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With another hot and sunny day in Seminyak on the agenda, we decided to spend the morning down at the beach. Double Six Beach is renowned for its huge waves, so is a great spot for surfing. Being the surf novices that we are, we settled for bodyboarding instead (as the surf was massive we thought it wasn’t the best time to try our hand at surfing for the first time!). We spent the morning trying our best to look like we knew what we were doing, and didn’t do too badly if you ask me! After chilling out and topping up our tans we headed to Divine Earth for some lunch. We had some tasty vegan hot dogs and smoothies and did a little bit of planning for Singapore.

In the afternoon Owen went to get a hair trim and we had a wander around the shops before heading home to get ready for the evening. It’s the 5th of May so that can only mean one thing… Cinco De Mayo! We hit up Motel Mexicola for Seminyak’s biggest Cinco De Mayo celebration. It was absolutely packed but luckily we had a table booked with an amazing view of the stage and the dance floor. We had some delicious veggie Mexican food, tequila and a LOT of bintang. The place was excellently decorated, the music was awesome, and they even had a twerking competition! Complete with a host that looked suspiciously like Pitbull’s ugly cousin.

After a night of drinking and partying, we had a lazy morning at the hotel. For lunch we had a wander to Nalu Bowls, for the most amazing smoothie bowls in Seminyak. Afterwards, we walked along the beach to Woo bar at the W hotel, and had a beer and a swim in their amazing beachfront pool. We carried on walking along the coast and ended up at Finns Beachclub, where we spent the rest of the day.

We soaked up the last of the sun and enjoyed a free cocktail (thanks to Owen’s amazing sunset picture he took when we were here last time) before heading home for the evening. For dinner we had a couple of tasty burgers at Wacko, and then headed back to the hotel to pack… off to Singapore tomorrow!

Cinco De Mayo at Motel Mexicola

Nalu Bowl

Finns Beach Club

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After a tasty feast of breakfast tacos from the avocado factory, we checked out of the hotel and headed for Seminyak. Luckily the traffic wasn’t too bad, and we shared a cab with a girl from the hotel so it wasn’t as expensive either! We checked into our hotel in Seminyak and then set off to have a wander and get some lunch. It was cool to be back in Seminyak again after 3 weeks of exploring the rest of Bali, and the busy streets were exactly as we had left them. For lunch we ate at Clean Canteen, and had some really good curry & cold brew coffees. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the shops and along the beach, finishing off at La Plancha in time for sunset. It’s arguably the best spot to watch the sunset in Seminyak, while enjoying a bintang or two on the colourful bean bags.

After popping back to the hotel to change and get ready for the evening, we made our way to Potato Head. We’d seen on instagram the day before that they had secret guests performing, and by the look of the poster we had a strong suspicion that it would be Disclosure! After a bit of a queue to get in we headed straight for the bar and then just as we thought, the screens flashed with Disclosure’s logo and they appeared on stage, blaring out the music. We had a great night, especially as it was so unexpected, and it was really cool to see them in a place like Potato Head as it’s such an amazing place!

We decided to spend Thursday at Waterbom in Kuta. It’s been deemed Indonesia’s best waterpark, and you can see why! We had an amazing day going on all of the different slides and chilling out on the lazy river. The best slide was by far the ‘climax’, where you’re stood on a platform that drops right out from underneath you. You feel like you’re genuinely plummeting to your death but then end up being scooped up and flung around a gravity defying loop the loop, and then flying out of the tube into daylight again.

We had lunch at Waterbom and spent most of the day there before heading back to Seminyak to chill at the hotel for a bit. For dinner we ate at Chai’ba, the amazing Indian restaurant that we went to on our first night in Bali. It was just as good as we remembered it – maybe even better! It’s definitely the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten, so we had to have it at least once more before we leave Bali!

We had an early start on Friday, and headed straight out at 7.30 to Tegenungan Waterfall. The waterfall is located just outside of ubud

After a steep walk down into the valley below, you felt instantly cooler as you were surrounded by the spray from the fast flowing water. You can stand right at the foot of the waterfall (and swim in it – if you dare) and get an amazing view of the water as it crashes down into the pool below. After crossing a little bamboo bridge, and climbing some steps, we were able to get right to the top of the falls and have an incredible view of the water and river below. We got some great pics, and could even see a rainbow from the sun shining through the spray.

After a long and trafficky drive back to seminyak, we spent the rest of the afternoon at Mrs. Sippy. It’s Seminyak’s biggest saltwater pool, and has an awesome diving platform as well as amazing tropical surroundings. We had a great time chilling out there and swimming, and had some tasty lunch too. We walked home via the shops and markets, and then had dinner at a little vegan place called Zula.

