My friends are also one of those “Let’s plan this and that but that’s not going to happen” group. So, our Bali trip is yet to be our biggest groupcation (yes, I went there! Haha). We didn’t know what to expect upon arriving at the airport because none of us have been to Bali. Also, putting the itinerary together was the hardest part of this trip, because we live in different parts of the world and the time difference makes it worse. Oops. Fast forward, a year later, we finally got the chance to see each other (after 6 years) and explore Bali together!
We slept around 3 am and woke up at 6 am to get ready for our trip to Nusa Penida. Insert zombie mode. I was able to look for a tour guide company that was cheap and reliable via TripAdvisor. This is the first time I used TripAdvisor and I would totally recommend this for those who haven’t used this as a travel reference before.
I emailed Rod 2 months before our trip and coordinated everything with him. He bought our speed boat ticket to get to the island one week prior to our arrival and emailed him again 3 days before my departure, just to make sure that everything is a-okay.
Our driver picked us up around 7:15 am to drive us to Sanur for our speed boat ride to the island. It took us half an hour drive to arrive there, so we checked-in at the Maruti Express booth and walked around the small eateries at the port while waiting.
PLACES WE VISITED (in order):
- Pasih Uug (Broken Sea)
- Angel’s Billabong
- Kelingking Secret Point
- Crystal Bay
Me and my sacrificial photo at Kelingking Secret Point
Kelingking Secret Point
- Rod – tour guide coordinator
- We took the Maruti Express from Sanur (300,000 IDR roundtrip)
- Rate for the island tour is 150,000 IDR each (6 pax)
- Jewelry Factory – free tour around the factory and you get to buy their merchandise too. (Photos aren’t allowed inside the shop)
- Bali Zoo (Kebun Binatang Bali)
- Monkey Forest
- Tegallalang Rice Terraces
- Bali Pulina – a coffee shop where we got to try the Luwak Coffee (Poop coffee).
Hahaha, I am in love with this photo
The monkey forest was fun, but the monkeys are aggressive. I’m too scared to get close to them, hahaha. But be warned, they take stuff from people including cameras and food. So be on the look out!
Visiting Cafe Pulina is a must! The samplers are free, but you have to pay 5o,oooIDR for the Luwak Coffee which is a pretty good deal…. and the view here is the amazing.
Get a driver to go around Bali. It’s cheap and safe, and you’ll be thankful that you got one once you know how crazy they drive there. (~$50/day)
- Our driver, Dewa a.k.a “Brotha”, is the best tour guide/driver you’ll have in Bali. My friend accidentally met him at the airport while waiting for my other friends to arrive. He offered to drive us around Bali for the best rate ever and introduced us to our new favorite Balinese food, the Babi Guling. I would gladly give his information to you guys if you are planning to go to Bali! Just comment below or message me in Facebook or Instagram. 🙂
- Scuba Diving (at the USAT Liberty Wreck)
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Bought Souvenirs at Puribali Souvenir (Expensive)
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – “Lake Temple”
- Another Rice Terraces – according to Dewa, this is one of the biggest rice field in Bali.
- Tanah Lot – must visit before Sunset!
The Beautiful Lake Temple
The other side of Tanah Lot.
When you go to Tanah Lot, make sure you go there before sunset. We went to the other side of the area and the sunset was beautiful. Also, there’s a million tourist here (okay, not a million but a lot) so the photos you see on Instagram won’t be the same. Reality sucks, but at least you get to experience one of Bali’s beauty.
- Uluwatu Temple
- Pandawa Beach
- Bought Souvenirs at Krisna (Recommended!)
- Kuta Beach (where the colourful beanbags are!)
– Uluwatu Temple is crazy hot. Bring lots of water and wear appropriate clothing. Don’t kill yourself by wearing outrageous clothing for your photos, or else you’ll faint due to its humidity. I was wearing a black shirt and shorts, and I was dying already. Also!! They have monkeys here, but they are bigger than the ones from the Monkey Forest. (Scared the soul out of me, hahahaha.)
– If you are looking to buy souvenirs, buy them at any Krisna stores. They are cheap and they have a lot to offer.