Two weeks to visit Bali

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Two weeks to visit Bali

I just came back from Bali and it was absolutely amazing! We had two weeks to visit Bali, so we tried to make the most fo it! It was already my third time there but I wanted to go back so badly and see more of this island. There are so many beautiful places to see and hidden gems, it is impossible to see everything in one time.

Bali is the kind of destination you want to visit several times because you always have places in mind that you didn’t have the time to see! Bali has a great diversity in the landscapes, this is why I love this island so much. You can find rice fields, waterfalls, dream beaches, forests, cliffs, admire stunning sunsets and so on.

This time, I prepared a very busy and intense itinerary because we wanted to visit a lot! Two weeks is pretty short for Bali, this is why I have planned many activities! We started to visit Seminyak, then Nusa Penida, next Ubud and we ended with the beautiful Gili islands! I will tell you all about the best spots to visit, the best hotels to stay and give you all my tips and tricks! If you are planning to visit Bali soon, this post is for you!

When is the best time to visit Bali?

The best time to visit Bali and the islands around is between June and September. It’s the high season so the prices are higher but you are sure to see the sun! Of course, you need to book everything in advance, hotels and boat tours. You shouldn’t come during October and April it is the wet season!

How to get around in Bali?

You can rent a scooter, it’s a really cheap way to visit Bali, but if you want to make a long-distance it will be difficult. You can also take a taxi, it is really easy to find one in the streets. The price is around 7000 IDH per kilometer. You can easily calculate the good price and negotiate. So, for example, to go from Ubud to Leke Leke waterfall it will costs you around 500k IDH (30$).

The authentic Ubud

Ubud is one of my favorite place in Bali. Not only because the landscapes are to die for but also for the ambiance, the authenticity and the kindness of the locals. Ubud is located in the heart of Bali, only 1 hour 30 driving of the airport Denpasar. You can visit waterfalls, rice fields, see the monkeys in their natural habitat and eat local!

Leke Leke waterfall

This beautiful and hidden waterfall is located only 1 hour driving from Ubud. You can take a taxi from Ubud, the price will be around 500k IDH (approximately 30$). It’s really easy to access, the hike is only 20 minutes. This waterfall is absolutely gorgeous, totally wild and if you come before 8 am it will be totally empty. You will have this beautiful place just for yourself! It was magical to visit this waterfall and have nobody around!

Tegalalang rice terraces

If you come to Ubud, you absolutely need to visit Tegalalang rice terraces! For me, it’s a must to see! This is one of the best places to visit and the most authentic places in Bali. When visiting the rice terraces you will meet the locals working on the terraces. They are really really kind, feel free to engage a conversation with them!

Campuhan ridge walk

This spot is amazing to hike and visit at the same time. It’s located in the heart of Ubud so, if you choose a hotel in the center you can go there by yourself. It’s better to visit for sunrise or sunset.

Monkey forest

You absolutely need to go there and see the monkeys! They are so funny and amazing creatures! This is not a zoo, the monkey are free in a natural forest, their natural habitat. There is a staff carrying for them and feeding them but they are totally wild. By the way, there are a few rules to not offend them, because they can become quite aggressive. You must not look at them in the eyes, not trying to hold them, not hide food and so on, take the time to read the board! Be careful of your sunnies and your phone/camera, they can try to jump on your shoulder and they to steal it!

Where to stay in Ubud?

There are many beautiful hotels in Ubud for all the budgets. From small boutique hotels, luxury ones to the local habitations. You can book a hotel where there is an infinity pool in the jungle, where it is possible to have a flower bath, a typical Balinese massage or a floating breakfast. But really, Ubud is so much more than this! The culture is really present and having moments with the locals and visit typical Balinese places is amazing.

Samsara Ubud

We stayed at the wonderful Samara Ubud. We had an amazing stay there! The infinity pool surrounded by the jungle was magical. We had a private pool in our terrasse. And we had dinner while watching a movie at the outdoor cinema. It was really fun! You can find the full hotel review here! If you want to book your stay there click here!

Nusa Penida island

Nusa Penida is a beautiful island belonging to Bali and located only at 45 minutes by boat. To go there, you need first to reach Sanur Harbor and take a boat to Nusa Penida. It will cost you around 500 000 IDH (30$). There are several companies and they are quite equivalent. Book your ticket online to be sure to have a place! But you need to know that the boats can be cancelled because of the weather conditions. In this case you will receive an email the day before and you may have to wait a few days to have another boat.

