FEEL THE LOVE FOR LOMBOK
Aslew of development is luring Australians away from Bali to discover the relaxed vibe and scalloped bays on the nearby Indonesian island of Lombok. And in the wake of earthquakes in July and August, the focus is on helping to ensure tourists don’t shy away.
“The best thing Australians can do is visit Lombok, stay in a hotel and spend in the community,” Visit Indonesia manager Miriam Tulevski says. “Australians can help people keep jobs.”
Lombok is a 25-minute flight from Bali’s Denpasar airport or you can also catch a one-hour fast boat from Bali to the Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok. Miriam says the mainland is also a tropical oasis. “There are spectacular beaches and bays where you can escape the masses,” she says.
“You have the Sasak people who are Muslim, so they bring to Lombok spectacular mosques; there is a small Hindu population … so you have temples. Arab and Chinese traders have left their mark on the architecture and also the Dutch with Art Deco architecture in the capital.”
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