Midnight Swims in Bali

Moving my home base from Adelaide to Darwin was something that happened very quickly and something I did for many reasons. Darwin is literally on the other side of the country from Adelaide and the two cities are worlds apart. Darwin is as close to Singapore as it is to Adelaide and as a result – it is a total melting pot of culture.

So what prompted the change?

I have felt the need for a long term sea change for years now. Adelaide is a wonderful city, but to me it felt stagnant and monotonous, like nothing could ever really surprise me.

My ultimate goal is to work with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and with the Royal Darwin Hospital being the closest tertiary hospital for an enormous catchment area spanning three states, numerous islands and many remote communities – I knew it would be the place to really get stuck into midwifery, get exposure to things I otherwise wouldn’t and learn as much as possible.

Lastly, Darwin is the best jumping off point to explore Asia! So many cheap flights to big hubs such as Denpasar and Singapore mean that a continent that I had yet to visit would become much more accessible.

So it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that within a few weeks of settling into my new home, I was off to Bali!

Bali is arguably one of the most popular destinations visited by Australians, and thusly, I had denied it as being a place of appeal. However, one of by besties from back in Adelaide was headed to Bali for two weeks with her boyfriend – and this trip overlapped with a three day window in which I was not working. So I called, told her I would meet her in Bali and that was that.

The flight from Darwin to Denpasar is only around 2 hours long – so heading over for a three day weekend isn’t actually that ridiculous! I booked last minute flights with AirAsia, and three days later I was off to Bali.

I arrived into the massive airport at Denpasar quite late in the evening. I had been warned to be prepared for the throngs of cab drivers who would get in my face trying to get my business as I left the airport, but luckily my gal Tessa had put me in contact with a wonderful driver – Made Paul Artawan – who was waiting for me at the airport and drove me safely and efficiently into the heart of Seminyak.

I was lucky enough to score a private one bedroom villa at the gorgeous Daluman Villas in Seminyak for the duration of my stay. After checking in at around 11.30pm – I was off to settle into my own little slice of paradise.




I had planned to settle straight into bed but my little plunge pool just looked far too enticing to pass up! So I threw on my bathers and sunk into the wonderfully temperate water and relaxed several hours away.



One cool feature of my beloved Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the remote control WiFi. I am able to connect my iPhone to a private connection on my camera and then use my phone to remotely take pictures. It’s a handy feature that has meant that I can get beautiful photos like the next one – totally unassisted. Handy for a perpetually solo traveller!

It was strange to think that a few hours prior I had been running around at work and now I was in a different country, setting my feet on a brand new continent and relaxing in such a beautiful setting! I was starting to see the appeal of Bali.

After soaking in the water until I resembled a prune, it was time to get out, let the heat dry me off and then off to bed to catch some Zzzzz’s before a big day exploring.

After a wonderfully relaxing snooze I awoke to fresh fruit, waffles and fresh coffee. I devoured everything by my little pool and then got ready to go see some Balinese temples.

T H E Β  L O W D O W N
Getting to Denpasar: AirAsia flies from Darwin to Bali almost daily and return flights can be nabbed for between $100-$300 depending on the time of year
Made Paul Artawan: This wonderful and hard-working Balinese driver can be contacted through Facebook Message – he is honest, reliable and unlike some other cab drivers, would never try to rip anyone off
Daluman Villas: This collection of private villas is well located, beautiful and will set you back around $180 AUD per night
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro Lens
Threads: I am wearing a bikini by Aussie label Tigerlily
Remember: Bring mosquito repellent!

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30-something year old Australian backpacker writing her way around the world.

80 thoughts on “Midnight Swims in Bali

  1. Hope you’ll be happy in your new home and so admire your determination to live the life you desire!
    I absolutely love Bali despite it being a l-o-n-g way to travel from South Africa. We went this time last year via Hong Kong and stayed at the Puri Santrian in Sanur – perhaps a good option for your readers who want a slightly quieter destination.
    Thanks for bringing back great memories πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! I have flown from Adelaide to Cape Town so I understand the distance! The long haul flight from Joburg to Perth was torture! Definitely worth the trip though πŸ™‚

  2. Reading your blog inspires me! I just fall completely in love with your blog! I love reading your post. Always something in there to learn πŸ™ŒπŸ½. I devour the posts! XOXO

    1. Oh wow thank you so much! I absolutely LOVE getting comments like this one πŸ™‚ I look forward to sharing many many more adventures with you! xxx

  3. I c ant really add anything that ladysergine hasn’t already written. Except to say, “keep up the good work!” We look forward to being carried off to exotic places with you…..

    1. Thank you so much Janet! I promise to keep sharing lots more adventures! Stay tunes for posts about Bali, Timor-Leste, the Northern Territory and the Phillipines!

  4. Nice, really nice. You are blessed my friend! That pool looks so wonderful I just want to dive through my Mac screen and plunge in! You always look gorgeous… πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on your new home, I hope you will be very happy there and with somewhere like this almost on the doorstep I am sure you will. I love India, Malaysia and Thailand but have never got to Bali, it always looks so pretty.
    I do not always comment, but always read and love your posts.

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you are reading and enjoying my blog πŸ™‚ I am visiting Thailand and Malaysia later this year and hopefully India next year πŸ™‚ Feel free to give me some recommendations!

  6. Looks like a beautiful place to relax for a sneaky weekend trip!! My sister has lived in Bali a few years now. I used to visit Bali a lot but haven’t been since 2012.. Thinking a lot has probably changed! Hopefully return this year. Moving to Darwin is such a good idea to be more accessible to Asia! I lived in the Maldives last year and hoped to do more Asian bound travelling but think it will have to wait for when I return this year!! Nice to connect x

  7. Bali soothes and excites, simultaneously. You look both exhausted and happy, at the same time, which is a countenance I have seen on several friends who have made a Bali jaunt.

    1. Exhausted but happy sums it up perfectly! I had worked from 7-3.30pm, hopped to the airport, got on a plane and flew straight to Bali! Was certainly a long but lovely day πŸ™‚

  8. Wow, striving to work with Doctors Without Borders is an amazing goal. Here’s hoping you can make that happen! Also, I’m blown away by your accommodations in the photos. A personal pool! Talk about living it up. Another great read. My jealousy of your at-a-whim globetrotting is getting worse though, haha.

    1. I think I will definitely be able to – they always need midwives! It’s just a matter of when πŸ™‚
      Haha I would say that I am sorry for the jealousy but that would be a fib! I hope to see you following even more of my adventures πŸ™‚

  9. Reading your posts on Bali made me miss Bali a little more!

      1. i’d love to but i’m thinking of venturing Vietnam next. where is the next destination?

      2. Just got back from the Philippines! Heading to Katherine Gorge in a few weeks and then to the Maldives πŸ™‚

  10. We’ve been considering the NT for this exact reason. My Boyfriend is from Adelaide and i am from Sydney. We have spent almost a year back in Syd and are desperate for change. Darwin’s closeness to Asia, and the rest of the world, makes it VERY appealing. 3 days in Bali sounds amazing. It takes me 6 hours and a whole lot more $$$. tempting.

    1. I definitely can recommend it! I love the lifestyle up here, super chilled out and laid back. Gotta love that it is Australia’s gateway to Asia too!

      1. We’re doing an enormous Aus trip towards the end of the year with the plan on checking everywhere out and seeing what we think. NT is high on the list

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