The Bali Beach Hop

Wow, these southern beaches are exactly what we needed! Especially since we both caught colds and needed to rest a bit. Everyone in Asia is coughing all over the place without covering their mouths. It’s not cool, I’m going to make a “cover your f-ing mouth” PSA.

We started in Nusa Dua, which is known for its  five star hotels covering the beach. We did not stay at these pish posh hotels. So we got sneaky… We walked along the beach all la de da, saw a couple chairs that were free, and sat down like we were staying at the $500 a night resort. I was like “ohhhhh we’re going to get caught, we don’t have a purple towel.” G was like “chill out, they’re not going to say a thing.” And they didn’t! 

Very nice view, thanks Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa! We also walked through the St. Regis “private beach” (I was told to chill out again) and it’s crazy how rich some people are. Do you really need to spend money on your own beach house? Give me some! 

The next day we motorbiked to Blue Point, this awesome surfers beach. We had to walk down a bunch of stairs to get to a cave where it opens up to the ocean.

All those dots are surfers!

We took a beach break to see the Uluwatu Temple which sits on a cliff. We are kind of templed out at the moment, so we just went for the view. Apparently that’s what the excitement’s all about anyway.

Then we bike over to this unmarked road that is supposed to take us to a secret beach and park the bike. We look down the cliff and realize we need more than an hour to explore this one… Especially with the cliff hike.

So we saved it for today, like three days after I took the photo. We needed a few pool and tissue days for the colds.

The secret beach is called Nyang Nyang and it is the shit! Look at this! There’s like one person on the beach!

And some shipwrecks :/ beach ghosts?

Low tide exposed a ton of coral. I walked out a bit… Until I saw something sticking out from a rock… It was some sort of ocean spider and I freaked out. George found one later and we took a pic. I googled ocean spider and just got photos of giant sea monsters so I have no idea what it actually is. But I’m not touching it. 

And that concludes our Bali adventure! We fly to the island of Java tomorrow.

Last but not least… Happy Father’s Day to the coolest dad in the world! I hope you’re doing some of this tomorrow. Be prepared to do it again in a couple weeks. 


Lovina Beach is Not Paradise

Man! The Internet really got us good this time. All of this talk about beautiful black sand swimmable beaches that are not blown out with tourists… 

It was covered in trash, the locals harassed us every step we took. There was a very small area between fishing boats to swim, but it was right next to the shops so you couldn’t get away from the hustle. Very disappointing.

So instead, we rented a motorbike and got the f off the beach. It ended up to be one our favorite days actually, yay!

First we went to the buddist temple Brahma Vihara Arama that was pretty much deserted. It was beautiful. 

Then we motorbiked through the mountains to get to the sea goddesses temple Pura Ulun Danu Beratan on Lake Beratan. This was the view from our lunch pitstop. 

The temple itself was a little blown out, but still really nice and the temperature was much more comfortable because of the elevation.

Then we biked down the winding roads to our hotel to get ready for our trek BACK down to the south where apparently the beautiful beaches live. Time will tell!

While we were on the road, we saw some sort of parade, not sure what it was for but it looked fun!

And here’s a video of the winding roads.

GOTCHA! Aahahahaha

Mount Batur- The Active Volcano Hike

That’s right! We hiked to the rim of an active volcano! Because we’re loco! 

The last time Mount Batur erupted was in 2000, so we did kind of play with fire… Or lava…

Here’s the volcano from our hotel. Yes, this is our view.

This is us with our view. Cray.

We woke up at 2:45am to hike the volcano, in the dark, so we could watch the sunrise. It was a wonderful experience (except for the part where the guide tried to rip us off, but George whipped him into shape) and I’m really happy we made the trek up here.

The terrain went from forest, to rocks, to volcanic ash. The ash was crazy, it was like hiking up a sand dune… Going down was like surfing, probably not the safest to slide down a volcano but it was fun!

Here’s some shots from the top.

Also, I was wearing socks with my Teva’s…How embarrassing 🙄

And here’s the mouth of the volcano… It doesn’t look that scary but we did see some steam rising through the rocks. 

And a nice daylight panorama with everyone hiking back down.

After the hike, we took a taxi to the hot springs (more like warm springs) and pool hopped for the afternoon. It’s crazy what a little warm water can do for the body, we weren’t sore at all the next day.

Yesterday we arrived in Lovina, hoping to lay on a gorgeous black sand beach for a few days. Alas the Internet tricked us and we found a dirty beach with lots of pushy locals 😦 But we prevailed! And found amazing things to do today thanks to the motorbike. More on that soon, I’m sleepy. 

Bali Gold

Ohhhh man, you know what this post is going to be about! But first, the journey. 

We landed in Bali and headed straight for Ubud, this laid back hippie town full of yoga and raw food. We loved it, George overdosed on fresh juice for three days straight. We stayed in this amazing hotel called Sri Bungalows for like $30 a night. What a steal!

On our first full day we went to the Monkey Forest and played with, surprise, monkeys! They jump all over you, it makes for fun photos like this!

Then we went to a temple, had more juice and got the best massages of our lives!

I got a full body massage, then they scrubbed me down, covered me in yogurt, and put me in a bathtub filled with flowers. That’s never going to happen again. I hope it does but I’m not counting on it. 

We get back to the room before dinner and George is like, how much money do you have? So I checked and told him. He said, check again! And I found a little note about picking out an engagement ring and he proposed! THIS IS REAL LIFE. Best day ever!!!

So obvi we went shopping the next day in the gold and silver district, and boom! Ring! And a ring photo shoot. 

For the rest of our time in Ubud, we just celebrated love and pranced around town. It was wonderful. 

We hiked to the top of a volcano yesterday, more on that next!