13 Best Beaches in Bali 2022

Being the most popular travel place in Indonesia, Bali has one of the best beaches in the world. Many come to Bali maybe for the culture, the arts, the temples, diving, surfing or even the food, but one thing for sure it is also for the beaches.

Travellers visit Bali for its long stretches of white sand beach, the crystal clear sea for swimming, strong waves for surfing, and black volcanic sands for sunbathing.

There are many beach types in Bali, from those with big rocks created by corals or lava to those covered wholly with white or black sand. Depending on what you want to do at the beach, whether you are a swimmer or not, or with kids, you may well choose from these beautiful beaches below. Look out for the high tide when swimming!

With so many beaches and so little time, we help you here by picking the 10 best Bali beaches for you:

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Private Beach @ Nusa Dua, Bali

Private Beach at Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by sektordua

Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach has many luxury hotels built around it. There are a variety of flowers and plants that grows around here. Imagine tall palm trees, wild mangroves, fragrant trees and orchids amidst clear blue ocean and rolling golden sand. Yes, we are almost describing paradise.

Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling. For surfers, head on to the south or north ends for higher waves.

Few of the most popular luxury beach hotel in Nusa Dua is Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * and Samabe Suites and Villa *. Another good yet more affordable beachfront resort is the INAYA Putri Bali Resort *.

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Kuta Beach

Further down the line from the city, Kuta is the Kuta beach. The waves are higher here and the currents are strong making it a perfect beach for surfers. But of course, it means not so much for swimming.

The beach is always crowded with locals or tourists, mostly for the vibe and energy that circles around here. At night you can find the Kuta beach parties among the beach clubs that are guaranteed to entertain. The local Hard Rock Cafe Bali is situated here so you can eat, drink and party the whole day and night.

Best hotels with quick access to Kuta Beach would be either the famous Poppies Bali * at Kuta or Legian Beach Hotel * at Legian.

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by Kojach

Sanur Beach

This beach is located on the coast of village Sanur, south of Bali. It stretches several kilometers long with golden sand and small corals. There are many shells here for the avid collectors.

The waves here are milder and good for swimming. The sea here is crystal clear where you can even spot sea creatures like starfish while walking along the beach.

One of the coolest places to stay here at Sanur beach is at Klumpu Bali Resort * but if you want a beachfront resort, then Avillion Villa Cinta * is for you.

Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sanur Beach, Bali. Photo by Clez Kendrick

Balangan Beach

This is well on top of the list in best beaches for Bali, located across from the greens of Uluwatu. To get there you will pass local villages with cattle grazing the fields with local people going about their daily chores. This is a small and quiet beach, best for those looking for a secret hideaway.

The ocean currents are strong and the waves high, therefore not recommended for swimming. When the tide is low, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap on your feet.

One of the most famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, it’s the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Geger Beach

Located from the highway heading to Nusa Dua, Geger beach is a beautiful white sand beach glistening in the sun. The sea is calmer here in comparison to Kuta or Balangan beach, though sometimes it may get a bit rough by the evening, so please beware.

Local seaweed farmers do their work here sometimes, so if you are lucky, you can enjoy watching them going about their livelihood. There are many cafes dotted along this beach, making it famous for Sunday brunch or just for drinks, and there is a temple at the end.

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach

Also known as Pantai Kecil (little beach) to the locals or white sand beach to the travelers, this deserted beach is one of the best-kept secrets. Tucked away near Padang Bai and west of the harbour is somewhat hidden and only accessible after a 500m trek down a rocky path.

After the trek, you will be greeted with stretches of white sand beach and sparkling blue sea with swaying coconut trees. Current may be strong here and not for beginner swimmers, but you can always just soak up the sun in solitude by the sand.

Nearby this beach you may find OK Divers Resort & Spa * a good choice to stay.

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Padang Padang Beach

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. You would need to get past the narrow passage and steep steps to this hidden paradise. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins.

Recently after Eat, Pray, Love fame, this beach had been more crowded than usual but for now, still, has most of its beauty and charm.

A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

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Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Lovina Beach

This less famous beach is located in the North of Bali. Lovina beach is covered in black sands that are originally from the Mt Agung volcano cooled lava. This is almost a swimmer’s paradise with calm sea and low waves.

The area is also generally quiet without the usual swarm of tourists. Further down, you will find fisherman’s village with friendly local people and also thermal hot springs from the volcanic water. Most travelers only come here to catch the dolphins at sunrise.

