Indonesia has got 17000 islands; 922 inhabited. Out of these, there is this land of laid back kaleidoscopic dusks & dawns, deep rooted spirituality, volcanic rises, magnificent temples, monkey swings, and lush green vegetations to escape – Bali. And while there is a long list of tourist attractions in Bali, the world right outside this island can’t be ignored either. In fact, the best islands around Bali are must-visit destinations; especially if you are on a romantic holiday.
And, here comes the list of islands around Bali that will make up for your perfect island hopping. In case you’re planning a honeymoon in Bali, you wouldn’t want to miss out on these.
1. Nusa Lembongan: An idyllic escapade
If you are looking for a slower version of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is the place to be. Sans traffic, sans hawkers, and with the best of the accommodations – this island is one of the most romantic getaways from Bali. The island does not allow any four-wheeler movements and that explains the no traffic thing. The locals either walk or cycle around. And so can you!
While on a romantic holiday in Bali, one just can’t afford to miss this 20 year old version of Bali as it has got an enormous amount of adventurous activities to offer. The island has got picturesque villages to escape into, gorgeous aquamarine life to explore, and thick mangrove forests to boat into; thereby making it ideal for a honeymoon trip.
Distance from Bali: 55 km
How to reach: Via Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbour; fast boats take 30 minutes and local slow boats take more than 90
Things to do in Nusa Lembongan: Paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling with mantas, cliff jumping, diving, & romantic walks through the villages
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2. Nusa Ceningan: A retreat into the forgotten Lands
Once easily accessible via a rickety yellow bridge from Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan is famous as the forgotten notorious cousin of Bali island. Even less crowded, the island is known for seaweed farming and adventure. This little stony gem has got a 12 metre high cliff jumping point called Blue Lagoon that calls for the attention of all dare devils. And for the romantics, there’s a whole lot of beauty to enjoy.
Distance from Bali: 57 km
How to reach: Cross the bridge from Nusa Lembongan
Things to do in Nusa Ceningan: Cliff diving, village walks, boating, and understanding seaweed farming
3. Nusa Penida: The island of rugged caves
Besides every expected perk that a typical Indonesian island would offer, the Nusa Penida has bird watching opportunities that are complemented by excursions to some of the oldest found caves of Indonesia. The island has got a Crystal bay that boasts of pristine white sand stretches and crystal clear waters for the couples to explore. The beauty of FNPF Bird Sanctuary in the Ped Village only adds to reasons that make this destination rank among the most wonderful islands around Bali.
Distance from Bali: 66 km
How to reach: By speedboats and public ferries from Bali via Sanu, also from Nusa Lembongan via public boats
Things to do in Nusa Penida: Birdwatching, cave excursion to the famous Giri Putri Caves in Pakraman village, and scuba diving with your significant special
4. Lombok: The volcano island
A large island off the east coast of Bali, Lombok is the most kaleidoscopic beauty around Bali. While on an island tour from Bali, Lombok is something that one can’t afford to miss. The south of the island has got a namesake of the Kuta in Bali; another Kuta in Lombok. Now this Kuta is considerably less crowded and has got some of the most spectacular beaches of Indonesia, making it a must-visit destination for the couples.
In the north part of the island lies the Mount Rinjani that houses scenic waterfalls. The mountain also has a fiery active volcano, however accessible, and offers a completely stunning view of the island.
Distance from Bali: 212 km
How to reach: Via Padang Bai by a boat; via Lembar by road
Things to do in Lombok island: Hiking, sightseeing, exploring the waterfalls, photography tours, and scuba diving
5. Menjangan Island: The wonderland of the underwater
Menjangan is among the most beautiful underwater ecosystems of Indonesia. Secretly hidden from the generic touristy, the waters of this island are home to almost 226 different species of fishes. And to add to it, the deep sea at this mystery island has a treasure in a 150 year old shipwreck of an unknown origination. Wouldn’t you want to go on a treasure hunt with your beloved? Oh! And there’s also the temple of Lord Ganesha on the island.
