Referring to Bali as “paradise” is no exaggeration; Bali has it all, well, except winter, that is! The most stunning beaches, surfing, diving, waterskiing, volcanos, lakes, jungles, forests, cities, villages, fantastic fresh food, fabulous hotels, cafés, restaurants, culture, history, and above all the wonderful caring people. The list is endless!
I’ve traveled the world many times over as a professional skier, for work and vacations. Yet, I can honestly say I’ve never come across a place as unique and magical as Bali, and that’s why I’m here!
But I don’t just sit here, relax and enjoy; I work damn hard as a blogger, copywriter, and online health coach. I hardly stop working, but I don’t see it as work; it’s my passion and pleasure, as I finally landed in the place I want to be in life!
As a resident, so grateful and lucky to be in Bali, I see it as my obligation to write about Bali, inform and advise people, and well, promote Bali as I wish to see as many of you wonderful folks coming here soon and often. Once you come to Bali, you won’t want to go home, and if you do, that’s fine, we know you’ll come back soon!
Bali’s 2-year Covid enforced “semi-lockdown” was hard on the economy and its people — more so than most places, as Bali relies primarily on tourism. Thousands of locals have been without work and income. Yet, thanks to the strength of the Balinese culture and family support system, most have managed to get through these challenging times.
But now, guys, it’s time to get Bali’s economy back on track, thriving, and bring the much-needed jobs back. So that means — YOU are WANTED! So, hop on that plane, come to Bali and enjoy the most fantastic time of your life.
Extra Bonus: Value for money is incredible, and you’ll get so much more bang for your buck than anywhere else I know.
You’ve got all the options; clean and simple guest houses or homestays (great quality) costing from $10 a night, excellent 4-star hotels from $20 a night, and top-of-line 5-star resorts, such as the Four Seasons, Karma, Intercontinental, Kempinski, etc. And no, I don’t know what they cost as I’ve never stayed! Well, that’s a lie — I stayed in the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua for my honeymoon back in 1998, but I didn’t pay, the parents did! LOL.
The “Golden Triangle or Paradise City” — as I call it.
That’s the south of Bali. I draw the triangle starting from Sanur, across to Canggu, and down to Uluwatu. The south is the main tourism area, and the most popular spots are:
- Nusa Dua
You’ve got everything any city could provide — and much more! Shopping, cinemas, stunning beaches, resorts & hotels, city life, quiet nature spots, nightlife, music, endless activities, and more. It’s a never-ending playground for all walks of life, young or older. There’s no reason to leave the triangle unless…
You are an EXPLORER and have understood how essential nature is to your health and wellbeing.
And this is my love for Bali — Nature!
Every week, I remind myself that nature is calling and that I NEED IT! So, go on a 1 or 2-day trip.
Let’s get to my favorite spots:
Jimbaran — Fish & Seafood Market
The most fantastic fish and seafood market I know, where you buy your favorites, and little local restaurants, called Warung’s, grill it to perfection for you.
Bedugul and the Botanical Gardens
A magical village in the middle of Bali with the most beautiful Botanical Garden I’ve ever visited.
The Tamblingan Twin Lakes
North of Bedugul sits the twin lakes, stunning to see and amazing to trek around.
Singaraja and Lovina
In the north of Bali, Singaraja used to be the main city — bustling and full of culture and history. Lovina has some of the most beautiful beaches, sunsets, and Dolphins to watch or swim with! Lovina is more laid back and a great place to regenerate and collect your thoughts.
One of the most impressive mountain ranges I’ve ever seen. Hiking and trekking are a must.
Situated in the Bangli region, with gorgeous Lake Batur, and mountain ranges shaped from a volcano’s massive eruption hundreds of years ago, which is now home to Mt. Batur.
My favorite hiking spot — it’s only an hour’s drive from where I live, and an hour’s hike up the volcano. Once you’re on top, you are on top of the world!
Amed and Mt Agung
Amed is Bali’s primary diving spot. Beautifully calm and relaxing. Bali’s biggest volcano Mt. Agung stands closed behind Amed, and it’s a sight to be seen! You must go there and hike Agung — it’s an indescribable experience. But it’s hard, so get ready for it!
Virgin Beach — Kerangasam
The whites white sand beach I’ve ever seen. Once you hit this beach, you won’t want to leave. Oh, and the local restaurant owners will take you out on their boat to fish and dive for your lobsters, which they cook for you. It couldn’t get any fresher than that!
A stunning spot tucked away on the hills of Karangasem. Excellent trekking, rafting, and food!
Recently voted the World’s 4th best city to live in. Full of spirituality, culture, and love. A must-visit.
Aling Aling Waterfalls
My favorite playground! 7 waterfalls, and you can jump off 3, ranging in height from 3m to 25m. It’s a challenge and scary, but worth it!
There 3 volcanos in Bali:
- Batur (1700m)
- Agung (3031m)
Volcanos are referred to as Gunung in Bali, which translates to “fire mountain.” And believe me, they are still on fire but safe! The government keeps a very close eye on them for your safety!
Hiking and exploring the volcanos is an absolute must!
Wrapping up Bali?
Let’s put it this way — it’s not called the island of the Gods for nothing. Besides the mythological gods that watch over Bali, simply put, Bali is heaven on earth! Nothing more to say, folks.
See you soon, in Bali. And contact me when you come, I’ll make sure you have the best time of your life!
Rob in Bali.