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Everything Balicious - A True Guide To Bali - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

Everything Balicious – A True Guide To Bali

Everything Balicious - A True Guide To Bali - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

The Hindu island of Bali, Indonesia, is more often than not a dream destination for people.  In saying that though this is certainly not the case if you are Australian. Why you ask? Unfortunately, Bali has a stigma in Australia and one I listened to for far too long. Certainly not proud of that fact! Four years ago if you had asked me whether I would go to Bali, the response would have been HELL NO. Again, why? Well, I can’t even justify it. Maybe I was naive; maybe I listened to my mum too much and the fact she thinks Bali is one of the most unsafe places on the planet. Or maybe it’s the horrible drunk antics of Australian’s while holidaying in Bali. So why this post? Why share my newfound thoughts and love of Bali? Having now been to Bali 6 times, I have changed, and my opinions of this island and why everyone should visit Bali at least once. So please enjoy this true guide to Bali.

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I land in Bali, and my stress disappears. I land in Bali, and I feel excited. I land in Bali greeted by their unique culture and friendliness. I land in Bali with my friendly driver Nyoman waiting patiently. I land in Bali and lap up the humidity and its heat. I land in Bali, and I feel happy. I land in Bali, and it now feels like my second home. I love it, I love being there, I love taking friends to experience the side of Bali I love.

Interested in the logistics of Bali? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Visiting Bali

With all this love for Bali’s way, it must be mentioned that even more love gets thrown to its island neighbour Lombok. Why? Because Lombok is the island, that drew me to Indonesia and the reason I now also love Bali.

So if you can drag yourself away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta Beach, Bali is full of culture and unique experiences. In saying that if you want to party and be one of those drunk Australian’s by all means head to Kuta, I have done it, it was fun; I wouldn’t do it again. Whatever you do be careful and be safe because my mum is right and there are aspects to Bali that have a dark side.

So what is there to do in Bali besides drink Bintang in the Kuta nightclubs?

Heading to Bali for 4 days? Check out Life of Doing’s 4 Day Bali Itinerary.

Temples……Oh So Many Temples……

You can easily temple yourself out in this country. It is a bit like the whole museumitis when you have seen every museum in Europe. Therefore, I limit myself to two temples a visit to take in their real beauty.

So what do we have to pick from?

Tanah Lot Temple

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This water temple is, of course, situated in the water and is a picturesque spot for photos especially at sunset. Located approximately 20kms north of Kuta this temple is easily accessible as a half-day trip. Just note that if you are planning on seeing the sunset get there early because it is a very popular spot and therefore is often packed, unfortunately.

Uluwatu Temple – Shared By Not Without My Passport

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Uluwatu Temple may not be the most beautiful temple in Bali, but its cliff-top setting makes it spectacular. Situated 70 metres above sea level on the edge of the Indian Ocean in southern Bali, this Hindu temple is one of the six key temples in Bali. In addition to being a place of worship, Uluwatu Temple is a sunset lover’s dream, a favourite spot for watching the hypnotising Kecak dance, and home to a large group of bold monkeys (watch your belongings!). If you find yourself in southern Bali, this religious site is worth a visit.

Ulun Danu Batur Temple

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Situated in the northern area of Bali, where it is much quieter, is the lakeside temple, Ulun Danu Batur. Snaking your way through mountains passing strawberry fields sees you arrive at this glorious spot. Cooler than the south of Bali this temple is one of my favourites due to its quieter nature. I would suggest arriving at the temple as early as you can in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Holy Spring Water Temple

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Fancy a dip in some holy water? Well, this temple, also known as Tirta Empeh is for you! Locals travel from all over Bali to collect water from these springs and in doing so bathe in it. In saying that they don’t, in fact, bathe in the sacred holy water (no one is allowed in there) but there are outlets from the holy water in different sections of the temple. This is where locals and tourists can bathe together. 

Others that I am yet to visit include:

  • Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)
  • Besakih Temple
  • Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple)

Pretty Places & Activities Not To Be Missed……

Padang Padang Beach

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Imagine descending a narrow set of stairs between a set of cliffs where you wait patiently in single-file for surfers heading back from the beach. Once through this narrow passage it opens up to this small yet stunning beach. Padang Padang Beach is easily one of my favourite places in Bali but be warned it can be supremely hot in the afternoon so bring your togs for a swim. Also, situated in the south of Bali this place is great coupled with a trip to Uluwatu Temple.

