I'm going to Bali for about 2 weeks around the New Year. Hoping for a vacation that's mostly relaxing (beaches, surfing, scuba) with a couple hikes and cultural things mixed in.
Looking at a couple tourbooks and the such, I came up with the following itinerary as a possibility, but I'm unsure how much time I'll be wasting in transit, and whether some of these stops are essentially repeats that I can cut out. I'd love to hear the opinions of some people who've been there and have a better sense of these things.
2 -- Ubud
3 -- Travel (early?) to Pura Luhur Batukao for some hiking
4 -- Drive to Medewi early and do some surfing (I'd need lessons/rentals -- do they have them?)
5 -- Long trip from Medewi to Ijen in East Java (just sounds really cool)
6 -- A day in Ijen hiking and checking out coffee plantations
7 -- Ijen to Lovina or somewhere not that attached to this. Just thought I might need a midway stop on my way back
8 -- Lovina to Amed, for relaxing resorts/fishing villages
9 -- Ferry to Lombok, stay at the Gili Islands
10 -- Gili (do they have scuba? surfing? good food? nice hotels?)
11 -- Gili
12 -- Rinjani hike (how long will it take to get there?)
13 -- Maybe south Lombok during the day, late ferry back to Denpasar/Ubud
14 -- One more day (Seminayek?) and then out of Denpasar that night or the next morning
Thoughts? Will I have any good beginners surfing/scuba diving/hotels/food (food is extra special important)? Am I missing anything major? Am I hitting anything majorly touristy? I'd rather avoid crowds? Also, is this feasible, or am I trying to cram too much into two weeks?