An Indonesian Wedding Story

 

Tanah Lot, Bali

Tanah Lot, Bali

 

We checked into the luxury beach resort on Legion Beach in the Kuta area of Bali after arriving from Java.  After backpacking and staying in hostels and guesthouses for over a year, this place was a 180 change.  The Ramada was decked out with a meandering pool, and beautiful surroundings.  It had beach front property and I could walk to the surf beach in exactly 45 seconds.

We checked in got our rooms and headed to the hotel bar overlooking the beach.  I finally got to meet the rest of Dustin’s friends and family that made the trip and we shared a few drinks.  I wanted to crash early so I could get in the water and have a surf first thing in the morning.

The next few days where spent surfing, eating, drinking, lounging in the pool, getting clothing tailored, and exploring the cluster mess of Legion’s shops and claustrophobic streets.

The night before the wedding we had a candle light BBQ seafood dinner on the beach at Jimbaran.  Although there are too many restaurants, too many tables, too many people, and too much smoke from 60 massive BBQ pits, this is still a special place to have dinner.

 

Dinner on the beach in Bali

Dinner at Jimbaran on the beach in Bali

 

We visited Tanah Lot, (see first picture in post) a Buddhist temple about 45 KM from Kuta to the west along the Balinese coastline.  The temple is built on a rock cropping separate from the main coastal cliff line.

 

Tanah Lot Gate

Tanah Lot Gate

 

 

Coastline along Tanah Lot

Coastline along Tanah Lot

 

 

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

 

 

Tanah Lot Entrance Complex

Tanah Lot Entrance Complex

 

 

Tanah Lot to Infinite Ocean

Tanah Lot to Infinite Ocean

 

 

Wedding Group + One Massive Snake

Wedding Group + One Massive Snake

 

On the way back from Tanah Lot, a group of 6 of us that had rented scooters to tear around the island made a detour to visit the surf trendy spot called Canggu.  on the way out to the coastline we got lost and took several small farm roads (more like paths) along rice fields.

More on Canguu to come!

 

Balinese Country Side

Balinese Country Side

 

 

Rice Paddy and Farmer

Rice Paddy and Farmer

 

One night we decided to splurge and went to The Ritz Carlton in the ultra posh resort area called Nusa Dua.  This is easily the nicest hotel/resort I have walked through.  The crown jewel though was the Rock Bar.  To get down to the actual bar we took a 45 degree rail lift that dropped us along the white sandstone cliff to the rocky water edge.

 

The Ritz

The Ritz

 

 

The Rocks Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The Rocks Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

 

 

The Rocks Bar look out.

The Rocks Bar look out.

 

 

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Adjusted

 

 

Sitting amongst the rocks at The Rock Bar.

Sitting amongst the rocks at The Rock Bar.

 

The drinks here where $18 USD.  In Indo, known for its cheapness, this place was priced out even in United States main city standards.  But the price was worth it for the surroundings.

 

Another Rock

Another Rock

 

 

More Views from The Rock Bar

More Views from The Rock Bar

 

The wedding day arrived. The weather was questionable.  Luckily the rain held off and the ceremony went off without incident.  I was very surprised to be at a Christian wedding in the most Muslim populous country in the world.  Come to find out though, there is a large Christian population in Indo as well, and Dustin’s new wife happened to be Christian.

 

The Boys Getting Ready

The Boys Getting Ready

 

 

Dustin the groom really getting ready.

Dustin the groom really getting ready.

 

 

The Isle

The Isle

 

 

The Bride

The Bride

 

 

Married

Married

 

There was a reception, and a party after the wedding.  Pretty standard style wedding all in all….except in Bali.

The day after the wedding we moved back to Kuta and stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel for 3 days.  This was all part of a really good priced package that Dustin got for all of us that made the trip for the wedding.

The Hard Rock Hotels are well known for their pools, and this one did not disappoint.

 

Hard Rock Hotel Pool, Tuban, Bali

Hard Rock Hotel Pool, Tuban, Bali

 

 

Boohya!

Boohya!

 

 

Boohya Again!

Boohya Again!

 

 

Pow Gloves Crew Underwater

Pow Gloves Crew Underwater

 

We had fun with my G10 and water housing!

 

Floating Heads

Floating Heads

 

 

Party

Party

 

 

What a crocodile sees.

What a crocodile sees.

 

 

Cabanas around the pool.

Cabanas around the pool.

 

Most of the wedding guests headed out after the 3 days at the Hard Rock.  A few of us stayed around though to catch some surf.  We wanted to get out of the grime of Kuta and decided the best place to go was Canggu.  This started my love affair with the little town of trendy surf in Bali…..

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One response to “An Indonesian Wedding Story

  1. Aunt Sandy Harper

    Love the title of the story, love the pics, love the story, love the writer of the story : )
    Uncle Jeff and Aunt Sandy

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