We hire local people from Sembalun Lawang village. The best guides and porters are local because they know very well about environment, culture and other aspects
We realized that our staffs (guides and porters) not only work for us, but part of the company, so that we give only appropriate load weight for each porter and provide them proper clothes and jacket to adjust the cold temperature and suitable shelter while working
In long term, we’re trying to provide our guides and porters with life insurance that could be also as life saving
All our porters oblige to bring all rubbish out, and we expect the same from our clients
We try to minimize using wood to cook
Dig hole for toilet tent minimum 100 m from water resources
Serve local food and drink in combination on ourmenu
We advise our clients to do these things :
Learn some basic words and phrases because this is the most effective and fastest way to get closer to local people. Check out our language section to learn simple and basic Indonesian
Ask permission before you take picture or video
Tell local people that you think their village, children, dress, culture, or surrounding environments are beautiful or spectacular. This will inspire them to be proud of their culture and to protect the quality of their surrounding environment, hopefully providing an incentive to resist resource exploitation and westernization of their culture or lifestyle, and is preserving diversity
Never give souvenirs or gifts (no matter how small its is) directly to children as this creating expectation and dependence that turns into disappointment when future travelers do not do the same. Alternatively, give them to their parents or teachers, local authorities or who you think can best distribute these items, or ask us that we can give to orphanage.
Try to buy locally produced merchandise
Don’t come into price negotiation if you‘re not seriously intend to buy. Pay a fair price for the goods and services you buy, don’t go too far on bargaining. Our guides will help to inform you about reasonable price. We don’t get commission from shops we bring you or recommend to you to make sure you’re into fair trade
Support local community or environmental projects – rather than giving money to beggars.
Lombok Explorer very concern about children. We don’t use children workers in any form. In opposite, we create more opportunities for local children. Have a look on Social Events
Lombok Explorer donate our profit as follows:
10% to support environment / Rinjani mountain
10% to support community or children
10% to support children through FIG-Indonesia
Never touch, pat, handle or touch or stretch your hand towards any wild or domestic animals.
Some diseases and parasites are directly transferable from animals to human, and vice versa, especially to primates. If you are visiting a primate colony, wild or captive, you should be in top health with no chest ailments etc.
Never feed the local wildlife. This can cause many serious problems for the animals and then create dependent on humans, displace other native species, and suffer starvation when the tourist season ends.
Goes to the extent of straining dishwashing water to remove food particles to avoid animals take them.
Please do not approach when watching or photographing animals in a way that causes them to alter their behavior. Your guide will recommend to you the best escape distance (for them and you!) for the specified animal and conditions as they are encountered.
Be sure never to surround, or crowd an animal or get between mother and offspring as these situations invariably result in defensive, stressful and unpredictable behavior from the animal.
Try to be as quiet as possible when around quiet animals. This will increase the value of the experience to your group and limit the disturbance to the animals.
Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods, shells from beach traders, or ancient artifacts (which have probably been stolen).
If you want to give gift, we courage you to give seeds of plants, flowers, vegetables to combine on our programs. This way could give value added to people and children to know plants from other countries. As for visitor, it could be long time and live memories.
Carry out litter, take bio-degradable soap, burn toilet paper, don’t throw away plastic bags.
Never collect hollow or partially buried/decomposed logs, these form perfect habitat for countless organisms and are creating soil.
It’s not advisable to throw rubbish onto a cooking fire. Plastics give off toxic fumes and aluminum foil does not burn fully, both of these should be placed in the rubbish or recycling, not in a fire.