Bali Travel Tips – Part I

This blogpost is coming to you live from a comfy chair overlooking Kuta beach. I’m currently in Bali on my honeymoon and I’m enjoying my time here more than I can possibly express in words.

Since this is my second visit to Bali and many people have been asking me for recommendations, I figured I’d type up a little travel diary and share my finds with all of you. There is too much to do for one post, so I’ll probably put up a few posts. I hope that’s ok with all of you, and I hope you’ll add Bali to your bucket list (if you have not already done so.) It’s magical – trust me!

These recommendations will be in random order without rhyme or reason – because that’s what I feel like and I’m the one writing this.

Watersports:

Bali Dolphin – I’ve always loved watersports but generally they’re really expensive. Thankfully, everything in Bali is affordable and our hotel recommended we give Bali Dolphin a try. We booked a package and were picked up at our hotel at 9 AM. We were given tickets with our activities and could choose whatever order we wanted to do them in. We started with parasailing, quickly transitioned to the banana boat, then Jetskiiing, followed by a glass-bottom boat and a tour of Turtle Island.

I’ll admit that I haven’t tried a lot of other companies so you might find my recommendation untrustworthy, but the people were incredible kind and supportive. The only negative I could give was that the restrooms were appalling – but hey, nobody’s perfect.

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The face I make when I touch a snake. Zero Chill!

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Temple:

Uluwatu – this was my second visit to the Uluwatu temple. The drive from Seminyak is over an hour and you want to leave in the afternoon to make sure you catch the sunset. The first time we missed the fire show but this time we left with ample time and even were able to snag a seat in the front row. We had to pay to enter the temple and again to see the show, but both definitely worth it. The fire show is impressive and unexpectedly funny. I would recommend arriving half an hour before the show starts (6PM) and taking some pictures and enjoy the monkeys attacking tourists.

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I could not get a shot that did this show justice. It was epic.

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Beach:

Padang Padang – This was, again, my second visit. I had talked up this tiny beach so much, I was afraid my husband would be disappointed – he was not! It’s small and it can get crowded and you do have to pay an entrance fee, but it’s worth it. I’ve never been a real beach person, but this beach just feels clean and well taken care off. The water feels perfect and there’s a friendly and happy atmosphere. My husband and I both tend to burn, but for a small fee a local will set up an umbrella for you. The locals also walk around and constantly offer beverages and ice cream to cool off. It’s not only relaxing, the pictures you take there will be epic!

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Infinity Pool:

Blue Heaven – This spot is next to Padang Padang and I recommend combining the too, which I’ve done both times. Like I’ve mentioned before, the pictures you take at the beach are epic. Can you imagine overlooking a gorgeous beach whilst sitting in an infinity pool? Whatever you’re thinking, it’s even better. To top it all, they serve delicious food and cocktails. This is a must-see, hotspot, fave. In short – GO!

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Sunset:

Jimbaran Bay – Think tables in the sand, a million passersby and fresh fish. That’s what you get when you go to Jimbaran. We asked our cabbie which restaurant to go to and he suggested Seafood Bay Jimbaran. Admittedly, we didn’t actually eat there, we just had drinks, but the food looked amazing. The reason we ventured out to Jimbaran ( a place I had never heard of before) was because we were told that you could not miss watching the sunset there. Boy, were they right. So now I’m passing it on and telling you to go sit on the beach in Jimbaran, enjoy a cocktail or seafood platter and be enthralled.

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I hope you enjoyed my first five recommendations. There will be many more to follow and since I’m still here, feel free to leave me a recommendation in the comments below.

Love,

Sandra

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