We’ll tell you a secret.
You probably know all about Bali, but do you know there are tiny islands around this little paradise too?
These forgotten isles are often the best places to watch that stunning sunset or snorkel in the crystal clear water.
And what’s best is that hardly anyone knows (or remembers) these little spots of heaven, which are naturally overshadowed by all the hype on the main island itself.
So you want to escape the crowd in Bali? Get on your boat now!
1. Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan has a reputation for being a slower version of Bali. Here, you get nice accommodation, no hawkers and, amazingly, no traffic. Motorcycles operate sparingly, and four-wheeled vehicles need permission from the village elders (can you imagine that!). So generally, the locals either walk or cycle around.
2. Nusa Ceningan
Easily accessible via a rickety suspension bridge from Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan is almost always forgotten by island-hoppers. Known to adventure-seekers and daredevils, here’s the Blue Lagoon – a coastal location where the locals have set up a cliff jumping point (a 12-meter drop into the sea, currently closed for unknown reason). However, we have heard horror stories of the waves actually reaching the top of the cliff, and unknowing travelers could be swept away easily, especially if you are standing at the edge of the cliff!
3. Nusa Penida
Had enough of commercialized beaches?. This isolated island boasts of rugged beauty, which is pretty much untouched and undeveloped. Nusa Penida is a haven for local birdlife and home to some endangered bird species, including the Bali Starling. So if you love to bird-watch, you can start your journey at the FNPF Bird Sanctuary in Ped Village.