One of the good affordable places to stay near this beach is Pandawa Village *.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali, with big rocks and small vegetation with spots of sandy bays. One of these bays in Nusa Lembongan is Dream Beach.

It is known for its serene sea lapping and white sand. Most people stay longer on this island to explore all the beauty of it. It is still largely undeveloped unlike the rest of Bali and lets one feel the sense of going back in time, just enjoying the natural beach.

The Akah Cottage * and Water Blow Huts * would be the best places to stay to be next to Dream Beach.

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Photo by Bart Speelman

Nyang Nyang Beach

Another secret beach of Bali, this beach requires going uphill and downhill a winding street and then through a small forest. The effort is well worth it to find this hidden beach, with a white sandy beach and crystal clear blue sea.

There are not many tourists here while you would see local people harvesting seaweed. The downside here is that you have to climb down slippery 550 moss-filled steps to get to the water, therefore not recommended for children.

Also, beware of lots of mosquitoes hidden in the greens, repellant is a must. Swim only when the tide is low.

Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Canggu Beach

A bonus addition to the list, Canggu beach is fast becoming a good contender to be the best beach in Bali. Not only are there many things to do in Canggu, this beach is also one of the best places for surfers. There are cheap lessons and rental boards in various sizes offered right by the beach.

The best surf spot at this beach for beginners is the Old Man’s Beach, while the Echo Beach and Berawa are for more seasoned riders. A good thing here is that the waters are not as crowded as some of the popular beaches in Bali.

Top choices to stay at Canggu beach are Theanna Canggu * and Hotel Tugu Bali *.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing and new friends at Canggu Beach, Bali. Photo by Andrea.

Pandawa Beach

Since I received tips and feedbacks from a number of people about this beach, I just have to look it up. Indeed it does fit our list – accessible, powdery white sand beach, and swimmable aqua blue sea.

This beach is surrounded by huge limestone cliffs, giving it a dramatic backdrop. Located at the south of Bali, one can easily reach it from Uluwatu or Canggu. There is also an entrance fee or 15,000 IDR.

Nearest best resort to this beach is the Puri Pandawa Resort *.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Pandawa Beach, Bali. Photo by LaVladina

Senggigi Beach

Located on the West coast of Lombok, this beautiful beach is one of the most popular beach in Lombok and for a good reason. It is one of the oldest develop beach here, hence you will be spoilt for choice of resorts.

Sengigi beach provides safe water to swim in, an area for good surfing. It also has some excellent snorkelling opportunities. There are several restaurant options on the beach, so if you are hungry, you won’t even need to leave this beautiful beach.

From the Lembar harbour, you can either rent a car or take any public transportation to get to the beach.

The best resort at Sengigi beach is the Jeeva Klui Resort *, while the best villa is the Jeeva Santai Villa *. For a budget stay, check out Cozy Cottages Lombok *.


The following are the beaches that did not make it to our top 13 list but nevertheless worth a mention here if you have even more time to explore more beautiful beaches in Bali (lucky you!):

Blue Point beach, Uluwatu
Just 45 minutes from Kuta beach, this beach is framed by limestone cliffs and a perfect place for pictures. Locally named Suluban Beach and while it’s very popular for surfers, one can also do some swimming here. There are also many good cafes around here now.

Jimbaran Bay
Close by to the famed noisy Kuta, Jimbaran is on the other hand still pretty quiet and underdeveloped. It is most famous for its sunset dining along the beach with fresh seafood.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Adam Lai

Pasir Putih (White Sands)
Another relatively unknown beach, this is a fishing village offering a laid back atmosphere, with soft sands for sunbathing and water good for swimming.

Seminyak beach
Being the more sophisticated side of Bali, the beach here is well flanked by classier shops, cafes, and hotels. It is popular for families. A good place to chill but not so much for swimming.

As you can see Bali is filled with beautiful beaches from people filled and full of energy beach to quiet secluded or hidden beaches. You will also find beaches from white to black sands and sea serene for swimming to strong waves for surfing. Check out the above best beaches of Bali as recommended by many travelers. Do you a beach-worthy of the top 10 that we did not mention? Which is your personal favourite beach in Bali?

