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  • Lombok and the Gili Islands Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    Rinca Flores Sumba Kalimantan Sulawesi Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Lombok and the Gili Islands Introduction Ampenan Mataram Cakranegara Sweta Senggigi The Gili Islands Gunung Rinjani and around Tetebatu Kuta and around See all destinations Indonesia Lombok and the Gili Islands Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide Thirty five kilometres east of Bali at its closest point Islamic Lombok 80km by 70km is populated by Sasak people It differs considerably from its Hindu neighbour with lots of wide open spaces and unspoilt beaches and much less traffic and pollution Tourist facilities are less widespread and public transport sparser The island s northern area is dominated by the awesome bulk of Gunung Rinjani and trekking at least part of the way up is the reason many tourists come to Lombok Most base themselves in the nearby villages of Senaru or Sembalun Lawang Other visitors enjoy the cool foothills at tiny Tetebatu and Sapit The other big draw is the beaches The trio of Gili Islands just off the northwest coast attracts increasing numbers of visitors while the resort of Senggigi on the west coast and south coast Kuta a popular surfing centre also offer a range of tourist facilities Lombok s capital and main city area Ampenan Mataram Cakranegara Sweta has excellent transport connections and is pleasantly user friendly Read

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  • Sumbawa Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    Indonesia Sumbawa Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide Most travellers crossing the scorched mountainous island of Sumbawa east of Lombok experience it solely through the window of a long distance bus But transit travel doesn t do justice to this friendly laidback island with its fine beaches and surfing offshore islands and traditional villages Historically Sumbawa was divided between east and west with the western Sumbawans influenced by the Balinese and Sasaks of Lombok while the eastern Bimans share linguistic and cultural similarities with the Makarese of Sulawesi and the peoples of Flores and Sumba The whole island is Muslim however and conservative dress is recommended Read More More about Indonesia Features Where Next Check out Sulawesi Book a hostel in Indonesia Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Sumbawa Besar Bima Sape Find out more Surfing in Sumbawa Surfing in Sumbawa Sumbawa has gained a reputation for offering some of the finest surfing in Indonesia without the crowds you ll find in Bali Getting to the beaches with a surfboard can be an arduous task unless you charter a car from Sumbawa Besar but once there you ll find plenty of accommodation and facilities The main breaks are at Hu u off Lakey beach and around Maluk beach on the west coast The latter

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  • Komodo and Rinca Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    group of parched but majestic islands home to the Komodo dragon or ora as it is known locally which lives nowhere else The south coast of the main island is lined with impressive mostly dormant volcanoes the north with mainly dusty plains irrigated to create rice paddies around the major settlements The two most visited islands in the national park are Komodo and Rinca Read More More about Indonesia Features Where Next Check out Sumatra Book a hostel in Indonesia Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Komodo Rinca Find out more The Komodo dragon The Komodo dragon Varanus komodoensis the Komodo dragon is the largest extant lizard in the world The biggest recorded specimen was well over 3m long and weighed a mammoth 150kg but most fully grown males are around 2m and 60kg The dragon usually strikes down prey with its immensely powerful tail or slices the leg tendons with scalpel sharp fangs Once the animal is incapacitated the dragon eviscerates it feeding on its intestines while it slowly dies With larger prey the dragon may simply bite the animal then trail it until the wound becomes fatally infected from the reptile s toxic saliva Visiting Komodo and Rinca Visiting Komodo and Rinca The best way to reach Komodo and Rinca is by organizing a trip from Labuanbajo on Flores although there are also cruises to Sumbawa Komodo and Flores from Lombok A host of agencies compete for tourists so it s worth shopping around or asking for recommendations Most people are content with a day trip to Rinca A multi day trip that includes both Komodo and Rinca is worth it if only to see for yourself just how different scenically the two islands are It s also possible to visit both islands independently

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  • Flores Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    Komodo and Rinca Flores Sumba Kalimantan Sulawesi Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Flores Introduction Labuanbajo Ruteng Bajawa and the Ngada villages Ende Kelimutu and Moni Maumere See all destinations Indonesia Flores Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Vietnam View Guide Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide A fertile mountainous barrier between the Savu and Flores seas Flores comprises one of the most alluring landscapes in the archipelago The volcanic spine of the island soars to 2500m and torrential wet seasons result in a lushness that marks Flores apart from its scorched neighbours It also differs religiously 95 percent of islanders are Catholic The most spectacular sight in Flores is magnificent Kelimutu near Moni northeast of Ende The three craters of this extinct volcano each contain a lake of different vibrant and gradually changing colours In the east of Flores high quality ikat weaving still thrives At the extreme west end of the island Labuanbajo has some fine coral gardens and is also the port for ferries to and from Sumbawa All of Flores s major towns are linked by bus but these can be slow crowded and unpleasant A number of private operators including the recommended Gunung Mas run faster more comfortable travels cars and minibuses around the island to strictly observed schedules with hotel pick ups well worth the few extra

