Bali is attracting millions of travellers around the world every year for good reasons. No matter you are looking for leisure, adventure, luxury retreat or inner peace and relaxation; and whether you are travelling alone, with lover, friends or family, you will definitely fall in love with this dynamic tropical paradise.
Since there are too many to explore in Bali, try to squeeze out at least 4 days for your first visit in order to avoid missing out too much from what Bali has to offer!
Day1 – Ubud Royal Palace, local markets & dirty duck
Ubud is the favourite destination for culture and nature lovers among all the tourist spots in Bali.
Charge your battery by a scrumptious meal at the local warung (small local restaurants or cafes) after the flight, there are many worth-a-visit warung in Ubud and of course in other areas in Bali. Try ‘Biah Biah’ in Ubud if it is your first time visiting Bali, their rich menu with all the signature local dishes will definitely surprise your palates with the authentic Baliese flavours.
After the fuel-up, it’s time to walk around and explore the beautiful Ubud. The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ubud, it is not just a complex of historical buildings, but a combination of a rich Baliese culture and sophisticated architecture art which the Royal Family is still living there.
If you are not a big fan of cultural or historical spots, there are quite a lot of local markets in Ubud offering all kinds of souvenirs, handicrafts, artworks, clothing and household goods. You will definitely fall for these markets if you are an artwork and handicrafts collector. There are a few markets like Ubud Art Market and Tegalalang Handicraft Center where you can find all sorts of artworks and handcrafted items such as handmade bags, paintings, statues, kites, silk scarves and many more!
For dinner, you must not miss the ‘dirty duck’ in Ubud, the restaurant Bebek Bengil offers the most googled dish in Ubud – the ‘dirty duck’. “Dirty duck’ is actually a crispy duck is so crispy that even the small bones are crunchy treats to enjoy.
Day2 – Mt Batur volcano tour and natural spring bath
Mt. Batur is a famous active volcano in Bali, if you love trekking, there are many trek tour you can follow which will guide you all the way to the height of 1,717 meters (5,633 feet) above sea level and be rewarded with a stunning sunrise or sunset. The trek to the summit takes about 2 hours while the whole tour including hotel pick up and drop off takes about 10 hours.
If you want to keep your shoes clean and skip all the climbing, hop on a jeep to explore this active volcano with the world famous black Lava formations and enjoy the stunning views on the summit. No matter if you are joining a trek tour or a jeep tour, a morning tour usually includes breakfast on the summit that you can have a taste of eggs cooked by volcano steam and seasoned with the magical view. Wrap up your day with a dip in hot springs fuelled by its geothermal core after your adventurous day.
Day3 – Blue Lagoon
How could you leave Bali without enjoying any water activities at this tropical paradise? Although Bali is famous for surfing with its perfect waves for surfers, Blue Lagoon is a natural wonder tailored for snorkeling. With the calm and shallow water at Blue Lagoon, even beginners can explore the underwater treasures without fear. Experience yourself in a marine life documentary and ready to meet cuttlefish, angelfish, cowfish, and even moray eels through your own lens!
Blue lagoon is easily accessible and snorkeling equipment can be rented at the beach. You can enjoy your day until sunset there as many facilities are available at this beach as stalls by the beach and also a cafe that offers a variety of different local foods and beverages with varying prices.
If you wish you maximize your time in Bali, you may consider joining a tour that usually includes snorkeling at both Blue Lagoon and Tanjung Jepun for a half day tour with an optional add-on to Pura Lempuyang and Tirta Gangga for the renowned ‘gate of heaven’ and the beautiful former royal palace.
Treat yourself with an authentic Balinese spa at the end of the day. Most of the resorts in Bali come with spa facilities and many of them are worth a visit with excellent reviews and multiple awards. However, if you want a unique spa experience of all, you will not regret to pay a visit to Visesa Balinese Healing Spa, where you can experience authentic balinese spa in natural caves with views on the surrounding jungle.
Day4 – Explore Kuta
Only a 25 mins ride to the BaliInternational Airport, Kuta is the perfect place to have your every minute well-spent before catching your flight.
If you are a beach lover, there are several choices of beach in Kuta you can enjoy until the last minute, check out Pandawa Beach which wins the highest rate among the beaches within Kuta.
If your travel accompanies has different preference, simply hit Kuta beach with your mates, as it is an all-purpose destination catering to everyone’s needs – Kuta beach for surfing and sunbathing; Shopping malls around the beach area for shopping, dining and spa; Warungs for local delicacies; Local bar for some live music and a drink; Everyone will definitely find their way to enjoy their last minute of the trip in Kuta.