Travel Planner – 10 Days @Bali

There are many ways one can have an enjoyable vacation. We met a Canadian couple at Nusa Penida, It was exciting to meet these two kids who had just graduated. Apparently they worked 6 months after their graduation and saved enough money to take a 3-4 month break out of their busy routine. They didn’t even have a return ticket, all they had was insurance valid till August.  They had come to Bali from Phuket (Thailand) and were contemplating to visit Cambodia and Philippines.

They (Canadian couple) had no expectations at all from their vacation. They lived in shacks / youth hostel to have sufficient to take them till August. If you are not as adventurous as those kids, who take every day of their vacation (commute/food/sights you see) as it comes then it is imperative you either have a good travel planner drawn either by yourself or an agent.

Drawing a planner yourself would give you more insights about the place and also keep you prepared on how to handle some of those unforeseen situations which will always find a way to creep in during your vacation.  The last thing you want to feel at the end of the vacation is not creating happy memories.

One of the common misconception people have is that one doesn’t need more than 3 days at Bali. The action at Bali is at Central Bali, West, South and East of Bali. If your vacation is short (3-4 days) you can stay put at one place and travel across, else I strongly advise you to find accommodation across central / southern / east of Bali as the traffic is notorious and everything you have heard about Bali traffic is true!!!!!. Trust me 3 days is not sufficient to savor Bali I doubt even 2 weeks would be sufficient.

Now for the gory details…..

  • Visa
    • Visa on arrival facility can be availed or Visa can be applied online. For tourists, I strongly encourage you to get visa on arrival. I was prepared to pay visa fees for all 4 of us but was surprised that they just stamped without charging Guess it was a sign for a pleasant way to start a wonderful trip J
  • Accommodation
    • Central Bali (Ubud)
      • There are a lot of suggestions to stay outside of Ubud central primarily due to traffic. I on the contrary would urge you to stay in Ubud center as you get time back to spend your evenings more productively.
    • South Bali
      • If you want to enjoy the Balinese culture by living with the locals suggest you to consider less westernized locations. We stayed at Sanur but Jimbaran was simply awesome the beaches were excellent, my kids enjoyed it. They are testimony for you to consider if you enjoy the waves.
    • Where to Eat
      • We loved Indonesian food; if you are adventurous then try the beach-side eateries which are cheaper. The sea facing restaurants serve the best seafood platter (at least it was so in Jimbaran) but they are quite expensive
    • Transportation:
      • Taxis (I mean the ones that have taxi sign on those) are available at designated points and even the hotel can avail taxi. The tricky parts about taxis are that it is quite difficult to hail them from a road side. Most operators use app.
        • The minimum per kilometer is 7000 rupiah per KM, however, the price can get steep if waiting is involved. For instance if you visit a temple and come back after an hour, you will be surprised how much it cost you. If waiting is involved don’t hold the taxi
      • Fixed price private taxis are common; actually they work very well for tourists, but bargain hard. There are plenty of operators and you can figure the best price that works for you based on half day use or full day use.
    • Island Trip
      • We found that it is cheaper to negotiate an island trip in Bali be it just a boat ticket to stay in the island and return at a later date or a snorkeling package which would include snorkeling and island tour. The Snorkeling package comes with 1 point to almost 5 points to snorkel and the cost varies based on how many points you want to snorkel. Manta point is a must do, of course spotting a manta ray is based on luck. However, the ocean floor is almost 30-40metres deep and the corals are extremely beautiful here.  Marine life and corals are enjoyed almost at all points. Snorkeling package also comes with a land tour with a chauffeur driven car and a guide.
        • If you are going with local operators make sure they are well known, at the very least you need confirmation that the safety equipment and the snorkel equipment are of good standards and they have some experienced personnel who can dive with you in case someone is afraid.
        • Pretty much all day trips include the standard land tour (at least for Penida)
    • Miscellaneous Tips
      • If you are one of those who don’t do package trips. Have sufficient buffer in your schedule for the day, as traffic can be brutal.
      • If waterfall is part of your trip and if you have children or adults who act like children, be prepared to spend more time at the falls.
        • Remember it’s not about covering places, it’s about creating memories, spend more time where you and your family enjoy the most
      • Do consider Big Temple and the Mother Temple as part of your itinerary if you prefer not to trek mount Batur or raft in river Ayung
      • For those who want to trek mount Batur but worried about the climb, you will be happy to hear that there are riders who take you almost 90% to the top and the last 1 – 2 KM you need to trek to summit. This is an option for someone interested but don’t want to do the arduous climb.

Itinerary

  • Ubud: 4 Nights / 5 Days

    • Day 1:
      • Land, (Our flight touched-down at 11AM). It took a couple of hours for us to clear immigration. We checked-into the hotel by 3PM.
      • 5PM – rest of the day: Ubud Palace, Dinner at Ubud Market
    • Day 2:
      • Early Morning Batuan Temple, Tegenungan Waterfall, Goa Gajah
      • After Lunch Tibumana Waterfall, Tirta Empul, Rice Terrace
      • Dinner: Ramayana Ballet / Ubud Market
    • Day 3:
      • Early Morning: Rafting River Ayung
      • Lunch and Relax at the hotel till 4 PM
      • Evening: Monkey Forest, Dinner / Shopping
    • Day 4:
      • Early Morning (2AM)  Ride to base of Mount Batur, Summit Mount Batur
      • Lunch and Relax till 4 PM at hotel
      • Evening: Dinner / Shopping
    • Day 5:
      • Day: Checkout and leave to Sanur

 

  • Sanur: 5 Nights, 5 Days

    • Day 5:
      • PM: Checkin & relax at the beach
    • Day 6:
      • Day Trip: Tanah lot, GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana), Uluwatu Temple (Sunset & Fire dance at Uluwatu temple)
      • Dinner: Jimbaran
    • Day 7:
      • Day Trip: Nusa Penida
        • We spent a lot of time in water and hence could not trek at Kelingking beach, however we trekked down the to Angels billabong, it was a fantastic experience)
    • Day 8:
      • AM: Sunrise by the beach & Breakfast
      • Later afternoon: Beach activities – Parasailing, Flyboarding, Water jetpacks
      • Evening: Nusa Dua, Dinner @ Jimbaran
    • Day 9:
      • Relax / Shopping / Enjoy the Beach
    • Day 10:
      • Checkout & Return

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