July 4, 2011

Lombok Idyll

Thanks to a mid week holiday, we made a long weekend in Lombok last week. 

As you, I'm sure, know by now, Indonesia is a nation of islands.  We live on Java, Sumatra is just north and west of us, Borneo is due north and Bali is due east.  

Just east of Bali is Lombok Island.  

Here's a map to help: 

You will have to click it to make it bigger.  Bali is the island east of Java where the city of Denpasar (on map) is shown.  Lombok is the island just east with no cities noted. 

Fun geography fact: Lombok is the eastern side of the Wallace line.  The Wallace line was noted by Alfred Wallace in the mid-1800s, and separates the Asiatic and Australasian ecozones.  

It's a lot more complicated than that, but the cool part for the Engineer and the English major, is that the line runs smack between Bali and Lombok which are separated by only 20 miles.   So you can vacation in Bali, then go 20 miles east and be in a whole new ecozone with all different birds and animals and even sea life.  Whoot.

And that's all the mind expanding info I have for you.  

Our purpose on this trip was to let Coop get more diving in and to sit on our ex-pat fannies and watch the sun move across the sky.  

We were successful on both counts.  

On one of our five days, we went with Coop on the dive boat to the Gili Islands to snorkle.  The Gilis are tiny little islands off the north coast of Lombok with some really nice diving sites.  Ted and I just snorkled off the beach while Coop headed out to deep water.  

Here's a few of our pictures...

Clam lips.  The clam itself is encased in the rock.

Idolfish (Gill from Finding Nemo)

There.  That expanded your mind a little bit, right?  Because I'm betting you didn't know what kind of fish Gill was.  I had to look it up.  :-)

Our hotel was the stuff dreams are made of.  Peaceful, relaxing, out of the way, and we are trying to keep it on the downlow.  

Lombok is, in contrast to Bali, a quiet, rural, natural place and we are hoping it stays that way. 

We had an infinity pool looking out over the ocean, and my scale model agreed to demonstrate proper use of said pool...

When the sun went down, we had front row seats of Mt. Agung in Bali.  It hasn't erupted since 1964, but like all volcanoes on these islands, the next eruption is anytime.  

So in this pic you have Mt. Agung in 2011- could be a collector's item next time it blows and the landscape changes.  

Or not.                           

  In any case, it's a nice picture.  Click it bigger for good effect.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

I feel the need to go rent South Pacific now. Lovely pictures. And, thank you, I always wondered about Gill. :)

Can't wait for the next adventure.