Bali Main Island
Around 10pm we finally touched down in Denpasar, Bali. Despite the late hour it was still hot & humid and thankfully our accommodation was quite close to the airport. With luggage in tow we located our designated taxi and set off to our b&b to begin our wonderful Bali Island holiday!
Options of where to stay on the main island are plentiful. We chose Anindya Homestay. Well priced, modern, clean, comfortable rooms equipped with the all essential aircon to escape the Bali heat. An added bonus was the swimming pool! Breakfast was an optional extra but we chose to explore and eat elsewhere.
Bali Island Holiday – Lembongan Island
Pressed for time before heading to Lembongan Island, we explored the streets and various shops of Bali main island. After that we made our way to Sanur Harbour for the half hour boat ride to Lembongan. Here we met up with family & friends, increasing our group to 20!
On arrival at the island, we hopped into a taxi and headed to our next destination for 3 nights. Mola Mola House, wow! What a paradise! With huts located a few steps from the sand and the restaurant/bar area right on the beach, it was perfect. Just as wonderful were the huts, tastefully decorated and equipped with the much needed aircon.
To explore the island is either on foot or by scooter. No cars on the island! So many restDoubling up on our hired wheels we explored for the day. First stop was to devil’s tears, a beautiful natural sight, popular to tourists.
Next we headed for the mangroves. Here we had a choice of SUP, kayak or a boat ride with one of the locals. Having worked up an appetite, it was time for lunch. Along the beach were so many great restaurants to choose from. Settling on Agung Dream Beach we were not disappointed! Firstly, it was a rustic beach themed restaurant & bar offering all the comforts with hammocks & lounging areas. Secondly, it was right on the sand! Needless to say the food was delicious and we washed it down with the local bintang beer.
Leaving the lazy dream beach took effort. But, we still had much to explore and headed for the small island of Ceningan. A quick petrol stop was needed at one of the local side vendors and we were on our way. Getting to the island, there is only one way, over the famous big yellow bridge! So over we rode and headed to Mahana point cliff jump & restaurant. Now this jump is not for the faint hearted (like me) but for some it was a mere jump into the ocean! Besides that it is a popular surfing spot!
Back at Mola Mola House after a fun filled day of sun, sea & exploring, we made our way to the top of a hill for sundowners. To sum it up, paradise!
Setting sail with our skipper and boat for the day, we headed for some popular snorkeling spots. Not having a mask & fins of my own was not a problem, the boat had enough to hand out. Escaping the heat we spent most of the day enjoying the cool clear water. Weather conditions were perfect and we experienced an underwater world of colour.
Remember sunblock! It’s very hot out there!
Bali Island Holiday – Gili Air
Of the 3 islands to visit, Gili Trawangan (party island), Gili Meno (honeymoon island) or Gili Air (best of both), we chose the latter.
A comfortable 1.5 – 2hr boat trip took us to the small island Gili Air, which has a total area of only 5km. Needless to say, there are no cars or scooters there only horses & carts or bicycle hire.
Back on solid ground, we made our way on foot to Mola2 Resort, our home for the next 5 nights.
The walk, although sweltering hot, took us down a long road adjacent to the beach. Dotted with various shops and places to stay, our resort was near the end of the road with a welcoming swimming pool at it’s entrance. Accommodation choices varied from deluxe rooms to lumbung suites. All rooms were clean, modern, tastefully decorated & equipped with aircon’s (very necessary for the extreme heat & humidity).
Breakfast was included.
Bamboo Chili Tattoo
Bicycle hire was the order of the day. Great fun was had meandering through the streets, visiting shops and restaurants. Discovering one of the many spa’s we couldn’t resist an hour of blissful pampering!
But, best of all, we discovered a traditional bamboo tattoo artist. His attention to detail & exceptional art work had us inspired and within minutes Bamboo Chili Tattoo had 18 appointments! Now that’s a souvenir to cherish!
Sun downers & cocktails on the beach completes an island holiday! Lazy afternoons and evenings were spent lounging on beach bean bags, enjoying a meal & sipping cocktails. Watching the sunsets were spectacular. Now that’s a dream holiday!
Another day of snorkeling and we experienced beautiful sightings of turtles and under water statues. Close to the beach off the honeymoon island, Gili Meno, is a circle of statues that represent the honeymoon couples on the island.
Gili Trawangan – Party Island
As we had not visited Gili Trawangan, known as Gili T, we hired a boat one evening to go across to party. Instead of sun downers on the beach we decided to set sail late afternoon so we could watch the sunset from the boat. Another incredibe experience with awesome friends!
Gili T was alive with people, lights & music. In other words, it was the party island! Pubs & restaurants lined the streets as far as the eye could see, so we made our way from pub to pub playing beer pong & dancing the night away.
Islands are known for their tropical down pours and we got to experience one that night. While some of us ran for cover, others took to the streets and danced in the rain! Time flies when you having fun and all too soon it was midnight and time to sail back to Gili Air.
Bali Island Holiday – Ubud
Island hopping is time consuming so be sure to allocate a day’s travelling time to your intenary. For instance, our boat ride was 2 hrs back to the main island Bali and then another 1 hr taxi ride to Ubud.
Away from the ocean, we chose our final destination amongst the rice paddies of Bali. Situated at the top of a hill, approximately 1.5km from the main road, was our next stop, Joglo Campuhan Village. Beautifully carved wooden villas with views overlooking the rice paddies welcomed us.
Ubud is a town on the main island Bali, bustling with people, cars & scooters. A shoppers dream due to the restaurants and shops lining the busy streets. Beautifully hand crafted goods adorn the shelves enticing you buy everything in sight!
In conclusion, Bali was an absolute treat! Above all, great memories were made with great people.
Bali we will be back!
Bali Island Holiday – Travel Tips
Bali currency – Indonesian Rupiah.
Be cautious when withdrawing at atm’s. Only use reputable bank atm’s as bank cards can be cloned. Preferably carry cash with you wherever possible.
Money can be exchanged on the main island. Recommended is BME – Bali Money Exchange, they offer a minimal service fee.
Be aware of your surroundings late at night in case of pick pocketing.
Travel light. Hot & humid conditions call for swimming costumes and sarongs.
Remember sun cream and a hat, the sun is scorching.
Take many photographs of your unforgettable holiday in Bali!