I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust at the moment and seeing my Insta feed fill up with images from the likes of Europe, Thailand and Bali is making me so nostalgic, so I thought it was about time I blogged about another gorgeous part of Bali.
As we were staying in Sanur on the East Coast, we had tranquil, still waters in comparison to surf-worthy, crashing waves. We’d loved surfing in Bondi so were desperate to try it again, leaving us with no option but to find a surfing hot spot on the West Coast to top up our knowledge before we headed home. We decided to spend a day driving around various places so we could see as much as possible, and hiring a driver for the day for approximately £40 was the best thing we could have done. Our driver was the loveliest man and we can’t thank him enough for sharing his knowledge of the Island with us, while darting from town to town!
Our first stop of the day was Kuta. Being a large town that’s popular with the Aussies and party goers, admittedly this wasn’t somewhere we could explore in a couple of hours, but a short and sweet visit is better than nothing! Trying to get through the bustling streets that were filled with holiday makers shopping amidst the culture was virtually impossible, and still to this day I don’t know how that motorbike squeezed between us and another passing car, but hey what’s a new experience without a little risk. I’d read mixed reviews about Kuta Beach, most of which were actually pretty negative, but I was surprised to see it was actually stunning.
As we only had two hours we quickly bargained with a surf hut and ended up hiring a board for an hour for literally about £4. It was amazing how quickly Darryl picked up how to surf, and I was pleased with myself for managing to stand up too considering it’s actually pretty damn hard, even if the waves were far from impressive. As soon as that water starts to rise you’ve either got to bail and experience what it must be like to be stuck in a tumble drier, or go with it and hope for the best. I strongly recommend you opt for the latter if you ever try it. Dragging Darryl away from that board was horrible as for him this was a top highlight of the entire month holiday, but when you’re only heading onto another beautiful location, how can you complain…?
Next up, Padang Padang!