Your Cheat Sheet for Bali – The Island of the Gods

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I'd met several people who claimed they didn't like Indonesia, but when I told people I'd be spending most of my time in Bali, their eyes lit up. It was as if I was talking about a totally separate country. To be honest, it does feel like its own country. The people are Hindu, they speak Balinese, they have their own local cuisine, and their own type of massage. The subculture here is so different from the rest of Indonesia, that it's hard to generalize it with the rest of the country....

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20 Things to Do & See on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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Nusa Lembongan (a small island off the coast of Bali) felt like a mystery to me. My only plan while there was to go to the beach. Beyond that, I really wasn't sure what the island offered, and I found it hard to find information online. It seemed most people only stayed there a couple of days at most. Leave it to me to spend two weeks in a place that most people deemed an overnight trip. After exploring, I really feel like this is the perfect place to chill and do nothing while being...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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The Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

My mom and I decided to visit Nusa Lembongan after looking at a map of Bali for hours. We originally confused the small island with one of the Gili’s, but once we realized it was a different place we began to do some research. There was little information out there about the island since it’s an up and coming tourist destination, but the pictures we found were enough to have us sold.

We really had no idea what we would find in the way of restaurants when we got here, but I can tell...

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Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

If you follow my blog, then you know that I like to take a cooking class in every country I visit. Truth is, I’m a terrible cook. The great thing about cooking for friends back home is that they have no idea if you’ve messed up because they have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. This has given me a little more confidence in the kitchen. I can honestly say most of my friends and family don’t know what Balinese food is. In fact, I’m not sure I even know.

From what I...

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Visiting Bali GEO Coffee Plantation in Ubud

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The second someone mentioned a coffee plantation in Bali, I knew I’d be going. I’d previously had a blast learning everything there was to know about tea in India, so I would not pass up a chance to learn about my other favorite beverage.

We arrived at Bali GEO where we were greeted by a woman who walked us up a small path while pointing out a few of the plants. This was similar to the spice tour I went on in India, which I found a little underwhelming. Soon we arrived at a cage with...

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Nusa Lembongan: The Best Beaches to Sunbathe, Snorkel & Chill

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Whenever I told someone I was going to Bali, they'd say the beaches were kind of meh, and that I should just head to the Gili's. Over and over I heard the same thing, but I felt like everyone who didn't like Bali had been to the wrong places. *cough* Kuta *cough* Now, I know I was right.

Off the coast of Bali lies three small islands. Most people don't even realize they're there, but by some chance, my mom and I found them. I can honestly describe them as paradise. Still...

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What to Expect from the 3 Day & 2 Night Mt. Rinjani Trek

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I decided to rearrange my schedule and trek Mt. Rinjani after hearing several people say it was their favorite part of Indonesia. When everyone agrees that one thing was his or her favorite, it’s a no brainer. I chose to go with Rinjani Trek Centre after reading pages of good reviews on Trip Advisor. It was so easy to arrange with them, that I was sure it was too good to be true. I got off my plane expecting there to be a mix up, but as I exited the airport, I saw a little sign with my...

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Snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Penida

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The boat hits a wave, and suddenly, we're airborne. Everyone gasps in unison, grasping for whatever they can hold onto. The boat tips to the right, and finally, lands back on the water evening itself out. We all brace ourselves for the next wave, and when it comes, it's even bigger than the last. This is not what I signed up for. I look at my mom, who hates the water, and she looks miserable. We'd expected a nice calm...

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Surviving the Mt. Rinjani Summit in Indonesia

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It’s 2:00am and the clatter of groggy people moving around half asleep fills the air. The word coffee is whispered multiple times, and a bright flashlight shines into my cozy tent. It’s time to get up. I’m wearing as many clothes as I have with me, and it’s still freezing. With my headlamp on, I look around. Today, me and about a hundred other tourists will try to summit Mt. Rinjani.

Mt. Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. It stands at 12,224 feet....

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