Bali - where to go, what to do - part 1
Bali - exploring the island
WHERE TO EVEN START.. HONESTLY, BALI HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER; HECTIC TRAFFIC, SPIRITUAL ADVENTURES, HEDONISTIC PHOTOGENIC FOOD PLACES, AMAZING NATURE, VARIETY OF STREET FOOD, KIND PEOPLE, SURFING SPOTS AND A GREAT NIGHT LIFE. BASICALLY EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE.
I’ve been living here three weeks now and there is so much more to explore.
Nyang Nyang beach- uluwatu
In my opinion here you can find the most beautiful beaches. White sand, turquoise water, amazing cliffs and unforgettable views.
If you are planning to spend a day at a beach, don’t forget sunscreen, there is nowhere to hide in the shade! On your way down to the beach you should wear sneakers because road is pretty difficult to walk. There are locals selling water, coconuts and even some traditional rice dishes if you are hungry. If you are looking for a party vibe, I have to disappoint you- there is no beach bars here.. Just a “pure” nature...
Oh and PLEASE don’t throw trash around. Unfortunately it’s very disappointing to see that a big part of the island is polluted with plastic bottles . I know it is a bit off topic - but whoever is visiting it, please don’t make it even worse, take your garbage with you.
We are still in Uluwatu. So, on the way back from Nyang Nyang beach, I stopped at Ulu CliffHouse beach bar. Amazing cliff with a view of Indian Ocean. Music, suset, great food and great energy. For those who like to chill on a sun bed or in the pool. Not to mention great and photogenic interior. Definitely a spot to be for IG lovers and bloggers.
balinese water temple purification ceremony
Ubud is known for it’s spirituality, creativity and beautiful rice fields. When you are planning to visit Ubud I would highly recommend it to visit it for few days. There is a lot to do and explore around. I am pretty sure you’ve all watched or read Eat, Pray, Love. A lot of it was filmed right here. This is one of the reasons Ubud is very popular and packed with tourists. So far I have been in Ubud 2 times, each time for a day only. On the way from Seminyak you will pass the Tegallalang rice terrace - it is a great spot to stop by. There are varius restaurants offering local cusine, as well as art kiosks and cafés . There are locals offering all sorts of paintings and art which you can bargain for a good price.
Balinese Water Temple Purification Ceremony
Water plays a vital role in Balinese life. The Balinese call their flavor of the Hindu religion Agama Tirtha: “The Religion of the Holy Water.” The Sanskrit word Tirtha means 'holy' or to 'cleanse'. To the Balinese water is the foundation of prosperity, therefore an integral participant in all ceremonies… Bali blessing is a spiritual ceremony that is part of Balinese traditional custom consisting of purification, welcoming of good spirits and a final offering while the individual performing the ceremony chants mantras in ancient Sanskrit.
When you arrive, various offerings will be placed at the ceremony location where you will be sitting or kneeling. It is good to take a local person or hire agency to guide you through the process. In Bali this ceremony is used to cleanse our bodies and spirits. On the way you can buy and bring some offerings with you to leave it to the spirits. Various offerings are used including the sprinkling of blessed water to purify the body. Water represents the flow of energy - chi. Bali has many sacred springs and rivers. During this ceremony, you are invited to receive the water over your head and body in what is referred to as a holy shower. After the holy shower, rice is then placed on the forehead for good fortune and prosperity and prayer, the waving of hands is in memory of your ancestors and the placement of pieces of thread on the body signify strength. The ceremony is finished with eating small portions of food for a happy and prosperous future.
For a bit more fancy version of Ubud you can try to visit Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar. Vibe is very relaxed, music is not too loud and the service is great. There should be a bit more of vegetarian options which are usually easy to find in Bali, but it was worth of visit anyways!
So far so good. You know what they say: “and if all else fails, Bali is always a great idea”.
To be continued…
p.s. Soon I am publishing blog about Bali food and cuisines #baligasm :D