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Plan Your Next Trip to Bali

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You really want to see what Bali has to offer but don’t know where to start? You have come to the right place! We have everything you need to plan your ultimate trip to the Indonesian Island in the Indian Ocean. Discover our top things to do, find hidden gems and insta-worthy spots or learn more about the practical parts of your trip. When should I travel to Bali? How do I get around? This guide will answer all of your burning questions about traveling to Bali! 

Top 10 Things to do in Bali

Bali is a spiritual haven for travelers and digital nomads from all over the world. Learn how to surf on one of the many gorgeous beaches, wander through unique rice terraces, or discover inner peace when visiting temples all over the island. Here are our Top 10 picks for your trip to Bali.

Visit Ubud

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The spiritual hub of Bali surprises travelers with Art Galleries, cute cafés, and a lot of cultures to discover.

Go Surfing in Canggu and Balangan

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You cannot leave Bali without standing on a surfboard. Book a course and become a surf pro at one of the many beaches!

Snorkel with Manta Rays at Manta Point

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The ocean surrounding the South East Asian island is one of the most beautiful and most diverse. Grab your snorkel and swim beside gentle manta rays.

Eat Seafood at Jimbaran Beach

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Visit the Fish Market in Jimbaran, take some street food with you, and enjoy the sunset at Jimbaran Beach.

Visit Lempuyang Temple and find the Gateway to Heaven

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This temple is famous for its unique structures and picture-perfect surroundings.

Discover Pula Luhur Ulu Watu

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Visiting this temple is a spiritual experience. You can hear the endless waves of the Indian Ocean crashing on the cliffs under the temple and feel closer to nature than ever.

Relax at Kuta Beach

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Kuta Beach was one of the first beaches populated by tourists. By visiting here, you’re part of beach history!

Hike up Mount Batur

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There’s nothing like the thrill of hiking up an active volcano. The hike takes around 2 hours and can be difficult at times, but the views are worth every single step!

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

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The falls are just the end of a beautiful walk through a small village and a coffee plantation. The scenery is breathtaking and worth taking your camera.

Feel like a Millionaire in Seminyak

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Seminyak is the home of ex-pats in Bali. You can see that they bring the money. So grab your wallet and go shopping in the many designer shops or discover the many art galleries.

The Best Instagram Spots in Bali

They always say that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is why finding the best instagrammable spots in any new destination we visit is just as important to us as discovering all the hidden gems of the place. With all the beautiful places the world has to offer, it could get difficult to remember every single place you’ve been to but thanks to photographs, you can be mentally taken back to moments that you had a hard time remembering. 

That being said, there is no better place for breath-taking pictures to refresh your Instagram feed than Bali.

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

This is a great spot for breathtaking landscape photos with lush green terraces and crystal clear blue skies.

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Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Located on the rim road between Munduk and the main highway from Singaraja to Denpasar, this stunning waterfall is definitely worth the not-so-easy hike. As hard work always pays off, the stunning pictures you will take there will make you get over the hike in no time.

Handara Gates

This one has become one of the hottest spots for Instagram. You’ve probably seen many pictures of it when typing in “Bali”. 

Join the hype and take some nice shots in front of this iconic gate that leads to a pathway to serenity.

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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

This one is not just a famous attraction for tourists but also for locals. The temple connects Bali’s north and south.

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Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach is definitely one of the perfect spots for the perfect Instagram pictures. Bali is known for its stunning beaches but this one is just on a whole new level.

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The Bali Swing

Saving the best for last, you can’t be in Bali and not take the famous Bali Swing Picture that would just make your Instagram likes boom.

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The best Itinerary in Bali


Are you planning to explore the island of the Gods with a limited time but a bunch of things to check out from your list? Here are a few itineraries ranging from different days to maximize your time on the island and all the important must-visit beaches, restaurants, cafés, and temples you can explore with your Travel Buddies

3 Day Itinerary: Making the most of your Time

Do you only have 3 days to explore this majestic island and are a bit worried that you won’t be able to visit all that it has to offer? Well, don’t worry because we got you covered! We’ve packed a 3-day itinerary filled with beaches, culture, and soothing green paddy fields for your trip since we’re here to help you make the most of your vacation.

