A Balinese Adventure

what felt like the longest journey from the UK to
Denpasar, a minute into our Bali adventure I knew it was going to
be worth it.

The smell of a thousand burning incense sticks; the sound of
mopeds buzzing around the island; the smiles that people had on
their faces everywhere we went are just a few of the things that
hit me on arrival.

While exploring Bali’s many different sides, from watching
surfing in Uluwatu from a man-made shack on a cliff edge to hiking
through the Gili Islands in search of turtles to swim with, the
thing I always sensed and admired was the culture, and the way the
people wanted to help without expecting anything in return.

We began in the lively region of Legian, just next to Seminyak.
It’s one of the best spots to see the sunset while having a Bintang
beer and watching the surfers do their thing, the sky in flames
behind them. We then headed to Lembongan, a half an hour boat ride
away through the wild waters along the coastline. The Gilis were
next on our list with a few nights stop over on Gili Meno, where we
found those turtles, snorkelled in clear waters, ate fresh
barbecued seafood on the beach and drank milk straight from

On our way back to the mainland, we stopped at Ubud. It sums up
the many pictures you see of Bali; temples, yoga, rice paddies and
traditional Balinese crafts abound, along with colourful local food
and rich coffee.

This series is a snapshot of the days I spent there – next time,
that will definitely be longer.

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