22 Days in Indonesia
Our trip in Indonesia was meant to be specifically in Lombok and Raja Ampat. We had been in Indonesia other times before and this time we wanted to visit Lombok to meet up with some friends and Raja Ampat because of the diving.
Lombok (10 days)
It is a small island next to Bali, but much less crowded and still very also good for surfing, Lombok has a lot less people and it's a much nicer place.
- Stay in Kuta Lombok and move around on a motorbike.
- Visit the many paradisiac beaches, many of them almost deserted - Mawi Beach, Mawun Beach and Tanjung Aan Beach.
- Do a one day sailing trip in the only Catamaran boat in Lombok. Just contact the staff at Kies Villas and they will organise everything
One of the best days we had in Lombok was actually spent on a sailing boat. It was a nice alternative to spending the day at the beach and it was great for snorkelling and skurfing - skim boarding behind a boat like a wake board. The best part of it was making ceviche out of fish caught with a speargun by our friend just minutes before. Freshest ceviche we ever had!
Bali (2 days)
We stopped in Bali twice but both times were layovers, one-night voluntary stop-overs to enjoy the advantages of a very touristic place.
- Rent a motorbike, go to Uluwatu and watch the sunset at Single Fin.
- Do a massage at Carla's Spa in Poppies II, next to Gora Beach Inn. They are the best you can find in Kuta.
- Enjoy a very loud and fun dinner at Mexicola in Seminyak followed by some dancing at La Favela
The truth is, we only had on long layover in Bali but then we crossed paths with Carla's Spa and had the best massage of our lives. This was reason enough to decide on a second long layover in Bali just to go back to Carla's. We don't regret it!
Raja Ampat (10 days)
We first heard of Raja Ampat as a remote place, difficult to access but with amazing dive sites. The problem was we didn't know anyone who had been there to confirm it was really that good, plus getting there was quite difficult and expensive. But then we met a Mexican friend in Myanmar who had been there just a few weeks before and convinced us to go. We will be eternally grateful to him from now on because even if it did take us three days to get there, it really is as amazing as we first heard and it is completely worth it!
In Raja Ampat, people usually stay in homestays which are usually very basic huts on top of the water with bucket showers and 3 meals a day decided by the family that owns the place. The price is the same for all and you can choose to stay in more isolated islands or in the small villages. We decided to stay in Sawinggrai, a tiny village with only 36 families. Everyday we hung out with the children, some of them played music, at night they would come over to our hut to colour, it was a different experience, away from any western influence.