Travel Diary – Bali 07/16/19 Uluwatu, GWK Temple

The best experience we had so far was with our private tour guide Addy from! We booked an airport shuttle to our hotel in Nusa Dua through and he was the one waiting for us. He was really patient (it took us forever to leave the airport), but also so friendly and welcoming! It was a nice arrival sitting in his air-conditioned taxi while getting first impressions of Bali. He then told us about his tour guide business. Our previous plan would have been to rent a motor bike and discover the south of bali by ourself, but we were quite overwhelmed when we saw the ongoing traffic and decided to maybe drive in Ubud, but definitely not in Nusa Dua and Kuta. Although it would have been more adventurous we liked the idea of having a guide by ourself showing us Bali’s best to offer. So we decided to do one of Addys tour the next day. Because as jet lagged as we were we didn’t do much besides sleeping and eating the first day of our holiday (07/15/19).

We booked a half day tour with Addy, starting at 2 PM so we spent our morning relaxed, swimming in the hotel’s pool and we also went to the closest mini market to buy a bunch of fruits and water. We also wanted to buy some bread but only found 3 packages of bread. 1 package of white bread, 1 package of white bread without crust and 1 package of multigrain toast bread. This was interesting to see considering 1/5 of a typical European food store is filled with bread. ** Update: We found more bread in a bigger store haha** In the mini market we found the most amazing mangos!!!! I could eat 10 of them every single day!

The first thing we visited during Addy’s tour was the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK). The entrance costed 125’000 IDR / 8.80 CHF per person. Quite expensive or better said prices we are used to pay in Europe. But I really recommend to visit the Park! The statues are so impressive!Here you can learn more about the park and the history behind it: https://www.gwkbali.comThe next stop was the Padang Padang Beach. The entrance costs 15’000 IDR per person / 2.05 CHF. I don’t think it’s the nicest beach to swim but I liked the vibe there. Sellers are offering fresh coconuts (40.000 IDR / 2.80 CHF) and the people are really relaxed. There are also a lot of sneaky monkeys! Cute to watch but very smart! They steal your stuff and trade it in exchange of food!Uluwatu in general is really cool, full of surfers, vegan food and nice and friendly people! After the padang beach we visited the Uluwatu temple. There are a lot of tourists but it’s definitely also worth seeing it!The scenary is just stunning!!
We also watched the Kecak Fire Dance Show. The entrance to the temples costs 50.000 IDR / 3.50 CHF per person and the tickets for the Dance cost another 100.000 IDR / 7 CHF per person. The first part of the show was a bit boring as it is for quite a long time the same to watch, but yet impressive as there are 70 men singing and an amazing scenary!!During the whole trip Addy always drove us to the places telling us interesting stuff about Bali, and then dropped us off at the places and waited the whole time for us, giving us privacy and made our visits really enjoyable! For example he bought the tickets for us at the Uluwatu temple so we had time to take pictures and looking at the temples before the dance started. The whole tour costed 500.000 IDR / 35.25 CHF so practically nothing considering he spent 6.5 h with us, driving us around, waiting for us, giving us the best advice ever. For anyone going to Bali I recommend booking a tour with him! He’s soooooo great!In the evening we ordered delicious vegan food through GOJEK (the best app to order food/ cheap motor bike or cars rides) from Gopal Cafe in Sanur. The Perfect day!

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