My husband and I could not have been more happy with our honeymoon, it was like a dream. Bali is a literal paradise. The people of Bali are some of the friendliest people I've ever met, and their culture is amazing. The island itself is beautiful, from the jungle, to the ocean, to the never-ending incredible architecture that can be seen practically everywhere you look. We loved every minute of our trip and every activity/tour we had planned. We saw amazing temples, white-water rafted down the Ayung River, hiked a volcano to watch the sunrise from the top, biked through rice-fields and villages, visited with Balinese families in their compounds and learned all about their culture, traditions, how to make their offerings, how to cook Balinese food, snorkeled incredible gardens of coral and tropical fish, attended a beautiful performance of traditional Balinese singing and dancing that told an incredible story full of love, deceit, battles, rescue, and triumph (not to mention shocking pyrotechnics), experienced a Balinese holiday of cilence that happens once a year involving festivals of parading super intricately detailed "monsters" made out of foam and paper mache through the streets, and then afterwards enjoying a full day of rest, relaxation, and meditation. There aren't enough adjectives in the English language to sufficiently describe the mere awesomeness of this trip. And our guide, our guide was truly wonderful, by the end of the trip, we felt like we were close friends.
Every second! Ha! I know that's not really a good answer, but it's hard to single out any one thing when everything was so amazing. For me, I think I would have to say watching the sunrise from the top of the volcano and hanging out with the monkeys that live in the crater was pretty amazing. Don't get me wrong, the actual trek up the mountain was quite challenging and difficult, and several times I wasn't sure if i'd make it, but it was all worth it once we got to the top. To watch the view from up there slowly unfold as it turned from pitch blackness to an array of beautiful colors and terrain and some of the most spectacular views I've ever witnessed, it was breathtaking. and the local monkeys are so adorable. For my husband, he would probably say the fish and coral we saw while snorkeling. He has a passion for tropical fish as he worked in fish husbandry for 8 years and knows over 300 species of fish and coral by name and behavior. And this was the first time he'd ever been able to witness these creatures in their natural habitat.
Also, I must admit, when we first found out about 2 weeks before the honeymoon that it just so happened to fall during one of their holidays, on which for a full 24 hours, no one was allowed to drive, walk around, or even speak outside your home or dwelling, which for us meant that we would not be allowed to leave our resort for 24 hours, (they even shut down the airport on this day, no flights in or out), this greatly disappointed us as it meant that we'd lose a whole day of our trip to sitting in our hotel room. In actuality, it turned out to be an amazing experience. The day before, you get to witness incredible ceremonies and festivals, every village on the entire island hosts a "parade" of "evil spirits". Each village builds a "monster" created out of their own imagination of what they believe an evil spirit looks like (built out of foam and paper mache). Then they parade these monsters through the streets, each village having their own separate parade, and if you didn't know any better, you'd think these monsters were professionally made by Hollywood movie productions, they are so intricately detailed and complex, some as big as 10-15 feet high. They are incredible. And despite being confined in our resort for a full 24 hours afterwards, had we not had that day to explore the rest of the resort grounds that we had previously not had a chance to see due to the packed schedule we had each day prior, we would never have even known there was a gorgeous river running right next to the resort! and the spa is made up of multiple little bungalows that hang over the edge of this cliff overlooking the river, it was just amazing. So what previously had seemed like an unfortunate event, turned out to be a blessing.
Gosh, there's not a whole lot I could put here. I think the only thing I can think of would be, I wish we had gotten scuba diving certified before we went. Snorkeling was still incredible, but there was so much more to see that was too far to view from the surface of the water. If it'd been a longer trip, I'm sure we could have just gotten scuba certified while we were there, but as short as our trip was, we didn't want to waste a day getting a certification. So that's probably the only thing I can think of that we would have done differently. Everything else was amazing.
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