Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL Bali. Please make Bali as part of your bucket list if you have not been. Everything about Bali is perfect.
When we first arrived, we were still incredibly sick from food poisoning the night before so for the first 2-3 days, we were not ourselves.. We stayed in an incredible resort on our first night called “Bali Agung Village”. The landscape, the staff, the rooms, my god I wish I could’ve stayed for a week. I highly recommend it. And the price is right which is great.
First things first, the ferry ride from Denpasar to Nusa Lembongan is HORRENDOUS. The boat is beautiful, no doubt about it, but the water!! That was the rockiest boat ride I’ve ever experienced in my life. If you are a person that doesn’t get sea sick, you will get sea sick on this ride. Make sure to take a pill for motion sickness ahead of time otherwise you will feel horrible for the rest of the day.
We stayed at a resort called “Hai Tide Beach Resort” and it’s the most beautiful resort I’ve ever stayed at. The rooms are huge “huts” and the resort pool and layout is so serene. There are a couple of pools so find the one that’s more secluded; it’s peaceful. The food was great, the drinks were great, the staff was great – everything was great. The only downside I found was the beach is a little hard to swim in because there are so many long boats and the tide is quite strong.
If you want to party, this is the place to visit. Even if you want tranquillity, this is an incredible place to visit. Gili T has it all really. One half of the island is mostly party (Restaurants, bars, etc.) and the other is tranquillity with nice small resorts.
This island is so small, it has NO motorised vehicles. The way to get around is either walking, cycling or mini-horse carriages. Careful when you get on those horse carriages because the horses don’t stay still. I busted my big toe nail and wasn’t able to get it wet or dirty for the rest of my trip YAY (a lot of stuff went wrong this trip hmm). Just take your time, no rush.
I highly recommend renting a bicycle and going around the island. Try to get one that has the larger tires because they’re easier to ride in the sand. If you’re a petite person, like myself, you might find it hard at first but you’ll get the hang of it 🙂 It takes about 30 minutes to go around the entire island at a reasonable pace. There’s one area where you might have to step off and drag your bike because of the sand but it’s not long.
We stayed at “Villa Ombak” and it was such a beautiful resort. Try to get a room on the main level and you will have the biggest washrooms ever! This hotel is also located on the busy side of the island. Just a short walk away are tons of bars, shops and restaurants.
If you want to witness the sunset, you will have to get to the other side of the island (the more tranquil side). There are many bars/restaurants that you can stop at, grab a drink, and enjoy the sunset. If you want to get an “iconic” photo on the swings, you also need to head to that side of the island. I believe it’s close to the sunset bar. If you want a shot during sunset, get there before the sun starts to set because when we went, believe it or not, there was a line up to take photos with the swings.
About 2 hours away from Gili T are incredible waterfalls in Lombok. You take a short boat ride, then a 1.5 hour long drive to these falls but they are worth it. I have photos attached on the right. There are two falls to see, the smaller one which you can reach pretty quickly, but also the massive main attraction which you have to trek across paths, small rivers, and rocky areas to get to. It’s about 20 minute walk past the first falls but it’s worth it. They’re beautiful and so overwhelming.
If you have any questions about Nusa Lembongan or Gili Trawangan feel free to ask! 🙂