Distance from Bali: 8 km
How to reach: Via Labuhan Lalang port or from Terima Bay
Things to do in Menjangan islands: Snorkeling, lazing around the idyllic beaches, exploring the corals, and treasure hunting at the shipwreck
6. Gili Trawangan: The Hipster Island
Alright, welcome to the hippie lands of Gili Trawangan – noisy vendors and a heap of backpackers smoking on a wharf in close vicinity to fuel fumes. Gili Trawangan is the one of the most famous islands around Bali, frequented mostly by backpackers on a Bali tour.
Though infamous for its hipster appeal, this island in Indonesia is just as romantic. It has got a sea life, so vivid that even a snorkel will help you see the turtles and the shades of corals. And the Ombak Sunset Swing on the shores is truly romantic. Besides, the island has got a great nightlife as there are a large number of bars that throw out late night parties by the beach.
Distance from Bali: 104 km
How to reach: Via Padang Bai, on a boat
Things to do in Gili Trawangan: Yoga, scuba diving, surfing, and partying at night on the beaches
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7. Gili Gede: The Undiscovered Snorkeling Souvenir
Gili Gede is totally a souvenir if you get to explore the hidden gems around Bali. A part of the Lombok’s Gili islands, it is located off the south coast. The romantic island near Bali is almost an undiscovered tropical beauty and is known for its snorkeling launch points. The island has got some of the most pristine reefs for underwater explorations. Couples? Are you keeping a note?
Distance from Bali: 103 km
How to reach: Via Menjangan Island
Things to do in Gili Gede: Snorkeling and lazing around the beach
8. Gili Meno: The Honeymoon Island
The most romantic among all the Gili islands around Bali, Gili Meno is a prime honeymoon destination. Romantic spots to rekindle the love, aviary, turtle sanctuary, the best of the snorkeling facilities, and secluded restaurants – one can’t ask for a better honeymoon setting. And, if you get to be on this island in June, you are in for some of the spectacular treats from the local restaurants.
Distance from Bali: 106 km
How to reach: Via Menjangan Island
Things to do in Gili Gede: Snorkeling, beach walking, and romantic dining at the restaurants
9. Komodo Island: The Land of Dragons
Alright, alright! Nothing that scary. The UNESCO-listed world heritage site of Komodo National Park on the Komodo Island houses the world’s largest lizards – the Komodo Dragons. Undoubtedly the animals of the islands gathe a lot of attention, but the surrounding waters also offer great scuba opportunities for the wildlife enthusiasts and couples. The underwater world of the Komodo island is home to the famous manta rays, sharks, and some of the most spectacular reefs of Indonesia. So, if you and your beloved are not daring enough, this is where you should be.
Distance from Bali: 479 km
How to reach: Via Lombok, on ferries
Things to do in Komodo Island: Exploring the wildlife in the Komodo National Park and scuba diving
Note: The islets of Rinca and Padar are also located right next to the Komodo National Park Island
10. Java: The culture capital
To the west of Bali lies the cultural hub of Indonesia – Java. Thanks its myriad temples, architectural marvels, crude Indonesian culture & heritage, and a handful of volcanoes – Java is rightly called the mini Indonesia. Jakarta, Bandung, Jogja, Malang, and Bogor are the famous cities of this traditional island near Bali. The ancient Hindu temples of Borobudur and the Sultan’s place are embodiments to the royal Indonesian culture.
Distance from Bali: 613 km
How to reach: On a ferry from Bali
Things to do in Java: Sightseeing, exploring the monuments & temples, witnessing the cultural performances, and hiking
Serene, pristine, idyllic, spectacular, adventurous, and what not? Hopping on to these neighboring islands of Bali makes up a perfect romantic holiday. So, try doing Bali the island way and let us know your experiences.
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