Bali – Island of Gods or God of Islands! – 7D / 6N
In the previous section, I shared how Bali was a No Compromises destination! It is affordable and yet has something for everyone – from forested volcanoes to iconic beaches, from serene temples to noisy parties, from deep-sea scuba to open river rafting and from renting a city bike to cycling in a rice paddy farms, and much more!
Here’s how you may plan your vacation:
Summary: 2 nights in Nusa Dua, 2 nights in Ubud & 2 nights in Kuta or Seminayak
Day 1 – Reach Bali and Transfer to Nusa Dua
Upon reaching Bali, transfer to your hotel in Nusa Dua and spend an evening on the beach here. Apart from being beautiful, it is also one of the cleanest beaches.
#ProTip: You can call your pick up driver from Airport wi-fi. For making calls later, I took a 2GB internet plan from SIMPATI for about 40,000 IDR (~ INR 200) and used Whatsapp/ Skype to make calls when needed.
Where to Stay? – Tanadewa Luxury Villas in Nusa Dua (Price range INR 9000-10000, booked via makemytrip.com)
Day 2: Water Sports at Tanjung Benoa & visit Uluwatu Temple in evening
Tanjung Benoa, a beach 5 mins from Nusa Dua, is the one most famous for water sports. However, just be cautious to negotiate hard for the water sports package you take. You can expect a discount of 30-40% from the printed price list. I paid 1,100,000 IDR (5,500 INR) per person for Sea walking and Turtle Island ride and around 3000 INR per person for Flyboard.
We had lunch in an Indian Hotel chain called Queens in Nusa Dua. Price for two is around 1000 to 1500 INR
Day 3: Reach Ubud. Explore the place in evening
There is a lot to explore in and around Ubud. The place will remind you of a forest side hill station. You can spend the day at Ubud Town Center, local market and attend local dance shows in evening. Barong & Legong are most famous and unusual performances.
Day 4. Go for River rafting in morning and cycle in Rice Paddies villages in the evening
River rafting is highly recommended in Ubud. It can cost from 30 to 70 USD per person. You can directly book from agencies in Ubud Market to save on some money.
Komaneka Resort, Tanggayuda (Price Range 12-15k, booked directly from hotel website)
Day 5: Visit Mount Batur Volcano, Tanah Lot temple, Tea Garden and arrive at Kuta
The best way to experience Mount Batur is to hike on the volcano early morning around 5 am. Since waking up that early was not an option for me, we drove to a viewing point & clicked some pictures around it. We visited Tanah Lot Temple before moving to my next destination: Kuta!
I stayed at Hotel Citadines opposite Kuta Beach. (cost 4k-5k per night)
#ProTip: Kuta is famous for night life and parties but always beware of pickpockets, touts and spammers. Also never exchange foreign currency if the rate is too good to be true. Often these are easy baits to cheat foreign tourists.
Day 6: Beach Hopping, Shopping & Party
Kuta is well-known destination among surfing enthusiasts and beginners since it is a long sandy beach without corals or stones. Besides Kuta there are a lot of good beaches to explore like Legan, Seminayak, Jimbaran.
Kuta Beach square and Beachwalk Mall are some of the famous shopping destinations in Kuta. The Place is also full of happening watering holes for the party lovers.
Day 7: Head back to the Airport
Yes, all good vacations come to an end. Head back and rejoice the Bali Moments.
Getting Ready for the Vacation
Now that you’re set to take this vacation, time to use my research and experience to put it to your best use with some #ProTips.
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