Say Bali for the myriad adventures and escapades calling out to the intrepid travellers that elicits exuberance in the rapid cadence of the heart. Say Bali for the dazzling sunset over the azure ocean and the variations of shades made just for an artist to paint down a moment forever on the canvas. Say Bali for the merriment, the sleeping sun brings at the onset of dusk with colourful cocktails and catchy music. Say Bali for the succulent aroma of scrumptious Indonesian cuisine. Say Bali for the vast array of unique souvenirs to take the Island back in our lives for nostalgia and reminiscence.
Day 01: Ubud
Bali is a very spiritual place and Ubud is the cultural capital of the province. Palaces, temples, quirky and distinctive souvenir markets, rice terraces, a peek-a-boo into Balinese culture; Ubud is the disembarking point to almost everything. Bali’s bucket list entails a lot around Ubud and many travellers choose to stay here and travel around.
Arrive in Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, the capital of the province of Bali and leave for Ubud via car. Check-in in your hotel and relax for the night for the upcoming adventures in the following days. You may stroll around the place at night and catch a Balinese dance show one of the top activities to do in Bali.
Day 02: White water river Telaga Waja River with ATV ride (Beginner in Ayung river)
Bali isn’t just for recreational visits and peaceful beach strolls. Many adventure enthusiasts hike around the place for the thrill of escapades and exploration and not to mention, many outdoor activities are organized here for an electrifying experience.
Telaga Waja river rafting is the longest and more thrilling in Bali compared to the other two. It is ranked as an intermediate level rafting experience and considered more adventurous than Ayung river rafting.
Bounce off crashing waves and rocks with a professional and experienced guide and explore Bali while via the thundering Quad bike.
Pickup will arrive by 7-8 am in the morning and take you to the rafting site. The total length of the activity is around three hours after which you will be provided with lunch and then taken to the ATV location.
Cost- Around 7500 INR
Tegenungan Waterfall (optional)
Optional (Depends on time): Tegenungan Waterfall
Head to Tegenungan waterfall after the muddy ATV ride for some amazing pictures and serene vibe.
Opening Hours: 06:30 am- 06:30 pm
Cost: 75 INR (Adults) and 50 INR (Children)
Day 03: Scuba Diving in Tulamben Bay and USAT Liberty wreck
Tulamben Bay is one of the top sites for diving in Bali. Diving around the variegated reefs to explore the marine life, maybe lilting in the aquatic surrounding, maybe clicking your month’s Instagram post or facebook profile picture; you will enjoy every moment deep in the water. Check out the US shipwreck the highlight of this diving experience that also has an interesting history that goes way back in 1942.
Pick up will be at the hotel in the morning from where you will head to the Tulamben village.
Cost- Around 7500 INR
You can roam around the Ubud market for souvenirs and other stuff the rest of the day.
Day 04: Mount Batur sunrise hike and hot spring
Bali is full of hiking trails one may hop on to explore the lovely island. What tops the list is hiking to the peak of Mount Batur for a magical experience and watching the sunrise. Mount Batur is an active Volcano in Bali that promises a charming picture of the scenic vista of its surrounds. To make the experience even more thrilling, hiking early morning to see the sunrise in all its glory amidst the changing shades of the sky is one of the activities you cannot miss in Bali.
Leave the hotel around 2-3 in the morning, after the hike, relax at the natural hot spring in Toya Bungkah village and reach back to your hotel by 1:00 in the afternoon.
Cost- Around 5000 INR
Leave for sightseeing after lunch; Tegallalangs terraced rice fields (Entrance Fee- 75 INR)/ Ubud monkey forest (Entrance Fee- 400 f0r adults and 300 for children), Pura Tanah Lot sunset (Entrance fee- 300 INR)
Day 05: Sightseeing day: Sekumpul Waterfalls- Lempuyang Temple- Campuhan ridge walk
Waterfalls and cascades are one of the most striking sights to see and sink in and Bali has some of the most pristine and stunning waterfalls customized as tourist-friendly and yet maintaining the raw appeal. Sekumpul falls finds itself in the list of most visited waterfalls in Bali to have a jolly and adventurous time.
