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JCE BLOG: Bali Day 1 – Chased a waterfall & played with some monkeys

  • August 1, 2016

We snapped a photo with the Barong dancers.

It was a busy first day in Bali. We arranged a hit of all the major Balinese highlights with our driver, Rai. 

He picked us up after breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 

Rai made it a point to learn all of our names. He had a tough time with Ainsley’s name — but he tired.

Our first stop was a cultural dance center to watch the Barong dance, the “tiger dance.” It tells the story of good versus evil. 

A traditional Balinese dance, Barong, about good vs evil.


​​​We made stops to a basket/weaving and then a silver center. Two activities that have a rich tradition in Bali. 

We saw the detailed work of a weaver.

Rai drove us to a one of the 40,000 temples in Bali. 

The Batuan temple is one of the biggest Balinese Hindu temples near Ubud. 

This temple had some elaborate carvings and a koi pond.

The temple is one of the 40,000 in the island of Bali.


We did get caught in a rain storm during our temple visit — but that didn’t take away from the experience.

But one thing that’s required when visiting a temple is a sarong — to cover your legs.

Sarongs never looked so good. 😊


My favorite part of the visit came with a trip to the Tegenungan Waterfall. 

A wideshot of the beautiful Tegenungan Waterfall.


We had to descend down some steep stairs to get down to the waterfall. I had prepared for the visit. I had my swimsuit in my bag. I read to come prepare if you wanted to see the Tegenungan Waterfall up close.

The moment I got to the waterfall area I covered up with my towel, dropped trout,  put my trucks on and jumped into the waterfall.

‘Don’t worry be sexy’ — sure waterfall sign!


I know it sounds trite to say but it was breathtaking. 

My heart was pounding as I got closer and closer to this natural phenomenon. 

It reminded me of the time I saw Niagara Falls. 

A visit like the one to Tegenungan Waterfall — reminds you of all the wonderful things in nature that are beyond words.

I tried to get underneath it but my heart was pounding to much. I guess my body was telling me it wasn’t a good idea.

Enjoying the waterfall after walking down alot of steps.


I had Bruce snap a photo — and you can tell on my face I was loving this moment.

After the waterfall, we ended our tour with a stop at the Monkey Santuary in Ubud. Another wonderful experience.

The monkey ate his banana while on my shoulder — leaving behind a mess.πŸ˜’πŸ™Š


For 50,000 RID, you can buy a batch of bananas to feed the monkeys. They gladly jump on you for the treat.

Three baby monkeys playing. πŸ™ŠπŸ™‰πŸ™ˆ


The santuary has over 600 monkeys around the entire area. Visitors aren’t allowed to feed them anything other than bananas and you’re also told to not show your teeth — it’s a show of aggression.

Luckily, no bad monkeys were around us.

A first day in Bali filled with adventure and new experiences.


We retreated to our hotel for the night only to go back into Ubud for dinner.

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