Language- Bahasa Indonesian

Hello- Salam

Good Bye- Selamat tinggal

Thank you- Terima Kasih

Currency- Indonesian Rupiah

Bali- (February 2017) oh Bali- what a magical loving island – the kindest people i have ever met – we fell in love so fast – there is vegan food, yoga classes and cheap massages everywhere

Ubud- Monkey Forest – (February 2017) right in Ubud is the monkey forest- there are a ton of monkeys and these beautiful statues everywhere – it’s a gorgeous walk- the monkeys will grab for purses and backpacks so don’t carry anything on you or hide it under your arm

Ubud- (February 2017) is green with rice terraces and forest – there are lots of Hindu temples here as well- it is also a big yoga destination – we walked to Saraswati temple, watched a cultural performance, went to Tegallalang Rice Field, Tirta Empul, Tegenungan waterfall and stayed with the most amazing family at Masna House- he drove us for all our excursions and picked us up at the airport – rooms were very inexpensive and they served us breakfast every morning on our porch- it was like $100 for the week to stay here

Saraswati temple
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tirta Empul
Tegenungan Waterfall
Masna House

Ubud- Bali (January 2020) we went back to Ubud, Bali with our friends Jeff & Bri- we stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with a private pool and outdoor shower for only $50 a couple a night- it was glorious- we went to Saraswati temple, monkey forest, Goa Gajah, Tukad Cepung waterfall & rice terraces – we also ate all the vegan food- we did rent motorcycles to get to Goa Gajah and explore Bali more

Saraswati temple
Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest
Goa Gajah
Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Our villa was so gorgeous with a private pool and outdoor showers!

Gili Trawangan- (February 2017) we took a boat ride to the Gili Islands- there are 3 islands- Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – they all have great snorkeling and sea turtles everywhere!! Like you can see them in the waves! Gili T is the largest with the night life while the other two are super quiet- we wanted to see some local Indonesia musicians and have some nights out so chose Gili T – we did a super cheap snorkel trip and the snorkeling was incredible- most places in the world the snorkeling is not so great so I don’t say incredible lightly – we also renting bikes and explore the island by bike- there are no cars allowed on the island – this island is also great if you want to be learn to dive

We gave this guy our camera and he was so happy he has never had a camera before

Flores Island– (February 2017) we took a flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island- from here you can take a boat to Komodo National Park- Flores was not very developed at all in 2017- and just starting to get more tourism- the water is incredible and hands down the best snorkeling we have ever done- we wanted to book an overnight boat trip but could not find anyone offering more than just a day trip- so we did a day trip out to Komodo Island and stopped at 3 places to snorkel- the snorkeling blew our minds

Flores Island- (January 2020) three years later we headed back to Flores- this time dirt roads turned to paved roads and there were overnight boat trips!! So we booked a 2 day trip though we really wanted 3- this time we got to go to Rinca Island, Komodo Island, Pink Beach, swim with manta rays and hike Padar Island- everyone on our boat was super awesome – we woke up super early in the morning and saw a crescent moon 🌙 with Venus and then a dolphin jumped out of water- it was so unreal I started to tear up- I am so grateful I get to have these experiences- then as the sun came up some of our new friends joined us for sunrise

Padar Island
Padar Island

After the boat trip was done we were not done hanging with our new friends so did sunset drinks and dinner together – we find a place where the local fishermen bring their catch of the day and they cook it up right at the stall for you

Warung Mama- This was also our favorite restaurant in Flores- we went all the time and got beef rendang with rice and veggies

Nusa Penida- (January 2020) this island off of Bali is fricken gorgeous! We rented motorbikes to explore- the roads are narrow with lots of curves so go slower than normal- it’s not a great area to walk as there are no sidewalks- this island is less developed but the beaches are stunning- we rented a villa right on the ocean with outdoor showers- it was insanely gorgeous – we got lucky and they were just renting out rooms but now they only rent as a whole villa – they served us an amazing breakfast each morning

Atuh Beach- we drove our motorcycles to Atuh beach and across the way is Diamond beach- it is a hike down steps to access this beach- down on the beach is beach chairs and food service- it’s a great way to spend the day! Just remember you gotta do the hike back up

Diamond Beach– right by Atuh beach is Diamond beach- they share the same parking lot- it’s another super steep climb down to Diamond beach- it’s challenging to do both beaches in a day cause of the heat and the hikes – Diamond beach does not have food or beach chairs- it’s quieter and more remote – we also biked in so had even more sun on us – next time we would rent a car and do both beaches or one and the tree house