Bali – English Version
On our way to New Zealand, we decided to make a first 10 days stop in Bali, Indonesia.
ULUWATU (3 days)
Located in the south-west of Bali, Uluwatu is known for having the best surf spots of the island. The city is very busy mostly with australians who, always looking for great waves, spend their holidays there.
In front of the waves, the vibe and the energy are unbelievable. We can still find the peaceful charm of Bali and its breathtaking landscapes.
In Uluwatu, the easiest and cheapest way to move around is with a motorbike. It’s with a lot of excitment and a bit of apprehension that we have tested the experience.
Once adapted to the left-hand drive, we travelled along the Uluwatu hills with the help of our two-wheeler.
Our favorite ♥ : The beautiful Uluwatu temple, on the top of the cliff and overlooking the ocean, it offers a spectacular panoramic view which should be seen, preferably, at sunset.
Funny anecdote : Petrol is sold alongside the road and in recycled vodka bottles.
UBUD (3 days)
Located in the center of the island, Ubud is the hub of Bali. It’s from there that most trips leave. There is plenty to do near and in Ubud and you can easily spend a week there to have time to do everything.
Ubud’s center is very well animated. The restaurants, massage parlours and small shops are everywhere.
But Ubud is also full of hindu’s temples which are in complete opposition to that big market vibe described earlier.
Renting a motorbike is not advised by the locals. Corruption is, apparently, very present inside the island and many tourists are frequently robbed by the local police.
We then chose the option of the private taxi. You actually rent a private driver (between 30 and 40 euros a day) and he takes you to all the touristic places you want to visit.
It allowed us to go and visit many different temples such as the Goa Gajah temple, Ulun Danu and the Royal Palace just to name a few. We also had the opportunity to walk through the Tegallalang and Jatiluwih rice terraces, to visit a coffee plantation and got to taste the famous Kopi Luwak (coffee collected in the feces of the Luwak – Wikipedia), to wander around local markets and to taste some exotic fruits such as the mangosteen and the rambutan.
Our favorite ♥ : The rice terraces.
It’s hard to recommend one more than the other, both were incredible.
Tegallalang is more touristic but the paths being more narrowed, you feel more immersed while you get lost in the terraces.
Jatiluwih in another hand is more isolated and less touristic. Well appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritages, it offers a spectacular wider scenic view of the terraces with a breathtaking background of the 3 volcanos.
Our little advice: Go there at dawn to avoid tourists and to have a clear sky with no clouds.
Funny anecdote : It’s impossible to walk two meters in the center of Ubud without being confronted by locals trying to sell you a day tour or a ride.
Jatiluwith rice terraces
Ulun Danu Temple in Bendugul
Fruit market in Bendugul
GILI AIR (4 days)
Between Bali and Lombok are the 3 small islands of Gili:
Gili Trawangan is the most famous of the 3 islands for its festive side. Gili Meno, located between Gili T and Gili Air is the smallest and the calmest. Gili Air is the closest to Lombok and is a sweet mix between the agitation of Trawangan and the romance of Meno.
There are no motorised vehicles on Gili Air, the main means of transportation are bicycles (rented by locals) and cidomo (a small horse-drawn carriage).
You can easily walk around the island in less than 2 hours.
Restaurants are just along the beach and you’ll eat most of the time with your feet in the sand and just a few steps from the water. The meals are delicious offering a large choice of raw, vegan and vegeterian food. The juices are fresh and everywhere, a pure delight, a little piece of heaven!
Our favorite ♥ : The juices !
Nothing like it to restore your health, they are fresh, tasty, cheap and everywhere !
Funny anecdote : It’s not rare to surprise or to be surprised by a waran (a bit everywhere on the island).