By Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Adam Skolnick
”The mere point out of ‘Bali’ inspires 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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You won’t find slick decor, flashy visuals, door staff and stiff entrance prices in Trawangan, where the parties started as raves on the beach and still have a raw, unorganised spirit. Local DJs normally spin hypnotic tribal sounds and superstar DJs have been known to turn up and play unannounced sets. Quiet sunrise on Gili Trawangan TJETJEP RUSTANDI/GETTY IMAGES © Top of section need to know CURRENCY »Rupiah (Rp) LANGUAGE »Bahasa Indonesia and Balinese MONEY »ATMs in all but rural areas on Bali and tourist areas of Lombok.
This is good from 5ft to 8ft, with bigger waves occasionally right on the Peak itself. You can take off from this inside part or further down the line. It’s a great wave. Another left runs off the cliff that forms the southern flank of the bay. It breaks outside this in bigger swells, and once it’s 7ft, a left-hander pitches right out in front of a temple on the southern extremity. Out behind the Peak, when it’s big, is a bombora (submerged reef) appropriately called the Bommie. This is another big left-hander and it doesn’t start operating until the swell is about 10ft.
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. Go for a walk in the area and enjoy waterfalls, truly tiny villages, wild fruit trees and the sinuous bands of rice paddies lining the hills like ribbons.