Bali is an island located in Indonesia, and one of most visited islands in the world. It is approximately 5,800 square kilometers in size, making it very big!
Also this is the only island in the Indonesian chain of islands, where people predominantly follow the Hindu religion.
There you will find mountains, beaches, temples, a laid-back surfer-type lifestyle, healthy food, gorgeous sunsets, excellent and affordable restaurants, boutique shops, spas, bars, markets and friendly people. It is a very unique island, compared to others within Indonesia. Not to mention that everything is very cheap: Food, getting around and even a 5 star hotels are very affordable. That’s Bali! A tropical paradise! We spent our time in Bali exploring Ubud, and the beautiful beaches of Uluwatu.
Now let’s talk about our experience in Ubud. We stayed at The Mansion Resort Hotel and Spa near the center of Ubud. Here you will find many shops, temples and restaurants.
How to get around Ubud?
The best way to get around is by motorbike. The traffic in Bali is awful, which sort of disappointed us.
Here’s a list of things you can’t miss in Bali:
•Visit the mystical temples: Tirta Empul, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), and Pura Taman Saraswati. These are one of the most beautiful temples in Bali, in our opnion.
•Wake up early and explore Tegalalang Rice Terrace
•See the crazy monkeys at Monkey Forest
•Eat Balinese food, fruit bowls, and drink fresh juice. The food in Bali is phenomenal!
•Shopping in Ubud Central Market
•Get a massage, and then take a hot bath with flowers
•Visit a Balinese Healer
•Chase Waterfalls: Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfall in Ubud.
•Do a meditation or a Yoga class, or both.
•Eat in world class restaurants: Coco bistro, Tropical, and Iburai are one of the best restaurants in Ubud.
Let’s go to the beach!
No trip to Bali would be complete without setting your feet on the beach. After spending a few wonderful days in the mountains of Ubud, we headed to Uluwatu, on the coast of the island.
Uluwatu is filled with bars and restaurants, that have incredible views, most of which are at the top of cliffs. We stayed close to Padang Padang beach, Dreamland Beach and Bringin Beach. These are perfect beaches to relax, eat, and see some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Rock Bar and Single Fin are the best places to watch the sunset in Uluwatu.
The local people have told us that Seminiaki is a bit crowded, but good for shopping.
Canggu is fancy, nice for foodies, and great for surfers. We will get to know this part of the island on an upcoming trip to Bali. To visit all these places one would have to spend a month in Bali.
Kuta has a reputation for being dirty. Talking about dirty, you can find rubbish on some parts of the beach, which we could not understand, why such a beautiful place can get dirty. The locals and visitors should take care of Bali, and environment. If we lived there, we would start a campaign to keep the whole Island clean.
There are many incredible places to see, and things to do in Bali. This island is bigger than we had imagined. If you have time, we suggest you to spend at least two weeks in Bali, or probably a month if you want to see the entire Island. Bali will be forever in our memories. We will surely return to this beautiful Island one day.
Best time to visit Bali: From May to September.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Official language: Indonesian, Balinese, and English.