Bali, Indonesia

Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover, only to be completely and utterly wrong? Well, this was my husband’s experience with Bali. Luckily, his wife is a smarty pants and steered him towards a trip to this island paradise!

Our seven night journey began with a rental car from Avis. I tell you this tidbit so that I can emphatically tell you to NOT RENT A CAR IN BALI! I will spare you all of the horrendous details but, let’s just say that after 6 hours of white-knuckled driving we were utterly lost and had to stay at a random hotel. Oh! Not mention the approximately 10 almost-head on collisions. Take it from me, just get a driver! (Did I mention I was also vomiting and it was nearing midnight?!)

Once we finally made it to the other side of the island and to our room at The Adri Assri Resort in Pemuteran, Bali we knew we found paradise!

Our gorgeous garden Bungalow at Adri Assri

Our gorgeous garden Bungalow at Adri Assri

We loved the room!

We loved the room!

Our first outdoor bathroom .. and it was awesome!

Our first outdoor bathroom … and it was awesome!

We spent the day recovering from our “adventure” of driving to the resort by reading, swimming and walking on the beach until sunset.

Vacation in a glass!

Vacation in a glass!

Have you ever seen a prettier pool?

Have you ever seen a prettier pool?

Sunset on and island ... you can't beat it!

Sunset on an island … you can’t beat it!

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The next day we snorkeled at Menjangen National Park. Our group of 6 adults and 2 kids was a blast! Check out the pictures below, because words can’t describe the beauty!

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Crystal clear water and tropical fish galore!

My favorite of the day!

My favorite of the day!

Lunch on a private, secluded beach ... ahhhh!

Lunch on a private, secluded beach … ahhhh!

Following our day out on the blue oceans we hit the dry land for a hike through West Bali National Park (with a guide). We saw monkeys at a distance, and up close (not recommended) as well as a few very exotic plants & trees.

A Balinese sunrise!

A Balinese sunrise!

Having fun along the way up to the summit

Having fun along the way up to the summit

The view from the top

The view from the top

Hiking Bali National Park

Hiking West Bali Park

Stairs leading to a monastery.

Stairs leading to a monastery.

It's hard to miss water when it looks like that!

It’s hard to miss water when it looks like that!

Nasty little boogers!

Nasty little boogers!

Some of our final day in this part of the island was spent at a pearl farm. We even saw an extraction. It was not the most exciting, but different!

Pearl Farms

Pearl Farms

A pearl extraction

A pearl extraction

We departed Pemuteran and headed to Ubud for the final half of our stay on Bali. We stayed at Sawah Sunrise B&B on the edge of the city of Ubud. We didn’t love our stay, but we weren’t miserable either! The room itself was fine, but the shower (or lack there of) was an issue as was the lack of cold water. We also had a bit of an issue over payment … awkward! However, the location was good (out of the hustle and bustle of Ubud) and our view of the rice fields was great!

Our quiet, but-not-so-private balcony

Our quiet, but-not-so-private balcony

The view from our Ubud room at Sawah Sunrise B&B

The view from our Ubud room at Sawah Sunrise B&B

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Outside of our Guesthouse

We explored Ubud by foot and grabbed a bite to eat the The Kafe. We highly recommend eating here if you’re even in the area. 😉 Another day in Ubud consisted of a fantastic tour of Hindu Temples, a coffee plantation and rice terraces, including the largest in Bali, Tegallalang.

Rice is a staple for the Balinese people.

Rice is a staple for the Balinese people.

Tegalallang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Rice Terraces

Rice Terraces

Coffee beans still growing

Coffee beans still growing

A coffee plantation

A coffee plantation

Mike stirring the the roasting coffee beans

Mike stirring the the roasting coffee beans

It might sound different, but following customs is very important!

It might sound different, but following customs is very important!

Hindu temples

Hindu temples

Hindu Temples

Hindu Temples

My favorite part of Bali was changing Michael’s mind about this tiny Indonesian island. Sure, lush gardens, tropical fish and fruity cocktails are great, but what beats being able to say “I told you so!” to your husband? Needless to say, right or wrong, we loved our vacation in Bali. Yes, I said vacation, not trip, adventure or travel – VACATION! Bali was and is a vacation destination!! If you’ve got 7 days, you too can go on a dream vacation!

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN BALI, INDONESIA? Leave a comment or email me at wifewithbaggage@gmail.com, I’d love to help!

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