The journey to Bali was good and then we found a local bus that took us the 5hrs from Ketapang (the ferry terminal in the west) to Denpassar (in the south). By Indonesian standards this was a luxury bus as I had leg room and a chair just for my bag although it only cost 25,0000RP which is less than 2 pounds.
We didn't stay long in Bali as we had plans to head out further east to go hunting for Komodo dragons.
When we arrived in Bali (Denpassar) we spent what seemed like an age seraching for a hotel for the night and after the only cheap, available hotel told us they had no shower we quickly opted for the All Seaons luxury option. (Which was worth it for the shower alone especially after a 5 hr bus ride with only what we call Door Con).
After eating in 5 star luxury (not very bagpacker more flashpacker) and using as much hotel Wifi as possible we decided to set off to Jimbaran Bay as a location. Jimbaran was beautiful and we found a nice, clean guest house just off the beach. We stayed in Jimbaran for a few nights although we could have easily left without paying as no owner turned up so we we left the cash in our room.
On our second day in Jimbaran after booking an onward fligt and an essential shopping trip (Shabe was not amused) we decided to head out the next day to visit Ubud in the north.
Udud was great and we started the tour in Monkey Forest. Shabe was popular with the monkeys and the tourists were in hysterics when a monkey sat on Shabe's shoulders and started grooming him. The monkeys are very clever and one even managed to un-zip shabe's bag and was about to remove the contents when we had to shooo him away.
The forest had the remains of two 15th Century temples which are covered in vines and we spent ages taking photos.
After the monkey forest we headed furter north to the strawberry fileds where we stopped for strawberry tea. We then went on to lake Bratan (the famous temple in the lake on Bali). This was good but surrounded by tourists. On the way back from the temple we stopped at the rice fields which were breathtaking and definately worth a visit.
At sunset we arrived at a temple in the sea called Tanah Lot temple. The sunset was beautiful and we took tons of photos.
The day was amazing although we were travelling for 12 hrs. Arriving back we went for dinner with friends and then set off on a flight to Labuan Bajo (a port on the island of Flores).