Interested in other beaches around Uluwatu? Check out the best Uluwatu beaches.  

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

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One of my favourite spots in Bali without a doubt is these rice terraces. Situated a half an hour north of Ubud and a good two hours from Kuta these rice terraces are magical and picturesque. The photo does speak for itself, don’t you think?

Not convinced check out Visit a Rice Terrace – Bali.

Sedona Spa

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If you are into massages but not interested in paying $60US, then Sedona Spa is for you. Now I will be honest and inform you that I am relatively new to the art of massage, and I like them soft so in my books if a masseuse can put you to sleep you are in good hands, literally. What is even better about Sedona Spa is its setting. Also situated in Ubud, this spa has a bungalow feel where you and your partner can have a massage in the privacy of your own bungalow. If you go for a 90 min package costing approximately 200,000 rupiah approx. $20AU ($15US) you even get to enjoy a beautiful spa bath featuring rose petals to complete what is an incredible experience. I have visited three times now and ensure I visit every time I come to Bali.

Interested in Ubud in general? Check out Best Things To do in Ubud

OR more interested in an Ubud Hike? Check out Campuhan Ridge Walk in Bali.

Climbing Mt Batur – Shared By Jon Is Travelling

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Climbing Mt Batur during the early hours of the morning is one of the highlights of any trip to Bali. You’ll be guided by starlight and the glow of your torch — it’s pretty tough going but most people will be able to handle it. After a few hours, you’ll reach the top the volcano, where you’ll be greeted by one the most scenic sunrises in Southeast Asia (assuming the skies are clear!). The view of Lake Batur and the surrounding mountains is awesome, the climb back down over slippery rocks and gravel isn’t much fun, though. You’ll need a guide to climb Mt Batur so it’s best to get a group together to share the costs, or you can easily join a tour.

What about heading to the East of Bali? Check out discovering Bali, the East Coast.

After All Of This You Must Be Hungry……

Single Fin

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Views, vibes, views and vibes, this place, has the most incredible feel. Situated again in the south of Bali you can easily finish your trip to Uluwatu temple and Padang Padang Beach with drinks and dinner at this stunning bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Perched high on the cliff over looking Single Fin Beach, this has to be one of my favourite places to eat. The sauce came in a container made from a leaf, how cool is that? It simply is the small things!

La Plancha

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Have you always wanted to drink cocktails and eat tapas in beanbags on a beach? If you haven’t….…I suggest you try it. La Plancha was a place recommended to me by fellow travellers while I was in Sri Lanka and I thank the Lord I met them. What an experience this place is. Situated on the beach in the Double Six area of Seminyak this hip and trendy place to eat is a must while in Bali. Ensure you arrive before sunset so you guarantee a bean bag. Then watch the sun disappear, drink cocktails and eat tapas! What more could you want?

Motel Mexicola

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To be frank, I am currently going through a Mexican phase and hence I couldn’t leave this place off the list. Another hip and trendy eatery you will not be disappointed by its quirks and food. The drinks list however was not extensive and was pricey unfortunately.

But How Do I Get To These Places? With The BEST Driver……

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Nyoman, my mate Nyoman from Bali Tours By Nyoman Zeng, is your man. My driver from the start and now my driver every time I visit, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Arriving for the first time to Bali from Lombok, I met Nyoman, as he was my driver at the villa I was staying. Since then we have struck up a friendship through and now without fail Nyoman drives me somewhere new every time I visit this glorious island.

Or rent a VINTAGE VW and go on Safari just like Luke from the Backstreet Nomad….

Not To Mention You Probably Need Somewhere To Lay Your Head…..

Hotel, villa, resort or kids club Bali hotel? There is a multitude of options in Bali in a myriad of areas. I couldn’t possibly cover all of the options and hence have obtained the services of some incredible travel bloggers, to help me out. But before we get to them I must give a shout out to one place:

Villa Club Corner Residence – Canggu

hVilla Club Corner Residence, Canggu, is where I stayed with friends on my last trip. Situated in the Canggu area north of Seminyak and Kuta this villa was the epitome of relaxation for a group of teachers whom just required recuperation while visiting Bali. Please check out my review, the place is INCREDIBLE.

Interested in knowing more about Canggu? Check out what Canggu is really like in Bali.

