Yesterday I received a voucher for a free island tour in exchange of my time spent at Club Bali’s timeshare presentation (should have been 90 minutes, it was more than 180 minutes!). Pickup time was today at 10:00.
The driver arrived at around 10:10. Very friendly person and very good first impression.
Heading to Bedugul, I asked the driver to stop for a photo:
At Bedugul, we stopped for another photo and we bought some bananas:
We proceeded to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, quite a beautiful attraction (admission fee: 30k rp/person):
We had lunch in the nearby, in one of the little street warung after the curve, 500m/1km before the market (actually the market would have been a better place with more choices). We just had a soup with noodles and chicken. It was ok. I added some chilli and ketchup, as the driver told me that the locals usually eat it like that. My mouth was burning but it was worth trying it
After lunch, we were brought to a coffee/cacao/tea plantation, a lady showed us the different plants, the procedure to make coffee and finally to a degustation of several coffees and teas, most of them containing already sugar. I loved it! We also tried a cup of the special Bali coffee luwak. The degustation was free, but a cup of Kopi Luwak costed 50k RP (5 USD)! It was like a turkish coffee, meaning you should not mix it with the spoon, but you need to wait that the coffee powder goes down. I didn’t add sugar and tasted it pure, as the lady suggested. It had really a unique flavour, compared to the standard Bali coffee (I tried also that one). After the degustation, we went to the shop and bought a pack of coffee ginseng, lemon grass tea, red rice tea, saffron tea and another one. In total we spent 250k + 50k RP = 300k RP. I think it was really worth it!
We went to our final destination: Tanah Lot. The entrance fee was 65k RP for 2 (including parking). I think it was not so special compared to Uluwatu temple. It was full of tourists and if you go there for the sunset, make sure that there aren’t too many clouds… for us it was cloudy. Anyway, there are lot of shopping places there and the prices are better than in the city. So if you happen there, buy something to maximize the investment for the entrance fee. We bought some shorts and a souvenir.
The driver answered all our questions, showing great knowledge of Bali. He suggested to stay a few days in Ubud for a difference -less touristy- experience. We will probably follow his suggestion.
It was a great day! I’m happy I was a yes man and accepted to participate to a boring presentation in exchange of this tour for free (which would have costed, only for the driver, something around 400k – 600k RP I estimate). Life is good!