So after our epic Iceland adventure we decided to start researching our next big adventure. Jason wants to surf and I want to explore and do a few adventurous activities. A friend of ours told us about the surf in Bali and how much he enjoyed it. So we decided that travelling through Indonesia could be our next adventure.
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We have been doing our research about things to do in Jakarta. I love trip planning so I always do my research way in advance. It always seems to cure my travel bug for a short amount of time. So anyway, the plan is to land in Jakarta before heading to Bali. We decided it may be great to spend a day here and explore another city. I spent some time researching hotels and other accommodation options and found the Aston Marina Ancol on http://www.traveloka.com. The price is good and the location looks great as well. If we based ourselves here everything would be a short taxi or train ride away.
There are quite a few things to do in Jakarta including a visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah which we may do as part of a tour. The National History Museum and the National Monument which should be easily accessed by taxi from Aston Marina Ancol. Within walking distance from the hotel is the historic harbor of Sunda Kelapa and Kota Tua. Of course we need to check out the Jakarta nightlife and maybe pay a visit to the Skye Bar.
With so much to see in Jakarta we are having a hard time trying to pick out the must dos. For our day trip I think we are leaning towards just doing, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah with a stop at the National Monument on the way to Sunda Kelapa harbor. Then enjoying the evening at the Skye bar for a few drinks. After our Jakarta adventures we will fly straight out to Bali the following morning.
As I said, Jason has been dying to surf in Bali so that is the plan when we get there. I think 5 days to 1 week would be plenty of time to enjoy a lot of surfing and a lot of massages. We are still debating where we want to base ourselves as we want to be close to the surf, but we also want to explore Ubud. Canggu beach is looking like a decent location in the middle of both.
While that’s still under debate we have a list of things we would also love to see while in Bali. There are so many temples here and the ones at the top of the list are Uluwatu temple, Tanah Lot, and Goa Gajah or the Elephant cave. I have also been dying to do the Mt Batur hike at sunrise, which looks like a beautiful experience. I am a bit skeptical of the monkey forest as I am not a huge monkey fan, but I feel like it’s one of those must dos.
On top of all of the temples and adventures we still want to get in some surf and pampering. Uluwatu is at the top of the list of surf spots for us. Where else would you get to surf with views of a temple? Definitely some $5 massages as well, in fact I’d be quite happy spending a day getting pampered drinking cocktails. Do I sound like a princess? Big difference between Bali and camping the Inca Trail!
I’m hoping that 7 to 10 days may be enough time for us, we do miss out on finding orangutans in Sumatra. Maybe we can squeeze that in if we get more vacation time to spend. We are also hoping to squeeze in another country, maybe Thailand? Or maybe Vietnam? It’s hard travelling all the way from Barbados so we want to do as much as we can manage. It will definitely be a busy 2-3weeks full of adventures and I am already crazy excited. This itinerary could always change, maybe we will just spend more time travelling through Indonesia. I cannot wait to update you guys when we actually get there.
Do you have any other tips for us? Did we miss any epic places in our itinerary? Let us know in the comments.