman at the Meninting coast and voter some talking he invited me to join on one of him nightly fishing trips, sailing out into the sea, direction Bali. I am generally an early riser but when the alarm clock went at 2.45 morning. I was still a little bit sleepy. One of the guards, Ben,  was ready to show my way to the beach, just behind my jogging palm grove, only 10 minutes away. It is a clear night, stars are sprinkling a few tiny clouds; it is a new moon, tomorrow the fasting period Ramadan or Puasa starts.


TOUR DE LOMBOK - CIRCLE AROUND THE ISLE

By : Dr. Dietrich Lerche

 

Lombok, an island about 80km in diameter lands it self to such a circle tour, a circle is also one of my favorite because you never go back, the same road, a 360 degree perspective, always a long the coast and beaches, always new places and faces, the best way to explore the island. To do the odd 300 km in 3 days was also to be a fitness challenge. Walking or hiking across Lombok is not really feasible, no infrastructure.


A DAY OUT IN SIKUR - EAST LOMBOK

By : Lucretia Prang

 

Some German teachers from Berlin arrived in Lombok some days ago from Bali, still hesitating if this was the right move or not at all. Whilst in Bali, they received negative information about Lombok such as "Lombok has no culture, very boring place, you will be back two days, be careful, it is quite unsafe on Lombok etc". As first-time travelers to Indonesia they did not know if they should to believe this or not.

BEYOND SENGGIGI- LOMBOK'S CULINARY

By : Lucretia Prang

 

Sometimes I wonder if people realize that there are actually other places to go for a good meal and a cold beer than Senggigi Lombok.

After sunset places such as Ampenan and Cakranegara change their looks. 

Let’s start not that far away and have a look at Ampenan, the former old Dutch harbour area and settlement of Arab merchants and Chinese. 


LOMBOK RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

By : Lucretia Prang

 

Most people in western countries are under the impression that Lombok is purely islamic. With this article I would like to explain the religious diversity of this beautiful island and also educate foreigners about the fact that the islamic population here is very moderate. In recent times, Indonesia had to cope with acts such as the Bali bomb and the Marriot hotel incident, which caused a negative effect for the economy and tourism. 


MOUNT TAMBORA CLIMBS - SUMBAWA ISLAND

By : Dr. Dietrich Lerche

 

1815, April 10th, a day that literally shook world. The largest natural (volcanic) catastrophe in human history, 20 times the power of Mountain Krakatau (1886, in 1987 we went up to “Anak Krakatau”), 600 km2 rock blown away, ashes around the world. 50.000 died in the region, another 100.000 in the aftermath of crop failures and climate changes, which even caused hunger epidemics in Europe.