Bali, Indonesia in 6 Days, 5 nights

TRAVELED DATE: September 10-15, 2018

Blog Outline:

  1. Flight to Bali
  2. Home-stay Accommodation
  3. Tour Management
  4. Car and Guide Service
  5. Full Itinerary
  6. Budget and Expenses
  7. Travel Tips

Detailed list of this blog can be seen here: Bali Indonesia Travel Guide

Note: This itinerary, budget and expenses were based and computed on 5 people travelling together.


FLIGHT TO BALI

airport-1

We managed to book a discounted price via Cebu Pacific, though not really the cheapest you can get, but still discounted. 😊

Our flight ticket includes PH and ID travel tax already, with one-way 20kg baggage allowance. Details of this can be found on the Bali Indonesia Travel Guide.

Travelling from NAIA T3 Manila to Ngurah Rai Airport Bali will take roughly 3 hours and 45 minutes. On board, you will be given an arrival card to fill in for customs purposes. You will just have to declare your items. This is to avoid illegal import and export of goods to/from Bali. For more details about this, you can check their immigration site here: Bali Indonesia Immigration and Customs.


CURRENCY EXCHANGE

airport-2

Indonesia uses a currency of Rupiah or IDR (sign: ‘Rp’). Its exchange rates as of September 2018 are as follow:

1 USD ($1) = 15,028.55 IDR (Rp15,028.55)

1 PHP (₱1) = 276.54 IDR (Rp276.54)

As we will go on full tours each day, and thought that we may not have enough time during tours, we decided to exchange currency at the airport upon our arrival. We exchanged USD to IDR.

Note that there’s only a very few foreign exchange who accepts PHP, so to avoid hassle, exchange your PHP to USD before departing from Manila. Then USD to IDR upon arrival at Bali.

HOME STAY ACCOMMODATION

img_2203
Photo from Ngurah & Ayu

We opted to book for a homestay instead of a hotel or apartment, since we initially wanted to socialize with the locals. And besides, it’s a lot cheaper.

So we browsed Airbnb and found this Canang Sari Homestay located in Denpasar, just 20-30 minutes away from the Bali airport.

img_2211
Photo from Ngurah & Ayu

It is hosted by the very kind and accommodating Ngurah and Ayu. The place was neat and tidy, very comfortable, with kitchen and bathroom necessities and very good wifi connection, the food was delicious. And above all, hosts were very interactive, understanding, and kind. Plus its cheap rate of around PHP 1,500 per night. For more information about the place, please click here: Canang Sari Home Stay in Bali Indonesia


TOUR MANAGEMENT

nusa-2
(from upper left) Moxer, Marky, Juni, Rej, Kier, Made, Gien (to lower right)

Since this was only our first international travel, we decided to contact someone from Bali to guide us for our tour and itinerary. Made Adayasa was very recommended by a Philippine travel group in Facebook, so we did the negotiations. He helped us arrange our itinerary and he provided us some helpful info and tips about the trip. For more information, you may visit Made or Galih Bali Tours profile thru the following links:

Facebook: Made Adayasa

Email: Made Adayasa

Website: Galih Bali Tours


CAR AND GUIDE SERVICE

ulun-13

We were serviced and guided by Rai on the 4 days of our tour. He actually has his own tour servicing agency, however he still works part time with Made, that he was the one Made sent for us. Indeed he’s been a very good driver and guide to us. He drives safe and knows the whole place well. He’s funny, and as well as informative, he shares their culture and provides some trivia. 😉

For more information about Rai’s services, you may reach him thru the following links:

Facebook: Raitour

Email: Rai Ardika


6DAYS 5NIGHTS ITINERARY

DAY 01

3:55 AM                   Manila to Bali

7:50 AM                   Bali airport to Home stay (check in luggage only)

8:40 AM                   Home stay to Bali Bird Park

12:00 PM                 Bali Bird Park to Keramas Aero Park (lunch)

