In preparation to move to Bali for 2 months, we did a lot of research on where to live. We read one Bali travel blog after the other.] The problem is, simply, Bali has so many gorgeous and magical villages. Everyone with a blog or travel advice online seems to be a bit biased as to which part of the island is best to live. And understandably so…you’ll fall in love with every part of the island. Everyone has a different experience and relationship with the island of Bali, so know that that offering advice on Bali (even us) are biased based on where we lived in Bali and the experiences we had. Our Bali guide is meant to be as detailed and unbiased as possible, we but can’t help that we are a bit jaded by our experiences.
Bali is an island in Indonesia. Bali is positioned in the Indian Ocean, just south of the equator. As such, travelers can expect beautiful weather year round. Bali is a short flight away from major Asian destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Manila (making any of these great layover destinations to find more affordable flights).
Surf! Uluwatu is surfer’s paradise because it has some of the best surf in Bali. Home to some of the best reef surf breaks and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Uluwatu is the perfect place to spend a surf trip. Depending on the swell, you should be able to find breaks with overhead surf the same day you’ll find ankle slappers at a beach just a few miles away…so surfers of all levels can enjoy! Be sure to also visit the Uluwatu Temple, but be careful….the monkeys might try to rob you!
For a very solid budget resort check out Hidden Valley Resort
Nalu Bowls is our favorite spot in Uluwatu. They serve the best acai and dragon bowls on the island. Aside from great food, they’re also perched a few hundred feet above Uluwatu beach so you’ll have a front row seat to some awesome surfing.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic holiday on the beach or an exciting scuba diving trip, Sanur is the perfect spot. Have fun with your significant other, or even by yourself at one of the local bars. When you get tired, head over to Leha Leha for the best massage you’ll ever have…oh, and they’re about $15 for 90 minutes. You’re welcome.
If you have more than a few days in Sanur you’ll want to make a trip to the Gili Islands. You can board a ferry in Sanur and be there in about 3 hours. Check out more on the Gili Islands in our blog here.
Kolonial House. Save yourself hundreds and stay at Kolonial House where you’re sure to meet other awesome likeminded travelers by the pool. Cost should be about $30/night.
Bali Buda, Charming, Three Monkeys, Malaika Secret Garden
Enjoy nature! The rice terraces and rice fields surrounding Ubud are some of the most naturally beautiful things we have ever seen. Walk through the terraces and feel like a Balinese farmer for a day. Also be sure to check out the Ubud Temple.
Just outside of Ubud you’ll also find the Tegenungan Waterfall and if you’re willing to drive about an hour you can reach Mt. Batur for a hike on an active volcano! If you’re as avid of coffee drinkers as we are, be sure to check out a coffee plantation to try the local Luwak Coffee.
Four Seasons Sayan, Kafe, Bali Buda, Watercress Cafe
Surf, visit Tanah Lot Temple (just North), explore the rice fields, etc. Similar to Uluwatu, Canggu has some awesome surf breaks, including a sand break at Echo Beach.
Hotel Tugu or one of the local guest houses are both great options.
Crate Cafe. Seriously some of the best breakfast and health food you’ll find on the island. Expect to see every single person taking pictures of their food for Instagram.
Relax at the beach, stand up paddle in Jimbaran Bay, explore the Jimbaran Fish market (the largest fish market in Bali), and eat delicious seafood!
Sundara at the Four Seasons Jimbaran. We ate here twice! Easily our favorite restaurant in Bali!
For more on our best resort recommendations in Bali, check out our blog on The Blonde Abroad.
· Padang Padang
· Tanah Lot
· Jimbaran Beach
· Nusa Dua
Bali is incredibly easy to get around but quite difficult to navigate. Unconventional roads and a lack of visible street signs (and sometimes stop signs) make for a bit of confusion until you get used to the Bali way of driving. The best ways to get around the island.
The local way – Rent a “Bike” (or what we would call a scooter) for about $5 a day
Push bikes which are great for getting around towns like Sanur (rent for about $1-2/day)
Uber – about $8 per hour
Grab Taxi (iPhone app)
Hire a taxi – You’ll see a ton of gentleman on the side of the roads with taxi signs who are trying to get you to ride with them. Do negotiate, but also do trust these guys. The people you’ll meet in Bali will all be some of the nicest and most trustworthy people you’ve ever met.
OR if you’re on the Gili Islands, get around by donkey!