On my first vacation i went to Gili Trawangan, which is a small island off the coast of Lombok. I had such an amazing time, snorkelling and just hanging on the beach.
My friend and i stayed in a room, which was right on the beach , for less than $10 a night. The island is cool because it is supposed to be a ‘party’ island but if you don’t want to party, you don’t have to. And there are other quieter islands that you can go to which are only about a 15 minute boat ride away. Indonesia is such a beautiful country and there are so many things to do and see. Surabaya is a great base because it is so cheap and easy to
travel from here to all the surrounding islands.
On the weekend, I like to go on short trips to visit other parts of East Java. My favourite place to go is Tretes which is up in the hills. It is about 2 hours away and it is very easy and cheap to get to by bus. There are quite a few places (cheap and expensive) to stay up there and some really cool water falls to check out. Also it’s a bit cooler than the city which is always nice. At the place I stay, we are often lucky enough to eat breakfast with the monkeys!
About the same distance away is the Safari Park which is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. You get to drive through the park and see all the animals in their ‘real’ habitats with barely any cages. Also, there is an enclosure where you can hold baby orangutans and tigers – they are SO cute.