To keep all of you creative travelers and Bali lovers up to date on all things hot and new, hidden and undiscovered here on the blog – we’re now introducing a new team of contributors! Today our islandgirl Estelle is taking you on her island explorations along the breathtaking Kedungu Area and Joshua District and showing you all the reasons why you need to visit.
Off the beaten path: Kedungu, Bali
If you love to travel to Bali, but want to experience a more local Bali vibe than make a visit to the Kedungu area. It is still relatively untouched by tourists (minus the famous Tanah-Lot temple sight, which is Bali’s most popular temple visited by tourists all over the world). Kedungu will take you back to what most of Bali looked like years ago. The drive through the small Hindu villages and rice fields is just 25 minutes from Canggu, and already worth the trip on its own!
If you’re a surfer, you may have already heard of this hidden gem because of the great surf breaks at Kedungu beach. For the non-surfers, there’s still more than enough to do and see! For example, you can let the rice paddies lead you to some black sandy hidden beaches where you can be the only one besides the local fishermen, or maybe some people cruising around on dirt bikes.
When you are in the Kedungu area, you can visit the famous Tanah Lot sea Temple. As we said before, expect a crowd. But if you’re planning to go we usually recommend going super early to avoid the biggest stream of tourists. So ‘hati-hati’ ( be careful ) with all the touring busses on the way. At the temple, you can be blessed with holy water by the Balinese pedandas “holy men” to cleanse you and get rid of evil spirits.
Joshua District is a funky creative center constructed from shipping containers in the middle of a rice field. The moment you walk in it feels peaceful. You will be inspired by the walls lined with abstract art from local creatives and the pop-up shops with fashion, jewelry, and other design products. There is a restaurant upstairs with amazing food! The restaurant is open all day and we can really recommend the large iced coffee. It’s also an amazing spot to watch the sunset with a magical view over the coastline.
Joshua district is more than just a restaurant and art center. If Canggu is too hectic for you and you want to enjoy your holiday in peace, Joshua district also offers some stunning villas for up to 8 guests. There is also a co-working space, so you don’t have to worry if you’re done relaxing or working because there are lots of different activities you can book here.
Enjoy your trip! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments, or if you planning to head up here let us know!
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