5 Amazing Islands You Have to Visit When You're in Bali

Bali is an extremely popular holiday destination that has something for everyone. It is spiritual, it’s full of wonderful wildlife and history, the locals are friendly, the views are breathtaking and everything is very affordable. A trip to Bali doesn’t mean that you have to stay in that one location the entire time, which is why it is such an enjoyable place to visit. There are actually loads of little islands that are easy to travel to when you go to Bali and they all have something different to offer. If you are planning on taking a trip to Bali and want to know more, then here are five amazing islands that you need to visit while you are there. 

1. The Gili Islands

The Gili islands exist as a group of three small coral islands that can be found off the Lombok coast. These islands are famous for their fancy resorts, nightlife and white sandy beaches. The biggest island is Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, and it is the place to visit to have a few drinks. If you prefer a quieter location, then take a look at going to Gili Meno, which is the smallest island and attracts a more upmarket crowd. Finally, there is Gili Air, which is described as a mixture of the other two islands, but contains some great scuba diving resorts. There are many fast ferries that you can catch when it comes to getting from Bali to Gili quickly

2. The Nusa Islands

The Nusa islands are another collection of three islands located near Bali; these have been described as the easiest islands to visit. The first island is Nusa Penida, which has fantastic beaches and blue waters that are definitely Instagram worthy. The second island is Nusa Lembongan, which is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a short and quick getaway from Bali. Finally, there is Nusa Ceningan, which is a small island that is joined to Nusa Lembongan via a bridge. 

3. Komodo Islands

If you love nature and wildlife, especially reptiles and marine animals, then you need to pay a visit to the Komodo islands. These islands have beautiful beaches and loads of places to climb, so you can see the sights from up high. There are lots of snorkeling experiences and boat trips to choose from that will enable you to get up close and personal with the islands’ marine life. The Komodo National Park should also be a must visit as it is full of wild Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. 

4. Java

Java has been described as one of the greatest islands in the world. You could easily spend your whole time away here. There is so much to see, like Mount Bromo, the city of Jogjakarta and temples like Prambanan and Borobudur. There are also numerous beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes and a range of scenic locations, like the Dieng Plateau.

5. Lombok

Lombok is a big island found to the east of Bali. There is a lot to see and do here, such as visiting Mount Rinjani (Indonesia’s highest volcano/mountain), exploring the beautiful waterfalls, and shopping in one of the many beach towns. Lombok is perfect for people who are adventurous and enjoy spending their vacations off the beaten path. We recommend spending a week or two at Lombok to explore it properly.  


The pristine and unique islands that surround Bali make it the perfect holiday destination for all. You just need to make sure you research the islands before you visit to make sure you pick the right ones, especially if you aren’t in Bali for long.

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