After many days of sun, fun and photos, it was time to wrap up our trip of Bali. We closed out our last days with an early morning trip to Lovina Beach, in the northern part of the island. Now Lovina is famous for being a great location to watch dolphins. You get on these cutters and go out on the water at sunrise, and if you believe the hype there are scores of beautiful dolphins around. We decided to give it a spin. Dolphins are beautiful animals, and it’s not often that you get the opportunity to see many of them in the water with you.
Man what a bust. This is the one pic that I got of a dolphin off Lovina beach. So you can see it’s definitely not a sure thing. However I will say that we ran into other people that went on other days and really had a great experience. So it’s really luck of the draw (or the dolphin’s decision, depending on how you look at it).
After the lacklustre performance at Lovina we drove to a temple, called Brahma Vihara Arama. It’s actually a Buddhist temple with some Hindu elements, and it was impressive. I took the HDR photo below because the sun was so harsh, I’m pleased with the way it turned out.
The picture below is of the two statues at the entrance; I put the focus on the latter statue in an effort to draw the eye into the picture a little more.
We left Brahma Vihara Arama and drove into the mountains on our way home; this is where we saw yet another of Bali’s famous temples, known as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. It’s sitting in one of the mountain lakes and is probably tied with Tanah Lot for being one of the more iconic images of Bali. This is one of the those places where I just took way too many pictures. The temple is so incredibly photogenic and on the day we were there the sun was coming in and out behind the clouds to really change the lighting every few minutes. I think my favorite version of this picture is above but I like the two below as well.
And across the street from this temple was another one. This one was relatively small and “quiet” looking, and I’m sorry I don’t know the name of it. But there was absolutely no one around and it was yet another opportunity to capture the essence of the island.
I also created a map so you get some clarity on where all these temples are and maybe it will help you understand your trip if you get to Bali and want to take some pictures of the temples. I hope you find it useful.
Ladies and gents, this concludes our week in Bali! If you ever get the opportunity to visit I would highly recommend it. For those of you looking for simple peace and quiet you may occasionally be frustrated. The island is busy, it’s developed in many areas and it may not give you the seclusion that you’re looking for. But it’s a great place to visit, the temples are incredibly photo worthy and the people are wonderful. Highly recommended!
Finally, I leave you with a brief video of our journey, we didn’t get much footage while in Bali but I figured I’d post it anyway. It’s worth watching just for the video of me trying to impersonate Zoolander – “Water is the essence of wetness!”
Enjoy and thanks for reading!