Known For : Ulu Watu Tanah Lot Scuba Diving
Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is the best place for any tourist who needs a week of absolute relaxation, fragrant cuisine, scenic beauty, and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, scenic coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali is indeed, a place of leisure and idyll, and simultaneously, a place for the adventurous and the explorers.
Best Time: April, May, June and September
Known For : Mount Rinjani Trek Gili Trawangan Pura Lingsar
Located east of Bali, Lombok is a more laidback and slow-paced alternative to Bali's raucous disposition. Promoted as "an unspoiled Bali", Lombok is what people expected Bali to be before it became crowded and a mainstream travel destination. Blessed with some of the best surf breaks in the world and pristine beaches, Lombok is quickly earning its own reputation as a world-class surfing and beach destination.
Best Time: Dry season (May to Septembert)
Located just off the northeastern coast of Lombok and to Bali's west, Gili Trawangan is a part of the Gili Island archipelago comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air and more than 20 other smaller islands. It is also the most developed and tourist-friendly among them. The largest of the Gili Islands, because of its tourism-centric infrastructure and fantastic marine biology, it has blossomed into the ideal place to go freediving, scuba diving, and snorkelling.
Komodo Island has been named as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. Komodo Island, along with Rinca and the other islands that comprise Komodo National Park, is one of the only few places in the world where one finds Komodo dragons out of captivity. Apart from this, the island is also home to 25 different endangered species of the animal kingdom.
Known For : Art Class Petulu Rafting in Ayung River
Ubud is a central town in Bali and is completely opposite of what you think of when you hear the word 'Bali'. It is a quaint, little town of artists and is regarded as the arts and craft hub with all the galleries and artists' workshops in the town and nearby villages. Ubud is also home to Bali's famed terraced rice fields at Tegallalang and the picturesque paddy fields are one of its largest tourist attractions.
Best Time: April to June and September
The largest of the three Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida is chock-full with dramatic cliff-faces, pristine beaches, and dive sites that offer some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, and surfing opportunities amongst anywhere in the world. Known for preserving the endangered bird Bali Starling, this island’s famous attractions are the Crystal Bay sand beach and the stunning sunset panorama seen from the island. Boats regularly move from mainland Bali to the three Nusa Islands, with Nusa Penida being the last stop.
Padar Island is the third largest island in Komodo National Park, located in between its two sibling islands- Komodo Island and Rinca island. Padar is surrounded by beautiful rugged hills that offer a splendid panoramic view. It is a perfect place for hikers that love a challenge. The hike up Padar hill is an activity that is one of the most popular things to do on Padar Island.
Gili Gede lies to the southwest coast of Lombok and is small, rugged, and isolated from the other parts of Indonesia. While Gili Gede's name translates loosely to 'Large Island', measuring 4 km by 1.6 km at its widest point, Gili Gede packs a substantial punch for its relatively small size.
Desert Point is renown for being one of the best surf spots in the world, with one of the longest left-handed surf breaks being found here. Gili Gede is also a snorkeller's paradise and with its crystal clear waters and teeming marine life, it is sure to be a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
Known For : Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple Barelang Bridge Adventure Sports in Batam
Located just off the eastern coast of Sumatra, nuzzled up against the Singaporean coast, Batam is one of the most picturesque islands in the Riau Archipelago, and also one of the most modernised areas in Indonesia. Its proximity to Singapore also makes it one of the most visited weekend getaway destination for residents from the island nation that are looking for a retreat, and some fresh ocean air. Batam consists of three principal islands, Batam, Rempang, Galang, and a smattering of other smaller islands.
Best Time: May to September.
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