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  • Sumba Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    is fertile and green with rolling hills and a long rainy season Waingapu the capital is well known for producing the finest ikat fabric in Indonesia A little further out at Rende and Melolo sit stone tombs with bizarre carvings and in other villages on the east coast you ll find quality weaving traditional structures and deserted beaches The main town in the west is Waikabubak where characteristic houses with thatched roofs soar to an apex over 15m above the ground Access to Sumba is either by ferry from Ende in Flores to Waingapu or from Sape in Sumbawa to Waikelo or by air to either Waingapu or Waikabubak Most people choose to fly out of Waingapu rather than Waikabubak which has a very chequered record for reliability and cancellations Read More More about Indonesia Features Where Next Check out Komodo and Rinca Book a hostel in Indonesia Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Waingapu Waikabubak Kodi and Pero Find out more Sumba s traditions and customs Sumba s traditions and customs One of the main reasons to visit Sumba is to experience the extraordinary agrarian animist cultures in the villages These villages or kampung comprise huge clan houses set on fortified hills centred around megalithic graves and topped by a totem made from a petrified tree from which villagers would hang the heads of conquered enemies The national government insisted that all totems be removed back in the 1970s and though some do remain many have disappeared The most important part of life for the Sumbanese is death when the mortal soul makes the journey into the spirit world Sumbanese funerals can be extremely impressive spectacles inspiring several days worth of slaughter and feasting the corpse wrapped in hundreds of exquisite ikat cloths Ostensibly visiting

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  • Kalimantan Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide Dense tropical jungle murky village lined rivers teeming with traffic and with wildlife so abundant it becomes the norm Kalimantan is a jungle cloaked landmass that appeals to those looking to venture into undiscovered territory Occupying the southern two thirds of the island of Borneo Kalimantan remains largely untouched by tourism With few roads the interior s great rivers are its highways and a trip up one of them will give you a taste of traditional Dayak life and introduce you to lush areas of dense jungle More intrepid explorers can spend weeks on end navigating their way through seldom ventured parts and a visit to one of the national parks could bring you face to face with wild orang utans The provincial capitals of Pontianak Palangkaraya and Samarinda are sprawling dusty towns which offer little aside from their services However once out of the crowded populated areas Kalimantan s character starts to unfold For the independent traveller Kalimantan can be expensive and a bit of a mission time patience knowledge of Bahasa and effort are certainly required But if you re looking for a true sense of Borneo then these obstacles are a small price to pay Read More More about Indonesia Features Where Next Check out Lombok and the Gili Islands Book a hostel in Indonesia Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Pontianak Balikpapan Samarinda Tenggarong Kota Bangun Muara Muntai Tanjung Issuy The middle and

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  • Sulawesi Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Sulawesi sprawls in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago a tortuous outline resembling a one thousand kilometre letter K and one of the country s most compelling regions Nowhere in Sulawesi is much more than 100km from the sea though an almost complete covering of mountains isolates its four separate peninsulas from one another and from the outside world Invaders were hard pushed to colonize beyond the coast and a unique blend of cultures and habitats developed The south is split between the highland Torajans and the lowland Bugis there are various isolated tribes in the central highlands and the Filipino descended Minahasans reside in the far north The most settled part of the island the south is home to most of Sulawesi s fifteen million inhabitants This is also where you ll find the capital the busy port of Makassar The southern plains rise to the mountains of Tanah Toraja whose beautiful scenery unusual architecture and vibrant festivals are the island s chief tourist attractions Those after a more languid experience can soak up tropical sunshine on the Togian Islands and there s fabulous diving at Pulau Bunaken out from the northern city of Manado In most areas Sulawesi s roads are well covered by public transport though freelance kijang shared taxis and minibuses are often faster and better value than public buses Where these fail you ll find ferries even if services are unreliable Read More More about Indonesia Features Where Next Check out Java Book a hostel in Indonesia Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car

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  • Map of Indonesia | Indonesia Regions | Rough Guides | Rough Guides
    on the Kei Islands and magnificent temple complexes to discover in Java Indonesia is as vibrant as it is varied This extraordinarily diverse country is spread across 17 000 islands and boasts a rich assortment of languages landscapes and cultures Use our map of Indonesia below to start planning your trip From hanging out with orang utans in Bukit Lawang enjoying classical Javanese culture in Yogyakarta to cruising through Borneo along the Sungai Kapuas this eclectic country holds plenty to explore Glimpse Komodo dragons on Komodo and Rinca and on Java marvel at Borobudur the world s largest Buddhist temple Snorkel along the coast of Indonesian West Papua and the Gili Islands and spot stunning marine life or go shipwreck diving in Bali whose warm waters teem with tropical fish Find out more about Indonesia Interactive Indonesia Map Regions of Indonesia Click the links below to find out about your chosen region 1 Java 2 Sumatra 3 Bali 4 Lombok and the Gili Islands 5 Sumbawa 6 Komodo and Rinca 7 Flores 8 Sumba 9 Kalimantan 10 Sulawesi Related Ebooks Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The

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