The island of Bali offers everything visitors to Indonesia expect and more, tropical beaches, world-class surfing and diving and Seminyak’s favoured resorts. Meanwhile, a 20-minute flight to the east lies Lombok, a more modest cousin in the archipelago with sleepier villages and archetypal beaches that contrast with lush forests, cerulean bays and smouldering volcanoes.
With a welcome just as warm as the weather, iconic landscapes and where sunsets are always in vogue, this part of Indonesia is a cornucopia of temples, rice paddies, ancient monuments and a high biodiversity of marine life. Located between Java and Lombok and known as “The Island of the Gods” for reasons that cannot escape any guest Bali has over 10,000 temples woven into its impressive landscape. An enduring coastline surrounds a stark and mountainous center, conquered by magnificent volcanoes, the most authentic Bali can be found the further inland you travel.
For laidback villages fringing some of the best coastline for diving in Indonesia, teeming with exquisite marine life and the spiritual capital stay in Ubud. For a less predictable stay many choose Lombok, not just a haven for beach lovers but also growing in popularity with the more intrepid traveler. From here be sure to venture northwest to the laidback and motor-vehicle free Gili Islands, a trio that are also celebrated for their diving and snorkeling.