Gianyar, Ubud, Seminyak, Uluwatu, Nusa Penida, Kuta.
When you first arrive to the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, it can be very overwhelming. When I arrived at 2am, I had dozens of taxi drivers competing with each other offering me a ride to my hotel. The country itself is very poor and they thrive on the tourist that come from around the world. What better place to grab a tourists interest than the airport? The Balinese people that I met throughout my travels were probably the most caring people i’ve met. I felt as if they live to work for you and will do anything to make your Bali experience incredible. Bali has a reputation of being a party zone for most Australians but I promise you, it has much more to offer.
Day One: Ubud
We decided to hire a taxi driver for each day to get us around. This option is great because it is you and the driver for however many hours of your choice. It gives you the chance to see Bali in a locals view as well as the hot destinations. A full day tour is around $50 AUD.
Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud.
When you walk in you can’t help but notice that monkeys are everywhere, which isn’t surprising hence the name. I was lucky to be greeted by a baby monkey who jumped on my shoulder. You should be aware of the monkeys because they will take your belongings. I witnessed a monkey that took a pair of Ray-bans and broke them in half…ouch right? The further you walk in the more green you see. It is a rainforest in the middle of the city. It is worth the $5 entry fee.
Bebek Tebasari resto
When you first walk up to the restaurant you don’t know what to expect. Beyond the massive doors, there are mini huts that are built above a pond filled with Koi fish surrounded by green rice fields. This was by far the best food and wine I had in all of Bali. I had the roasted duck with Balinese spices, vegetables, snake skin-fruit pickle, steamed rice, and sambals. Overall, 5 stars.
Kopi Luwak coffee is shit coffee. I mean that in the most literal way as possible. It’s actually the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world. A cat called the Asian Palm Civet eats the berries from a coffee tree, then craps them out. After that the beans are ready to be processed. Don’t be scared by the process of the coffee, try it.
Tea and tastings. Being a Barista myself, this is one of my top favourite things to do while traveling. It amazes me how different tea and coffee can taste from all around the world. The lady that worked here spoke to us about the whole range of different spices, fruits and plants that they used within the plantation.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud, Bali.
Tegalalang is one of the most famous rice terraces located north of Ubud. Along the beautiful terrace you will find markets filled with cheap clothes, art, food, etc.
Day Two/Three: Nusa Lembongan, Klungkung.
The islands are roughly 30 minutes away from the mainland. The company that runs the ferries can also organise a pick up for you on the island when you arrive.
When we arrived on the island we were picked up right away and they took us to our resort, the Sunrise Huts. To get to the huts you need to go up through the mountains on a beaten down track.
When we arrived my first thought process was-wow. It was so clean, quiet, and beautiful. The huts were surrounded by green forest and on the edge was a pool looking out to the ocean. One night stay was only $50 AUD, which is insanely cheap for what it is. They have Balinese food and drinks that are simple and delicious. I highly recommend this place for any couples or honeymooners.
To get to Nusa Cenengan from Lembongan you need to take this yellow bridge. The islands are quite small, that all you need is a scooter for transport. We had these guys take us around on the scooters which gave us a chance to see the some places that only the locals know about.
Blue lagoon, Nusa Cenengan
The lagoon is one of the best places for the sunset. The way the sun light reflects on the water and the cliffs is magnificent. There is a spot to go cliff jumping, but it is too high for my liking.
Day Four: Uluwatu.
Surfers paradise of Bali.
Uluwatu is known for the best surf in Bali.
Most of the places in Bali like, Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak are very crowded. Uluwatu on the other hand is much more relaxing and less busy.
Nalu bowls is a great place for breakfast. They have a nice selection of healthy bowls overlooking the indian ocean.
Day Five: Sampunan Ngutang – Temple.
Day Six: Mount Batur.
This trek was the highlight of my trip. Mount Batur is an active volcano located North-West in Bali. The elevation is 1,717 m (5,633 ft) and it takes about 2-3 hours depending on your fitness. We started at 3 am and trekked up the steep volcano in the pitch dark to watch the sunrise around 5-6am. It was one of the most beautiful sights i’ve seen. See for yourself in the photos below.
The starting point of the trek was in Toyabungkah Village.
There were dogs everywhere on Mount Batur. I remember one that was faking a broken leg to get food.
Once we reached the top and watched the sunrise we were able to explore the entire crater. There were monkeys everywhere trying to steal our sunnies and people trying to sell me water bottles – which later did come in handy.
On the way back to we were able to stop off at a traditional Bali coffee planation.
Hoooorah for active volcano trek!
On our last night we spent it girls night out sitting on bean bags on the beach. It was so relaxing to have a few drinks, listen to local bands, and watch the sunset.