Bali is an incredible destination, so much colour, a must see for any travel fan. About 90 minutes’ drive northeast of Ubud, the emerald-hued Sidemen Valley evokes the feel of Old Bali, before the tourist throngs descended on the island. Sleepy villages snuggle in the valley amid cascading rice terraces, and cloud-capped Mount Agung looms in the background like a benevolent sentry. A highlight of a visit here is strolling around the small villages, surrounded by farmland and rice paddies, where the locals still tend to their traditional activities. You can also hike through the countryside to the summit of Mount Agung or trek through the rice fields and lush countryside past cocoa and coffee plantations. Other popular things to do here include rafting the rivers; yoga retreats; and taking part in cultural activities such as dancing, carving, or traditional weaving. Homestays and B&Bs are particularly popular in this area, but you’ll also find some luxury villas overlooking the rice fields.

Gili Air is kind of a mix of Gili Meno and Gili T. Personally it’s the one I’d skip if you could only visit two of the islands, but it does have all the attributes of an island paradise, so it could be a good option. Getting to the Gili Islands: You can catch a fast ferry from Bali to the Gili Islands – it’ll take a few hours all up and can be booked from popular destinations in Bali such as Seminyak and Kuta. It’s not the cheapest option and apparently the seas can get rough, but it’s the most common way to get there. You can also take a public ferry to Lombok (from Padang Bai in Bali) then travel overland to Bangsal where you can take a local boat to your island of choice. Another option is to fly to Lombok then organise transport to Bangsal. Read extra details on Bali to Gili.

Sanur is one of Bali’s oldest beach resorts, though it still manages to retain an air of tranquillity when compared to many of the island’s newer resorts. The atmosphere is peaceful and unhurried. There are several cultural, historical, and natural attractions, and you’ll find a wealth of terrific food options to satisfy your appetite. The area is especially known for its tempting seafood dishes. There’s a great night market where you can sample an array of tasty and affordable dishes, and there are also plentiful restaurants where you can enjoy a sit-down meal while looking out over the ocean.

Bali Marine and Safari Park is made up of a collection of the best flora and fauna in Indonesia and you will be greeted with over 60 different species of animals here. There are also dance and musical shows held here throughout the day and you can go on a safari tour to see the animals as they roam all over the park. There is even the option to stay here overnight and watch graceful giraffes and elephants amble past your hotel room.

Gili Air is a fair bit smaller and more refined compared to Gili Trawangan. Compared to both Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno, it is safe to say that Gili Air offers the best of both worlds and is the second most popular island to head to after the more established Gili Trawangan. Source: https://giliferries.com/.