Here we go. Bali is our first world tour stop. We will spend two days there before going directly to Gili Island and Nusa Lembongan.
After 6 hours Jetstar fligth , we arrived in Bali, a very famous and popular destination for aussies. We left Sydney around 5.30pm with 25 degrees celsius and 4,700km later, we arrived in a oven warmed up at 30 degrees but with 80% humidity while it is already 9pm.
We negotiated a taxi to get to our hotel. In fact we didn’t negotiate as when you do so, the driver will start at a price 3 times higher than the standard fare…So we went to the official taxi company and ask for a fare to our hotel. We found a cute hotel in Kuta for just 12.5$ the night for both of us including breakfast.
The plan for the next two days is quite simple:
– a first day for us to arrive, fix some issues (vodafone phone not roaming, internet..) and spend some time checking around to get an idea of Kuta, its beaches and life.
– a second day where we rent a scooter for the day to explore some of the great temples that Bali has to offer.
Even so Kuta is cheap, this is not really the dream location for your holidays. Yes, the beer is cheap, food and accomodation too but we didn’t find anything special. Fortunately, our scooter trip gave us a different vision: Bali temples which still show that 95% of the population is hindu.
We start visiting the Pura Luhur temple located at Uluwatu. Built on the 11th century, it is one of the most spectacular temple as it is sitting atop the cliffs overlooking the surf at Uluwatu. This temple is home of numerous monkeys ready to jump on you and steal your sunglasses,hat or food.
Luhur means “something of divine origin while Uluwatu can be broken into “ulu” which means “land’s end” and “watu” means “rock” in the old language.
Our second temple is located at the north of Denpasar. His name Tanah Lot means “land in the middle of the sea” as the temple itself is sitting on the rock surrounding by water at high tide. It has been built on the 15th century. When we were there, there was a lot of people so quite difficult to take some pictures alone. Everyone was waiting for the sunset (behind the clouds…)
Riding a scooter in Bali is quite special. You need to learn how to use the horn, something we don’t do enough in Sydney.. With it, you have all the rights. I would compare it with our indicators.. You overtake someone , but a car is coming. You just horn and both cars (the one you overtake and the one coming) will go sideways to leave you enough room. And sometimes this room is just enough..
You want to warn a pedestrian that you may hurt him as sometimes people ride or drive on three lanes when actually there is only two lanes. Just horn and he will move or run.
You fill the petrol tank using some used bottle of alcohol that people sell in the street. This morning we filled the tank with a bottle of vodka then with a bottle of rhum. Nice..
We came back to our hotel alive and join two friends from Australia with who we will leave the next day to Gili Island to trek the Rejani volcano. The trek and the Gili Island will be two topics of our next posts.
Caro and Jacques