Bali is undoubtedly one of the best holiday island destinations in Southeast Asia. The island is known for its iconic rice paddies, beaches and forested volcanic mountains. It is home to many religious sites and temples with stunning Balinese architecture. So, wherever you are in the island, you definitely have something to enjoy. To the south is the beach side city of Kuta that has a lively night life. Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are also popular resort towns also situated on the southern part of Bali. The town of Ubud in central Bali on the other hand is regarded as the cultural center of Bali.
This Bali Travel Guide covers a wide range of activities in the island that will hopefully make you decide to visit Bali.
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Tourist Spots in Bali, Indonesia?Bali has a lot of tourist spots you can experience and explore. If you want to enjoy the beach, the southern part of Bali is the perfect place for you. If you want highlands and rice paddies, then the central and the northern side is your to-go destination. Here are some of things you can do and see in Bali. If you want hassle-free tour, you can book your tour via KKDay.
Surf in Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach should be your first stop if you are jumping on a surfboard for the first time in Bali. It’s a great and safe spot for beginner surfers as the waves are not too huge compared to Seminyak and other surf spots on Bali.
See the Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terrace is an iconic tourist attraction in Ubud, Bali. It is located on the northern portion of Ubud, around 20 minutes drive from central Ubud. It offers a stunning view of the verdant terrace rice fields. [Read more: Tegallalang Rice Terraces of Ubud]
Visit Green School Bali
Located in a forest along the Ayung River near the serene landscape of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Green School Bali is built on the idea of living local, caring for mother nature and living a sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyle. Read more about Green School Bali…
Enjoy an Unlimited Seafood and Martini at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Head over to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for an unlimited seafood and martini happening every Friday at Bene Poolside from 6pm to 10pm. Enjoy a wide selection of fresh seafood, free flowing martini, mocktails and more! Aside from the unlimited seafood, Bene Italian Kitchen will also serve salad, mains, and desserts. It’s definitely a worthwhile gastronomic experience. The Seafood Martini Friday offer starts at IDR390,000++ (USD28++) for a wide array of food and free-flowing drinks -10 different types of Martinis, house wine and beer, drinks, fresh juices, coffee, and tea.
Shop at the Beachwalk Shopping Center
If you are into shopping, then you should spend some time at the Beachwalk Shopping Center. It features both international and local brands that will surely make you shop til you drop. Haha
Cleanse Your Soul at Pura Tirta Empul
For so many years, Balinese worshipers have been drawn to Pura Tirta Empul – Bali’s Sacred Pool of Purification. It’s one of the largest and busiest water temples in Indonesia. It is situated near the town of Tampaksiring in the village of Manukaya. The village is a 30-minute drive away from North of Ubud.
Visit the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
Located at the heart of Ubud, the Pura Taman Saraswati is a picturesque water temple in central Ubud. It’s accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud, just right beside Starbucks Cafe.
Chase Sunrise in Mount Batur
Standing at 5,633 feet, Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Its first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. Read more: Chasing Sunrise in Mount Batur.
ATV Ride in Pertiwi
ATV Ride at Pertiwi Quad Adventure costs US$90 fora single ride and US$130 for a tandem ride. Aside from ATV, they also offer other interesting activities like Paintball and Water Rafting. Read more: ATV Ride in Bali
Beach Bum in Nusa DuaNusa Dua is an enclave of large 5-star hotels in the southern part of Bali. It is situated about 22 kilometers from Denpasar and about 20 minutes drive from the airport. Read more: Beach Bumming in Nusa Dua.
Explore the Batuan Temple
Batuan Temple, locally known as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a well-known landmark in the village of Batuan, popular for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. It’s situated about 10 kilometers from central Ubud and it features stunning traditional Balinese temple and well preserved sandstone bas-reliefs. Read more: Exploring the Batuan Temple of Bali.
Play with Monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. It is estimated to receive around 10,000 tourists every month according to its website. It lies within the village of Padangtegal, which actually owns it. The village’s residents consider the Monkey Forest as an important educational, economic, spiritual, and conservation center for the village. Aside from the hundreds of monkeys (approximately 700) living in this forest, you can also see different species of trees and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Read more: Playing with Monkeys in Ubud.
