Day 25 – Exploring North Bali
Yesterday was our last full day in Bali, so we decided to go all out and plan another day tour. We decided this time we’d visit North Bali as this is an area that we’ve never explored before.
Our driver, Bagus, offered a pickup time of 9:30am yesterday which was great news to us as we needed to get a little more sleep than yesterday and have time to fit some breakfast in before we set off for our day trip.
At 9:30am Bagus was ready and waiting in reception, our first stop on this day trip would be Pura Taman Ayun. Taman Ayun is a temple based in Mengwi about an hour drive from central Kuta. We did visit this temple last year when on another day tour but decided to visit again as you always manage to see something new everytime you visit somewhere and we really wanted to make the most out of our day tour. The temple definitely didn’t let us down, although it isn’t as large, or as beautiful as some of the temples in Bali its still a very good visit. The temple is surrounded by a lovely lake and very pretty gardens.
After a great hour exploring at our first stop, we headed up to our second stop Bali Botanical Gardens which is around another hour drive from our first stop. The drive is amazing though, so it’s really worth keeping your eyes peeled at the window as you travel up through the higher roads/mountains and into the clouds – you get to see some beautiful views of North Bali, as well as some wild monkeys and a couple of snakes on the way. We didn’t actually end up visiting the gardens though as we’d travelled up to take part in the Bali Treetop Adventures, which is a zip line and adventure park based in the trees of the Botanical Gardens. Overall to enter the gardens, our tickets to the treetops and special gripping gloves for the adventure it cost around 800k IDR/£45 for two and a half hours – which we think is a pretty good price, in England, you’d probably pay that per person for something similar.
We had such good fun at the Treetop Adventure, I managed to complete quite a few of the challenges, but couldn’t go any further when we reached the red zone as it just scared me too much, and required far too much upper body strength. Tom managed to complete everything though, even the big Tarzan jumps on the black zone which resulted in him losing his shoes and sunglasses with the impact (he managed to get them back at the end as a member of staff had grabbed them).
After a busy few hours in the Treetop Adventure, we headed to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan which was only a fifteen-minute drive from our previous stop. The entrance fee to the temple is around 50k IDR/£2.80 per person, but completely worth it! The beautiful temple is located right next to the river and surrounding mountains, it has some beautiful views, it’s quite hard to get a good picture though as the attraction is swamped with tourists!
Our final stop for the day was Tanah Lot Temple, about 2 hours drive from our previous stop. Tanah Lot is an amazing temple based right on the water’s edge, its also a prime spot for sunset, as the sunsets perfectly behind the temple. Last year, when we visited it was rather cloudy so we didn’t really get a good sunset but this year Bali really treated us to a spectacular sunset – what a perfect end to our travels.
Our fun-filled day ended pretty late, as traffic back into Kuta. So after a very busy day, we winded down with a quick dinner and then bed!
As always, thank you for reading.