Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Imagine a 'secret jungle' with inquisitive monkeys who rule over sacred temples and century old banyan trees. Sit quietly and hear the sounds of rushing ravines.....drift a little.....see and smell the vivid colour of flower offerings and sweet Balinese incense. This isn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," it's the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, a must-see attraction for any visitor to Bali, 'Island of the Gods.'While staying at the spectacular eco-conscious Fivelements Puri Ahimsa wellness retreat, I ventured out to one of Bali's most popular attractions, the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. Officially known as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the site contains 27 acres of protected grounds, 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys, and three 14th-century temples.The forest is located minutes from the main strip of Ubud, the 'Cultural Heart of Bali.' You can purchase bananas on-site to feed the monkeys, make sure to carefully conceal the fruit in a backpack because the monkeys will at random, jump on to you for a free meal. This is all apart of the fun. When you are ready to feed them, take one banana out at a time, this will prevent any accidental bites. I have read many reviews about aggressive behavior from the monkeys, I did witness it for myself, but was never bitten. Most aggression cases have happened because of improper feeding; if you take one banana out at a time, watch your surroundings, and do not taunt the monkeys (especially the mature ones!) this will help to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable interaction. Also note, if you have no bananas, food, or hand-held items the monkeys will typically be unfazed by your presence, allowing visitors who want a little distance to have a great time too. I give this attraction a 10/10, it's literally a 'barrel of monkeys' fun!
After starting the day at Goa Gajah in Ubud, Bali, we started for our next destination – the Tirta Empul Temple or the Holy Spring Temple as it is often referred as. Built in 962 AD over a natural spring, this temple is dedicated to Lord Indra, the Hindu God of rain. Agni, Varuna and Indra were ancient gods in India who somehow lost their position to Vishnu and Shiva when the civilization flipped a page in its long course of history. It was in fact the only temple of Indra which we had ever seen.
Gili Islands is a group of three little islands- Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, located on the east of Bali and a mere 2 hours ferry ride away. Famous for its scuba spots, this island comprises mostly of diving shops and restaurant/pubs. The main mode of transport is cycle and horse cart as no motor-vehicles is permitted. With its huge backpacker’s crowd and cheap alcohol, this island has a very vibrant nightlife. The crowd moves around as pubs shut and finally converge to one place. Sama-Sama bar has good reggae music and is a must visit.
Good Morning.. !! I was feeling quite lazy today and felt like spending the whole day just idle on the balcony. But it would be boring step I'd take.. So I proceeded today at the Bajra Sandi Monument and again this one is mesmerizing. One can click alot of photographs of this location. In the evening I spent the time at the Kuta Beach and indulged in the rocking nightlife here. Again, that is beautiful because the crime rate is very low.. As far as I saw, I was lucky to be in an atmosphere full of enjoyment and fun.
North and east Bali are more into live bands rather than clubs. The south eastern islands have a few party places. Gili Islands have great beach parties.Some tipsExchange your currency at Legian Street, everywhere else in the Island will be lower rateCarry water bottle and fill it when you find water dispenser, you will save tons of moneyEat at Warungs, same food in a restaurant will be double the priceTake your own medicines and bandaids and first aid kit, doctors are extremely expensiveThere is no public transport and taxis are expensive, so either use a bike or take shuttle buses
Green Bowl Beach
Green bowl beachGreen bowl beach is a hidden treasure and is unexplored among the tourists. We reached this place in the noon. There are about 300 stairs leading down to this beautiful paradise. Less crowd, shallow beach with stones that gives this place it's name. There are two beautiful limestone caves on the beach and the best time to visit is in the evening.
Paragliding at the Pandava Beach This is one of the best things we did in Bali (another bucket list ticked, while I would like to do it again but in a different terrain now). Its best to book it online in Bali. The guys are super safe and not for a moment did I feel scared or unsure. Within moments of getting into the gear I was up in the sky with wind in my hair, sun on my face and clear blue water and white sand underneath. Pandava beach is one of the best beaches in Bali &amp; the view was spectacular. It was a ride of a lifetime, till I started feeling sick (guess my vertigo problem kicked in ☹️). Overall, it’s a must do in Bali
We went to this island for diving which has lot of corals , one can even donate & plant a coral. Lot of Blue Sea Stars can be seen here. Spectacular structures underwater. I did my last dive here which was the longest and deepest we went was 15m= 45 feet! My certification course ended here after all my theory, confined pool sessions and skills in the sea! It was a day when my Dream came True! Evening we went for a good dinner to celebrate & enjoy my success!
Day 10: Morning Surf Lessons •Breakfast at the Villa •You can rent a scooter and go shopping or just laze around by the pool at the villa• Evening – Last Supper! •It’s time to sit back and recall all the memories of last 10 days on this trip. •We’ve got BBQ and Beers arranged for you for a mellow closing party of the trip.
5) Diving /Snorkelling - I would recommend that you do this on the second day of your trip since you should not be flying for 48 hours after you have done diving ( which is why i could not do diving but snorkelling. Snorkelling at Nusa Dua or Amed are the best in town . This is a small personalised Itinerary that can be followed while you are travelling. For all Bookings , car renting , Bike renting, Snorkelling equipments, Diving Instructors information you can drop me a message. The Hotel is just beautiful and the staff is awesome
before our final stop at the sunset point and beach waters at Pantai Berawa. It was the perfect place for the final stop of the day and this calm was the ideal conclusion to my road trip!Whether it was the span of nature's wondrous creations or the warmth and happiness infectious around the locals, I took my leave with a belief that travelling connects you to people beyond the need of words. So in true Balinese style- "Sampai Jumpa!"
