The Lombok fisherman

lombok fisherman

An Indonesian fisherman preparing for the hunt. He sits in the tire which hes holding in the left hand to float on the surface of the sea. Fishing rod and landing net prepared as well. Interesting way of fishing!

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The Pandanan beach vlog

Driving along the streets of Western Lombok to Pandanan Beach. A beautiful deserted beach where i helped a couple of fishermen to pull their boat out of the sea. on our way back we discovered a abandoned villa. Probably the owner run out of money whilst the construction phase. We started the drone to explore the villa from the air.

Baywatch

baywatch

Gazing over the ocean, breathing the salty air and pretending not to realize being photographed

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The Pandanan beach vlog

Driving along the streets of Western Lombok to Pandanan Beach. A beautiful deserted beach where i helped a couple of fishermen to pull their boat out of the sea. on our way back we discovered a abandoned villa. Probably the owner run out of money whilst the construction phase. We started the drone to explore the villa from the air.

How is Senggigi Beach on Lombok?

senggigi beach

Is Senggigi Beach in Lombok a perfect spot worth to travel to? Rent a scooter and drove all the way to Senggigi beach and we were surprised when we arrived. Besides two bigger hotels like the Sheraton and the Kila resort, the beach is not overcrowded because of mass tourism. Instead we plenty of space to throw out our towels and enjoy the Indonesian sun. A friendly beach vendor offered us some fresh fruits. we decided to get some pineapple. Right behind the beach bank they built a couple of concrete tables. So if you bring a pick-nick or you'll buy something from a food stand you can comfy sit down and enjoy your lunch with a beautiful beach. Couple of Boats are docked there so you can go on a boat trip if you want to. They also been repairing a boat right there. that was interesting to observe.

All in all we can really recommend a trip to this beach.

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Skyview on a abandoned villa on the hills in Lombok! Natures now the occupant.

The Senggigi Beach Vlog

The Stay

We had our stay not directly in the city of Senggigi. We stayed in a Senggigi district called Mangsit. But the place had scooters for rent so in five minutes we arrived at Senggigi Beach. There are several different options to get around, taxi, public mini buses and private drivers too. The place

The Hotel we stayed in Senggigi

jati mangsit senggigi

more about Indonesia

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesias diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Through the leafs

boat leaf

A Boat framed by plants.

The Vlog

The Tanjung Aan Beach is the most beautiful beach on Lombok they say. It was our mission to check this spot out. Relaxing by the beach with coconut water and beach chair occupation. Afterwards we climbed up the Merese Hills right besides Tanjung Aan and operated the drone to get the birds eye view on this perfect spot! Check out this little adventure and write a comment down here =)

Tanjung Aan Beach on Lombok

The Tanjung Aan Beach is the most beautiful beach on Lombok they say. It was our mission to check this spot out. Relaxing by the beach with coconut water and beach chair occupation. Afterwards we climbed up the Merese Hills right besides Tanjung Aan and operated the drone to get the birds eye view on this perfect spot!

Surfing Bingin Beach

surfing bingin beach

Have you ever heard of surfing Bingin Beach? probably not! it is not one of those super known spots, nevertheless its also not a top secret spot. What i can say is that the beach has been spared by mass tourism and that's cool. There is no huge mega hotel with hundreds of rooms. I'll be honest here, the beach perhaps not the most beautiful one to sunbath and the rocky environment makes it tricky to go for a relaxed swim without hurting your feet. So let's talk about surfing Bingin Beach!

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How to get to Bingin Beach?

I already made a detailed Blogpost about the Bingin Beach itself so i'll quote this section here and you can read more information about where to stay and how to get there on this post.

"Bingin Beach is situated in the southern part of Bali, the region of Uluwatu. Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 35 min car drive away from Bingin Beach. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “bingin beach parking”. From the parking should be street signs leading to the beach. The way leads through unconventional narrow streets through the buildings in front of the beach. sometimes the way seems to be wrong but trust the signs your on the right track."

 

bingin beach surf

The drop: the surfer is on top of a clean faced wave building up on the Bingin Beach reef.

Beach or Reef break?

Surfing Bingin Beach means dealing with sharp rocks. It is a reef break and i can highly recommend you to wear water shoes. I cut my feet, not very dramatic but you can hurt yourself seriously if you're not carefully, especially on low tide. I even saw some people surfing with helmets. Always stay safe buddy.

tube bingin beach

After a successful drop the surfer maneuvers himself slightly into that beautiful tube.

 

Is there a Surf school?

Yes, there are one or two surf schools. I've never participated in a lesson nor have i analysed their teaching style, but what i can remember is that some locals paddle out with you and teach you how they surf. So don't expect a "WSL" internationally certificated pro surf school.

surfing bali

Ending the ride with splashing up a some sea water. great job!

Can i rent a board in Bingin Beach?

Of course you can! The surf schools offer boards for beginners but you will also get some smaller specimens if you are a more advanced surfer. I think there is even a shaper, because they offer board repairs right by the beach. I mean in case you f* up your board shredding too hard. haha.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Life on Gili Trawangan

ship wreck gili islands

A full week on Gili Trawangan in Indonesia means really a full week of relaxing and slowing down. Already the fact, that on the island no engines are aloud and only bicycles, horses and your own feet bring you from A to B, proves that you will really slow down. But that's not the only thing. Gili Trawangan is the most populated of the three Gili Islands, that means you will find lots of nice restaurants and bars there. Gili Trawangan has a lot of nightlife to offer as well. Boats bring you to the more deserted neighbor islands Gili Meno and Gili Air. Lots of beautiful reefs for snorkeling and diving around.

