As I mentioned in my previous post I did the Wonderlands Travel 8 Day tour of Bali. (make sure to check out my review of the tour) It was really well organised and covered all the ‘must see’ areas of the island.
- Kuta : This is the nearest city to Denpasar airport. The city is really commercialised ( there is even a ‘Jamie’s Italian’!) It is definitely not what you expect to arrive to when landing in Bali. Kuta is good for it’s nightlife be sure to go to Skygarden ( supposingly it’s like 80th in the top 100 clubs in the world!) If there is a crowd of you ‘Maxs!’ is a good spot. They have a live band and do karaoke and the drinks are ridiculously cheap – 90c vodka & soda! ‘Stakz’ is good for food, their Indonesian Curry was delicious!!
While we stayed in Kuta we visited 2 temples – Tanah Lot & Uluwatu Temple. Balinese people follow the Hindu faith but the temples weren’t what I was expecting at all! (I think I was expecting more Buddhist like temples in my head!) Hindu’s live a very simple life and this is reflected in their temples. They are nothing fancy literally just concrete walls. Balinese temples are more about the setting and scenery they are built in rather than the temples themselves so bare that in mind when you are going.
Tanah Lot : is a temple out in the ocean. At low tide you can walk out to it however it was high tide when we were there. It’s really unusual but very picturesque.
Uluwatu: this temple is located on stunning cliffs! The scenery is really beautiful and there are a few monkeys lurking about.
Another thing we did while staying in Kuta was surf lessons at Kuta Beach. This was really fun and the waves were perfect for us amateurs!
2. Seminyak : not too far from Kuta, La Plancha in Seminyak is beautiful for sunsets. There’s lots of bean bags and beach bars along the beach so it’s a great place to chill, hang out and watch the sunset! Potato Head Beach Club is also a must visit for a day!
While we were in Ubud we went to The Sacred Monkey Sanctuary. You can buy bananas to feed the monkeys however when we were there the monkeys were very aggressive so it wasn’t particularly enjoyable.
Another thing we did in Ubud was visit a coffee plantation. We went to Manik Abian plantation and it was really cool. You learn all about the coffee making process and get to do a coffee and tea tasting which includes sampling some of the most expensive coffee in the world ( it’s collected from Luwak poo!) as well as some other interesting flavours including sweet potato flavoured coffee (actually delicious.)
Mount Batur : this volcano is still considered active and again the scenery and views are just stunning! Well worth a visit even if you don’t climb it, but the sunrise climb is supposed to be amazing!
Rice Terraces: the Tegalalang UNESCO rice terraces are definitely worth going to. The scenery is beautiful and they’re really nice to walk around. It’s definitely a very photogenic place!
Tegenungan Waterfall: this beautiful waterfall is just outside Ubud. It’s definitely worth climbing down all the steps to get to and you can swim in the pool under it.
4. The Gili Islands:
The Gili Islands are incredible, definitely worth a trip to when in Bali. We stayed on Gili Trawangan which has such a great buzz and great nightlife! ‘Jiggys’ is a great spot to go to at night and they always have promotions on. ‘The Beach House’ does really good food and there is also a night food market that is definitely worth checking out and is so cheap.
We cycled around Gili Trawangan which is really nice to do and there are lots of places to hire bikes. Make sure to stop off at the turtle sanctuary where you can see lots of baby turtles, and of course a sunset picture on one of the swings is also a must! WARNING : they are so much harder to get on then they look, especially at low tide..instagram makes it look so easy!
I felt very safe most of the time in Bali, although Kuta changes a bit at night so you do have to be careful and it’s notorious for pickpockets! if you’re getting a taxi anywhere make sure it is a Bluebird taxi as these are the safest and will not rip you off.
There are plenty of ATMs everywhere so there is no need to carry around lots of cash.
Massages are also ridiculously cheap. I got a 1 hour full body massage for about €3 would definitely recommend getting one.
If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.