A week in paradise. Bali truly is a beautiful place to visit, the nature and culture is something you will never forget. We got a fair amount of sightseeing in before our departure but I can see why people come for weeks or even months! There are a few places I would have liked to see, had time been on our side but I am going to reflect on a few of the things we did get to check out.
Since we had spent over 21 hours on 4 different airplanes to get to Bali, we used our first day to just relax at our villa in the Kuta area. We had breakfast at the hotel and lounged poolside and during the day we went for a stroll around the surrounding blocks to get a feel for the area. We ended up being a lot closer to major shopping and dining that we initially thought, which was a nice surprise.
For our first day of exploring we decided to have a day at Waterbom Park Bali (Asia's best waterpark, if that makes it sound even cooler). Me and Ryan figured we would be the only adults there amongst a bunch of kids but we actually saw more couples that were into their 30's, 40's and 50's there than children! We also travelled to Indonesia right before it hits high season, so to our advantage, we barely had to wait in lines! I really recommend this place for anybody who is into having some fun, my favourite part was most definitely the lazy river. Lives up to it's name as I'm pretty sure we went around it at least 12 times! Unfortunately we didn't have our Gopro with us so we couldn't snap any pictures of the cool slides..
One of the top things I wanted to check out in Bali was the abandoned airplane! You are probably wondering why? I can't explain it, It's just something that I knew I wanted to see. We had a private car and driver rented for the whole day and I'm glad we did because I don't know how we would have gotten to this place without him! It's not in a busy area and taxi's are hard to come by but it's a neat sight to see. If you research this online you'll find out that no one is entirely sure on why the owner brought it here. There are rumours floating around that he wanted to turn it into a bigger tourist attraction / restaurant, others say he was going to convert it into his home. I guess it'll forever be a mystery.
The area that the Uluwatu Temple sits is breathtaking. You are so high up and feel like you're on the edge of the world just looking at endless ocean. We walked around and then sat at the cliffside amphitheatre for a sunset Kecak Fire Dance. Listening to the chanting and the waves crashing against the rock puts you in a trance. It was an amazing experience seeing a traditional dance and performance.
Ubud Monkey Forest. A unique experience that I never thought I would be able to do. The little monkeys are adorable however it's the big ones that made me nervous! There are over 600 monkeys there currently of all ages, they just roam the forest while the public can take a stroll through it and even feed them! (Which we did, obviously). Just remember, these are free roaming monkeys, they are unpredictable so follow the rules posted on signs there and if I can give one piece of advice, do NOT sit under a tall tree without ensuring a monkey isn't up above you somewhere unless you want to get peed on (like I did).
For the second half of our trip we stayed in Seminyak, I ended up liking this area a little better than right in Kuta. One night we decided to treat ourselves, get dressed up and go to the Woobar at the W Hotel. It's not a cheap eat but with a hookah, cocktail and being right on the ocean to watch the sunset, it was so worth it. It get's very busy there so either have a reservation or come early enough before the sunset that everyone hasn't made their way over to the bar yet.
I find it funny that I've been scuba diving before but i've never done snorkelling! We got booked with a tour through our hotel and it ended up being really great value. It included a driver to take us, what ended up being a private speed boat, 2 hrs of snorkelling in 2 locations and a lunch. The current was quite strong so we had to keep checking our surroundings to make sure we weren't floating too far off course. There were so many kinds of fish and we were lucky enough to see a sea turtle float on by!
Tegenungan Waterfall was next on the bucket list of the places we wanted to see. We had limited time to see one but still spent about 2 hours here. It got pretty crowded and the current was quite strong once you were fully submerged in the water but it was so refreshing with the 33 degree weather. Just a warning at this location, there are lots of steep stairs to get back up to the parking lot so take care! On the plus side, there are little stores selling ice cream at the entrance as a reward!
I think Bali is a place everyone should travel to once in their lifetime if they have the chance. If we are to ever find ourselves back there I would love to explore the volcano and the surrounding area as well as check out the rice terraces. If you've been to Bali what was your favourite thing to see?
Where is the next place on your bucket list to travel to?