What we never would do again? – Driving more than 20 km by scooter! Do we want to return? – No, just if we stay longer than six days! 😛 Was there any highlight? – No, just a simple active volcano… But let us tell you all the stories about our six days in Bali […]
What we never would do again? – Driving more than 20 km by scooter!
Do we want to return? – No, just if we stay longer than six days! 😛
Was there any highlight? – No, just a simple active volcano…
But let us tell you all the stories about our six days in Bali and why we definitely would return.
1. Driving in Bali is like driving from Germany to Spain – long!
One important thing we learned in six days is, you shouldn’t think Bali is just a tiny island. From the south coast to the north it’s a distance of about 95 km, from west to east about 145 km. It’s not a number if you imagine Europe where people go for holidays from Germany to Spain by car and drive more than 1.300 km a day. But I rather prefer going more than 1.300 km in Europe than 20 km in Bali! (Of course it’s a mean comparison. But to exaggerate is part of life!)
Balis’ population grows and with it the vehicles. The roads are in excellent conditions, that’s not the problem. It’s just the amount of cars and scooters on few roads. In rush hours traffic jams are guaranteed. That means for 20 km it will take you about two hours to arrive and that by scooter!
Scooters are always in the good position to pass all the cars waiting on the road. Anyway I can tell you, our asses felt like mashed potatoes after two hours on the scooter.
Those circumstances aren’t any reason to stop going by scooter. You just have to go at the right time like early in the morning, at midday or late at night.
Or don’t do the same mistake like we did: staying at one place and making day trips to different “far” places.
We recommend for traveling in Bali: Sleep every place where you don’t want to leave anymore!
Our next visit won’t be six days. Our next visit will be at least three weeks to enjoy every corner and staying at every place without one permanent accommodation. You have to see Bali like a country as USA. In USA you wouldn’t drive from Florida till New York just for a day trip!
More mistakes you can make in Bali:
2. Don’t visit the famous water temple Tanah Lot!
The temple is as famous as the pope. And we promise, you won’t be by your own. But no worries there are even more water temples in Bali. But no guarantee for the amount of people, we haven’t been there yet!
Do you have any recommendations for our readers and us?
3. Don’t go down while surfing!
Bali is the surfing paradise. Might the best spot for beginners, but just if you find the perfect beginner waves.
Gonzalo and I had problems dealing with the board and the waves and the breath – just beginners!
Sometimes you feel like you can’t take a swim anymore because either the waves are huge and you have to dive more than swim or the surfers are hitting you.
No worries, we are sure, with more time to explore we will find more spectacular beaches like “Best Bali beaches not for surfers”.
By the way we visited Ulu Watu Beach and were impressed of the restaurants built on the cliff. You have to go down several stairs and you will pass by all the restaurants which have the best view overlooking the surfers playing with huge waves. Even kids took up the challenge to surf those waves. It was definitely a surfer and tourist hotspot and it worth it to see. But I’m sure Gonzalo and I would have failed totally in surfing the waves of Ulu Watu Beach – just beginners!
4. Don’t jump of waterfalls if there is a prohibitory sign and you see the lifeguards jumping! – Don’t worry be sexy!
We went to two waterfalls. One of them had a lack of water and the other one provided enough water for all the visitors.
Have you seen our video on Instagram?
New video on our YouTube Channel! Link in our Bio! 🔝 The last part of our trip: #Bali, #Indonesia. Driving the scooter even by rain and traffic jam, that’s how we checked out the island: Rice fields, locals, temples, waterfall, surfing, sunsets and the highlight hiking up the volcano Mt. Batur for watching the sunrise with @baliecotours We had an incredible time traveling in Thailand and Bali. We met wonderful people who became friends and we discovered so many gorgeous places of mother nature. This video was recorded with a @gopro using the amazing @feiyutech gimbal, thanks guys for the support! And a @djiglobal #phantom3 Also thanks to @koasurferhotel you guys were amazing during our week in Bali. Best place to enjoy Bali! #fromwhereidrone @fromwhereidrone
5. DON’T MISS SUNSETS WHILE BEING IN TRAFFIC JAMS!
We fell in love with Bali sunsets. The sky is turning in several different warm colours. With whom would you like to watch the sunset in Bali?
6. Don’t visit Ubud if you don’t want to see temples, rice fields and monkeys!
Besides Ubud is also famous for the Monkey Forest. Check it out and take care of all your belongings!
7. Never walk up an active volcano at night – Danger!
You will have to sweat enormously. You won’t see anything than the part the flashlight is shining on. You won’t be alone on your way up – tigers, spiders, chicken, flies, monkey, the holy cow and tourists and hopefully your guide.
The worst moment is when you arrived on the top like 1.717 meters above the sea level and the sun starts to rise up.
What a fucking bright light??? “Oh my gosh, that’s the most beautiful place I have seen so far in Bali!”
Details: We got up at 00:50am. After a two hours drive we had a coffee break at 3am. At around 5:30am we arrive on the top of Mt. Batur and waited for the sunrise. We made the tour with Balieco Cycling and felt very comfortable. After hiking down we had another breakfast/lunch with the best view on the volcano and its area.
Love is… Hiking the Mt. Batur 🌋 In hinduism the cow is a holy creature. It’s tradition to sacrifice it. People hike up Mt. Batur with a cow and throw her into the crater in a celebrated ambient. 🌋🐮 Did you know that? We had a lovely guide from @baliecotours who told us many interesting stories about his country and culture. #bali #loveistraveling
Definitely a must do!
8. Never visit Koa D’Surfer Hotel – once your inside you never gonna leave!
Koa have their own beach on the roof with view to the ocean.
It’s like a luxury prison that provides all your needs. Our personell highlight was the beach aura on the roof: hammock, sun lounger, bar, swimming pool, sand and the best view to the ocean and for sunsets 🙂
We wanna go back and improve all mistakes we made. Particularly having more time to get deeper into Bali!