Entrance Fee- 50-100 INR
Opening Hours- All hours
One of the most prestigious temples in Bali, the Lempuyang Temple is an important destination in Bali. One of the holiest places; it is a trend to click a pic at the gates of the temple, that is also known as the gates of heaven and therefore paradisiacal are the views of the place and surrounds.
Entrance fee- 50- 150 INR (Donation)
Opening Hours- 9 am- 6 pm
Campuhan Ridge Walk
One of the most scenic trails, the walk will leave your camera, hot and you, mesmerized. This walk amidst jade jungle might just be the thing to enjoy and explore Ubud.
Day 06: Surfing in Kuta
A surfer’s paradise, Uluwatu reigns over Bali in this particular facet, however surfing there should only be done by experienced surfers. For beginners, Kuta beach offers a thrilling opportunity to lilt with the waves and maybe even learn to surf
You can rent the board at the beach itself and maybe sign up for a lesson too.
Cost: Around 2500 -3500 INR
Pick up will arrive at your hotel in Ubud, from where you will be taken to Kuta Beach
After lunch leave for Sanur beach port from where you need to hop on a ferry that will take you to Nusa Lembongan.
Day 07: Nusa Lembongan – Snorkel with Manta Rays
A trip to Bali is incomplete without a get-away to the island full of picturesque vistas and adventurous activities. The Nusa islands are the ideal places to explore and discover something different. There are many spots to snorkel and dive around or kayak and paddleboard around that you would end up trying to fit all in one.
Not always you get the chance to play around with Manta Rays. Calling travellers from all around the world, not many leave Bali without snorkelling in Nusa Islands. Jump in the water to greet these striking creatures and watch them playing around other snorkellers.
You can book a tour locally, that is in Nusa Lembongan itself or from Bali and it would cost you around 1500-2000 INR.
Cross the bridge from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan, another underdeveloped and highly unexplored island with much to offer. Jump off the Mahana cliff point in the azure sea for a thrilling experience.
Paddle-board through the mangrove forest in Nusa Lembongan for an enriching and soothing experience
Cost- 500-1000 INR
Spend the rest of the time checking out the beaches in Nusa Lembongan. Check out Dream beach and the devil’s tear (Must see), Jangut Batu Beach and Mushroom Beach
Day 08: Day trip to Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands, still raw and underdeveloped. It opens to a myriad of opportunities to relax at the beach, party at night and engage in various water sports.
Nusa Penida Day tour
You can hop in a ferry that takes passengers from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida all morning.
Spots to visit: Start with Car drive to Atuh Beach (the most scenic ride in all island), then head to Peguyangan Waterfall, do not miss the arguably most beautiful beach on the island Kelingking Beach and the neighbouring Angel’s Billabong and end your day with Crystal bay. Catch a ferry to Nusa Lembongan at 5:pm
If you choose to stay for a night in Nusa Penida and directly head to Bali next day, head to Peguyangan Waterfall and then explore around the Tembeling Beach and Forest. Visit the Kelingking Beach and Angel’s Billabong and broken beach (optional) and watch the sunset on Crystal bay.
Do not miss the early sunrise in Atuh beach and also check out the diamond beach before you leave for Sanur
Day 09: Take a ferry back to Sanur and back to Denpasar to catch your flight.
Indian Nationals visiting Indonesia as a tourist do not require a visa for 30 days, they get a single-entry visa exemption stamp at the airport after arriving, which gets renewed each time they exit and enter the country.
Flights from the main cities of India operate to Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, the capital of the province of Bali. The flights’ cost escalates from 22,000 INR (Return).
There are no direct flights from India to Bali.
