I spent 10 memorable days in Bali. I loved every minute of it. The island is was so beautiful. I absolutely loved it. Kuta Beach, Ubud, Tulamben were some of the best places to stay in Bali. Things To Do in Bali
Fun Things To Do in Bali
I arrived to Kuta Beach, which was a very commercialized touristy place, but I like places like that. Many good hotels in Bali can be found here. 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. Besides surfing, there are many other things to do in Bali. The beaches are great, there are exciting water activities, beautiful temples and wonderful nightlife.
After I got bored of the beaches of Kuta Beach, I started wondering what to do in Bali. I decided to explore the village of Ubud. Ubud is a famous village for art and the Monkey Forest. Ubud was one of the best places to visit in Bali. It is a beautiful place and I really enjoyed the 3 days I spent there. It was so beautiful. I had a beautiful little bungalow surrounded by nature and lovely colourful flowers. One of the best things to do in Bali was to visit the market and the Monkey Forest in Ubud. There were many many monkeys and I fed them with bananas. They were really funny. I took some nice pictures of them. Visiting the Monkey Forest were one of the many fun activities in Bali. I visited many many temples while I was there. These temples were some of the best places in Bali to take beautiful photos. If you are wondering where to stay in Bali, Ubud is definitely a wonderful option. If you end up going on a trip to Bali, Ubud is an absolute must to see.
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Kintamani and Besakih Temple
One of the main Bali points of interests were the Kintamani volcano and the Besakih temple. 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. Visiting the Besakih temple was one of the best 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
After seeing the volcano and all the temples, I started wondering where to go in Bali to scuba-dive. I found out Tulamben was the best spot on the island for diving. I took a very early bus the next morning to Tulamben. 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.
Getting Back to Kuta Beach
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.
Bali is a paradise island. I know travel to Bali can be tiring from Europe or the USA, as it is very far away, but it is all worth it. Kuta Beach, Tulamben and Ubud were some of the best places to visit in Bali and I highly recommend them to everyone who visits Indonesia.
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