Bali has it all - beautiful beaches, incredible food, culture and a never-ending list of areas to explore!
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Asia14 days / September - October 2019
Highs & Lows
The Nusa Islands and the food. Bali is the place to go for affordable, healthy vegan options!
The crowds. Some of the attractions had a 2 hour + wait to take photos so I didn't bother.
Bali is top on my list of destinations I will always return to. After spending two months in Bali, I have put together a two-week itinerary that includes something for everyone, including culture, food, relaxation, nightlife, adventure and tons of insta-worthy photo ops! This itinerary also includes some of Bali's lesser-known hidden gems for those who are looking for a quieter getaway and exploring off the beaten path.
We'll start by visiting Bali's famous rice fields and learning more about Balinese culture in Ubud, climb an active volcano, chase waterfalls in Northern Bali, eat and surf in Canggu, explore the Nusa Islands and end our trip relaxing in Uluwatu at one of Bali's most famous luxury resorts.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would have stayed longer on Nusa Penida to go snorkeling and climb down to Kelingking beach (we ran out of time). I also would not have stayed at the Yoga Barn as it was expensive for what I got and Bali has lots of nice, affordable Airbnb's.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
My debit card got copied in Canggu when I withdrew cash (card skimmers are common on the ATM's there). My bank canceled my card and I was unable to withdraw cash for the rest of my trip. As Bali operates primarily in cash, I'd recommend withdrawing most of your cash when you arrive at the airport to avoid this, as well as having a backup card.
How was the food?
Rock Bar in Jimbaran Single Fins in Uluwatu I am Vegan Babe in Canggu Motion Cafe in Canggu Give Cafe in Canggu Kynd Cafe in Seminyak
What tips would you give a friend?
Hiring a local driver (ask a friend or ex-pat for recommendations) can be more cost-efficient than taking a taxi and they often can act as a tour guide/drive you around for the entire day. Bali also has lots of cute Airbnbs that are great affordable alternatives to hotels.
Pack a good pair of walking shoes/sandals and clothes that won't get ruined if you sweat. Pack light for the Nusa Islands as your suitcase will need to be carried into the ocean and onto the boat.
Download Gojek (Bali's version of Uber) and Bluebird Taxi apps to book a ride from your phone. If you plan on renting a motorcycle, make sure you have an international driver's license. Police may pull you over and fine you if you are caught driving without one.
I arrived at the Gates of Heaven around 7:30 a.m. and there was already a 2-hour wait to take a photo so I left without one. The gates are 2 -3 hours from Seminyak/Kuta/Canggu so I'd only visit if you are staying close enough to get there very early.
I booked directly through Airbnb or Expedia.