“Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself”
Time to take a break from work & going back to the essence; feeling good being yourself and attract good moments & people. Living life to the fullest!
And so my Bali Journey begins…
Zaventem – Doha (Qatar) 6H till destination
Doha (Qatar) – Denpasar (Bali) 9H till destination
Personal tip: 3 hours in between your 2 flights are perfect. If you are also wondering which airway to choose, Qatar Airways was a really good experience! Another tip is to book a taxi to your hotel in advance. There are a lot of taxis at the airport, but they often ask a higher price.
Stop 1: Rumah Samba Sanur
I started my Bali journey with some island hopping: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida & Gili Trawangan. That’s why for my first night I booked a room in Sanur. From Sanur a lot of boats depart for the surrounding islands. I saw this cute little hotel on booking.com Rumah Samba. For only 350.000 RP (35 euros/night) you get this little peaceful & quiet condo, perfect to recover from your flight.
Personal tip: As soon as you arrive at the hotel you should ask where to find an ATM to withdraw some money, because at the airport the rates are often higher. You should definitely install the Currency app on your phone; it’s a very easy converter tool. Buy also a 3G SIM card for your phone, so you can easily use maps & WhatsApp.
Stop 2: Island Hopping at Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is located 30 minutes (by boat) from Sanur & it costs about 200.000 RP (19 euros). So for my first day at Lembongan I checked in at my hotel Poh Manis. For only 1.160.000 RP (80 euros/night) you can get a bungalow overviewing their wonderful garden. To get the know the island better I decided to rent a motorbike at the hotel.
I ended my exploration with a late lunch at The Deck. I saw this address in the We Like Bali book. It’s a beachfront hangout where you can enjoy the sunset. I decided to get back at the hotel early, because in Bali it’s already dark at 18:30.
Personal tip: Before you leave for Bali don’t forget to get your international driving license! Also, as I told you before, get a local SIM card, so you can use maps.
Stop 3: Nusa Penida, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride
20 minutes from Nusa Lembongan you have Nusa Penida, famous for its great snorkeling spots & beaches.
Personal tip: When you rent a motorbike, ask a local to drive you around the island, because the road is really bumpy! As you might have seen on my Instagram (or not @celineradelet) Kling King & Broken Beach are breathtaking. It’s definitely worth a visit, but actually more than one day. As every place in Bali!
Stop 4: Wait what?!
So this stop didn’t turned out to be what I planned. Remember, there is only one ferry a day from Nusa Lembongan to Gili & yes I missed it! What I experienced during my solo trip is that nothing turns out to be the way you planned, but you need to let it happen & it will take you on a memorable journey and meet wonderful people!
Personal tip: Inform first at your hotel, because they often have better prices at the ferry agencies.
Stop 5: If you don’t imagine nothing ever happens at all
This is the first stop where I could actually lay back, relax & enjoy the moment. There is such a laidback atmosphere, probably because there are no cars & motorcycles. If you want to discover the island you can rent a bike. Because of my unfortunate situation at my previous stop I could only sleep one night at the hotel Le Pirate. As you can see on the pictures this place is a little piece of heaven! It’s pricy, but it’s definitely worth it! Everything comes together in 1 place. I must admit it’s the first time that I blinked a little tear of happiness.
Personal tip: If you have the time you should definitely take a boat & snorkel.
So this is the end of my Bali Part 1. Next up is: Ubud, Canggu, Uluwatu & Seminyak. Keep an eye on the blog for My Bali Journey Pt 2! Thanks for reading! Bise, C.
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