Category: transportation

Nusa Penida Trip & Tips: How to Get Around the Island Without Booking a Tour in Advance

Long before I made my way to visit Bali, I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about the three small islands around the province: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The only misleading terms that I’ve heard are that some people refer to them as “Nusa islands”.

Here’s the thing… Nusa itself literally means island in Sanskrit, both Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are small islands that are still parts of Bali province. They are currently under the subdistrict of Klungkung regency, the smallest regency in the province. And yes, I’m fun at the party because there are times when I just have to be politically correct about some trivia! 😛

The three islands have gained popularity in the past few years, and it’s not without reason that they have. First, the local people really appreciate the effort of the current government to promote the tourism in the area. And since it’s quite recent since they came to the surface of Bali tourism, the islands are less touristy than the main Bali island.

So, when I finally planned out to visit Nusa Penida, I found out one thing about the island that kinda turned me off: Nusa Penida tour is freaking expensive!

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Bali Travel Tips: What You Need to Know About Fast Boat to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida has become one of the hottest spots to visit around Bali and its surroundings these days. It’s not without any reason that some people strongly suggest Nusa Penida as a part of the itinerary, because now that I’ve been to Bali for the first time… I think Nusa Penida is the only place that I genuinely liked and enjoyed during my last trip.

When I arranged the itinerary for this Bali trip, I was already planning to go to Nusa Penida. However, I was a bit hesitant to book a tour since everything I found on the internet is freaking expensive. The average price of the tour for Nusa Penida starts from IDR 600,000 (around $42 USD) per pax, and I was traveling with my mom and my brother.

I’m the kind of person who is absolutely price-sensitive, and I find the price quite expensive. I mean, if the price is that high, with the same amount of money I could actually book a flight back home. Therefore, I decided to just do everything on my own.

It’s not that we were in a really tight budget, if anything I was quite adventurous when I decided to just go to Nusa Penida first and see what options I could find once I get there. At first, I checked the boat schedule from Bali to Nusa Penida through Easybook.

That, only to find out that the boat ticket isn’t so cheap either. The ticket starts from IDR 150,000 (around $10 USD) one way. As I doubt that the price would be that high, I did some research in my mother tongue Indonesian… Only to find out that the average price for the boat ticket is actually half of it.

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Review: Flying from Kertajati International Airport for the First Time (Is It Worth It?)

It’s amazing how long we all could procrastinate stuff with absolutely no reason at all. I mean, that’s what I’ve been doing since the past couple of weeks: procrastinating to write this post.

Still in the series of my last trip to Dieng and Bali, one of the highlights in my last vacation is that I finally got a chance to fly from the newest airport in West Java for the first time. Yup, after my cousin told us that he was hesitant to come to Bali just 2 days before the beginning of our trip, we just had to have a contingency plan. And that was through flying to Bali from somewhere in Java.

There were several flight options that we could have taken from either Central Java or West Java. However, we ended up booking the ticket from Kertajati International Airport for some reasons.

First of all, as a proud Sundanese, the biggest airport in West Java (and second biggest airport in Indonesia) seems like the best option for us. Not only is it closer to Bandung, but we were also curious on how this airport is.

The infamous airport has been controversial for way too many reasons. So, is it worth flying from Kertajati International Airport?

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Review: Jesselton Express (Subsidiary of Sipitang Express), A Public Bus from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu

Slowly but sure, the story of my Borneo trip will come to an end now that I’m gonna talk about how to get to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah from Brunei.

There are a few options that you could choose if you’re planning to travel within the route. Apart from the fastest way through a flight, you could also opt for either by bus or by ferry. For my Borneo trip, I chose the public bus as the way of my travel. Although to be honest, if I could go back to Borneo, I’d totally go for the ferry option just for the sake of experience.

As usual, I rely on Easybook for all the reservations for my transport during the trip. And this time, I chose the one and only option for Brunei-Kota Kinabalu trip by bus: Sipitang Express.

So, why did I end up using Jesselton Express instead of Sipitang in the title of this post? Well, this one will be explained later. Keep calm, and carry on. 😉

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