GET­TING THERE

FLY, GET A FAST BOAT OR THE FERRY – TAK­ING 25 MIN­UTES OR 5 HOURS

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND -

Lom­bok is a quick 25-minute flight from Bali or for a cheaper, but much longer op­tion, you can take a boat.

The author chose to fly with Garuda In­done­sia from Bali (much safer op­tion than tak­ing a boat) to Lom­bok In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Fares start from un­der $100 re­turn.

A num­ber of other air­lines also fly from Bali to Lom­bok.

A pri­vate car trans­fer with Ex­pe­dia was or­gan­ised for the hour-long drive to Seng­gigi Beach.

Trav­ellers ar­riv­ing at Lom­bok air­port who have not or­gan­ised a car trans­fer, don’t de­spair. Just walk out­side and you will be met by many ea­ger driv­ers tout­ing for your busi­ness.

Trav­ellers who pre­fer to take a boat to Lom­bok from Bali have var­i­ous op­tions. Boats leave from Padang Bai Har­bour in Bali and ar­rive at Lem­bar Har­bour in Lom­bok.

Trav­el­ling by boat to Lom­bok in bad weather con­di­tions is not such a good idea, par­tic­u­larly with chil­dren as the seas can get very choppy. A fast boat takes about two hours.

For those on a strict bud­get, you can also take a lo­cal ferry which will take about five hours.

But be warned – the ferry is al­most al­ways late and is not for the faint-hearted.

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