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10 day trip - Bali, and.. Gili or Lombok, and why?

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10 day trip - Bali, and.. Gili or Lombok, and why?

I'm planning my first trip ever to Bali.. Have 10 days total.. I'd like to spend 5-6 in Bali and then 4-5 seeing Lombok/Gili islands.. I'd love to be able to go to all 3, but it feels like that might be a little bit much - is that true?

If so.....between Gili islands and Lombok, which would you choose and why? If Gili, which one?

I'm a single woman in my 30s.. I'll be travelling alone.. Over the 10 days I'd like a combination of beach/relaxing/spa/culture/shopping.. definitely planning to do Ubud in Bali but not sure where else.


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1. Re: 10 day trip - Bali, and.. Gili or Lombok, and why?


You describe yourself as 30y.o. single female traveler, but the most important thing is how your life apprehension stands toward comfort, luxury, facilities and what your budget travel actually allows.

Gili (all 3) in general is a backpacker style accommodation with sea water in the tap and swimming pool (if any). The only place that I really could mention as accomodation and worth a visit is Luce d'Alma Resort & Spa on Gili Trawangan.

But BEWARE - there is no drinking water on the gilis, all water that is used for cooking (hotels and resto) and drinking is brought from Lombok in rusty and dirty looking tanks, then distributed and pumped by the users according to their needs. The view is disturbing at the very list. And I do not even warn you that cooking sanitary standards in Indonesia are ZERO to none and first time visitor MUST be extremely cautions about the things he/ she eats and places where he/ she eats. Amoeba, typhoid, mononucleosis etc are everyday reality in Indonesia.

If your traveling standards require more decent accommodation , my sincere advice - stay in Lombok. Modern hotels with all international facilities are in presence.

Stationed in Bali always there is a chance just to pay a visit to Gili, have a look around and then land on Lombok ground. Speed boat service Bali-Lombok is available with stopover in Gili.

Of all 3 Gilis (North north-west) - Trawangan, Meno and Air , as I am a snorkeler, I prefer Gili Meno (Trawangan facing side) for the water over there in exceptionally calm, clear and coral sea life is just beautiful. Divers prefer Trawangan as it features fully equipped diving center and if you fancy to say a personal hello to sea turtles Trawangan is the place.

Gili Meno is more surfers place.

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2. Re: 10 day trip - Bali, and.. Gili or Lombok, and why?

I stayed at Scallywags on Gili T for 3 nights and absolutely loved it and the fact that the water is coming from Lombok did not detract from my holiday at all......Scallywags promote that they have a filtration system that is good enough for you to drink the shower water (i didn't try it), but my husband spoke to the expat owners and being a tradesman, was satisfied with the cleanliness of the water.

We only ever drink bottled water in our forays to Asia, so noted no real difference betwen Gili and Bali in that regard.

Standards are changing on Gili T and both Scallywags and Kokomo resort both had high levels of cleanliness and not geared towards the backpacker crowd.

For a single lady travelling, I would recommend Scallywags, as you can socialise around the central swimming pool.

Don't miss Gili T it is so much quieter than Bali and a lovely place to relax!

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3. Re: 10 day trip - Bali, and.. Gili or Lombok, and why?

You're right that 10 days isn't long to do the Bali/Gili/Lombok circuit. Difficult to tell you which to choose between Lombok and the Gilis; the Gilis are a wonderfully relaxing place, real desert island with pure white sand and crystal clear water. Nothing much to do but laze on the beach, do a bit of snorkelling and diving. There are a small selection of shops on Gili Trawangan, and one little massage shop (which was very expensive when compared to Bali). This may not meet your spa/culture/shopping criteria, but you can get that in Bali, so you have to ask yourself whether you want to cram in the shopping/spa/culture parts of your plan into the Bali part of your holiday, then just veg out on the beach in the Gilis.

Although Gili T does have a backpacker and party island reputation, it's whatever you want it to be, and attracts all sorts. As a single 30s woman there you won't be out of place. If you want the all night parties, then they're there, but if you stay on the NE coast of the island, you won't hear a sound from the parties. There are some excellent restaurants on Gili T, again that cater for all budgets, a sign that the Gilis has grown up a bit and trying to attract the 30 something crowd with a bit more money. I stayed in the Bali Sampan in October, lovely little hotel with 6 bungalows, each with freshwater shower.

You'll get your beach and relax time in Lombok too; Senggigi has a reasonably decent art market, shops, and a good selection of restaurants. If you get a driver or book a tour at one of the tour offices, you'll get your culture too. Lombok has lots of large hotels, compared to the Gilis little boutique hotels. I found the sellers in Lombok to be worse than the ones on the Gilis, although nothing bad or aggressive, just more persistent.

Post on the Bali forum if you have any questions about Bali/Ubud.

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