Eyes of a Nomad

Bali, Indonesia

Searching for temples and waterfalls in beautiful Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Dont go chasing waterfalls... or do. This is a photo essay of our journey through northern Bali. Begining at sunrise, on Lake Tamblingan, before making our way east, looking for the perfect waterfall and some of Bali's more impressive temples.

"Getting up at 3am to see the sunrise over this beautiful lake was more than worth it!"

You know when you make plans to get up at 3 am to go on an adventure, you end up packing until midnight, and you wonder why the hell you agreed to such an absurd wake up call… well this was one of those instances. After a blurry eyed shower, followed by, just mouthful of coffee and a corner of toast because your body is still fighting to stand upright, you find yourself in the car, radio on, everyone sitting in silence with the occasional muttering of words… and so the adventure begins.

Our driver, one of the luxuries of living in Bali, shook me awake just as we arrived at the location I had sleepily punched into his phone. If I didn’t know my driver so well I would have sworn we were on the set of Wolf Creek or Friday the 13th and the look on his face didn’t give me too much reassurance. After looking at the map and trying to work out where the hell we were, Putu, our driver, jumped out of the car and into some random farm house, before returning with his trademark smile and clear directions to the lake.

The lake and temple isn’t a popular tourist trap, but what it did appear to be known for is wedding photos. Three different wedding parties with brides tip-toeing through the long grass, glistening with heavy morning dew, were desperately trying not to get their dresses dirty or fall over. It wasn’t until they tried to climb into the small wooden canoes that the whole thing turned into quite a spectacle and made for an amusing start to the morning.

Sitting right on the shores of the lake, the temple itself was beautiful in the dawn light. The lake, presumably an old volcano crater, had started to engulf the temple, creating a moat around its perimeter.

TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | As soon as the sun rose above the mountains, the lake was flooded with the most beautiful hue of pink and orange light.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | As soon as the sun rose above the mountains, the lake was flooded with the most beautiful hue of pink and orange light.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | Walking along the temple boundary, with water engulfing much of the temple.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | Walking along the temple boundary, with water engulfing much of the temple.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The local jetty made of a few sticks and half underwater, beautiful in its own right.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The local jetty made of a few sticks and half underwater, beautiful in its own right.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | With the temple and towering mountain as a backdrop, the sunrise was stunning over the lake.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | With the temple and towering mountain as a backdrop, the sunrise was stunning over the lake.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The leaky canoe was fun until our lovely local captain told us how deep the lake is!
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The leaky canoe was fun until our lovely local captain told us how deep the lake is!
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | Capturing a moment of solitude on the bow of the canoe as the sun continued to grow.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | Capturing a moment of solitude on the bow of the canoe as the sun continued to grow.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | I love just how much the locals smile.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | I love just how much the locals smile.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The small floating platform made of trees and planks had Sam jumping for joy.
TAMBLINGAN LAKE TEMPLE | The small floating platform made of trees and planks had Sam jumping for joy.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The first steps of many to the top of Bali’s greatest temple.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The first steps of many to the top of Bali’s greatest temple.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The beautiful frangipani trees surrounding the temple had some of the biggest and most beautiful flowers.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The beautiful frangipani trees surrounding the temple had some of the biggest and most beautiful flowers.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | Entrance into one of the many smaller temples that make up the Besakih temple complex.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | Entrance into one of the many smaller temples that make up the Besakih temple complex.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | Our local guide encouraged us to make an offering at one of the smaller temples.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | Our local guide encouraged us to make an offering at one of the smaller temples.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The final steps to the high temple.
BESAKIH TEMPLE | The final steps to the high temple.
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | It pays to pay a guide so you dont walk up 100 stairs to find a locked gate!
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | It pays to pay a guide so you dont walk up 100 stairs to find a locked gate!
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking back down at some of the most ornate stairs Ive ever seen in a temple.
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking back down at some of the most ornate stairs Ive ever seen in a temple.
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking out over the main temple plaza.
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking out over the main temple plaza.
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking out onto the clouds through the outside Mandala Gate
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE | Looking out onto the clouds through the outside Mandala Gate
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | On the hunt for the hidden waterfall
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | On the hunt for the hidden waterfall
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | Sam looking like a photography boss with the tripod
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | Sam looking like a photography boss with the tripod
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | Paradise found… the perfect waterfall
TIBUMANA WATERFALL | Paradise found… the perfect waterfall
MUNDUK WATERFALL | Jane of the jungle
MUNDUK WATERFALL | Jane of the jungle
MUNDUK WATERFALL | When you find a vine in the jungle its hard not to try and swing on it!
MUNDUK WATERFALL | When you find a vine in the jungle its hard not to try and swing on it!
MUNDUK WATERFALL | Getting this shot of the waterfall wasnt easy, the power of the water hitting the shallow rocks created its own wind/rain storm.
MUNDUK WATERFALL | Getting this shot of the waterfall wasnt easy, the power of the water hitting the shallow rocks created its own wind/rain storm.
MOUNT AGUNG VOLVANO | “Hey sam, you should defiantly walk along that rickety fence”
MOUNT AGUNG VOLVANO | “Hey sam, you should defiantly walk along that rickety fence”
TUKAD CEPUNG WATERFALL | Defiantly not a trek in, for the faint hearted, but the canyon and waterfall wont disappoint!
TUKAD CEPUNG WATERFALL | Defiantly not a trek in, for the faint hearted, but the canyon and waterfall wont disappoint!

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