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 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
Coastline along Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Entrance Complex
Tanah Lot to Infinite Ocean
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
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 Rocks Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
The Rocks Bar look out.
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.
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
Dustin the groom really getting ready.
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
Pow Gloves Crew Underwater
We had fun with my G10 and water housing!
What a crocodile sees.
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…..