Bali has been a bucket list destination of ours for many years. We’d heard nothing but good things about venturing to this side of the world. With its idyllic beaches, lush jungles, and legendary sunsets, we decided to visit the Island of the Gods for our honeymoon! And wow, it certainly didn’t disappoint!
One of the best things about Bali is despite being fairly small, it has something for everyone. The yoga lovers flock to Ubud, beach bums to the coast towns of Seminyak and Uluwatu, spring breakers to Gili T, and the adventurers will conquer Nusa Penida. We decided to spend four days in Ubud and four days in Seminyak to get a taste of both the jungle and beach life.
What to do in Ubud
Visit the rice terraces
I know it sounds weird that we’re recommending you visit rice fields, but we promise they’re worth it. These rice fields are carved into steep mountains and gorges all over Ubud and North Bali, and they are beautiful. Tegallalang is the most popular field to visit as it’s only a 20 minute drive out of Ubud. Make sure you get here nice and early to avoid the crowds and the heat of the sun.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
This was Stephen’s favorite part of the trip, not so much for Renee. Our wake up call was at 2am, when we are usually going to bed after a night out. A car picked us up and drove us an hour to the bottom of a huge active volcano, and we proceeded to hike 2.5 hours in pitch black up the mountain to catch the sunrise. Our only means of light were our headlamps. But it was worth every minute. The sunrise was epic! We hired a private guide through Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking for about $50 and he helped us the whole way and even cooked us a small breakfast of eggs and toast at the top.
There are many waterfalls within a short drive of Ubud. We hired a private driver for a very cheap price and he basically drove us wherever we wanted to go during our stay in Ubud. He took us to Leke Leke waterfall, which is an hour north, and we got to experience the Balinese jungle almost entirely to ourselves.
Visit the Monkey Forest
As touristy as this place sounds, it is still worth a visit. Over 700 monkeys live in this open area forest right outside the city center of Ubud. You pay a very small entrance fee and you walk around a beautiful forest and interact with monkeys. There are no cages, they roam freely throughout the forest. So that also means you should watch your belongings! We saw a monkey steal a pair of sunglasses right off the top of someone’s head!
What to do in Seminyak
After four days of adventure, we were ready to relax. We hired a driver for about $30 USD and took the 1.5 hr drive from Ubud down to the beach town of Seminyak. It’s a much different vibe from Ubud. Seminyak is a popular resort town with a long stretch of beach. It has tons of exquisite hotels and private villas, incredible restaurants, and many beach clubs that overlook the Indian Ocean.
Visit one of the many beach clubs
We made sure to visit a handful of the legendary beach clubs that Seminyak has to offer during our stay. These places are great to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. During out first night in Seminyak, we went to Potato Head Beach Club, and witnessed the most spectacular sunset we’ve ever seen. The next day, we went to Finn’s and spent almost the entire day at their pool. It was so relaxing. We loved it!
Day trip to Nusa Penida or other islands
We took a day trip over to Nusa Penida island which was about a 45 minute boat ride from the port in Sanur and hired a driver to take us around to the different sights. You really have to see this place to believe it. With insane cliffs, beautiful beaches, and breath-taking landscapes, we highly recommend you taking a day trip to this island.
Where to Stay
During our time in Ubud, we stayed at Chapung Sebali Resort. It was by far the most beautiful place we’ve ever stayed at. We had our own private villa that is high up on a hillside overlooking the Osh River Valley. The resort had a huge infinity pool that people from all over Bali flock to for the views! We’ll go into more detail about this incredible resort in a separate blog post!
In Seminyak, we stayed at The Ulin Villas & Spa, where we also had our own private villa with a pool. It was a very nice resort and was close to many restaurants and shops. There are tons of hotels and villas to choose from in Seminyak so you really can’t go wrong.
We absolutely loved our 8 days in Bali. We wished we had more time because there was so much we weren’t able to see. One major plus about Bali is how affordable everything is. Besides the expensive flight to get there, food and lodging are actually really cheap. We did splurge a little with our stay at Chapung Sebali (it was our honeymoon!), but you will not have any issues at all finding affordable places to stay in Bali. We highly recommend you make this trip across the world to visit the Island of the Gods!
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