Pemuteran, Amed Coast, Nusa Lembongan and Sekotong Peninsula
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 4:06 AM Last Post By: Djmonkey
Sep 26, 2012 10:02 PM
Pemuteran, Amed Coast, Nusa Lembongan and Sekotong PeninsulaHello all you well-informed travellers.
I’m looking forward to 2 months of leisure and pleasure in Bali and Lombok, from mid-April to mid-June 2013. The “plan” is to spend almost all my time between the 4 areas mentioned, enjoying a bit of snorkelling, hiking, chilling and experiencing some of the local lifestyle in some of the less “touristy” areas. I will be arriving solo, but if anyone out there is interested in a similar trip, maybe we can hook up somewhere along the way.
What I am looking for at the moment is any information and/or advice, especially from people who have recently experienced any of these four areas. Specifically:
• Activities: if you can recommend any “secret” snorkelling and hiking spots, I’d love to hear about them.
• Accommodation: I’m a budget traveller, content with the basics. All I need is a reasonably clean and secure room, a decent mattress, protection from mosquitoes, and a “quiet” atmosphere. I intend to spend 3-4 weeks in one of these areas- probably Amed Coast- so hope to strike a decent discount for that time, in either a losmen or family home. Obviously the cheaper the better, but generally I will be looking to spend in the range of Rp70,000 - Rp180,000…any suggestions? If accommodation options are limited and/or more expensive in any of these areas, let me know of anything I should consider, up to perhaps IR300,000.
• Money: existence- or otherwise- of ATM’s in these areas.
• General: if you have any useful tips on other issues such as: transport to/from and within these areas; favorite warungs and restaurants; safety/security issues; local drivers/guides etc, please suggest them.
Thanks for any info provided…its nice to have some useful logistical knowledge before arriving at an unfamiliar place, and then allow randomness to create some special moments.
Sep 27, 2012 12:18 AM
1In the Amed area, Lipah beach (in front of the Pondok Vienna Beach Hotel) is gray sand, but once in the water the sand is a cheerful tannish yellow. You can start seeing fish within ten feet of the shore and the farther you swim out the coral starts as does the variety and numbers of fish. This is a great area for snorkeling and should have very few other snorkelers. I mention the sandy beach because many of the other beaches in the area are stoney.
I stayed at the Vienna beach hotel a while back so I can't comment on price or the condition of the place.
Sep 27, 2012 4:01 AM
2I like Padang Bai and Tenganan.
This year, I stayed at the Parta Inn at Padang Bai for Rp 100,000 a night.
There is a well known hike from Tirta Gangga to Tenganan. It is in the DK Guidebook to Bali and Lombok. Yet, when I have made this hike, I have never seen any other hikers, just locals.
There is snorkelling from the beach at the Blu Lagoon near Padang Bai. It is a well known spot, but when I go there in the morning, I am the only tourist.
Tenganan attracts lots of visitors, but when I go there, it is not crowded.
Sep 29, 2012 4:13 PM
Oct 5, 2012 6:06 PM
Oct 9, 2012 4:06 AM
5Nusa Lembongan is such a fab little island, we stayed at a lovely place called Puri Nusa, which I'd recommend - it was good value. I've written a little blog post about the island with more info if you want to have a look - http://worldinwords.net/nusa-lembongan-dream-beach/
Oh and you should definitely climb Gunung Agung if you can while you're on the east coast, best thing we did in Bali!
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