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Jeffrey
Los Angeles

Indonesia, Bali, Lombok

2 weeks in Indonesia with wife and daughter

Hi all, we are exploring a two week trip in April to Indonesia. My daughter is 7-years-old and is very adventurous. Snorkeling is a big must for all of use and my wife and I dive when we dont have the kido with us.

The problem we are having is deciding where to go. We are looking to go somewhere off the beaten path. We would love to go to multiple places (anywhere from 2 to all of them) but know getting around may not be real easy, especially in more remote areas. We really want to get a taste for the natural wonders of the country and experience the great food. There is a lot about Bali and Lombok which we could take or leave. We just really want to have a uniquely Indonesian experience and we dont mind getting away from those areas to find it.

Also we were hoping to hear about places to stay. We usually get an AirBnB but we know in places outside of the major touristy areas they are not as available. Any information about finding places to stay or suggestions of place to stay would help immensely.

And another thing, we would also be open to volunteer opportunities that we could all do for a few days. Does anyone have any experience doing this in Indonesia? It might help us decide areas to go.

Our budget is moderate, we are not looking for luxury but with a 7 year old we are not looking to sleep on hammocks on the beach. We are ok with sharing places to meet other travelers.

We are looking for any information about where to stay, food to eat, experiences to have, how to travel, islands to visit, etc... you get the idea, really any info would be greatly appreciated.

Best,
Jeff


3 Answers

answered by
Claudia from New York City
I recommend a stopover in Yogyakarta and a day trip to Borobudur, the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple if you like cultural-historical immersions. We spent a month in Indonesia and Yogyakarta was one of the places we visited besides Jakarta (to visit family), Bandung and Bali.
We stayed 2 nights at Rumah Mertua Boutique Hotel. I highly recommend it if you're looking for an affordable, clean, homely, comfortable and locally run hotel. We arranged for the airport transfers prior to our arrival and booked all the tours with the hotel. There's an in-house restaurant that serves delicious Indonesian food. The hotel provides coffee and tea throughout the day. Breakfast is included with the room rate.
Besides visiting Borobudur, we visited the following: 
  • Taman Sari bath complex
  • Kraton of Yogyakarta
  • Prambanan Temple

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answered by
Trisha
Hi
Two week trip in April - Indonesia   
Best Snorkeling Places -
  • Coral Garden, Tulamben
  • Nusa Islands Lembongan
  • Lovina Beach, Bali (Snorkeling, Dolphin Safari etc)
  • The Coral Garden, Menjangan Island  (Diving and Snorkeling)
For Diving 
  • Pos Dua, Menjangan Island
  • Lovina 
  • Padang Bay 
  • Manjangan Island
  • Discover Scuba: 60 to 70 US Dollars
  • One Dive cost: 25 to 35 US Dollars 

Sightseeing in Lombok
  • Pura Batu Bolong Temple 
  • Lingsar Temple
  • Gili Kondo Secret Island 
  • Tiu Kelep Waterfall 
  • Sembulan Village (Very beautiful and Ideal Village)
Sightseeing in Bali 
Beaches
  • Kuta Beach
  • Seminyak Beach
  • Nusa Dua Beach 
  • Check All beach, Accommodation Information given on   following link. (travelguidebali.com)
Temples
List of Top 10 Most Visited temples in Bali
  • Puraba Sakih
  • Pura Taman Ayun
  • Gungun kawi
  • Pura Tirtha Empul
  • Tanah lot
  • Pura Tanah Lot
Volunteer opportunity in Bali 
Wide range of volunteer projects, including Teaching, Kindergarten, Environmental Education, Health Education, Construction and Renovation and Turtle Conservation. Volunteers are based in Ubud and on the island of Nusa Penida. With top rated volunteer projects and the most affordable fees, IVHQ is the world's most trusted organization for volunteering in Bali.
One option is volunteering with IDEP foundation.
Accommodation (Bali)
  • Taman Sari Bali Villas (USD 80)
  • Eclectic Balinese, Kuta (USD 48, in April)
  • Villa Prasanthi, Ubud (USD 44, in April)

Accommodation in Lombok 
  • Kuta Indah Hotel (USD 15-16)
  • Griya Asri Hotel (USD 16-18)
  • Colour Cottages (Beautiful - USD 18-20)
Foods & Restaurent in Lombok 
  • - SPICE Lounge Bar and Restaurant (Food - European, Asian, Fusion)
  • - Ko Ko Mo Restaurant (Seafood, European, Indonesian)
  • - Dolcemare Restaurant (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
Local Foods / Restaurent in Lombok 
  • - Warung Sunny (Asian, Indonesian)
  • - Jali Kitchen (Asian, Thai, Fusion)
  • - Nuf'said Warung (Seafood, Asian, Indonesian)
  • - Yogi Bar Yogi Bar (French, Bar, Cafe)
Foods / Restaurents in Bali 
  • Sponsored Soteria Resto (Asian, Indonesian, Chinese, International, British Denpasar)
  • Warong Legong (International, Asian, Indonesian)
  • Da Romeo Restaurant (Italian, Pizza, Seafood)
  • Oneeighty (Best n cheapest) (International, Seafood, Indonesian)
Information Center - Lombok 
Jl. Raya Senggigi KM 8, Senggigi Art Market, Senggigi, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Any other information you need, feel free to contact me.


answered first by
Sarah Jessica
Hello Jeff. My husband and I have recently returned from our little romantic adventure. We have visited Ubud and we had a great time. The weather was sunny and we have really enjoyed our long walks, people are so friendly and we loved their traditional dance, arts & crafts. Beaches are amazing, and we fall in love with Ubud sunsets. Sooo romantic... <3 It was even more then we have expected since it was our dream for a long time. We have accommodated in Villa Griya Aditi  The advantage of it is that it's clean, lovely, homey and you don't need to sleep on the beach, just like you've said. :D But the beach could be a good idea for somebody. We've decided to have room, bathroom and breakfast. Somebody finds it cheap or "best buy" and somebody would say it's expensive. We would again choose this place because it has a soul. The design is relaxing, and that is what we needed. It has good wi-fi, and we certainly will agree that is very important. :D And they've picked us up at the airport, and it was for free. Breakfast was included (I'm not a morning person so I didn't want to think about breakfast while I'm on vacation). When you go there with your family you can always ask what are the places you must see and how to get there. People are wonderful and kind. You can even rent a bike and go cycling and visit rice fields. It's fun. Finally, it's paradise on Earth and I definitely want to recommend it to you all who want to catch the spirit of Bali.

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