Island Escape

The island of Bali in Indonesia is such a breathtaking place that someone might think that it’s merely a painted backdrop with its lush tropical forests, volcanoes that reach for the sky and warm waves that lap against the beaches. When you add friendly locals who cherish their own culture and delicious Indonesian cuisine into the equation, there’s nothing left to want. Bali hasn’t been called “The Island of the Gods,” ”Dawn of the World” and “The Last Paradise on Earth” for nothing.

Aside from the well known areas in Bali like Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran which could get really crowded especially during peak season, but there are some areas in Bali where it is less crowded and beaches is great with unspoilt coral reefs and  if you enjoy some peace and quiet you’ll surely get it from here!


Menjangan is the farthest town from Sanur. The trip takes 4 hours by road. It lies north west of Bali and it is part of Bali National Park. It covers 19,000 hectares, including forests, dry lands, mangroves, and marine life.

The most beautiful, unspoiled coral reefs in Bali are located off the coast of Pulau, Menjangan (“Deer Island”) – Comprising hundreds of species of coral, these reefs extend 100 to 150 m from the shore, then drop 40 to 60 m down to the ocean floor. Menjangan and the nearby mainland are excellent places for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. A 45 minute nature walk on Pulau Menjangan, which is uninhabited except for the Java Deer, affords beautiful panoramic views of the mountainous mainland.

This island is one of three major islands for diving in Bali. All of the dive sites are very colorful and rich cliffs. The island, a favorite destination for both snorkelers and divers, is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park and has a very diverse eco biology. Read More…




Nusa Penida is the largest of three islands off the south eastern coast of Bali, the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Totalling some 200 square kilometres, Nusa Penida is much larger than the better known Nusa Lembongan. However, tourist infrastructure is very limited here. It is though an island of stunning natural rugged beauty, and tourism-related development plans have been rumored and mooted to no effect for many years now.

Nusa Penida has also become an unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species, including the critically endangered Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi).Read  More


Nusa Lembongan is popular for its white sand beaches and quiet pace of life. Several cruise operators offer day trips from Benoa Harbour.  The water is some of the clearest you can find and aqua blue in colour; good for diving and snorkeling. Surfing is crowded but nice waves. Nice coral sand beach. Learn about the cosmetic seaweed farming industry.  There are two main beaches. Jungutbatu in the north is the bigger of the two with a myriad of hotels and cheap eateries, and traditionally used to attract the backpackers and the surfers. Read More…



Linked to its neighbor Nusa Lembongan by a suspension bridge (cyclists and pedestrians only), the smallest of the three islands (and rarely visited) comprising the Penida archipelago has only recently become a tourist destination. Its inhabitants are hugely friendly and will gladly point visitors in the right direction to reach a pretty inlet… At low tide, the rectilinear seaweed fields may be distinguished; the crop is grown in large floating frames.The beach has beautiful crystal clear water with colorful coral sea. Great place to do snorkeling. Read More…


Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. This is a small laid-back village which has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. There are a number of waterfront resorts and its proximity to Lovina and West Bali National Park together with the extreme natural beauty of the area, has fuelled quite rapid growth in tourism infrastructure in the area. Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area. Pemuteran is known for shallow coral reefs. Pemuteran has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali and are easily accessible for the divers and the snorkelers. Pemuteran has mountains towards the south and Menjangen Island in the north and is popular for diving and nature treks. It’s a really relaxing place which should be included in the itinerary of travelers looking for peace and tranquility along deserted beaches. Read More…

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