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Day 1 

Airport - Uluwatu - Kuta - Seminyak 

Arriving at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, we would recommend renting out a private car from the transportation company at the airport and bargaining the price, in the beginning, to make sure there are no additional costs. 

Head to Uluwatu, which is a 30-minute drive from the airport, and try to make a stop at Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park to spot the iconic landmark boasting the tallest statue in Indonesia.

The next stop would be enjoying the many hidden beaches of Uluwatu such as Padang Padang (where the movie "Eat Pray Love" was filmed), Tebing Pantai Balangan (with its spectacular cliff views), and Pantai Tegal Wangi (which hides a cave) which are all worth visiting.

End the first day in either Kuta or Seminyak (which are a walking distance from one another) and enjoy a nice dinner - there are a bunch of options from high-end restaurants, cafes, to traditional street food or a simple stroll around the area and explore the nightlife.

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Day 2 

Ubud 

Rise and shine for the 2nd day! It’s time to feel your inner Zen in the North of Ubud.

Feast your eyes on the spectacular Tegalalang Rice Terraces, a lovely Instagrammable site. 

Take photos of the beautiful sunrise, walk across the rice paddies, and sample free coffee. Pura Taman Saraswati, an elegant Hindu temple known for its water garden and lotus pond, is a must-see.

Lunch alternatives include Sweet Orange Warung, Mandapa's Sawah Terrace, Warung Lemongrass, and the famous Bebek Tepi Sawah, which is the classic Balinese take on dirty duck. Take a glimpse of the Ubud Royal Palace's Balinese art and architecture before you go rafting on the Ayung River, and pick up some souvenirs at the Ubud Art Market to wrap up your day in Ubud.

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Day 3 

Canggu 

Start your day bright and early in Canggu cus it’s time for a mandatory surf lesson in Batu Bolong beach, it doesn’t cost much to hire a surf instructor and it’s worth every penny. 

After a fun surf lesson, why not explore Canggu and discover your next favorite cafes - there is a selection of delicious and healthy cafes to opt from that would fit your dietary needs from pescetarian to vegan. 

To commemorate your last day in Bali, explore the beautiful art markets that Canggu has to offer and pick up some handcrafted goods.

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Until next time, have a safe flight & Om Swastiastu.

1 Week: First time in Bali? Here’s where you should go

This 7-day Bali itinerary will let you experience and do everything that Bali has to offer. From lively marketplaces, local hangouts, and ancient temples to pristine beaches, lush jade-colored jungles, and dreamy islands just a short boat ride away!

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Day 1 

Kuta - Seminyak 

You'll be arriving at the one international airport in Bali: Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta, and while you could stay in Kuta for the night, we suggest heading directly to the Canggu or Seminyak area.

There are several lovely villas and hotels in the area, and you can spend your days lounging by the beach, sampling the local cuisine, surfing, or getting a traditional massage at one of the spas which are highly recommended. 

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Day 2 

Seminyak - Canggu 

The second day should be filled with relaxation, stroll around the streets of Seminyak and explore the cute shops and restaurants. Another thing both Seminyak and Canggu have in common is amazing beach clubs.

Seminyak is commonly known as a more upscale area compared to Canggu which has a more relaxed vibe and is filled to the brim with a huge digital nomad community.

Some must-visit beach clubs include Finn's beach club, Potato Head, Ku De Ta, Mrs. Sippy, the Lawn, La Brisa, and Woo Bar. 

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Day 3 - 4

Ubud 

The Ubud Art Market is a great place to start your Ubud travel itinerary and get a glimpse of unique local handicrafts. 

After exploring the Art Market head to Campuhan Ridge Walk, a 45-minute hike that offers sweeping views over lush hilltops and gorgeous rice fields and is just a short walk from Cafe Lotus, one of Ubud's greatest eateries. It's the perfect area for a morning jog or a casual stroll. 