Nusa Dua Resort – Samabe Bali Suites and Villas –  Shared By Where’s Sharon

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Nusa Dua is the area to go for Bali’s top resorts – and that is where you will find the luxurious Samabe Bali Suites and Villas. The Samabe Bali defines luxury as having space and privacy, so while you will find all the comforts (and more) that you would expect from a 5-star resort, you’ll also find plenty of space and privacy. We stayed in a suite which was just gorgeous. It was massive and more like an apartment with two rooms and ocean views. There are also suites with private pools as well as beautiful villas with pools. There are rooms specifically for families as well as a kids club, but whether you have children or not, you will love it here. On top of the gorgeous rooms, there is a beautiful infinity pool, a private beach, two restaurants – including one on top of a fish pond – a spa, water sports and a gym. You can choose whether to have an all inclusive package or not. This package includes a range of activities to choose from as well. We enjoyed a cooking class and massages in our room.

Everything is amazing at the Samabe Bali, and I can’t recommend it enough for people who want to get away from it all in style.

Villa With The Locals In Jimbaran – Shared By Travel With Bender

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For beachfront dining or a low-key stay, Jimbaran is perfect. You can be a relaxed recluse in your resort or stay with the locals. Situated on the south-west coast just a few minutes south of the airport. Jimbaran is not everyone’s first pick to stay. We spent a month living in a villa with the locals in Jimbaran. Our favourite part of Jimbaran was the proximity to Kuta without being as touristy. Which mean’s lower accommodation costs, plus there’s the beach! Many people flock to Jimbaran for its famous seafood fiesta on the Jimbaran Beach. Get there early and grab a table to watch the sun go down, while you enjoy the freshest seafood in the country. Perfect for families as the kids are constantly entertained playing in the sand, while you sit back and kick down a cocktail. Once the sun has gone the beauty doesn’t stop as hundreds of candles line the tables on the beach, and the whole beach front turns into a twinkling wonderland.

Want To Stay Somewhere Quiet? Why Not Try Sanur? – Shared By Fit Travels

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Experiencing the sunrise in Sanur is a good enough reason to stay here. Set on Bali’s East coast, watching the sun come up over the calm morning water is a magical sight. There’s a laid back feel to Sanur that you will notice straight away, especially if you have already been to the popular areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Small cafes, bars and warungs line the main street back from the beach and by 10pm you can almost hear a pin drop. On the weekend the Sanur Beach Grove market is the perfect spot to relax with food from one of the local stalls (food truck style) and bask in the afternoon sun. The more expensive hotels in Sanur are located right on the beach with their swimming pools providing views out to the ocean. I found you could get some great hotels just one or two streets back, and some even have private sections of the beach available for their guests. Sanur would definitely be one of my favourite areas to relax on Bali. Check it out on your next visit.

Now With That Inspiration You Need A Place To Stay In Bali?

Why not book your hotel, villa or resort of choice through Booking.com? I most certainly have before! The above link is an affiliate link for Booking.com and if you search and book through this link I make a small amount of commission to help keep this blog alive.

Or if you prefer Airbnb – you can check that out HERE

Otherwise, if you would prefer check out my mate Dan and his blog over at Dan Flying Solo for in depth information on where to stay in Bali.

To Conclude, What is Overrated?

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Overpriced, overpopulated and frankly I was just over it. I have visited twice, loved it the first time, despised it the second. Maybe on the first occasion, it felt exclusive, fun and fresh while on the second visit, there were too many people and it lost its exclusivity. But if you are into a place full of basically naked people drinking overpriced cocktails, by all means, check it out.

The Main Drag

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I count the main drag as Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Don’t get me wrong these places are still great and serve a purpose but now having travelled to Bali so often I would avoid staying in these areas to experience other sections of Bali. These areas are the touristic sections of Bali and great to visit, but I find not great to stay. Get yourself out into the heart of Bali, experience its culture and if you are wanting to visit the ‘Main Drag’ give my mate Nyoman a call.

Driving to Bali from Java – Check out this detailed post on Java to Bali in 10 days
 
Have you been to Bali? What would be in your Guide to Everything Balicious?

Review – Villa Club Corner Residence, Canggu

Need the ultimate guide to Canggu? Check out this extensive guide to Canggu – Bali’s Hipster Paradise

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Driving down a quiet driveway surrounded by the rice fields saw us arrive at the final lodge, Villa Club Corner Residence, Canggu. If I could describe the feel of this villa, I would use the words safe and relaxing. Villa Club Corner Residence’s location was at the end of a group of villas controlled by security at the front entrance. It, therefore, was a quiet place that felt safe and secure. Due to its peaceful nature, it was perfect for relaxing. 

