Our 10 Best Bali Moments

Nyang Nyang Beach

 

At the time of writing this, we had been travelling through Asia for 11 months and spent 3 of these in Bali.

We have had some amazing experiences whilst in this beautiful part of the world, which I wanted to share here!

 

In no particular order, here are our 10 best Bali moments:

 

 

1. Discovering Canggu 

 

We loved Canggu so much that we stayed for 2 months after going around the rest of the island. Lovely rural village with a laid-back vibe, 3 beaches, plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. Once there you really won’t want to go anywhere else. No wonder it’s a popular choice for expats!

 

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2. My 39th Birthday at La Laguna Restaurant in Canggu

 

La Laguna is a beautiful gypsy-styled restaurant & bar in Berawa, owned by a Spanish guy from Sevilla, who also runs a few other stylish bars in Bali. Perfect choice for a birthday celebration!

 

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3. Day trip to Uluwatu; Padang-Padang Beach and Nyang-Nyang Beach

 

So good, they named them twice!

We took the bike down to Uluwatu so we could beach hop and explore the area! We stopped at YumYum Cafe for a bite to eat, which lived up to its name, on the way to Padang-Padang. After a beer and chill out time on Padang-Padang, we went onto Nyang-Nyang Beach, which was quite an experience to get to, but worth it!

Best beaches in Bali 🙂

 

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4. Visiting Tanah Lot Temple and trying Luwak coffee for the first time

 

Tanah Lot area is quiet when compared to other places in South Bali. The temple there is stunning and the area to walk around is quite big, with a secluded beach in the opposite direction to the temple. We enjoyed a few hours there and found a lovely open air cafe with Luwak coffee and pet Luwaks sleeping inside the cafe! Gorgeous creatures and really yummy coffee, even though it comes out of their bum!

 

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5. Our time in Ubud; Full moon Purification at Sebatu Temple and the Monkey Forest

 

We stayed in Ubud for a week at a homestay and our host Gede took us to a water temple, 20 mins away from Ubud town, for a Purification ceremony, which the locals perform on a full moon to wash the sins and bad spirits away. It was a surreal experience and so nice to join in, as only a handful of Westerners were there! We also went to the Monkey Forest & Sanctuary in Ubud town, which is stunning and looked more like Jurassic Park.

 

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6. Bike ride through East Bali; finding beautiful temples and a chocolate factory

 

Whilst staying in Candidasa, East Bali, we took a bike ride north towards Amed and enjoyed a couple of beautiful temples on the way, as well as a pit stop at a family run chocolate factory where we got to sample the goods and buy a couple of packets! They show you how the chocolate is produced and give you a tasting of both their chocolate and ice cream range – yum!

 

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7. An unexpected drag show in Legian at Bali Beach Shack

 

We met this lovely Australian couple and family at our hotel in Legian. We got on really well and stayed up one night in the hotel bar. The next evening they invited us out for dinner with them to the famous Bali Beach Shack. To our surprise, after dinner and the restaurant’s live band a drag show followed! It was fantastic and one of the funniest nights we have had in a long time!

 

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8. Cooking it up in Ubud: learning how to cook Indonesian food

 

Our Australian friends invited us to join them for Ketut’s Cooking Class in Ubud. As we were already staying in Ubud, we met them at the market where we were all to be joined by our host Ketut, before taking us up to his house. It was a fantastic day, where we learnt how to cook 6 main dishes and a dessert; with the enjoyment of eating it all after the cook up!

 

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9. Our trip to the Gili Islands; Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan

 

We visited the Gilis for 9 days, but spent most of our time on Gili Air as preferred it to Gili Trawangan; the chilled out vibe was much more suited to us, rather than the dance music scene on Gili T. We extended our time on Gili Air by 3 extra days as didn’t want to leave! Whilst there, we met some lovely people, snorkelled around the 3 islands, enjoyed our days on the beach and most evenings at a cool little beach bar we found called Mirage!

 

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Cool little videos of the sun rising and setting!

 

 

 

 

 

10. Meeting new friends in Canggu

 

We met some new friends in Canggu and enjoyed a few gatherings, including a full moon villa party and a couple of leaving do’s. It was lovely to meet interesting people, both travellers and expats living in Bali!

 

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4 Comments »

  1. Hi gorgeous. Tara… your blog is great. You and Matt look like you have explored some amazing places. We were thrilled to see that we were a part of your two top experiences. We are back in Bali in April and will definitely take your advice on some of the other great places to visit. We hope to catch up with you guys again. I will pass on your details to my friends who are going on an adventure and hopefully you can catch up with them too!!! Enjoy the rest of your travels.
    Memories forever
    Anita, Jim and all the family xx

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