In today’s blog, we’ve listed 5 amazing island that you can visit during your holiday in Bali!
This is the first of the Gili Islands that you’ll approach from Bali. Trawangan is also the most popular in the group three, offering well established facilities and infrastructure, together with a larger collection of hotels, dining and nightlife spots. You will also find most of the marine water sport activities here, with the most number of dive shops found here, with boats that take you out around the waters on PADI courses or tours. You can find its finer collection of resorts on the quieter ‘sunset beach’ on its southeast. Boats depart from Sanur, Serangan Island, Tanjung Benoa and Padangbai.
Gili Air can roughly be considered the smaller sister of Gili Trawangan, with a good selection of hotels, as well as restaurants, bars and dive shops, particularly along its main south-eastern coast near the boat docks. Meanwhile, its quieter northern beaches are great for the truer ‘escapists’, with sparsely located resorts, some offering luxury stays. In all, Gili Air serves as a great alternative to Trawangan, and it is often the last and concluding one on island hopping adventures to all the three Gilis. Boats depart from Sanur, Serangan Island, Tanjung Benoa and Padangbai, with island hop transfers between Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno.
This island is the quietest and laidback of all the three Gilis – basically it’s the opposite of its two other sister islands. Meno suits best for honeymooners and couples looking for total privacy and absolute rest and relaxation. The common partying crowds avoid Meno altogether, as there aren’t any nightlife scenes here due to its local village administration upholding a ban on any late night partying here. If you’re into a more culturally filled stay, with a slow paced island village life right out of your bungalow style room, then this is the place for you. Boats depart from Sanur, Serangan Island, Tanjung Benoa and Padangbai, with transfers between the two other Gilis.
Lembongan is the most popular of the three Nusa islands, reachable within only a 45-minute fast boat-ride southeast from Sanur or Benoa Harbour on the Bali mainland. The island is the most popular among travellers seeking a quick castaway experience, with no less than three of the island’s main cruise operators providing day cruises with fun marine pontoons around its waters. Lembongan also offers some good diving, snorkelling and even surfing, with three of its surf breaks just a paddle out from its sandy western shore. Boats departs from Sanur and Tanjung Benoa.
Nusa Penida is the largest in the group of three Nusa islands that lie within a half-hour transfer by motorboat southeast of the Bali mainland. Overland, it is quite arid, with only a few accommodations available. The island is also home to the successful breeding program of the endemic Bali Starling. There are several mysterious temples scattered all over Nusa Penida, the likes of Goa Giri Putri and Pura Paluang Temple. Nevertheless, most know Nusa Penida as a diving haven, where you can witness some of the world’s rarest pelagic species, ranging from manta rays, the mysterious oceanic sunfish (sometimes referred to as ‘mola-mola’) and occasional whale sharks as well. Boats mostly depart from the Padangbai seaport in East Bali.
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