Another must-visit is The Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana or Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which is a Hindi temple complex surrounded by lush greenery and tall ancient trees. There are three temples in the complex, as well as numerous small walks and roads to explore.

Next up on the list of places to visit in Ubud is Pura Tirta Empul, a majestic Hindi water temple known for its holy water that is often used for cleansing ceremonies.

There's also a large koi pond, a boiling hot springs pond, and a plethora of intriguing statuary strewn over the grounds. Remember to dress modestly and cover up before visiting the premises, as you would at other sacred sites in Bali. You can also rent a sarong and sash at the temple's entryway. 

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Day 5

Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is the ideal day trip from Bali, with blue waters teeming with colorful marine life. The beautiful island is only a 30-minute quick boat journey from Sanur and is the ideal place to learn about Indonesia's rich biodiversity and pristine landscape. 

There's plenty to do on the island in addition to the wonderful snorkeling! Devil's Tears, Panorama Point, and Dream beach are just a few of the attractions. Don't forget to bring your camera since you'll want to shoot a lot of shots!

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Day 6

A trip to Sekumpul waterfall

​​If you're looking for a taste of nature away from the city, the Sekumpal waterfalls in Bali's mountains are the most stunning (and highest) of the island's waterfalls. 

There are several waterfalls in Bali, each of which is special in its own right, but if you only have time to visit one, I recommend this one. If you're feeling very daring, hire a native guide to accompany you on your hike to the falls. Both Seminyak and Ubud are around a 2- to 3-hour drive away (the earlier you arrive the better).

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Day 7 

Uluwatu 

Finish your journey on the beach in Bali's south-western area, relaxing in one of the island's well-known beach resort towns. Uluwatu is the ideal combination of elegance, relaxation, and modern Balinese living.

OMNIA is a great place to spend the day. Bali: OMNIA is unquestionably Bali's most opulent beach club and a must-visit destination. From its large cliff-side infinity pool, this internationally-known facility offers breathtaking views of the ocean. Their poolside dining buffet and separate sushi restaurant will keep you satiated all day as you relax by the poolside, and at night, world-famous DJs will bring the dance floor to life. 

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If you want a more cultural experience, go to the Uluwatu Temple: This sacred place, perched on a high cliff about 70 meters above sea level, offers breathtaking views of Bali's coastline as well as a fascinating Kecak dance spectacle every day at dusk.

A sight to behold before your flight out of Bali.

Om swastiastu

 2 Week Bali Itinerary: Off the beaten Path and Hidden Gems

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From the colorful offerings and Canang-filled streets to the lush green horizon of rice fields and palm trees, the turquoise blue ocean with the spectacular underwater world, the Indonesian hospitality,  stunning temples, and intricate architectures, and the beautiful smiles on local people's faces, there is something awe-inspiring about the island of Bali.

Here, we’re going to delve into what you can do for 14 days in this island paradise with your Travel buddies.

Day 1

Jimbaran & Uluwatu 

Let's start with the classic, after arriving at Ngurah Rai International you can book a private car that is available from the numerous transport companies stationed in the airport or if you’re more into public transport - there will be a bus near the domestic arrival parking lot to take you around the island.

Another option is to take an online taxi such as Indonesia’s very own Gojek, at times Gojek drivers are only allowed to pick up passengers outside of the airport so expect to take a short walk outside. 

What to do if you arrive in Bali in the morning: 

Explore the beaches of course! Take out your sunnies and sunblock and let's go on an adventure in Paradise:

  • Pandawa Beach, a gorgeous and tranquil beach with sound pillowy sand and dazzling turquoise waves, is one of the must-visit beaches. There are a few beach clubs around the area if you choose to relax there instead.
  • Suluban Beach, another beautiful beach, is situated beneath towering coves and is known for its underground caverns, which can be accessed through stairs. It's a great area to take photos. 
    Don’t forget to bring an extra bottle of water since those stairs can be quite brutal.
  • Tegal Wangi Beach, near Jimbaran, just outside of Uluwatu, is known for its "natural jacuzzi" holes, where you can sit and get massaged by the waves. This beach is close to Ayana Resort & Spa's Rock Bar.

