When Gainesville native Kaitlin Law starts planning her summer vacation, her first thought is “where in the world can I travel this summer?”
This past summer, the Hall County school teacher and scuba instructor traveled to Bali, Indonesia!
“I try to spend each summer exploring a different country and culture,” Kaitlin said.The past few summers she has immersed herself in the cultures of the Galapagos and Bali, just to name a few.
Kaitlin wrote in her own words about her experience in Indonesia and her recommendations if locals decide to take a trip of a lifetime to Bali:
"I spent a total of five weeks in Indonesia. I began my trip by traveling mainland Bali. I highly recommend visiting numerous different cities in Bali because they are all so different and beautiful. I spent six days in Canggu, five days in Uluwatu, and seven days in Ubud exploring and learning about the Balinese culture. Each town was wonderful in its own unique way. Canggu is a chill little foodie town with a backpacker vibe on a black sand beach. The beaches in Canggu are lined with delicious restaurants and beach clubs that have pools overlooking the ocean and bean bags on the beach in which to hang out for the day. When in Canggu, make sure and check out the beach club The Lawn. It has excellent food, a fun vibe, and a beautiful pool overlooking the ocean. Make sure to bring your appetite with you because Canggu had some of the most fantastic restaurants I have ever visited. JI sushi, the Shady Shack, and Cinta were a few of my favorites.
"Uluwatu is a laid back surfer town filled with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful view points I have ever seen. It has become one of the most popular places in the world for surfing. The beaches in Uluwatu are vastly different from Canggu with their white sand, blue water, and numerous rock structures. Uluwatu is filled with a variety of delicious restaurants; Suka Espresso and Drifter Cafe were my two favorites! Make sure and check out the Uluwatu water temple and Kecak Fire Dance while there.
"Ubud is spiritual village with numerous temples, waterfalls, and gorgeous rice fields. There are so many things to do in Ubud it is hard to see everything! One of my favorite things in Ubud was hiring a guide and taking part in the sacred experience at Tirta Empul Temple. I really enjoyed learning about the history and the religious rituals there. When in Ubud make sure and do some yoga and take a Balinese cooking class!
"After exploring mainland Bali I traveled the islands (Nusa Penida, the Komodo Islands, Gilli Trawangan, and Nusa Lembogan) for a few weeks. Nusa Penida was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is filled with cliffs, and beautiful beaches and viewpoints in which to hike. When in Nusa Penida make sure and do a tour of the west side of the island one day and a tour of the east side of the island another day so you do not miss anything! If you are a diver make sure and check out the dive site Manta Point to see the numerous gigantic manta rays!
"You can’t leave Indonesia without checking out the Komodo Islands, one of the coolest places I have ever been. The diving is the best I have ever experienced with incredibly colorful corals, numerous huge fish, manta rays, sharks, and absolutely beautiful nudibranchs covering the corals. I also recommend doing the island day tour while in Komodo. On this tour you hop from island to island and get to see so many unique things such as the beautiful pink beach (one of only seven in the world), the Komodo dragons, hike to the top of Rinka Island, etc."
You can follow Kaitlin’s adventures on her Facebook and Instagram pages: Sunset Chasing Kait. You won’t be disappointed! Kaitlin also has begun working as a travel agent part time. If you are interested in her travel services, head over to her social media sites and contact her there!