Composed of about 14,000 islands, many of which are uninhabited, Indonesia is the largest state-archipelago in the world. Bali is undoubtedly the most important tourist destination in the country, but not far away there are other islands worth visiting.
The Bali-Gili-Lombok triangle is the most common combination thanks to the excellent sea connections between these islands and their geographical proximity. Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan represent a less crowded and less touristic alternative than Gili, but more complicated in terms of logistics if you want to include them on the route between Bali and Lombok. Other tourists choose instead to combine Bali with Komodo island, famous for the presence of the homonymous dragons, the greatest ‘living lizards. These itineraries are feasible in two weeks. If you stay longer, you can combine Bali with the island of Java, the political, economic and cultural heart of Indonesia, where the capital of Jakarta is located.
Here is some information on how to get to these islands from Bali: if you are moving by boat, please note that the departure times provided are indicative, which often will be at least one hour late and that the departure / arrival terminals are always overcrowded .
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