First touch point in Bali is I Gusti Ngurah Rai – Bali International airport. We advise to check-in first to hotel. However if the flight arrived in the morning, we may got chance to enjoy lunch at The Cashew Tree at Uluwatu. They have traditional gazebo where we can enjoy the healthy food they served. It cost IDR 250,000 for two.
Candi Uluwatu – temple, is the nearest destination and one of 6 Bali’s ‘spiritual pillars’. Candi Uluwatu spectacular is its high setting at the edge of a cliff and overlooking the waves of the Indian Ocean. Ulu means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and watuis ‘stone’ or ‘rock’ in Balinese. It shares the splendid sunset backdrop. We need to spend IDR 50,000 per person for entrance ticket.
Don’t miss to see Kecak Fire dance where performed next to the temple. It features an artistic live rendition of an episode from the Ramayana epic, particularly involving the monkey army and its main protagonists and antagonists, namely Rama, Sita, and the evil Ravana. Shows start at from 6.30pm to 9.30pm daily and entrance ticket price around IDR 100,000.
Things to know.
If we are coming from Ngurah Rai Airport and heading straight to Uluwatu temple, it will take around 1-hour driving with 22 kilometers distance. If we are coming from the central Ubud area, let’s say monkey forest Ubud. Getting the location of the temple, you are will take 2 hours driving with 54 kilometers distance.
Ubud area will be the perfect destination for day 2! The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. It surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies.
Let’s do water rafting in river Ayung and enjoying the green scenery, fresh air, birds chirping and several small waterfalls. For the first timer, no worries, it’s safe as they provide water river rafting for children.
Our choose for lunch is Alam de Ubud Restaurant, which is take around 7 km driving distance from Ayung river. It served traditional Balinese foods with affordable price, around IDR 75,000 per pax.
You have to visit one of the signature attractions in Ubud is Monkey Forest, which is actually a series of three temples that date from the 14th century and sit in a nature reserve. and now overrun with cute primates – monkeys 🙂 .. said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples. It may takes 3 hours in the forest and please do take care with your personal belongings as the monkeys have been known to snatch items like sunglasses from visitors….Oops!
After spend some time at monkey forest, head to Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave – an impressive archaeological wonder made up of a large temple complex. Inside the cave you will find a range of cave paintings as well as a small shrine used for meditation, and on the outside you can also enjoy a full Hindu temple complete with a resplendent bathing pool and some gushing fountains.
It is great to enjoy the sunset while havingdinner at Pomegranate Café with 360 degree views of rice fields.
Mmmm… ever seen the dolphins? They appears and dancing in Lovina Beach . If we want to catch the moment, prep to take 3 hours driving to Lovina Beach if staying at Seminyak, Kuta or Tanjung Benoa and arrived at 6 in the morning.
After hours, let’s heading to the beautiful hidden Banyumala Waterfalls at northern part of Bali. It has clean and pure water, so you feel safe to swim around and even the base of the pool and … peaceful sensation feels as well.
A nearby restaurant Ngiring Ngawedang about 7.7 km, located on top of the mountain which is in Munduk village, gives us a panoramic view of Lake Tamblingan and serve good foods …..as well as the coffee!
While heading back home, don’t forget to come around at Gerbang Handara – an Instagramable gate. Take several great pictures here! Then visit and enjoying Ulun Danu Bratan Temple – 4 km driving distance from the Handara Gate. The temple called as Bali temple on the lake because it looks like it is floating when the Bratan river water rises. Visit the temple subject to an entrance fee IDR 50,000.
We advise to dine at Menega Café if you stay at Jimbaran, Kuta or Tanjung Benoa. The resto served most of the grilled seafood. Menega Café is one of the best and it takes long queue prior to get the seats… however it’s worth it!
Various water sport available at Tanjung Benoa – Nusa Dua area. You may ride banana boat couple of times, or get on glass bottom boat to watch various sea fishes and continue to Turtle Island. The water sport activities may hold you half day 🙂 … So, would it better if having the lunch at Bumbu Bali restaurant at Benoa then heading to chase beautiful sunset at Tanah Lot Temple, about 2 hours driving from Benoa area. Its one of Bali’s most iconic temples thanks to its spectacular seaside setting on a rocky islet surrounded by crashing waves.
Although we couldn’t enter any of the temples, we can walk across to the main temple at low tide, and it’s fun to wander along the paths taking photos and soaking up the magnificent setting. After viewing the various temples and shrines, we can relax at one of the clifftop restaurants and cafes here and even sample the famous Kopi Luwak (civet coffee), while friendly animals snooze on the cafe’s tables.
Nusa Penida has attractive spots to visit and Instagramable as well! First spot is the Angel Billabong Beach – magical spots you can’t help but marvel at. It’s a crystal clear tide pool cascades into the ocean on the east coast of Nusa Penida.Continue with this Broken Beach – an incredible little cove on Nusa Penida island. It called Broken Beach due to the archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean. Last spot prior we have lunch is Kelingking Beach – where we can found the famous cliffs form in the shape of a T-Rex.
We pick Penida Colada for a lazy lunch beachside. Seafood is the best choice accompanied with refreshment.
The perfect spot to finish off your Nusa Penida trip is Crystal Bay. The bay secluded cove with a 200-metre stretch of sand on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island. It also known as a famous snorkelling and dive sites – where the sandy area features good macro life such as nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps and cuttlefish. Just relax, swim, snorkel or dive!
Things to know:
How to get to Nusa Penida?
- By Speedboat from Sanur Beach – Local /Indonesians pay IDR 200,000 for a roundtrip while foreigners pay IDR 300,000 for a roundtrip per person.
Most operators have a speedboat going out from Sanur to Nusa Penida at limited timings in the morning and a few in the afternoon: 7am – 10am and 2pm – 5pm.
Taxi to Sanur starting from IDR 75,000 (one way) depending where we stay.
- By Speedboat from TanjungBenoa – slightly cheaper than the boats that leave from Sanur, but the downside is it only leaves on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They also only have one timing per day.
- By Public Ferry from Padang Bai – The ticket is only IDR 30,000 per person. However, I would only recommend this if you have time to kill – the ferry does not have a set schedule. It just leaves whenever there are passengers waiting, usually from 11am – 1pm.
How to get around in Nusa Penida?
A motorbike costs a little bit more than on Bali mainland. We payaroundIDR 75,000 per day with a full tank of gas.The other option is to get a car rental around IDR 535,000 which comes with a driver and can up to 5 people.
It’s time for strolling around Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu area.
Kuta Beach has beautiful clean beach, numerous shops, bars, restaurants and shopping centers.We could spent the whole day here,but we choose to continue to visit Seminyak and choose Mrs Sippy Beach Club where have our lunch. We welcomed by a big and blue pools with the iconic dive tower ranging from 1 m, 3 m and 5 m heights and surrounded by gardens and shady palm trees along with super cozy daybeds and wooden-style dining tables… WOW!
In the afternoon we catch another sunset at La Brisa -Canggu area and continue to spend the night Old Man’s Canggu, which is sits just before the beach with endless space and seating areas, funky beats and delicious food options! Perfect night life!
How to get Canggu?
By taking a taxi, driving our own or riding a motorbike.
Last day in Bali! We take a tour at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park, one of iconic cultural park that dedicated to embrace as well as preserve for art, cultural and spiritual aspects of the Island of Bali. We are feeding and entertaining highest ground area of Wisnu Plaza, culinary and shopping path of Street Theatre, the main venue Lotus Pond, Traditional Balinese performance at Amphitheatre, Indraloka Garden, Tirta Agung where the sample of Vishnu’s hand is located here, as well as Boutique & Souvenir shops that has completely set.
Things to know:
It takes 20 – 25 minutes from the Garuda Wisnu Kencana to Ngurah Rai – Bali International Airport.
GWK Bali culture park opens every day from 8.00am – 22.00 pm with entrance ticket price IDR 125,000 per person.
All price subject to change.
Tips and Trick:
Balinese are open and friendly, but bear in mind to keep follow the rules when visiting the temples:
- Use a sarong and a scarf tied around the waist.
- Wear covered clothes, such as shirts or shirts.
- For women, do not enter the temple area when menstruating.
- Don’t spit or litter in the temple area.
- Don’t step on offerings or ornaments in the temple grounds.
- Avoid saying profanity.