Lombok Island is a dream island lying south to Bali that is very much real. The lesser-known island is perfect for those who want to take a break from all the touristy hustle in Bali and enjoy the unprecedented views of nature. The beaches on Lombok are pristine and far from crowded. You can indulge in myriad adventure activities like trekking to Mount Rinjani and camping. There are so many waterfalls to explore. On top of that, you need to be careful of all the travel scams that take place on the island. Here are a few Lombok travel tips for you to save you from all the trouble in paradise.
Lombok Travel Tips
The people of Lombok are very nice but you should be careful of the crooks. Here are a few scams you should know beforehand if you want to avoid any unnecessary hassle during your stay on the island.
Lombo is just a 90-minute boat ride from Bali which can extend if you do not book your water transportation with a reliable transport company. Go along with a reputable and trusted company if you want value for money and safety on a boat. Do not buy your ferry tickets from a street tout who claims to be from a reputable company because the reality is far from it. You should not be charged more than 13000 Rupiah for a public ferry ride from Bali to Lombok Island.
2. Beware of local vendors
As you arrive at Bangsal Harbour, you will be bombarded by local vendors and Lombok kids selling day to day stuff and trinkets. Do not buy from these vendors as the prices they offer are extremely exorbitant. If you want sundries and daily-use items, then you will find shops in Lombok and Gilli islands where you can get stuff at a much cheaper rate. Don’t blow your money.
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3. Food & Drinks
If you want to enjoy a reasonably good dining experience and nightlife, then Senggigi has the most amazing restaurants and bars on the island. Mataram is another place where you can expect good restaurants and bars. You should also sample some local Lombok food as you will find it surprisingly tasty, however, a bit spicy. Notice local warungs in the various parts of the island selling authentic local cuisine.
4. Motorbike Rental
The best way to get around the island is on bike for which you will need to rent one if you are planning to spend days here. One of the biggest travel scams in Lombok is renting an exorbitant fee for bike. You will find lenders overcharging you upto 200% more than their normal rates. Remember this, you should not pay more than 60,000-80,000 Rupiah a day for bike rental. Hope your bargaining skills are on fleek.
Another scam you should be wary of inLombok, or in Indonesia for that matter is the watersports equipment. Some shady lenders rent you surfboards that get broken on light use and then charge you later for the damages. Therefore, you should always check your equipmenting before renting it from getting ripped off. Always rent from legitimate lenders or operators. You may even check with your accommodation if they provide such equipment. This scam is more prevalent on Selong Belanak Beach.
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6. Discounted Tours
If someone on the beach, especially on the Gilli islands, approaches you for a discounted or cheap tour, do not go along. It may turn out that these are low quality tours or fraudulent. These tour operators might also lure you out to stranded places and steal from you. So, not only will you end up losing your money but also have a bitter experience on your holiday that nobody wants.
7. Taxi Scams
It is prevalent everywhere in indonesia that taxi drivers either claim that meter is down or pose as fake Blu BIR. The only reliable taxi service providers in Indonesia are Silver Bird, Blue Bird, Eksekutif, Transtaxi, Express, Taxiku, Steady Safe, Kosti Jaya. don’t get into a taxi that is not licensed under these providers. Some taxi guys offer you inflated price and then take you at the end of the taxi queue. These taxis are in most cases not registered with the union.
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8. Be mindful
Pickpocketing and stealing is very common in Lombok. These guys are so swift and experienced that even if you get your gaze away from your stuff for a few seconds, it will be gone by the time you turn back. Just poof! Pack light and remember to carry your own stuff. Don’t leave your stuff unattended even for a minute.
Emergency Numbers: Lombok Travel Tips
Save these numbers in your phone or travel pad if you have a trip to Indonesia planned ahead. In case you encounter any problems on your trip, you can call on these numbers:
- Police: 110, 112
- Ambulance and rescue: 118
- Fire: 113
- Medical: 119
- Tourist police (Jakarta): (021) 526 4073
- Tourist police (Bali): (0361) 754 599/(0361)
- 224 111
Travel scams are prevalent in those places where you will receive a lot of tourists. Lombok Island is no exception but that does not mean it is a bad place. If you are careful about these things on your trip to Indonesia, you will have an amazing time without a doubt. Travel teaches us a lot of things. There will be good experiences as well as bad experiences on your holiday in Indonesia. Let’s fill our anty with more good experiences.
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