They say Bali is a “hip” version of Goa but once you’ve landed yourself in this land of beaches and temples, it is hard to stay away from the romance that this place has to offer. Bali’s Denpasar Airport (DPS) is just south of Kuta.
We stayed at “The Peninsula Beach Resort”, located in Nusa Dua, the hub of luxury resorts. All these resorts share a common beach and are equipped with most water sports like Parasailing, Jet Ski, Banana Boat, Water Skiing, etc. The rooms in the resort are all ocean-view and the views are breathtaking.
Day 1: Relaxing by the beach
We decided to start our little romantic journey in typical Balinese style. Our day was spent at the beach, under the sun and the only thing that made us get off our sun bed was an occasional craving to swim. Slow romance was the order of the day.
Day 2: Scuba Diving- Tulamben/ Nusa Penida
Tulamben, in north eastern Bali was our chosen destination for scuba diving. The site is ranked as one of the top diving spots in the world, but what’s really cool about it is that it can be equally rewarding for both newbie divers as well as experienced ones.
Diving for the first time felt divine. The sheer beauty of the natural surroundings, colourful underwater life is proof that there is a creator somewhere who has hidden some of his best creations in certain parts of the world.
The travel time to Tulamben from Nusa Dua one way is approximately 3 hrs. We must mention that the PADI instructors are very friendly and experts in their field – something that always makes first timers comfortable. The other places for scuba diving in Bali are “Nusa Penida” & “Amed”, which are said to be for experienced Divers.
Day 3: Appointment with the Komodo Dragon
The Bird & the Reptile Park is worth a visit even if you’re not an avid bird watcher. To watch the Bali native Komodo Dragon in action, one must make a stop at The Reptile Park. Our shopping expedition took us to a silver factory followed by wood and stone craft shops. Ignore the price tags and go right ahead and bargain – that’s a mantra you can follow in South East Asia. Exquisitely handcrafted structures from wood and stone vied for our attention and we found it hard to take a pick.
Kintamani, a rural region with its active volcano Batur Mount makes for a nice day trip alternative. Located on a plateau, one can get beautiful panoramic views of the countryside and Lake of Batur from this hilly area. The area has some restaurants though limited options for vegetarians. We also visited the Tampak Siring/ Holy Spring water temple also known as Tirta Empul, a temple with a water body in its centre. The clean, clear water is said to be holy and cures diseases according to locals. Here you can visit the Palace of Indonesia State, a peaceful place surrounded by a hill.
If hopping around Bali can get exhausting, there’s no better way to unwind than at the Hard Rock Cafe – Kuta.
Day 4: In the lap of nature
What makes a trip an exciting journey is the guidance that you receive from the locals. Our visit to GitGit Streams and the waterfalls around it was a result of just that. The streams fall from a height of 45 metres and make you feel like you are in nature’s lap. 30 Kms west of Denpasar town lies another temple with stunning views – the Tanah Lot Temple, built on a 3 acre rock and just a few minutes away from the coast.
Our evening was spent at Jimbaran, south of the airport and Kuta. A former backwater-fishing village with a daily market is now home to several world-class five star beach resorts. The three clusters of grilled seafood restaurants on the beach are a major tourist draw in the evenings, as is the truly stunning sunset.
Day 5: A temple with a view
We ended our stay by visiting the Uluwatu Temple, a beautiful hindu temple easily accessible by road. If you’re looking at branded clothes on discount head to Kuta. Before you depart from Bali, don’t forget to indulge in a romantic dinner by the beach. It’s an experience your memory will find hard to replicate!
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