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Where do I start about Bali. Its a place that people are catching up on. Heck I have been to Bali twice! That too just 2 years apart. You may wonder why is there such a rave about Bali.

Why Bali?

People:

For me one of the most important points that stands out for Bali is “The People”. Some of the most welcoming people that I have met in my travels have been from Bali. Their mannerism, their hospitality, their kindness, their culture stands out.

Beaches:

Bali has some of the cleanest beaches in the world. Pristine clear waters ad white sand. Sounds like a good combo right?

Economical:

Money money honey…. Its one of the most economical places to visit. How many countries can you travel on a tight budget? With the Indonesian rupiah weak in comparison to the dollar, going to Bali is a no brainer…

Vegan Friendly:

You heard it right! How many countries are vegan friendly? Bali offers an array of choices for vegans. So pack your bags right away Vegans!

Villas:

Who doesn’t want to spend a day relaxing in a private villa with a pool! Wait what??

Yes, Bali has some of the most amazing resorts that come with a private villa and private pool / bathtub. That too with 5000 INR. Sounds like a steal right?

Which month to visit?

July & August, Dec & Jan. though one can expect slight showers during dec too.

So lets begin..

Day 1: Seminyak

We decided to split our itinerary into 3 places over 7 nights. First up was Seminyak..

Visa was on arrival, cost for an Indian is 25$.  We bought a Sim card from the airport itself (200k IDR). We took an uber from the airport (200k IDR).

Hotel: Le Jardin Villas

Booking link: https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/le-jardin-boutique-villas.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr-1FCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaGyIAQGYAQm4ARfIARTYAQHoAQH4AQuIAgGoAgO4Aomau-cFwAIB;sid=ac818d6667b77c526ab42c60bb0e63eb

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Things to do in Seminyak:

  • Relax at the beaches
  • Shop till you drop
  • Full body massages and Spas
  • Surfing at Kuta beach

We decided to go to the beach located next to our villa and unwind.

Day 2: Seminyak

It was time to head to the Tanah Lot Temple.  It is actually a small temple located on an island that can be reached only when the tide is low. The view, from the cliffs, needless to say was breathless.

Travel : Rent a scooter or car.

Cost: Bike rental: 80k IDR, Car rental : 300K IDRP1010543

We spent the rest of the day shopping and treating ourselves to some massage therapy. You can buy a lot of amazing souvenirs from Seminyak local shops. They have a of stuff made of shells.

For all your Indians out there crazing for some Indian food, you can check out Queens. They have some amazing Indian food.

Day 3: Seminyak to Nusa Lembongan

Travel: You can approach any local travel agent and book your ferry tickets from Seminyak to Nusa Lembongan (we made our bookings through Marine Lembongan Cruises). We went to Sanur beach from Semiyak (15 kms) and the ferry lands at Jungut Batu in Nusa Lembongan. Departures from Sanur generally take place from 9.30 am in the morning.

Cost : 860K IDR (for road transfer and speed boat)

Duration: The boat ride takes around an hour.

Upon arriving in Nusa Lembongan, the paranomic views of the beach and village from the mountain leaves you spellbound..

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On our way to the hotel

Hotel: Bay Shore Huts

Booking link: https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/bay-shore-huts.en-gb.html?label=gen173nr-1DCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaGyIAQGYAQm4ARfIARTYAQPoAQGIAgGoAgO4AqK7k-gFwAIB&sid=1ccb91f30d927f50420c705caec34fea&all_sr_blocks=37800502_143952650_0_1_0&checkin=2019-07-16&checkout=2019-07-17&dest_id=-2684938&dest_type=city&hapos=1&highlighted_blocks=37800502_143952650_0_1_0&hpos=1&sr_order=popularity&srepoch=1560599998&srpvid=7bbc545e26fa024c&ucfs=1&from=searchresults;highlight_room=#hotelTmpl

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We went for lunch at a nearby restaurant near Baruna beach

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Day 4: Nusa Lembongan

We woke up to this view and had breakfast here.

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We then proceeded to Dream beach that was just 2-3 kms away from our hotel.

Travel: We rented a scooter from the hotel. Renting a scooter and exploring the island would be one of the best options as you can halt and enjoy the views..

Cost: 70k IDR

This was the view that greeted us..

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White sand + pristine waters, what else can you ask for!

Day 5: Nusa Lembngan

The time had come for something more adventures. We were all geared up for our very first stint at Snorkelling!

Upon inquiring around we got reference of a local who takes small groups of people for snorkelling on his own boat.

Cost : 500K IDR for 2 people

He picked us up from the hotel itself and we went to 4 different spots to view the various variety of fishes and corals.

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After a good 3-4 hours it was time to head back to the hotel.

Day 6 : Nusa Lemongan to Ubud

It was time to leave behind this dreamy island and head back to the city of Ubud. It is one of the most famous destinations of Bali, famous for its Rice terraces and waterfalls.

Travel: We took a ferry back to Sanur and a taxi to our hotel in Ubud that was an hours drive away.

Hotel: Furama Villas

Booking link: https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/furama-villas-spa-ubud.en-gb.html?label=gen173nr-1DCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaGyIAQGYAQm4ARfIARTYAQPoAQGIAgGoAgO4ApeZk-gFwAIB;sid=1ccb91f30d927f50420c705caec34fea

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We headed out to Ubud city

Travel: You can either rent a scooter or a taxi from the hotel.

Cost: 80k IDR one way for a taxi

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Puri Saren  Agung: It means Ubud Palace in the local language. Its located right in the centre of Ubud and the royal family still resides there.

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After spending some time there we headed to the streets of Ubud. It offers some great street shopping from soaps to shell products to various cane products, all reasonably priced.IMG_2413

Day 7 : Ubud

Furama Villas spoils you with a sumptuous breakfast spread.

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We headed to explore the Tegalalang rice terraces. They are located an hour from furama villas and the best way to get there is to rent a scooter.

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We bumped upon this shop between the rice terraces and the ubud centre and shopped a lot of local articles of cane and ceramic.

Note: In the picture below the square white pink flower ceramic bowls are first hand painted and then glued with small pieces of glass. Been using them for over 4 years and it still looks brand new.

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Day 8: Ubud

We decided to spend the last day exploring the resort and the nearby areas.

Though we opted to spend some relaxing time in Ubud, you can explore the following places if you are up for it:

  1. Kanto Lampo Waterfall : Entrance fee : 5K IDR
  2. Tegenungan Waterfall : Entrance fee : 10K IDR
  3. Monkey Forest: Entrance fee : 50K IDR
  4. Mount Batur trek

Bali will forever be close to my heart. We cherished our time here and returned for Mumbai with fond memories and waiting to be back soon!

I hope this article has helped you in some way. Please feel free to write to me or leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you 🙂

Stay tuned for my next article. Until then see you…

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Hi Guys, I am Jes. A finance professional living in India but always dreaming of being someplace else at the moment. I was hit by the travel bug about 3 years back and since then my 2 happy feet haven't stopped exploring what the world has to offer. So why did I decide to start a travel blog when obviously there are so many out there already! The idea was to give you a peep into my actual travel steps. How I decided on a location, how I got about going there, how I decided to stay at a certain place, how I managed the expenses and so on. Most travel pages will give you super edited pics to woo you but I would like to display the actual facts for you to understand things better. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoyed jotting down the pointers for you.

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