Swimming Under A Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall was possibly the best experience we had in Bali. The water was fresh and clear and swimming there with two of my favourite people will be an experience I’ll never forget.

“That was one hell of a shower!” – Aimilia.

We hiked through a beautiful forest, meeting new friends along the way and embracing nature until we could hear the sound of heavy pouring water hitting the stream below us.

Our day was spent leading up to this beautiful experience. After visiting temples and markets we were craving some crystal blue water, which is exactly what we found.

We were keen to visit as many temples in Bali as we could. Our guide made sure we did, having a few planed out to visit each day. One of which was Goa Gajah, also known as Elephant Cave. Goa Gajah has served as a sanctuary and is also a heritage site of Bali, just like the rice fields. It is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. We descended to its relic-filled courtyard, rock-wall carvings, meditation cave, bathing pools and fountains.

Most of the Balinese people practice a form of Hinduism. They are very much in tune with nature, believing hugely in kindness, karma and keeping a balance of the elements.

At least three times a day women make offerings of woven leaves, flower petals, fruit, incense and food. Every home has its own temple, as well as the communal ones nearby. The offerings or “Canang Sari” are left as tributes to the Gods. Subtle differences and the direction they face vary depending on the God they’re dedicated to.

Making an offering is an act of devotion and sacrifice. We were honoured to participate and felt deeply moved afterwards.

If you plan on visiting temples in Bali, you’ll need to take a sarong to wrap around your hips. Or the temple guards will give you a spare.

On our way to the Holy Water Baths we stopped at Lovina Beach, which is famous for dolphin spotting. In the middle of the day we didn’t see any, rather we enjoyed the beach view over lunch.

Before our three-hour car journey back to our hotel, we ended our day with a trip to the Holy Spring, where Balinsese Hindus go to for ritual purification. The Spring was found within a forest – the water emerged from nowhere! The water was warm and purifying, a perfect relaxation treatment before we dozed off listening to music in the car journey back to the hotel.

My last Bali blogpost will be up soon, stay tuned!


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