2:30 PM                   Keramas Aero Park to Tanah Lot Temple

6:15 PM                   Tanah Lot to Grocery mart (buy supplies for daily dinner)

7:30 PM                   Grocery mart to Home stay

final-81
Bali Bird Park (click for full details)
keramas-61
Keramas Aero Park (click for full details)
tanah-11
Tanah Lot Temple (click for full details)


DAY 02

10:00 AM                   Home stay to The Edge Bali (lunch)

3:30 PM                      The Edge Bali to Uluwatu Temple

7:15 PM                      Uluwatu Temple to Home stay

edge-featured
Oneeighty° at The Edge (click for full details)
uluwatu-featured1
Uluwatu Temple (click for full details)


DAY 03

6:00 AM                  Home stay to Tegallalang Rice Terraces

8:50 AM                  Tegallalang to Gunung Kawi Temple

10:00 AM                Gunung Kawi to Batur Toya Devasya (lunch)

3:00 PM                   Toya Devasya to Ubud Market (buy souvenirs)

6:00 PM                   Ubud Market to Home stay

tegallalang-6
Tegallalang Rice Terraces (click for full details)
gunung-16
Gunung Kawi Temple (click for full details)
batur-featured
Toya Devasya Hot Spring (click for full details)
ubud-11
Ubud Palace


DAY 04

6:00 AM                       Home stay to Bali Swing

12:00 PM                     Bali Swing to Wanagiri Village

3:00 PM                       Wanagiri to Handara Temple Gate

4:15 PM                       Handara to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

6:00 PM                       Ulun Danu Temple to Home stay

swing-featured
Bali Swing (click for full details)
wanagiri-101
Wanagiri Village (click for full details)
handara-1
Handara Temple Gate

Before departing to Bali, our last knowledge is that Handara does not have any entrance fee. However, upon our visit, they now charge Rp30,000 per adult just for a photo opportunity with the iconic gate. They even put a gate barrier to stop people and collect entrance fees first. We then opted not to push through anymore, and we just had a “low budget” or “no budget” photo opportunity with the temple gate 😂😂😂.

ulun-featured
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (click for full details)


DAY 05

6:00 AM                   Home stay to Sanur Beach

8:00 AM                   Sanur Beach to Nusa Penida

Angel Billabong

Broken Beach

(lunch at Sebuluh Restaurant)

Kelingking Secret Point

Crystal Bay

4:00 PM                  Crystal Bay to Sanur

5:00 PM                  Sanur to Home stay

nusa-1
Sunrise at Sanur Beach
nusa-4
Angel Billabong
nusa-81
Broken Beach
nusa-featured1
Kelingking Secret Point
nusa-12
Crystal Bay

Click here for the full details of Nusa Penida Island Day Trip

Full itinerary details can be found here: Bali Indonesia Travel Guide


BUDGET AND EXPENSES

Our budget just met the actual expenses. Bali is inexpensive to travel to, and everything is negotiable (one of the many things we liked in Bali).

We spent a total of PHP 110,593.05 for all 5 of us at PHP 21,000 to PHP 23,000 per head including everything. Full details of this budgeting and the list of expenses and prices in Bali can also be found in the Bali Indonesia Travel Guide.


TRAVEL TIPS

  1. Spare time to learn a little of Balinese or Indonesian language to interact more with the locals, though you won’t have problem in communication as English here is almost as good as in the Philippines.
  2. Prepare to spend some for donations in certain areas/places, consider that we are just visitors, and we help them for maintenance of their tourism.
  3. As everything in Bali is negotiable, prepare yourself to bargain most of the time, but of course do it nicely and reasonably.
  4. Read more of most recent blogs to get updated information of the rates, operation hours, etc of the places you want to visit.
  5. Try Balinese food!!! They taste awesome! But be prepared for its spicy-ness! 😂
  6. Bali’s mostly hot all year round, so pack your appropriate clothes.

