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Day 6 – We met Didi, our trainer at Bali Reef Divers for the wreck ship dive. He spent about 45 mins taking us through the theory part of diving, spoke to us about air pressure, how our body behaves under water and what we need to do to feel comfortable. Then we went through 45 mins of training in the pool before we walked up to the sea. We were about 12m deep in the sea for about 50 minutes and the time spent here were probably the most surreal minutes I have spent in my life. The fish swimming around you, in front of you, beautiful corals of different shapes, sizes and colours, parts of the wreck ship and nature’s takeover, Jeevan in front of me going through his own experience, holding hands when we could just to show how excited we both were to be doing this. When we came back, we knew we felt different. We knew we wanted to do it again. We knew we were madly in love with Bali. We knew we were coming back to this island for sure!
Made picked us up and drove us through a beautiful coastal stretch. Our first stop was at Cafe Garam, Amed – we would rate this as one of the top 3 restaurants we ate at. From here, we continued to drive through the coastal stretch and enroute to Candidasa found these spectacular rice terraces.
Here’s the beautiful Candidasa
We stopped by at probably our favourite temple in Bali – Tirrta Ganga
We headed to Ubud, Mas Village to be specific to our AIRBNB stay at a Balinese home. We did not instantly fall in love with Ubud. We felt it was too crowded and too expensive. We dined at Cinta Grill before deciding to explore around Ubud and not within Ubud the next day.
Day 7 – We hired a bike and rode around. We first stopped at Samvantiga, the only temple where I went into the worshipping area(you are not allowed there unless you are wearing Balinese clothes). From here, we rode along to Tegallalang and Keliki experiencing the true rural and rustic roads of this area. We stumbled upon a few orange farms, lost our way before finding our way back. This is probably the ride we loved most.
We rode back to Ubud, lunched at Banute Cafe and headed back to our stay. After resting for a bit, we headed out again to watch the cultural show at Ubud Palace. We watched as the artists danced, acted and put up a great show for probably an extremely diverse audience.
As we had some souvenir shopping to do, and it was a bit late, we couldn’t find any restaurants on the Monkey Forest street open. So we ended up eating at Arang Sate which looked too fancy but the food was great specially the Sesame Chicken.
Day 8 – 2AM start as we had a trek to do 🙂 A 1 hour drive to the base of Mt. Batur and a 2 hour climb in the dark with my super awesome guide Ketut lead me to this view. The trek itself is through grainy, dusty and rocky volcanic mountain but the sunrise is to die for.
We enjoyed our breakfast with a view before heading back towards Ubud. We visited Gunung Kawi on our way and went straight to Sanur to book our ferry for the next day. We had lunch at Warung Pantai Indah, an offbeat restaurant with a great view and probably amazing food but I did not enjoy my order.
Made took us to a local store to pick up souvenirs and we couldn’t thank him more. We spent our evening at home packing and rearranging and somewhere thinking of how the trip was coming to an end.
Day 9 – We were early and managed to spend some more time on the Sanur beach. We are in love with the laid back feel of this beach and the stay options here are great and not expensive. Next trip 🙂
Half hour ferry later we were on Mushroom beach, Lembongan. The turquoise blue waters here along with the seaweed farms in the sea make this place absolutely gorgeous. We were dropped to Nyoman Guesthouse in a jeep through dry hilly roads. Lembongan and Ceningan are 2 tiny islands connected through a suspension bridge. 2 days is more than enough to explore these islands. Almost all hotels and homestays will give you a map which has all the beautiful spots marked out. Something is very innocent about these islands. The beach names for Eg – Secret Beach, Dream Beach, Sunset Beach, Mushroom Beach (because it is in the shape of a mushroom). I mean, someone with simple thoughts named these beaches and I love it 🙂
We stayed 200 metres away from Jungutbatu Beach. After checking in, we walked up to the beach. I love the seaweed farming and the kind of character it adds to the landscape. And kids keep running up and down in the shallow waters with the thread of their kites in hand and eyes on the sky. People in Bali believe that they can get the kites to whisper their wishes in God’s ears and hence you will see a lot of kite flying here!
After “swimming” in the sea for some time, swimming and getting unbelievably tanned, we decided to take a break before walking up through another side to watch a beautiful sunset. Our dinner at Bunga Bungalo was one of the best. Jeevan got his Tuna Fish and I relished chicken steamed in plantain leaf!
Day 10 – We hired a bike and rode around Lembongan and Ceningan. We enjoyed going from one beach to another and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Trevally which was with the view of Secret Beach. We rode to Dream Beach, Secret Beach, Jump Off Point, Blue Lagoon, Sunset Beach and Devil’s Tear.
As this was our last dinner in Bali, we decided to splurge a little and went to a fancy place – Muntigs. Jeevan enjoyed his dish but mine was not good. Or maybe it was sadness filling up inside me about going back!
Day 11 – After some confusion with the ferry, we managed to reach Sanur in time. Made was waiting for us to drive us to the airport. Was so hard to say goodbye to him and to Bali. It’s been a month since we came back and one thing is for clear – It remains a beautiful dream, something I have experienced, that plays in my head when I wish 🙂