1. Sunset at Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida
The island Nusa Penida is located about a 40 minute boat ride to the east of the mainland. This island is underdeveloped with a lot of greenery and wild oceans and beaches. Kelingking Beach (in English this translates to pinkie beach as it sort of looks like a pinkie finger before the descent) is most iconic on Instagram. This beach is not exactly easy to get to. It is a 20 – 30 minute climb down. The climb is steep, lots of bamboo steps and ropes to hold that will assist you. If you have knee problems I would probably skip this. If you do decide to go on the journey, sunset on this beach is absolutely stunning so make sure you time it right.
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2. Explore a Water Canyon, Sukawati
I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into when I arrived in a dress and a handbag. I would highly suggest NOT wearing a dress and bring a backpack instead. There is no need for shoes, unless you wish to bring water shoes. Make sure you phone or camera is in a water proof bag as falling into the water is possible.
3. Admire Architecture at a Water Palace, Karangasem
Have a leisurely walk around Tirta Gangga; A palace designed and constructed by the last king of Karangasam, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasam in 1948. The area is made up of several pools, stepping stones, gardens and statues. The palace has been rebuilt after almost being completely destroyed due to a volcano eruption in 1968. The location is still used for cultural rituals by the Balinese; and for Instagram shots by the tourists.
4. Bali Chocolate Factory, Karangasem
Enjoy a hot or cold chocolate drink (vegan friendly!) while hanging out under palm trees and looking out onto the ocean. You can watch chocolate being made and sample it too. The factory also has a giant swing for your inner child.
5. Confronting death
At the base of Mt. Abang lies Trunyan village. The people in this village still practice a “pre-Hindu” way of life. Unlike the Balinese Hindu who cremate the dead, the Trunyanese place the body of the deceased in a bamboo cage after cleansing the body in rain water. They place the cleansed body under a Taru Menyan tree to disintegrate over time naturally until only bones remain. Once only bones remain, the bones are moved to a stone alter. This cemetery can only be reached by a short boat ride from lake Batur.
6. Photo-Op in a field of Marigolds
Balinese use a lot of marigold in their offerings on the daily. They have to grow them somewhere right? Take a road tri to one of the marigold fields and have yourself a mini photoshoot. I would suggest asking a local friend where the best fields are and when harvest season is.
7. Beach Clubs and Cocktails
Find your favourite bathing suit and head down to one of the many beach clubs in Bali. Most of the beach clubs are located in Seminyak and Legian. It is common to arrive midday or early afternoon to soak up some sun and have some food and drinks while the sun is up. Enjoy the night as it unfolds in front of you with great music, drinks and company.