THINGS TO BRING:
✓ Sarong or Malong (optional: if you have issues using free sarongs in temples)
✓ Shawl (optional: to cover your shoulders, and for sun protection as well)
✓ Dry Bag (it’s a must to waterproof gadgets and cash if you will have water activities or travelling thru boats)
✓ Mosquito repellent
✓ Re-usable water bottle (as Bali is mostly hot all year round, so you won’t have to buy each time)
✓ Remember to bring USD instead of PHP
✓ Cap or Hat

 

Detailed list of this blog can be seen here: Bali Indonesia Travel Guide

#Bali Good 🇮🇩

 

Advertisements

Nusa Penida Island

The island is the largest among the 3 Nusa islands, others are the Nusa Lembongan and the Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are closer but are also more developed, while Nusa Penida is described otherwise.

The island is located at the south part of Bali, with only the Badung strait in between, in which it just make 45 minutes of a boat ride from the Sanur Beach.


Sanur Beach

nusa-1

The Sanur beach by the way has no port at all, so you gotta board at the shore itself.

There are tents lined up in there selling boat ride tickets, their prices are generally all the same, even their boat sizes. It’s just the time of departure that matters. But actually they have mostly the same boat schedules, but of course there are some who experiences late boarding.

We availed a tour package from Made Adayasa of Galih Bali Tours, which divert us to the El Rey Fast Cruise boat services.

nusa-2

At the center is Made, the boss, and at the upper left is Moxer, the “second boss” 😂 according to him. 😂😂😂

We were at the Sanur Beach around 6:30 AM. Our boarding was super late that we depart at passed 8:00 AM, when the schedule was supposed to be at 7:00 AM. Right from here, we were already 1 hour late than our itinerary. We arrived at the Nusa Penida at almost 9:00 AM.


Angel Billabong

nusa-31

We only have 4 destinations today but its distance to each other really kills so much time. Our first stop is the Angel Billabong, it is like 1 hour car ride from the port.

Our guide said “Billabong” means pool as it has a pool-like naturally formed in there. You can see in the pictures below.

Sadly during that time, it is not allowed to go and swim down there because of those super big and aggressive waves.

nusa-4

There are no entrance fees to all the destinations here in Nusa Penida, there are just some who will ask for donations, or some picture platforms you have to pay if you want to use.


Broken Beach

nusa-51nusa-61



Just beside the Billabong is the Broken Beach, just a few walks away. In here, no one is still allowed to go down and swim. So this is just another picture taking spot for us.

nusa-71

nusa-81

The good thing is there are few stores in here that sells cheap but very good foods! We liked it so much!


Kelingking Secret Point

nusa-featured

The next stop is the Kelingking Secret point, which is a little far from the first two destinations, for like around 1 to 1.5 hour away. So we decided to have lunch first on the way. We ate at the Sebuluh Restaurant, and their food was so great!!! It was already cheap for that tasteful food! 😋😋😋

We arrived in Kelingking around 1:00 PM, and we only have 1 hour to explore this one if we still want to go swimming at the Crystal Bay. Of course we want!

nusa-9

This is the only platform we’ve tried that we paid as I have mentioned above. It’s Rp5,000 per person. This platform overlooks the sea but not clearly the Kelingking Secret Point.

Now the secret point has a very very long queue going down! Our driver said that going down to the Kelingking Beach will take 30 minutes then 30-45 minutes going back up. And yes, we do not have time! 😩 Clearly you would not want to do a day trip in this Nusa Penida island. It’ll break your heart just like what happened to us.

nusa-10

We were not able to go down and even just the picture point we were not able to reach on queue because we ran out of time! 💔 We were only able to take these shots.

nusa-11

A very very picture perfect secret point indeed!


