Travel Guide

Must Visit Islands Around Bali

Published on April 12, 2024

Bali, the "Island of the Gods," has captivated travelers for generations with its mesmerizing beaches, vibrant Hindu culture, and luxurious accommodations. Yet, Indonesia's magic extends far beyond the borders of Bali. A vast archipelago unfolds, with each island boasting its own unique identity, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

At Bali Villas R Us, we understand that the call of adventure can lead you beyond the familiar shores of Bali. That's why we've curated this comprehensive guide to some =of the most captivating islands near Bali, each offering unforgettable experiences for every kind of traveler. Remember, although we specialize in luxurious Bali villas, these island adventures can be perfectly paired with your relaxing Bali stay!


Island Paradise for Every Preference:

Nusa Islands: A Playground for Thrill Seekers and Nature Lovers

Calling all adrenaline junkies! The Nusa Islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida – are a surfer's paradise with world-class waves peeling off pristine beaches. Explore hidden coves, dramatic cliffs, and crystal-clear waters accessible only by boat. Nusa Penida offers world-class diving at Manta Point, where majestic manta rays glide effortlessly, or explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with life at Crystal Bay.

Nusa Ceningan, connected to Lembongan by a bright yellow suspension bridge, is the smallest of the three. Don't let its size fool you! This island caters to those seeking a more laid-back experience. Explore the island by scooter, soak up the sun at Secret Beach, or take a refreshing dip at the Blue Lagoon, a hidden cove perfect for cliff jumping.

Nusa Lembongan, the largest of the three, offers a vibrant mix of surfing, relaxation, and cultural experiences. Catch the sunrise from the east coast, learn to surf at Playgrounds surf break, or visit the Gala-Gala Underground House, a unique historical site carved into the limestone cliffs.

Pro Tip: The Nusa Islands are easily accessible by fast boat from Sanur Beach, Serangan Harbor, or Padang Bai Harbor in Bali.


Gili Islands: Escape to Tranquility or Embrace the Party Scene

The Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air – offer a car-free escape just a short boat ride from Bali. Each island caters to a different type of traveler:


Gili Trawangan (Gili T) 

If you crave a lively atmosphere, Gili T is your island. Bustling nightlife, vibrant bars, and beach parties make this island a magnet for young travelers. But Gili T isn't just about partying. Explore the island by bicycle, take a snorkeling trip to see majestic sea turtles, or soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches. Don't forget to catch the iconic sunset from one of the many beachfront bars.


Gili Meno

For a truly serene escape, head to Gili Meno. This peaceful island is ideal for couples and those seeking relaxation. Explore the island on foot or by bicycle, enjoy a calming yoga session on the beach, or snorkel with sea turtles at the Turtle Sanctuary.


Gili Air

Gili Air offers a happy medium between Gili T's vibrancy and Gili Meno's serenity. Perfect for families and those seeking a relaxed atmosphere, Gili Air boasts beautiful beaches, excellent snorkeling opportunities, and a charming village atmosphere.

Pro Tip: Gili Islands are accessible by fast boat from Padang Bai, Sanur, or Serangan in Bali. While hopping between the Gili Islands is easy, prioritize your itinerary based on the type of experience you seek on each island.


Lombok: Unveiling Bali's Untamed Sister Island

Discover the "Island of the Gods" little sister. Lombok offers a glimpse into a more traditional Indonesian experience with stunning natural beauty, volcanic peaks, pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and the majestic Mount Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia. Explore vibrant Sasak villages and immerse yourself in the island's rich culture. Hike to breathtaking waterfalls, snorkel vibrant coral reefs, or challenge yourself with a trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani.

Pro Tip: Lombok is easily accessible by flight or ferry from Bali. Consider combining Lombok with a visit to the Gili Islands for a well-rounded Indonesian experience.


Komodo Island: A Dragon's Domain

Journey to a land of living dinosaurs! Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famed for the Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard. Hike through breathtaking landscapes, witness these awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat, and marvel at the park's diverse ecosystems. Komodo also boasts beautiful beaches like Pink Beach, with its pink sand caused by microscopic red organisms, and incredible snorkeling opportunities with manta rays at Manta Point.

Pro Tip: Reaching Komodo Island requires a flight to Labuan Bajo from Bali, followed by a boat tour to the island. Due to the travel time, consider dedicating a few days to explore the area, including nearby Padar Island with its iconic three-bay viewpoint, Rinca Island, and Labuan Bajo itself, a charming harbor town.

Menjangan Island: A Snorkeler's Paradise

A haven for nature lovers, Menjangan Island, part of the West Bali National Park, boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life at The Coral Garden and Underwater Cave.  Menjangan Island itself is uninhabited (except for a few caretakers of the temples), but the nearby mainland offers various activities. Hike through the national park to discover unique flora and fauna, including the rare Rusa Deer. Relax on pristine beaches, keeping an eye out for the elusive deer, or visit the heritage Taman Pingit Klenting Sari Temple with its famous carved tigers.

Pro Tip:  Menjangan Island is accessible by boat from Labuhan Lalang port in Northern Bali. Remember, you'll need a permit and a guide to explore the island. Most tour operators and hotels in the Pemuteran Beach area can arrange this for you.

Flores: Unveiling Off-the-Beaten-Path Beauty

For the adventurous soul, Flores offers a taste of undiscovered Indonesia. Witness the incredible natural wonder of Kelimutu National Park, where three volcanic crater lakes display distinct colorations that change with volcanic activity and mineral composition. Explore traditional villages like Bena, known for its ancient megalithic structures. Hike through breathtaking landscapes, immerse yourself in the rich local culture, and learn about the unique spider rice fields, where paddies are shaped like a spider's web for effective irrigation.

Pro Tip: Flores is accessible by flight from Bali. Consider a liveaboard option for a multi-day adventure, stopping at various islands and attractions along the way, with comfortable accommodation onboard.

Planning Your Indonesian Adventure with Bali Villas R Us:

While Bali Villas R Us specializes in luxurious Bali villas, we don't stop there. We strive to create lasting memories for our guests and understand that Bali is just a stepping stone to exploring Indonesia's magic. Let us be your one-stop shop for crafting your perfect Indonesian adventure itinerary:

  • Tailor-Made Itineraries: We understand every traveler has unique desires. Our expert consultants will design a personalized trip that caters to your interests, whether it's diving in Komodo National Park, exploring Lombok's cultural gems, or learning to surf in the Nusa Islands.

  • Activities and Excursions: Enhance your adventure with a diverse selection of activities and excursions. From private Komodo Dragon tours to cultural immersions in Lombok, we handle the logistics, ensuring you have a seamless and unforgettable experience.

  • Transportation and Logistics: We take care of everything, from domestic flights and ferry tickets to private transfers.


Unforgettable Experiences Await:

Bali Villas R Us goes beyond booking villas. We strive to create lasting memories. Imagine private sunrise hikes on Mount Batur, a traditional Balinese cooking class, learning to weave with local artisans, or a sunset cruise in the Gili Islands.

Contact us today and let our travel specialists craft the perfect Indonesian adventure for you. Explore the magic beyond Bali with Bali Villas R Us! We'll help you discover the wonders of these captivating islands, from the untamed beauty of Lombok to the dragon-inhabited Komodo National Park. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through Indonesia's breathtaking archipelago!


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