Saturday, May 26, 2012

Visiting Malimbu Hill, Best Place to Watch Sunset

There are plenty of beautiful places you can visit if you want to watch the beauty of sunset in Lombok. However, Malimbu Hill should be your major consideration because the hill will give you a special view that you cannot find in other places. It can be said as the best place to watch sunset. Malimbu Hill is located about 24 km from Mataram downtown or about 10 km from the north-side of Senggigi beach. The road to reach the area is quite challenging. If you are using a private car, it takes about 45 minutes to reach the area from Mataram.

What makes Malimbu Hill the best place to watch sunset when you’re in Lombok holidays? When the sky is clear, you can enjoy the sunset and at the same time, you can see Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno, two of the three most popular Gili in Lombok Indonesia. It is also possible to see Mount Agung at Bali island from distance. It is like combining sunset in Lombok with some of the most beautiful places on earth.

lombok tourismMalimbu Hill is often made as a rendezvous place for some community like biking community because nothing worth than the view from Malimbu Hill after the challenging biking. For the motorcycle riders, the place can be the best resting spot before they continue their riding. You can choose two spots to watch sunset from Malimbu Hill: from the west or east side of the street. On the east side, you can find a rest area that stretches about 150meter with about 2 meters wide leveled sidewalk. There, you will see the sunset from the 25 meter cliff, but you don’t have to worry about your safety because you are protected by a strong guard rail. The cliff is filled with shrubs and you can see some monkeys that are looking for a small treat from the visitors. The south-side area is used for a parking lot, while the center to the North is used to watch the sunset.

lombok adventureYou can also watch the sunset from the east-side or Malimbu Hill. There is a wasteland about 6 meters higher from the road. There is also about 6 x 4 meter resting area. To reach the place, you have to climb a cemented stairs that is usually used as a parking lot. Many foods and souvenirs sellers are ready in those areas since 4pm, so you can enjoy some traditional snacks or coconut before the sunset comes. Some souvenirs made from pearls are also available. You can also take a picture with the background you want like Malimbu Beach or the hill, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or the sunset.

Malimbu Hill is a perfect place to end your Lombok adventure in a day. After you visit some places near Malimbu Hill like Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, watching the sun going down on Malimbu Hill is the perfect climax. You will pass this hill if you want to visit those three places from Mataram anyway, so you just need to adjust the time, so you can get there by 4 or 5 PM. Not only can you watch the beautiful sunset from Malimbu Hills, but also Serumbu Hills about 8 km to Mataram.



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