28.08.2016 - 01.09.2016
After realising writing an entry on holiday everyday was far too laborious Ive decided to make an entry on each leg of our journey.
Everyone's expectation of holiday is relaxation and fun. So far it has not disappointed but relaxation in NUSA DUA is forced on you. We discovered that NUSA DUA is the town that hasn't started yet. With plentiful lavish hotels and villas and shopping centres designed around tourism but as of yet, they're arnt many tourists. For dinner you're looking at 1 to 1 service which isn't necessarily a bad thing but makes a shit atmosphere.
With a real push for water sports and not much else in the area, it's hard to do something unique unless you really look for it or travel further north such as ubud. As we will be venturing there later on in the holiday we avoided that. However we still managed to do some pretty amazing things.
Day 2 involved us hiring a driver and looking for unique spots that would give us some great photos and get us away from standard tourist spots. We managed to find the abandoned airplane that is about as random as it gets, story is a guy wanted to convert it into a restaurant and ran out of money. Even after trying to bribe the security guard he wouldn't let us in so our driver managed to find a way around and above the plane.
We then moved onto Goagoa temple which is built into the cliffs, you can't enter because it's a highly religious place and the way the guy inside acted I would probably spontaneously combust being a Christian. Never the less the view over Bali from there was amazing and it was very cool to see how much religion is built into this society as well as the cliff face.
Next was something we found online. It wasn't until the 90s that really Bali started becoming popular around the globe for tourism. So one genius attempted to build an amusement park which like many things in Bali was never finished. Strange and unique it's positioned by a beautiful stretch of beach but now completely deserted it serves as a canvas for graffiti and a hang out for taxis and rabid dogs. Got some cool photos though.
On the way back to the hotel and after confusing our driver enough with our weird requests he took us to a temple just up the road from our hotel which had incredible views of the ocean and really shows off the reef and white sands of Bali beaches. He told us it's a water temple 'surprisingly'. It is also a very popular place for the locals and not many know about it.
As a whole being chauffeured around was great especially as the capability of the driving in locals is questionable. Also we don't have an international driving license so renting scooters is a no no. It cost about 450,000 IDR which is about £25 which is amazing really.
Day 3 - we had already booked an excursion for day 3 which involved snorkelling, a visit to turtle island, Uluwatu temple and fire dance and dinner on a beach.
We had no concerns going into the day as the hotel recommended the company and booked it for us. When our driver arrived he was polite and friendly, when he lead us to the place we were getting the boat from we got a bit more worried. With a harbour full of boats and water sports going on left right and centre we were stuck with the guys operating out of a little hut. After having to figure out where to go our selves some guy threw some snorkel gear at us, got us to try it on and before we knew it we were on a little boat on our own heading out to a little spot in the ocean. I've been snorkelling before with a company and like them it was a large collection of boats all in one area but normally with someone to guide you round and at least a life jacket. I hate to complain but although I am a fairly strong swimmer Stef not so much having to get all your gear on while in the deep blue and no one watching you is a bit nerve racking. After calming down and getting to it there were some cool things to see but too much for Stef so she got back on the boat. I didn't stay in much longer and we clambered our way back on to the little blue floats.
We moved on to turtle island and was greeted by a very nice man certainly chasing that tip. He turned out to be our very own guide through what we thought was solely a turtle sanctuary. It actually turned out to be a small zoo with some pretty random animals in a small space. Very quickly we were escorted through and introduced to some little animals and some very big turtles. Always make you feel safe when a guy throws a snake on your shoulders that has its mouth taped up. Best bit was they lost the iguana and everyone was made to search. After having an awkward drink with our guide who "doesn't get paid" we ventured back to our driver who took us back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.
The next half of our trip was by far the best. After a 30minute drive and a random stop at a coffee shop that sold Luwack coffee (search it) we arrived at Uluwatu temple. Which had incredible views of the coast and some cheeky monkeys. The sunset was beautiful and the completely bonkers entertainment made a very enjoyable evening. Even though we were knackered we were finally taken to our meal which was another 20minutes away. We had some very tasty fish on the beach being serenaded by a local jukebox band who were very good. Our driver took us back and it only just dawned on us that we had spent about £100 but got all of the above included. Just shows how cheap Bali is.
Day 4 - keeping it short we chilled on the beach all day ready for our early wake up call to travel to Gili Trawangan!!!!