Go beyond the east, and explore the clean quite beaches of Indonesia. Get a closer look at the beaches, and glimpse of the local culture.
Whenever one thinks of Indonesia, Bali is always the place for tourists to venture in and at the most Jakarta. We’ve all experienced the crazy, traffic jammed (yet somehow lovable) streets of Kuta and its upscale neighbours like Legian and Seminyak and it’s pretty easy to see that the island is becoming more and more busy and brash by the day.
There is a still bit of untapped Indonesia, just waiting to be discovered. Three other island destinations that still boast unspoiled beauty. You can still make Bali your Indonesian base, but branching out towards the east for a will be a quiet and peaceful break from the city life of Bali.
Sitting just southeast of Bali is the virtually carless Nusa Lembongan, part of the Pulau Penida archipelago that enjoys tropical waters and beautiful coastlines. Eight-square kilometre Lembongan and its neighboring islands are not only great for surfers – there are many white sand beaches with turquoise waters for swimming and good snorkeling is available just off shore. This once popular surfer’s paradise is now a place for the luxury vacationers, housing boutique hotels and restaurants. The waters surrounding the archipelago are home to manta rays, oceanic sunfish and turtles. The island’s main tourist strip with many hotels and restaurants is located at Jungut Batu, but beaches like Mushroom Beach and Dream Beach offer more scenic settings. Tanjung Villa is the place to stay.
This place is bursting with beautiful beaches, refreshing waterfalls, impossibly green rice fields and an impressive peak. The main tourist strip is Senggigi, a centre for hotels, resorts and villas. The Lombok Lodge and the Oberoi Lombok are the places to stay at. Mount Rinjani volcano, Indonesia’s second highest volcano; a must visit for trekkers. Heading south of Lombok, is the ideal place to shop for a strand of pearls, famous in this region. This island is a clear departure from the Westernised island spots and its more of a South eastern vibe and cuisine.
The Gili Islands
These are part of the Greater Lombok.Gili Air, Meno and Trawangan are just a 20-minute boat ride off of Lombok’s northwest coast and have been stops on the Southeast Asian backpacker circuit for quite a long time. Gili Trawangan has more of the upscale finish. All the three have white sand beaches and offer picturesque views.Gili T’s eastern strip is where all the action happens, but some luxury resorts and bars have opened on the island’s western coast to accommodate those in search of a killer sunset. The Trawangan Resort is the ideal place to stay.
If you want to explore Indonesia, venture into these islands and discover what’s beyond Bali.