Life Is A Journey, Enjoy The Ride
With beautiful beaches, rice paddies, epic volcanoes, remote villages, moungtains and spectacular surf spots, Lombok will leave you with memories of a lifetime that you won’t be able to wait to share with family and friends.
Road infrastructure in Lombok is fantastic.Therefore, one of the best ways to explore the island is by driving a scooter, which is a popular mode of transportation in Lombok. Roads are usually not too busy in Lombok, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting around, even if you don’t have that much experience riding a scooter. Read on to find out all you need to know about driving a scooter in Lombok.
WHY DRIVE A SCOOTER IN LOMBOK?
If you want to explore the intriguing island of Lombok to the fullest, you’re best off hiring a scooter so you can have full freedom and flexibility over your travels and where you want to go.
Driving a scooter in Lombok gives you total control of when and where you want to travel, so you can hit up country roads, quaint villages and secluded coves with complete freedom.
As you drive your scooter around Lombok, you will notice the unique culture of the island. The Sasak people are the predominant ethnic group on the island, and they have a distinct language and customs. You can visit local villages and markets to learn more about the Sasak culture and try their traditional dishes.
HATI HATI DI JALAN
#1 Give the scooter a little drive before you set off so you know everything is working and is to your liking
#2 As a part of our commitment for excellent service – and as excellence is not an accident – we will organise the following for you prior to your scooter trip;
> A rain jacket/poncho to keep under your seat and to use during a sudden and unexpected rain.
> A router with WIFI connection to be able to stay in touch with us in case any issue during your trip
> A phone mount per scooter to use google maps on your personal device during your trip
> A First Aid Kit – #BetterSafeThanSorry – to reduce the risk of minor injuries from worsening
> A 100% full petrol tank
#3 Refill your water tumbler with The Lombok Lodge fresh detox water of the day prior to leaving the property to keep you hydrated during your trip
#4 Remember that when driving a scooter in Lombok, you stick to the left side of the road.
#5 Be aware that you’ll often hear people hooting around sharp corners, this is a safety measure to warn other cars that there’s an oncoming vehicle.
#6 Cover up or wear sunscreen when riding a scooter in Lombok. You’ll be surprised just how burnt you can get.
#7 Be aware of cows, goats, chicken and dogs on the road
#8 You won’t really need to worry about figuring out how to fill up the petrol, as you can easily stop off on the side of the road throughout the island and someone will do it for you! Many petrol stations where you can fill up. But the most common place to refuel is with the vendors who sell petrol on the side of the streets in old vodka bottles. They are everywhere! Standard is about IDR 10 000 IDR ($0.6) for 1 liter
WHAT TO SEE WHILE SCOOTERING LOMBOK
Having a scooter in Lombok allows you to get off-the-beaten-track, discovering unknown gems as well as popular spots like beaches, waterfalls and top towns. While you may want to have a vague idea of where you want to go in Lombok, you should also give yourself the option of discovering spots you hadn’t planned on visiting. Here are some ideas to get you started:
#1 The beaches around Senggigi
#2 Lingsar temple, a symbol of harmony between Islam and Hindu.
#3 The 18th-century Narmada Summer Palace and Royal Garden
#4 Historical temple, Mayura park.
#5 Batu Bolong temple, located on top of the cliff near the ocean!
#6 Sukarara Village and the Lombok original woven fabric.
#7 Sasak Village ‘Ende’ with its beautiful,origin traditional houses
#8 Mandalika international Circuit
#9 Banyumulek Village and the various kinds of pottery and ceramics
#10 Lombok Monkey Forests
NORTH WEST DIRECTION TRIP – XL TRIP
#1 Waterfalls (Bayan, Tiu Kelep, Sendang Gile)
#2 Enjoy the air and views from Sembalun Pusuk Pass, 1,200 meters above sea level
#3 Senaru Sasak village
#4 The Bayan old mosque, the first mosque in Lombo
SOUTH EAST DIRECTION TRIP – XL TRIP
#1 Kuta Coast
#2 Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis, Gili Tangkong, Gili Layar, Gili Rengit (Secret Gilis)
#4 Relax on the pinkish shores of Pink Beach
EAST DIRECTION TRIP – XL TRIP
#1 The New Secret Gilis of East Lombok, Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara, Gili Kapal and Gili Petagan
IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY
Comfortable shoes, Camera, Comfortable clothes, Little bit of Cash, Daypack, Charged Smartphone, a towel, and a change of clothing if you want to swim at the waterfalls or at the ocean are recommend to bring on your scooter trip.
With its stunning landscapes and unique culture, Scootering in Lombok is not to be missed. Driving a scooter in Lombok can be an exhilarating and fun experience, but it is also important to take safety precautions. It is essential to wear a helmet at all times, as accidents can happen. It’s Better to be safe than sorry.
‘… Life Is A Journey, Enjoy The Ride … !’
Owner of The Lombok Lodge Hospitality