Best Beaches and Top Activities

Mentawai Islands ©Skeggsy/flickrSurfing, bocce ball, fishing, snorkeling, table tennis, jungle or beach volleyball, poker, board games, movies, satellite TV programs, karaoke, picnic, visiting a local village, yoga without instructor, jungle cruise and cultural tours. And if you are keen to pursue these activities at the best beaches in Indonesia, you should read on. Mentawai Islands in the West Sumatra is one of the top beaches to visit. It is a great place with flawless reefs. It also has crystal clear tubes that charmed any seasoned surfer. Penaitan Island on the summits of gunung Raksa has a hill that rises from a forest full of wildlife in West Java. Want to meet pigs, crocodiles, deer and monitor lizards? There are also lot of bird life other than large pythons. Panaitan Island offers a good scuba spots such as the reef of Batu Pitak. Be aware it is not a diving ground for beginners. Walking is the other activity, the first trail from Citambuyung. It is rather a climbing trail on the Gunung Rakasa Walk, you get to see the pre-Islamic period Hindu statue of ganesha. The other trail that crosses Lagoon Bajo leads you to a white sandy beach.

Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno Islands

The two Gili paradise Islands, Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno Islands, with no cars, no motorbikes is also better known as the turtle capital of the world. The larger is Gili Trawangan can be reached in 30 minutes via boat. There are fasts boats from Bali which you can take too. The way back is from Lombok, where you stop at Teluk Nare. A kilometer away is the the 2 km long Gili Meno. Gili Meno being the smallest of the 3 islands offers the most peaceful enjoyment. You can choose to take a 2 hour walk along the beach and it is a great island for those who likes adventures as well as honeymooners. Grilled fish.

Nusa Penida

Nusa penida ©Kenski190/flickrNusa Penida is in the Southeastern Islands in Bali. Being one of the largest of the coast of Bali, Nusa Penida is also the unofficial bird sanctuary where you can find many interesting bird species such as the Leucopsar rothschildi. Getting there can be by public boats from Kusamba, Padang Bai or from Sanur. The ferry cost about 16000 Rp but if you choose to take a speed boat with 19 other people, it will be about 40000 Rp. The most practical way to get around there is using a motorcycle.



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