Bali, Indonesia is a crazy popular tourist destination right now. There's some amazing things to do and see there, which makes it such an attractive destination. Bali was first introduced to the masses in the famous Julia Roberts movie, 'Eat, Pray, Love' and from there it just took off.
This movie showed the beauty and relaxation that comes with a visit to the tropical, beachy destination of Bali and from then on it's blown up. However, most tourists don't know how amazing the surrounding islands are though. Most of them are barely inhabited and are so secluded, you can avoid the bustling tourism that is the main island of Bali. It's so easy to get to most of these islands by boat and not at all expensive!
Once you see this list, you'll be booking your tickets to Bali right away!
1. Nusa Lembongan
How To Get There From Bali: 30 minute boat ride from Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbour
Price Of Transportation: $30 US
This gorgeous island is such a short boat ride from Bali, how could you not come here? The boats at both locations pick up 4 times daily. Nusa Lembongan is known as 'Bali 20 years ago.' There's basically no vehicles permitted on the island, the rare motorcycle is used.
Take a boat through the mangrove trees, snorkel with manta rays in the bright blue waters, or try paddle boarding! The possibilities are endless on this breathtaking island.
2. Nusa Ceningan
How To Get There From Bali: Boat to Nusa Lembongan, suspension bridge from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan
Price Of Transportation: Free from Nusa Lembongan
This island is truly breathtaking and must be on your list of dream locations. All you have to do to get there is take that 30 minute boat ride from Bali to Nusa Lembongan then walk across the suspension bridge connecting these two islands! It's as simple as that and totally worth it.
Nusa Ceningan is known for it's Blue Lagoon, where tourists can cliff jump into the crystal blue waters below, or if you aren't feeling like a daredevil you can pose for a photo at the top. Just be careful of the waves because they can reach the top of the cliffs!
3. Gili Trawangan
How To Get There From Bali: 2-3 hour drive to Padang Bai, 1.5 hour ferry to Gilli Trawangan
Price Of Transportation: $81.35
This might be a slightly more expensive option for this excursion but there are many different options for transportation, I just chose the most convenient one. This service will pick you up from your hotel in Bali and take you straight to Padang Bai where you catch your boat for no extra charge. With this, you avoid taking local transit and saves you a lot of time.
On Gilli Trawangan there is no police present, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy some carefree partying on their gorgeous beaches, watching the sunset and sleeping the night away in the soft sand! Cycle around the entire island in less than an hour and see some breathtaking sights, or relax in their hammock or swings located right in the shallows of the crystal blue waters.
4. Nusa Penida
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How To Get There From Bali: Take a fast boat (25-30 minutes) from Sanur Beach, Benoa Harbour or Padang Bai
Price Of Transportation: $30.00
You can just see from these pictures are unbelievable these islands are. The beaches on this island are soft and secluded, if you're looking for a more private, quiet beach experience. This island is also known for it's rare bird species, you can spot the endangered Bali Starling! Also, don't miss the spiritual Giri Putri Caves in the Pakraman Village.
5. Gili Meno
How To Get There From Bali: 1.5 hour boat from Amed Harbour
Price Of Transportation: $55.00
Gili Meno is the most secluded island you can find, with only 400 locals inhabiting it. The sand here is so soft you'll just have to lay out for a while. While you're here you should definitely visit the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary where loggerhead and green sea turtles are hatched in safety! You'll have an unforgettable experience on this island.
How To Get There From Bali: 2-2.5 hour fast boat from Banoa Harbour
Price Of Transportation: $77.00
Lombok is known for it's amazing beaches for surfing and high mountains for hiking. You should try the beaches of Desert Point for some amazing waves or the Rinjani Volcano, Indonesia's second highest volcano, for a challenging hike with breathtaking views at the top! Explore the forests of this island to find some the amazing hidden waterfalls!
7. Menjangan Island
How To Get There From Bali: Boat from Labuhan Lalang port in Terima Bay (30-40 minutes)
Price Of Transportation: $35.00
This island is known for it's amazing snorkeling and scuba diving. With gorgeous coral reefs and abundance of fish and various marine species it's clear why this location is a favourite for ocean explorers. Spend your afternoon exploring the clear blue waters and then relax on their white sandy beaches for a while! This island is completely uninhabited which makes it the perfect secluded island to visit.
8. Gili Gede
How To Get There From Bali: Fast boat from Serangan Harbour
Price Of Transportation: $50.00
This island is newly discovered by tourists, so it's an untouched tropical paradise. It is also known for it's gorgeous, colourful coral reefs filled with tropical fish and marine species for snorkelers! Visit the local markets for extremely fresh produce and enjoy it on one of their pristine, sugary white private beaches.