Romantic Getaway to Bali: Beaches and Sunsets
My wife and I have just returned from a romantic anniversary getaway to the Indonesian island of Bali. And what a fantastic trip it was! This trip was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and included visits to Malaysia, Singapore and Bali.
This is the first of four articles about our Romantic Getaway to Bali:
Bali is one of over 17,500 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. It is a fairly small island with a population of almost 4 million people. Over 90% adhere to Bali Hinduism and this religious influence has shaped the landscape with temples and shrines everywhere.
We arrived in the capital city of Denpasar by air from Singapore. After we secured our entry visa ($25) and cleared immigration we had our first surprise – the currency is the rupiah, and there are 8,900 to one US dollar! I changed a $100 bill and received 890,000 rupiah – I was almost a millionaire after just ten minutes! Before the euphoria of being wealthy could wear off, we were quickly whisked away by taxi to our hotel in nearby Sanur, where they charged our 4 night stay to my credit card - 3.1 million rupiah later and I was no longer feeling rich! In fact, I distinctly remember thinking that I hope my credit card company gets the currency correct, otherwise I’m in big trouble!
Bali's Natural Beauty
The next day we negotiated with a local taxi driver / guide to drive us around the island – highly recommended because of the narrow, congested roads (I’ve never seen so many motorbikes). It is an inexpensive way to see the island, you benefit from the driver’s local knowledge and you can go where you want, rather than being tied to a specific itinerary.
The natural scenery of Bali is beautiful and during our visit we saw some amazing sights including:
- The fabulous beach at the Pacatu Indah resort overlooking the Indian Ocean
- The Tegenungan waterfall where we hiked down the 160 steps to see the river below
- Kintamani where we had lunch overlooking the still-active Batur volcano and crater lake
- The Tegallalang rice terraces
- Jimbaran Beach, famous for its sunsets, weddings, restaurants and traditional fishing village.
- Many Hindu temples in fabulous locations , including Tanah Lot, shown below
Sunset at Tanah Lot, Bali
At the end of one particularly rainy day, we raced from the inland rice terraces, through little villages, on a hair-raising trip to get to the ocean in the hope that the clouds would clear in time for the sunset. As we arrived at Tanah Lot with only 15 minutes to spare, the clouds parted and the sun appeared. As I started to take photos, our guide informed me that I wasn’t in the best place. The next thing I know, I’m running behind him up the coastal path, past market vendors trying to sell me their wares, and arrived breathless at a fantastic location just in time to snap this fantastic sunset.
Jimbaran Beach is on the southern end of Bali close to the airport. In fact, you can see the planes landing on the runway at the end of the beach.
We spent our last few hours in Bali at Jimbaran Beach. The beautiful sand beach is shared by tourists and locals alike. There is a fish market selling fresh fish caught by the local fishermen.
Later in the day, the local restaurants place tables and chairs on the beach for casual open-air dining. While we ate our meal of freshly caught fish, we watched a Balinese wedding ceremony take place on the beach.
Then, just before we headed off to the airport, we were able to witness the most spectacular sunset.
Romantic Getaway to Bali
I hope you found this article about our Romantic Getaway to Bali: Beaches and Sunsets interesting and I invite you to take a look at my other articles in this series:
Please feel free to leave comments, particularly if you have visited Bali and want to share your experiences.
You might also be interested in other Romantic Getaway Ideas. And for those of you with a wedding anniversary this year, here are some Wedding Anniversary Ideas that will help you to celebrate in style!
Happy travels, Geoff