Breakfast tacos at Avocado Factory

Sunset at La Plancha

One blurry picture from Disclosure’s set at Potato Head

Waterbom

Owen TERRIFIED on Climax

Gettin’ some air at Mrs. Sippy

Tegenungan Waterfall

CANGGU day 90 & 91

We started our last day in Uluwatu with a morning swim and sunbathe, and banana pancakes for breakfast. We checked out at lunchtime and after waiting forever for a cab, made our way to Canggu. We stayed at FRii hotel, which was really cool and right by Echo Beach. For lunch we ate at the Avocado Factory, where literally everything on the menu is avo-themed! We had some amazing avo toast and a delicious avocado satay too. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Canggu and checking out the shops. There’s a really cool little market and loads of bars and restaurants… you could literally spend a week eating your way around there!

We watched the sunset from the rooftop bar of the hotel and then made our way to Shady Shack for dinner. It was super busy as it’s one of the best restaurants in Canggu, so we ended up sharing a table with an eggy American guy and his bored girlfriend. Despite the table company, it was still great and we had some delicious jack fruit burgers and shared some veggie chilli nachos.

We started our second day in Canggu with a walk along the beach and then breakfast at Old Man’s Cafe. There’s so many great places to eat here but Old Mans seems to be one of everyone’s favourites, and you can see why! We had some tasty food and iced coffees and then wandered back to the hotel for a swim and sunbathe. In the afternoon we made our way along the coast to Finns Beach Club. Out of all the beach clubs in Bali, this one has definitely been my favourite! It’s so cool, and has a big pool with a swim up bar and loads of bean bags and Day beds you can rent. We spent the afternoon swimming, sunbathing and drinking until the sun had gone down.

After heading home to change we walked back into town for some dinner. We wanted to eat at Ithaka, which is supposed to be one of the best veggie restaurants, but it was packed! We opened for In The Raw Garden instead, and had some great Tempe tacos and a HUGE sharing platter.

Rainbow staircase

Owens amazing sunset picture at Finn’s

In The Raw Garden – sharing platter

ULUWATU day 88 & 89

After a morning swim and a VERY long journey (buggy, boat then taxi) we finally arrived in Uluwatu. Our hotel was super cool and had a really nice bar and infinity pool, our room was a bit strange though as it was a bit like a garden outhouse or something! Very rustic but still amazing. We headed out to Suka Espresso for a very late lunch after a morning of travelling. The food there is amazing and we had the most delicious portobello mushroom burgers and the biggest milkshake I’ve ever seen! After we’d eaten we walked down to the beach to watch the sunset.

We spent the rest of the evening chilling at the hotel bar and trying to plan the next part of our trip – Singapore!

After breakfast at the hotel and a morning swim we hired a driver for the day and headed out to see some of Uluwatu’s sights. Our first stop was Green Bowl Beach, which was absolutely beautiful and so quiet. It has a huge cave behind it that’s full of religious offerings and a strong smell of insence. We had a swim there and then hopped back into the car and drove a little way along the coast to Melasti Becah. It’s undeniably the most beautiful beach in Bali, with the clearest water and whitest sand we’ve seen since Australia! The water was really calm so it’s great to swim in, and we chilled there for a while before heading back to the driver. Our last stop was Uluwatu Cliff Temple (Pura Luhur) which is one of the most well known temples in Bali. It’s right on the cliff edge, and surrounded by forests and beautiful flowers. There’s also tons of monkeys! These ones weren’t as friendly as the ones in Ubud however, and I didn’t fancy having one on my shoulders again!

We stopped off at Bukit Cafe for some veggie burgers for lunch en route home, and then walked back for an afternoon swim and sunbathe.

Unicorn freakshake at Suka

Steep steps down to the beach

cave at Green Bowl

Melasti beach

NUSA LEMBONGAN day 87

For our final day in Lembongan we decided to hire a scooter so we could explore the rest of the island and check out Nusa Ceningan too. The two islands are connected by a bright yellow suspension bridge, that’s only just wide enough for people to walk across or travel by scooter – no cars or buggies allowed!

The roads are much smoother in Ceningan, but it is seriously hilly! You’ve really got to give it some gas uphill otherwise you’ll end up toppling over (which we saw a girl do halfway up one of the steepest hills!). After 10 minutes or so I did feel really confident on the moped so it was no trouble for us!

We spent a couple of hours exploring both Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan before stumbling across a beach club with a big pool. We stopped there for a swim to cool off and a beer and then hopped back on the bike to Bali Eco Deli for lunch. I’d read that it was some of the best veggie food on the island, and we were lucky enough to have the most delicious lunch and smoothies! They also had probably the best WiFi on the island so it’s the perfect cafe to chill out and catch up on everything you’ve been missing at home, along with some amazing food.

