For a small island, Bali has a lot to offer. There are a plethora of attractions from ancient temples to the modern water parks and added bonus is that visiting these attractions are quite affordable. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the many tours and day trips on offer, most of which start at US$50. Tours normally include a visit to some key attractions and a meal, depending on the tour’s duration. Options like this are great if you’re on time constraints and every hotel will have some sort of package they can offer you.
If you have a little more time you can hire a driver to take you to see the sights you want to see and most hotels can organise this for you. In my case, I spoke to someone at a transport services desk in the reception of my hotel and arranged to be driven out to Tanah Lot and back for US$50. I felt that the price was fair considering it is roughly a two hour return drive and it was just myself and my boyfriend. Our fee didn’t include the entry in to see the temple which we didn’t know beforehand but considering it was only an extra US$3, I was happy to pay.
One of the great things about having a driver was he let us spend as much time as we wanted at the temple once we arrived and happily answered many of our questions about Balinese culture. He also stopped by a small coffee farm on the way back to the hotel so we could try Bali’s famous Luwak coffee (coffee made from the beans that are eaten and then pooped out by the Luwak). I have to say, as a non-coffee drinker it actually wasn’t too bad although I did rather enjoy the sweet potato coffee I tried. It was a very unusual flavour, sor of sweet but very nice.
The purpose of my trip to Bali was centred around relaxing and taking it at a slow pace. It was a pleasant change from my usual fast paced, fit-as-much-in-as-you-possibly-can kind of holidays. If you have the time I would reccomend taking the time to see more than just your hotel compound. It was nice to take a trip out from Seminyak to see a bit of country side and also see a bit of history too. Tanah Lot is a pleasant place to visit and isn’t too overcrowded (although I didn’t go at sunset and it would be quite the opposite at that time). I would definitely recommend taking some time to see this beautiful sight on your next trip to Bali.
Have you visited Tanah Lot or are thinking of visiting? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!