Indonesia

Review: Maison at C Boutique Hotel & Spa

Here’s a review of my one night stay at the hotel. The Maison at C Boutique Hotel & Spa is a 4* property centrally located in Seminyak on the island of Bali. The beach is only a 12 min walk from the hotel while Kuta is only a 10 min drive away. In other words, […]

Review: The Artini Resort

The Artini Resort is a beautiful 4* property in Ubud. It’s surrounded by rice patties and lush gardens. Yet, right up the street, you’ll find shops, restaurants, and spas. One of the main attractions in Ubud, the Monkey Forest, is just a 20 min walk from the property. Checking in Upon check in, you receive […]

Review: Laprima Hotel

Laprima Hotel is located right on Pede beach, just 1.8 km outside the fishing town of Labuan Bajo. The hotel is only 15 min from the airport and 10 min from the pier. It’s the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the Komodo National Park. When I arrived I received a welcome […]

Guide to Bali for South Africans

Bali is a tropical island paradise with beautiful beaches, lush forests, interesting critters and friendly locals. It’s a popular destination for South African travelers, mainly because it’s one of the most affordable destinations in Asia. Here’s my guide to Bali, specifically written with South Africans in mind.   Flying to Bali There are no direct […]

Releasing turtle hatchlings in Bali

Kuta consists of narrow little streets and pushy vendors trying to sell you things you really don’t need or want. The only redeeming feature for me is the Bali Sea Turtle Society. You won’t find fancy offices or a visitors center here, only a giant turtle filled with sand. What’s in that sand? Hatching turtle […]

How to spend 48 hours in Ubud

I fell in love with Ubud during my brief stay in this bohemian/hippy town. Why? The lush jungles that surround the town, the rice patties in the middle of town and all the vegetarian-friendly restaurants! I could have easily stayed here for a week or even longer. Here is how I made the most of […]

Postcards from Abroad: The Animals of Indonesia

I only spent a week in Indonesia, but I saw so many animals! Just by keeping my eyes peeled on hiking trails, I saw so many creatures including butterflies and spiders. Indonesia is home to rare and fascinating animals like Komodo Dragons and Olive Ridley Turtles! Komodo Dragons The unequivocal highlight for me was seeing […]

Review: Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport

The Novotel is conveniently located right at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. Elegantly and beautifully decorated, it’s the perfect place to stay before you catch a flight or if you have just landed in Bali. When I arrived Upon my arrival, I received a glass of cold, fresh fruit juice and a fragrant towel […]

Exploring Komodo National Park

Every nature lover should visit Komodo National Park in Indonesia! Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also recently been named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Around 60 000 people visit the park each year, and the numbers are increasing. Komodo National Park includes three larger islands, Komodo, […]

Meet the world’s largest lizard: The Komodo Dragon

I recently had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon, courtesy of Wonderful Indonesia. I learned so much about them from the rangers in Komodo National Park. Here are some fascinating facts about the Komodo Dragon.   Distribution Komodo Dragons have a very limited distribution. They […]

Trip of Wonders 2016

By participating in an online quiz hosted by Wonderful Indonesia, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, I was one of the lucky participants to win a trip for two to Indonesia! We were taken on a once in a lifetime adventure to explore Komodo National Park, one of the seven New Natural Wonders of the World! […]