Indonesia - Bali Island

Tripoto
18th Apr 2014
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T
Photo of Indonesia - Bali Island by A.T

I spend a total of 5D4N in Bali Island and it was not enough! Too many cultural sites to explore and water activities to be done. If you are visiting Bali for the first time, I would suggest you hire a private driver instead of getting around in public taxi. Hiring a driver is not expensive over in Bali. I was lucky my driver was awesome! He was not only the driver, but was also my food guide and he was able to recommend me really cheap massages (as cheap as 6 SGD per hour!). PM me if you would like to have his contact :)

A temple sitting on top of a rock formation. When it is low tide, you may walk on the rocks and get really close to the temple. Do not however, you are unable to get inside the temple.
Photo of Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
If you are looking for a little adventure in Bali, you gotta try the White Water Rafting. If you are hiring a private driver, see if he has any recommendation. Most of the drivers will be able to offer you a special rate as they have a contacts with the operators. If you have a waterproof bag, you may bring it along because there are rest stops along the way where you can snap pictures! When rafting, please DO NOT go barefooted. It is highly advisable to rent their sanders. I went barefooted because based on my past experience white water rafting was safe. However, my raft flipped twice in the river and I was unfortunate to have drifted a couple of metres downstream. As my feet was not protected, I had deep cut which required stitches. So, safety first!
Photo of Telaga Waja Bali Rafting, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
Besakih Temple is the largest temple in Bali. It is really beautiful, full of culture. The area is fairly big and to see the attraction, climbing up and down steps are required.
Photo of Besakih Temple, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
Photo of Besakih Temple, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
Photo of Besakih Temple, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
One of the most important temple in Bali, the Taman Ayun Temple sits on an island surrounded with water. There is an inner and outer layer to the temple but you will only be able to walk on the outer layer.
Photo of Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
Photo of Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
This is a luwak coffee plantation. If you do not know what's luwak coffee, google it! Really informative short tour where you will get to see the plantation on what they farm. After the short tour, they will introduce to you luwak coffee and the process as to how the coffee beans are harvested. Following which, there will be various coffee and tea tasting free of charge. A whole lot of variety for you to choose and most importantly, no obligation to purchase and no hard selling.
Photo of Teba Sari Bali Agrotourism, Gianyar, Indonesia by A.T
This temple is located 1,500 metres above sea level as such you will get to experience some cool breeze and weather. You are unable to enter the temple but definitely worth a picture because of its lovely backdrop.
Photo of Bedugul Botanical Garden, Candikuning, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
This is a place you can purchase your souvenirs and reasonably priced clothes. You may realised after walking around for quite a bit, the items which each shop sells are quite similar. Therefore if you are eyeing on something that you would like to buy, please bargain bargain bargain! If the shopkeeper does not agree to the price you quote, just say "no" and walk away. Most of the time, the shopkeeper will give in because there is very fierce competition in terms of pricing.
Photo of Ubud Market, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
Pretty place to chill and just relax. White sand and clear blue skies! Everything is prefect at beach except you have to rent the beach chairs... the price you pay for rental of the chairs will be worth your money if you plan to stay long at the beach.
Photo of Nusa Dua Beach, Benoa, Bali, Indonesia by A.T
I would suggest you arrive close to sunset to enjoy the sunset and seafood dinner. What is so special is all the restaurants have their tables and chairs facing the sea! Imagine your toes in the sand, listening to the waves and enjoying dinner. There are a number of restaurants to choose from. Please do not jump on the first restaurant you come across. I suggest you walk around 3 to 4 restaurants to have a look at their menus (some even have set menus) and compare prices. As there is competition for these restaurants, no harm doing a little comparison to see what fits your budget and taste-buds.
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