Bali, the Paradise Island has been on my Bucket List from the longest time. And this time, it happened! Recently I spent 5 Days in Bali, Indonesia. One of the most famous travel destination for many people around the world. The Instagrammers dream world.
Out of the places I have been to so far, Bali is probably one of the most special and magical places I have been to. Known to be a great destination for its picturesque locations, captivating spiritual energy, amazing food and surprisingly good night life.
It is definitely a traveler’s delight, be it for solo travelers, honeymooners, couples and even for a group of friends and family. There is so much to see and experience on this magnificent island paradise!
Believe me, those Bali pictures you see on Instagram are nothing compared to actually visiting Bali. You need to head to Bali to fully believe in it’s beauty, experience the vibe and the friendliness of people.
BALI AS A TRAVEL DESTINATION
We had an amazing time in Bali, spent 5 days here and would be happy to go back and explore it again. So whether you are planning your next trip in South East Asia or just want to know what its like to travel to Bali, then you will love this post!
Bali is approximately 5,800 kilometers in size which means it’s quite big. Which means driving from North of Bali to the Southern tip of the island can take upto 2-3 hours depending on traffic. So be prepared for a lot of slow driving if you are taking a car as a mode of transportation.
A lot of people prefer to rent out bikes over here because not only is it time saving but also quite cost effective. Since, we were three of us travelling together and were also there for a very short time span, we decided to travel via Taxi.
Currency: The currency of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. 1 USD is equivalent to 14,000 IDR. So basically with 100USD you are a millionaire in Bali.
The main languages spoken in Bali are Indonesian, Balinese and English
Bali can be divided into these popular areas:
Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud, Canggu and Nusa Dua.
Kuta: This is the most popular tourist destination in Bali known for its fantastic beaches, surfing and a great nightlife.
Seminyak: Seminyak is another popular destination in Bali perfect for a more upscale vibe. Known for its beautiful sunsets, lux resorts and private villas.
Ubud: Unlike Kuta and Seminyak known for their lovely beaches, Ubud is Bali’s central area known for arts and crafts and deep spiritual experiences. Ubud boasts a lot of hidden waterfalls, rivers and lush green rice terraces. Peaceful and tranquil.
Canggu: As a result of Seminyak’s growing popularity, Canguu has become the more trending places to visit for the younger generation. Canggu is one of the hottest spots for surfers and if you plan to stay in Canggu then you must plan your visit to the Finns Beach Club, one of the biggest beach club in the world.
Nusa Dua: Nusa Dua is known for its luxurious setting with most International 5 Star Resorts located here. Extremely well maintained with bright white sand beaches, Nusa Dua is a honey mooners paradise.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Bali is so diverse that you will never run out of things to do. The challenge is getting an experience of everything Bali has to offer in just 5 Days.
Below I have shared my experience in Bali and all the details about what we did on our first visit to Bali. This detailed itinerary is for travelers on a short trip especially, however I would definitely recommend you to allow yourself atleast 12-15 days (around two weeks) which is a pretty decent time to explore Bali in full.
I wish we had spent more time in Bali but for 5 days I think this is a great introduction to the island that has surely left a lasting impression in our hearts. Read on to see how we spent our time in Bali which will help you make the most of your visit, save money and have the trip of your lifetime.
DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN BALI
So our trip started as we landed Denpasar Airport at around 12;30 pm (local time) and it took us around 12 hours to get there including 1 layover for 2 hours at Kuala Lumpur.
The Dash Hotel is conveniently located and is just a ten-minute walk to the beach. After checking in to our hotel, we had the entire evening to ourselves to start experiencing Bali. We rested for a while at the hotel, took a shower and then headed to the Petitenget Beach which was a 5 minutes walk from our hotel.
Since we were here for a very short trip, we wanted to make the most of it. So we decided to head to the Uluwatu Temple to watch the sunset from there. We took a Taxi from the beach to Uluwatu which took us 1.5 hours to reach just in time for the most spectacular sunset.
After watching a beautiful sunset at the Uluwatu Temple, we decided to head back to the hotel for a quick change and then head to the Potato Head Beach Club (right opposite our hotel) for some dinner and drinks. Since we were already quite tired from all the travel from the night before, we called it a night around 12:30.
DAY 2- HEADING TO GILI T
Our second day started early around 7 am to have breakfast which was lovely and head to Padang Bai to leave for Gili Islands. Padang Bai is a small port town in East Bali which serves as a ferry port for travel to Lombok and The Gilis. We took a Grab taxi from our Hotel to Padang Bai which costed us around 400K IDR and it took us 2 hours to get there. At the Padang Bai, we took a speedboat to GiliTrawangan which took us another 2 hours to reach. We paid 350K IDR Per Person for the speedboat.
