Island Travel Interviews- Indonesia, Take 1

Hello again! This week is exciting!!! We are going to a part of the world we haven’t visited yet… Indonesia! Thankfully, Chantell from Travel For Your Life and Rain from Words and Wanderlust are here to provide some insight and lovely pictures. Let begin our journey in Bali…

What Is Your Name and Blog Name/URL?

Chantell Glenville – www.TravelForYourLife.com

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Bali in Indonesia because it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve traveled a lot and been to a lot of islands (two years in Asia will do that!) but there was something about Bali that just stole my heart.

Island Travel Bali
Photo Credit- Travel For Your Life

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

To allow enough time to see a variety of the different locations in Bali, and have some time to chill on the beach, I’d suggest at least 2 weeks. There’s a lot to do in Bali from climbing volcanoes, to white water rafting to surfing to scuba diving and more.

What Was Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Travels to This Island?

The people and attitude is really what makes Bali for me. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and the whole island has an extremely laid back feel to it.

My favourite days I’ve spent on Bali are definitely those where friends and I have just gone exploring. You have to drive a scooter to get anywhere in Bali so it’s really easy to go off at the last minute on an adventure and see something new.  

Island Travel Indonesia Bali
Photo Credit- Travel For Your Life

What Is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

My favourite thing to see in Bali is Water Blow in Nusa Dua. Nusa Dua is the resort area of Bali but even if you have no interest in going to a resort it’s worth taking a trip there just to see Water Blow. It’s a rock formation where the water comes in from the sea and literally “blows” up in the air in these wonderful plumes of white water. It’s mesmerising to watch.

I’m also a massive fan of surfing and Bali is a surfer’s paradise. I’d definitely recommend not missing out on the waves while visiting. There’s surf for everyone from complete beginners to advanced level in Bali.

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

The local food in Bali is amazing and so cheap ($1.50 to $3 for a meal). I love the local dish called “Nasi Campur” which is where you’re given a bowl of rice and then get to pick from a variety of meat, veggies and tofu to go with it.

For western meals, you can’t beat the salad bar at Watercress in Seminyak.

What Surprised You About this Island?

It’s much more developed that a lot of the other islands I’ve been to in Asia. You can absolutely still get off the beaten track in Bali and get out into huge expanses of countryside however the fact that it’s more developed also means you have access to everything you could need. For me it’s the perfect balance of tropical beach life without feeling a little bit Robinson Crusoe stranded.

Island Travel Bali Indonesia
Photo Credit- Travel For Your Life

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

Definitely try to learn how to drive a scooter first. It will make your life so much easier. The island is small so if you learn how to drive you don’t have to worry too much about where you decide to base yourself as it’s quick and easy to get between everywhere by bike.

Any time you walk down roads with market stalls you will get asked A LOT if you’d like to buy something or would like a taxi. Learning how to say “no, thank you” will make those journeys a much more pleasant experience. The short version of “No, thank you” in Indonesia is “Tidak, ma kasih” which is pronounced “TEE-dak, mah KAH-see”. There are a number of free apps that give good intros to Indonesia as well so if you want to take it a step further it’s well worth trying them out.

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article? 

Absolutely, you can read more in the “Where to go in Bali” section of my blog which has the route I’d suggest taking around the island and the key activities to do in each area. I’m also more than happy to answer any specific questions about the island in the comments below or via my email: hello@travelforyourlife.com

 

And now for Padar Island, Flores…

What Is Your Name and Blog Name/URL?

My name is Rain Campanilla, sole storyteller for Words and Wanderlust (www.wordsandwanderlust.com)

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Padar Island, Flores, Indonesia

I was born in an archipelago with more than 7000 islands. But I have not seen anything as photogenic and as arresting, in home country and anywhere else in the world, as Pulau Padar.

Island Travel Indonesia Flores
Photo Credit- Words and Wanderlust

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

Padar belongs to a group of islands in Labuan Bajo, Flores Indonesia. Padar itself is small and uninhabited, so a day trip would do. But if wanting to explore more of Flores, 3 days to a week (or longer if you are keen for slow travel) would be good.

What Is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?

The Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia invited me along with other travel influencers from all over Southeast Asia for an aptly named, Trip of Wonders, fam tour.

We scaled Padar very early one morning, on the last leg of our 12-day trip— a hell of an icing to one very smashing cake.

What Is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

Scale the summit.

Some, thinking that anywhere else in the island was already photogenic enough anyway, have made this costly mistake.

The view above is worth the heat, humidity, and the difficulty (steep with loose rocks) of the trail.

Upon descent, swim and snorkel in the surrounding waterscape.

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

There are a number of restaurants in the town centre of Labuan Bajo. But if you are looking for a million-dollar view over beer and food, Paradise Bar is the perfect place!

What Surprised You About this Island?

The island is very underrated, but is probably the best in Indonesia.

In fact, it was a struggle writing about the island because a part of me wanted to keep the secret to myself.

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

Labuan Bajo (main town) is best reached by plane from Bali.

It is recommended that you’d bring enough cash. However, whenever you can, pay by card for big purchases (ie., accommodation, activities etc.) so you can save your cash for smaller expenses such as food and tips.

Book accommodations in advance as the island is small and the handful of accommodation options are peppered with long-stay guests (ie., scuba divers)

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?

Yes. http://wordsandwanderlust.com/trip-wonders-labuan-bajo/

I don’t know about you, but the information and photos have me sold. Fortunately, I already pin all of my interviews on this Pinterest Board, and in case you would like to do the same, here you are….

Island Travel Indonesia Padar Bali
Photo Credit- Pixabay

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3 thoughts on “Island Travel Interviews- Indonesia, Take 1”

  1. Yayyyy, my home country Indonesia!
    Waterblow in Nusa Dua, Bali is my favourite spot to catch the sunrise. I would also suggest a visit to some traditional market to taste the delish local food 😉

  2. Water Blow in Nusa Dua, Bali is my favourite spot to catch the beautiful sunrise moments. I would also suggest a visit to some traditional markets to sample those delish local food 😉

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