A guide to Bali

Travel to Bali Itinerary 

Book your flight     

Book your flight on Travelstart.com or Cheapflights.com. Best airline? Emirates! The flights are comfy and we’ve had great service experiences with Emirates. If you book early you can get the cheapest flights on the number 1 rated airline in the world. Everything inside Ngurah Rai airport is either double or triple the price outside of the airport, So rather eat before you get to there.

Booking your accommodation    

Book your stay by typing your destination in the Bookings.com box at the bottom of this page. Its super easy and they give you options that are great value for money.

Places to stay  

Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, Nusa Penida and the Gili Islands of Lombok.

*Experience the true Balinese way of living by staying in the local village at Wayan’s homestay in Ubud.

Waterfalls to see                             

Tibumana Waterfall, Waterfall Kanto Lampo, Tukad Cepung waterfall, Nungnung Waterfall, Tegenungan waterfall.

Beaches to visit   

Seseh Beach ( black sand beach), Nusa Dua Beach, Pearl beach lounge (Gili T island), Green Bowl Beach. Pandawa beach. Legian Beach. Uluwatu (blue water)

Beach Clubs to visit    

Potato head beach club, Finns beach club.

Food       

Look for the local spots. They are called Warungs and they look a little less extravagant than the popular places. The fancier the restaurant looks, the more expensive it will be.

Top Instagram photo spots:

  • Panama kitchen & Pool

  • Tegallalang Rice Paddies

  • Bali Bowls & Smoothies ( Canggu)

  • La Brisa Bali

  • Any villa you come across (ask to take a pic)

  • Hanging Gardens of Bali (insane pool there) (Ubud)

  • Nusa Penida ( a short hike to get to the tip of Bali)

  • Ubud has plenty of puppies at the local shops

Transportation

Order with a Bluebird ( download the app). If the driver asks for money at a toll gate, they’re trying to make a quick buck ( they have a card which they swipe each time). Rent a scooter, the standard price is between R50 & R70 a day.

Cellphone/roaming     

There’s free wifi everywhere so no need to turn your roaming on. You can also buy a sim card for R70.. It comes with 6 Gigs of Data and is great to use for google maps/WhatsApp without roaming or the need for a wifi hotspot.

Money

You need to have an E-wallet before you leave. It is safe and efficient. Another option we found worthwhile was buying dollars (the international currency used in Bali). It eliminated the bank charges which can add up with the e-wallet.  There are plenty of money exchangers in Bali but make sure you are not getting cheated in commission fees that many of the exchangers include in the exchange rate they offer.

Clothing 

Bring only summer clothes. Bali is Hot! You don’t need any extra warmth. Also, remember to buy a raincoat/ poncho just in case you get caught in the common downpours.

Call a Taxi                                  

Kukuh WA – +6285737306180 he’ll give you a good price

Need a doctor?    

Rhe Li ( Seminyak) shes really good. You can even WhatsApp her if you have any problems. +6281324222286

Total budget for 2 weeks

One person – R7000/ $580 ( excl flights). R500/ $41 a day or even less.

 

Review

Of course, your budget will determine the quality of your accommodation. If you are fortunate enough to hold certain currencies that are comprehensively stronger against the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) then your itinerary may differ too.

We know our itinerary will be especially useful to our fellow South Africans who don’t have a favorable exchange rate. The rand is slightly stronger than the IDR, but it can still be an expensive holiday if you end up in the wrong places. And to those of you who want to stretch your money and maybe stay longer, listen up.

We have set out an itinerary for you that will make your trip to Bali unforgettable. You can enjoy the luxury accommodation in the most iconic places and still have money left over to explore all for under R10 000 ($840).

 

Where to stay?

Manyi Village, Ubud has to be our top pick for budget luxury! Ubud is well-known for its scenic rice fields and enchanting waterfalls. Manyi Village is perfectly positioned between the rice fields so you feel as if you are living in a postcard image. It has a beautiful infinity pool that overlooks hanging forests that fall below the hills edge and the sound of nature is all around you. The position of the village is secluded from main roads but close to hotpots such as the Ubud Elephant park, the monkey forest, and the amazing Tegallalan rice terraces You get all this for only R200 per person per night.

20 minutes from Manyi Village you’ll find another amazing stay in the rice paddies called Hati Padi Cottages. You reach this place along winding roads through the palm trees to the cottages. You’re nestled in the Ubud farmlands.

Twin House Batubelig. Seminyak is one our favorite spots to beach in the day and party at night. It hosts great beach clubs that are great for sundowners by the pool and after surf/beach cool-offs. Seminyak is also a mad rush of scooters, shoppers and street markets combined which makes it a very exciting place to be.

We chose to budget our stay in Seminyak and leave spare money for the nightlife and shopping. We were able to find a place that was easy on our budget, Twin House Batubelig. It is located between Seminyak and Canggu, which we recently discovered is just as fun to visit, and it cost just R91 ($8) per person. It’s clean, comfy and has all the essentials. PS. If you hop over the road into the antique shop you will find a beautiful pool (in the shop) to cool off in.

The Gili Islands are a must visit when in Bali. Think turquoise water, white sand, palm forests, and turtles! There is also a vibrant nightlife on the islands and it sure to put you in the tropical mood. The Bale Sampan Bungalows are situated on the main stretch of restaurants/snorkeling spots and have a view of the neighboring island of Gili Meno. It also has a pool and has ice-cold air-conditioning (a necessity on the Gili’s). R290 ($24) per person per night.

If you want cheaper, the gili inlander only cost us R140 per person per night and was nestled in the palm forests in a slightly smaller A-framed bungalow.

 

Our top Restaurant picks

Bije Suite Villas Restaurant ( Ubud)

Tropicana Churros Cafe

Akasha Restaurant ( Ubud)

Coffee & Oven ( Canggu)

Warung Umi ( local restaurant Seminyak)

There are plenty of beautiful ones among the rice paddies in Canggu & Ubud.

 

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