The “Bali” that most people think of – the beautiful resorts, palm trees, beaches, etc.- is at 6 o’clock on the island, about an hour south of Denpasar, the capitol. Nusa Dua, part of that area, is where we stayed. However, most of Bali is not like the resorts…there are lots and lots of small villages with a lot of poverty. It is an island of 4.5 million people and pretty large – it would probably take 7-8 hours to drive from one end to the other.
There is a lot to see on the island, and we only got to see a few places. They’re all a ways from the beaches, so you have to have a driver. Don’t think you can just ‘catch a shuttle’ or some mass transit to any of them – it can’t be done. A driver is the only way to go and runs about 600,000 Rp a day ($45) and that includes the car and fuel.
Kencana Cultural Park
Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple is right on the sea cliffs of Bali and is one of many Hindu temples around the island. It is also inhabited by monkeys that are notorious for stealing visitor’s glasses, hats, phones, camera’s, etc., so we had to be careful!