Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia has been a widely sought out destination for both tourists and locals. With gorgeous beaches and the magnificent mountain of Rinjani standing beautiful and tall, it’s a place people and myself, would like to immerse in.
Imagine the glimmers of warm, white sands along crystal blue waters. Imagine blue skies and the breeze dancing on your face. Imagine feeling the warm sand on your feet while gazing at the explosion of a red and orange sunset with the sweet music of ocean waves soothing your ears. If you’re more of a beach bunny like myself, well, how can you not resist?
But being so, going there will most likely lead to having a loose wallet.
So what could be better than a low budget trip – perfect for those who prefer a backpacking journey. Personally, that’s where one can get the real experience of travel. After reading a bunch of testimonials, I realized the key to low budget travel is not to be lazy. It’s all about acquiring enough information before you go.
Some people prefer going at it alone rather than with a friend as it gives them more personal freedom to explore and all that. Which is great by the way, you can connect with fellow travelers and locals along the way making new friends you wouldn’t have met if you weren’t going alone. But personally, I would prefer going with a travel buddy and what was mentioned before can still be experienced if both of you share the same interests and a keen sense of adventure.
Anyways, here is how you can go to Lombok from Yogyakarta, the low budget way.
- From Yogyakarta, you can take the Sri Tanjung train from Lempuyangan station. It departs at 07.30 in the morning and it will take you to the city of Banyuwangi, arriving at 23.30 at night.
- From there, it’s just a short walking distance to the Ketapang port where a ferry awaits you to take you to Gilimanuk, a port town in West Bali. Not to worry, the ferry travels back and forth regularly even at night so you wouldn’t have to wait that long.
- After arriving at Gilimanuk, you will have to take a bus to the Ubung terminal in Denpasar. From there it is another bus ride to the Padangbai Port. Finally, another ferry ride is all you need to take you to Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. Once again, the ferry ride runs frequently throughout the day so you won’t have to worry about missing it.
From then on, you can rent a bike and these bike rentals can be found in a lot of places in Mataram. It is the capital city of Lombok on the west coast, very close to the tourism centre of Senggigi with its white sand beaches against the beautiful backdrops of a jungle and mountains.
After researching, there is a bike rental behind Hotel Lombok Plaza, more specifically on Gelatik Cakranegara street with a tariff of Rp. 50,000 to 60,000 per day, depending on the manual or automatic transmission. Then after that, there are almost endless choices for affordable lodging. These are some of the choices after a little bit of researching:
- Wisma Nusantara II, Jl. Beo, Cakranegara. Rp. 60,000 (Non-AC room) – Rp. 190,000 (VIP room) per night.
- Hotel Ayu Jaya, Jl. Subak 1, Cakranegara. Starting at Rp. 70,000 per night.
- La Casa Homestay, Jl. Raya Senggigi Gg. Pura Melase, Senggigi. Starting at around Rp. 100,000 per night.
- Oka Homestay, Jl. Rapatmaja No. 5. Starting at Rp. 80,000 per night.
Backpackers usually don’t have a detailed itinerary with everything listed down minute-by-minute but that doesn’t mean we are against careful planning. Prepare well, especially for accommodation and the visits to many of Lombok’s heavenly beaches so that once you get there, you will be free to start a great experience. Keep your ears open for any sort of recommendations from other travelers and locals that you meet along the way and when you get there. Who knows, you might just be surprised.
Hope that you will find this helpful, and happy travels!