Six days after arriving in Bali, we journeyed from Ubud and the central mountains out over to the coast. I was definitely not prepared for the beauty that awaited us on the west side of the island. Pictures do not do is justice. Your presence is required to soak. this. in.
We stayed three nights at the gorgeous and unique Temple Lodge, perched atop the cliffside over Bingin Beach. Serene, isolated, breezy, island-like. With just a handful of rooms, we rarely encountered many guests except at eating times. While Evan surfed, I would explore the Balinese art of massage (several days in a row..) or wander down the cliffside staircase to the water below. We snorkeled out over the reef, ate fresh caught fish-dinner right on the beach, and walked from one cliff to the next in the soft white sands.
We rented a scooter and toured the Uluwatu – Pecatu area, stopping over at Single Fin bar for a drink at sunset, and wandering down their cliff side to check out the swell at Uluwatu surf break. We mostly ate at the Temple Lodge because the food was truly so splendid, we had no reason to leave. They are open to the public for breakfast and dinner, so do yourself a favor and stop by for the gorgeous view, hospitable service, and delicious food!
Our stay in Uluwatu was brief, but at least we were wandering just further up the coast to yet another surf town, with yet another delicious spread of wonderful restaurants, and yet another awesome place to explore – Canggu.
We heard about Canggu from the lovely Lou and Bar — our hosts the time we were there! — who recently moved out to the surf town from Ubud area. They wanted the slower pace, and Bar was eager to surf. As they worked on getting their online business ready to launch, they also played tour guide and met us for numerous meals, beach excursions and one unforgettable time at Bali Circus playing on the silks and hoop! Lou & Bar, we so much enjoyed our stay and please don’t forget you’re welcome here in PR!
We rented another scooter and literally toured almost every inch of this town. We ate at some wonderful places — our favorites were Grocer & Grind, the Avocado Cafe, and Samadi Bali. The last place was double wonderful for me, because it was also the first encounter with some exceptional yoga teachers in Bali. I was blessed to be there while the talented duo of Ashtanga Yoga Korunta were there, teaching Mysore Ashtanga – a style I had previously never experienced. And let me tell you, as a yoga instructor myself, I was humbled by the experience and devotion of the students around me. I feel in love with this style. I cannot wait to seek more.
And then alas, time would dictate we move across the island to the east. We bid farewell to our new friends, and made the almost-three-hour drive to Amed. Then the diving began.