The ferry from Bali to Lombok takes half-day trip.
I came to the port of Lembar already at dusk.
I got a lift with another 4 backpackers after long negotiations with local touts. The travel mates were heading to Senggigi and I got off in Mataram. I knocked to 9 different hotels in the town before I got a room.
It seemed that Indonesian officials travelled and occupied all available accommodation in all Nusa Tenggara.
Ninth hotel. Here I got a room for $ 6. The place was clean, but the mosquitoes didn’t let me sleep.
During my travel throughout the islands the biggest problem was related to finding a hotel room. This was a difficult mission despite the influx of a few tourists in Nusa Tenggara. The backpackers here were in danger of extinction like the dinosaurs in the past. The few hotels were always occupied by the officials, who sat all days at local restaurants.