Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
We visited Bali in September 2015 to celebrate Ronnie’s birthday. We stayed at the Conrad Bali. We went white water rafting with Bali Adventure Rafting, visited Elephant Safari Park, sailed on a Bali Hai cruise for dinner and a cultural show, and cruised to a secluded beach where we enjoyed water sports, swimming and relaxing on the beach. In Ubud, we visited the monkey forest and dined at Bebek Uma Dawa gallery and restaurant. We also visited many temples, including the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, the Titra Empul, the Besakih Temple (known as Bali’s Mother Temple), and enjoyed the Kecak Fire Dance show at Uluwatu Temple.