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Cross through the mountain ridges at Danau Bratan, stopping for some sweet strawberries from one of the many roadside vendors. Head north towards Lovina Beach, stopping to check out the Gitgit Waterfalls. At Lovina, enjoy the chilled out atmosphere among the black sand and seafood warungs – just as fresh but much cheaper than in Jimbaren – and revel in the lack of tourists. If you can afford the time, make a side trip to Air Panas Banjar, three natural hot springs open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Admission is a steal at 5,000 rupiah.

On the east coast of Bali, Sanur is much more laid back than beachside towns like Seminyak and Kuta but it is worth a visit, particularly for those after the oceanic thrills of the former without the drunken revelry of the latter. Sanur is one of the best places in Bali to try out kite surfing -- strap yourself in and fly away with the breeze!

There are few greater experiences than hopping a boat in Candi Dasa and heading east to the Gili Islands for some beach paradise. Sure, we are not in Bali any more, but it is so close that you could be. Rapidly gaining in popularity, it will not be long before these islands are overrun with tourists, so get in quick. Just northwest of Lombok, the Gilis are a 90-minute boat ride from the east coast of Bali. Each island (Trewangan, Meno and Air) caters to a different kind of traveller, but all three share the same untouched beauty. There are no cars allowed on the islands, so get used to cycling or walking.

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