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Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place in Bali when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be canceled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best Bali hotels that we recommend to stay in Bali:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • The Oberoi, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasion. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Budget (below 50 USD)


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Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok 2022

Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and is rivalling Bali with its beaches. On your visit here, you can expect the same white sandy beaches and azure waters but without the crowds. So if you are planning on a trip to West Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia, make sure Lombok is on your list!

Many people are now opting to skip Bali altogether and travel straight to Lombok, and if you choose to go this way, you will be rewarded with a wide range of beaches to choose from.

Here is our list of the best Lombok beaches for you.

Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Frantisek Krivda

Pink Beach

If you have never visited a pink beach then now is your chance. Also known as Tangsi Beach, this beach has the in a pretty shade of pink. This is one of only two pink beaches in Indonesia (the other one is in Flores) and although it is famous for its strawberry blonde sand, it is rarely crowded.

You can spend the day here relaxing on the sand or go for a swim in the neighbouring sea. Pink Beach Lombok is located in the small village Sekaroh, Jerowaru on the east. The luxury hotel Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is located along this pink coast.

Pink Beach Lombok, Indonesia
Pink Beach Lombok. Photo by Schristia

Selong Belanak Beach

If you want to learn to surf but don’t want to do with the crowd at Kuta Beach in Bali, then head to Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok. The surf here is of the same standard, with small to medium-sized waves, and you can rent a board and hit the water in a more relaxed and serene environment.

Local fisherman also uses this beach, and you can take in the pretty coloured boats here that bob on the water.

Right at this beach you will find very affordable boutique hotel such as the favourite Bukit Indah Boutique Accommodation *

Mawi Beach

Just a little down the coast from Selong Belanak is the Mawi beach. It is most famous as a surfing beach as there are some nice breaks here which make it popular with surfers who make their way here from Bali. The breaks here are recommended for advanced surfers only as the sea has a rocky bottom. One thing to note here is that there is no board rental available, so you will need to come prepared.

The water, however, is pristine as is the fluffy white sand, so if you don’t surf, you can still come here and relax on the beach. You can also take in the stunning views here across the bay over to Selong Belanak. 

Selong Belanak Beach - Hidden Beautiful Beach in Lombok, Indonesia.
Selong Belanak Beach, a hidden one in Lombok. Photo by celebrityabc

Beaches on the Gili Islands

The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok are made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.

Gili Trawangan is the most developed island and has a long strip of sandy beach that runs around it. The island is also known for its pristine seas, and you can go snorkelling or diving here and enjoy a range of underwater delights, including turtles and sharks.

If you want a more secluded beach spot, then consider heading to Gili Meno. This island is known for being popular with honeymoon couples thanks to its small size and intimate atmosphere, and you can spend time on the main beach here enjoying the warm sand and the clear seas.

If you want to stay on Lombok but still with quick access to the Gili Islands, Hotel Tugu * is an excellent choice.

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Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands. Photo by Luis Medina via Wikimedia Commons

Segar Beach

To the east of Kuta Lombok is Segar Beach which sits in a delightful small cove. The is one of the best beaches in Lombok as it is made up of pretty sand and coral.

When the tide is out, you can walk across the sand to a large rock protruding from the bay. This beach is also known for its nice surf break, and some of the main surf competitions in Lombok are held here. During which the beach can get quite crowded, so it is best to check if there is a competition ahead of time if you want to beat the crowds.

The nearest hotel to this beach is the trusty Novotel Lombok Resorts and Villas *.

View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia, Indonesia.
View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia. Photo by Whatsinaname at wts wikivoyage via Wikimedia Commons

Pandanan Beach

To the north of Senggigi in Lombok is Pandanan Beach. It is one of the least visited beaches on the island, so it is a good choice if you want to beat the crowds.

The beach hugs a long strip of coastline, and you can expect clear seas and fluffy white sand. If possible, try to come here in the late afternoon as the beach is known for its gorgeous sunsets. It is one of the most romantic and secluded beaches in Lombok, which makes it perfect for couples.

Senggigi also boasts the best beach resorts or villas to stay in Lombok, with choices such as the Qunci Villas Hotel and the Sundamala Suites and Villas *.

Tanjung Aan Beach

Tanjung Aan beach has the claim to fame of being one of the most beautiful south coast beaches around Kuta in Southern Lombok. Lush rolling hills surround the beach, and you can hike to the strip of sand here and then go for a swim to cool off.

To get to Tanjung Aan beach from Mataram takes around an hour and a half, but it is more than worth it for the pretty views.

