After the two hikes at Ijen and Bromo, we left Surabaya for a comparatively relaxed part two of our trip to Bali. We took a Garuda Indonesia flight in the morning.
We headed to check into our hotel right after arriving at the airport. A note to any of you taking cabs or rides from the airport – please decline any offers from the drivers to bring you to detours for souvenir shopping or for meals, they usually bring you to secluded places (or less known places) where they get paid for every customer they bring.
For our two nights in Bali, we stayed at Alindra Villa resort, which in my opinion is a highly recommendable place for a stay in Bali. The resort is not by the beach, so the price is less steep compared to its seaside counterparts. If you don’t mind taking a break from the waters and staying in the serene greens, this could be the perfect resort for you!
Nusa Dua Beach
The first thing to do in Bali is of course to go to the beach! We chose Nusa Dua beach rather than the more commercialized Kuta Beach or Dreamland in favor for a more quiet and peaceful time by the sea. We did not plan to do any watersports either, so the beach at Nusa Dua was perfect for a quiet evening out.
We started the next day in Bali with a morning visit to Taman Ayun, a temple cum palace. The place was huge, with classic and delicate structures around the royal ground providing a nice morning walk around.
We continued to visit a nearby coffee plantation, where we purchased some local made coffee and tea powder packs.
We proceeded to visit the Bedugul village and temple, which for me was the cream of the crop out of the day’s visits. The village was at a high altitude, so the weather was cool with breezes every now and then. The place was also huge, anyone can easily spend over an hour here.
As we reached late afternoon, we visited the most famous temple in Bali – Tanah Lot. True enough, the crowd at Tanah Lot was larger than any other places we visited prior to this. We didn’t manage to catch the sunset as rain clouds covered the area, and it started pouring some 30 minutes into our visit.
We ended the day with a dinner at Jimbaran beach. This place is known for its fresh seafood, with a whole row of restaurants for you to choose from. Some restaurants can charge quite a high price, so do watch out. The best restaurant is known to be Menega, based on internet reviews and judging from the crowd outside the restaurant. Due to the crowd, we had our dinner at the second-best thing – Made Bagus Cafe. The price of the food weren’t steep and we left with satisfied tummies.
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