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What to do if you arrive in Bali during the afternoon/evening: 

After getting the transportation you should head directly to Uluwatu temple: it is a magnificent temple standing 70m above the Indian ocean which dates back all the way to the 10th century, you can also catch a glimpse of the Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional dance ceremony that depicts the legend of Ramayana. 

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We would recommend booking the tickets online to avoid any inconvenience.

What to do if you arrive in Bali in the evening/Night: 

Go to Rock Bar for sunset drinks:

The iconic Rock Bar at the Ayana hotel is the most popular site in Bali to watch the sunset while sipping refreshing cocktails or nibbling on decadent appetizers. The Rock Bar is perched atop a rock with breathtaking views of the ocean. Because space is limited, we would suggest following the smart attire dress code. 

Candlelight seafood dinner in Jimbaran

Jimbaran has a wide array of seafood cafes selection for you and your travel buddy to choose from and all of them are famous for their Jimbaran style grilled fish, although the base flavor of these dishes are the same – each cafe has a unique take on it. 

Some might be a little bit more on the spicier side, tangier, or even sweeter. Expect to arrive in a beachside eatery with musicians serenading you and a walk on the beach afterward.

Our personal favorite every time we visit is to get the roasted corn from the beach vendors (they’re quite noticeable with their cart filled with roasted corn) and to always order the grilled clams. 

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Day 2 - 3 Explore Seminyak

The first two days of your Bali itinerary are dedicated to settling in and getting a feel for the island. Eating delicious food, relaxing at chic bars, lying on fantastic beaches, watching magnificent sunsets, and participating in adrenaline-pumping activities are just a few of the exciting activities available in Seminyak, Bali's hippest area.

Here are some suggestions to try out in Seminyak:

Chill in double six beach

The beach is known for having gentle and calm waves that are perfect if you’re learning how to surf or on a sunset stroll, there are a bunch of cozy beach clubs that you can sit at or just grab a coconut at the local stalls.

One of the most popular spots on the beach is called “La Planca” you might’ve noticed the colorful beanbags from miles away dotting the eatery, be sure to come in early and save yourself a spot before sunset.

A local favorite would be “Bakso Gerobak Biru” which directly translates to “Blue cart meatballs” a popular meatball cart that serves Indonesian traditional meatballs with a rich broth.

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Try a Balinese cooking class

One of the most wholesome ways to get to know a country’s culture is through food and Seminyak is not in shortage of amazing eateries but why not try cooking class to learn a new skill set to take home? It’s also a fun way to get to know more people.

Now you’ll have another chance to impress your guest at the next dinner party!

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Visit Tanah lot temple 

Tanah Lot, a 30-minute drive from Seminyak is located in the outskirts of Canggu, is one of Bali's most beautiful temples. It's easy to see why the Hindu temple is a popular destination for a plethora of visitors either for religious purposes, chasing sunsets, or even Instagrammers since Tanah Lot temple is perched atop a jutting out of the sea rock, that provides an amazing view of the Indian ocean. 

You'll have to pay a little admission fee to enter the shrine, but it'll be well worth it just to see the breathtaking vistas. If you want to visit the temple, make sure to check the tidal schedule because you can only go inside during low tide.

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Walk and shop 

Seminyak's main pedestrian strip is called Jalan Laksmana, where you'll find a diverse range of clothing boutiques from international and local designers, as well as art galleries, stylish restaurants, and cafes. 

Take advantage of some of Seminyak's best yoga studios:

Yoga Shala, which also has a terrific raw-vegan cafe on site, and Olop Iyengar Studio, which is set in a traditional Balinese home and garden are two popular yoga studios in Bali.

