Lombok Part 3 – Jeeva Beloam – Soft Tracking Around Tanjung Ringgit

January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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♥November 27th♥

On our 3rd day at Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, we’d arranged to do soft tracking around Tanjung Ringgit.

We had a hearty breakfast and started our journey at 7:30am, with April and another Camp Host Jawa accompanying us.

Soft tracking it’s called; but…. it was about 5km journey and 2.5hrs track, walking through some thorny bushes (with April and Jawa giving us all the help like parting the bushes for us, or carrying the children over them etc), hilly rocky path, and what I couldn’t stand most is, because of the dry season, we hardly got any shelter from the plants/trees around, and even though it’s early morning, it was HOT!

April helping Zara with through thorny bushesSoft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Tracking along the cliffSoft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

The reward? Spectacular View!

Tanjung Ringgit – CliffTanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Both April and Jawa helped with the girls, while we followed them closely. With Daddy making many stops to photograph the grand view or whatever he fancied. Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

There were a couple of beaches we walked passed, and the girls spent some time exploring.

Leaving their mark on one of the beachesTanjung Ringgit beach

Because we have 2 children with us, Irwan was arranged to meet us mid point with the car, just in case the children were too tired to go on.
Tanjung Ringgit beach

Irwan and Jawa, spent sometime with the girls at the tide pools showing them various sea snails.
Tanjung Ringgit beach

The girls decided to move on with the tracking, and not take the car back. (Zaria regretted afterwards)
Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

And continued the exploring…
Shelter at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Zaria got a bit tired after a while, and had to be coaxed by April.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

And because it was so hot, when she saw the sea next, she said she wanted to jump into the sea (April had to hold on to her just in case she really jumped in).Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

We made a couple of rest stop finding whatever shelter we have, and there were more beautiful views that greeted us.
Tanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Beach at Tanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Beautiful views after beautiful views followed by more walking.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Finally, Zaria gave up and wanted to be carried. Luckily Daddy had the stamina to carry her and walk on.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

We tracked from Beloam all the way to the Light House, and then Irwan picked us up from the Light House so that we didn’t have to walk the return journey (I don’t think I could have made the return journey walking in the heat).

How did the girls do? They did well… Me? I had massive heat stroke after that, with throbbing migraine, and I had to lie down and missed lunch.

We rested in the room till about 2pm and then it was time to leave Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp. Irwan drove us to our next hotel, Jeeva Klui near Senggigi, which is about 2hrs away.

I was in a bad state and just slept throughout the journey; and then had to rest further in Jeeva Klui. I didn’t even manage a proper good bye and thank you to all of those in Jeeva Beloam who made our stay so memorable.

After this trip to Jeeva Beloam, I’m known as the softie in the family. Snorkeling… sea sick. Soft tracking under the sun… heat stroke..

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Lombok Part 2 – Jeeva Beloam, Pink Beach, Tanjung Ringgit

January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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♥November 26th♥

We woke up when it got bright and the aircon was turned off (~6am). This was the view from our bed.
Jeeva Beloam Morning View

After breakfast, April and another Camp Host, Irwan, brought us to Pink Beach or Pantai Pink for snorkeling. The beach is called Pink Beach due to its pink colored sand which is formed by dead red corals, the sea calm and clear with corals near to the shore, so it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

Pink Beach

There were a couple of fishermen there making breakfast of grilled fish.

Fisherman Grilling Fresh MackerelsGrilling mackerels at Pink Beach

No special BBQ equipment required to grill these mackerels. They were just propped up by the fire using twigs.Grilling mackerels at Pink Beach

Friendly fishermenFriendly fishermen at Pink Beach

Small fishing boats docking at the beach.Pink Beach

Pink Beach

Fishermen at Pink Beach

Check out the crystal clear waterCrystal Clear Sea at Pink Beach

We wanted to bring the girls out snorkeling, but they complained the snorkels were very uncomfortable (pinching their noses). So instead, they played at the beach and swam at the shallow part of the sea. April brought me and Daddy out to snorkel, while Irwan accompanied and took care of the girls.
Clear water at Pink Beach

I was all geared to snorkel the whole morning. Was excited to see bright colored star fishes in the sea bed not far from the shore. After about 15mins and when we went out further, I started feeling nauseous. The goggles affected my vision, and made me feel sick. We haven’t even reached the nice corals yet and I requested to turn back.

