Bali – Top 5 destinations

Bali is known as the Island of Gods and I can definitely see why. But you won’t understand until you’ve been there and felt the spirit and the so called „Bali vibes“ yourself. Bali is known for surfing, ancient temples, and palaces, but also has wild jungles and active volcanoes. It has white-sand beaches in the south, and striking black sand in the north and west.

Where we’ve been: Kuta, Ubud, Nusa Lembongan, Padangbai, Gili T 

How long to stay in Bali: more than one week 

How to get there: by plane (Denpasar)

Price level: cheap

As Bali is quite diverse we want to share our experience with you and give you some helpful tips to make your trip unforgettable. You are probably going to fly into Denpasar. Denpasar itself is not really too exciting so a lot of people head straight to Kuta. Now Kuta you will either hate or love. It is a really busy and crowded place that will maybe give you a little bit of a culture shock if it’s your first time visiting a third world country. Most of Bali’s travelers leave Kuta for quieter places like Ubud or the North West and if you are not into partying you should probably do so as well. 

My top 5 destinations
Bukit Peninsula
– Ubud
– Pura Ulan Danu Bratan Temple
– Gili Trawangan
– Nusa  Lembongan

Our first day we spent exploring the Bukit Peninsula south of Kuta. We thought it would be a good idea to rent a scooter in order to explore everything by ourself. Well, it was fun until we fell. So be really careful when renting a scooter. The traffic is crazy! But besides our little accident we had an awesome day. You should definitely go and see those beautiful beaches yourself and also check out the Uluwatu temple.

Balangan Beach on Bukit Peninsula
Balangan Beach on Bukit Peninsula

After exploring the South we were looking for a quieter place so we headed up North having our first stop in Ubud. Ubud is a very spiritual place and and it’s that place where you really feel those „Bali Vibes“ everyone’s talking about. Make sure you visit one of the local markets and the Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

Our hotel in Ubud
Ubud markets.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Bali is very famous for its temples and let me tell you there are lots and all of them are very special. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the „Pura Ulan Danu Bratan Temple“.

Pura Ulan Danu Bratan Temple

Most of Bali’s visitors take a few days and travel to the Gili Islands. There are three: Gili Meno, the romantic escape, Gili Air, a chill out spot, and Gili Trawangan, the party island. We decided to go to Gili T as it’s the biggest one and after traveling the North of Bali we were actually looking forward to a more crowded place. You can get there from different places. We travelled from Padang Bai and had two options: public ferry or speed boat. Even though the speed boat is a bit more expensive, we decided not to take the long ride with the public ferry because it takes ages to get there. The beaches on Gili T are not as beautiful as the ones in Bali but what’s really special is the snorkeling. The underwater world is just stunning! There is a high chance you will see turtles and the boat tours are super cheap.

Gili Trawangan

Our last stop was Nusa Lembongan, an island located east of the main island. It’s so worth going there! You can chill out at Dream Beach which is indeed a dream and it’s super easy to get around with a scooter because there is less traffic on the island.

Nusa Lembongan

General tips
– Rain season doesn’t mean it rains 24/7
– Be careful when drinking tap water as it might make you sick
– Be patient with the locals (most of the Balinese live from tourism so you often have
locals yelling after you trying to sell tours and other things but try to not get annoyed)
– Travel with locals and try local food
– Escape crowded places, head up north/west
– Go and explore the underwater world
– Be very careful when riding a scooter



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