Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, and play surfing. This was my first attempt to travel solo. And I choose to stay in Uluwatu, where nice beaches and surfing spots are. It will take 40 to 50 minutes drive from the airport to Uluwatu area, a bit far from the city but the place is awesome and I’m sure you’ll love it.!
How to get there…? Manila to Denpasar, Bali is 7 hours 50 minutes. And if your are from Singapore, is only 2 hours 40 minutes. Some flights from Manila have 1 stop over, its either in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. I always use Expedia.com, Cheapflights.com and Skyscanner.com so you could compare the price of different airlines + hotels.
Uluwatu Beach, is just a walking distance from my Hotel. Where a lot of surfers love to stay here! I spend 1 day to explore Uluwatu area by renting a motorbike from the hotel and I try to play surfing as well in the afternoon.
And on my 2nd day I booked a Day Tour for S$90, we visit the Mengwi Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot, Monkey Forest and some area in Kuta.
Tanah Lot, sunset
Tanah Lot during high tide
Aim to coincide your visit with high tide, when the temple is marooned at sea; at low tide you can walk over to the temple itself, but non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter.
There are evening Kecak and fire dance performances (50,000Rp) from 6.30pm.
To reach the temple, walkways run from the vast parking lots through a mind-boggling sideshow of tacky souvenir shops down to the sea. Clamorous announcements screech from loudspeakers.
This temple complex boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes comprised of lotus and fish ponds.
Cute mother and baby monkey
You can enter the monkey forest through one of three gates: the main one at the southern end of Monkey Forest Rd; from 100m further east, near the car park; or from the southern side, on the lane from Nyuhkuning. Useful brochures about the forest, macaques and temples are available. Note that the monkeys keep a keen eye on passing tourists in hope of handouts (or an opportunity to help themselves). Don’t feed these creatures; avoid eye contact and showing your teeth, including smiling, which is deemed a sign of aggression.
After a long day trip the tour guide send me back to my accommodation. I stay in Mamo Hotel Uluwatu for 2 nights at S$60 per night with breakfast and 2 way airport transfer from the hotel. They have a pleasant and friendly staff. The room are nice with big bathroom, they have small pool where surfers and guest can soak after a long day from the beach. To complete your holiday and feel relaxed, you can booked a full body (Balinese) massage in S$20 for 1hr.
Mamo Hotel Lobby facing the swimming pool area
View from my room
I enjoy this trip a lot and I wanted to visit Bali again and stay in Ubud area and try their white water rafting soon. 😊