Monday, December 19, 2011

Tanah Lot and Arrival in Ubud

Tanah Lot. Cool that it's practically on an island, but it was a lot smaller than I expected. With a lot of tourists.
On this trip, we did a lot more sightseeing around the island than previous trips. On our first trip, we were too exhausted from the wedding too do much, plus we were just getting to know our way around Bali. The hotels took care of most of our transportation, so we didn't have to venture out to do much on our own. My second trip to Bali was much shorter, but we definitely were more adventurous in venturing out of the hotel and resorts for meals as well as cheap massages. We also met Pande, a driver, on that trip, who took us around Ubud and back to the airport, and who I hired this trip for some sightseeing trips. His driving was safe, car was clean, spoke decent English, and we trusted him to get us where we needed to be, and we also knew that he would give us a fair price, depending on the distance / time traveled. The Tirta Empul / Mount Batur was our longest trip, pretty much all day, and he took us around for 50,000 rupiah, or just over $50USD. For most of our other trips, he charged us 25,000 rupiah. The roads in Bali are pretty hard to navigate as there really aren't any signs, so hiring a driver is the way to go for longer trips. We rented a motorbike for about $4 USD a day for 5 days to get around Ubud, which was great for meals in town, massages and local sightseeing.
I thought it was pretty brave to surf here with all the rocky formations

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