One of the great things I loved about Bali during my time there is just how diverse it is. It attracts travellers looking for luxury, it attracts newlyweds on their honeymoon, it attracts solo travellers and it attracts backpackers, and well, everyone!
Bali has something to offer to everyone. It’s stunning, culture rich, excellent value for money, full of amazing e er changing scenery, eclectic shopping, AMAZING food and the locals are so friendly and welcoming. What’s not to love?
There’s endless possibilities of what you can get up to during your stay, from the amazing waterfalls, to the mountain hikes, to feeding the monkeys, to dolphin watching.
I spent my time primarily in Lovina and Ubud whilst in Bali, I wasn’t too keen on the partying element of things. So Lovina was amazing for this as at the time it was less touristy and more sort of zen compared to other areas. Ubud served me well too though a little more on the tpuristy side at the time.
Lovina is north of Ubud and it took a 3 hour bus ride from Ubud to get here. The shuttle cost R 135,000 ( $13 AUD roughly ) Luckily no cab tried to sting us as the homestay is 100 m walk from the shuttle.
After a day of rest, the first ‘tour’ I did was a day tour. This tour included the following
- Gitgit Waterfall
- Ulun Danu Temple (Lake Bratan) The temple on the lake
- Bedugal Botanical Gardens
- Candikuning Market
- Munduk – Coffee plantation – Coffee Luwak the worlds most expensive coffee
- Buddhist Temple
- Banjar Hot Springs
This was arranged via the homestay – It cost R 350,000 for the whole day with our own guide and that was the cost for a car as opposed to per person. So for 2 of us it was R 175,000 each and its so cheap if you have more than 2 people.
Gitgit Waterfall was lovely – we opted for the 2 waterfall tour which cost us R 200,000 ( $20 AUD )
The temple on the Lake was also stunning to see although you couldn’t go to the ceremony area. This temple is a Shivaite & Water temple.
Brahma Vihara Arama – This is Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery and i thought it was stunning detail and carvings on the temples.
The other places listed we didn’t end up visiting as its the beginning of the wet season and it started raining heaps!
The driver was nice enough to take us through a small village where some of the locals made sarongs to sell for living. These machines were insane and it looks like hard work! Kudos to them – it takes 3 weeks to make a single sarong by hand. The quality of the sarong was beautiful though.I asked them for permission to take photos which can be seen later.
It’s so much better to travel and have an assigned driver sometimes I think as they are local and they can show you the un touristy bits – it was a fantastic day in my opinion! He even took us to a restaurant up by a mountain to have lunch…Yeah I had Gado Gado for 3rd day in a row !
Two days later ( today ) we went on a Dolphin Watch tour. it cost R 60,000 ( $6 AUD roughly ) It was a boat for 2 people and the boatman took us out for an hour or so to see dolphins in the wild! It was an amazing experience and so scenic as it was in time for sunrise by the mountains!
Here’s a visual guide to hopefully inspire you to go ahead and book your next trip to somewhere green where you can re-connect with nature
Have you visited Bali? Do you have any tips or reccomendations of your own? Comment below I’d love to hear them!
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