Bali is one of those places that always appears in insta-feeds and is a tourist hotspot especially for Australians. Bali holidays can be party holidays, relaxing getaways, romantic honeymoons or active holidays. We did a bits of each and I’ll talk you through this here.
First stop was Kuta. Kuta has some amazing beaches and is great for watersports but it also has a party side when you go into the town. We stayed in the Bounty Hotel. It was in between the beach and main streets of Downtown Kuta and close to the markets. The rooms were lovely and clean and the food was good but the pool was very much a party pool. If you’re looking for a party scene then this is for you or if you want some where central this hotel is perfect, just make sure request a room away from the pool.
Seminyak is a town around 25 minutes from Kuta that is a great alternative if you don’t like the sound of Kuta.
There are a lot of lovely hotels on the beach and the Potato Head Beach Club needs to be on your list for a beach/pool day. Just make sure to get there early to make sure you get a place or else try sending them an email to make a reservation in advance because it fills up quick. Enjoy a cocktail by the pool and stroll along the white sandy beach. Bliss.
From the Bali/Seminyak area you can arrange to go white water rafting. It was fast but according to the guides we had, it wasn’t up there with the scariest of white water rafting trips. I really enjoyed it and the tour guide we had made us laugh the whole way down the river, especially at parts where we appeared nervous! I would highly recommend it. You can do combination trips with white water rafting and a Mt. Batur hike, which I will talk about next. Check the website for the white water rafting out here. (Don’t forget your mosquito repellant!)
Ubud is located in and near the rainforest. It is perfect for a secluded getaway or else some activity. A lot of people check into really nice hotels here and don’t really leave! I have found some accommodation options for Ubud here.
- Puri Gangga Resort – 30 mins from the centre of Ubud
- Villa Saraswati – Adults only hotel
- Junjungan Ubud Hotel and Spa – Limited number of rooms and has a shuttle service
- Ketut’s Place – 10 minute walk to Ubud
- Joker Hostel and Homestay
- Krisda Ubud Guest House
In Ubud you can go to a monkey forest and the tickets are less than €3. You can walk through the forests and see the monkeys and the temples. You can even interact with the monkeys.
A trip to Mt. Batur was something that had been recommended to us. You get collected from your hotel in the middle of the night and hike to the top of the active volcano, 1717M, to see the sunrise. Before we went we had looked up photos and they were amazing. We decided to leave this until the end of our trip. Don’t make this mistake! We hiked in the pitch black, only to be greeted by fog and rain cloud when we got to the top. No views, just white. It was such a disappointment. And to make it worse, friends of ours went up the next day and got amazing views. The hike back down was miserable. I would leave yourself a few days to choose from in case the weather is bad. Ask around in a few tour places too and see if they can advise you for the best day to go. We didn’t have time to do it again and I still regret it. Check out this tour company. They have great reviews!
Nusa Dua is in Southern Bali. We didn’t get the chance to go there but if you’re looking for a honeymoon spot, apparently this is a great place to go. If you’re staying in Bali for some time, I would recommend splitting your time between the beach and the rainforest. And if you can, go to the Gili Islands for a few days. Check out my blog post on Gili T for some tips.
- Choose the imported vodka rather than local. It’s all cheap anyway and the extra money is worth it to avoid ethanol poisoning. Apparently, it happens a lot here.
- Bali Belly is real! Don’t drink the tap water and use bottled water for brushing your teeth.
- Check out my Gili Trawangan post. A trip to this island is a great addition to your Bali Trip!
Top Tip Traveller 🙂