Thursday, December 26, 2013

Photos from That One Beautiful Day in Bali

As it turned out, it was not enough to see all of Bali in just one day. Of course, I already knew that. Having discovered that I could easily occupy all of my time in Indonesia traveling slowly and exploring as much as I can on Java Island alone, I decided to forgo Bali for another trip. The last thing I wanted was to rush things and not enjoy the experience. Then again, at the back of my head, I was already thinking that I wasn't really one to enjoy traveling in destinations as widely popular as Bali. How wrong was I.

Uluwatu Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Uluwatu Beach in Bali, Indonesia. There are clearly many reasons for which people have been coming here. I mean, look at that.

In just that one day I transited in Bali in order to catch my exit flight from Indonesia back to the Philippines, I clearly saw what millions of other tourists before me saw here on the Island of the Gods. Spirituality and religion were on display and it was beautiful. Its backdrop of tall cliffs and the vast Indian Ocean, even more so. To think, I was just here one day and I just stayed in the hilly southern part of the island—Bukit Peninsula. Yet I found myself totally enamored. Bali is as popular a travel destination as it is for a reason. It is simply beautiful here.

Here are a few photos from that one day in Bali, a place I am definitely returning to.

Ferry to Bali, Indonesia
A 45-minute ferry ride from Ketapang Port on Java Island took me to Gilimanuk Port in Bali. I hired a door-to-door van pick-up in Bondowoso, East Java (210,000 IDR) to take me directly to my hostel in Bali's Bukit Peninsula.

Jolie Hostel, Bali, Indonesia
The very attractive, relaxed, and quiet Jolie Hostel in Bali's Bukit Peninsula. Yes, there's a pool. Hostel is a bit isolated but not a problem if you hire your own transport.

Bali, Indonesia
It is easy to hire a motorbike in Bali. A day's rent should only cost about 5 USD.

Babi Guling, Bali, Indonesia
Bali's ode to pork: babi guling. In one dish, you get babi sate (pork skewers), crunchy pork rinds, crispy pork skin, juicy pork meat, pork blood sausage, and lawar (a veggie stir-fry with pork and grated coconut). A plate only costs around 2 to 3 USD.

Bali, Indonesia
Driving around the Bukit Peninsula, I passed by a number of beautiful Hindu temples. How can you not take a moment to appreciate this and take it all in?

Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Uluwatu Beach in Bali's Bukit Peninsula. I remember seeing it as a pitstop in The Amazing Race Season 22.

Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Surf shops, cafes, and restaurants stand on top of rocky cliffs in Uluwatu, Bali. Drinks and food can be a little pricier, but with that view, it is worth the little extra money really.

Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
A family enjoys the small rocky pools formed during low tide in Uluwatu Beach in Bali.

Bali, Indonesia
I highly recommend getting your own transport while in Bali. As always, take it easy on the road. You will enjoy the freedom of driving through such a beautiful island. That is guaranteed.

What is that one travel destination you promised to return to having only seen a tiny part of it?

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