So I nursed my sea sick siting down under a shaded tree, while the girls got entertained by Irwan and April, and Daddy went around taking photos.
Pink Beach

Thank goodness by lunch time, I got better, and managed to enjoy the sumptuous lunch served at Jeeva Beloam. Except breakfast, lunch and dinner were 3 courses (Zara got fattened by the end of the trip due to this). The chef, even though just cooking for 4 of us (and maybe the staff too), gave us 2~3 items to choose for each course.

This is our lunch for the day.

Bread for allJeeva Beloam lunch - bread

For starters :

My chicken soupJeeva Beloam lunch - chicken soup

Daddy’s squid saladJeeva Beloam lunch - Squid Salad

Girls didn’t like the starter so they went straight to main courses.

Zaria’s fish and chipsJeeva Beloam lunch - fish and chips

Zara’s Hawaian pizzaJeeva Beloam lunch - pizza

Our chicken satayJeeva Beloam lunch - satay

The dessert, Cream CaramelJeeva Beloam lunch - caramel

As it was too hot in the afternoon to do anything, we just went back to our room to laze about. I got the girls to do writing, and the coolest place to be is at the verandah (Remember no electricity supply? So we have to depend on the sea breeze to cool us down).
Jeeva Beloam verandah

Zara doing writing at Jeeva Beloam verandah to earn her time on iPad.Jeeva Beloam verandah

In the evening, April brought us out around Tanjung Ringgit.

The closest ‘commercialisation’ we got near Jeeva Beloam is this warung right next to the Jeeva Beloam guard house at the entrance of the property. The people who lived around Tanjung Ringgit depended on the land for livelihood. They farm and also rear cows on this piece on land. They are poor (in monetary sense but may be richer than us city folks in other things) but warmth. They invited Daddy for coffee when he went out walking alone.Tanjung Ringgit Warong

Tanjung Ringgit, used to be the base of Japanese armed force during World War II period, there is a Japanese hiding cave (which we didn’t explore, as April told us it’s not safe to do so) and some cannons left behind by the Japanese soldiers, although most of them have been taken away. The bumpy semi-paved roads where laid by the Japanese back then. The attraction around here is the beautiful beaches, the spectacular cliffs, and because of its remoteness, there’s no crowds, building, just nature.

As it was dry season when we were there, all trees have shed leaves and gone barren.Tanjung Ringgit forest

There was a simple lighthouse on Tanjung Riggit.Tanjung Ringgit Lighthouse

The sole Japanese WWII cannon left behind and still standingTanjung Ringgit Japanese WW2 cannon

This strange flower was blooming everywhere, even though it was the dry seasonTanjung Ringgit flower

We were glad that the Camp Hosts in Jeeva Beloam helped us with our girls especially during the excursion nearby. Here, April holding on to Zaria as she got a bit excited running around the bumpy hill.Zaria with April at Tanjung Ringgit

Enjoying the view at Tanjung Ringgit Tanjung Ringgit

We were told that the salt content in the sea water around Tanjung Ringgit is higher, making the seafood and fish more delicious, so locals like going cliff fishing here.

Cliff fishermanCliff Fisherman at Tanjung Ringgit

Another cliff fishermanCliff Fisherman at Tanjung Ringgit

The view here is stunning.
Tanjung Ringgit View

Tanjung Ringgit Cliff

Tanjung Ringgit

This is the car that we used during our stay in Jeeva Beloam. Now Zaria is saying we should get one of these so that we have more space to carry things.
Jeeva Beloam transport

About 5:30pm, it started to get dark. The barren trees looked pretty creepy (although pretty) at dusk.
Dusk at Tanjung Ringgit

Back at Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, the girls wanted to play at the beach even when it’s dark. Just when we hit the beach, a staff sent a lamp over. He told us he would be standing close by should we need any assistance and then he went and stood 50 meters away. That’s how it is in Jeeva Beloam, the Camp Hosts are nearby to help and assist you, but at the same time giving you space and privacy.

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Lombok Part 1 – Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

December 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

My memory of Lombok when I went on a company trip more than 10years ago was : beautiful beaches and clear sea, uncommercialised, laid back. So when I learnt about Air Asia’s plan to fly there, I immediately convinced Daddy to go there for a holiday. We planned to break our holidays into 2 parts, touristy Senggigi and a quiet part of Lombok.

After much research, and trying to pick between the 2 famous Lombok hotels Jeeva Klui and Qunci Villas (both highly rated in Tripadvisor) as our Senggigi base, we found out that the Jeeva Klui management have another camp like property, Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, just opened, in a very remote part of Lombok.

