Bali Destination Guides

Bali Top 5 - Nusa Ceningan
Where do I begin? Every place I visit in Bali becomes a new favourite. What I love most about Bali is the culture, the locals are so friendly and welcoming. I have spent 2 months in Bali with my partner who speaks Indonesian, which changes the experience completely. We arrive, pick up a bike and cruise from place to place, meeting locals and negotiating great rates for our stay. We never plan our trip which is one of my favourite ways to travel, although we do have a few destinations that we always visit, and you MUST add to your itinerary. Below are my Bali Top 5. Gili Islands My most recent trip was the first in which I went out to the Gili Islands. As soon as I arrived I fell in love, it is total paradise. You have Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air to choose from. We stayed in Gili Air which is one of the quieter islands. We spent our days watching the sunrise, snorkelling, relaxing on the beach, drinking cocktails and watching the sunset then enjoying a classic fish BBQ on the beach, total perfection. Gili Islands are most popular for snorkelling and scuba […]

Bali Top 5

Bali’s lands are filled with verdant rice fields which make for amazing scenery as you travel around the country side. You will come across rice fields everywhere, but there are a few in particular that are extremely impressive and make for great photos. Tegallalang Rice Terraces Located around 20 minutes north of Ubud, you will find the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The Tegallalang rice terraces offers a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice paddies on the slopes across the valley. You can get pictures from the view point at the top or can walk a into the rice terraces for a small fee. The rice terraces are a major tourist attraction and therefore you will be fighting the crowds, so I recommend visiting early. Most tourists simply get a photo from the top and leave so if you walk into the terraces you will enjoy less crowds. There are markets and cafes along the top of the terraces where you can can shop. All these photos are from in the rice terraces. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces  Even larger than Tegallalang is the Jatiluwih Rice fields, and much less crowded (YAY). The Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in […]

Rice Fields in Bali

Zen hideaway Ubud
I visit Ubud for a couple of days each time I am in Bali, I love it, in particular I love eating out in Ubud. Ubud is surrounded by rainforests and terraced rice paddies, just another reason why I love the area. This blog is a quick guide to Ubud: places to eat and adventures to take whilst in Ubud. Things to do in and around Ubud Monkey Forest – I love the Monkey Forest, but must admit that the monkeys can be a little scary. Definitely worth a visit. Tegalalang Rice Terrace – Ubud is surrounded by rice fields everywhere, but Tegalalang Rice Terraces are the most impressive and picturesque. You can walk around the rice fields for a small fee and can shop in the markets on the street at the top. Zen Hideaway – The famed swing that hangs in between coconut trees, high on top of the valley, offering you spectacular views of Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung. No doubt you have all seen photos of this spot on Instagram. I didn’t expect the swing to be so busy and cost $25USD for 30 minutes, but it was still cool. You can get […]

Quick Guide to Ubud – Bali

Temples in Bali
Bali’s highlands and coasts are home to many ancient temples. Several of them have become the island’s most iconic landmarks, featuring century old architecture, set against exotic backdrops. Each temple in Bali is unique. After visiting many, I am highlighting my favourites in this blog post. Tanah Lot Watching the sunset over Tanah Lot is magical. Tanah Lot is built on a rock formation off the coast of Bali, around 40 minutes from Seminyak. Tanah Lot is well knows for it’s unique offshore setting and sunset backdrop, making it a tourist hotspot and cultural icon for photography. Get ready to fight the crowds. I recommend visiting Tanah Lot at sunset and from Canguu. Uluwatu Temple Equally as magical as Tanah Lot is Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Uluwatu Temple is renowned for its magnificent location, based on the side of Uluwatu cliff, approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple shares the same splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple. Photo taken from here Pura Ulun Dana Beratan Temple This picturesque landmark sits on the western side of Beratan Lake, up in Bali’s central highlands. During high tide, the lake surrounds the temple’s base, creating a unique floating […]

Temples in Bali

Aston Hotel Canguu
Canguu has to be one of my favourite destinations in Bali. I arrived in Bali just a few days ago and made my way straight here. Canggu Beach is a coastal village and an up-and-coming resort area that is located between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The coastline of Canggu comprises different black-sand beaches, almost all with surf breaks. Canguu is my preferred place to surf as the breaks are more mellow that those around Uluwatu (where I nearly died surfing last time).  The beaches surrounding Canguu include Berawa that borders just north of Seminyak’s Batubelig beach, Batu Bolong, Batu Mejan aka ‘Echo Beach’, Pererenan, Seseh and Mengening just south of Tanah Lot. The countryside of Canggu Beach is full of verdant rice fields, which I absolutely love cruising around. This time in Bali was the first that I have had my own bike, which has been so much fun for me. Canguu has no shortage of surf camps, bars and restaurants and shops. I LOVE the cafes surrounding Canguu, I will highlight my favourites below. Things to do  Beach and Surf – I’m sure a beach day is already on the cards. Being from Australia’s Gold Coast, I definitely wouldn’t class the […]

Quick Guide to Canguu – Bali