January is always one of my favourite times to travel, and lucky for me I was able to take off and beat the dreaded January Blues again this year. I also got to check off one of my bucket list travel destinations!
Bali was an easy choice – however there is so much to do, see, and so many places to stay. Since I have always enjoyed travelling off the beaten path, we decided to stay in a residential part of Taman Griya – Jimbaran. It was easily accessible for us to check out a few typical tourist spots and also enjoy some local culture too.
Here is my list of what you must do or see in Bali:
Monkey Forest Sanctuary
This was by far one of our most memorable moments – yes it was way up on the touristy scale however it was beautiful to see how they preserve the Monkey Forest for the monkeys. It is a real sanctuary where the monkeys live freely and are not caged for your viewing. Don’t skimp on buying the bananas – if you go just before closing they will sell them for much cheaper. However, be ready because these monkeys are smart and wait around the stalls to literally jump you for the bananas! Have your camera ready because you will get some awesome photos of the monkeys on you.
This active volcano was absolutely breath taking. Definitely grab lunch at any of the buffet restaurants and eat outside so you can enjoy the view. Although Bali is typically very hot, bring a sweater because the restaurants are located on a much higher altitude, and it does get much cooler up there.
Seafood Dinner on Jimbaran Beach
One of our favourite meals was having dinner on the Jimbaran Beach. There are many restaurants along the strip that offer fresh seafood while you watch the sunset on the beach. It literally is magical, and you can see planes taking off from the runway as well. Although it is not the cleanest beach, the sunset is spectacular and the food is incredible. You select your fresh seafood from tanks, and they will prepare it exactly how you like from a variety of options.
Nusa Dua Beach
Take the time to go to the private beach of Nusa Dua, you will have to pay to access it but it is worth it. The beach is SO clean, the water is crystal clear, and since you are paying to use the beach there are no crowds. You can easily rent a beach chair for a minimal cost, and enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.
Coffee & Tea Plantations
There are many to choose from to visit, and I cannot say which is better than another. However, we were given a tour of a plantation, shown how they roast the coffee, and got to try every single coffee & tea they offer. It was a breathtaking experience, and if you love caffeine as much as I do you will be extremely happy after this. Bali has many specialty coffee & teas, but make sure you try their Lewak coffee – this stuff goes for $35 a cup in North America!