Gili Trawangan & Nusa Penida

After my friends and I got our mainland fix of Bali, we decided to venture to some of the surrounding islands. This was my favorite part of visiting Indonesia; mainly because it was so untouched, less touristy, and I felt a true immersion of culture. On this adventure, I was fortunate enough to stay on Gili Trawangan & Nusa Penida.

Gili Trawangan

This island you have probably seen all over Tumblr, as it is famous for its swings planted into the ocean. There are tons of them throughout this island. My suggestion would be to rent bikes and bike around the whole island (it would be a day’s worth of exploration— so plan ahead). You can stop at the swings while biking around and fall in love with the warm and clear waters.

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Gili T offers some of the best massages, full body baths, and fish foot pedicure literally on the beach. Take some time to relax and enjoy the island time.

I sadly do not have any pictures from this night, but we were fortunate enough to be on this island during the full moon, which means we got to participate in the Full Moon party! This is a beach party under the full moon celebrated with the majority of island locals and tourists from ages 18-30. Music and food under the full moon is only proper Indonesian way to welcome the Moon under the night sky.

Nusa Penida

This island is for sure off the path and extremely local. We actually accidentally booked our airbnb on the wrong island— however, I was not complaining. We took a boat from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, and once we were on the island, we were told that we needed to go to the next island over to reach our destination.

A local was nice enough to take us on his boat and show us the most amazing snorkeling along the way. Mangrov Forrest was hands-down the best snorkeling I have ever witnessed. Fish of all different colors and sizes would swim up to you and surround you.

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Once we were on the island, we paid a local to show us the best spots. Let’s just say this local knew of the best hidden adventures on the island and did not disappoint.

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From water temples, to under-water temples, to breath-taking views, and secret water nooks this island was indeed the most local-immersion trip that I have yet encountered throughout my travels.

We were the only Americans on the island (out of the maybe 10 tourists). Nusa Penida & Gili T were my favorites trips I have been blessed to take. Sometimes travel mistakes end up being the best ones!

Check out all about Bali, here.

Love & light,

Emily

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