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Bali. The Island of the Gods! Part 1

Bali is a beautiful island that should be on everyone’s bucket list in 2020. It has been a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world and I had to experience it myself! Bali is one of the most instagrammable locations in the world. Head over to my Instagram page to see some of the pictures from my trip to Bali. https://www.instagram.com/rusheentravels/


If you are looking for a beach holiday then there is no better place to find it. But besides the sea and sand, Bali has a wide range of other activities and attractions for tourists (Temples, Caves, Rice terraces, Waterfalls and lots more!).


Are you planning to visit Bali? If you are going to relax on the beach, detox from everyday life back home, seek adventure or experience a rich culture different from your own, you will definitely enjoy what "The Island Of The Gods" has to offer.


Whether you’re on a short holiday or a long stay, you will probably find whatever you want to do in Bali.


I am going to share the top things I got up to Bali!


Part one will feature my most memorable adventures on days 1 and 2 of my trip!... Enjoy!


 

Surfing in Kuta


Kuta beach is perfect for beginners and also one of the cheapest places for surf lessons. The long stretch of golden sand provides a beautiful coastline for beachgoers and a safe bottom for surfers of all levels. There are plenty of surf schools/instructors on Kuta beach ready to hit the waves with you. You can rent a surfboard here or sign up for a surf lesson. With very low prices, surfing is not only fun but also affordable, even for those traveling on a tight budget.


I love taking part in outdoor activities and I would class myself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie! I have always wanted to try surfing, but I have never had the opportunity to do it. Surfing is not a popular sport in England and to be honest, I would never surf at an English beach!!! The weather here is way too cold for that!


Prior to my trip to Bali, I made a bucket list of things that I wanted to do. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a beach lover and will do any activity that involves water! Even though I didn't have enough time to do everything on my list, I am so happy that I got the chance to try surfing for the first time! The beach was across the road from my hotel and there were plenty of surf instructors available to start my lesson whenever I was ready. How convenient was that?


After haggling with many surf instructors on the beach, I eventually paid 250,000IDR ($26AUD, £14GBP, $18USD) for a 2.5 hour private lesson. The price included professional pictures taken during the surf lesson. I was guided by a professional surf instructor from beginning to end. The lesson covered beach safety, stretching and surfing techniques. After many attempts, I managed to stand up for the first time! It was awesome! The best feeling ever!


I was very tired after my surfing lesson! It was a full-body workout. I was super hungry afterwards so I went to a restaurant opposite the beach and had a traditional Balinese lunch. Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing, napping and taking selfies on the beach as I had no energy to do anything else.


#SoloSheens Top tips

  • Wear plenty of sunscreen

  • Bring water

  • For the ladies: Wear a sports swimsuit/bikini

  • Stretch before and after the surf lesson

  • Haggle, Haggle, HAGGLE! There are no set prices to haggle for the cheapest deals!

Follow me on Instagram to see my surfing pictures and watch my YouTube video below to see me bust my ass trying to stand on the board for the first time!


Bali Swings


You can't go to Bali without taking instagrammable photos on a swing with breathtaking views in the background! I love taking cool pictures, so I had to go to one of the most popular swings in Bali. Bali Swing! It has a number of jungle swings ranging from 10m - 80m above ground to suit the adrenaline junkies like myself or hanging nests for those who are not a fan of heights. But regardless of the swing or nest you choose, you will be guaranteed a breathtaking view and great pictures to share with your friends and family back home!

My trip to Bali swing was a part of a tour that my driver put together for me. Bali swing was the first stop and we arrived there at 8.30 am. I was one of the first tourists to arrive. My driver parked in front of the reception and took me to the counter. I was seen to straight away by one of the cashiers who give me information about the activities. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am impatient and hate queuing! I was over the moon when I didn't have to queue to hire a dress or have my picture taken on any of the swings. After taking photos on all of the swings and nests, I had my lunch at the cute little buffet restaurant at 11 am. I was so glad that I got there early because, after lunch, the park was filled with tourists queuing for a long time to take pictures.


Entrance fee

500,000IDR ($53AUD, £28GBP, $35USD)


In addition, the package includes lunch buffet (vegetarian  from 9:00 – 17:00 and non-vegetarian 11.00 – 15.00 ) and drinks (coffee, tea, water)

Location

Jl. Dewi Saraswati, 80352 Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kapubaten Bandung, Bali, Indonesia


Opening times

08:00 am – 05:00 pm


Additional services

  • Photo shooting service 175000IDR ($18AUD, £10GBP, $12USD) for all pictures (digital version)

  • Dress Rental IDR 150000-400000IDR. They have plenty of stunning dresses to choose from. They come in a range of different colours and sizes. They will even pin up and make adjustments on the dress to suit you!

  • Additional drinks (soft drinks, beer)

  • Rent a locker 15000IDR ($16AUD, £8GBP, $11USD)


My Experience

The staff is entertaining, professional, helpful and friendly. They will guide you around the swings and take professional pictures of you. They even comforted me when I was a little nervous to go on the biggest swing "One Adrenaline Single Swing". The food options were very limited but the food was better than expected and worth the price that I paid. My overall experience was definitely worth the money! I had a lovely time and got to see some incredible views overlooking a river, tropical greenery and a waterfall.


#SoloSheens Top tips

  • Avoid the crowds/long queues by arriving between 8am and 10am

  • Wear plenty of sunscreen

  • Bring extra cash to purchase pictures and a locker


Bali swing is definitely one of the hottest Instagrammable spots in the world right now. Head over to my Instagram feed to see some of my Bali Swing pictures. http://www.instagram.com/rusheentravels



Tegenungan Waterfall

I hired a driver for a whole day and asked him to take me on a tour around Ubud. I told him that I want to visit some waterfalls and temples during the tour and he suggested Tegenungan Waterfall.


Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali. It is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and first-time visitors to Bali. Steep, concrete steps and safety rails lead you all the way to the pit of the falls. It is easy to walk down the steps, but it took me double the time to climb back up! It was brutal climbing back up those steps! It was like leg day at the gym! I had to keep stopping to catch my breath 😂. The beautiful views and vibrant scenery made it well worth the effort!

There are plenty of photo spots on the way down to the falls and there is even a path that leads you towards the mini Tegenungan Waterfall hidden away in the jungle.


At around 20 meters high, Tegenungan Waterfall is a pleasant place to spend a day swimming, hanging out and climbing to the top of the falls. If you don't have a lot of time to spend in Bali, using a tour guide will help you get the most out of your trip as you are able to visit multiple attractions in one day. This is exactly what I did. Tegenungan features on many tours in Bali.


Entrance fee

15,000 Rupiah per person ($1.60AUD, £0.84GBP, $1.10USD)


Parking

FREE for scooters

5,000 Rupiah for cars ($0.53AUD, £0.28GBP, $0.37USD)


Additional services

Lockers 10,000IDR ($1.06AUD, £0.56GBP, $0.73USD)

Toilets for 3,000IDR ($0.32AUD, £0.17GBP, $0.22USD)



#SoloSheens Top tips

  • Avoid the crowds by arriving before noon

  • Wear plenty of sunscreen

  • Bring water as you will need it after the trek back up the steps

  • More than a basic level of fitness is required to climb up the steps



Now you know that I am an adrenaline junkie, a typical millennial who loves taking selfies and a "get there early" traveler with no patience for long queues!


That is all for part 1... I hope you found this post very informative.


Stay tuned for... "Bali. The Island of the Gods! Part 2"


 

Thank you for reading!


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