Bucket-listing in Bali and the Gili Islands

Bali has been a bucket list location of mine for a while now. So when one of my friends who had been living in New Zealand suggested stopping off there on her way home and me coming out to meet her, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse…..

Where to start with our trip? Well, nothing can get started unless I’ve had my morning caffeine and Bali is home to the world’s most expensive type of coffee (Kopi Luwak). Although I do have to be honest and admit that I didn’t try it when we visited a coffee plantation. It’s made from part digested coffee cherries eaten and fermented then exited from an animal called a civet cat.

Bali is also home to one of the highest biodiversity of marine species, being part of the Coral Triangle region. We definitely experienced the natural beauty of the under the sea world during our private snorkelling boat trip from Gili T (which only cost £20 each!) where we visited a shipwreck, coral reefs, turtle point and the other Gili Islands (Gili Meno and Gili Air).

We were away for over 3 weeks so I won’t bore you with a day to day organised chaos of an itinerary, so instead I’ll give you my Bali and Gili Island hit list and a gallery of sea swings and Baywatch beach snaps.

In a rough, but not decisive order of importance….

  • Gili Trawangan island

            -everything about this island was incredible from the lack of modern transport (the options were bicycles, horse and carriage or your own two feet!), to not wearing shoes for a week, to the acai bowls for breakfast, to an entire bar dedicated to beer pong (FYI my team were of course the champions), to some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. (And I’m a bit of a sunset connoisseur if I do say so myself. The peaceful restaurants on the beach, hammocks, bean bags, sunset swings and chilled setting was incredible. If you find me a better sunset location I will be more than happy to accompany you to make a qualified judgement on sunset beauty levels! )

            -private boat hire snorkelling trip

            -paddle boarding in the bay

  • Sunrise Mountain trekking up Mt. Batur
  • Baby turtle release (and sunsets) in Kuta
  • Bali swing
  • Padang Padang beach
  • Aerial/ high –fly yoga
  • Black sand beaches and kite flying season in Canggu
  • Many many waterfalls all around the island – although don’t let TLC catch you chasing waterfalls!
  • Biking through rural rice fields in Ubud
  • Rice terraces (the less touristy the better)
  • other beaches in Uluwatu i.e Dreamland, Pandawa, Nyang Nyang

Not forgetting the amazing Indonesian food! I am an admittedly very fussy vegetarian who also doesn’t eat eggs or milk…… and easily found delicious, nutritious food at every location we visited! (most dishes you can ask for without meat/fish)

Of course the gym has to get a mention too…. I took this trip as time off from weight training in order for my body to rest and recover. I trained at a gym only once the entire trip and although missed it quite a lot more than anything, when I got home I was even more motivated and excited to be back training (if it’s possible for me to enjoy the gym even more) and also feeling fresh as a daisy ready for my next challenge!



Insta is also linked on the side of the blog which has far too many sea swing snaps and real life candids if you can deal with any more photos >>>>>>>>

Finnnaaallllly here is a few video snippets in case you’re not bored of my picture spams yet….


Until the next adventure ….


Love J xoxo


  1. September 4, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I love this post – useful for me as I am heading to Bali on Sunday! Can I ask where you did the Ariel Yoga looks fun? Thanks!

    • September 4, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Serenity yoga in Canggu 🙂

  2. September 4, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Awesome images ! 🙂

  3. September 13, 2017 / 6:57 am

    These places look amazing! I have recently moved to Bali so I love reading about new places! Thanks for the tips 🙂

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