Not too far off are the popular and high-end luxury hotel Villa Sorgas and Villa Strata *. Book well ahead if you want to secure a place here.

Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia
Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Suryanata budi via Wikimedia Commons

Mawun Beach

If you want to spend time relaxing on a beach in Lombok, then head to Mawun beach. This secluded beach is around an hour and a half away from Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and 20 minutes drive from Kuta.

It is also one of the Lombok’s best beaches for swimming as the waves are small and the currents are gentle. You can spend the afternoon here, sunbathing on the white sand or enjoy a refreshing coconut from a local stall.

If you want to stay near this beach, don’t miss out the beautiful Villa Atas Pelangi*. If you are looking for a budget homestay, there is the Crispycool Homestay *.

Mawun Beach Lombok, Indonesia.
Mawun Beach Lombok. Photo by Whatsinaname via Wikimedia Commons

Cemara Beach

If you want to get off the beaten track, then head to Cemara Beach in eastern Lombok. This beach is also known as one of the most beautiful in the area and it is surrounded by pretty vistas and lush scenery.

The beach is made up of a long strip of white sand that backs onto clear seas and this is a great choice if you want to go swimming or snorkelling.

Since it’s off the track, there isn’t any nearby hotels or resorts but the nearest good one you can find is the Ekas Surf Resort * nearby Ekas beach.

Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia.
Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani via Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach in Lombok is not to be confused with Kuta Beach in Bali and is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. It is however, also one of the most crowded beaches on the main island, especially at the weekends, but it is also a good place to choose as a base.

The beach stretches for some seven kilometres and you can go swimming or snorkelling here. There are also several small local cafes dotted along the shore called warungs where you can get some simple Indonesian dishes like fried rice or noodles. You can also relax on the sand with fresh coconut and this can be a good choice if you don’t have much time to explore the other more secluded beaches in Lombok.

Nearby to Kuta, Lombok, there are many choices of places to stay, with best-rated Mana Retreats *.

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Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung is a popular place in Indonesia and to travelers in Java especially. There are many things to do in Bandung, and it is not short of attractions to see. Many locals recommend going there for shopping, food, and a refreshing respite. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Many travelers would say they have their best Indonesian experience here.

Here the food is cheap and delicious, the products are competitive and in a wide variety, and most importantly, there are many exciting things to see and do. Therefore, it is no surprise that the whole place evolved around the tourism industry, so do come and explore Bandung! For the convenience of your trip, I recommend renting a car * in advance, because it can take a very long time to move from one place to another

Here’s our take on the Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Bandung:

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Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

 


Top Things To Do in Bandung

Rest and recreation at Dusun Bambu

Dusun Bambu, known as a family leisure park, is located at the foot of a mountain. It is one of the top things to do in Bandung with family. Imagine walking on bamboo bridges across paddy fields surrounded by lush, picturesque mountain views. If walking is not your thing, you can hop onto Wara Wira, a floral decorated transport that will take you around Dusun Bambu.

Enjoy a meal on a treetop in their hanging nests, the Lutung Kasarung, while soaking in the mountain breeze. Or you can move up higher to Cafe Burangang for a cup of coffee or tea while you drink in an even more incredible view of the Burangang mountain. But if a variety of food is essential to you, you can head to Pasar Khatulistiwa, a food court.

You can also choose to do many activities here, such as archery, flying hammock, canoeing, paintball, ATV, etc. Some may require additional fees.

Dusun Bambu, Bandung. Photo by Prabowo Restuaji

Many people choose to also stay in Dusun Bambu to fully experience the place. For comfort, you can stay in Kampung Layung, where there are various villas to choose from. There is a camping ground for those who want to stay close to nature, but this is more of a glamping equipped with facilities.

This place is arguably one of the best places to visit at the moment in Bandung, whether you are solo traveling, as a couple, or with your family. With their vast area of nature and various things to do, you will surely leave this place with a smile.

-> Stay at Dusun Bambu for the ultimate experience *

Enjoy the musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo

This traditional musical performance is one of the best ways to explore Indonesian culture. It is a 2-hour show of several parts, including a puppet show, mask dance, Angklung performance, and dances with little kids. Angklung is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo. Watch the performance and maybe also participate in an Angklung workshop; you may be delighted by learning this long-standing craft. 

