These 3 nights were our last nights spent in Bali. We had been in Bali for an awesome 15 days. No, 15 days was not long enough!! There are so many ways in which you can spend your holiday. From staying in one place and relaxing in a resort to exploring the country and Balinese Culture. Perhaps you’re looking for a more adventurous holiday. Whatever your desire I am confident Bali is the place for you to visit.
If you would like to see how we spent our 15 Days in Bali then check out 15 Days In Bali and/or the below links:
9 Reasons Why You Should Stay In Legian?
Legian is an awesome place to stay if you are looking for:
- Family oriented area
- Beach to relax or learn to surf
- A variety of nightclubs and bars
- Close distance to Denpasar Airport
- Easy proximity to venture out of Legian to explore a number of destinations for a day trip
- Waterbom Park
- Numerous options for hotels
- Spoilt for choice for places to eat
- Streets are lined with shops and market stalls
We love Legian. Mum has been to Bali 7 times and always starts off her holiday in Legian, explores other areas of Bali and then returns to Legian. This trip was no different.
Sadly for us this was our last 3 nights in Bali. We had an amazing 15 days in Bali and will most definitely return. There is always so much to do and explore. Every time Mum comes to Bali she always leaves with a list of other places to explore on her next trip. Lucky for me this now becomes our next trip!!
Being our last 3 days in Bali it was time to spend time with local friends and relax prior to heading home and getting back to the 9-5 routine.
Our Visit To Legian
Day 1 Itinerary
- 15 min boat transfer from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida
- 30 min fast boat transfer from Nusa Penida to Sanur
- Private transfer from Sanur to Legian (approx. 55 mins)
- Checked into Hotel
- Afternoon spent on Legian Beach
- Evening spent watching and catching up with local friends playing at Uncle Norms Bar
We’d had a very relaxing time on Nusa Lembongan Island and exploring the neighbouring island, Nusa Ceningan. If you have not been to these islands totally recommend you go there. It is certainly the place to explore if you are into water sports or just wanting to laze on the beautiful white sandy secluded beaches.
We took 2 boat rides to get from Nusa Lembongan back to Sanur. The first boat trip was approximately 15 mins from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. From Nusa Penida approximately 30 min fast boat road to Sanur.
The second boat trip can be quite rough so ensure you have motion sickness tablets if your tummy can’t handle the rough seas. My Mum always takes these tablets and wears acupuncture wrist bands to ensure our holidays are not dampened by her feeling sea sick.
Once we arrived in Sanur we were greeted by our driver who was very professional and took us to our accommodation in Legian. We were pleased to find out it was a private transfer so we went directly to our hotel rather than dropping others off along the way.
We’d pre booked our fast boat tickets to take us from Nusa Penida to Sanur and the transfer was included. However, if we hadn’t pre booked its all very easy to book a boat and get a driver to take you to Legian or to your destination.
Once we arrived back in Legian it was time to relax on the popular Legian Beach. The Legian beach is well known for its wide beach which is lined with sun lounges and umbrellas. You can opt to either pay to use the sun lounges or if you buy beverages you can use the sun lounges for free. Here you will find the locals are all very friendly, as they are throughout Bali.
The beach is also a popular spot to watch the sunset or if you’ve always been wanting to learn to surf, take a lesson or two. Most likely as you sit on the beach you will have locals coming up to you to sell their merchandise and have a chat.
After having a refreshment and taking in the scenery you can easily walk away having made a couple of new friends whether they be locals or fellow tourists.
For us there’s no better way to spend the evening than going to a bar and listening to the local talent. One of our favourite spots is Uncle Norms Bar. Here my parents have made great friends that are locals and tourists. It is a very friendly fun bar. This was the first bar Mum went to on her first visit to Bali and returns every visit and spends a number of nights here. She really loves it as does Dad.
