A tropical paradise mixed with good vibes, healthy food options, beautiful waterfalls, floating breakfast in a infinity pool, rice terraces, street shopping for dream catchers and rattans, affordable luxury resorts, Balinese spa, temples, with a topping of dragon fruit bowls? YES PLEASE!!
When we first booked the tickets, we knew we wanted a relaxing trip in Bali. We assumed 6 days would be a good amount of time. But clearly you cannot have enough of this paradise island. Bali is for everyone. Girls trip, Couple’s getaway, Solo trip, Remote work, Family vacay, you name it!
Bali is very affordable. As most tourist spots, the cost depends on where you stay. A airbnb would cost you around 18 USD a night. I read a hostel could be less than that. The luxury resorts start from 70 USD per night. The price changes based on the private pool and views you opt for from your room. You can also add the floating breakfast, flower bed in your private pool, Balinese spa, yoga sessions (usually included with your stay at most places).
Bali, being a small island can be covered in 3 – 4 hours drive coast to coast. Each neighborhood can give you different experience.
Recommendation: We always like to mix it up. So we stayed in a “Airbnb plus” the first few days, which ended up as an amazing experience getting to stay with the locals. We opted for a luxury resort after that where we got to unwind, relax and simply let it all go!
The one challenge we had in Bali was the transportation. Uber/Blue bird or any other app based taxi is not allowed in Bali. Even if you can get it close to the airport, the local drivers will make a huge deal in areas like Ubud. Being a tourist, you will obviously be charged more when you get a taxi on the go. The best bet is to book your taxi for the day beforehand. It’s easy on your pockets and the safest option as well. If you are adventurous enough, you have the amazing option of renting a motorbike. You can rent it for as low as 5 USD a day! Do not forget to bring your license and rent a helmet.
Also FYI, our trip was in early 2020, things could have changes based on when you are reading this.
Ah! Where do I start? Bali is loaded with good food in every corner. Luckily we did not catch the Bali belly trend. I still remember the fresh smoothies that quenched the thirst and fresh food full of nutrients and flavor. Some of the must tries:
- Nasi/Mie Goreng
- Pisang Goreng
- Balinese Coffee
- Tahu and tempeh
- Seafood in Jimbaran
- Pepes and tum
- Dragon Fruit
- Es Campur
- Bubur Sumsum
- Nasi Jinggo
- Sambal Matah
- Any tropical fruit
Here is our take on the different neighborhoods in Bali. This might help you in deciding which part you would like to spend more time when you are in Bali
Canggu/Kuta – surfing beaches, amazing sunsets, hipster cafes, beach bars, many restaurants to try, yoga studios, scuba diving, Water sports, Tanah Lot temple.
Ubud – Heart of Bali, Rice terraces, Bali swing, Temples, Monkey sanctuary, Zoo, Ubut Art market for shopping, dining with views, cooking class, explore in motorbike, Tirta Empul Water Temple.
North Bali – Where all the amazing waterfalls are at! Sekumpul Waterfall, Gitgit waterfall, Banyumala waterfall, Ulun Danu temple, Mount Batur for sunrise trek, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Seminyak – You get to experience old Bali, local culture, scuba diving, Lotus lagoon, Taman Tirtagangga, Pura Lempuyang. This side is less touristy.
South Bali– Where the beautiful beaches are at! Lots of turquoise beaches to choose from,Uluwatu temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, take a day trip to Nusa Penida.
What to Pack
Apart from your beautiful outfits, shoes, hats and travel backpacks, its good to get these things before you head to Bali, as they are most likely more expensive/better to have when you get there:
- Sunscreen (reef safe)
- Mosquito repellent
- Water Bottle (preferably one with purifier) or LifeStraw
- Layers to wear when you visit sacred sites
- Power bank
- Rain Jacket
- Power Adapter
- Travel Insurance (especially if you are renting a bike)
- Walking shoes
- Quick try shorts
- Activated charcoal- especially for Bali Belly
- Waterproof phone case or a ziploc
- $$ to exchange. Most small shops, taxi drivers, shop vendors won’t accept cards.
- First Aid
Hope you enjoyed reading our blog. If you have anything particular you wanted to know about our Bali trip, feel free to leave a comment or just say Hi in the comment box below 🙂 Catch you in our next blog.