After heading back home (and running out of petrol on route) we managed to catch the sunset at Cloud Bar, a little bar right on the cliff edge with an amazing view. We chilled at the hotel and tried to sort out some places to say for the remainder of our time in Bali and then headed out for dinner. We went to Oishi, which did probably the best sushi we’ve had since we’ve been away! We ordered literally every veggie dish on the menu and had a real feast – it was our last night after all!

The yellow bridge between Lembongan and Ceningan

Beach club in lembongan

Sunset at the Cloud Bar

NUSA PENIDA day 86

You can’t spend 5 days in Lembongan without taking a trip over to Nusa Penida, so we organised a boat and a driver to take us on a tour of the north and west coast of the island. First of all we headed to Kelingking Beach, which had the most incredible views. It’s like Indonesia’s answer to Durdle Door – but 100 times more picturesque! There’s a rickety walkway with the occasional stair made from bamboo and rope, so the journey down to the bottom is pretty perilous! There’s a sign at the top that advises all visitors not to attempt the descent, but you’ve gotta go at least a third of the way down to get that amazing picture! After a dusty and muddy scramble back to the top, we hopped back into the car and headed to our next stop. The roads here are terrible, so many rocks and potholes – you really wouldn’t want to attempt it on a moped unless you were an expert driver!

The next stop on the tour was the Angels Billabong, and Broken Beach. Broken beach is a naturally formed hole in a cliff, that would have been a cave hundreds of years ago. It’s created a huge cove that is filled with brilliant blue water and crashing waves. There’s no way down, or up again, so you can only view it from the cliffs edge or if you’re crazy enough to take a boat through there! The Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool, carved out in the rocks by the fierce waves over the years. It’s got a thick carpet of seaweed underfoot, so it’s actually quite nice to walk through and take a picture overlooking the Bali Sea.

Our last stop was Crystal Bay, with its calmer waters and soft sand, it was the perfect way to spend the rest of the afternoon. We swam and sunbathed before heading back to the car and taking the trip back over to Lembongan.

Once we were home we headed straight to Sandy Bay for a swim in the pool and a snack and chilled there until sunset. For dinner we ate at Papa Tarros as we’d heard they had the best vegetarian Thai food on the island, and we weren’t disappointed!

Kelingking beach

broken beach

Infinity pool at Angel’s billabong

Crystal Bay

NUSA LEMBONGAN day 84 & 85

After a chilled breakfast at Blue Marlin, we checked out, left our bags there and went for a last walk along the coast. We had a drink and a sunbathe before heading for the jetty to check in for our boat. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the bumpiest boat I’ve ever been on. The driver seemed like he was just sailing us straight into the middle of a tidal wave or something and everyone was getting thrown about all over the shop! We finally made it safe and sound (just about) to Nusa Lembongan, and waited on the beach with our bags and the rest of the people from the boat for our ride to the hotel. There are literally no cars on the island, just mopeds and buggy’s. Their version of a taxi is a truck that looks like a cabstar with benches and a roof fitted on the back, where you just load your bags in and hold on for dear life!

After checking in to the hotel we had a swim in the pool and then decided to have an afternoon explore. We set off for mushroom beach and after getting lost twice along the way we finally made it there. The sun had set by the time we arrived at the beach but you still got a pretty good view of the mountains in the distance. We had a wander around looking for a good veggie restaurant (and failing) we settled for pizza and chips at Bali Hai beach club. It was the most expensive meal we’ve had so far – and it was just pizza! The beach club was lovely though and we chilled out there until finding our way home by torch light.

After breakfast in the hotel (I’m almost getting bored of mie Goreng for breakfast now) we decided to venture out to find dream beach. We hadn’t been walking for long when one of the taxi trucks pulled up next to us and gave us a free ride as he was headed there anyway! Dream beach is really picturesque, and so much more wavey than what we’ve been used to in Gili T. We had a swim and a sunbathe and had a bintang in the beach bar just up the cliff on the beach. Next we headed along the coast a little to the Devils Teardrop. It’s a huge cove where waves come crashing in creating massive splashes in the air, and lots of spray (which is why it’s also called smoke point as the spray looks like smoke). We even managed to spot a sea turtle swimming around inside the cove. For lunch we walked to Sandy Bay Beach Club for some amazing jackfruit tacos and guacamole – can’t forget to avocado fix now can we!

After chilling at the hotel for the rest of the afternoon we walked (without getting lost this time) to mushroom beach for sunset. We were uninspired by the food down by the beach again so decided to just head back to Sandy Bay for dinner and a drink instead!

Devil’s tear drop

Lunch at Sandy Bay