First time travelling to the Islands... Of which there are many.
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 27, 2013 4:04 AM Last Post By: jayb123
Jan 26, 2013 12:03 PM
First time travelling to the Islands... Of which there are many.Hi all,
Rather new to this forum so where do I begin, with the basics i guess. Me and my girlfriend are planning to travel the south-east asian islands next month, we have 2-3 months to do so. We have so far got a general outline of the country's we wish to travel but just looking for any suggestions/recommendations anyone has to offer. We are going to start in the philippines then work our way to borneo then to indo, from there we plan to head to papua new guinea. This is just a loose outline and up for change, we have no flights booked. Between us we love to surf/dive/hike/explore and experience new culture.
Any help you wise people of this forum have is much appreciated..
Jan 26, 2013 4:19 PM
1I can speak a little about Indonesia, Bali in particular. If you're surfers, you're definitely heading to the right place. Indonesia has world class surf. Where to go depends on your surfing level. Bali is a great place to start as it has surf at all levels. Uluwatu is an amazing left break that should be on any surfers top 10 of waves to surf list. It will likely have crowds, however. There are good waves up and down both coastlines, but it sounds like you'll be getting there near the end of the wet season, which generally means off shore winds on the west coast so you may want to look at surf from Nusa Dua to Sanur. Keramas is a world class right in a land of lefts so hit that for sure if you're a regular foot. Some Aussie surfer built a hotel right in front of the break, which makes it much more crowded than it used to be. For uncrowded surf, Lombok is a great option and if you want even fewer crowds head over to Sumbawa.
For Bali diving and snorkeling, most people head to Amed in the northeast. Amed is great. I prefer Pemuteran a little more. It's in the north west. Mt Agung is Bali's big volcano, though I don't believe there are tours to see inside. Do a little research on that. As this part of the world is the Ring of Fire, there are plenty of volcanoes.
For culture in Bali, try to see a Balian (healer) and have them do a cleansing ceremony for you. And take advantage of all the cheap massage places. For about $7 you can get a full body massage.
Towns: Kuta and Seminyak are very crowded, but that's where everyone goes. It's a little over the top for me. You'll get enough of that if you head to Phuket, which I recommend. Instead, when you're in Bali go to Sanur and Ubud. those towns offer everything you want, but aren't as crazy.
For accommodations, I don't know what to recommend at the level you're looking for, but this is a good forum for backpackers so you should get plenty of options.
Here are some of our online platforms that will have more info for you:
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Jan 26, 2013 6:52 PM
Jan 27, 2013 4:04 AM
3Thank you to the both of you for your reply's. Bali's been high on my list for years and finally i'm going and I cannot wait. I'm all about right's so i'll have to seek out Keramas. I'm not keen on the idea of kuta as a lot of my friends have been and said it's super hectic. Thanks for the advise on where else to visit. Anymore info you can send my way would be greatly appriciated..
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