Bali

The Island of Gods

Quick Info

Country:
Indonesia
Region:
Bali
Spoken language:
Indonesian, Balinese, English
Currency:
Indonesian Rupee
Documents:

Passport: necessary, with a residual validity of at least 6 months from the date of departure from Indonesia.

Entry Visa: Contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country

Power and Sockets:
230 V / 50 Hz - Plug Type C, F e G

NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida is an island east of Bali, reachable in less than an hour by ferry which leaves from Sanur harbour.

Sparsely populated, this island offers a wild and unspoilt landscape. The white sandy beaches alternate with rocky coastlines overlooking a crystalline sea, the hinterland is covered by a dense tropical jungle.

Nusa Penida is a favorite destination for divers or snorkelers: the transparent sea allows you to see well in depth and the underwater life here is particularly rich. If you have gone to Indonesia to see the famous Mola Mola (Moon Fish) this island is the place for you. Rely on local guides to get recommendations on the area and the best time of day to dive and swim with these extraordinary fish, a symbol of Indonesia.

 

 

NUSA LEMBONGAN

The island of Nusa Lembongan is located off Nusa Penida Island and as the latter is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise sea.

The peculiarity of Nusa Lembongan is the north coast that has a fascinating mangrove forest. Our advice is to visit it when there is the low tide that leaves the twisted roots of the trees exposed giving a unique sight. Another place to visit is the Devil’s Tears: a cliff overlooking the sea from which to observe the sun sunset sipping a cocktail.

The economy of Nusa Lembongan, not frequented by tourists, is based on the cultivation of algae that are collected and dried on the shore, giving the island a constant and characteristic smell of salt and algae.

Despite the inviting coral reef, be very careful when snorkeling or diving because around this island strong reel currents can form that could be dangerous: rely on local guides to make sure you have fun safely.

 

GILI ISLANDS

The Gili Islands are three small islands off the island of Lombok and are reachable from Bali in a couple of hours by ferry. They are famous for their crystal clear sea and rich in fish, for the uncontaminated nature and the fact that, although they are very close to each other, they have completely different characteristics and personalities.

Gili Trawangan (also called Gili T) is the outermost and the “biggest” of the three: it is about 3 km long and 2 wide. It is considered the island of entertainment because there are many nightclubs where you can dance, drink, have fun and make friends. But it is also suitable for those who want to try diving because here there are numerous schools with good teachers and good prices.

Gili Meno is the middle one and the smallest of the three. It differs from the others for the most beautiful and quieter beaches. This island offers an atmosphere of tranquillity and peace, perfect for honeymooners or for those who really need to stay away from people. Here the restaurants and lodging facilities are few and concentrated on the east coast, leaving the west side completely pristine.

Gili Air, the closest island to Lombok, is a great mix of the other two. It has a good number of restaurants and clubs for evening entertainment but with a more relaxed and less chaotic style of the nightclubs and pubs of Gili T and at the same time maintains a quiet and reserved atmosphere for those who need to rest.

The only thing in common that these three beautiful islands have is that cars are forbidden: being reachable only with small ferries here you can not bring cars. But it isn’t lacking in traffic of pedestrians, bikes and horse-drawn carts!

All three Gilis are well connected to each other with ferries departing in the morning and returning in the evening. Our advice is to decide on which island to stay and then visit the others in the day.

 

LOMBOK

Lombok is an island much larger than the islands listed above. In fact it has an area of about 4,725 km² (a little smaller than Bali). Lombok can be reached either by plane or by ferry (from Bali it takes about 2 hours) and, like other Indonesian islands, it is a perfect destination for those looking for a crystal clear sea, fine white sand beaches and a pristine landscape.

Also for those who love adventure and want to explore you can take part in organized tours that explore the inland. During the excursion you will be able to cross villages where the local population still lives exclusively of farming and agriculture, you will visit the cultivation of tobacco and the rice paddies and you can shop in the markets that are usually held in all the residential areas. Like Bali, Lombok is also dominated by a volcano: the Rinjani volcano, about 3,726 meters high above sea level. You can trek to reach the natural lake that formed in an old crater. From here the view of the whole island and the sea that surrounds it is reathtaking.

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