I’d heard a lot about Bali and always wanted to visit, this was in fact my first trip to the island of Bali, Indonesia.
I’m not sure why it had taken me this long to visit this popular island destination, but the time was now and I was excited to hit the waves and explore some rice fields.
After a lengthy traffic jam from Bali International airport (Apparently this is a thing) to the beach side town of Kuta, it was nice to finally see the sea and beaches.
This is a rough guide to what I got up to on the island of Bali.
Kuta Beach, Bali
You can’t really avoid Kuta beach on a visit to Bali, its bound to happen and it’s a popular location for visitors to the island.
I wouldn’t personally hang around here for too long, but if it’s just sun, surf and cocktails your after the Kuta beach has it all.
(Locate yourself on the beach at the Mercure hotel Kuta Beach)
I stayed at the Mercure Hotel Kuta Beach, which had its own infinity roof top pool and was only a short 1 minute walk to the beach itself.
You couldn’t fault the location and was in the heart of the action if you plan on chilling at Kuta beach for a little bit.
Of the highlights of Kuta beach has to be the affordable surf board rental.
If like me, you’ve already done a fair bit of surfing and don’t need lessons, you can grab a board and a rash guard rental along the beach for a couple of bucks per hour.
Do inspect the board before you go out, but generally you can get a sound deal.
Once your all Kuta out, It’s time to explore the rest of the island.
Visit a few temples inland and along the coast, visit a cookery school and for sure pay a visit to an Indonesian rice farm.
Here are some other spots I recommend.
Uluwatu Temple, Temple on the Cliff
Close to Kuta, Uluwatu Temple or also called Temple on the Cliff, offers stunning coastal views of Bali.
If you’re looking for something different to do for half a day and the weather is nice, this is a top recommendation.
The only issue is, be very careful of the monkeys that roam the close by forests.
Keep all loose items such as sunglasses, bottles or hats safely stored away as the monkeys that live here are extremely cheeky and will grab an opportunity.
Rumah Desa Balinese home and cooking studio
Rumah Desa Balinese home and cooking studio is located in the heart of Bali island and offers studio cooking in a unique local setting, check this place out!
This was a unique and special experience in Bali, to try a bit of local home cooking.
Using locally sourced ingredients, we learned the art of cooking Balinese style using traditional techniques.
I have to say, we cooked up quite the local Indonesian feast whilst using local flavours to make the experience very unique indeed.
Just thinking of the sate now makes me hungry!
The location is also perfect, located in the heart of Bali and surrounded by rice fields.
In fact, they have their very own rice field so you can learn the art of rice farming and production (Before eating rice of course!).
Exploring rice farming fields in Bali, Indonesia
After we had learned a few dishes at the cooking studio, onto the rice farm we went.
It was time to get dirty and dig our feet into the muddy rice field for a session in rice production.
After our super fun rice production experience in Bali, we went back to feast on what we had prepared earlier.
It was funny as we had not actually planted a lot of rice, maybe combined enough for one sushi roll!
But never the less it was super fun to learn how to farm rice and get out into the rice fields.
A fun experience indeed!
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