We Took It slow in : Bali
Who doesn’t know Bali, the island of Gods? Most people knows Bali better than Indonesia, some even think Bali is a country. Well, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has topped TripAdvisor’s best destination list for 2017 on its top! This is the best island we know to celebrate love, with family, friends, surely with your love one. Elizabeth Gilbert must be agree with that as seen in Eat, Pray, Love – 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts
Abandoned plane(Refer to Bali maps, our highlight here is Ubud and below : Kuta, Sanur, Canggu, Nusa Dua, etc. Later after Exa get use to dive, I will take him to Amed then explore Ubud and above)
When. Literally like whenever! Indonesian people like to go 3D2N for short weekend escape or even just 2 days to enjoy beaches and nightlife. Any season works .The dry season (April – October) and wet season (October – April). But overall the temperature remains moderate as Bali enjoys a tropical climate. So, Bali is ideal place to be throughout the year.
Currency. Well, for the past years US$1 = Rp 13.000ish. Tons of money changer can be find, almost all stores accept debit and credit card. You can go for budget traveling or luxurious.
Transportation. The best way to explore the island either with car rent or motorbike. At the cheapest (Kuta based price), you can find Rp 40.000/day for motorbike, Rp 150.000/day for city car. We found that the price to rent a motorbike or car in Bali is the cheapest compare to other city in Indonesia (so far).
- Luwak coffee, world’s most expensive coffee comes from Bali. Its not your typical coffee bean, they collect the beans from the digestion of a mongoose
- Black sand beach from the volcano back then
- Waterbom Bali was chosen as the 2nd Best Waterpark in the World in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016. It was also confirmed as the Best Waterpark in Asia
Shopping. From local traditional market, you can go to Sukawati Market (yet lately people prefer to go to Krisna because the items sell in a fix price). Ubud Market quite offer similar things like what Sukawati market offers, but Ubud known best for its artsy things which it has different taste from Sukawati and although the price is higher you can bargain still.
Take a walk in Legian street, Sanur street you can find various stores selling clothes, handy-crafts, souvenirs. Beach Walk is a modern mall located by the beach in Kuta where you can find branded fashion stores, cafe, and cinemas.
Before our 1 year, we had visited Bali twice and surely will go again and again later. Lucky us, our interest and madness completes each other. We went to Tanjung Benoa for water-sport : parasailing, wakeboard, and flying board (better to book it online than sudden order on the place), had half day spent in Waterbom to enjoyed the thrilling slides! While Feli took a dip on the beach, Exa enjoyed himself laying down under the palm-tree until he fell asleep. At least someone watch the bag, LOL!
We prefer to stay in villa than hotel, some included with private pool, kitchen, bath tube, wifi, parking lot, even cheaper than hotel and offer new ambiance for us. Enjoying local most popular pork mix rice and Hatten (Bali’s wine) while dipping, like literally why not!
As mentioned you can do both budget or luxurious traveling, Bali offers tons of instagrammable spots especially for foodies! Looking for a healthy breakfast you can drop by at Nalu Bowls, we went for Seminyak’s branch.
NOOK in Kerobokan, lunch with paddy field view in the middle of touristic crowds worth to pleased your tummy and eyes.
La Laguna is a Spanish & beach club style restaurant in Canggu which best visit at 4PM-6.30PM, don’t dig by reading blogs but stop by! Pay a visit! If you carving for seafood dinner, you can look for it in Jimbaran areas which the most popular one is Menega Cafe.
We also went to Seniman Coffee Studio in Ubud. They have a great coffee.
And another recomended culinary in Bali is Sate Babi Bawah Pohon – Legian.
Too bad Exa is not into for yoga (yet), but I recommend you to go for yoga class at Yoga Barn Ubud or yoga by the beach at Power Of Now Oasis Sanur.
PS. 101 turtle and mermaid reasons why you should travel with your partner : You’ll be writing together history as well as create awesome adventures and moments to which you will always look back with affection and humor.
We’ll be back for next Bali adventure and share it again!