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Nightlife in Seminyak

As one of the best areas for nightlife in Bali, Seminyak is definitely where you want to be if dancing all night getting a hangover brunch is your idea of a good night out. We would definitely recommend these clubs: ShiShi, Mirror, La Favela (it can have a super long queue so the earlier you arrive the better), OMNIA (a 30-minute drive from Seminyak)

Day 4 - 5 Ubud 

The next leg of your journey takes you away from the beaches and into the jungle. Ubud is known for being the place to go if you want to find inner peace, and the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" brilliantly encapsulates the zen paradise of this region of the island.

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Whereas Seminyak and Canggu are vibrant and energetic, Ubud will provide you peace and serenity in a stunning lush green location. 

Day 6

Lempuyang 

If you googled Bali, one of the pictures that pop up would be a picture of a temple, the temple itself is called the Lampuyang Hindu Temple in the eastern part of Bali. The temple became a super popular photo spot thanks to the locals who figured out an incredible trick to take a picture in front of the gate of the temple which is now dubbed as the “Gates of Heaven”. 

And what is the trick you might ask? Angling a mirror underneath the camera lens to create a water-like effect.

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It is a 2-3 hour drive from Seminyak/ Canggu and you would want to arrive early to beat the queue.

Day 7 - 9

Gili islands 

On the 7th day, it’s time to explore a whole new island: The Gili Islands, Gili is technically a part of Lombok which is Bali’s equally beautiful sister island that boasts pristine beaches and one of the only 14 pink beaches in the world!

We would recommend staying at least 2 days in the Gili Islands and exploring the surrounding islands (Gili). Take a fast boat from Sanur to Gili Islands which would roughly take 2 hours or more to reach.

The Gili Islands, which are located on Lombok's northern coast, are made up of three small islands: Gili Air, Meno, and Gili Trawangan. While each island has its own personality, they are all breathtakingly lovely! Expect crystal blue water teeming with gems, isolated white beaches bordered by swaying palm trees, and a plethora of trendy beach bars to pass the time. 

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What's the best part? Vehicles such as cars and motorbikes are not allowed on the island, making it very calm! You can rent a bike, stroll, or use a cidomo (horse-drawn carriage) to go around! Using a Cidomo is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Day 10-11

Canggu 

Canggu is Bali's most popular tourist destination, attracting digital nomads, surfers, skateboarders, yogis, foodies, and visitors from all over the world. It's safe to say that Canggu is a must-see on your trip to the Island of the Gods. 

It has everything a traveler needs such as healthy cafés, an array of yoga studios, gyms, co-working spaces, bars, nightclubs, skateparks, tattoo studios, world-class surf beaches, music venues, local markets, hostels, beach resorts, and the list goes on and on!

What to do in Canggu?

Spend the day at Finn's Beach Club and Finn's VIP: 

Finn's Beach Club and Finn's VIP are two of Bali's most popular beach clubs/pool bars. It's posh without being stuffy, and the enormous venue is situated on the shore, offering spectacular views all day and night. There are various pools and eating options, as well as premium amenities including a champagne bar and full-service penthouses at Finn's VIP. 

Breakfast in Bettlenut café

 A charming café that serves smoothies, coffee, healthy meals, and delectable sweets. 

Brunch in Crate Cafe: 

An ultra-hipster coffee shop with vibrant murals and industrial-chic design that provides delicious meals at a fair price with a view of the rice paddies. 

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Day 12 - 13

Nusa Penida Day Trip 

One of the most popular day trips from Bali is to Nusa Penida Island, which is known for its dinosaur shape. Beautiful secret coves and panoramic views can be found all across the island, and a series of steep steps provide incredible photo opportunities. 

Here are some of the must-visit beaches in Nusa Penida: 

  • Kelingking Beach: 

We would recommend staying at least a night in Nusa Penida to avoid the hoards of people visiting for a day trip to the island, it’s one of those locations in the world where nature can make you feel small. You can also hike down to the beach below, it can be a rough trek down so prepare yourself and definitely take a pair of shoes with you.

