So you’re going to Bali! You’re here for a short time, and want to make sure that you don’t miss anything. What do you do? Where do you stay? Should I rent a car? What about a motorbike? The following is a completely unbiased plan for your Bali adventure by Warung Falafel ;)
Motorbikes are by far the most common form of transportation on the island. Immediately after you arrive, you will marvel at the controlled chaos the traffic displays. Motorbikes are cheap to rent (about IDR 50,000/day or IDR 500,000/month) and are the quickest way to your destination amidst the traffic. Bali however, is not a place to learn how to ride a motorbike. Traffic can be different than it is back home, and if you're not a confident rider, do not rent a motorbike.
Should you fall into this category you can choose to hire a car or driver. Since the roads and traffic in Bali are different than back home, we suggest you hire a driver. Rates are relatively inexpensive, and if you go this route you'll have an air controlled car and an insight into the culture from your driver. Make sure you know the going rate for rides (by checking online or asking your accommodation), and try to plan your days accordingly. Often times it's cheaper to hire one driver for the whole day than it is to hire different drivers for each route.
WHERE TO STAY
Although Bali is a relatively small island, traveling across it can take some time. Geography is vast and diverse. The most touristic region in Bali is ‘The South.’ We consider The South to be mostly South of Ubud. Ubud is considered by many to be the cultural heart of the island. Ubud lies at the foothills of the more mountainous North. It’s rich in jungles, temples, yoga, massages, healers, rivers, amazing restaurants and beautiful people.
If your the type of person who is into day trips, it’s smart to stay in Ubud and make this your home base. If your on a circuit, sleeping at different places each night, definitely make Ubud a stop on the way.
The only thing Ubud does not have is the ocean. So if you must be at the beach, it might make sense to visit Ubud on a day trip from a different ocean side accommodation.
UBUD DAY TRIP IDEAS
Day trip 1: North
Day Trip 2: South
Day Trip 3: Uluwatu
La Pacha Mama
DOWN TO EARTH MARKET
PASAR (local market early in the morning and Art Market all day)
*WARUNG FALAFEL is located inside the PASAR
WALKS + TOURS
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Bambu Indah River Walk
Green School Tour
Kul Kul Farm Tour
Further south, you have the Bukit Peninsula referred to many as Uluwatu. Due to it’s geographical isolation, this area take some time to get too (from Ubud). The surf is amazing here, and the mellow lifestyle makes this place a great place to relax.
On the South West coast of Bali lies the tourist hotspots of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Canggu. These places have all the shopping one may need. Canggu is less developed than the rest but is quickly rising in density due to its great surf, restaurants, and young/hip scene.
On the West Coast lies Nusa Dua, Sanur, Keramas. Nusa Dua has great resorts and beaches. Sanur is a cute town on the beach with a lot of restaurant options as well. Here you can catch a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Keramas is a quiet beach area with a couple of resorts. The surf is great here and the scenery is amazingly beautiful. Komune Resort is a beautiful place to relax by the pool (located on the beach), sip a coconut, and watch the surfers.
For a more authentic Bali experience go to the North of the island. This has been least touched by tourism. You can find waterfalls, rice paddies and villages here.
Bali has something for everyone, and its impossible to cover all the islands splendors in this brief of a post.
If your interested in following some instagram accounts to learn more about the islands offerings some good ones include: