|For our visit to Bali we had hired a local driver to meet us and do the touring around. A nice English couple we met on board joined us. We had decided to do the east side of Bali and visit several temples in that direction. One thing to note is distances are not long but driving time is. Temperature was around 29C and steamy!
Our driver was very nice and his English was pretty good. He did not go into the sites with us but that was OK.
We visited some very beautiful, peaceful places – not full of tourists. Our first stop was the bat cave temple. As you can see from the photos it was full of bats which fly out at night. It was a special celebration day while we there and lots of people were praying. From there we carried on east to see places that have lovely temples and wonderful names like Puri Agung Karangasem and Klungkung Kertagosa. The temples were built more recently around 1710.
These are Hindu temples. 70% of Bali is Hindu with a mix of Buddhism, Muslim and some Christian. They seem to
get along fairly well.
We stopped for lunch, soup and a beer, at a restaurant overlooking a water palace. It was very nice.
On the way back to the dock we stopped at a wood carving place and then a handicraft market for souvenirs.
We were not tempted to buy
The whole 9 hours with small van, for four of us, and driver was $70.00 or 701,000 rupiah.
It was a lot of driving but a wonderful day.