Illegal Gold Mining: The Dark Side of Kuta, Lombok

The road wound up the hill in large sweeping s-bends offering a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys and the open sea beyond. Although the afternoon sky was filled with clouds, the rains had yet to come to the South of Lombok and the land was dry and dusty. Looking around I could […]

Galungan: The Religious Festivals of Bali and Lombok

Everyone had got up early to celebrate Galungan. The women sat side saddle on the back of motorbikes wearing their best clothes. The women wore hair in buns or plaited with a few strands blowing in the wind. Every woman I passed had obviously spent hours in front of the mirror that morning preparing their […]

Gili Trawangan: How to Make the Most of the Gilis

Gili Trawangan – anyone who has visited Indonesia will have heard of this island – is the largest of three Gili’s located just off the shore of North Lombok. The whole beach front is packed with a mixture of villas, hostels, restaurants, bars and dive centers. One of these dive centres – Bee Diver in […]

Revealing Yogyakarta’s Hidden Tourism Sites: Candi Ratu Boko

The evening was coming on fast as we drove along the main road heading out of Yogyakarta. We were fighting the traffic in our first attempt to reach Candi Ratu Boko. This time however, it was not to be. With 20 minutes left before we would arrive at the temple and the sky already turning […]

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