Bali Day 1 – First impression of Bali

Our visit to Bali started from travel by public bus from the port of Gilimanuk (north-west of Bali) to Lovina. We noted straight away that Bali is more touristy and relaxed than Java or Sri Lanka – destinations that we’ve just visited. Our first day in Bali was about relaxation after hiking volcanoes in Java for the past few days.

One of the temples in Lovina with the characteristic Balinese split gate - known as 'candi bentar'.

One of the temples in Lovina with the characteristic Balinese split gate – known as ‘candi bentar’.

After seven intense days of travelling in Java and hiking volcanoes we arrived on ferry from Java (Ketapang) to Bali (port of Gilimanuk) with relaxation in mind at least for the next few days. Lovina was our first stopping point on Bali. As soon as we got to the bus station near the ferry port – Gilimanuk, there were a few locals on buses and mini-buses calling us and trying to convince us to go with them to Lovina. We chose a public bus and it was our first experience of Bali.

On the public ferry from Java to Bali, Indonesia

On the public ferry from Java to Bali, Indonesia

Compared to Java – Bali seemed more relaxed and full of tourists. The bus was full of young travelers in their 18′s and 19′s. Being in our 30′s we felt a bit old… There were also tourists in Java but definitely not in numbers we’ve seen on Bali. As we were on the bus there was a small TV on with some local music and dancers. The weird things were dancers’ outfits and the way they danced – it was almost like watching a porn movie on a public bus… the reason for being more relaxed could be the difference in Balinese religion – unlike most of Muslim Indonesia, Hinduism is dominant religion in Bali. Perhaps massive tourism also had its influence in making Bali more relaxed?…

Captain steering ferry from Java to Bali

Captain steering ferry from Java to Bali

Trip from the port to Lovina took only a bit more than hour. We picked on Agoda the Ray Beach Inn as our base for a few nights and it was a great choice! This lovely hotel cost us US $33 per night with breakfast for 2 people. The rest of the day was just about eating, having a nap and relaxing evening and we really enjoyed it – it was a well deserved rest that we needed a lot…

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