  • Angel’s Billabong: 

Another Nusa Penida beauty is Angel's Billabong, a natural infinity pool formed between massive rocks. Be extremely cautious if you really want to swim there because powerful tides might be unpredictable. 

  • Broken Beach:

Located directly across the street from Angel's Billabong, the name of the place comes from an arch carved out at the cove's edge.

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Day 14

The last day in paradise should be spent revisiting your favorite spots on the island and maybe trying out some local dishes here and there. A staple dish that you should try is the Babi Guling (Balinese Traditional suckling pig) which is a crowd favorite. 

Followed by shopping around in the art market of Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta to take something back home as a souvenir.

And that wraps up your 2 weeks holiday in Bali, although we do wish you can stay longer :) 

Thank you & Om Swastiastu

Best Time to Visit Bali

Bali is one of the few destinations that is spared from the monsoon season during the summer months in Asia. Conditions between April and September are dry and not too humid which is ideal for surfing and being outdoors. 

JULY - AUGUST

Experience the Bali Kite Festival.

Hidden Gems of Bali

Throughout the years, Bali got more and more popular as a holiday destination. Some spots got very touristic, but there are still some places to discover that are less known and will amaze you equally. Are you ready? Here are the top 5 hidden gems of Bali:

Ghost Palace Hotel

The abandoned Palace Hotel is located in the highlands of Bali and there are many stories told for what reason it got abandoned. It’s possible to visit the inside of the hotel as well - but watch out for the ghosts!

Taman Festival

The Taman Festival should have been a fun theme park. Unfortunately, the investors went bankrupt. If you visit this hidden gem, you will see buildings covered in street art and nature reclaiming this space.

Melasti Ceremony

The Melasti ceremony is a Balinese purification ceremony and ritual at the beach that is taking place some days prior to the Nyepi holy day. If you are lucky to see such a ritual, please make sure to act respectfully and not to disturb anyone.

Bayung Gede

Located in the small town of Kintamani, you will find a very unique forest. In Balinese culture, the newborn placenta is seen as an invisible sibling to the child. It gets placed in a coconut shell and is usually buried in the family graveyard. However, in Bayung Gede you will see the shells hanging from trees.

Abandoned airplanes

This spot is already very well-known, but still a very special gem. There are actually two abandoned airplanes in different locations, and nobody knows how they got there. One is located in Kuta, the other one at the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan highway.

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Getting Around Bali

FLIGHT (Best option to get there)

Arrive at Bali’s international airport - Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport), and catch a taxi to Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, or check if your hotel offers a shuttle service.

BUS 

You can only arrive in Bali by plane or by sea, but once you’re on the island you can travel around with the public service - Kura-Kura Bus, or take a private bus tour with Perama Tour & Travel.

FERRY

A ferry sails from Ketapang (in Java) to Gilimanuk (in Bali) every 15 minutes throughout the day. The crossing typically takes 45 minutes. The standard fare is 6,500 rupiah for an adult passenger which is less than half a euro. Find ferry connections with Indonesia Ferry

RENTAL

An affordable and fun way to explore Bali is to rent a motorbike, scooter, or bicycle. Bali Bike Rental, Bali Rides, and Bali Eco Cycling are popular choices. You can also hire a car or driver for your trip.

 What does it cost to travel to Bali?

Is Bali expensive to visit? Is Bali a cheap place to visit? How much does Bali cost per day? These are only some of the questions that circulate in your mind before you decide to travel to this paradise situated in Indonesia. Your answers to these questions have been categorized according to three different budgets, and this will help you with planning your own adventure on the Island of Bali.

Let’s see how much money you will need to take with you on your Bali trip. Please keep in mind that the costs below are for a single individual.

Daily costs, on average, excluding accommodation to consider when planning your holiday in Bali:

  1. Budget-friendly: $15-30
  2. Mid-range budget: $60-70
  3. High budget: $100 and above

Accommodation

Bali offers a diverse list of options when it comes to accommodation, from five-star luxury villas to a single bed in a hostel.

