Bali Travel Diary Part 1 | East Bali | Lorna Duffy



In my previous travel blog post I talk about my trip to Dubai, who I booked with and costs etc. I had an idea of where I wanted to go so Trailfinders helped me put together an itinerary for my trip. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve wanted to visit Dubai, Singapore and Bali for years so I decided to make the most of it by stopping off in all three places. The agents were both helpful and knowledgeable. They picked key locations in each place and tailored the trip to suit my budget and interests. My next stop after Dubai was Bali. I was there for the most part of my trip so I was able to see and do a lot.

Currency Tips

I mentioned in my Dubai travel post that I would recommend taking cash out in each currency before your trip begins. Alternatively, I would go to a currency exchange in the airport to ensure you have cash at all times. In Bali you can only take out a maximum of 1,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah daily which is approximately €60. This can be a pain if you want to book 2-3 tours in one day etc so make sure you take out enough to keep you going. Also, notify your bank that you will be away so they don’t prevent you from taking out cash when you are away. 

Accommodation –

Conrad Bali – Nusa Dua

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Located a short distance from the airport, the Conrad Bali is situated in Nusa Dua (on the idyllic southern coast of Bali) and it can be found on a beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Seminyak within driving distance and it is a well-known spot for restaurants, bars and shopping. This is another area that’s worth a visit.

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Overall, I really enjoyed my stay. The room was lovely, the staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was delicious. There was plenty of relaxing by the pool, swimming, eating and drinking – it was a great spot and I would definitely stay there again.

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What did I get up to?

We booked a day trip to discover the east of Bali. We wanted to see and do everything so a full day trip seemed like the best thing to do. We had an early start, our own driver, a tour guide and our own private little jeep for the day so we were sorted. Here’s what we got up to…


Tour of East Bali – The Mother Temple

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Our first stop was the Besakih Temple also known as Bali’s Mother Temple. This was by far one of the most beautiful temples I’ve ever visited. The Besakih Temple is the biggest temple in Bali and it sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung which is an active volcano and also the highest point on the island.

I purchased a Sarong for just under €15.00 before entering the temple as they must be worn out of respect. The Sarongs are also available to hire but I am forever picking up souvenirs so I decided to buy one.

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The entire place was buzzing with both locals and tourists so there was a great atmosphere. I managed to take a good few photos when I was passing through. Everything was picture perfect so I couldn’t resist. Note: it was very crowded so if you are planning on visiting bare this in mind. It is definitely worth a visit though.

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The Water Palace

Tirta Gangga Water Palace is one of the most popular places of interest  in Bali. It was designed and constructed in 1948. The gardens of Tirta Gangga Water Palace show a unique mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture. The grounds consist of ponds and sculptures and there is also restaurant for guests passing through.

It palace was quite crowded when we visited but it was an enjoyable visit all the same. We didn’t have to queue for anything which was good. The water palace is breathtaking and picture perfect – so many photos so little time! This is another spot I would definitely recommend visiting.

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Tengagan Village and Coffee Plantation

Tengagan Village is a traditional Balinese village. It is another well-known spot to visit. The village has its own unique community too. Tenganan is a symmetrically laid out Balinese village with walled homes and unique crafts. Once we arrived we were greeted by a local man who became our guide. He taught us a lot about the village and its community. It was a beautiful and peaceful place.


After our tour of the village we visited a coffee plantation. There is an opportunity to see each stage of the process of creating coffee. The site also produced the world renowned Luwak coffee, which is produced by feeding coffee beans to a certain furry animal. At the end of the tour, we had an opportunity to taste a number of the coffees made by the plantation.


There you have it! Part one of my Bali travel diary. I will be writing a piece on the ‘Top things to do and see in Bali’ so keep an eye out for that if you’re considering planning a trip over soon. Bottom line I absolutely loved my stay in Nusa Dua.

If there is anything in particular you’d like me to blog about let me know. You can catch me on Snapchat: duffyloikes, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 🙂 Next up I will be writing Part 2 of my Bali Travel Diary so keep an eye out for more on my Balinese adventure…

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