Outdoor/Pool Area:

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This view saw us in awe of the Villa Club Corner Residence from the moment we walked in. To have a beautiful large pool for six people, a bungalow that was an incredible place to sit and enjoy a good book, an outdoor shower, banana lounges, an outdoor couch and not to mention the pool table, which was an absolute hit, what more could you want. Days could be spent lazing away in this area without hesitation.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

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The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. The beds especially were FANTASTIC. I could have slept for days in that bed above. This bedroom had a glorious and romantic feel to it as it consisted not only of a four-poster bed but a sitting area, huge wardrobe and monstrous bathroom.

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The bathroom contained a bathtub, which we, unfortunately, did not use, a massive rain shower and a double vanity. The toilet was squished weirdly into the corner of the bathroom, which was slightly disappointing and the smells of the shampoo, conditioner and hand wash supplied could have been better. The only other small negativity was the foot of the bed did get in front of the television so if you were hoping to watch TV in bed it could get frustrating.

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Bedroom 2 & 3 were again spacious with unique features. Bedroom 2 contained a spacious in-built day bed overlooking the rice fields. Bedroom 3, however, had a beautiful deck overlooking the grassed area of the villa. The bathrooms were quite small in these bedrooms yet were functional.

Common Areas:

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The common areas included a massive dining table, a sitting area with TV, a downstairs toilet and a kitchen we even used for cooking. This great area was also fantastic for inside relaxing if you require sun avoidance. Being Australian’s we enjoyed watching the Australian Rules Football during our stay in this space.  I must admit the negativity to this area was the kitchen did seem slightly out-dated in comparison to the rest of the property.

Staff & Service:

The staff at the villa were incredible and did everything in their power to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Arriving later in the evening after travelling the meandering quiet roads of Canggu the wonderful Kemang and Nanik, workers at the villa, greeted us. They instantly helped us with our bags and began to unpack our groceries that we had purchased as we were hoping to cook while in the villa. They negotiated with us every day on the best time for them to come to service the villa and incredibly they even did our dishes for us, something I am not proud to admit.

Thank you Ayu, Kemang and Nanik for making us feel at home and providing us with excellent service.

Extra Perks & Services:

While staying at the Villa Club Corner Residence, you are given two membership cards to the Canggu Club, which can be used interchangeably by guests. We didn’t use these, stupid I know! The Canggu Club though does include facilities such as Bounce, a place full of trampolines, a waterpark and many sporting facilities. Probably a place worth checking out and something we plan to do on our next visit.

Other services included organisation of a driver (if required), spa treatments and the cooking of meals.

As you can see Villa Club Corner Residence does have your needs covered.

Final Thought:

Booking the Villa Club Corner Residence through Villa-Bali.com was a decision I certainly do not regret.  In the future if I travel to Bali again with a group of friends I would highly consider staying at the Villa Club Corner Residence again.Interesting in booking this villa? Please check out Villa-Bali.com for great service and rates.

Interested in other places to stay in Bali? Check out where to stay in Bali for first time visitors. Prefer Airbnb – Check out Why You Should Book An Airbnb in Canggu

Imaj Private Villas – Review

Imaj Private Villas are located in Batu Layar, Lombok an approximate 10-minute drive to Senggigi and 20-minute drive to the city of Mataram. Imaj contains four private villas and three suites. Each private villa has its own pool while the three suites have a lagoon pool to share. I have been lucky enough to stay at Imaj twice and experience two of the private villas and also have friends stay in a suite. The two villas I have been lucky enough to stay in are:

  • Villa 1 – Batu Layar, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sea and Sunset View
  • Villa 3 – Kopi, 2 Storey, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Hill Top and Sunrise View.

The other villas and suites within the Imaj complex are:

  • Villa 2 – Matahari, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sea and Sunset View.
  • Villa 4 – Kasih Honeymoon, 2 Storey, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Hilltop & Seaview
  • Suites – Shared Lagoon Pool, Hilltop and Sunrise View

Villa 1 – Batu Layar is known as their premier villa at Imaj Private Villas due to its views. It overlooks the hills towards Senggigi but more importantly has glorious ocean views towards the island of Bali. On a clear day, the largest volcano in Bali is also visible and it is absolutely stunning.