Nusa Penida island is a beautiful island, and full of surprises, you won’t be disappointed! If you like nature, amazing cliffs, point of views and stunning beaches of turquoise water, you will probably love Nusa Penida!

Where to stay?

I stayed in Nusa Penida during 3 days (2 nights), I think it is the minimum to see enough of the island.

You can easily find a bungalow for less than 30$/night on the island. You can stay in the west of the island if you want to be close to Kelingking beach. Or you can find one in the east of the island if you want to be close to Diamond beach.

How to get around in Nusa Penida?

You need to know that the roads in Nusa Penida are really bad. You can rent a scooter at a very cheap price (less then 10$/day) but it’s quite hard to drive there. You can also take a day trip with a company that will drive you by car to different locations. The price for 3 locations is around 60$.

Diamond beach & the tree house

I have done an amazing day trip with @nusa_penida_island and it was super fun! We have been first to the treehouse which is located at the east of the island. We have been there really early to avoid the crowd. This house was absolutely amazing, with a gorgeous view on the sea. The hike to this house is quite easy (10 minutes).

Then, we have been to Diamond beach which is really close to the treehouse. This was one of my favorite place in Nusa Penida, I was not disapointed at all!

Kelingking beach

Kelingking beach is seriously one of the most beautiful beach of Nusa Penida and the more famous on Instagram, so you have probably already heard of this place! What makes this spot insane is the shape of the rocks and the paradisiac beach.

The hike to go down is pretty hard (45 minutes approximately to go down and 1 hour to go up). But believe me it really worth it! This beach is an absolute paradise! The sand is white and the water is turquoise. When you make it to the beach, the first thing you want to do is to swim! Just, be careful of the big waves!

Gili Trawangan

We ended this amazing trip by a stay in Gili’s island. These islands are belonging to Lombok, an island near Bali. There are three islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan, also called “Gili T’.

Last year I went to Gili Meno, it was beautiful and really quiet and relaxing. This year I wanted to see something new and I went to Gili T. This really looks like Gili Meno but there are more hotels/restaurants/bars/diving centers and so on. The Gili’s you will choose for your stay is depending on what you are looking for.

I really loved this Gili island because the beaches are dreamy and the ambiance is really cool. If you want to have a drink and eat tapas in front of the sunset, there are amazing spots! Also there are beautiful hotels/villas located near the beach.

How to get to Gili islands?

To reach Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili T, you need first to go to Padang Bai or Amed harbor and take a boat during approximately 2:30 hours. The taxi can also pick you up at your hotel 1 hour before, sometimes it is included in the price. The best is to talk with them by What’s app.

Like the other islands, there are several companies and they are quite equivalent. Book your ticket online to be sure to have a place! But you need to know that the boats can be canceled because of the weather conditions. In this case, you will receive an email the day before and you may have to wait a few days to have another boat. This happened to us, we had to wait 3 days and we came back to Padang Bai to took another boat.

Where to stay?

You can find easily a cute bungalow in front of the beach, or luxury villa with a pool. There are cute accommodations for all the budgets! Be sure to book at least 3 weeks in advance because Gili T is a popular destination.

Kelapa villas

We stayed at the beautiful Kelapa villas in Gili T, located just 5 minutes from the beach by bike. To go from the harbor to the villas you can walk, it’s only at 20 minutes. Please don’t ride horses carriages! These poor horses are not well treated. if you choose to walk to will participate to stop this business and do your daily cardio 😉

These villas were absolutely gorgeous. We had a beautiful one-bedroom villa with a private pool and an outdoor shower. We also had an amazing floating breakfast in the pool of the villa with fresh juices and fruits. They also rent bikes to explore the island. It’s the best way to explore Gili T and find empty beaches!

To conclude, this Bali trip was absolutely amazing! It was quite intense because we have visited 3 islands in two weeks and we have done many hikes but was really worth it!

We had the chance to admire wild waterfalls, magical sunsets, meet the locals, play with monkeys and swim in turquoise waters!

If you are planning to visit Bali soon, let me know where you are going to and what place you are going to visit! Feel free to ask me any question, I would love to connect with you guys 😉

Have a beautiful sunny day! xxx Chiara

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