Bali: Surfing, Wreck Diving, Monkey Forest and Volcanoes

December 1, 2007

I spent 10 wonderful days in Bali. The island is was so beautiful. I absolutely loved it. Things To Do in Bali

Things To Do in Bali

Kuta Beach

I arrived to Kuta Beach, which was a very commercialized touristy place, but I like places like that. It is a surfer’s paradise. Evidently it is one of the best places to surf in the World. It was very hot and all the surfers were walking around half naked on the street. So, the place feels like heaven with all the hot half-naked surfers running around on the streets with their surf boards. I made friends with all the Italian surfers in the hotel and I hung out with them. Apparently, all the guys were lifeguards back in their homes. So, I felt like I was part of Baywatch.

Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali

Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali

After 2 days I left for Ubud. Ubud is famous for art and the Monkey Forest. It is a beautiful place and I really enjoyed the 3 days I spent there. Ubud was so beautiful. I had a beautiful little bungalow surrounded by nature and lovely colourful flowers. I visited the market and the Monkey Forest. There were many many monkeys and I fed them with bananas. They were really funny. I took some nice pictures of them. I visited many many temples while I was there.

Kintamani and Besakih

On the last day I visited a volcano called Kintamani. It was a beautiful scenery. Then I went to Besakih to visit the biggest temple of the island. It is called the Mother Temple. It was stunning.

Bali Kintamani and Besakih - Things To Do in Bali

Bali Kintamani and Besakih – Things To Do in Bali

Ubud - Things To Do in Bali

Ubud – Things To Do in Bali

After Ubud, I went back to Kuta Beach for a night. I hung out with the sexy surfers again.

Diving in Tulamben

I took a very early bus the next morning to Tulamben. Tulamben is the most famous diving spot on the island of Bali. It was 3 hours away from Kuta beach by tourist bus. I got an initial shock when I arrived to Tulamben, because there was absolutely nothing in the village. Approximately 200 people live in the village and there are no facilities of any kinds there. All you get is your bungalow by the beach a little local restaurant with a very basic menu, two dive shops and a couple of little huts around your hotel where the locals live. At one point we needed some cash and we had to take the bemo (the local bus) to the nearest town. Amlapura was about half an hour away and had one single ATM machine. I had an awesome time diving in Tulamben. However there was not much to do there after the sun went down. We would sit in front of our bungalows and chat or read and listen to the geckos making noises. The geckos were really loud. They woke me up several times at night. I liked them. They were cute. You could see the stars in the sky and hear the ocean all night long. It was very beautiful. Diving in Tulamben was great. There is a giant ship wreck (US cargo ship Liberty sank in WW2) on the bottom of the see. It is totally taken over by corals of different kinds. The sand was black, volcanic sand, and the visibility was great.

Tulamben Beach Bali -Things To Do in Bali

Tulamben Beach Bali – Things To Do in Bali

Getting out of Tulamben was ain’t easy, as there were no tourist buses coming to such a small village so I had to take the local transportation back to Kuta Beach, as I had no other option. It took me 6 hours and I had to take about 7 bemos (mini vans) to get back to Kuta. It was certainly an adventure. When the bemo dropped me off, I found the memorial that was erected in honor of the 202 victims of the 2002 bombings. Terrorists bombed night clubs and killed many young people. It really shook me to see all the pictures of all the young girls and boys who died there. After this incident, in 2005 suicide bombers killed another 21 tourist. It is incomprehensible to me how can anyone do such evil thing.

Hindu Wedding in Bali -Things To Do in Bali

Hindu Wedding in Bali – Things To Do in Bali



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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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