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By Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Adam Skolnick

”The mere point out of ‘Bali’ conjures up innovations of paradise. It’s greater than a spot it’s a temper, an aspiration, a tropical nation of mind.”—Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lonely Planet author writer

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Bumbang is extremely dependable: best on an incoming tide, this right-hander over a flat reef is good for all levels and can be surfed year-round. Gili Golong excels at mid- to high-tide between October and April. Don-Don needs a bigger swell to break but can be great at any time of year. Finally Kid’s Point (or Pelawangan) only breaks with big swells, but when it does it’s barrels all the way. You need to hitch a boat ride (around 70,000Rp) to each wave. Gili Trawangan Much better known as a diving mecca, Trawangan also boasts a little-known surf spot off the island’s southwestern tip, offshore from the Vila Ombak hotel.

Plastics are a serious threat to marine life. »Do not feed the fish. »Minimise your involvement with marine animals. Never ride on the backs of turtles. Learning to Dive If you’re not a qualified diver and you want to try some scuba diving in Bali, you have several options, including packages that include lessons and cheap accommodation in a pretty place. Introductory/orientation courses (US$60 to US$100) are perfect for novices who want to see if diving is for them, or you can learn the basics on a three- to four-day limited course (US$300) – these are popular at resorts.

Wander the islands, enjoy Gili T’s surprising nightlife and go snorkelling to spot a turtle. Three Weeks Total Bali & Lombok Begin your trip at Balangan Beach. Settle back in the sand and let the jet lag vanish. Stop in Denpasar for a purely Balinese lunch and then head up the hill to Ubud to get a full taste of Balinese culture. Next, tackle Gunung Agung, the spiritual centre of the island. Start early to reach the top and take in the views before the daily onslaught of clouds and mist. Having climbed Bali’s most legendary peak, head west to the village of Munduk, which looks down to the north coast and the sea beyond.

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