The difference between #Bali & Lombok
We’ve been in Indonesia for 3 weeks now. We’ve been on Bali and Lombok and now we’re back on Bali again. Although our first week was a slow start (we all got sick one by one) after that we did some amazing things. Althouhg we have only been on two islands next to each other, they were a world of difference.
Bali is touristic, there is no denying that. There are tourists crawling around everywhere on there scooters and on the markets, eventhough it is low season here. The two main reasons people come to Bali seem to be surfing and yoga.
We tried both and I defenitly like surfing better than the yoga! But you will find signs for yoga classes and yoga retreats everywhere on the island. There is no escaping it. With the yoga comes the healthy lifestyle, so you can also find loads of vegan food restaurants. I don’t know how vegan it all really is (advertisement is not always what you get here).
The other half of the tourists are surfers. They cross over the island with their surfboards and I kind of envy them. The two times I tried surfing by now I loved it, and I would love to acctually be able to surf. Bali has some amazing surfspots and eveybody here is constantly looking for the perfect waves.
So Bali is buzzing, literally. With moterbikes eveywhere and a lot of construction. Around Ubud we spoke to a taxidriver who told us that the surrounding area is slowly turning into villa’s instead of the beautiful ricefields. You can still find the places where you are standing in the middle of nature here, but you have to look. On the upside, finding accomodation and transportation is easy. And if at some point you are just done with the rice and noodles, you can easily find a burger for a change.
Lombok is different. It is like Bali but thirty years ago. If you look at it from the Gili islands it looks mysterious with it’s high mountains and misty valleys. You notice the difference the moment you step off the boat. For starters there is no pier, so you walk in the water for the last few steps, then there are all the people trying to sell you stuff. In Bali they have pringles and Oreo’s, here it is fresh fruit and fried, crispy stuff.
If you step in your taxi and drive for a few minutes you can clearly see that Lombok is poorer than Bali. You see simple huts where people live, small and simple shops, food on the streets and a lot of ricefields. This gives you a more real feeling of Indonesia. And the nature on Lombok is amazing. High mountains overgrown with rainforest, white beaches with blue water and a rocky coast.
The people in the smaller villages are not used to tourists, so you will get a bunch of childeren following you, giggeling and a little shy if you look at them. Because there are not so many tourists here, you’ll have to keep this in mind with your clothing and behaviour (don’t go walking around in hotpants and your bikinitop).
To me, both islands have pro’s and cons. Bali is easy and beautiful, but sometimes a little too touristic. Lombok as amazing nature, beautiful and undiscovered beaches and very friendly people, but it is poor and sometimes you feel out of place as a white girl with blond hair.
We’ve only got one week left here. Then we have to go home. Back to reality..
See ya! Marije