After a month in Bali I learnt so much! I thought I’d share it all to help others thinking of travelling the area.
First of all if you aren’t sure about Bali don’t be. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve been too, I never felt unsafe, 99.9% of the locals are lovely and I met the most amazing people.
I followed some advice from Steph My Life and found flights for London Gatwick to Singapore for around £250 with luggage with Norwegian Air and then a connection flight to Bali with Scoot for £100 with luggage.
Grab – I used Grab pretty much everywhere in Bali with ease. GoJek is another useful app. In Canggu and Ubud Grab is banned. So you have to use local taxi drivers who can sometimes try to rip you off. Remember to barter and have a set price before you get in the car. Don’t be afraid to walk away if the price isn’t right. They will either drop the price or there will be another taxi driver 100m down the road. Find a driver you trust and use him again and again whilst you are in that area.
Canggu – Made Denox (Whatsapp +62 818-0569-9366)
Ubud – Putu Suartana (Whatsapp +62 852-3755-1065)
If you’re brave enough then you can rent a scooter. I was not mad enough
Gili T – getting to and from Gili is easy enough but be careful you aren’t ripped off with the transport either side of the boat. Once in Gili most hostels are walking distance from the dock or there are horses and carts you can use. One my return my transport only took me to the centre of Ubud not my hotel like I was told! Don’t pay more than 600k. I only booked one way as it was only a month after the island reopened post earthquake so wasn’t sure how long I would want to spend there. It is easy enough to book a return boat once you are there.
Maybe book the first two nights when you arrive then book as you go, people with recommend you other places to stay or you can join them where they are going. I booked all my accommodation before I came and cancelled so much of it.
Where I stayed and loved:
- Seminyak – M Boutique Hostel
- Canggu – The Escape Hostel (not in the centre) Mojo Surf (in the centre)
- Nusa Dua – House of D16 Hostel
- Ubud – Puri Gardens Hostel and Pillow Inn Hostel
- Gili T – M Box Hostel
Where I stayed and hated:
- Kuta – Cara Cara Inn
- Uluwatu – Waroeng Surya Home Stay
These are hostels I stayed in and it’s where I loved. If I’m honest it totally depends on the people you meet in a hostel – it really is make or break.
- Sunday’s Beach Club – chilled vibe 400k to get on 250k goes on food
- Omnia Beach Club – silly money but it’s amazing
- Finns Beach Club – amazing! Sunday yoga 100k and you can use the beds until 11am for free
- Potato Head – free entry and swim, extra for towel and beds first come first served. Food is amazing!
Where I’d like to visit: The Lawn Canggu, Ulu Cliff House and Rock Bar
You all know I love food and I literally ate my way around Bali here are my favourite places;
- Seminyak – Nook, Strawberry Fields, Pizza in Potato Head
- Canggu – Petit Gourmet, breakfast in Finn’s, Mama Canggu
- Kuta – Beach Bowl, Roast at Sky Garden
- Ubud – Taco Casa (the best Mexican I’ve ever had!), Mama Mia’s, The Ubudian Cafe for breakfast
- Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance – the best fire dance I saw, 30k entrance and 100k ticket, get there at 5pm for a good seat
- Bali Sea Turtle Society – everyday at 4pm during hatching season you can release a 1 day old turtle for a donation in Kuta
- Horse Riding – 800k for a rice paddies and beach hack. I rode with Kuda P which is run by an Australian lady who really looks after the horses.
- Tanah Lot – 30k entrance
- Monkey Forest – 50k entrance
- Combo Trip (Waterfall, Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple, Bali Swings, Gates of Heaven) paid 150k but then you have to pay extra for entry, lunch and swings which they don’t tell you about when you book
Places I’d like to visit: Nusa P, Nusa L and the Water Temple maybe the Mount Batur Trek.