WE GET IT BEVERLEY, YOU WENT ON VACATION TO BALI.
I will not apologize for wanting to share all three thousand photos and videos we took! If I could invite you all over to our apartment and sit you down and go through the photo albums, I would do so. But, since I know everyone would come up with one or two excuses as to why they could not make it, I will throw them all up here 😉
Just kidding. Only the best parts.
So Bali is a tiny island belonging to Indonesia; their currency is the Indonesian Rupiah, and it is extremely inflated. 1 Canadian dollar equals 10,000 IDR, so Adam and I showed up with just over 9 MILLION IDR in our pockets. I’m not kidding, it was literally a wad.
If you ever decide to travel to Bali, you should know three important things:
- You will never stop sweating and your feet are always dirty
- The shower and toilet are not separated by a curtain or door. They are side by side in a room
- Balinese are extremely friendly, religiously religious, and are very, very, enterprising
Adam and I travelled quite all over the little island and got to learn the spots that we loved most. I will discuss them in more detail, plus our favorite things to do (and where) below!
Top 10 Things to Do/Try in Bali
10. South Kuta Beaches: South Kuta is home to many wonderful surfer beaches. Adam and I stayed at Balangan Beach which is one of the most advanced surfer beaches in Bali – in fact it’s so advanced, they have championships and competitions held there! There were some beautiful views if you climbed the cliffs, and my favorite part was waking up at 7 am to get breakfast at a beach house restaurant and watching the early birds surf the waves!
9. Surf the waves at Kuta Beach: Kuta beach is the opposite of South Kuta, although they share the same coast and the same name. Kuta is the most tourist-y area you will ever visit (and South Kuta is the most authentic). There was even a Mcdonalds right beside our hotel… yikes. Although we didn’t love Kuta that much, we did love the opportunity to actually try and surf. We rented boards and an instructor for 2 hours and quickly got the hang of it! I surfed until it felt like the salt water was digging a hole through my nostrils and then took a break. There were also tons of markets around, selling penis shaped bottle openers and adorable lightweight onesies. I bought three.
8. Take a fast boat to Gili Islands: There are a few ways to reach the Gili Islands, by ferry, fast boat, or by plane (if you ball hard). If you do take a fast boat, MAKE SURE you sit on top of the boat. (Also make sure you wear sunscreen) The ride is just over 2 hours and I didn’t find it to be bumpy at all. The feeling of wind in your hair and the sun shining down on you is one of the best. As we made our way over, we even saw dolphins jumping and swimming together! Remember – you’re literally in the middle of the Indian Ocean at this point. There is so much beauty surrounding you.
7. Scuba Dive on Gili Trawangan: The water at these islands are so incredibly clear that the visibility is about 20-25m. To NOT scuba-dive would be a crime. I went on two dive trips and saw a cuttlefish, a baby shark, 100+ year old GIGANTIC turtles, and hundreds of different types of fish and marine life. There are tons of dive shops on the island and they also offer PADI diving certifications.
6. Buy Fruit From a Roadside Stand: The fact that in Canada we have hotdog stands, and in Bali they have fruit stands just makes me all the more tempted to move there forever. Rambutan’s, mangoes, pineapple, mangosteen, dragonfruit, the list is endless! If you ask, the vendors will usually cut up the fruit for you to eat it as you walk!
5. Rent a Driver in Ubud: Ubud is the cultural/spiritual hub of Bali. There is so much to see and so much to learn while you’re there, that the best way to take it all in is to rent a driver. For $50 Canadian our driver picked us up at 8:30 am, and drove us around till 4 pm. He was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken, and took us to all the best parts of Ubud! Some of our favorite places included the waterfalls, coffee plantation, and temples
4. Visit the Monkey Sanctuary: We were lucky because our hotel was almost right beside the sanctuary so we saw monkeys hanging around outside all the time. Unfortunately we were too worried about getting our sunglasses/phone/camera stolen by them, so we didn’t bring them in with us. Turns out we would have been just fine – the monkey’s are way more interested in food than cameras! There were some really big monkeys who were the leaders of the pack (we were told to never look them straight in the eye), and some BABY MONKEY’S which were so insanely tiny and sweet. I’m pretty bummed we didn’t get any pictures so I snagged one off Google.
3. Visit the Holy Water Temple: This temple was one of our stops we made with our driver in Ubud, and is called Tirta Empul. There are two long pools with 30 showers spouting fresh clean ground water, which Hindu Balinese consider to be holy. People come and bathe in the water, as well as drink from it. Families had been waiting for hours to get their chance to shower in the holy water, and were coming with huge jugs to fill up and bring back to their house.
2. Eat Indonesian Food: This one sounds a little obvious, but you would be surprised at how many restaurants offer pizza, pasta and burgers. The entire time we were in Bali, we ate authentic Indonesian cuisine for super cheap. The most popular was Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng (Fried Rice/Fried Noodles), but my favorite was Gado Gado (sauteed veggies, peanut sauce, tempeh and eggs). Adam also enjoyed the chicken sate, and of course we dined on plenty of ice cream.
1. Get Massages: These were one of the most delightful, relaxing, and enjoyable parts of our trip. For SEVEN DOLLARS, you can get a full body massage for 1 hour. We found this small spa down an alley called Nanis that we kept coming back to. I got 4 massages while we were in Bali, but looking back at it, I should have gotten one every day. The best money you can spend down there!
There were SO many great times about this trip. I am sad that i’ve already been back for two weeks now and my tan is quickly fading… but the memories are definitely still there.
How about you?
Have you ever been to Bali?
Any big trips planned in the next little while?