Bali is famous for its amazing beaches and killer surf breaks, but there are plenty of other things to do here. To get here from Java you need to make your way to Ketapang and hop on the ferry to Gilimanuk.
We got talked into paying jacked up prices for a mini bus all the way to the ferry terminal, and when we finally arrived on the other side we refused to pay for the next one and headed for the local buses. Unfortunately this led to the bus refusing to leave until we had payed over double the ticket price, you can’t win.
This 8km string of beach towns collectively make up Lovina, and it’s the perfect place to do nothing. We stayed at the Ray Beach Inn which was lovely, check out Warung Dolphin for good food and local live music. We didn’t do much here, just a bit of shopping, ate the best chicken satay I’ve ever tasted, oh, and spent an entire day panicking about the tsunami that was heading our way.
We woke up in the morning to concerned messages from friends and family that a huge earthquake had struck Japan and almost worldwide tsunami warnings had been issued, with the north coast of Bali expected to be hit. We were told by panicking relatives to get out of town, evacuate, find higher ground at least.
We packed an emergency bag, ready to leave at the first sign of trouble, and spent the entire day wondering if the locals even knew what was happening. No one seemed to care, or know, that a tsunami was about to hit. We resigned ourselves to our fate and sat at a beach bar drinking cocktails, waiting for news.
The locals told us that when an island off the coast was hit, someone would call to the mainland to let them know how serious it was. No worries. When it did eventually hit it was no more than a few feet, we didn’t even notice it happen. Unfortunately many other places weren’t as lucky.
This is the perfect place to let your inner hippy shine. The streets are lined with organic restaurants, shops selling hand made goods, all the hippy pants you could imagine, tiny street shrines and spirit houses laced with flowers and incense.
Home of The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it’s a great place to get up close and personal with all the little hairy creatures. Just be careful when you enter the park because they will try and grab any belongings you have and run off with them, especially food, and don’t think they wont bite you to get it.
We stayed in a great little hotel called Nyoman Murjana, would definitely recommend just for the tea they bring and leave on your private patio every morning.
This place is ridiculous. It’s a huge tourist destination with big shops and chain restaurants alongside small street vendors and cheap stalls. The beach is nice enough, with a regular surf break, great place to watch the sunset but it’s always busy. The nightlife here is fantastic, and you will most likely only meet people from either Australia or Cornwall.
Check out Suka Beach Inn, this huge complex situated around a questionable pool is party central. As far as a night out goes, there is always something big happening. Check out the massive Sky Garden for multiple floors of cheap drinks and loud music, Apache is a super chill reggae bar, most definitely check out Alley Cats for cheap drinks in the evening and the best hangover food in town for the morning after, and Gong Corner is was our favourite place for cheap, good food.
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