After we got through the airport, we were bombarded by so many taxi drivers offering us a ride. It’s literally insane! Me being a noob, I ignored them thinking I could get a Grab (another ride share company).
We started walking and it was then I found out ride shares are not allowed in the airport (except to drop passengers off), and that we’d have to walk 3 km to the nearest pick up spot.
We were so exhausted and I got tired of walking, that I hailed a cab driver. His cost? 250,000 rupiah (about $19 usd). I know…I could’ve negotiated and maybe gotten it down to 200,000, but that’s okay. Live and learn.
It took us about 30 minutes to get to our resort. There’s a lot of traffic on this small island. Luckily, our driver was really nice and was telling us about the area.
We were staying at the Novotel Resort in Nusa Dua, in which we found out is the crazy rich area lol. Nusa Dua only has 5 star rated resorts. In order to get into Nusa Dua, you have to go through a security checkpoint.
FYI, we didn’t pay for the resort. It was a wedding gift for 7 nights here. We just covered our flights, our stay at a villa after this, and spending money.
When we got to our resort, there was another security checkpoint where they dropped a gate, our driver had to shut off his engine, and security inspected the car for a bomb. Yes, a bomb.
I was shocked to find this out. However, I must say, all the security guards in Bali are super friendly and smile, unlike the ones back home.
After an extremely long and tiring check in experience (they couldn’t find my reservation), they loaded us in a golf cart, and drove us to our room. How dope is that?
By this time, it’s about 7:30pm and we’re exhausted after a 30 hour trip.
Anyway, here’s our room! Cost = FREE 99Here’s our living room area with our dope headless lady statue.Close up of the statue (she got a phat booty)Our TV with cable. They even had American shows on!The living and dining areasOur balconyOur room came with a washer! They don’t have dryers..El banoEl bedroomWe ordered room service for dinner. I’m not much of a fan of Indonesian coconuts. I prefer Thai.Our first sunrise in Bali!Walkway to the spaWaiting for our shuttle to take us shoppingHella magikarp hereOur first taste of Luwak coffeeHey look! A Cold Stone.The prices here are the same back home lolI’ve been a fan of Mi Goreng noodles, and this is my first legit taste in Bali! Not from Ranch 99 son!Our friendly driver we hired for the day. For 600k rupiah ($40-45 usd), he’ll take you anywhere you want to go.Just got to the coffee plantation and lovin the greenery Admission = FREE 99A coconut tree!My favorite boba drink: Taro
More greeneryCoffee plantsLuwak coffee beans
Our guide taught us about how Luwak coffee is made. Luwak is a very expensive coffee in Indonesia with good reason. A bag of Luwak coffee beans can go for $25-30 usd.
The civet (cat-like animals), goes through the coffee plants and eats the best coffee beans, where they ferment in the civet’s stomach.
They then shit out the beans, where a picker collects their shit, washes it, then peels the beans before roasting them for coffee. It’s cray cray right?
The result is a strong yet smooth tasting coffee.
I found out in the old days, coffee beans were reserved for the elites. The locals would collect the shit from civets to make their own coffee (luwak). It was later discovered that the luwak coffee was extremely good, and the trend spread throughout Indonesia.
Some spicesI love the greenery
Coffee Tasting = Free99 We got 8 coffees, and 8 teas. I also got the Luwak coffee for 50,000 rupiah ($3.79 usd).A selfie with our dope guide! He didn’t give AF and spoke his mind. We even took a shot of rice wine lol.We made it to the rice terrace! I’ve only seen these in pictures, so it was really cool to see in person. Cost per person = 10,000 rupiah donation
DopeHere’s what it looks like up close
Shot from the bottom of the rice terrace with some dude and his damn selfie stickNext stop: The Monkey Forest in Ubud.
It was hot AF (95 degrees Fahrenheit with lots of humidity). But dude! Check out all these monkeys!
All the different monkeys in the forest
This is my favorite shot because monkey is just chillin like MoolahTemple
Taking a break before we call our driver. It’s still hot AF.And we’re off to the Ubud shopping center!We had some organic gelato. Eat it quick before it melts in this heat!My favorite car brand!Honda Jazz sounds way cooler than Honda FitTired AF, so we went back to our resort