The absolute beautiful thing about Bali, besides the futures, people and food, is the versatility that this island offers. In just a two hour drive, you can go from the middle of the jungle in Ubud, to the most beautiful, white sandy beaches of Uluwatu.
How To Get Around…
Driver: There’s no easy way around Bali, unless you hire a driver. If you’re looking for a reliable, affordable, safe driver, Mr. Agus Yudi is your man! He’s by far the BEST driver we’ve had in the many months we’ve spent exploring Bali and his english is GREAT! Contact information on photo below:
Scooter: The most popular mode of transportation in all of Bali. You can rent one for $5-7USD per day. NOTE: PLEASE be careful on these scooters as I’ve personally met people who’s brakes have gone out and crashed, breaking countless bones and ending up in the hospital. Do get travel insurance prior to coming (as you should for any trip).
Where To Store Your Boards/Suitcases:
If you’re in need of storing your surfboards or suitcases for a day, week, month, etc., then Bali Board Storage in Kuta (near Discovery Mall) is the BEST place around. We stored 2 suitcases and 2 duffel bags for the day for around $10USD. The owner is super friendly and they are really safe and reliable.
Where To Stay…
A REAL Balinese accommodation. Each suite (there are only seven), has it’s own theme, with its own eclectic Balinese decor. Get the Gecko Suite-it has it’s own outdoor seating area and shower overlooking the beach. If the weather is clear, you can see Mt. Batur Volcano in the distance while showering…EPIC! Temple Lodge is situated on top of a cliff, just above Bingan Beach (5 minute walk) and also has it’s own pool. $190USD/night (by wire bank transfer only)
NOTE: There is no air-condition but it was very comfortable with the fan. Also, you’ll have to sleep with mosquito nets, which is a really fun experience !
Hideaway Villas Bali:
Beautiful, relaxing, quiet villas for $138USD/night.
Bale at Bingin Guest House:
Located in the middle of the cliff above Bingin Beach, this affordable accommodation is just right for the budget traveler. NOTE: There is no hot water or aircon. $48USD/night
Where To Eat…
Temple Lodge hosts its own adorable little restaurant with delicious, homemade breakfast lunch and dinner. Be sure to get the banana pancakes and pesto chicken ciabatta!
Just a 10 minute scooter ride from Temple Lodge, is this incredible restaurant on a cliff, with the BEST views (and mediocre food)! Be sure to make a reservation (request a sunset view table) and go EARLY to have some cocktails before sunset.
Dugong at Suarga Padang Padang:
Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food and great service !
The Warung at Alila Villas:
Great local food with awesome service and atmosphere.
What To Do…
A secluded, quiet beach with a few restaurants and bars. Great for surfing and relaxing…be sure to wear water shoes, as we cut our feet on the rocks.
Padang Padang Beach:
Another small, beautiful beach to surf and chill.
Cost: Adult $30,000IDR ($2.25USD), Child $20,000IDR ($1.50USD)
Time At Attraction: 1-2 Hours
Situated 100 meters above the water on the edge of a cliff, Uluwatu Temple is well worth the visit and it’s just a 15 minute ride from Bingan Beach. Tip: Go at sunset and catch the Kecak fire dance performance from 6-7pm.
NOTE: Bring along a sarong and pants, as you’ll be required to cover if you enter the temple. Also, watch your sunglasses and loose items, as there are mischievous monkeys roaming around!
If you’re wanting to get some ink done while visiting Bali, then there is NO better place or talented artist than Tika at ‘Get Inked At Bali Ink.’ Josh and I were both SUPER impressed with the studio, it’s cleanliness, and Tika’s amazing talent.
Things To Note…
The current in Indonesia is the rupiah.
Be sure to bring along a sarong/cover up to enter temples.
Negotiate when purchasing items/souvenirs from street vendors.