For anyone complaining about the recent development of Bali, its vast amount of tourists and little room for real adventure, we have discovered a beautiful, much less developed, but way wilder island quite close to the east side of Bali. Home to the volcano, that triggered a period of global cooling known as the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816, Sumbawa is a real unknown treasure. Here are our top highlights to explore the island.
Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, wedged between rice paddies, temples and steep ravines an hour’s drive from Canggu. It is considered the cultural heart of the island, and is a gorgeous artisan hub for the spiritual (and the spiritually narcissistic). Thanks to the popularity of Eat, Pray, Love, downtown is a little touristier than you may have romanticised, but all this means is that Ubud now boasts an endless stream of high quality restaurants, accommodation options and shops – its surrounding rainforest and rice terraces are as beautiful as ever.
We, Dojo nomads, are already in Bali, the island of gods, beaches, and everything nice, so why don’t we explore more of Bali (and maybe a few other surrounding islands for more adventures)? Here are some ideas for your days off.
Here is the Bali you’ve dreamed of – creamy sand, crystalline waters and colourful fish rather than chip packets swimming around your ankles. Jimbaran and the Bukit peninsula encompasses the southernmost part of the island, and is where the majority of its best beaches can be found. A great idea for a weekend-roadtrip.