If the beautiful mountains and the white sand beaches doesn’t appeal to you anymore then welcome to Kerobokan, a place known for its prison and has a long and complicated history of riots, corruption, and its notorious inmates. Though it may sound like a bad place, Kerobokan is in fact a quite happy place with some of Bali’s best restaurants and shopping areas, a very lavish lifestyle and a lot of beaches. The islands in Kerobokan Bali is a great place for an exciting beach holiday which gives you a lot of fun things to do on your vacation.
Kerobokan is a resort area in Bali’s southwest that borders east of Canggu and west of the upscale Seminyak area. Despite having a more urban scene compared to its neighbors, Kerobokan offers a colorful mix of world-class dining venues and the stylish and modern villa resorts that both Canggu and Seminyak have become recognized for. Most visitors know Kerobokan for its black sand coast, popular among surfers and horse riders. You’ll also instantly notice that Kerobokan is a sight of contrasts. Commercial blocks with designer boutiques are interwoven with patches of existing rice fields, and in some areas, rural traditional Balinese villages.
Explore the beach paradise on the Islands In Kerobokan Bali
The islands of Kerokoban Bali most popular for its Kerokoban Prison also known as “Hotel K” is the overcrowded house of the bulk of Bali’s incarcerated but also has a lot of some of the most amazing locations of Bali. Kerokoban is the main point of the interconnection between Seminyak and Canggu and a great location for a stopover if you would like to explore its beautiful beaches. A few of the most beautiful beaches of Indonesia are within close proximity of this busy town.
1. Gili Islands
Located near the northwest coast of Lombok island, Gili Islands is a group of tiny islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Why you should visit this island group near Bali is because of its bewitching beauty and seclusion. Gili Air, characterized by sandy beaches and fringed palm trees, is the favorite island for couples and regarded as one of the best honeymoon places in Bali. Enjoy watching sea turtles swimming at the Turtle Point or watch the sunken shipwreck at Gili Trawangan.
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2. Pos Dua, Menjangan Island
This one is considered to be one of the most pristine snorkeling destinations in Bali as you get to see and swim across an abyss with incredible visibility! The place offers a variety of under crowded coral reefs. And the absolute spectacle is Pos Dua which is especially popular for being unreal in its visibility with which you can see as deep as 40m down or more at times.
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3. Nusa Lembongan
An exciting holiday island destination off the southeast coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a popular hideaway for surfers and leisure seekers. Often simply referred to as Lembongan, the island is a mere 45-minute boat ride from Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbour. The great reefs and diving sights here make it more popular among surfers and divers than its sister islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. The clean and pristine beaches are the reason Nusa Lembongan tops the list of islands with the best beaches in Bali for swimming. There are a number of luxury villas and resorts on the island suitable for all kinds of budgets and types of travelers.
USP: Stay in affordable, yet quirky and clean shacks for a traditional Balinese experience
Location: North Bali, west of Buleleng regencys capital city of Singaraja
How to get to Nusa Lembongan: Its just a 45-minute boat ride away from Sanur, Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa on the Bali mainland.
Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan: Kayuputi Restaurant, Cut Catch Cucina, Arwana
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan: Mulia Villas, Amarterra Villas Bali, Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas
Nightlife in Nusa Lembongan: Hai Bar And Grill, Blue Corner Bar, The Deck Cafe & Bar
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4. Nusa Ceningan Island
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The smallest among the Nusa Islands, Nusa Ceningan is known for its rather exotic vibe that its beaches exude. Travelers usually combine a visit to this island with its sister islands, or just Nusa Lembongan, as the two are connected by an iconic yellow suspension bridge. Complete with vivid cultural features, picturesque coastal fishing villages, and seaweed farms, mangrove forests with turtle nesting beaches, and a Blue Lagoon, the beaches of Nusa Ceningan are definitely worth a trip on your holiday in Bali. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in a thrilling cliff diving session from Blue Lagoon or Mahana Point for merely INR 120/- per jump per person, while peace seekers and lovebirds can simply enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and incredible sunsets from the Secret Beach on this island. Other adventure sports to try here include the Abyss Zipline (for INR 390/- per person) and the underwater scooter rides that shall let you explore sunken temples and statues.
USP: Adventure activities like cliff diving, zip lining, and underwater scooter
Location: Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Islands, Klungkung
How to get to Nusa Ceningan: One needs to get to Nusa Lembongan first. Nusa Lembongan is just a 45-minute boat ride away from Sanur, Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa on the Bali mainland. From there, you can access Ceningan via the bridge
Restaurants in Nusa Ceningan: Cut Catch Cucina, Bejana at The Ritz-Carlton, Arwana
Where to stay in Nusa Ceningan: Mulia Villas, The Bale, Courtyard by Marriott Bali
Nightlife in Nusa Ceningan: Driftwood Bar
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The beautiful beaches, a number of cool restaurants and cafes which are scattered around Kerobokan, and the lavish lifestyle are the main USP of this island. Also, Kerobokan is home to some of the island’s best furniture workshops and stores. Gorgeous teak wood pieces for pretty affordable prices and that popular reclaimed boat wood furniture that’s typical of Bali villa decor can be haggled over here on the islands in Kerobokan Bali. Unlike any other popular cities of Bali, Kerobokan shows you an entirely different picture of the typical Bali that we know. Visit Bali to get the experience first hand!
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