As another option, you can explore and experience their culture by this Bandung Chinatown heritage walking tour *.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung. Photo by inna dee

Shop in factory outlets

I am not exaggerating here; nobody goes back from Bandung empty-handed. Especially if you go to the factory outlets at Jl Riau or Jl Dago, you will find all the hidden gems of quality clothes, shoes, bags, and all else in various famous brands. All the items you discover here are in good condition, brand new but at half the price!

-> Find the best hotel deals at Jalan Riau or Jalan Dago *
Shopping at Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Shopping at Bandung. Photo by Azlan DuPree

Catch a sunset at The Valley

If you are looking for another option to dine and something unique to do in Bandung, you can choose to go to The Valley * for dinner. This Western restaurant is located on a hilltop with an amazing sunset view. The food is good too, so enjoy your meal while watching the sunset over Bandung city. They also have a choice of rooms and villas * if you can’t have enough of the view.

Eat dinner at Kampung Daun

One of Bandung’s best restaurants, many tourists come here for the relaxing ambiance with bamboo huts, streams, and waterfall. Food is not incredibly delicious, but it is extensive and inexpensive. Come here for the overall experience of enjoying Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable and serene outdoor setting.

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung. Photo by Chen Wu

Swing on a hammock in Tebing Gunung Hawu

Tebing Gunung Hawu is a cliff from limestone mountains and is one of the off-the-beaten track in Bandung. For the adventurous, get a hold of a hammock operator and swing from one between the rocks overlooking the cliff. A tip is to book early for it before going as they can all be taken, especially during peak season. The lush green scenery here is well worth your time, even if not from a swinging hammock. 

How to get there: Tebing Gunung Hawu is located in Padalarang, West Bandung. 

Rice Terraces at Bandung, Indonesia

Rice Terraces at Bandung. Photo by chrisinno

Top What to See in Bandung

Kawah Putih

Kawah Putih is definitely at the top of the list of attractions to see in Bandung for its stunningly beautiful lake. It is 2 hours away from Bandung city center and in the highland, but it is worth doing. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still sunny without feeling it. It is a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano. The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes.

Many people come here either by car hire and get a ticket here in advance.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java. Photo by firmatography

Tangkuban Perahu

About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from a volcano in Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. It may be the second-best next to Kawah Putih, but still worth a visit.

Villa Isola

Built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung, Villa Isola overlooks a breathtaking view of the city to the south. This villa is one tourist attraction not to be missed. There are also cool places to stay nearby Villa Isola *

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

Gedung Sate and Gedung Merdeka

You might like to check out two iconic buildings in Bandung city. Gedung Sate is built and used by Dutch companies, it is also famous for its satay food decoration. It has six ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. Now it is used as the office of the West Java governor. The place is open to the public, and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink on the top floor while overlooking the city. Gedung Merdeka is another architectural wonder. It was built for the rich and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference. Though not much of an attraction but worth taking a look if you are nearby.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

 

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung. Photo by MangAndri Kasep

Now you know the best things to do and attractions to see in Bandung. You will be amazed how you can enjoy yourself so much without actually really spending a lot, especially suitable for budget travelers who are backpacking in Indonesia, though carrying a lot of things after the shopping is another story altogether! Do read our


Best Accommodations in Bandung

Agoda.com * is a good choice as they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia with great deals.
Booking.com * is a favorite of many because it offers cancellation allowing flexibility.

Most people like to stay in the center of Bandung for easy access to shopping and food, but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, a little up north are some beautiful retreats, with quicker access to tourist spots. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bandung:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Budget (below 50 USD)


Travel Tips:
1. Book the best accommodations – Booking.com* or Agoda.com *
1. Find the cheapest flight options that suit you – Omio.com * or 12Go.asia *
2. Rent a car in advance and make your trip more convenient – Rentalcars *
3. Make the most of the time that you have! Exciting excursions, professional guides, and more – Klook *

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Top 10 Things to Do in Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is part of the trio of Gili Islands along with Gili Meno and Gili Air. At this paradise island that is part serene and part hype, you will be sure to find lots of things to do.

Affectionately known as ‘Gili T’, this island has a reputation as a party spot for a reason. Half the island is dedicated to late-night bars and loud music. The far side of the island, however, is just as beautiful as its two sisters. The beaches are clean and beautiful and make a great base for a day of swimming and snorkelling. Again, there are lots of opportunities to dive, be it your first or hundredth time.

