My trip to Bali with my boyfriend Rahul was exactly what I needed after many busy months of working on my website and getting content out to you all. Needless to say, I’ve had a very jam packed uni break. Bali was the perfect first holiday for Rahul and I because it allowed us to relax luxuriously without spending a fortune. We went for 8 nights: not too long, not too short.
What we loved about Bali was that it was extremely diverse wherever we went. Sometimes we immersed ourselves in the lively culture of Seminyak’s busy streets. Other times we were absorbing the tranquility of the rice paddies and forests in Ubud.
We stayed at Sun Island Boutique Villas and Spa accommodation in a gorgeous (not to mention affordable) room with our very own private pool. Although located in the heart of Seminyak, our villa was tucked away nicely and blocked out the cacophony of sound produced by city traffic.
What made our trip so memorable were the number of action-packed and relaxing activities we took part in, which is why I want to share them with you incase you decide to holiday to Bali yourself.
Here is a list of the 6 best things we did in Bali:
1. Snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon (Padangbai)
Snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters of the blue lagoon was an unforgettable experience. I really liked this beach because it was secluded and a lot cleaner than the beaches near Seminyak. Coming from Sydney, I wasn’t too impressed by Bali beaches overall, because Sydney beaches are a lot more pristine. However this beach was definitely worth visiting, despite the 1.5 hour drive from Seminyak.
2. Tegenungan Waterfall
Visiting this waterfall is a MUST if you are staying in the Seminyak area. There are a number of other waterfalls dotted around Bali (have a look at @thebaliguideline), but this one was the best proximity wise.
3. Ubud Tour
Ubud was my absolute favourite! Rahul and I were IN LOVE with the serenity, the locals and the landscape. The lush greenery and rich vegetation were teeming with wildlife. We booked the Ubud Tour through the hotel, which cost us $60 AUD for a driver to take us around Ubud for around 11 hours (long, but worth it!). The Monkey Forest was a really cool experience, except when they’re cheeky and they try to still sh*t from your bag!
We also loved visiting the Tegalalang rice paddies, which was so vast and beautiful.
Our driver took us to an Indonesian temple as well which was an amazing experience. I was completely unaware that majority of Balinese people are Hindu. The temple was so ancient and intricate in detail.
One of my favourite experiences from the Ubud tour was visiting the coffee plantation, where the most expensive coffee in the world is grown – kopi luwak coffee. It is made by gathering the droppings of civet cats which eat cherries, partly digest them, and then excrete them in their feces. Weird I know, but man it makes DELICIOUS coffee. After exploring the coffee gardens, our guide sat us down overlooking a rainforest and we were able to try kopi luwak. We were also given a tasting platter of different coffees and teas, such as mango, vanilla, saffron, cinnamon, and so many more.
4. Jet skiing and White Water Rafting
Water sports in Bali are extremely popular and ridiculously fun. On the second day of our trip, we booked through our hotel and went jet skiing and snorkelling, with transport and lunch included. On another day we white water rafted with a lovely french family which was AMAZING and unforgettable. For 2.5 hours, we rafted through through a rainforest, spotting mini waterfalls and swimming in the river on the way. Our guide was full of energy and constantly instructed us when to paddle forward and back. This activity should cost no more than $45 AUD pp. I know a lot of hotels were charging $90 AUD + pp.
5. Dinner at Sunset
If you are willing to spend a bit more, but would love to enjoy a beautiful sunset dinner, then you should dine at Ku De Ta. The food was quality, and the view was divine; a perfect romantic dinner for two.
There are also a number of beachfront seafood restaurants that line Jimbaran Beach. The one we visited was called Ganesha Cafe. As we watched the sunset, we sipped wine, feasted on king prawns, lobster and fried red snapper. We were in seafood heaven.
6. Indulging in Massages
Getting a massage in Bali is an absolute MUST. Rahul and I treated ourselves to a 2 hour long full body massage and spa. It was a bit more pricey than normal because we used our villa spa, but it was totally worth it. On the last day of our trip, we spent $12 on another full 60 minute body massage. Also totally worth it.
- Hire a driver if you plan on doing a full day and spend no more than $50 AUD a day. My driver was great. He was young, spoke English, and gave us a further discount on everything. Contact me for his details!
- Use Bluebird Taxis ONLY – they are the most safe and reliable. Other taxis will try and rip you off! Make sure they ALWAYS put the meter on.
- Avoid Kuta – if you’re like me, I hate trashy party scenes and like to keep it classy. Kuta was a living nightmare. It was infested with Australians, it was cramped, and seemed very unsafe at times.
I hope this gave you a little insight incase you decide to plan your own trip to Bali! Comment below if you have any other places to visit and useful tips 🙂