In May of this year, I set off on a 3-week trip to explore the beautiful Indonesian Island of Bali. A friend of mine was already there at the time and he had been raving about it endlessly. So eventually I gave in and spontaneously booked a ticket!
I had no plans or itinerary when I landed in Bali apart from a couple of client jobs on site. With gas being so cheap and scooters being extra fast, we ended up hopping around from one town to the next, never staying longer than 4 nights at one spot.
Plans were made only a couple of hours before each activity and, to be honest, I think that’s the best way to travel on this island! Waking up with the sunrise every morning not knowing what adventure would greet us next was such a cool feeling.
We linked up with 4 of our fellow Instagrammers who we never met before and ended up traveling with them throughout our journey. I’m still in touch with all 4 of them today and we are already planning our next trip!
This is why I love the community on Instagram. It allows you to make new connections and travel friends so easily. I don’t think we realise how lucky we are to be on this platform and travel the world doing what we love. I’m sure our ancestors would’ve relished in the opportunities we have in 2018.
Waking up with the Sun and Exploring on Scooters
Our days were based on the following: wake up each day before sunrise, jump on our scooters and start exploring. I promise you this is the best way to find the best spots to visit in Bali! The best photos I got during this trip were taken during early morning exploration trips with no specific plans in mind.
There are so many wonderful things to see and experience in Bali that it can be hard to know where to start. We visited the famous rice terraces, found art in the middle of the jungle, and discovered beautiful waterfalls off the beaten track.
We were also lucky enough to stay at an apartment at Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa in the northern mountains which had an infinity pool. I would hands-down recommend this accommodation to anyone thinking of visiting Bali. The views from the infinity pool were mesmerising.
One Must-Do Experience in Bali
One of the main highlights of my trip was visiting the small island of Nusa Penida which is about a 20-30-minute boat ride from Bali. Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with their own attractions and unique landscapes.
The most popular spot on Nusa Penida is without doubt the Kelingking Secret Point Beach. You have probably seen thousands of photos of this epic location on social media. Walking down to the beach, you get to experience the power of the waves and clear blue waters. Of course, we took the opportunity to take some photos of this famous beach.
What you Need to Know Before you Go
From touristy restaurants to locals cooking for us in their homes, the food in Bali was delicious. Not only that, but it was super cheap too, to the point where I had to look twice to make sure I was reading the prices correctly.
As a European I found Bali to be stunningly cheap which explains why I ate so much during the trip! Naturally prices in the touristy areas are higher but if you do your research you won’t end up spending a lot.
The only major challenge we had on the island was when one of our friends got sick. He had a fever most likely caused by a mosquito bite. We completely discarded the idea of using bug spray which I would urge everybody to use when being out in the jungle exploring like we did. But not to put anyone off: he fully recovered after 3 days of rest.
One of the best aspects of Bali is just how friendly the locals are. They were always very welcoming, helpful and easy to chat with which made this trip so much more enjoyable. The other “locals” you will meet are the thousands of dogs roaming free on the island. Not a bad life for a dog I’d say!