Getting Around in Bali
• Hire a Driver
You can hire a driver who will take you wherever you want to go. Hire Bali driver is a pretty good company to opt for.
Cost- Normally it takes around 2500- 3500 INR for 8-9 hours, however, the prices may vary depending on the distance you want to travel and the time.
• Hire a car (Personally drive around)
You can also hire a car and drive around personally, though many people avoid this option as it gets dangerous to drive for a foreigner. Locals drive very brusquely on the road and there aren’t many signs to help either. You can also hire a car at the airport though prices may vary. Bali Car Hire, Bali Car Rental, Drive-in Bali are some of the top-rated Car hire service providers.
Cost- 1000- 2000 INR per day
• Hire a scooter
It is pretty easy to hire a scooter if you want to personally explore Bali. You can do it online, there are many companies that provide this service. Bali bike rentals, Bikago Bali, Bali big bike are one of the top-rated companies to hire a scooter from. You will need an international driving licence or you can also get a tourist driving licence from Denpasar.
Cost- 200-300 INR
If you want a more local experience, you can also opt for buses, although it is possible your location may not be on the route or the buses may not go to someplace. There are public buses (Bemo or public minibus costing around 25-30 INR), Trans-Sarbagita Buses (Single fare 20-30 INR) and tourist buses and you can even buy the tickets online. Private minibuses, that is Kura Kura buses tickets can be bought online on their website. Single fare tickets cost from 70- 100 INR. You can also buy their day passes (1 Day, 3 Days and 7 days).
Taxis are widely used in Bali and are divided into a blue-bird taxi and others, the former being most reputed than everyone else. You can order a taxi by calling the blue-bird call centre. You can also use a bluebird taxi app.
You need to take a ferry if you want to visit the surrounding islands. You can choose between speedboats and local ferries. You can book tickets online as well. One of the sites to book from is 12Go.asia.
Cost: From 1500 INR
You can also rent a private boat to get on the islands.
Best Time to visit Bali
• High time- July/August December/January
• Can also visit during April, May, June and September. The weather is mild and the prices are cheaper.
• October to March is the rainy season of Bali and usually, travellers prefer the dry season that is April- September
Accommodation options in Ubud
Check-in and Check-out time is 3 pm and 11 am
There are luggage storage facilities in case you arrive early in some hostels.
• D’ Tegal Hostel (around 600 INR)
• Joker Hostel (around 600 INR)
• Puri Garden (around 3400 INR)
• Onion Collective (around 2500 INR)
• Tebasaya Cottage (Around 4500 INR)
• Jiwa’s House (Around 2000 INR)
• JunJungan Ubud Hotel and Spa (Around 5000 INR)
• Wina Ubud b&b (Around 2500 INR)
• The Kayon Jungle Resort by Pramana (Around 24000 INR)
• Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Around 50,000 INR)
• Four Seasons Resort Bali (Around 75000 INR)
• Capella Ubud (Around 70,000 INR)
Accommodation options in Nusa Lembongan
• Lembongan Hostel (Around 1500 INR)
• Dream Beach Hostel (Around 600 INR)
• Uma Hostel (Around 1000 INR)
• Nunung Guest House (Around 1000 INR)
• Tropica Tranquility Villa (Around 5000 INR)
• Lembongan Harmony Villas (Around 7500 INR)
• Cassava Lembongan Bungalows (Around 2500 INR)
• D’Muncuk Huts Lembongan (Around 5000 INR)
• Tigerlillys (Around 5000 INR)
• Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa (Around 17000 INR)
• The Tamarind Resort (Around 18000 INR)
• Le Nusa Beach club (Around 13000 INR)
Food and Drinks in UBUD
• Muse Café and art
• Clear Café
• Kubu at Mandapa
• Senja Bar & Resto
• Nostimo Greek Grill Ubud
• Laughing Buddha Bar
• Laka Leke Garden Restaurant
• Siam Sally
• Kafé Bunuté