Indonesia- The 4 islands we picked.
With limited budget I wanted to explore someplace new. Something I haven’t seen before, something that would widen my eyes with its exclusive beauty. All dream destinations like Switzerland, Iceland and Australia were much out of my budget so I have them in “when I am rich” list. For now it has to be something adventurous and affordable. The search begins with cheap flight tickets (best way to decide on a destination) and I came across few options like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia. After that, It was not a very difficult choice; Indonesia has always caught my attention not because of Bali beach life but because of its massive Volcanoes. Well that may console my soul, I thought.
I shared the thought with a fellow traveller- Nitish Waila, and like he is always excited. He was pumped with the idea. So we started researching.. I learned Indonesia located on the South East Asia is actually World’s largest island country with more than 17,000 islands. I understood this research is not going to be an easy one, we have to pick on destinations very carefully keeping in mind the days, money and travel time required.
We both decided to pick on destinations of our choices, check the connectivity and then shortlist on basis of what’s best possible. With two smart minds, we decided on 4 islands and tracked a route.
Island 1: JAVA
Java formed mostly as the result of volcanic eruptions, it is the 13th largest island in the world and the fifth largest in Indonesia by landmass. A chain of volcanic mountains forms an east–west spine along the island.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is situated on the Northwest of Java and is connected through flight from India and all major countries. From Jakarta International terminal we collected our luggage and moved to domestic terminal to catch another flight to Surabaya. The trip starts with the two most popular Volcanoes of Indonesia: Bromo and Ijen Crater, which are located on the Eastern part of Java.
Island 2: BALI
In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world's top destination in its Traveller's Choice award
Bali is one of the most popular islands of Indonesia. It has great diversity with pulsating rainforest, roaring rivers and electric blue water coastal lines. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music. It is also home to Indonesian Hindu minority. Places like Kuta, Seminayak, and Ubud are highly commercialized with tourism. But that’s not all that Bali has, there are a lot more hidden waterfalls, private beaches and sunset points that brings you into the heart of action. One of my favourite moment from Bali was to see the school of dolphins swimming and jumping side by while sunrise at Lovina Beach, North Bali.
Island 3: NUSA ISLANDS, BALI
If there is one part of Indonesia I would like to revisit than its definitely Nusa Islands.
There multiple daily speedboat services available between Bali and Nusa Lembongan each day. The crossing time from Sanur Port to Lembongan is 30 minutes. While booking your speedboat, you can purchase an open ticket for your return at the same time.
Nusa Lembongan is where mostly people come; it is connected to Nusa Cenningan by an iron bridge. Both the islands are very small and can be scouted in 2-3days. It has plentiful beautiful sights and cafes that serve flavorful food. Reserve your evenings for the sundowner.
Nusa Penida is another speedboat ride that takes almost 15mins. It is the reason I love Nusa Islands. The cliffscapes and wide coastal views here will give you photo ops aplenty. It is also where you can Scuba Dive with Manta Rays.
Island 4: GILI ISLANDS, LOMBOK
Welcome to Gili Islands!!
Gili Islands are 3 mini islands- Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. All three islands are no-motor zones and can be traveled through bycycles or horse cart.
Speed boats are the shortest and most affordable way to reach Gili Islands. Your choice of fast boat will depend on a couple of factors: where you are departing from and how long you want to spend on the boat rather than on the road. Boats departing from Padang Bai will have a shorter crossing than boats departing from Serangan harbour, but the drive to the harbour at Padang Bai could be much longer if you are staying in Seminyak for example.
Gili Trawangan is the biggest Gili Island and drop point for most of the speed boats. It has variety of cafes and clubs to celebrate your vacation. While Gili Meno and Gili Air are much quieter for people who have come to seek some peace. All the beaches have a vast view of the ocean and sky with horizons pushed back on all sides.
To read more about all the 10 destinations we covered in our trip, follow link: https://www.travelbugbytes.com/home/2018/1/13/indonesia-1-country-10-destinations-15-days