BALI, INDONESIA

A week in paradise.

By Chad Gerber

A week in paradise.

It’s easy to have the same “Bali experience” as everyone else. All you need is some money, a few days up your sleeve, and the urge to get away from your busy life. But that's not what I was after this time around. This time I wanted to explore, have a unique experience, and squeeze every last drop out of my week in paradise.

First thing on the agenda was to explore the islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenigan, and Nusa Penida. Here, you'll find a good mix of tropical beaches, treacherous cliffs, and sunsets to write home about.

From there it was back to Bali to venture North into the jungle. We stopped at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, where the sheer scale of the scenery was mesmerising. We then stopped at the iconic Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and the famous Bali Gates. 

Lemukih village, by far my favourite destination of the trip, featured misty mountains, awe inspiring waterfalls, and hidden rice terraces. We were fortunate to get accommodation at one of the few homestay options in the village, which allowed us to explore Sekumpul waterfall and its surroundings without interruption.

Visiting Bali marks the start of a 2 year journey around the world in an attempt to reach all 7 continents. It is one of the most unique and beautiful island getaways out there. The people are friendly, the scenery is spectacular, and the cuisine is beyond amazing. If you have the vigour to venture further into the jungles and explore the shores of Bali's surrounding islands, you are rewarded with an experience like no other. These featured spots are quite spread out from each other, and you might not be able to hit all of them if you are limited for time, but if you have a week or so, you would be able to see/experience/visit them all. Have you visited any of these places? Let me know in the comments below!

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Written by Chad Gerber, Edited by Nick Petrou