I have to admit, Bali has never really been on the list of places I’ve wanted to visit. But, sure enough I was in Darwin and the flights were pretty cheap so I decided why not see what the fuss is all about. As soon as I arrived into the airport and walked outside I was inundated with taxi drivers. Luckily the host I was going to stay with had advised me roughly how much to pay to get to hers so I knew I had to get my battering skills up to scratch.
My week in Bali has been interesting, for once in my life I’ve felt like Karl Pilkington spending more of my time moaning. I just think that Bali is a great place for people who work the 9-5 life and want to escape and have a proper vacation. For me travelling is more about experiencing new things, getting lost and mixing in the locals. Even though I blend in with the locals, it has just become so touristy driven that the locals here are so westernised. I guess you can say for me it’s just like being in Australia still. Spending a lot less money though of course. I have however been able to find a piece of paradise away from the chaos so I thought I’d share with you guys my first week in Bali.
The first few days I nestled in Seminyak, it basically has a shite load of fancy shops and a beach there where everyone surfs. I personally didn’t enjoy it, but I gave it a few days before I made any judgments. I was staying with a local Indonesian lady so it was good to get a locals perspective on the place. She took me to 707 Beach to watch the sunset and to a cool Pho restaurant that overlooks rice paddies. Luckily my friend who books musicians lives here, so it was nice to catch up with him and one of the DJ he has booked for one of the clubs here. I managed to use his infinity pool and live the life of luxury that everyone seems to do in Bali. I enjoyed it for the day, watched him DJ at Jenja at night but that was enough for me. The place is ridden with tourists, so I knew that after spending 3 days here that it was time to move on.
Canggu is the new Kuta and Seminyak. It’s basically the same same, but a little less touristy?? If that is even possible in Bali. I stayed there for a few days whilst I met up with one of my mates, it was nice to chill by the beach and check out the nightlife. There is something more chill about Canggu than Kuta. You had the opportunity to either check out some rice-fields or just go to the beach. The restaurants and bars were a little upscale with Finns Hotel being there, but you can just go there and have a dip in their pool which is nice. The one thing I didn’t like about Canggu is the fact that the mafia runs the town, so it’s really hard to get an Uber or a GoJek. Forcing you to use one of their taxis which is pretty much double the price. Still the place wasn’t quiet enough for me so I decided to move on to the islands.
I ended up grabbing an Uber to Sanur, although it was putting the driver at risk he still picked me up. Basically the locals have been known to smash Uber cars in the area which is pretty sad. So once you order an Uber, they make you walk up on the street a bit so that they pick you up from there. I went to Sanur because it was the gateway to get me to Nusa Lembongan. It’s been known as ‘Snoozeville’ but hey that’s something I think I would enjoy. I also found out that older prostitutes that can no longer work in Kuta come to Sanur and get paid as little as $5 which made me pretty sad. Again the place is run by mafia so the Uber driver can drop you off, but they cannot pick you up. The town itself seemed nice – beach town, very quiet with no nightlife. I decided that I would book the ferry to Nusa the next day.
The ferry from Sanur to Nusa was only 30 minutes by fast bought, I paid around $25.00 for the boat one-way. Nusa was the best decision I had made on my trip so far, if I had to do it again I would just fly into Bali and go straight to Nusa. The water is crystal clear and the sand is so white and beautiful. I booked myself into a bungalow for around $20 a night and just had a walk around the place. If you’re inexperienced with riding a scooter, Nusa would be the best place to do it. There is not that many people, and to go from one end of the island to the other only takes you about 15-30 minutes. The roads do get a bit rocky but if you take your time you’ll be fine. In Nusa you can snorkel with manta rays, the tour takes you to three different spots and it only cost $15.00. Snorkelling with the manta rays was the highlight of the trip, I literally wanted to do it again the next day. The friendly rays swim right past you without a care in the world.
It’s also a great place for divers as well, and if you do decide to spend time there then make sure you head to Devil’s Tear and Blue Lagoon. You’ll also have to ride the scooter over the yellow bridge that takes you to Nusa Ceningan. It looks like you won’t make it over the bridge as it seems so fragile but it holds fine. In all honesty, if I wasn’t going to explore more of Bali I would stay there more, however time is of the essence so I decided to head to GIli T.
Gili T is a party island, however if you get yourself a bungalow outside and away from the strip then you’ll be fine. The water here is crystal clear as well, and I guess you can say Gili T has more of an ambience. People are happy, loads of tourists and it goes off every night of the week. During they day people are snorkelling along the beach, tanning, reading and then head off to watch the sunset. I find myself letting myself go a bit more in Gili, I guess because I have just accepted the tourists and just try to embrace it all. I’ve decided to stay here for a few days and just chill. Sometimes its nice to have those moments where you socialise with people, I for one did it for a few days but I’m back again in a bungalow alone.
The only con about Gili T is that there is so much dead coral around that you find yourself stepping on it when you’re in the sea which kind of hurts. It is entertaining though watching people come out of the water though. Tomorrow I plan to explore Gili Air.