My favorite place was Pink Beach. It’s named for the sand, literally pink, caused by red coral washing up and being ground by the constant pressure of the tide and the waves. Snorkeling here was the best I have ever experienced and yet it isn’t even the best in Indonesia. From a cliff above the beach I surveyed our paradise and thought again about life, how glad I was to be alive; how alive I felt being so enveloped in nature, without cares and worries to distract me from the beauty. For as long as we could we bobbed and swam and floated in the beautiful water, appreciating the bounty of life and the gift of another day. None of us know how long we are guaranteed and the blessing of being able to spend a few days living in the Komodo Islands may be one of the greatest I have ever had, one of those experiences after which one tends to say, mostly joking, “I can die happy.”
Here visitors can lounge in the pool underneath, letting the thundering water splash around you. If you can climb down stairs and back up, you can easily visit the water fall in an hour. If you are gun for a trek then this one is apt for you. Its a good 20-30 minutes of trek over a patch of rough rocks, do ensure that you have your sports shoes on as its time to burn some of those extra pounds.
Gili Meno Beach
The boat rides from Gili Meno may not be rare, but they sure are expensive. The two times you get public ferries to Gili Meno are in the morning at 9 and evening at 4. However, a more swift option is in the many private boats that can take you to Gili Meno in about 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah, if you are lucky. The key is to bargain, or talk to fellow travelers who could share the expenses with you.The Seri resort at Gili Meno is one of island's prime properties with breathtakingly beautiful views and calm blue waters. The resort staff greeted us with a welcome drink and helped us with further information about the island. Thanks to my travel companion Ben, I had the experience of a lifetime in snorkeling, despite not knowing how to swim. Of course, you don't need to know how to swim but a little lesson in doggy paddle can help you explore the underwater amazement with great ease.As the evening came to a close, the seclusion on the island grew deeper with street lights only available next to private properties and local bars/restaurants. However, it was then in the solitude of the seclusion hindered by the constant noise of the waves, that I realized the true meaning of going-further-back-in-time. As planned, I went to bed early (which is 1:00 a.m. island time) to make sure I don't miss the mesmerizing sunrise. And it was, undoubtedly the most beautiful experiences of my life. Sitting in front of orange, pink and golden sky and grey water that quickly turned to blue as the sun rose in its full glory, was an indescribable moment (Recommendation : keep Britt Nicole's track - The sun is rising on your iPod, if you wish to add more soul to the scenic wonders)
Batu Belig Beach
After lazy morning and heavy breakfast we headed to Tanah Lot Temple. Only negative about Bali is that there is huge traffic jam due to narrow roads. Lot of time is wasted in travelling from one place to another. Marked as sea temple, tanah lot offers spectacular views of sea in the evening. Nearby is a small market that offers various balinese cuisines and dresses to pick from. After clicking beautiful pictures and viewing sunset we headed to our next stop Bali Hai Cruise.Travel tip: If you want to go shopping then remember bargaining is allowed in Bali.
Melasti BeachA 15 minutes drive from green bowl takes you to the Melasti beach. You will hardly find tourists here as this beach is famous only among the locals. There are many photo stop overs on the way and you will enjoy this ride. You can almost drive your vehicle on to the beach.
Another activity not to be missed is their rafting! Paddling along the valley against the water current at the foot of the mountain enjoying the picturesque of mountains that passes you was such an enjoyment. We did our rafting with Alam Amazing Adventure at discounted rate through our guide! The rafting adventure will take 2.5 hours and around 16 km along the Telaga Waja river. During the raft you will pass some bamboo bridges, waterfall and have a last action jump at Bajing dam which are 4 metres high. After rafting, just walk a few minutes back to the shower and changing room facilities and buffet lunch will served at their River side Restaurant with Indonesian Food and during lunch time you will be able to see your Bali rafting adventures and choose if you would like to be burn into CD for IDR 350,000. One interesting thing about them is that, you can either choose to walk down the paddy rice field to the starting point or you can choose the flying fox route down! The whole journey was fun-filling one with our jovial river guide and to mention, all the bali guides were really friendly, you can easily strike a conversation with them be it to know more about bali or some random chats! There's schedule for the rafting too, do check out the link given for more details!Address: Perum. Mekar II Block C4 No. 4, Jl. Mekar, Bali 80221, IndonesiaIf you like to know more about their culture and traditions, it's good to visit some of the following places and experience it yourself.
This is a 15th century set of rock carvings, which can be reached on foot from the town, though it is a few kilometres. From the entrance, a long walk down, on sometimes broken steps, there and back is maybe 4kms. During my visit in January 2014 I was surprised by the absence of vendors, also by the lack of other visitors. This is not on the tourist trail.At the end of your mini-trek you will seen a ~50 metre long line of rock carvings on your left. These depict scenes from every day life, in the good old days. The carvings are worn, but clearly discernable. The principal feature is a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh. If you wish, you can make (after buying from a little old lady nearby) an offering here.Near the entrance is a good, small restaurant, the Yeh Pulu Cafe. Owned and managed by an enterprising Balinese woman. Both Yeh Pulu and the restaurant are recommended.