Travelers which go south to the port of Lembar from Mataram, have the choice between two routes. The main road runs from Cakranegara to the southeast to Kediri, before going to Lembar. The road is in pretty good condition. The alternative is a road full of holes, which takes you through a landscape full of sawah's. This road also takes you along a Balinese temple near Gunung Pengsong and passes Rumak, east of it, to enter the main road just northwest of Kediri, near Karang Anyar.
Just west of Rumak is Banyu Mulek, a village which is known about it's pottery, made in open fire. Several products are on sale as well.
The port of Lembar often houses several big Buginese schooners. Nice boats, equipped with a diesel engine of a modern freighter. They form a sharp contrast with the efficient ferries from Padangbai on Bali.
Just south of the port you can rent a motorized boat for the trip along the coast to Gili Nanggu. Here you can find nice bungalows built on pillars, besides a nice beach and clear water. Snorkeling however, is not that good, because the reefs are damaged here as well. A walk around the island only takes twenty minutes.
The island of Gili Genting, on a short distance of Gili Nanggu, sometimes is the destination for diving trips. People dive from a steep cliff. The visibility under water is not very good and there are only a few formations of soft and hard coral. The best part of the reef, with nice coral formations and many colorful fish, is close to the surface, easy to reach for snorkelers.
Location map of Lembar
Last revised on December 14, 2009
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