I was strolling in the evening along the coast of Gianyar, Bali. It was low tide, and the coast was quite different compared to high tide time. During low tide, the rocks protrude from the surface of the water. To add to the surreal view near sunset, the rocks was topped by green algae.
I played around with the tone of the photo at home, which results in the photo above. If Planet Mars has water, I think the photo on the Mars’ surface will be similar like the photo above.
A surfer standing on Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia. It was morning time, which usually a perfect time to surf. However that day it seems that the wave was very small and low. He probably contemplating in front of the low surf, or maybe just waiting until the wave come.
There are a reason on why the specific dive point in Nusa Penida is named Manta Point. It is no other than the frequent Manta encounter in this dive site.
The bottom of the dive site itself is barren. Not so many corals to be seen, as this part of Nusa Penida is facing the Indian Ocean with its strong current. However, it is the currents that make it perfect for Manta to dwell.
The Manta is available almost all year long. But, if you are here at the right time of the year, and with some luck, you won’t need to chase the Manta. It will be the Manta coming to your way, while you are hoping that you won’t get hit by sea creature 3 meters wide.
In the last couple of trips for business, I choose to stay at room with shared bunk. In this kind of room, I basically rent a bed instead of whole room, and got to share the room with some other people. Because of this, the price per night is very cheap. Both hostel compared here cost around 100.000 rupiah (Less than US$ 10 with today’s rate).
Both are basically pretty good, clean, and could be alternative in case the other is full. Read on to see more detail on how Ubud Market Hostel and Hostel Ubud compared to each other, or scroll to the bottom for short summary.
Both Ubud Market Hostel and Hostel Ubud are located close to each other. Both are also right at the heard of Ubud, some 5 minutes walking from Ubud Palace and Ubud Market
Hostel Ubud is easier to find, as it is located on Jalan Dewi Sita, right across the soccer field. The Bamboo Restaurant which is located at the ground floor also help to find the place.
In comparison, Ubud Market Hostel is located slightly into the small road in front of Tut Mak. They also have small marker situated high above the road that make it even more challenging to spot.
I arrived at Ubud Market Hostel around 11pm at night. Tired after a long day, it took me a while to find the reception, as the desk is not manned.
In contrast, I arrived at Hostel Ubud at 1am due to flight delays. The reception is well manned, and they set me up pretty quick. Hostel Ubud did better than Ubud Market Hostel.
Hostel Ubud also has a more comfortable reception area, as shown in the picture.
Hostel Ubud has only 1 bedroom for 20 people. The room is not equipped with Air Conditioner. If you are prone to feel hot at night, pick the top bed to be closer to ceiling fan
Ubud Market Hostel perform better in this aspect. Its room cater for 6 people, with full wall between beds to ensure privacy. The room is also equipped with Air Conditioner, cloth hanger, and extra space to put your stuff and charge your electronics.
Both hostel have lockable storage available free of charge. Both require Rp. 50.000 deposit, which will be refunded when you returned the locker’s key
Bathroom and Toilet
Both hostel provide separate area for shower, toilet and wash room. The showers in both hostel are also equipped with hot water. In term of cleanliness, both hostel showers and toilets are clean enough.
Hostel Ubud provide 2 shower areas, 3 toilets and 2 wash sink to be shared with 20 people. Ubud Market Hostel provide 1 shower, 1 toilets and 1 wash sink to be shared with 6 people. Despite the difference in the ratio, I didn’t ever need to queue while staying at both places.
With the location within few meters, and price range around Rp. 100.000, both Hostel Ubud and Ubud Market Hostel are good value for money. However, I’m like Hostel Ubud a little bit more than Ubud Market Hostel for the following reasons:
Hostel Ubud is easier to find at night. Due to location on the main road, it also has more parking space for motorcycle
Hostel Ubud reception staff was ready at 1am to receive me
Bamboo restaurant at the 1st floor is handy for breakfast
Better view from 2nd floor to the football field
Have you stayed in any or both of the hostel? Share your experience in the comment section below.