I'm looking to get away for some quiet, peaceful island-time and at the moment the Gili islands (Air or Meno) seems to be pretty good options. One important reason being that they seem quite easy to reach (the idea would be AirAsia from KL-Lombok).
But haven't been to Indonesia before i have couple of questions;
What would the weather be like from around the beginning of March and say 4-5 weeks onwards? (from what i read the rainy season should end around mid March)?
Also, Is this period considered low-season, is it fair to expect it to be reasonable uncrowded?
Any input is much appreciated!
Oh, and if anyone have suggestions of another island that wouldn't be to hard to get to, and manageable on a backpacker budget, please post!
#1 Sampan has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 110
I'm afraid I can't help with the weather question, but I'm fairly sure high season on Bali, Lombok, and the Gilis is July and August and the New Year's Holidays. We plan to visit Gili Air for just under a week in late June, and I'd love to hear how you liked your time there. With a month, I'd definitely split my time between the different islands and spend some time on Lombok as well. Sounds like a nice stretch. Have fun. Cheers.
p.s. it looks like the Lombok airport is one of the places you can get a visa on arrival. it is US $25 for 30 days. you can read more about it here: http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/consular/voa.htm
Thanks much for the reply,
So it sounds like March/April should be low-season then. Any idea if that means it should be fairly uncrowded?
#3 Sampan has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 110
Hi there March on the Gilis wont be overcrowded. We have stayed on Trawangan in early June in 2011 and went back for 10 days in June 2013 we enjoyed ourselves so much. Even in June which is meant to be busy we stay more towards the north of the main beach and the nights are very lowkey. So if you plan on Meno and Air these two are generally less busy than Gili T. With 4 to 5 weeks so should definitely have a look down at Kuta Beach right down the south of Lombok. Spent about 7 days there in 2011 and enjoyed the lowkey rustic feel of the place. Any questions ask away.
I was on Gili Air and Trawangan in early December and I was surprised about the relative lack of crowds. March would be even less crowded. I was staying at the northern end of Gili T where it was very quiet - which suited me just fine. But even the central area seemed quieter than I expected.
If you wanted to break it up further, you could consider spending some time on Nusa Lembongan (about an hour away from Bali). It's pretty easy to get to from Gili T and A - speed boats stop there on their way to/from Bali.
Many thanks for the input,
It looks like the Gilis, all things considered, would be a pretty good choice at the moment. And, should inspiration present itself, be a nice starting point for exploring the surrounding areas too.
If someone should have suggestions for some nice budget accommodation preferably on, or really close to, the beach please post!
#6 Sampan has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 110