1. Budget-friendly

  • a hostel: around $8 per night for a single bed in a shared room, and about $20-25 per night for a private room
  • a small hotel with no ratings starts at around $10 per night

2. Mid-Range Budget

  • Balinese homestay, which is similar to a bed and breakfast: about $35 per night
  • a 1-bedroom villa: around $50 per night
  • a 3-star hotel not in a central location: around $30-60 per night
  • a 3-star hotel in a central location: around $50-80 per night
  • a hotel with a better star rating: around $70-150 per night

3. High Budget

  • a private 1-bedroom villa with a small pool: about $100-200 per night
  • a luxury hotel: around $150-350 per night and it may go up to $600 per night depending on your preferences
  • a 6-8-bedroom private villa: around $1,000-2,000 per night
  • a 6–8-bedroom villa with many high-end facilities and services: $3,000-12,000 per night

Food

The cost of food in Bali per day varies depending on what you decide to go for. Western-style food is much more expensive than local food. The daily average cost at the beginning includes a mix of both food expenses.

1. Budget-friendly

  • Local food: around $1.5-2.5 per meal
  • Convenience store: about $15 for water, coffee beans, bread, cheese, and two kinds of fruit altogether

2. Mid-Range Budget

  • Local food at a mid-range local restaurant: $3-7 per meal
  • western-style food: about $7-20 per meal

3. High Budget

  • Restaurants at hotels: about $15-50 per meal

Transportation

Airfare is not included, but if you do not want to spend too much on a plane ticket then avoid traveling to Bali during the holidays and high season (end of July, August, and beginning of September). It also depends on where you are coming from, so keep these in mind when calculating your costs. For example, it may be more cost-effective if you can fly to Bangkok, Singapore, or even Hong Kong and then try getting a cheap flight to Bali on a budget airline.

 Transportation prices per day differ considerably based on where you stay and how far you have to get to the beach, shops, or restaurants. Because of the lack of sidewalks, the heat, and the long distances, deciding on your accommodation greatly affects what mode of transportation will be the most convenient for you.

1. Budget-friendly:

  • Public transportation called Bemo: around $0.4 for short distances, but you might be overcharged as a foreigner
  • App driven scooter taxis: about $1-3 per trip
  • Scooter Taxi: about $3-5 per trip
  • Bicycle Rental: about $2-4 per day
  • Scooter/ Motorbikes Rental: about $4-5 per day
  • Tourist shuttles (only in certain areas): a 7-day pass is less than $20

2. Mid-range budget:

  • Premium Scooters/ Motorbikes: about $5-15 per day
  • Taxi cars: around $5-10 per trip that is 30 minutes long on average

3. High budget:

  • Hiring a car with a driver: around $45-60  for about 8-10 hours a day

The above list of prices for Bali accommodation, transportation, and food expenses will give you a better idea of what to expect on your Bali holiday.

Must-Try Foods in Bali

We know how important food is for most people, especially on trips. There is nothing more exciting than trying new cuisines and dishes completely new and exotic to you. You don’t really get the full experience of exploring a new culture if you don’t indulge in its cuisine. This is why we came up with a list of some of the Balinese dishes you should definitely try with your travel buddies when visiting the beautiful island of Bali. 

Note: All recommendations are by locals ;)

Ayam Betutu

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Highly seasoned and spiced dish of steamed or roasted chicken in rich betutu

Places to try it:

  • Ayam betutu khas gilimanuk
  • RM Ayam Betutu Pak Man
  • Murni’s Warung

Nasi Bali 

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White rice served with small portions of different other dishes, which includes meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried-shrimp krupuk 

Places to try it: 

  • Warung Nasi Bali Men Weti
  • Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Bu Mangku

Babi Guling 

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The Indonesian version of a roast suckling pig served with steamed rice, fresh vegetables, and a spicy Indonesian condiment known as “sambal”.

