We traveled to Bali in October of 2019. It’s been a long time coming to actually sit down to recount this trip and relive all the amazing experiences as I share this with you. We arrived after a long 3 flights and delays adding up to about 20 hours of travel time plus multiple time changes, we left MCO airport on October 15th, and arrived at the Denpasar Airport on Bali on October 17th. Time really is just an illusion, though. Bali was the first stop on our 3 month journey backpacking around Asia. Our time on island was approximately 2 weeks, in which Ricky & I had both rented a scooter (learning to drive a scooter for the first time in Kuta was quite the experience). In our time there we completed a loop route around the island with our scooters, see below.
Below is a list of the major stops and areas of interest we adventured out to from each ‘home base’ stop:
- Old Man’s Beach
- Uluwatu Temple
- Tanah Lot Temple
- Monkey Forest
- The Ridge Walk
- Saraswati Temple
- Ubud Palace
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Rice Paddies Walk
- Blue Lagoon
- Mt. Agung
- Nusa Lembongan
- Padang Bai (ferry port on Bali you depart from to reach Nusa Lembongan)
- Mahana Point
- Playground Break (surf spot)
- Mt. Batur
- Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
- West Bali National Park
From the small town that encompasses the West Bali National Park we traveled south again to Canguu (approximately a 3.5hr scooter ride). We stayed two nights more there before traveling via taxi back to the Denpasar airport to fly to Singapore.
Tips for traveling to Bali that you should know before you arrive!
- Indonesian Rupiah is always preferred. Try to have some cash converted before you arrive, to make taxi rides and haggling at the airport easier. If not, make sure that’s one of the first things you do after you arrive. Some places do accept cards, but cash is preferred, always.
- Renting a scooter- be prepared with your passport and copies when going to rent a scooter. Most places will ask you to leave your passport for the duration of your rental. But that doesn’t fly with me, so I come prepared with copies of my passport to somewhat satisfy their requirements. I will never leave my passport at some random building in a foreign country for weeks on end, you should be able to find a rental place that will accept just a copy of your passport. For price reference, we rented 2 scooters in Canguu for 12 days for a total of about $94 USD (approximately 1,350,000 Indoesian Rupiah).
- Be aware, and be smart. This of course goes without saying while traveling. Sometimes there are people who view you as profit and will try to run scams on you or charge a tourist vs. local price. Know what the conversions are for money and what you’re willing to pay. Do your research before hand and find the average price of excursions and things of that nature so you can lead the conversion while negotiating prices.
- Haggling is normal, and welcomed. This is true for all countries we visited while in Asia.
This post contains a very general overview of the route we took traveling around Bali. Each moment on this beautiful island was unique and deserves more attention to explain the depth of each experience. Stay tuned for more to come! Much love, Nikki.
All pictures taken by Rvanwarner Photography. Copyright 2022.