Imaj Private Villas - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo
Imaj Private Villas – Villa 1, Batu Layar

I stumbled across these villas on Scoopon Travel. It was there I purchased the Scoopon for $600AU which included 7 nights accommodation in three bedroom villa for six people….oh and breakfast daily. I used this Scoopon for the five of us travelling to Lombok. It, therefore, equated to be $17.15AU per person per night including breakfast, which is beyond cheap, right?

When staying with Imaj just recently as a returning customer  (no Scoopon) I was offered Villa 1 – Batu Layer for approximately $1000AU. With six of us travelling this time it equated to $23.81AU per person per night including breakfast and again I can’t complain.

As the pictures show you are staying it utter luxury with your own pool. The villa itself is traditional in its styling with one main communal room which we rarely used due to always being around the pool. Off of this communal room are three bedrooms all with queen-sized beds, tvs, dvd players and their own bathroom. All bathrooms included a bath and shower, with one of the bathrooms actually having a spa bath. For me, the rooms and amenities were sufficient and simple. For this reason, I wouldn’t rate Imaj Private Villas as a five-star place to stay from the villa point of view but for me, personally, I couldn’t think of anything better.

Imaj Private Villas - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo
Imaj Private Villas – The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo

In regards to service and breakfast, everything in Lombok runs on what is known as ‘Bali Time’ or should we say ‘Lombok Time’. For anyone not familiar, essentially if you ask for something i.e. extra towels or toilet paper it will come but it won’t necessarily come quickly. If something is urgent though, if you mention this it should hopefully quicker. Again this doesn’t phase me in the slightest because I feel this is the Indonesian culture.

In regards to the staff they are welcoming, friendly and forever trying to please you. Whether it be kind words as they set your table for breakfast or a smile as you walk by they are happy and lovely people. Imaj Private Villa’s staff and drivers will happily help you organise and plan day trips from the villa. Such trips could include snorkelling, surfing or seeing the waterfalls. They are also forever happy to drive you into Senggigi and recommend places to see, eat or shop.

I rate Imaj Private Villas as one of the best places I have ever stayed and would rate it a very strong 4.5 out of 5.

Imaj Private Villas has become my place of relaxation and somewhere I plan to visit regularly during my travel.

If you would like any further information or would like to leave feedback if you have stayed please do not hesitate to comment belo.

Thanks – Lauren

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Surfing – Grupuk, South Lombok, Indonesia

Grupuk, sometimes spelt Gerupuk, is a small village located on the South Coast of Lombok, Indonesia near Kuta. Just to clarify this is Kuta in Lombok not the much more famous Kuta in Bali.

Want to know more about Kuta? Check out exploring Kuta, Lombok in 72 hours

An hour and a half to two hour drive from our villa in Senggigi is this picturesque little spot. Grupuk is home to a break known as Don-Don, which is suitable for all levels of surfing. It is a right and left handed break within the bay and I have been lucky to surf here twice. As a novice surfer I have always felt safe and always managed to stand up while surfing this break. I must thank the locals of Grupuk for this. Don-Don is a small break situated in narrow channel and is therefore great for beginners because it is a small paddle out of the break into calm water. Therefore you are not constantly smashed with waves trying to situate yourself back ready to surf. If you require a break or want to do some relaxing the is easily achievable by staying in the calm water.

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For $30AU we each got surfboard hire, rashie hire, a local boat out to the break and an instructor one between two. The reasoning for one instructor between two was while one took off surfing the break the next could paddle in to have their turn while the other was paddling back. The instructor stayed within the break to help you with when to paddle and would also give you a helpful nudge to help catch the wave. As most of us had either never surfed before or were only essentially beginners we were riding the kitchen benches of surfboards. This was excellent because that meant that every single one of us managed to stand up for a least one ride, which was exhilarating. We were lucky enough to be out on the break for over an hour and a half and by the end of this session we were exhausted. Paddling back after each wave was exhausting and I have a new found respect for surfers who manage to do this day in day out.

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The first time I surfed Don-Don, January 2014, it was quite busy with many beginners. This caused a few dramas because you always needed to be weary of surfers hitting you or yourself running into others. While when we went just recently in April 2015 there was next to no one out there and by the end it was just our group on the break, which made the day even better.

For anyone who would love to learn to surf or is an avid surfer I would recommend you visit the amazing island of Lombok. I may have only surfed this one break but I have also seen many experienced surfers surf this break also. Not to mention the plethora of other surfing options particularly on the south coast of Lombok around the Kuta area.

