Bali.. I wouldn’t really know where to start, but I will try to keep it short. I’ll start by saying it’s an excellent value for a good price, and the variety Bali has to offer is unlike any other touristic destination. I mean it has something for everyone, whether you are a backpacker, a spiritual yogi, a luxury traveler, a family, a diver, a surfer, or a foodie well Bali has something for you. Bali is called “The Island of The Gods,” and appropriately so.
Let’s be honest though, Bali is surrounded by the ocean, and the ocean is pretty rough, it caters more to people who want to surf, though if you research well, you will find that Bali also has beautiful beaches (not to be compared to the beaches in the Philippines), but still they are pretty amazing, and you can swim without having to fight the waves (like in Seminyak)!
When in Seminyak and around Seminyak (with a driver or a scooter if you feel adventurous):
Padang Padang Beach is one of these beautiful beaches I’ve been to in Bali. To access the beach, you have to walk down stairs (hold on to your stuff, you will might bump into monkeys on the way down) through a cave split between two rocks and suddenly you see this beautiful beach with nice white sand, blue water and big rocks. It’s becoming more touristic, so to enjoy it I suggest you go as early as possible, and definetly not on a weekend.
Geger Beach is another sandy beach with clear water located in Nusa Dua. Just like in Padang Padang the waves break offshore which makes it great for swimming.
For a beach day in Bali you can go to Sundays Beach Club, you pay a fee (which includes food and beverage credit) to go down to the beach, and get to enjoy your day on another one of the nicest beaches in Bali.
If you are staying in Seminyak and don’t want to go far, you can visit Potato Head during the day for a chilled pool day, they have great drinks and amazing food. My advice would be to go before they open so you can get a nice lounge with the view (it’s by first come first serve).
You can spend the morning there and go shopping in the afternoon, the shops in Seminyak are amazing, and it really does cater to everyone.
You can also go to Ku De Ta (still in Seminyak), same idea as Potato Head but smaller, food is good and the sunset from there is amazing too.
Another place that I believe should be visited is Uluwatu, best known for the namesake landmark cliff-top temple. The view from the top is absolutely worth it (you can go visit the same day you do Padang Padang beach or Sundays Beach)!
For one of the best sunsets around the island, go to the Rock Bar, in Jimbaran, afterwards you can go have dinner (if you like seafood) on the strip of restaurant on the beach. We tried Bella, which was recommended to us, and honestly, the view and the mood are much nicer than the food in my opinion, but it makes it worth it!
While in Bali, visit the Spa! Around every corner you will find a spa, do your research and go for an hour of relaxation or more (everyday even if you are into it). Getting a massage is cheap and amazing, the staff is so nice! After all you are on a break, you should relax and enjoy what the island has to offer.
For dinner in Seminyak, I’ll give you my best options and you can pick. My number one is Bambu, afterwards there’s Favella, La Lucciola, Sarong, Merah Putih. I suggest you book before going to find a spot.
When in Ubud:
Ubud is the jungle side of Bali, it’s that place where you find yourself surrounded by nature and everything it has to offer.
Tegenungan Waterfall is a place to visit. I would say it is worth the trip during your visit to Ubud, it’s a beautiful one. But be prepared to go down (then back up) a lot of stairs, we are talking around 100 maybe?! If you are not up for the “hike”, then you can always watch the waterfall from a café while sipping on a coconut. If you do go all the way down, you can swim and feel the power of all that water. It is not clear water, but it’s swimmable.
As it has become a pretty popular touristic spot, if you are after a secret, secluded or quiet Bali waterfall experience then this waterfall is probably not for you. Though it has the perks of being easily accessible and of having facilities (you can change, eat, drink something.)
Bali wouldn’t be Bali without the lush rice terraces in all shades of green. Tegallalang rice terraces is one of the three most splendid terraces landscapes in Ubud, you should definitely visit while in Ubud. If you want to also see the other two I’m talking about, they are located in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan, and they are less touristic then this one.
In Ubud, you can also visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, a nature reserve and sacred area with temples. My tip would be to hold on to your belongings as the monkeys there can be thieves; and please don’t break the rules while you are there.
Visit the Ubud market. That must be the most tiring experience you will go through while in Ubud. They sell great stuff… But if you want something you need to BARGAIN. The key word is bargaining, which can be really exhausting! I suggest you book yourself a spa session after the market, to relax after the chaos!
If you are up for activities, you should go white water rafting, it’s fun, the difficulty of it is zero, seriously, if you are scared you shouldn’t be at all. What’s adventurous about it is the stairs down to get to the raft and up after you are done, this must be the hardest part nobody warns you about!
The only restaurant we visited outside the hotel was bridges (you need to book beforehand as well), it’s in the middle of the jungle, and the food is delicious! We went there on a rainy day, which made it feel cozier than it was already!