For our first two nights in Bali we decided to stay in Kuta close to Legian Beach. Last time I’ve been on Bali in 2012 we stayed in this area as well and I thought it might be a nice idea to go back to a familiar spot. But sometimes the memories are better than reality.
Kuta and the mass tourism
No doubt this is an absolutely overcrowded place. Super touristy and not really authentic. Getting to the beach was even more disappointing. The whole beach was littered with trash. After doing some research I figured out that this is supposed to be ’normal‘ during rain season. Well, obviously you have to choose between the trash in the low season and the crowds in high season. Luckily we had a nice pool and common area in our hosel so we just spent a couple of hours on the beach before we returned to the hostel. Kuta is a good place to do some shopping, get some souvenirs and maybe have some party. On Legian street are loads of clubs and bars offering ‚great deals‘ all night long – I am still not sure if they really but any vodka in a vodka-soda for 1,30€ as you can’t taste any alcohol at all). I wouldn’t call it a must-see but it’s fun to dance to quite good music on the rooftop bar of Sky Garden once.
Go with the flow ending up in Canggu
Following some recommendations we moved on to Canggu. It is a wonderful place to calm down in the relaxing atmosphere of surfers, hipsters and easy-going people. No question it’s likely to get stuck there. The restaurants in Canggu are just amazing. They serve a lot of fancy dishes with a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits. Basically it’s even worth to come to Canggu only because of the food. Plenty of surfers getting together here and it’s nice just to watch them floating in the sea, catching a wave every now and then.
After sunset many people meet up at Old Man’s Bar at Batu Bolong beach. The drinks are affordable, the food is good and sometimes they have live music as well.
Otherwise there is not that much to do in Canggu. Its just a perfect place to have some nice, relaxed days and to meet great people. As I was really unlucky with the weather I’ve spent a lot of time in the hostel, switching between lying at the pool and taking a nap. I had to admit messing with rain season in Indonesia is not really smart…
Pura Petitenget – Seminyak
One thing I managed to visit during my days in Canggu…more or less dry: Petitenget Temple. Taking the scooter to Seminyak Beach it’s only about 7 km to get there. It’s not a big temple area but it’s located close to the beach and a nice spot to see close by Canggu. To get access to the temple you’ll need to wear a cute local outfit in yellow and red provided by the entrance counter.
Tanah Lot – a Sunset Beauty
One of the most famous sightseeing spot of Bali is located quite close to Canggu. It takes only around 30 minutes by scooter to get to the magical temple area at the west coast of Bali: Tanah Lot. Tourists as well as locals meeting here to enjoy the sunset with a magical view. The actual ‚Pura Tanah Lot‘ is the temple located in the ocean. Many people prefer the temple next to it as a sunset scene – ‚Pura Batu Belong‘. So do I! The temple is perfectly located to catch some breathtaking pictures with the colorful sky in the background. The area offers some more smaller temples and a bunch of restaurants and shops to spend some more time. I’ve been here twice and would come back again as it’s just a wonderful place even though masses of tourists meet here.