More interested in kite surfing instead? Check out this Sports & Outdoors Guide to Lombok

Any comments or feedback welcome.

Thanks – Lauren

Snorkelling – Gilli Nanggu

An hour and a half drive from Senggigi, the main tourist area of Lombok, is the tiny island of Gilli Nanggu. For anyone playing at home Gilli means Island in Indonesian. After the drive it was a quick 15 minute boat ride on a local boat to this picturesque island. It was here just off the beach where I went snorkelling and it was BEAUTIFUL. In clear water of depth 1 metre I was often surrounded by hundreds of beautifully coloured fish. I used a water bottle filled with bread with a hole cut in the top to occasionally attract this huge array or fish. I have been lucky enough to snorkel on The Great Barrier Reef, in Fiji, Thailand and Vanuatu and this was just as good if not better!!

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To access this gem of a place we went through the villa that we were occupying in Senggigi, Imaj Private Villas, check out the review because the place is AMAZING. The snorkelling trip to Gilli Nanggu cost $40US, which to be honest is on the expensive side for Lombok and no doubt you can access Gilli Nanggu for much cheaper. If you choose to do this make sure you purchase bread, a water bottle and hire snorkelling gear. Also if you can, visit the neighbouring island Gilli Sudak for a fresh seafood BBQ lunch and a young coconut.

Anyway a picture says 1000 words so enjoy the slideshow below. A YouTube clip of the videos to come soon.

Any comments or feedback are welcomed.

Thanks – LJO

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However, if you are more adventurous and want to try your hand at scuba diving, check out what it is like to get your open water diving certificate in Lombok.

Scoot Fast Cruises – Review

After our charming stay at Buli Kuta Resort it was time to make the long-awaited adventure to Lombok via fast boat. I was skeptical about how this would all go after reading many reviews and seeing lots of people frustrated with most of the fast boat companies due to not collecting them from their hotel, not running on time, overfilling the boats, not running the boat at all and also asking for extra money. Due to this, it was hard to stay positive about everything going smoothly but luckily for us our adventure was somewhat flawless with Scoot Fast Cruises.

Scoot Fast Cruises were expected to pick us up at 8:15am when in fact they were early, tick number one. When arriving to check in our information was there and correct and they didn’t ask for any extra cash, tick number two. When getting on the boat it wasn’t overly crowded and we were only 20 mins late to our destination, which I think really is tick number three.

Scoot Fast Cruises - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo 

When boarding the Scoot Fast Cruise boat in Sanur, Bali we were on the biggest, which was comforting, see picture 1. The six of us sat at one table in the middle of the boat and got prepared for the journey. The first leg, which took approximately three-quarters of an hour was to Nusa Lembongan Island. Overall sitting in the middle of the boat was a little rough at times but nothing too bad. If you are prone to seasickness it is best to sit further to the back because that is where the boat ride is the lest rough but if you like adventure sit further to the front. Nusa Lembongan Island is a place I must visit another time. When stopping to drop off passengers it was as picturesque as a postcard, see photo below. It also had floating water parks surrounding the island where you could go on water slides that finishing entering the ocean. Therefore Nusa Lembongan is officially on my bucket list of places to go along with hundreds of others.

Scoot Fast Cruises - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo
Scoot Fast Cruises – The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo

The next leg of the boat trip which took over two hours was not as comfortable. The boat became hot and stuffy and with limited leg room and space, we were getting very antsy to get off the boat. We were also under the impression the boat went to Gilli Trawangan the and other Gilli Islands first before stopping at our destination in Senggigi, Lombok. We were therefore not happy campers when it was 12:10pm (our original arrival time) and we were still out in the ocean and had not been to the Gillis yet. To our joy though at 12:30pm we were pulling into a harbour that was Senggigi not the Gilli Islands. I’m not sure if we could have handled another hour on the boat if that were not the case.

Scoot Fast Cruises - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo
Scoot Fast Cruises – The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo

Overall the experience was better than what I was expecting and had envisaged. Obviously, there is still room for improvement for Scoot to try and make the experience slightly more comfortable for its patrons but overall for a fast boat company in Indonesia I really can’t complain.

I look forward to comparing Scoot with the company Marina Srikandi, which is the fast boat company we are taking back to Bali.

Overall I would give Scoot 3.5 stars out of a possible five.

Any feedback and comments are welcomed.

Thanks – Lauren.