NORTH LOMBOK AND THE FAMOUS 3 GILIS :
As many of you know a series of Earthquakes have taken place at the top of Lombok. While there has been death and devastation, the Southern Coast has been left intact. The Flores plate is above Lombok and ” She” seems to be giving us all some action because of two big plates in that area. The 3 Gilis , north of Sengiggi and the East coast have suffered. It is heartbreaking sitting back in Kuta, houses all intact, everyone trying to comprehend what these people up northhave been going through. It has been horrendous for them .
However While it will take sometime for some areas to recover, many have already started to open their doors again which is heartening. If you have a trip planned to the more northern areas, or are thinking of coming check what is open and where because you may well still be able to go to your planned destinations
THE SOUTH AND KUTA
We felt the quakes and they scared people, but there is no real damage. ( Its worth remembering: Earthquakes don’t kill people, shoddy built buildings do) The buildings here in the south are mostly very recent and well built and we are well away from the brunt of the earthquakes.
Its high season here but; Most tourists read the news reports and panicked and packed up and left, and those that had booked to come, cancelled, because the world media made it seem the whole island is a disaster zone. NOT TRUE.
While I am loving the fact that the streets are very quiet and we can have the beaches all to our selves, its not good for local businesses who need tourism to survive, and money coming in so they can continue to support the north..
Its safe down here,
Because bookings are cancelled there are some chances of GREAT bargains in accommodation and much quieter at the beaches ( not that they are always crowded) . Easier to catch a wave without crowds and you can experience a very chilled vibe.
The local businesses have been amazing with generous donations and goods being taken up north on a daily basis to help where we all can.
So come on over and support these beautiful people. If you have some spare cash or baby clothes or kids books or anything like that, bring a little with you to donate. it will be well received.