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How to get to Gili Trawangan?

We purchased our Gili Boat ticket online. Actually there are a lot of different options to get over to the islands. In peak season i can recommend you to buy a couple of days in advance, otherwise you could miss your preferred departing day and time. But whilst low season you can actually book a day before departing or even on the same day you want to leave. If you decide to buy from a street seller always negotiate the price and compare different offers. You can choose between private boats, which are the most expansive, fast boats and public ferries. We chose the public ferry because it is the cheapest option and we actually enjoy a good boat trip. more about it here

 

gili trawangan boat

No engines on the Island but the boats are of course running on benzin

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

gili restaurants

Amazing restaurants on the island. Places to have a meal, stare at the ocean and live life to the fullest.

Which are the best Restaurants on the Island?

Well, its difficult to choose which one are the best restaurants but there are some we really can recommend. Healthy, delicious and chilled locations. The prices on the island are a bit more expansive than in Indonesia because it is also more touristy but still affordable. So here we go:

Besides those Restaurants i can highly recommend you to eat seafood in the local market or in a seafood restaurant (lots of them around)

nightlife gili trawangan

The nightlife is vibrant on the island. live music and raving party all night long.

Horses do the work

fruit juice gili

Do not miss the tropical fruit juices!

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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The famous Gili Water Swing

gili water swing

I'll be honest, i already saw a couple of water swing pictures swinging through instagram before i saw this Gili water swing on the Gili Trawangan Island. Nevertheless it is something fascinating, a swing placed in the middle of the ocean. This one was placed right in front of the hotel we were staying. Someone had the idea of building such a water swing and now there are a handful of swings on the island or in the sea, however you want to call it. During the daytime the swing is often occupied by people shooting pictures and making selfies. The first time i had the chance to get on it, i tried to swing. first attempt failed. One of the two swings was hanging a bit lower than the other one. with the lower one i had no chance to swing because it was too hard to get enough velocity to swing out of the water. It depends on the tide, when it's high, it gets more difficult, when low, easier. The second try on the other swing was successful. i gained height once the swing came out of the water. Trust me, that was fun!

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How to get to the Gili Water Swing?

As i mentioned there are couple of water swings on Gili Trawangan. I think there are already some in Bali as well. Just do your research. Get on the island, stroll along the beach. You can actually get around the island easy in one day. If you see a water swing out in the water and nobody is having a shooting on it. Go swing the shh out of you.

 

gili trawangan water swing

this stage is called "the posing", while shooting pictures or thinking about a strategy.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

water swing

This is the moment moving out of the water, use this momentum.

What is special about the Gili Water Swing?

Instead of lying the whole day on your beach chair and burn your skin while reading a bad book, move your body an feel like a child again. You will experience that it takes a bit more energy to swing while the water is breaking your speed. But once you get that velocity and height, the water splashes up when touch down, that's an amazing feeling. Getting sweaty? no problem, just drop in the ocean and feel like newborn. it is amazing trust me.

gili trawangan swing

This stage is called "sky high". feel the realease of dopamine.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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The PinkCoco Hotel

pinkcoco hotel

It was a bit of a struggle to get to Gili Trawangan but we made it to the Pink Coco Hotel finally. Read about our struggles to get on this Island here. It was not really a surprize but as we arrived we realized that the whole hotel is in Pink. Okay the name already betrays it but to see it in real life was cool. Passports, Check-in, welcome drink, short instruction and we were ready to drop our bags in the hotel room. Guess what, the room all in pink as well. It was on the first floor with a nice balcony with a view on the Pink Coco Hotel pool. First impression... Pink 🙂

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How to get to the PinkCoco Hotel?

First of all you need to get to Gili Trawangan which is an Island. This is one of three islands located between Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. On the Islands are no motors allowed so either you get on a coach, walk or you get around with a bicycle. And it can be pretty difficult to ride to the hotel with bags on a bike. So the only options are to walk or get on a coach. It's about 22 minutes to walk from the port to the Pinkcoco Hotel. First we decided to get on a coach but the prices were really high, 100 Indonesian rupiah as i remember. It is affordable compared to other tourist destinations but compared to Indonesia the price is pretty high. So we decided to walk. After the first steps with the luggage, the bad roads, the burning sun on our neck, we decided to pay the price nevertheless.

After trying to negotiate the price we hopped on the coach.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

coach gili trawangan

A coach on a rainy day transporting tourists.

What is special about the Pinkcoco Hotel?

Of course it is all pink, the building, the interior, the restaurant, slippers and the towels as well. That somehow a special experience to live couple of days in a pink world. The Pinkcoco hotel has its own bar which is crowded in the evenings. people come to enjoy the sunset because it sets right in front of the bar with a fantastic view on the sea.

The famous waterswing (there are severals on the island) is in the front of the bar and a lot of tourists come just to snap a picture on this swing. when we were enjoying our coconut at the bar there were people standing in line to get such a photo... probably for instagram. 😉

drone gili trawangan

A droneshot to see the Pinkcoco Hotel from a birds perspective

water swing gili trawangan

This is me, having fun on the famous waterswing.

pinkcoco bicycle

Even the bicycles are pink

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

The Perfspots Project

Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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