The first moments upon arriving in Bali were magical, I instantly had a certain warmth wash over me, I was already breathing in the sweet Bali air. This truly is a magical destination, there is no rush here (ever) so plan ahead if you have somewhere to be...but truly a magical place. It is the epitome of relaxation and one of the best places to travel. If you are a solo traveler this is heaven on earth for you.
One of the most amazing things about this place is the culture and religion that wholeheartedly encompass all that Bali has to offer. It is an incredibly spiritual place and there are offerings everywhere, lining the streets, dashboards in cars, the tops of fences, anywhere one could possibly imagine. Touring the temples is something one should not miss.
I decided to leave the area I was in to see what else Bali had to offer me, I was not let down. I headed out to take a taxi about an hour away to get on a boat to the Gili Islands. Do not miss out on going to the Gili Islands. I arrived to Gili Trawangan after quite some time of traveling only to step off the boat to turquoise water, beautiful mountainous scenery and most importantly an atmosphere I will never forget. This was the most welcoming and charming place I had ever seen. The island itself offers no mode of motorized transportation (you can walk it entirely in a couple short hours), and there are bikes for hire, and working horse carts that will bring travelers to where they need to be.
I had not booked anywhere to stay prior to arrival to Gili T. but was greeted by many locals offering homestays and such. I had previously heard of a place called Sama-Sama and was on the move to find it. When I arrived I was at a fantastic little reggae bar with bungalows behind the main bar. Do not miss out on staying here if you can stand the sound from the reggae until the late hours of the night. The bungalows were basic but fantastic, the staff never forgets who you are and it is one of the most accessible places on the island, as that is where most of the nightlife takes place.
I set out to walk the island and I was not disappointed. This is one of the most beautiful islands i've ever seen. The graffiti lines the walls of the island but it is beautiful, so artistic, expressing the love the locals have for their island. The Gili islands are something a traveler should not miss if traveling in Bali.
The last place I set out to adventure was Uluwatu. Uluwatu has one of the most popular surf breaks in the world. Sitting on the Single Fin deck in Uluwatu watching about 70+ locals and travelers surf these massive sets I truly was in awe. The locals are extremely friendly and always love to talk to the travelers. The Uluwatu temple is something to see, set on the edge of a cliff it is massively alluring in every way possible. Monkeys roam free, but be careful as they can be quite the kleptomaniacs. The grounds are exquisitely kept and every direction you look it is still magnificent.
Bali is an entity untouched by anything else, despite the traffic and world around it the tranquility remains unconsumed by its surroundings. Look beyond everything that your eyes see and Bali truly will alter ones mind if allowed.