Real Honeymoon: Bali & Lombok

One of the reasons why my husband and I chose to visit Bali during our honeymoon was because our friends Ashley and James had such a great time there.  Read all about their awesome Balinese honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

July 2010 – Bali and Lombok, Indonesia

River rafting in Bali

How long was your trip?

10 days

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

A friend’s father owns Bali Island Villas, which is beautiful AND reasonably priced.  We decided to splurge on the exotic location because you only live once, and it was definitely worth it.

Balinese rice paddies

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Exploring the different areas in Bali. While it is a small island, each region has a completely different flavor. We enjoyed staying in Seminyak the most, because it offered great beaches and amazing restaurants. Taxis are ridiculously cheap so it was easy to explore and go on spontaneous adventures.

Balinese beach

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Going to the neighboring island Lombok. We spent 2 nights in Lombok at the end of our trip. It was incredibly unfriendly, the downtown area is sparse, and my husband got food poisoning.

How much planning did you do in advance?

Probably a few months. We mostly just booked our flight, and I would highly recommend booking your flight in advance. It’s not a cheap flight and the more notice you have the better. I would also be sure to do your research on where to stay. I would definitely recommend finding a hotel in a good location that is walking distance to restaurants and the beach.

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Our biggest honeymoon splurge was the day long sailboat and snorkeling trip. The catamaran took us to a nearby island where we snorkeled the entire day and took a tour of the local village which grows and harvests coconuts. Definitely worth the cost.

Balinese Temples

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

South Africa or New Zealand. Might as well travel to the far reaches of earth before babies.

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