Last year in mid august, Alex and I decided to escape the monsoon season from Phuket, Thailand to a forever dry land: Bali (Not forever but mostly sunny all year round).
We rented a motorbike online beforehand and we arrived at the airport., Honda Vario 150cc was already waited for us. It was our 2nd time in Bali which we hadn’t been to the northern part before so this time we decided to make a road trip around the northern part.
It was already 4pm. We wanted to go Amed in the north but seemed like it wasn’t a good idea to make almost a hundred kilometers since the dark was coming and it’ll be not safe to ride in the darkness in the mountain which we didn’t know well. Therefore, we headed up just about 60 km. from the airport to Candi Dasa Town, a small town in Eastern Bali which still took around 2-3 hours because the traffic was crazy and we needed to take a break sometimes as well. Also, did the “don’t forget to enjoy the view on the way”. It was already dark after we arrived in Cadi Dasa. We stayed 2 nights in a small lovely and cozy seaside cottage hotel (Temple Café and Seaside Cottage Hotel). The reception and restaurant area nearby the road was a bit hustle but the accommodation area by the sea was very serenity.
After survived from an aggressive traffic on the road, all we need were ‘can we eat and go sleep now’ and we did. We had a dinner from the hotel, It was delicious enough to satisfied our hunger, the staff were very kind and friendly.
The hotel room was cozy with the traditional vibe. The weather was good, not hot and cooler at night so we didn’t need air-condition.
The following after a good sleep. We woke up just to find out that the seaside view was amazing! The black beach is not for swim but just sitting there and enjoying the view was brighten up our day.
After coffee, we went away about 10 km north for the delicious seafood and a beautiful sand beach at Virgin Beach. It was pretty chilled day, we had a grilled red snapper and fried squid served with Balinese side dishes. It was so tasty and the price was reasonable! On the west side of the beach will be crowded after 10 am but on the east side which we had been spending almost all day enjoying sand and sea there after meal will remain peaceful.
We headed back to Candi Dasa around 4pm. and had some tasty desserts. Muffin was so mmmmm and since then, every times I think about muffin, that one always popped in my head, mmm.
Around 5 pm, The views around started to be very soft and warmly beautiful. We went down to the black beach for a small walk, the sunset wasn’t so pretty but beautiful enough to fulfilled our day.
Seriously, Candi Dasa was lovely and always worth stopping by.