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:
- Mt Batur
- Mt Agung
- Goa Gajah
- Tirta Empul
- Gunung Kawi
- 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!