Bali Travel Guide: A Caffeinated Adventure With Jaanhavi
Bali is a beautiful island with a lot to offer visitors. From stunning beaches to lush jungles, there's something for everyone. And if you're a coffee lover, you'll be in heaven. Bali is home to some of the best coffee in the world. And in Part 1 of #MakingTravelSpecialty, I’m excited to be taking you to Indonesia!
As a water baby who loves her coffee, I love going on sea excursions. My goal is to be on land as less as possible, and here are my top tips for anyone wanting to stay on water:
- All excursion boats have water bottles, but if you want hot water for your coffee, make sure you take it from the hotel before you leave. Carrying tumblers around is a great idea.
Usually excursions are day long and start early in the morning. If you’re staying at the same island as the excursion start point, it’s always a good idea to catch up on your sleep - the ocean water can get really tiring. Carry protein bars for a quick hunger fix.
There are also day-long island hopping boats that you can get on. These are mostly opted for by families that do not plan to go for mid-ocean dives and snorkeling but do want to enjoy the scenic beauty.
- Bali is a surfers’ paradise, don’t miss out on it. There are several instructors available to help you have fun with the waves - these can be booked from the hotel, local excursion shops or at the beach. The waves are quite dramatic, so wear comfortable swimsuits. Billabong, Quicksilver and Rip Curl are 🏻.
Here are a few of my other top tips to help you make the most of your time:
- Avoid the tourist traps. Bali is a popular tourist destination, and there are a lot of places that are designed to take your money. If you want to experience the real Bali, avoid the big resorts and head to the smaller, more local places.
- I carried different variants of Easy Pours - after a long, tiring day at the sea, I would want a light roast with fruity notes to hit my soul comfort me and sometimes a dark roast in the morning to get me going for the adventurous day ahead.
- Always carry an extra disposable bag where you can collect the used drip bag and the pouch. Dispose of it responsibly where you're staying.
- Explore the local coffee scene. Bali is home to a thriving coffee scene, with a wide variety of cafes and roasteries to choose from. Take some time to explore and find your favourite spots. My favourite cafes are Pison in Ubud and Sisterfields in Seminyak, which are also local favourites.
- Learn about Balinese coffee culture. Balinese coffee culture is rich and complex. Take some time to learn about the history of coffee in Bali and the different ways that coffee is prepared and enjoyed.
With a little planning, you can make your coffee experience in Bali truly unforgettable.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Our Caffeinated Adventures, where we will take you to New Zealand!
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