My family and I are looking to go away for a week with our 80 year-old grandfather. We are looking for somewhere not heavily touristed, but also not super deserted where we could go snorkelling. We wouldn't want to stay anywhere on Java (too crowded), and hope to stay in a reasonably cheap area with lots of things to do for a family. Also not too long of a journey to get there, and hoping to stay in an area with less emphasis on activities such as hiking or camping (too taxing for our Grandpa). Any thoughts?
Thanks very much.
#1TheUnionJack has been a member since 16/10/2016. Posts: 2
Amed Bali might be an option. Yes it is Bali, but relatively quiet. There is a bundle of reasonably cheap accomodation ( we liked Lily Amed, check this site for the Amed section for more) and 300k might already put you beach side with private hot(tish) shower and fan.
Amed has great snorkeling straight off of Jemeluk beach and on bright water days there are a couple of other beaches (access there might be a bit more rough if it is a wavey day for an 80 year old though). On clear days snorkeling over the wreck of USAT liberty might be cool too. This is a 120m long wreck with the highest point just 5 meter below the water. If any of you are divers this is an absolute must.
The only downside is that outside of snorkeling/diving/beach there is not much more to do.
The gili's (lombok) offer fantastic snorkeling too, but have the same issue, nothing more than beach and sea.
Another option might be west Flores were outside of snorkeling you would have the komodo Islands as an extra.
#2flijten has been a member since 19/12/2016. Location: Netherlands. Posts: 80
Totally agree with flitjen's reply suggesting Amed on Bali and The Gili islands of Lombok.
You can reach the Gili's by fast boat from Padangbai in about 1hr 30 and Gili Air is prob the best option given the make up of your group. A fair few hotels on Air have swimming pools which are nice for relaxing & there are activities like kayak rental/paddle boarding alongside snorkelling, swimming & diving. There are also regular boats to Meno & Trawangan in case you're after something different such as visiting one of the turtle sanctuaries.
Hope it helps!
#3hellomoto84 has been a member since 13/3/2017. Posts: 18
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