We contacted a few properties South of Lombok and Jeeva Beloam, we were attracted by Jeeva Beloam’s offer (all inclusive, camp like, remote) and decided to go there as the first part of our holiday.

Jeeva Beloam initially did not want to accept the 2 girls since the property does not have facilities for children and being far from everything (nearest public health facilities an hours away); but after a few email exchanges with them, we managed to persuade them and agreed to take full responsibility of the girls’ well being while there.

The plan was set. We would spend the first part of our holiday in Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp then to Jeeva Klui.

♥November 25th♥

We arrived late morning in Lombok, and easily spotted April, our Jeeva Beloam camp host, who came to pick us up.

Jeeva Beloam is located at Tanjung Ringgit, the remote South Eastern tip of Lombok (so remote that roads are not paved, and there’s no electricity supply). The 90 minutes drive from the airport took us on small country roads going through rice and tobacco farms. April was obliging and stopped upon our request whenever we saw something interesting.

A warung spotted along the way

Lombok Warung

Most tobacco farmers have already harvested their tobacco, leaving the fields pretty barren.

Tobacco Plant

We even managed to make a pit stop at a salt farm using salt pans or salt evaporation ponds.

(From Wikipedia : Salt evaporation ponds, also called salterns or salt pans, are shallow artificial ponds designed to extract salts from sea water or other brines. The seawater or brine is fed into large ponds and water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows the salt to be subsequently harvested.)

Salt farmer drying sea water

Lombok Saltpan

Pools of seawater, which will dry up and turn into salt

Lombok Salt Farming

Salt farmer ready for work

Salt Farmer

Zaria picking up salt crystals found along the salt pans

Salt from Salt Farm

After passing the last village where electricity services terminate, the rest of the 11km car journey was on a semi paved road built by the Japanese during WW2, hence it was very bumpy (but the girls had fun rocking around in the car).

Arriving Jeeva Beloam

Upon arrival at Jeeva Beloam, we were greeted by other warm Camp Hosts, AND a spectacular view.

We were told we were the only guests there during our stay, so we have this whole luxurious camp all to ourselves!

The five available Berugas, i.e. rooms

Jeeva Beloam Berugas

The key to our Beruga

Jeeva Beloam - The key

The view from the restaurant.

Jeeva Beloam - The view

The view from our balcony.

Jeeva Beloam - The view from the room

There’s no electricity supplied to Jeeva Beloam, lights were powered by solar panels, and power from generator was only turned on from 6pm to 6am daily. Hence during the day, we only got sea breeze instead of fan; but after 6pm, we can have the aircon turned on, and all power sockets working (to charge our phone, camera batteries, laptops).

Our room.

Jeeva Beloam - The room

Tea and Coffee making facilities (fresh supplies of hot water was provided in flask instead of using electrical kettle)

Jeeva Beloam - The room

The shower

Jeeva Beloam - The shower

As this is an all inclusive stay, all activities like cycling, soft tracking, snorkeling were included and we got 3 meals from the camp. A set menu was provided for each meal, but the chef will accommodate any special requests, if the ingredients were available.

The lunch menu on the day we arrived

Jeeva Beloam - The Menu

The dadar gulung we had which consisted of shredded coconuts with palm sugar wrapped with pancakes

Jeeva Beloam - Dadar Gulung

It rained while we were having lunch, cooling the place down. (As Jeeva Beloam wasn’t set up for children, children who visit the place need to be sensible to avoid accident.)
Jeeva Beloam - Rain

We spent the hot afternoon napping in the room, with sea breeze cooling us. And after the girls woke up, they wanted to play at the beach. The girls claimed it’s one of the most beautiful places they have been to. The sand powdery soft, and the sea crystal blue, and the beach is just few meters away from our room. The waves were very strong and not suitable for swimming but there are other places which April would bring us in the next few days for swimming.
Jeeva Beloam - The beach

Jeeva Beloam - The beach

Jeeva Beloam - The beach

In the evening, April brought us to one of the nearby beaches to view sunset. (In Tanjung Ringgit, both sun rise and sun set can be viewed from different beaches).
Tanjung Ringgit Beach

It got dark around 6:30pm in Lombok. We had a nice long dinner, and then have an early night.

Girls waiting for dinner.

Jeeva Beloam - Restaurant

The building that houses the Reception, Library and Game Room

Jeeva Beloam Reception

The Restaurant

Jeeva Beloam Tenda Restaurant

Our Beruga

Jeeva Beloam Berugas

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