Discovering the Hidden Wonders of Bali and Lombok

by | Jan 6, 2023

Bali and Lombok are two Indonesian islands near Java and are known for their beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. They’re popular destinations for travelers looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure.

If you’re looking to explore some of the highlights in Indonesia, check out our list of some of the best places to visit in Bali and Lombok.

Uluwatu Temple

This temple is located on the south-western tip of Bali and offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. It’s also home to a group of monkeys that add to the charm of the place. Traditional Balinese dance performances are held at the temple daily at sunset.

How to get there: To get to the Uluwatu Temple, visitors can take a taxi, hire a car with a driver from their hotel, or take the stress out of it by booking a tour. The temple is located about a 1-hour drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Visitors should be aware that there is a dress code at the temple. It’s important for women to wear modest clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.

Gili Islands

These three small islands off the northwest coast of Lombok are popular for snorkeling and diving because of their clear waters and marine life. They have white sandy beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, and lots of nature activities to choose from.

How to get there: To get to the Gili Islands, visitors can book a fast boat from Bali or find a transfer from Lombok at the harbor. The boat ride takes about 2-3 hours and tickets can be purchased at the harbor. Visitors should be aware that the Gili Islands have a more laid-back atmosphere than the main tourist areas of Bali, so things make take a little longer. The island is predominantly Muslim and it’s important to be mindful of local customs and respect the environment.

Tanah Lot Temple

This temple on the south-western coast of Bali is set on a rock formation in the sea and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. It’s also home to sacred sea snakes protected by the temple.

Hot to get there: To get to the Tanah Lot Temple, visitors can take a taxi or hire a car with a driver from their hotel. The temple is located about a 1-hour drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Visitors should be aware that there is a dress code at the temple. Women will need to wear modest clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.

Mount Rinjani

This is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and located on the island of Lombok. It’s popular for trekking and climbing and has breathtaking views from the summit. The trek to the top takes about 2-3 days and has campsites along the way.

How to get there: To get to Mount Rinjani, visitors fly into the Lombok International Airport. From there, you can book a tour or hire a car with a driver to take them to the starting point of the trek. The trek to the summit takes about 2-3 days and visitors can choose to stay in one of the many campsites along the way. It is important to be properly prepared for the trek, including packing enough water and food and wearing appropriate clothing and shoes.

Bali Bird Park

This park in the village of Batubulan has over 1000 birds from over 250 species. It’s a great place for nature lovers and birdwatchers. There are daily bird shows and visitors can walk through the park to see the birds in their natural habitat.

How to get there: To get to the Bali Bird Park, visitors can take a taxi or hire a car with a driver from their hotel. The park is located in the village of Batubulan, about a 45-minute drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Visitors should be aware that there are additional fees for some of the activities at the park, such as the bird shows and the aviary.

Seminyak

This is a popular beach town on the west coast of Bali known for its upscale resorts, boutique shops, and trendy restaurants. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy some luxury accomodations.

How to get there: To get to Seminyak, visitors can take a taxi or hire a car with a driver from their hotel. Seminyak is located on the west coast of Bali and is about a 30-minute drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Legian. Visitors should be prepared for the higher prices in Seminyak compared to other areas of Bali.

Tirta Gangga

This is a beautiful water palace located in the village of Karangasem on the east coast of Bali. It’s known for its intricate carvings and beautiful gardens.

How to get there: To get to Tirta Gangga, visitors can take a taxi or hire a car with a driver from their hotel. The water palace is located in the village of Karangasem on the east coast of Bali and is about a 2-hour drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Visitors should be prepared to pay an admission fee to enter the palace grounds.

Pink Beach

This is a stunning pink-hued beach located on the island of Lombok. It gets its color from the crushed red coral mixed in with the white sand. It’s a great place for a secluded beach day.

How to get there: Pink Beach is located on the eastern side of Lombok and is about a 2-hour drive from the main tourist areas of Senggigi and Kuta. Visitors should be prepared for the secluded and rustic atmosphere of the beach. There are no facilities or amenities. Bringing your own food, water, and sun protection is advisable.

Bottom line

Bali and Lombok are full of beautiful beaches and natural attractions to explore. There are also many cultural and historical sites to visit, such as the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and the Taman Ayun Temple in Bali, and the Lingsar Temple and the Sade Village in Lombok.

Bali and Lombok offer a wide range of activities and attractions for travelers. From beautiful beaches and stunning temples to delicious food and vibrant nightlife, these islands have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore the great outdoors, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Bali and Lombok. If you’re planning a visit, check out our insider’s guide to Bali before packing your bags to discover all that these Indonesian islands have to offer.

Samanta Vaivade

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Samanta Vaivade is Travel Spill's social media editor. A digital marketing expert, she's a graduate of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a native of Riga, Latvia. Samanta is fluent in English, Latvian, Russian, and Spanish.

Samanta Vaivade is Travel Spill's social media editor. A digital marketing expert, she's a graduate of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a native of Riga, Latvia. Samanta is fluent in English, Latvian, Russian, and Spanish.
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