There are many options for ferry and speedboat which leave every two hours from the Bay toGili Islands. Gili Islands are a group of three tiny islands-GiliMeno, GiliTrawangan and Gili Air and the frequency of these ferries depends on the amount of travelers. We decided to stay at GiliTrawangan which is supposed to be a party island.
Upon reaching Gili T, we had to take a horse carriage to reach to our hotel. Gili islands are very eco-friendly and are not very big in size. There is no transport like taxis or bikes available in the islands. The islands can easily be covered on foot or you can also hire bicycles and travel around the islands.
We reached our beautiful resort, The Gili Eco Villas and were totally taken away by the mind blowing views of the ocean facing the resort. We checked in to our beautiful villa and quickly changed into our swimwear to take a dip in the ocean.
Since we were quite tired from all the travel, we ordered some food and drinks by the beach. Watched the spectacular sunset. The best part about our resort was the beach view. With some food in our tummy, we were all set to go out and party.
Gili T is known for its nightlife and it truly is a party heaven! You will see a lot of local bars, shacks and restaurants playing live music, serving amazing food and cocktails, many youngsters chilling and playing games. You will also see many people on their bicycles, just moving around the island.
We took a stroll around the island and then decided to go to the SamaSama Reggae Bar as they had a live band playing music inspired by Bob Marley. We had a lovely time there.
If you have time on you, you must plan your stay in Gili for atleast 2 nights. So that the next day you can plan a day tour and go snorkeling, scuba diving, turtle watching and much more. Since we were in Bali for a short trip we decided to leave for Bali the next day.
DAY 3: BACK TO BALI – NEXT STOP CANGGU
I woke up at 5:50 am to catch the beautiful sunrise but unfortunately the weather was a little overcast so couldn’t get the most perfect view.
After a yummy breakfast in our resort, we took a stroll around the island and then headed back for Bali through speedboat. This time we paid 400K IDR per person for the boat which also included drop off through Bus to our preferred location. And to us that was Canggu.
Upon reaching Caggu, which took us a good 4 hours to reach, we checked in into our private pool villa which we had pre-booked through AirBnB and just jumped into the pool to chill and refresh. The villa was in very good condition and well maintained.
Our next destination was the Finns Beach Club which people keep raving about. It is an absolute beachfront 20 minutes away from Seminyak. Visitors to Finns can laze away the day in the sun from the comfort of single and double day beds on a stunning white sand beach. Finns Beach Club was an experience we had like no other in Bali.
At night, we had planned for a Mount Batur Volcano Trek which we unfortunately missed since we got late for the bookings. Make sure you pre-book this trek if you want to. I have heard it starts at 2 o clock at night and you get to witness the most beautiful sunrise from top of an active volcano.
DAY 4: DAY TOUR TO UBUD
Our Fourth Day and the last official day in Bali started with a day tour dedicated to Ubud. We had planned to visit the below places in our day trip:
Aloha Ubud Swing
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
A trip to Bali would be incomplete without visiting the Bali Swing and the beautiful Tegallalang Rice Terrace. We reached Ubud from Seminyak in a private taxi which we booked for the entire day which was also quite cost effective since we paid around 500K IDR for around 8 hours journey.
We reached Aloha Ubud, a theme park which features different swings to choose from ranging from 10-60 metres above the ground with a stunning view of the rice paddies and the Ubud Forest in the background. The park also features a giant birds nest for the perfect selfies. With many swings and bird nests in place, Aloha Ubud is a must forinstagrammable photo spots. We spent around two hours or so there taking pictures.
Next up was the beautiful rice terrace and the Tegenungan Waterfall. Tegenungan Waterfall is dfinitely worth a place in your Bali itinerary. It is a beautiful waterfall that is easy to get there. We had to walk down some stairs to get there. Just over a hundred stairs. Sounds like a lot but you will be down there in no time. We quickly decided to change into our swimwear and go inside the water.
After all this we were quite tired so we decided to skip the TirtaEmpul Temple Visit and head back to Seminyak to catch the sunset. Then we checked in to our new hotel in Seminyak, Tijli Hotels, booked again through Agoda.com. This hotel very conveniently located in the heart of Seminyak, 5 minutes walk from the Double Six Beach and a lot of markets and restaurants nearby.
Bali is very famous for its beautiful sunsets and really they are the most breathtaking sunsets I have ever seen.
We took one last dip in the ocean while the sunset before we left for Delhi the next day. Later in the evening, we took a stroll along the Seminyak Market, did some last minute shopping and then headed to a beach shack to have some food.
Bali totally lived up to our expectations and we left with a heavy heart and lots of good memories. Honestly, there is a LOT to do in Bali and no amount of time is enough to fully experience the place. Bali totally stole my heart and I can’t wait to go back.