Places to try it:

  • pak malen
  • dobiel
  • bu dayu
  • sari kembar 99

Sate lilit

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Satay made from chicken, fish, beef, or minced pork mixed with coconut milk, grated coconut, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper.

Places to try it:

  • Warung Ari
  • Sate Lilit Warung Satria
  • Gourmet Sate House

Lawar

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-finely minced meat and veggies that are mixed with coconut and chili powder 

Places to try it:

  • Lawar Sapi Odah
  • Lawar Bali Kartikah
  • Lawar Kuwir Pan Sinar

Some recommendations on where to eat in Bali: 

Amazing Cafes with good food:

Nook Bali

Located amongst Bali’s peaceful and stunning, bright green rice fields, Nook offers a variety of Balinese, Indonesian and Western-infused cuisine. 

Crate Cafe Canggu 

This one is everyone’s favorite in Bali. It’s a trendy and airy space that offers vegetarian and vegan-friendly breakfast and brunch options as well as smoothies and good coffee.

Bossman Burger

A badass burger place in the heart of Bali that is fuelled by thug passion. 

Shelter Cafe

A trendy rooftop garden in Seminyak for all the creative people of Bali to meet for good coffee and food. 

Coffee Cartel

A cosmopolitan spot for coffee with chill vibes offering light bites and premium blends. 

High-end restaurants:

Si jin 

A modern steakhouse with Korean flair offering premium steaks and modern Korean sharing plates. 

Soleil’s Brunch at Mulia Hotel 

Famous for their Sunday brunch, the signature restaurant of the Mulia offers great food and ambiance in a stunning seaside setting. 

Cuca Flavor

Located in a nice garden, Cuca Flavor is a great place for a gourmet lunch or dinner with your Travel partner.

Travel Tips for Bali

Here are some tips for you to keep in mind when visiting Bali 

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Canang Sari

You will find a bunch of “Canang Sari” laying around on the street. Please keep an eye out for those, and don’t step on it. Balinese Hindus make daily offerings using Canang Sari (Balinese: ᬘᬦᬂᬲᬭᬶ) to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer.

Dress appropriately

It’s common for females to cover up before entering religious sites such as temples. You would be denied entry if you were to show up wearing shorts and other inappropriate clothing – it’s ideal to bring a Sarong or something to cover your legs before entering the temples.

Not to worry, Sarongs would usually be available for rental near the entrance of the temples.

Language 

Bali has its own language called “Bahasa Bali” but Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of the country and most locals are able to speak English. 

Payment 

Credit cards and other forms of online payments are readily available throughout the island, due to the rise of financial tech platforms in Indonesia, even roadside stalls would accept QR payment from several platforms. 

It is still a good idea to bring cash every now and then to anticipate unexpected things.

Currency

The currency in Indonesia is IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) although USD is sometimes accepted in several outlets.

Entrance fees

Expect to pay admission fees to tourist attractions, picture locations, and day clubs, among other things. Bali, on the other hand, is a very reasonable destination for Western travelers, with entrance costs typically only a couple of dollars. 

Weather 

The climate is hot and humid all year. Light clothing, bathing suits, sandals, and very light coats are all recommended. An exception would be during the month of December - February when it would rain ever so often.

Tap water

The tap water in Bali is not drinkable! So please don’t drink directly from the tap. Instead opt for bottled water or refilled water which would usually be readily available in any of the accommodations that you’re staying in.

Visiting the Monkey forests

You will be told to keep personal belongings inside of your bag because the monkeys here can be quite cheeky and curious. If one of the monkeys approaches you, don't be afraid and just let them pass. 

Renting a scooter

You will spot a bunch of locals and foreigners exploring the island with scooters. It is one of the best ways to get around the island but be sure to have the appropriate license and to obey Indonesian laws such as wearing a helmet and any other traffic regulations.

The last thing you want is to get fined on your vacation.

Dress for the occasion

It’s widely acceptable to wear flip-flops but in certain places, they might require a more smart casual dress code, so be sure to call or check the social media of the place you’re going to beforehand to avoid getting turned down.

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