Day 2 Itinerary
- Hired a boat and went fishing for the day in the ocean near Sanur
- Evening spent watching and catching up with local friends playing at Uncle Norms Bar & Bistro
Today was an awesome cultural experience as we hopped on the back of our friends scooter and headed to a place near Sanur. From here we hired a boat and driver. The boat was a traditional Balinese boat. We took off with our fishing rods and live bait which was placed in a small wicker basket. Over the waves we rocked. Due to choppy seas we headed off to calmer waters near Sanur and bopped away in the ocean as we caught many relatively small fish.
It was a great day out. We loved the experience of fishing in Balinese style and being on Indonesian waters. It was a cultural experience never to be forgotten.
As we reeled the fish in we laughed and learnt more about the beautiful people of Indonesia and their culture.
Again the evening was spent enjoying the company of locals friends at Uncle Norms Bar and chatting to fellow tourists. Dinner was had at Uncle Norms whilst we listened to our friends play in the band. Whilst we choose to frequent Uncle Norms there are many many bars or clubs you could opt to visit. There are so many to choose from, some of which our friends also play in different bands at. No matter where you go you are bound to have an awesome evening.
Day 3 Itinerary
- Day trip to Heavens Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
- Taman Tirtagangga
- Evening spent watching and catching up with local friends playing at Uncle Norms Bar & Bistro
Heavens Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
Heavens Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple is an amazing sacred place. Heavens Gate overlooks the biggest volcano in Bali, Agung Volcano. The temple is approximately 1.175meters above sea level. The temple is known as the Mother Temple in Bali as its is the largest temple.
To visit the temple you must wear appropriate clothing. A sarong which is the traditional Indonesian clothing is required to be worn regardless if your legs are covered by pants or a dress. Shoulders and legs must be covered.
It has become an extremely popular place to grab an instagram photo. We could see why. We queued for at least an hour to get our instagram shot. Note it is disrespectful to do yoga poses.
The day we went was a rainy day. Our photos were different to some we’d seen as due to the rain we were fortunate to get the reflection of the Heavens Gate in our photos. It truly was a beautiful place and although there were hundreds of people here there was serenity.
The entire experience here is one to treasure. When we were there the place was full of tourists taking their instagram photos whilst locals were visiting to show their respects and pray. This was another cultural experience. Not only was the temple itself an amazing place but witnessing the locals walking around the temple with their blessings are memories never to be forgotten.
Heavens Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Location
Heavens Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple is located in the eastern parts of Bali within the highlands of Mount Lempuyang.
After visiting Heavens Gate we explored Taman Tirtagangga. Taman Tirtagangga is absolutely beautiful. It is a former royal palace in eastern Bali. It’s another instagram spot noted for its water palace which is owned by Karangasem Royal.
Tirta Gangga means water from the Ganges. For the Hindu Balinese it is a site of some reverence.
As soon as we walked through the entrance we were welcomed by such beauty. You walk on big stepping stones which are placed beautifully on a large pond. As you walk on these stepping stones you look down at huge gold fish swimming. The lily leaves here are also enormous!! It felt like it was a place for giant Lillies and gold fish!! I’d never seen either so big!!
If you choose there is a place to swim. We opted not to swim. Most tourists were taking the scenic and peaceful walk on the pond and feeding the massive gold fish.
Before entering Taman Tirtagangga Mum took the opportunity to hold a huge bat. She’d never held a bat and was keen to do so. The bat took a liking to me as it hung from my Mums hand and licked my head!!! It tickled!!
After the bat of course Mum had to hold the massive yellow python. Seeing my Mum was so brave I chose to have my photo taken with it, but I was not strong enough to lift it!!
Taman Tirtagangga Location
Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Abaci, Abang, Kabupaten, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Day 4 Itinerary
- BBQ at local friends place
- Last Minute Shopping
- Relaxed in the swimming pool
- Strolled along Legian Beach
- Checked Out Hotel
- Check In Flight at Denpasar Airport
Whilst our last day was very leisurely there are many things you could opt to do. You could take a day trip if your flight is late at night or have fun at the Waterbom park, which although we didn’t go to we heard great reviews. Again no matter what you choose to do I am sure you will make the most of your last day and enjoy this beautiful country full of beautiful people.
We’d love to hear of your experiences in Bali. What was your favourite place to visit or your most memorable moment?