I really loved Indonesia. I was able to visit three islands in two weeks: Java, Bali, and Nusa Lembongan. Even though I didn’t love the vibe in Kuta or the tedium of Padangbai, there is something special about Bali. Although it has its pros and cons, it is undeniably beautiful and there are good reasons why it’s so popular. I want to go back and visit Ubud, Amed, and other towns along the coast. I had a wonderful time in Java; there was so much to see and do. Nusa Lembongan was a perfect island paradise.
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On April 26th, I took a ferry over to Nusa Lembongan (Lembongan Island), just east of Bali. Nusa Lembongan is beautiful, small, and relaxed. It would be a fantastic place for a honeymoon. It is also great for surfing, diving, snorkeling, and other water sports. The water is clean and crystal clear. Wikitravel lists its “attractions” as: Paradise Beach, Mushroom Beach, Dream Beach, Sandy Bay, Tamarind Beach, Scoobydoo Beach (no joke), Mangrove Forest, Seaweed Farms, and SUNSETS. I mean, seriously… does it get any better than that?! All of the attractions are just nature being nature. It is truly an island paradise.
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In Bali, I did not want to go to Kuta or Seminyak or any of the party towns, but I did want to see nice beaches and go snorkeling. So, I did a Google search and found a town called Padangbai that was supposed to have two nice beaches/bays: one for snorkeling and one for swimming. I booked two nights there at Harmony Guest House.
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On April 16th I flew from Siem Reap to Jakarta, Indonesia to meet up with Lauren and Natalie, my travel buddies from Elephant Nature Park. My original plan was to head up to Laos, but the idea of going to Indonesia was appealing because I would get to travel with the girls again, and because it was surprisingly $100 cheaper to fly to Jakarta than to Luang Prabang. Actually, I never had any plans to visit Indonesia on this trip. I made the decision three days in advance and booked the flight two days in advance. Such is life on the road sometimes. Spontenaity and flexibility can pay off.
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