The time has come to leave this incredibly beautiful and welcoming place.

Bali has been incredible and definitely a great choice to begin a Round-The-World trip.  The people, the food, the temples, the wildlife, the sunrises, the sunsets, all of the natural beauty found here!  Everything went beyond and above what I could’ve ever imagined.

I highly recommend this city as a starting point for any solo female traveler.  It is easy, safe, and fun.

After visiting the Uluwatu temple, cliff-side cafes, Padang Padang beach, and the Tanah Lot temple I accompanied Mark, my travel buddy for a few days, to the airport to catch his flight.  The following day I took my flight out of Bali to go experience some of the beauty that Java has to offer.

Here is a list of places visited and experiences from Bali & Gili Meno: 

  • Kuta
  • Ubud
  • Mt Batur
  • Mt Agung
  • Goa Gajah
  • Tempaksiring
  • Tirta Empul
  • Gunung Kawi
  • Tagallalang
  • Monkey Forest
  • Yoga at Yoga Barn
  • Cooking class in Laplapan
  • Bedugul Temple by Lake Bratan
  • Jatiluwih rice terraces
  • Mengwi temple
  • Kekac ceremony (fire dance)
  • Balinese dance
  • Ubud Farmers’ Market
  • Ubud rice paddies
  • Amed with view of Mt. Agung
  • Diving in Tulamben
  • Snorkeling in Jemeluk
  • Sunsets from Jemeluk viewpoint
  • Gili Meno island
  • Snorkeling trip to see coral wall, ship wreck & turtles, coral gardens in Gili Meno
  • Super bumpy boat ride to Sanur from Gili Meno
  • Uluwatu temple
  • Padang Padang Beach
  • Uluwatu cliff-side cafes
  • Tanah Lot 

My best memories of Bali (in no particular order): 

  • Seeing a cremation procession from the town to the beach
  • Seeing families of monkeys on top of Mt Batur at sunrise
  • Experiencing the sunrise on top of  Mt. Batur
  • Following the Hindu spiritual ritual at Tirta Empul (holy waters temple)
  • Seeing a devoted Hindu man pray at altar on top of Mt Agung (at 10,000ft)
  • Riding on a scooter up and down the coast in Amed and eating roadside bbq for $2
  • Eating Babi Guling (pork bbq) during road trips
  • Swimming in the sea in Amed while looking at Mt. Agung
  • Enjoying an early morning in the Farmer’s market and later contemplating the rice paddies in Ubud
  • Contemplating the sunset at the top of the Uluwatu cliffs
  • Watching sunsets in Gili Meno from a beach bungalow
  • Drinking Bintangs (local beer) and eating cassava chips on the beach
  • Getting a ride from Ubud center to my homestay on a motorcycle from a random stranger (it’s common here, don’t worry mom).
  • And last but not least, drinking guava, papaya and mango juice, and eating banana pancakes (which are more like crepes) every morning!

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