The third stop in my trip around the world.
16.06.2012 - 22.06.2012 23 °C
Bali, Indonesia will be my last stop in Asia, the next continent that I will visit will be Africa! To get to Bali from Manila I had one stop over in Jakarta, Indonesia. The total duration of the trip was 7 hours and 55 minutes. The cost for the flight was $321 and was a total of 2640.05 kilometers. I was glad to spend 5 days in Bali, there is so much to do and see while there. Some highlights of my trip included visiting Dreamland Beach, Canoeing in Lake Batur, and visiting the Melatin Waterfall in Munduk Village. Dreamland Beach consists of white sandy beaches stretching over 100 meters. The beach is leaned up against a white stone cliff that provides an amazing view of the Indian Ocean. I was so happy to spend the whole day at this beach! My favourite part of the day was the sunset, and walking around looing at the luxurious residences, hotels, villas, and the world class golf-course.
Canoeing in Lake Batur was a magical and tranquil experience. Lake Batur sits under the shadow of three mountains, Mount. Batur, Mount. Abang, and Mount. Agung. The mountains are known as the 'Holy Mountains'. It is a rare opportunity to paddle the lake as no other water sports are permitted on the lake, it was only people canoeing and local fishermen. I had to be apart of a tour group in order to do this; Canoe Bali is the only tour company to offer this experience. Knowing that I was canoeing in the middle of a giant volcanic crater was unbelievable!
The Melatin Waterfall was an excellent experience. The path to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as avocado, taro, banana, and some durian trees. It was great exercise walking up to the waterfall, and time went by so fast as I was learning about local farm and vegetation. The waterfall is 800 meters above sea level, and the fresh mountain air is pollution free. While at the waterfall we were able to have an amazing view of the coastal lines of Northern Bali.
I stayed at the Samaya Hotel in Bali, which was $30 per night. This Hotel had amazing service, helpful staff, and a simple by stylish atmosphere. I really enjoyed the King Cole Bar at St. Regis Bali Resort. It was an international cuisine that had a various selection of tea, coffee, and a buffet of warm and cold, savoury and sweet food. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I am sad to leave Asia, it has been so much fun. Can't wait to see what Africa has in store for me!