Bali; Honeymoon, Romance and Adventure
To say the truth, Bali was not our first choice honeymoon destination. We always wanted to go to the Maldives, but the cases of the Zika virus and at the time Swine Flu, we did not want to take chances. In the case that you might have your trip to Maldives already confirmed, you can get a number of ideas from here. Bali then became our honeymoon destination. As usual, I am always excited about new destinations, I feel that every place has something to offer. For sure Bali did not disappoint at all, we arrived at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar) around 0830hrs, the process through customs was easy, with our Kenyan Passport it was visa free. Our hotel – Samabe Bali Suites and Villas– was roughly 30min from the airport. On our way, I could notice there were so many Motorbikes- commonly known as Scooters. Something else that was interesting, the locals didn’t have restrictions on dress code ( Yes, you can wear hot pants or any form of clothing and it is not such a big deal), at that point I felt like I was in the European countries. On arrival, we were given a very warm welcome( A flower neckpiece and rice on our foreheads between the eyebrows).
Things to do at the hotel
Our hotel room was beautifully prepared for our honeymoon with souvenirs, a private pool and an amazing sea view. After freshening up we decided to try out some of the activities the hotel had to offer, as we also relax by the beach while having lunch.We only had the afternoon before we headed out to explore Bali.
- Catamaran Sailing
- Balinese Wedding Costume
- Cave Dining
- Relaxing by the beach
Things to do in Bali
Most of our activities we undertook with Bali Hai Cruises. They were very professional, fun, had pickups from the hotel for all activities and always punctual.
Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
We were picked up from our hotel as part of the package and dropped at the Bali Hai Cruises. I have been to other countries dinner cruises so I was expecting nothing less than a perfect evening. Again we were received on board the cruise with flower necklaces, my hubby and I went to the open air top deck in search of a perfect view. The sunset view was really nice as we cruised the Benoa Harbour after which we went into the luxurious catamaran named Bali Hai II to have our buffet dinner while listening to a live band. There after, there was a Cabaret show which was very interesting and lively ( Avoid sitting near the stage if you don’t want to be called to the stage to take part in the dancing, I learned through experience). After the show, the audience and performers engaged in disco dancing before calling it a night.
3 Island Ocean Rafting Cruise
The next morning after breakfast, we were picked up again from our hotel for our full day Dolphine Cruise. I was really crossing my fingers that we actually do get to spot dolphins since as per the itinerary it was a maybe. On arrival at Bali Hai offices, we were given safety and snorkeling equipment ahead of the high-speed cruise. With the expected Ocean raft which was equipped with a 750hp engine, I was excited. We cruised to South Bali with amazing views of Coastal Cliffs and Bat Rocks, also ‘ Hole in the rock’.
We enjoyed viewing the 3 Islands- Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. We had roughly 45minutes of Snorkeling in the clear waters enabling us to view the fish and vegetation.There after we had buffet lunch and then headed to an island where we relaxed for close to 1hour doing various activities like banana rides, on a normal day parasailing is also available though we were unlikely it was faulty on that day.
Elephant Safari Park
As for this activity, we booked through Expedia they also do give various options in terms of things to do, accommodation among other things depending on the country one is traveling to. It was a new day with still more to explore of Bali.I had seen so many pics of the Elephant Park posted on the internet and I was excited to be finally headed there. Pick up was still inclusive in the package, the journey from the hotel was long, it took us close to 2hours to get there. Scenery to the park was nice, we were able to see the rice paddies. On getting to the park, we were allowed to feed the elephants, there after the elephants did various performances- very amusing by the way. We then rode the elephants out of the park into farms for roughly 40minutes, I have to say it was a comfortable and exciting ride. There was also buffet lunch inclusive which one could eat at their own leisure.
Night out at the Rock Bar
So it was time for us to see what Bali night life had to offer. The Rock Bar had an amazing view, it is set on top of a limestone cliff. There is high demand and they open doors at 1600hrs, reserving a table ensures comfort. We were able to enjoy a very nice view of the sun set as we sipped our drinks. It was a perfect way to enjoy our last night in Bali.
Time to Say Goodbye
It was time to head back home, Bali was good to us we will be back. Word of advice, If you are not traveling in business class, it would be advisable to get to the airport early enough since the economy class queues can be long.
Traveling expands one’s ideologies, creates beautiful experiences and lasting memories.~ Lynn Muturi_Githaiga