Hello from Senggigi! [Status Update]
Hello from Senggigi, Lombok! We have been here for the last two days waiting for our Indonesian visas to be extended for another 30 days for a total of 60 days. We have only been in Southeast Asia for two weeks but have already visited four different islands (there are over 17,000 in Indonesia!).
We spent four nights in Kuta, Lombok enjoying the beautiful beaches in the area and I have to say… they have been the nicest I’ve ever seen. The sand is so white and the ocean is clear and blue with water as warm as a bathtub. We rented a scooter the entire time we were there so we could go exploring everyday, it was lots of fun.
We have met two Swedes, Emma and Tommy, and have been hanging out with them while we’ve been in Senggigi. We all rented scooters the other day and went on a spontaneous ride to find some waterfalls and ended up driving over four hours to go there and back. It was worth it though – the waterfalls were beautiful and trekking through the jungle was really cool (saw some monkeys!). It was a long afternoon and the night was spent drinking (too many) Bintangs.
Glen, Emma, Tommy and I spent the next day lounging around a fancy hotel’s pool for the day taking it easy. Glen and I decided to tag along with Emma and Tommy to do the trek up Mount Rinjani – the tallest mountain/volcano in Lombok. We got a good deal since there’s four of us and we leave at 5am on Saturday morning. The journey will take 3 days/2 nights through the jungle and up the volcanic slopes where we’ll hit the crater on the first day, the lake and hot springs on the second and the summit on the third and back down. It sounds really intense but if we didn’t do it, I’d feel as though we missed out. With the price, porters take all the gear up, cook for you, pitch your tent and all we have to do is hike with our daypacks. Pretty glamorous! – and it only cost 1,100,000 rupiah (approx. $110).
After hiking Rinjani, we have booked a bus to drive us across Lombok – ferry to Sumbawa – ferry to Flores then across to Komodo Island to see the dragons! The bus will take 24 hours… should be interesting that’s for sure.
Anyways, we’re having a great time in Indonesia – the country is so beautiful and there’s so much to see we’ll struggle to fit it all into two months.
Thanks for reading!