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TOP 5 Best trips you can take from Bali

27 March 2020

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You're in Bali and are looking for a wider Indonesian experience. Indonesia is so rich in landscapes, culture, people, and nature and you should definitely explore more of it. There's no denying that Bali itself is an amazing place to visit with its rice fields, ancient temples, and culture, lush jungles, and beaches. But it isn't even close to being the only beautiful destination in Indonesia.

If you are staying in Bali for a longer time, check out other wonderful Indonesian islands that are often overlooked, yet super close. Some can easily be done on your own and we highly encourage it, while for others it’s better to join a tour. In the end this can save you an enormous amount of time, confusion and even money. These are some of the best weekend trips that you can take from Bali:

1. Nusa islands

Three small islands just southeast of Bali, well known for their sandy beaches and spectacular landscapes. If you've only got a few days, spend all on Nusa Penida. If you've got a week, visit also Nusa Lembongan for better hotels and rest. Nusa Penida is also the largest of all three. If you’re looking for stunning sea views, visit Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Crystal Bay, or the famous sky-high viewpoint above Kelingking Beach. Can’t resist those turquoise waters? Take your underwater experiences to the next level by diving through an underwater temple at Temple Point.

2. Gili islands

The Gili Islands are also made up of 3 islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. They are well known for their breathtaking beaches, turquoise waters, and beautiful sunsets. The Gilis are an ideal place to go if you’re on a mission to escape Bali’s crowds for the weekend. There are no cars on the island, only electric scooters and bicycles can be used for transportation. And please don't use those tired donkeys and horses.

3. Lombok Island

Bali's big eastern neighbor is Lombok. While you won’t be able to experience all of Lombok in a weekend, you’ll definitely get a taste of the island. Lombok is less touristy than Bali and is the perfect place for nature lovers yet is not completely comparable to its neighbor due to the different cultures and religions. You can find untouched beaches, such as Mawun and Tanjung Aan, with lots of opportunities to surf in the south, and jungle waterfalls, such as Air Terjun Benang Kelambu and Tiu Kelep, in the north. One of the islands most popular attractions is a multi-day hike up Mount Rinjani, which is Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano.

4. Komodo national park

Komodo national park offers one of the best diving destinations of the world due to the richness of animal species underwater. Take a 2-day boat trip and visit Padar, Komodo, Island, Rinca and some other smaller » the Maldives like« islands that the tour will take you to. Hike Komodo island with a guide and also meet Komodo’s animals on land such as Komodo dragons, flying foxes, wild pigs. When you feel refreshing, there is the famous Pink beach which we recommend to stop at.

5. East Java

Just west of Bali, you’ll find the more densely populated province of East Java. Its area is also full of natural, historical, and cultural wonders. Popular attractions include hiking up Mount Bromo that is actually an archipelago of volcanos and one of the most wonderful sights, catching sight of blue flames in the Kawah Ijen Crater, and visiting some of the province’s seriously gorgeous waterfalls (check out: Madakaripura, Tumpak Sewu, and Coban Pelangi). Visiting volcanos should be done on a tour with guides as it's dangerous and you need specific equipment. Tour with Indotravelteam, they will take you directly from Bali and offer a different kind of arrangements.

Author: Traveler and blogger Nika Pensek, www.andshexplores.com

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