Beaches and forests, volcanoes and temples – an all inclusive Balinese honeymoon

We visited Bali in December 2013 for our honeymoon. December is not the best month to go to Bali – it is too rainy, hot and humid. But that did not deter us from exploring this beautiful place. We stayed in Seminyak and Nusa Dua – to experience the the beautiful Bali beaches of Nusa Dua and the equally amazing temples, forests, paddy fields of Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud.

Things to do in Seminyak:

We visited the Seminyak Beach. You can take a walk around the beach, it is not the cleanest and the busiest of all beaches, but good for an evening jog or a run. There is a nice hotel and lounge on the shore for you to relax, but it is pricey.

A small hart at the beach entrance is where you can find the most colourful hats and Sarongs. If you really want to buy something, haggle like there is no tomorrow.

Haggling is a must while shopping in Bali. And Balinese are the most honest and innocent people, they will actually ask you to negotiate with them to strike a good deal. Seriously, if they start with a 100,000 Indonesian rupiah, you should go down to 50,000 rupiah.

Other places to go around are:

1)Ubud:

Everyone knows it from the movie “Eat Pray Love”, and it is as beautiful as it looks. Very close to this place is the monkey forest, MUST VISIT.

Serene Nusa Dua beach

2) Kuta:

Visit Kuta for the night life. Plus sip a beer at the sea shore at night- just the most romantic thing ever!

3) Kintamani:

Breathtaking views, we had lunch at a nice restaurant overlooking the volcano. If you plan to hike the volcano top, try doing it before sunrise, because it gets incredibly hot. Its not a long hike. Although we gave it a miss. On our way from Seminyak, we stopped to see some art and culture – sculptures, wood carving, coffee plantation. And yep, tasted the very popular kopi luwak.

4) Tanah Lot:

Beautiful temple, go there for the sunrise and sunset.

Do visit a Balinese temple to experience their prayer routines and culture. Although Indonesia is predominately a Muslim country, but you will find mostly Hindu temples around Bali.

Things to do in Nusa Dua:

We were staying at the Laguna resort. (Semi)Private beach, beautiful pools, nice food. You can walk to the other end of the beach and sit there for hours. Just beautiful.

We went to the nearby beach (I forgot the name, but everyone knows it there, just ask the taxi driver to take you to the beach for water sports) for jet skiing and scuba diving. There are many others that you can choose from: snorkeling, paragliding, (not sure about fly-boarding). They are not too concerned about safety, haha, our life jackets had no buckles on them. So be careful and make sure you know how to swim. Negotiate with them for the water sports. No two people pay the same price for those water sports- so nothing really is carved in stone.

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The serene Nusa Dua beach

If they refuse to negotiate on the price, ask them to include more water sports for the same price. We paid about 100$ for 2 people for scuba and jetskiing (2013).

One place you should definitely go to is “Rock bar” in the Ayana resort. Just the most beautiful infinity pools. “Rock Bar” is “glamour on the rocks”, as they call it… amazing bar overlooking the ocean. Its really pricey, so make sure you are well fed when you go there.

Rock bar, Ayana resort

You can negotiate with the taxi drivers, and hire them for the entire day. If you are planning to stay in the city, you can rent a two wheeler. Its good to have an international drivers license added on to your license, just in case. They drive on the left hand side of the road.

All in all, awesome experience. There is soo much to explore in this beautiful place. Would love to go back and visit again and may be post an addendum to this post 😉

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