Well, a lot has happened since my last blog post. First and foremost, Jess and I have FINALLY been reunited after a long 5 weeks apart. Honestly I am not sure how we did it.. but we did! And now that we are back together all feels right again.
Jess’ flight arrived at midnight and I picked her up at the airport. The next morning we caught a ferry at 8:30AM and arrived on Gili Trawangan at around noon. All I can say is that spot was pure bliss. Beaches for days, lots of restaurants and cafes and of course all the beautiful views. We were a bit hesitant to stay on Gili T as we heard it was more of the party island, however the location of our hotel (Sadev Resort) was away from all the hustle and bustle but still close to all of the action when we wanted it! It was perfect!
One of my most favorite parts of Gili T is that there’s no vehicles. We were able to rent bicycles and spent one day biking around the entire island! We stopped at lots of cute little inlets and swam to cool off from the heat of the sun. We were also very fortunate to spend a day snorkelling with a boat tour. We saw tons of fish, some coral and we even swam with sea turtles (amazing). The sunrises and sunsets were truly stunning and I felt so blessed to be able to spend time on this magical place. I highly recommend this destination for anyone travelling to Bali!
After Gili T we took the ferry back to Padangbai and took a shuttle to Ubud. Our stay in Ubud was short and sweet but it was filled with excitement. When we arrived to our hotel we were greeted with lots of monkeys, big and small, and even got to see baby monkeys with their mamas. Not going to lie, we were a bit nervous having heard of people getting bit and the fact that monkeys can carry rabies, so we were careful. Our full day in Ubud was spent exploring the city centre. We wanted to see some rice terraces and luckily for our lonely planet book, we were able to locate one just outside of the centre that was supposedly a nice “leisurely” walk. Well that walk quickly turned into a 2 hr hike up a mountain in the dead heat (one we were not prepared for) and ended up with some pretty bad blisters on our feet – yikes! However, the view at the top was definitely worth every step and we gladly cheers with some beer (and then took a taxi back down because we just could not even think about walking for another two hours hehe). We ended up spending the rest of the day browsing the market and making a few purchases to remember our time spent here. It’s always interesting to hit up the markets in different countries, especially with all the bartering you have to do!!
Although we both discussed being terrified of the monkeys, we were told the Sacred Monkey Forest was worth the trip because of the incredible views inside. We decided we would give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. Well. I personally don’t see what the fuss was all about haha!! Basically there were monkeys EVERYWHERE. People were trying to touch the monkeys, feed the monkeys and get pictures with the monkeys. We watched one monkey run after one guy showing all his teeth and another run and jump on a woman. The real kicker was when there was a group of 4 teens ahead of us (luckily we decided to turn around) because we all of a sudden heard screaming and the girl was bleeding and had been bitten by a monkey on her hand and behind her ear! That was basically the extent of our monkey forest experience and we both agreed to leave and not go back 🙊
After Ubud, we headed to Uluwatu and we most definitely didn’t know what we had in store for us! We debated between a few spots for our last bit of the trip and chose to go with Uluwatu and boy am I glad we did! Jess found a GEM of a spot that was located down a cliff and literally overlooked the ocean. Uluwatu is known for its surfing, and right away when we arrived we noticed this chill, laid back atmosphere that we loved. Not only that, but the accommodations were simply amazing and the food was to die for.
The beach “cove” that we were located on was right in between Padang Padang beach and Dream land beach and each day we had our own little inlet within the rocks. It felt like we had our very own private beach! I’ve visited many beaches while being in Bali and this one was by far the nicest. Not only the cleanest, but the sand was so soft and the water was very clear. Safe to say we spent our days beaching it up and the evenings we explored Uluwatu and went out for dinner. It definitely was a place to unwind and RELAX and that’s exactly what we did. I think after all the hustle and bustle from the following days, we both needed to just veg. Our time spent in Uluwatu was magical and I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone travelling to Bali (and check out Dreamsea Surf Camp for some amazing accommodations)!
We are onto our next set of adventures.. who knows where they will take us!
With love and gratitude,
Chloe 💗 (and thanks to Jess for all of the amazing photos!)