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Bali's Surrounding Small Islands Are a Traveler's Dream

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Updated: 6 September 2017

Every year, millions of tourists fly to Bali hoping for unforgettable adventures in paradise. If you’d like the opportunity to exceed these already high expectations, travel the extra mile to Bali’s surrounding small paradise islands. These tiny islands are a traveler’s dream you won’t want to miss.

Nusa Penida

A half-hour away from the main island, Nusa Penida is a convenient getaway from Bali, with matching charm and beauty, combined with far fewer tourists. Of the three Nusa Islands on the southeast of Bali —Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan — Nusa Penida is the largest, but probably least explored. And that means endless opportunities of discovering pristine natural spots before they appear in everyone’s feed and get crowded (because they will, in time).

The unspoiled environment has also allowed various endangered birds and other wildlife to thrive, making the island perfect for bird-watching. Nusa Penida is also home to exquisite and mystical cave temples that reveal the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a bite-size piece of tropical heaven, perfect for a short escape from the beautiful but touristy Bali beaches. A whole day is enough to walk around the island and do many of the things it has to offer, such as surfing, snorkeling, beach-hopping, even touring a mangrove forest in a boat. Even so, many tourists opt for a longer stay in this exotic small island, because despite its small size, Nusa Lembongan has many wonderful spots to explore. With far fewer tourists, no hawkers, sparse motorbikes, and no traffic, it’s easy to feel relaxed in this island, topped with the gorgeous shades of blue skies and ocean in the backdrop.

Nusa Lembongan, Jungutbatu, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia


Nusa Ceningan

This tiny island boasts some of the most beautiful (and extreme!) cliff-jumping sites with a direct drop into the deep blue sea, making Nusa Ceningan popular among thrill-seekers. Even for the faint of heart, the cliff views from Nusa Ceningan are still absolutely mesmerizing and picture-perfect. Nusa Ceningan can be accessed by foot from the neighboring Lembongan, via the iconic yellow bridge, which is a popular landmark in itself. Tourists can also observe seaweed farming organized by locals and explore the underwater world for exquisite coral gardens and mysterious, sunken statues.

Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Menjangan Island

On the northwestern tip of Bali lies a pristine, unexploited part of the island covered by West Bali National Park. Menjangan Island is located deep into the vibrant natural habitat, accessible from the national park’s main pier, Labuhan Lalang. This island is a wildlife paradise, sustaining broad biodiversity from the rare Javan deer to exotic fish and corals. To aid the showcasing of its natural beauty, the island is blessed with calm waters, resulting in great visibility all year long for divers and snorkelers. The island also has a little surprise treasure for divers, a majestic, sunken shipwreck with a mysterious backstory.

Menjangan Island, Sumber Klampok, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia


Gili Trawangan

Usually considered a part of Lombok’s tourism scene, the famed Gili Islands is also accessible directly from Bali. Gili Trawangan is the biggest of the three Gilis and the nearest to Bali, boasting idyllic coastline surrounded by exotic marine biodiversity. Once a top backpacking destination, Gili Trawangan has now widened its tourism operation, adding luxe resorts to the pack of affordable but stylish hostels and high-end restaurants in a neighborhood of boho laid-back seaside cafés, providing tourists with endless choices of things to do and places to visit. Tourists can also cross over to the nearby Gili Air with the vibrant underwater world and Gili Meno with the quiet and serene beach atmosphere.

Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia


Serangan Island

This island is located east of Denpasar, closely neighboring the Bali mainland. Serangan Island is connected by bridge to the mainland, making it easy and convenient to visit by car, motorbike, even on foot. In the past, this island has received quite a bad rap on being a wildlife nightmare, as the coastline was lined with tacky establishments masquerading as turtle conservation centers. Now, the island has earned a good name as a great place to eat fresh seafood; a beautiful, quiet place to workout and enjoy the surrounding mangrove jungle.

Serangan Island, Serangan, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia