Our Bali tour was a blast. It set a new milestone record for us (me and wifey) as it served as our first foreign trip being together as newly wed couple. It also marked as our travel comeback after months of nailing ourselves from our recently wedding preparation stress. Bali is one of the honeymoon places we opted to visit as we both want a unique escapade beyond our years of beach and island attachments.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is an island province located within Lesser Sundra group of islands in the south eastern region of Indonesia and particularly located in the western part of the island group. Its capital is the Denpasar located in the southern tip of Bali.
You want to be a millionaire? No need to join any lottery or game show: you instantly become a millionaire when you withdraw or change money in Bali. Do not be fooled by the many zeros of the Indonesian Rupiah also abbreviated as Rp. It might look as if you are holding enough cash to buy yourself a private island but it is probably just enough for a cold can of local beer.
The official currency code is IDR.
There are coins with the value of Rp. 50, Rp. 100, Rp. 200, Rp. 500 and Rp. 1,000.
Money bills are available at Rp. 1,000, Rp. 2,000, Rp. 5,000, Rp. 10,000, Rp. 20,000, Rp. 50,000, and Rp. 100,000
How to get there in Bali?
From Manila PH, just book a flight schedule to either PAL, CebuPac, or Air Asia heading to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. From the airport, many cab drivers are waiting outside just tell them where you would want to stay and to visit. If you’re a Filipino citizen, definitely you’re allowed to stay in Bali as Tourist for 30days. No visa required.
What to do in Bali?
Bali is a place that caters numbers of activities that the visitors would surely love. This place is located in a zone of island group called Lesser Sundra, thus, water activities and beach front relaxation can be experience. Surfing in well-known pristine Bali beaches is a great experience. Beaches like Seminyak Beach Club, Potato Beach Club, Padang-Padang and Dreamland Beach are among of the popular surfing places in Bali where mostly Australian and some Western surfers enjoy the strong sea current and gigantic waves. White water rafting is also a great experience to try in two places of Bali. Ayung River in Ubud and Telagawaja River in Karangasem Regency. Bali’s themed park and paradise island attraction is well appreciated in a unique way while having a marvelous experience elephant ride. The Elephant and Safari at Taro and Bakas Adventure are among of the elephant ride places that offer to add unique satisfaction in Bali exploration. ATV and Buggy driving would add satisfaction in Bali tour, explore the island via these motored operational mini 4×4 ATVs. A visit to Bali’s numbers of rice paddies, temples and other religious and cultural tourist places are a must. In this way, foreign visitors may learn the Bali’s cultural beliefs and tradition. During starving and hunger, visitors may try Balinese and other Asian dishes and cuisines that will refresh your tummies. Lastly, leave Bali without trying their Spa and body massage the Balinese way service offers. This place is also popular on their body wellness, muscle relaxation and reflexology, foreign guests should try this very relaxing and refreshing massage experience.
Bali Tour Experience
Our memorable Bali tour experience was made possible by the initiative arrangement of Samaja Villas Seminyak in coordination with their great and nice tour guide, Mr. Kartala Ketut. Ketut is a Balinese local who assisted and accompanied us in our entire Bali trip. He brought us to different tourist spots of Bali. He speaks well in English, and gave us some trivia and a bit knowledge about Bali’s culture and traditions. If you guys do also want a good and nice tour guide in Bali, Mr. Kartala Ketut is the guy. You may directly contact him if you’re in Bali. +6281999915250.
Seminyak Beach Club
Seminyak Beach Club was our day-1 tour activity since we had an early villa transfer that made our time uncertain for a whole day Bali tour. But no regret as we had our beach front relaxation under a big private umbrella while eating snacks and drinking light beers. The air breeze was fresh that felt so relaxing and while watching Australian and some Western people surfing the strong current and gigantic ocean waves.
Barong and Keris Dance
Barong is a well-known story telling dance in Bali. It narrates the fighting between good and evil. This dance is the classical example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality. The Barong is a strange creature, half shaggy dog, half lion, propelled by two men like a circus clown horse. The widow witch, Rangda, is bad though and certainly not the sort of thing you’d like to meet on a midnight stroll through the rice paddies. The Barong dance is truly a triumphant display of colors and graceful movements.
Tohpati Village (Batik and Hand Weaving)
Tohpati is widely known as the center of handmade Balinese Batik with various colors and shapes.Here the visitors will be exhibited the Batik making and hand weaving process. Finally, you can buy some to bring home. The specialties Balinese Batik can be seen from Javanese motifs; some of modern Batik applies the painting objects, such as Balinese culture, ceremonies, beautiful sites, or mythological figures. Batik is one of the most beautiful wearable art and approach to the other side Balinese rich culture.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is a small rain forest dwelt by some group of monkeys and other tropical animals. It is strategically located in the heart of Ubud Village, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud sub district and Glanyar Regency. Monkey Forest in Balinese language called Wanara Wana are spread out in the island and Ubud Monkey Forest itself owned a very important function of continuity the habitat in Bali. Meanwhile, the local community own important role to keep this forest naturally in order to all wild animals be able to live smoothly.
Batuan Temple is a local Balinese Hindu temple locked after by the local resident of Batuan countryside. The temple is designed very beautiful with full of Balinese ornaments and the roof temple building is made from the fiber of chromatic black palm tree. It is strategically located beside of the main road from Denpasar to Ubud. Batuan Temple was founded in the year 944 isaka (1020 AD).
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang countryside is located at 5km northern part of Ubud Village and own the magnificent view of rice terrace. The rice terrace designed very beautiful with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. In this place foreign tourists will see Balinese farmers doing their rice field in oblique area complete with its system irrigation. Guests will enjoy the beautiful panorama of valley with rice terrace and coconut trees ornaments. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the tourist icon in Ubud, Bali and visited by many tourists everyday.
Luwak Coffee or Civet Coffee is coffee made from coffee cherries which have been eaten and passed through digestive track of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxorous Hermaphroditus). After collected, the beans are processed hygienically, and given only a medium roast so as not to destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process. This Luwak Coffee process takes place only in island of Bali, Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian archipelago. Producing no more than 300Kg per year and distributed around the world.
Kintamani Volcano and Batur Lake
Kintamani is the most favourite tourist destination in Bali with active volcano of Mount Batur and beautiful lake. Kintamani is surrounded by the captivating nature and there are six ancient villages around cauldron of Batur Lake which is often conceived by Bali Age Village. The local people from this Bali Age Village own the unique culture, houses and lifestyle. Kintamani area. Mount Batur is located at Kintamani and it has erupted 24 times since year 1800 and still active up to now. Lake Batur is the biggest lake in Bali and functioning as an irrigation to all farmers around it and it is also for Bali society generally.
Tanah Lot Temple
The name Pura Tanah Lot means “Temple of the Sea and the Earth” and it is easy to see why. The temple was built on top of jagged rocks just off the coast, and it is only accessible at low tide. This temple was founded by the Javanese priest Danghyang Niharta in the 16th century. Locals believe that the temple is being protected by small poisonous black and white sea snakes as well as one giant snake. All of which were originally Niratha’s sashes that fell into the sea when he left the sacred spot.
Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun Temple is a royal temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub-district, Badung Regency and about 18Km north side of Denpasar town. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and looks like a drift in the water. It owns the beautiful temple building with multi-story roof and Balinese architecture. The wide beautiful landscape garden in front courtyard to welcome the visitors who come and visit the temple.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a Balinese Hindu temple located at Candi Kuning countryside, Baturiti sub-district and Tabanan Regency. It is set at the lakeside of Beratan with beautiful lake view and hills surround it. It is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it and and hills as a backdrop. At the north side of this temple you can see the Pucak Sangkur Mount. In the east side, there is the Beratan Mount which also referred as Pucak Mangu or Pucak Mangelengan. In the south and west sides are; Terate Bang and Tapak Mount respectively.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Jatiluwih is favourite tourist destination in Bali famous with the beautiful rice terrace unfolding form the foot of mountain until the coastal side. It is one of ‘a must’ visit places in Bali with the beautiful view as according to its name Jati and Luwih. Jati means really and Luwih means special, good, beautiful or the equivalent. The local paddies are planted in this place look typically of the high relative size plant if it is compared with other pre-eminently paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. Despitefully, Jatiluwih also popular with its organic agriculture system due to its location, in the plateau of Watukaru Mount which is suitable for agriculture development.
Bali Spa develops and alters your life atmosphere which is to become fresher and takes care of the corporeal freshness and your spirit. Bali Spa with selected spa treatment, luxury rooms and friendly therapists will rejuvenate your and body become more motivated life union, flexing your muscle and also disappear the fatigue which you feel. Spa in Bali offers various of freshness manner live and keeping you in good health during vacation. It offers the enjoyable smooth touch at your body and husk from professional therapist in massage treatment and encircled by the fresh fragrant aroma or enjoy the nature of Spa villa with special Spa treatment.
Bali Accommodation Experience
Ramada Encore is a hotel resort that offers Balinese style tropical oasis encapsulated in fresh modern architecture five storey building. It served us our second home during our first day of stay in Bali since we arrived in Denpasar in the middle of the night and our preferred home villa and other similar villa features were fully booked that time. Our first night sleep over stay at Ramada Encore includes breakfast buffet that welcomes our starving tummies. They have well air-conditioned and clean rooms with turned-greeting staffs.
Address: Jalan Dewi Saraswati III, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact No.: +62 361 4741400
Ramada Encore Hotel Resorts Bali Rate (with 5-stars as the highest)
Samaja Villas Seminyak
After an overnight slept over experience at Ramada Encore, the day after, we immediately took our chance to walk-in and to check-in at Samaja Villas which was our top choice to stay. We’ve just learned this private villa from the trip advisor site with excellent reviews. The villa seems romantic and peaceful for us to stay. It has 10 villa private rooms with respective mini pool inside. They have an accommodating and friendly staffs, the funny thing was that we became even close friends already exchanging of jokes and conversation. Their villa rooms are spacious, from bedroom to restroom to locker room. It has two cable TVs, one is placed inside the bedroom, the other one is at the lounge beside mini pool. Everything is perfect. They have the villa restaurant in the lobby catering different cuisine dishes. Free breakfast meal is included during our stay. Wide selection from American, Italian, Mediterranean and Indonesian dishes are the options. The villa also has Wifi which guests can easily access the internet.
Aside from basic accommodation and refreshments, Samaja Villas also offers beyond services to make their guests more relax and to make the visitors Bali experience more enjoyable. They offer spa and body massage the Balinese way which I personally relaxed myself from tiredness. Me and my wife chose the Bali Dream Massage offer that includes; 1-hour Balinese massage, body scrub mask, flower bath and body lotion(150-minutes). We felt more relax during our stay with this villa’s service offer. They also have the Bali Tour Package offer which guests may explore Bali’s wonderful tourist destinations and adventure places. Which we grabbed with no hesitations. Overall, this villa is a great and excellent place to stay with no worries.
Address: Jl. Kunti II No.18, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact No.: +62 361 8499449
Samaja Villas Seminyak Rate (with 5-stars as the highest)
Travel tips before and during Bali trip:
1. Best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the weather and on high and low season, which does affect the overall price for accommodation. High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, and Christmas / New Year (December till 1st week of January). This is the time Bali is the busiest. However, for many reasons, best time to come to Bali is April, May, June and September just before and just after high season. It’s still dry season, it’s slightly less humid, and room prices and villa rentals can be 30-50% cheaper than during high season. Many shops offer sales and promotions, restaurants are less crowded in those mid-season months, and in general Bali is a bit more relaxed. October is not too bad either, still much less rain than November (usually, check the rainfall chart).
2. Upon your arrival at the Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport), be extra careful of the cab drivers who offer you to bring you in your destination as they might charge your fare too high. Bali is a place for mostly foreign visitors that cab drivers might take advantage of being unfamiliar on the local travel fare. Kindly ask and negotiate first with them the fare going to your destination before you leave the airport. Between the airport and your accommodation, pre-arranging a driver it is by far the most convenient, comfortable and cost effective way to travel. Cabs are available, but be warned: they have paid a premium rental for the airport contract, so it is in their interest to try and recoup a premium fee from exhausted, can’t-be-bothered-haggling travelers.
3. During your stay, the reputable Bluebird cabs are the best option for short distance trips, for example Kuta to Seminyak. Always ask for meters to be turned on to avoid unnecessary negotiations at the end of the journey. During peak times or late evenings, some drivers will try to refuse metered trips. In this instance, either barter a fair deal (bare in mind we are looking at a few dollars here and there for the convenience of a timely trip home), or consider scooter hire.
4. In Bali you can expect the 2-pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe. Whether you are staying in a hotel or in a private villa you should be able to get an adapter if you ask for one. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular. 220Vac outlet in all Bali private villas, hotels and other establishments are in European type outlet aka Schuko outlet. Thus, you must bring plug adapter to convert your socket to jive with the Schuko prong outlet of any of your electronic/electrical equipments or gadgets, otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances/gadgets will not fit into the “Bali Socket”, although the voltage should be o.k.
5. If you’re planning to go out for lunch or dinner over cuisine and resto around Bali, bring your own bottled water if necessary. In our case, me and my wife usually prefer water whenever we are having our fine dining meal. In the Philippines, restaurants usually serve water absolutely free for guests’ initially refreshment. In Bali the story is different, every water you need has an equivalent bucks per serve which is too expensive for us. Bottled water can be purchased in any convenient store.
6. Wear sunglasses and arm sleeve or long sleeve shirt or any sun protective clothes during day time Bali tour, especially, during temple visit at peak of a sun heat. Some tourist destinations such as Tanah Lot Temple and Batuan Temple are at heat in the afternoon.
7. Whether you are staying in the cushy comfort of the hotel, lapping up some villa opulence, settling in for a budget home stay or claiming a top bunk in a surf camp – there are some situations we all need to come prepared for. To play it safe, stick to bottled water throughout your stay.
8. At the end of your day tour, do not forget to give your assigned local tour guide/driver a consolation tip as a sign of appreciation and being thankful for your safe journey in Bali’s different tourist places.