North of Bali and the Nusa’s

Indonesia was on top of my bucket-list. I was looking forward to go there. Finally here we go – Indonesia! My plan was to travel around and to explore the beauty for around 2 months.

Let’s start the adventure Indonesia.

Ubud

After a short flight from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar I finally arrived in Indonesia. I took a grab to Ubud right away. Sarah, a friend of mine, who just started her around the world trip, was waiting there for me. After more then half a year it felt great to see her again. Thanks Sarah for the first lovey dinner in Indonesia.

Desa Tejakula

After one night in Ubud we took a taxi to the very north of Bali, Desa Tejakula. We stayed two nights at Bali Segara Lestari Villas. I can highly recommend to stay at this place – lovely hosts and amazing food. I had my first and at the end best Gado Gado there. It definitely is a great place to start your trip around Bali. We explored the area and went to the waterfall Yeh Mempeh. It felt good to take a bath in the nature.

Padangbai

Next stop Padangbai. It took us 4 hours by taxi to get to Padangbai. Spontaneously we decided to stay there for one night. We felt like we should take the chance to see the famous Instagram place Pura Lempuyang Luhur – also called the famous “Gate to Heaven”. The next day we rented a scooter. The scooter ride from Padangbai to the temple was hell of fun and the gate itself was also pretty cool. But there is something wrong with the Gate, but I’m not gonna tell you 🙂 you have to find it out by yourself! The only thing I can tell you is that the whole picture with including the amount Agung is lit! But you might be disappointed. Its all about your own perspective on things.

On the next morning jumped on a speedboat to Nusa Penida – YES, Nusa Penida – one of the places I really wanted to go while traveling through Indonesia.

Nusa Penida

I don’t know where to start and where to end. Nusa Penida has been one of my favorite places so far. But not everything went well over there, but I guess that’s life.

Unfortunately, and that is what I meant with not everything went well, Sarah had an accident with the scooter after being 2 hours on this beautiful island. I’m pretty sure for her Nusa Penida isn’t the best place to be in Indonesia. But if someone would ask me where to go in Indonesia, I would highly recommend to explore Nusa Penida!

Ok, it’s Kelingking Beach! If you love a place, go there at least twice and that’s what I did. All the amazing spots are not really easy to reach especially the last few kilometers are always a pain in the ass. Once it is dark it gets even harder to go to one of those places. But as I said, if you love a place you should go there at least twice. So long story short, I went to Kelingking Beach during the day and for sunset. Absolutely breathtaking view most of all for sunset. But please be careful, if you plan to go there for sunset.

There are a few more places I have been to and they are all worth a visit. On top of my all time favorite spots in Nusa Penida are Guyangan, Seganing Waterfall, Diamond Beach (my favorite place), Atuh Beach, Teletubbies Hills, Broken Beach, Angeles Billabong, Crystal Bay and definitely Manta Bay (snorkel over there). Almost every night I went to the Full Moon Bungalow Bar and enjoyed their live music. Another good spot for dinner or even for a cocktail is Penida Colada.

I stayed 3 nights on this amazing island and I could have stayed even longer. After 4 days I took a speedboat to continue my journey. Next stop was Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan. It’s pretty easy to get there and not expensive at all. Its always with places like that, ask around and the locals will help you out. The locals told me that the boats are leaving from the main harbour (Toyapakeh) between 8am and 4pm in both directions (true fact). It shouldn’t cost you more than 50.000 rupiah one way.

Nusa Ceningan & Lembongan

I stayed three nights at the Lembongan Hostel, which is one of the best hostels in Nusa Ceningan. I met awesome people there, who I met again. I don’t want to spoil to much, but it was a special treatment to ourselves, especially for me, after traveling almost 7 months through South East Asia. But I’m going to tell you more about it in another article.

There a quite a lot of cool places to go to and obviously a scooter is the best thing to move around in between the two islands which are actually connected through the famous Yellow Bridge. I have been to Dream and Mushroom Beach (small beaches and crowded), Devil’s Tear (sunset), Blue Lagoon (it really is blue) and Mahana Cliff Point. Besides that I went on a snorkeling tour which was nice as well.

If someone is limited in time, I would definitely prefer to spend time at Nusa Penida rather than at Nusa Ceningan or Lembongan.

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South and Central Bali

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