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An Indonesia wishlist

Indonesia WishlistPublished: 28 September 2017
During my travels in South-East Asia earlier in the year, I met lots of other back-packers who highly recommended visiting Indonesia. Unfortunately at the time, it wasn’t feasible for me to head that way. But since returning home and doing some more research I can see it’s a place I am sure I will love. So when I do eventually make it there, here are some places I would love to visit:

Gili Islands
The Gili islands, a group of three tiny islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air look like a tropical paradise. Gili Trawangan is home to the turtle sanctuary where they take care of and nurture turtle eggs, and for a small fee you can release the baby turtles into the ocean. Another hobby that I’d like to re-indulge in is scuba diving. The islands boast some great snorkelling and scuba diving spots in the area where you are almost guaranteed to see these beautiful creatures.

Komodo Islands
Specifically the komodo national park is one that I’m dying to see. Although a face to face encounter might not be a priority for everyone, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to see one in the flesh! These islands also have some fantastic diving/snorkelling opportunities. If you do want to go and see the dragons make sure that you hire a guide before heading out. They will know how to safely navigate around these creatures, as they can be quite territorial, make sure that you consider your safety first before choosing to take part in an activity.

Considered by many to be the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is located in the mountains, around an hour’s drive from the airport in Bali. This town is known for its traditional crafts and dances, the surrounding areas contain beautiful rice paddies as well as Hindu temples and shrines dotted around. For those interested in some wildlife the nearby Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary has over 600 monkeys in the area. For some great examples of Indonesian artwork you can check out the local Puri Lukisan Museum, which is the oldest art museum in Bali. I’ve heard the Balinese massages here are great too and very cheap!

This resort village on Bali, surrounded by rice paddies, looks like a great place to spend a few days relaxing. If you have a desire to learn to surf this is apparently a great place to do so (I would fall off… constantly). There are also some great temples in this area and one which is of particular interest to me is the Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot means "Land [in the] Sea" in Balinese and this temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. There are also some water parks in the local area iwhich would be great to check out for a more active day out.

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