Bali must do’s for first timers

In my previous blog, I highlighted some sights you should visit in Java. Even though Java is beautiful, I think an even more special place in Indonesia is Bali. Bali is quite a popular destination and once you visited this island you’ll understand why. While in most of Indonesia, Islam is the main religion, in Bali most people are Hinduists. You’ll see Hindu temples everywhere. But these are not the only interesting sights. Here’s are some Bali must do’s if you’re visiting the island for the first time.

Ubud
Ubud is the cultural hart of Bali. It has a lovely center with nice bars and restaurants. It has quite a spiritual vibe with all its great temples. The most impressive one is Gunung Kawi, an 11th-century temple complex spread across both sides of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 shrines that are carved into seven (!) metre high sheltered niches on each side. Once you move away from the center, Ubud also has beautiful surroundings, you can walk for example to Campuang Ridge and see beautiful rice fields.

Bike downhill from Mount Batur
This is a spectacular tour which starts in Ubud, from where you’ll drive to Penelokan, which is right next to Mount Batur. You’ll have breakfast overlooking this impressive, active, volcano and its crater lake. After this great start, you will bike downhill back to Ubud. Along the way, you’ll see little villages and visit a coffee plantation, typical Balinese houses and the well-known rice fields.

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Breakfast with a view

Dive in Amed
If you like diving, Amed is the place to be in Bali. There are lots of different dive schools that all offer PADI or SSI courses, or just regular dive trips in case you are already certified. One of the most memorable dive spots is Manta Point, close to Nuusa Lembongan. It takes some time to get there and it’s therefore also quite a pricy dive, but it will be well worth once you see massive – up to 6 metres wide – Manta’s under water. 

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It is called Manta Point for a reason!

Relax at the Gili’s
The Gili’s do not really belong to Bali, but they are the perfect getaway with their white beaches, clear blue water and amazing sunsets. You can easily get there by boat from Padang Bay. Gili Trawangan is the biggest island and mostly known for its parties. Gili Air is a bit smaller but it has a great atmosphere and is very vibrant with all the restaurants along the beach where you can eat sea food that just came out of the ocean. And if you really want some relax time the smallest Gili Meno is the place to be. All islands are home to an impressive underwater world and snorkeling or diving are great activities here. Find more info about the Gili islands here.

There you have it, just a little guide into Bali must do’s for first timers. And I’m sure there will be a second time very soon after!

Love,

Dionne

*Dionne is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands, currently living in Den Bosch. In everyday life she works as a marketing-communications professional. She loves to travel to distant destinations, but she also enjoys a city trip closer to home.

Top 5 » Bali’s most healthy hotspots

It’s that tropical & magical little island, it’s the island that everybody escapes to recharge their batteries.
I’m talking about Bali, Indonesia.
Like London, Australia, and some other big western countries, Bali is is one of those places where the healthy food and lifestyle started a while back.
And yet more and more healthy hotspots are popping up.

This is our Top 5 of Bali’s  most healthy hotspots :

1. Sisterfields
With Australia around the corner, it’s not a big surprise that this kind of cafe opened up in Bali not too long ago.
They call themselves “The Iconic Australian Cafe”.
You can certainly have breakfast like a king or eat lunch like an emperor with one of their famous tropical juices.

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Source: Sisterfields

Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Bali 80361
http://sisterfieldsbali.com

2. Sari Organik, Ubud
I came to this place in 2010. First I wasn’t sure where I would end up because you’ll need to walk through the rice fields for about 20 minutes which makes this place even more special!

Once arrived, you can enjoy the best fresh coconuts, and homemade organic lunches.


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Source: letsmakan.com

Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Bali
There’s no website available but check this link

3. Shelter café 
From 7am you can indulge yourself with healthy food and this open tropical café.
Amazing salads, homemade gingerbeer, lemon squash or their super smoothies will make you want to come back here.
Many bloggers are fan of this place, and so is Wander-Lust! 

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Source: Facebook Shelter Cafe

Jl. Drupadi, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
http://www.sheltercafebali.com/
Be sure to visit their Facebook 

4. Ubud Hanging Gardens
You can imagine my jaw dropping when I entered the hanging gardens for the first time.
I had a wonderful dinner here with no time for a jump in the infinity pool but let’s just say we have a rain check on that one!
They mainly use vegetables, fruits and spices  from the Bedugul or are grown at their own property, their seafood comes directly from Jimbaran Bay making lunch and dinner very tasty!

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Source: both pictures courtesy to the Ubud Hanging Gardens

5. Warung Kecil
My parents told me about this secret place. Sanur residents love it here.
The prices are extremely low but the food quality is sky high!
From the outside it doesn’t look like anything special but it’s cosy and cute on the inside.
They offer vegetarian and vegan options plus healthy wheatgrass shots, fresh almond or macha milk, pressed juices, young coconuts and you can also go for a buffet.

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Source: Facebook Warung Kecil

Jalan Duyung no 1, Sanur, Bali
Check their Facebook for more info

Love,

Elke