It seems that upon my return from Bali I find myself reminiscing over sun kissed skin, tropical weather, jungle wandering, ocean swims and the sweet aroma of incense filling the air.
There is something so incredibly unique about Bali that just keeps calling me back.
I have travelled all over the world and yet I have managed to call Bali a second home, as if it were a summer house we vacation to on family holidays. So I thought I would share with you, some of the wonderful memories I have from my last trip.
I decided to explore locations I had never been before and had heard of Pandawa “Secret” Beach, through a few of the local Bali blogs and instagram feeds.
Pandawa Beach, located just down from Bali Cliff in Uluwatu, is simply stunning. Previously there had been no access to the beach and the government has only recently carved out a road to Pandawa, through the magnificent rock face cliffs that surrounds the coast line. The beach was said to be crystal blue and stunning. It was.
Unfortunately high tide prevented us from exploring the beautiful reef only 50 metres out, however I was told by the locals that when it is low tide, the reef comes to life and shows its true beauty. For surfers it is a haven, providing a playground of white wash and perfectly curved waves only a few hundred metres out.
Pandawa is relatively unknown to tourists which made it an ideal and the perfect location to spend the day drinking coconuts and enjoying the sunshine.
In exploring new territory, our dear friend Agus, a local Balinese man, took us around his village of Marga in Tabanan. Marga is beautiful and relatively untouched by tourism. There are many people there who have never left the village and never will, committing their life to their family, the rice culture and rich spirituality in Hinduism. This is where the real Bali lies. Green rice terraces, fresh water spring lakes, open roads and jungle surrounds.
You can still see the beautiful elderly women wandering the rice fields picking rice in the same way it has been done for centuries. They are perhaps the last of their kind, a sad but true fact of modernity.
Whilst I enjoyed my expeditions into new territory, I also found solace in the simple pleasures. Laying by the pool relaxing, feeling the sun kiss my skin warming my heart and mind, and of course enjoying a good piece of literature. It is not much but it certainly does the trick.
Many people ask why I continue to return to Bali. It is my belief that Bali really is good for the mind, body and soul.