Moon Bali & Lombok: Outdoor Adventures, Local Culture, Secluded Beaches

Moon Bali & Lombok: Outdoor Adventures, Local Culture, Secluded Beaches

by Chantae Reden


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Whether you're seeking serenity on a sandy beach, learning to freedive, or trekking to the top of a volcano, a spiritual adventure awaits with Moon Bali & Lombok. Inside you'll find:
  • Flexible itineraries including a week in Bali or Lombok and a two-week island-hopping itinerary covering Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands
  • Strategic advice for surfers, spiritual and wellness travelers, culture mavens, and more
  • Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Rent a scooter and cruise past stunning rice terraces, breathe in the smell of incense and witness the Balinese Hindu rituals at Lempuyang Temple, or marvel at the cliff-top temple of Uluwatu. Crack open a fresh coconut, order authentic mie goreng from a food stand, and swap stories with local Sasak people over a thick cup of coffee. Dance until dawn at a beachfront bar or escape the crowds and find solitude on a black sand beach
  • Outdoor adventures: Trek through rainforests to the summit of Mount Rinjani and watch the sunrise peek over the caldera rim. Swim with manta rays and sea turtles, scuba dive among shipwrecks and coral reefs, or surf the legendary waves
  • How to experience Bali and Lombok like an insider, support local and sustainable businesses, avoid over-tourism, and respectfully engage with the culture
  • Expert insight from Chantae Reden, a writer with deep ties to both islands, on where to eat, how to get around, and where to stay, from guest cottages and beach bungalows to luxurious resorts
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Reliable background information on the landscape, climate, wildlife, and history, as well as common customs and etiquette
  • Handy tools including Balinese, Sasak, and Indonesian phrasebooks, packing suggestions, and travel tips for families with kids, seniors, travelers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ travelers

With Moon Bali & Lombok's practical tips and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.

Exploring more of Asia? Check out Moon Vietnam or Moon Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640491076
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 06/23/2020
Series: Travel Guide Series
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 775,372
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chantae Reden is a content creator, journalist, and photographer with deep connections to Bali and Lombok. She's been exploring Southeast Asia for years: she's slept in a five-star villa one night and on the floor of a public ferry the next, trekked to the summit of Mount Rinjani, freedived 100 feet deep in Amed, and eaten everywhere from fine dining resorts to street stalls. Recently, she spent a few months in Lombok starting a small textile trading business with local Sasak women. She completed her AIDA*** freediving certification in Bali in the summer of 2018.

Chantae is currently the social media manager for Skyscanner Australia and welcomes thousands of readers per month on her websites, and She's backpacked through more than 20 countries, and her writing has appeared in Parabola Magazine, Travel + Leisure, SurfGirl Magazine, Backpacker Essentials, and Pacific Island Living, among others. She's passionate about ocean conservation, and loves all things watersports, including kitesurfing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving.

Table of Contents

Discover Bali & Lombok 6

10 Top Experiences 10

Planning Your Trip 20

If You Have 24

Island Hopping around Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands 27

Surfin' Safari: The Best Surf Spots 28

See the Seas 30

Cultural Experiences 31

Spiritual Wellness 33

The Best of Bali 33

Hiking and Adventure 35

The Best of Lombok 36

Kuta, Seminyak, and the Southern Beaches 39

Itinerary Ideas 45

Sights 47

Beaches and Surf Breaks 50

Water Sports 55

Other Sports and Recreation 57

Entertainment and Events 59

Shopping 61

Food 64

Bars and Nightlife 74

Accommodations 77

Information and Services 83

Transportation 85

The Bukit Peninsula 88

Itinerary ideas 93

Jimbaran 94

Pecatu (Bingin, Dreamland, Padang Padang) 104

Uluwatu 115

Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa 123

Denpasar and Sanur 130

Itinerary Ideas 134

Denpasar 136

Sanur 144

Nusa Islands 159

Itinerary Ideas 164

Nusa Lembongan 166

Nusa Ceningan 180

Nusa Penida 184

Ubud 195

Itinerary Ideas 200

Sights 202

Sports and Recreation 211

Entertainment and Events 215

Shopping 216

Food 220

Accommodations 223

Information and Services 234

Transportation 234

Around Ubud 236

Karanqasem 241

Itinerary Ideas 247

Gianyar Area 249

Semarapura (Klungkung) 255

Sidemen 257

Padangbai 258

Candidasa and Around 263

Amlapura Area 267

Amed Area 270

Tularnben 277

Gunung Agung Area 280

Central Mountains 284

Itinerary Ideas 288

Gunung Batur Area 290

Gunung Batukaru Area 298

Munduk and the Three Lakes 303

Western Bali 312

Itinerary Ideas 319

Singaraja Area 320

Lovina Area 323

Pemuteran 331

West Bali National Park 338

Jembrana Area 341

Tabanan 344

The Gili Islands 348

Itinerary Ideas 354

Gili Trawangan 356

Gili Meno 369

Gili Air 374

Mataram and West Lombok 382

Itinerary Ideas 386

Senggigi Area 388

Mataram 395

Southwest Peninsula 403

Kuta, Lombok 409

Itinerary Ideas 413

Sights 414

Beaches and Surf Breaks 415

Water Sports 420

Other Sports and Recreation 421

Festivals and Events 422

Shopping 422

Food 423

Bars and Nightlife 426

Accommodations 426

Information and Services 427

Transportation 428

West of Kuta 429

East of Kuta 432

Mount Rinjani and Northern Lombok 437

Itinerary Idea 441

Senaru 442

Sembalun Valley 445

Tetebatu and Around 446

Gunung Rinjani Reserve 449

Background 454

The Landscape 454

History 459

Government and Economy 463

People and Culture 465

Essentials 472

Transportation 472

Visas and Officialdom 477

Recreation 478

Festivals and Events 479

Food and Drink 481

Accommodations 483

Conduct and Customs 484

Health and Safety 485

Travel Tips 487

Traveler Advice 491

Resources 496

Glossary 496

Phrasebook 498

Suggested Reading 502

Internet Resources and Apps 504

Index 505

List of Maps 518

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