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Besides every expected perk that a typical Indonesian island would offer, the Nusa Penida has bird watching opportunities that are complemented by excursions to some of the oldest found caves of Indonesia. The island of rugged caves has got a Crystal Bay that boasts of pristine white sand stretches and crystal clear waters for the couples to explore. The beauty of FNPF Bird Sanctuary in the Ped Village only adds to reasons that make this destination rank among the most wonderful nearby islands near Bali.
Gili Meno is the middle island in the Gilis, and it is largely known as the most romantic spot in Indonesia. As a result, it is often couples that come to Gili Meno, and it is a prime honeymoon destination. In addition to cocktails at sunset and romantic strolls on the beach, Gili Meno is ideal for animal lovers. Taman Burung is a fantastic aviary, and at Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary you can watch turtles and their young safely make it to the beach. There are several spots around the island where you can take PADI certification classes to start scuba diving, or you could opt to rent snorkeling equipment right from beachside vendors.
Lombok is an island in the Indian Ocean which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Promoted as “an unspoiled Bali”, Lombok is what people expected Bali to be before it became crowded and a mainstream travel destination. This island in Bali is in itself getting some attention in recent times for its beaches and as a surfing destination.
Nusa Lembongan is a bite-sized tropical heaven. A convenient day trip should be enough to get the best out of this small island: surf at Playgrounds point, explore the mangrove forest before snorkeling in the adjacent coast, and beach-hop to your heart’s content. Aside from the exciting adventures, Nusa Lembongan is the place to go if you want peace and quiet near (but away) from Bali – no hawkers, no traffic, just scenic beaches and ocean breeze.