The Sasak Trail of Lombok: Full-Day Tour
- Duration: 8 hours
Following pick-up, travel to the southern part of the island. After about 1.5 hours by car, reach your first stop at Kuta Beach. Admire its white sands and healthy reefs. Relax and grab some lunch before heading to the Sade Sasak village. This village was built in the traditional style of the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok. Learn how to weave as you interact with the locals. Next, visit the pottery village of Banyumulek. This village is one of the main pottery centers of Lombok, specializing in decorated pots and pots with fiber covering as well as urns and flasks. Here, if time permits, enjoy a short ride in the traditional horse and cart. End the day with a visit to Pura Batu Bolong, the oceanside temple known for its rocky surroundings, numerous pagodas, statues and sunset views, before returning to your hotel.
Discover Lombok’s best kept secret, the majestic Sendang Gile Waterfall. Start the day by traveling along the coast of Malimbu, from where you can see the Gili Islands and Bali's Mount Agung. Stroll past spectacular rice terraces and forests, and ascend 600 meters above sea level to arrive at the foot of Mount Rinjani. The walk will be rewarded with cool fresh air and the clear falling water of the Sendang Gile. After a swim in the falls and a break for lunch, visit Senaru Village, and see how their tribal mountain life has been intertwined with Islamic influences. You'll also visit the Bayan Old Mosque, a Muslim heritage site that dates back to the 16th century.
Be picked up at 7.30 AM from your hotel in the Mataram or Senggigi area and depart for the starting point around a 1-hour drive away, where you will begin biking. Make a stop at a local villager, making unique traditional food from jackfruit and other local delicacies. Proceed to a handicraft village, to see how local people craft huge cow bells for racing through a traditional practice. Admire the rural landscape of rice fields and mountain areas and pass two different tribes, living together harmoniously in one village with the religious symbols of Hindu Temple and Mosque located in the same area. Continue exploring the area and arrive in a Hindu village, passing more rice fields on the way. At the next resting point, taste some local food and cool off at the Ranget Natural Spring to restore your energy for the coming stage. Bike along the river and rice fields and brace yourself for...
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Nice day, seen very interesting but very commercial. We understand that these people live to a large extent from the tourists, but I found them very intrusive.