RESTAURANTS IN BALI : Where to Eat in Bali, Indonesia?Bali is not just about beaches and temples. It’s also about food! A food trip is something a traveler should do while in Bali. Here’s some of the must-try restaurants in Bali that we tried.
Bebek Tepi Sawah Beachwalk Kuta
Have a taste of Bali’s famous deep-fried duck at Bebek Tepi Sawah in Beachwalk Kuta. The set meal includes a quarter of deep fried duck, sauteed beans and a variety of spicy sauce. Definitely a must-try when in Bali.
Warung Babi Guling at Ibu Oka
Another famous food in Bali is Babi Guling, a Balinese style whole roasted suckling pig. It’s like lechon in the Philippines. It’s basically unique to the island as the rest of Indonesia are predominantly Muslim where consumption of pork is prohibited. Ibu Oka is probably the best place in Ubud to enjoy a serving of Babi Guling.
Livingstone Cafe & BakeryIf you are looking for a cozy place to eat in Seminyak area where East meets West, then we highly recommend Livingstone Cafe & Bakery. They offer local food like Nasi Goreng, pastries such as croissants and cakes, healthy juices and a whole lot more. Food is good and the ambiance is perfect to relax and chill. We had our breakfast here when we’re in Bali and we liked the food and the minimalist feel of the restaurant.
Sawah Indah Resto
Sawah Indah Resto is a relaxing place to dine in the middle of the rice fields. The location is quite far from the town center and going there was a bit challenging since the road is a bit narrow. Food is good and reasonably priced but the serving is quite small. Overall, something that you should try in Ubud especially if you are looking for a traditional Balinese cuisine.
La Sicilia Bali
La Sicilia offers traditional and authentic Italian fare and intimate dining ambiance right at the heart of Seminyak. Food is really good and reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and were always there to assist the customers. Highly recommended to try in Seminyak’s Eat Street!
Char Char Bar & Grill
Char Char Bar & Grill is probably the best place in Bali to do people watching situated in Seminyak’s Eat Street. Their bar area is placed practically on stairs, with small tables facing the narrow road. Definitely worth a try!
ACCOMODATION IN BALI : Where to Stay in Bali, Indonesia?Bali has a lot of accommodations to offer depending on your budget and preference. You can stay in cheap and affordable hotels, comfortable private villas or luxurious resorts. If you want to make the most of your stay in Bali, we highly suggest you stay in either Kuta or Ubud. If budget is not an issue, we highly recommend staying at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort or at the newly opened 4-star hotel in Bali – Element by Westin Bali Ubud.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is the only 5-star hotel in Kuta. It has 203 comfortable and stylish guest rooms and suites with private balconies. It is conveniently located along the Jalan Pantai Kuta and part of the famed Beachwalk. It features comfortable and high quality mattresses and pillows. It’s definitely something you can look forward to when you stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. Read more about Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has three signature dining restaurants – the all-day dining Feast Restaurant, Bene, a rooftop casual Italian Restaurant and the open-air Lounge Restaurant offering a locally inspired cocktail with a awesome sunset views. Check rates and availability.
Element by Westin Bali Ubud
Element by Westin Bali Ubud is set to open on March 7, 2018. It’s the first Element Hotel in Indonesia and it’s situated close to Ubud’s town center about 2 kilometers from the heart of Ubud. It’s a 4-star hotel with a swimming pool, a spa, an all-day restaurant and more. [Read more about Element by Westin Bali Ubud]
AirAsia’s Flight Schedule from Manila to Bali and vice versa
Bali is AirAsia Philippines’ newest international destination from Manila with flights departing daily from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Manila to Bali (Denpasar) departs NAIA 3 at 18:40 and arrives in Bali at 22:55.
Bali (Denpasar) to Manila departs Ngurah Rai International Airport at 23:20 and arrives in Manila the following day at 03:25.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a flight to Bali with AirAsia at www.airasia.com. Indonesia is a member of ASEAN so there is no visa needed for Philippine passport holders.
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