My 2nd visit here.
There are 3 options to go here, taxi (which will be very expensive since the location is still considered remote), angkot (mini bus, cheap, no fix schedule, ask the locals, need to transfer depends where you come from), private (10-12hours, approx 400-600k including fuel and driver, most convenient way)
Avoid public holidays especially school holiday and Eid Mubarak, too overcrowded.
Pondok Siola still the best option. Great host, good food, good accomodation with AC and hot water.
I would suggest you to drive your own car or with a driver, you can explore more here while driving as Lombok in general has a lot of attraction spots spread in West, Central, North, and East. Gili Petagan, Bidara, Kapal, and Kondo is worth of trip for the beach, underwater life, and mangrove.
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