In my previous entry, we talked about our little adventure to Central Bali. Today, I would love to share with you on our exciting journey to a few places around South and Western Bali.
But before Wayan, our privately hired driver and tour guide, came to pick us up, we walked around the poolside and the gateway to the beach at Grand Aston.
We officially bid farewell to the magnificent Grand Aston before we checked out.
Wayan then picked us up from the resort’s lobby and we headed straight to Tanah Lot temple. It took us about 90 minutes to get there as the traffic at Seminyak was quite built up.
Tanah Lot is a rock formation off Bali and it is also home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot. Today, Tanah Lot is a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography. The entrance fee to Tanah Lot was IDR 65,000 (USD $5.40) for the both of us.
The temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries.
Look at the gorgeous view. I just enjoyed the sound of waves crashing into the cliffs.
It was something different to be able to stand on the rock formation (hoping that we don’t fall off into the sea) and embrace the beauty of nature.
After our little discovery at Tanah Lot, Wayan then drove us back to South of Bali to Iiga Warung Restaurant for lunch.
Iiga Warung is well-known for its pork ribs.
The ribs were not massive in portions but the special spicy BBQ sauce was really yummylicious. My pork ribs were served with freshly cooked crispy golden fries while Mike had the ribs with Indonesian fried rice.
The lunch bill came to a total of IDR 273,700 (USD $23). It was definitely a little higher priced compared to other places in Bali but the delicious dishes were worth every penny for the perfect pork ribs.
After our porky lunch, Wayan then drove for about 30 minutes and brought us to Pantai Pandawa with an entrance fee of IDR 30,000 (USD $2.50).
According to Wayan, Pantai Pandawa was a newly opened beach and not many foreigners knew about this place. Even the route to get to this beach was an interesting one, kind of cut through the rocks.
To be honest, compared to the fully crowded Kuta Beach, Pandawa Beach offered more comfortable space and this beach was dominated by natives of Bali instead of foreigners.
It seemed funny to me that this beach used to be called “Secret Beach” but we guessed that the secret got out. Commercialization of this place had begun.
The white sandy beach got us a little excited. However, we did not know Pandawa would be part of this day’s itinerary. So we were not prepared with any extra bathing suits or dry clothes or towel. At least we got to dip our little toes in the crystal aqua-colored waters for a while.
I could only pray that the current condition of the beach and waters will be maintained well, knowing that more and more people are finding out about this so-called Secret Beach.
Our next destination was to visit Uluwatu Temple which was 30 minutes drive away from Pandawa Beach.
Uluwatu is a Balinese sea temple which is built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff projecting into the sea. The entrance fee is IDR 40,000 for the both of us.
This temple is inhabited by monkeys, who are notorious for snatching tourists’ belongings. So Wayan warned us not to wear sunglasses or have any food in our hands.
Look at the majestic cliff setting of the temple.
The cliff is indeed fascinating to view but the temple itself is not as impressive as others in Bali.
After visiting Uluwatu temple, Wayan drove us to Jimbaran for a beautiful sunset dinner by the beach.
By 6pm, the beach was packed. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a gorgeous sunset view?
Looks romantic, isn’t it? Oh how we wished we could do this all the time.
We ordered some fish, tiger prawns, and some smaller prawns; and they were good. I would rate it 8 out of 10. However, the bill came to a total of almost IDR 700,000 (USD $58) for the both of us. It was definitely overpriced but I guess we were paying for the experience to dine by the beach with a perfect sunset view.
With a heavy heart after the seafood dinner, we headed to Ngurah Rai International Airport for our night flight back to Malaysia. We won’t know when we will be back again, but at least we have visited Bali (for now)!