Cycle and explore island

One of the best activities around here is cycling, as there are no cars on Gili Trawangan. By cycling, you will also find yourself exploring the island in depth. One can easily rent a bicycle here on Trawangan and you can spend few hours circumventing the island.

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Birdeye’s view of the islands. Photo by yeowatzup

Enjoy the viewpoint

Gili Trawangan is known for its highest point which is aptly named ‘The Viewpoint’. It takes around half an hour to walk there from the central hub of the island but it is well worth it for the views over the sea and towards the other islands in this part of Indonesia like Lombok and Bali.

Sunrise at Gili Air, Lombok

Sunrise at Gili Air, Lombok. Photo by brian

Catch Gili’s famous swing on the sea

Find the famous swing on the sea and get a beautiful picture with the romantic sunset as backdrop. This swing can be found on the west of Gili Trawangan at Ombak Sunset resort hotel *.

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset, Indonesia

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset resort hotel *. Photo by Dennis Keller

Diving

The Gili Islands have some of the best dive spots in the country as the conditions here are clear and calm. Most people choose to dive off the coast from Gili Trawangan as this island has the best variety of dive shops and diving packages. Although not one of the top sites to dive in Indonesia, Gili Islands still offer quite a diving experience with some (harmless) sharks, rays, turtles and more.

Snorkelling

One of the best and easiest way to enjoy the sea is by snorkeling. You will find lots of snorkeling rentals in Gili Trawangan so just grab one and go spotting turtles, colourful fish, and maybe even a baby shark for far less than the price of a diving excursion from Gili Trawangan.

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia
Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Luis Medina

Take a boat tour

A boat tour can be easily arranged from Gili Trawangan with its many operators. They offer boat trips ranging from a simple trip between the islands to a luxurious glass bottom boat tour of the surrounding seas. If you charter a boat to island hop, it can coast around IDR 300,000 depending on your haggling skills. But if you want to check out the other islands more cheaply, you can also get the local ferry for IDR 30,000.

Boats at Gili Trawangan beach, Lombok, Indonesia

Boats at Gili Trawangan beach, Lombok. Photo by yeowatzup

Visit the local night market

The local night market here is something not to be missed. Every evening a night market will be set up in the main square of Gili Trawangan at around dusk. This is also one of the best places to grab some dinner on the island. You will find many local stalls selling traditional snacks such as grilled satay and spicy corn on the cob or you may go for some simple fried noodle or rice dishes. The food here is usually cheaper than the restaurants or cafes on the island but it is equally if not more delicious.

 Night Food market at  Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Night Food market at Gili Trawangan. Photo by Henrik Palm

Eat some seafood

If one is on a paradise island, eating loads of fresh seafood is a must. There are many local restaurants here that will display the day’s catch. There are no better ways to enjoy the fresh seafood than having them simply grilled over coconut husks and served with steamed rice.

Grill seafood at Gili Trawangan Gili Islands, Indonesia

Grill seafood at Gili Trawangan. Photo by Marie

Nightlife Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is known for being the ‘party island’ but don’t expect this to be anything like the nightlife scene in Kuta in Bali. Nonetheless, you will find a range of beach bars here that play music well into the night. Some venues will have special themed nights and dance parties, so look out for it. If you prefer a more relaxing evening, then head to Evolution Bar for live bands music.

 Live Band at Evolution Bar, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Live Band at Evolution Bar, Gili Trawangan. Photo by Reinardt Gilfillan

Try an open-air cinema

This may not sound like an activity you thought you would do here but it is really an experience itself. If you happen to know one coming up, do give it a try. At the open air cinema, you can sit on bean bags and enjoy a movie on a big screen under the stars. The most famous open-air cinema takes place on the main beach on Gili Trawangan. But many guesthouses and hotels here have noted its popularity and have set up their own open-air cinemas too.


Best Accommodations on Gili Trawangan

Pearl Trawangan
A beachfront resort with its own outdoor pool and bar, this place is ideal for those who want to relax in style. Styled with rustic designs, the individual huts are unique and inviting. Themed with a tropical island feel and filled with lush gardens, it is truly a dream to stay here. Prices starting from 140 USD.
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Desa Dunia Beda
Another beachfront resort, this one features spacious standalone bungalows and villas with a traditional wood interior. Each villa has its own private terraces and there is also an outdoor pool. Prices starting from 120 USD.
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