Bali is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’m not even exaggerating! I went to Bali two months ago, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I’m sure you already know Bali boasts some of the best tropical beaches. I skipped both Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach. Simply because there are too many crowds! It is especially crowded a few hours before the sunset. Instead, I explored other attractions in the island. It’s another decision I urge you to do as well. Because I end up stumbled into some of Bali’s hidden jewels!
Dolphin Sightings Tour in Lovina Beach
I went to Lovina Beach first day in the morning. Why? Because I wanted to catch the dolphins sighting. Lovina Beach is located in Buleleng Regency of North Bali. It is smaller than major beaches in Bali. But it boasts unrivaled sunset beauty. The sea waves in Lovina Beach are also relatively calm.
I’ve been dying to swim in Bali’s sea, I got the opportunity here. Also, again, the dolphins! I joined a dolphin-watching tour and departed as soon as the sun rose. I remembered the thrills of spotting some dark-skinned spinner dolphins. It’s easily one of the fondest memories I had in Bali.
Exploring The Deep Ubud Monkey Forest
I also visited Ubud Monkey Forest. The sacred forest is located in the village of Padangtegal Ubud. It’s home to over 700 long-tailed macaque monkeys. Boy, aren’t these sacred primates so mischievous! They love food, just like you and me. Or maybe even more! They have swift hands to prove that. I was lucky I left all my snacks in my hotel room. I’m quite protective with my food, you know?
Apart from the adorable monkeys, numerous ancient temples also lies deep inside the forest. I only found one temple called Prajapati Temple. Though I heard there are two other temples hidden among the trees. Well, I guess I might get to see them next time. To enter Ubud Monkey Forest, you’ll have to pay IDR 80.000,- for adults and IDR 60.000,- for children. I strongly recommend you to visit the forest, to be honest. It feels great to escape from the sun’s heat by taking relaxing stroll among the trees. I somehow feel spiritually charged as well.
Enjoying Sunset In Tegallalang Rice Terraces
The weather was getting cooler when I was done exploring the sacred forest. The weather got cooler and more bearable. So I decided it might be a perfect time to visit Tegalallang Rice Terrace. I wasn’t really an Instagram person. But I could see why people of Instagram are loving the place. The scenic view of rice paddy fields spiraling along the valley is truly captivating. The sunset view here is also breathtaking. If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable spots in Bali, Tegallalang is definitely one of them.
Alternatives to Bali…
Bali for many is a little too busy and touristy. Increasingly, Semarang is being considered as a good alternative destination. Semarang is the capital and largest city of the Central Java province, and has received many different accolades in recent years, including being named the cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) for 2020–2022.
Semarang, with its multicultural history, would be a great city to visit for those who love exploring new places with diverse cultural heritage. The Lawang Sewu Building, as well as the Central Java Grand Mosque come highly recommended. If you do decide to visit Semarang, we’d recommend staying at Hotel Aruss as a base for exploring the area.