Crystal Bay

nusa-12

Crystal bay ends up to be the only destination we were able to swim on. Fortunately, it did not disappoint us with its white sand, though it’s not very fine, and with its very very crystal clear water!! It’s very aqua in color and very embracing!

nusa-13

There are several beach umbrellas set up on the shore but all were occupied during our time, so we just leave our things anywhere 😂

There are toilets available with a minimal fee, but bathing is not allowed. So we go home all wet with the beach water. Thankfully the car’s seat was leather 😂😂😂

For more pictures, please visit our instagram account on the sidebar 😊
NOTE: Details on this blog are accurate as of September 2018

 

Galih Bali Tours

Should you need an arranged tour, you may try Made’s service, he’s very kind and negotiable. You may reach him thru these links:



#Bali Good 🇮🇩

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, The Floating Temple

Address: DTW Ulun Danu Beratan, Desa Candikuning Kec. Baturiti, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Dress Code: Not required

Entrance Fee: Rp50,000/ adult

The entrance gate and the entrance ticket. Just to give a little trivia 😉

ulun-3

Ulun Danu is composed of several temples inside its premises, and all are overlooking to the beautiful and peaceful Lake Beratan.

Probably this Ulun Danu might be one of the most modern temples in Bali. They offer activities in here such as photo opportunity with wild animals and some lake activities like fishing and sailing via speed boats and pedal boats.

For more info about offered activities, please visit their website here: Ulun Danu Beratan

 

Penataran Agung Temple

One of the amazing parts of this particular temple is its entrance full of various flowers fully blossomed! 😍

ulun-4

ulun-5

ulun-6

 

Lingga Petak Temple

As commonly known, The Floating Temple, for its residence above the Lake Beratan.

ulun-7

ulun-8

ulun-9

 

Dalem Purwa Temple

The sophisticated entrance gate and its stunning lake view! 🤩

ulun-10

ulun-111

 

Taman Beiji Temple

The colorful pathway to the Beiji Temple! 😍

ulun-121

Ulun Danu is so modern to us because of its colorful flowers and environment ambiance. It’s still big to explore, and more pictures were shared on our instagram account, please visit the link on the side bar.

Aside from the beautiful premises, its history is also worth discovering. Definitely a must in Bali! ♥️

For more and updated information, you may directly visit Ulun Danu’s sites:

NOTE: Details on this blog are accurate as of September 2018.

 

Raitour

Should you need a trusted guide and driver in Bali, we are very much proud to recommend our driver, Rai! You’ll never regret! 😉

Contact him thru the following links:

#Bali Good 🇮🇩

Wanagiri Hidden Hill

Address: Jl. Raya Wanagiri, Munduk, Singaraja 81161, Bali, Indonesia

Entrance Fee: Rp150,000/ adult

You can negotiate the entrance fee to Rp50,000/ adult if you would only use fewer platforms.

wanagiri-1

 

The Lookouts

wanagiri-2

wanagiri-3

wanagiri-4

wanagiri-5

We initially chose those 3 platforms above for the Rp50,000 entrance fee, but later on they allowed us to use the other platforms without additional cost.

From our perception, they can allow Rp50,000/ adult rate for the use of all platforms EXCEPT the actual swing (like in the Bali Swing). During the negotiation, it looks like it’s what that’s only matters to them.

Yeah, so luckily we were also able to try the others. 😊

wanagiri-61

Yes, the original price of Rp100,000/ adult is a bit expensive for just a photo opportunity which can be done in only 30 minutes. But if you consider their preparation, how they built these platforms and made sure they were all safe is already unremarkable. And their management is already considerate of the bargaining as well. Maybe we should just try to ask and negotiate with them nicely and with respect. 😊

Anyway, Wanagiri Hidden Hill is still enjoyable even that you will only spend few minutes inside. You will be embraced with that very calming and stunning view of the lake. Very relaxing!

 

Wanagiri Twin Lakes

wanagiri-91

Not too far from the Hidden Hill is a platform made to oversee the two lovely twin lakes of Wanagiri. They are the Buyan Lake and Tamblingan Lake.

wanagiri-101

So romantic isn’t? Why not plan your Wanagiri trip now? You will not regret! ☺️

Visit Wanagiri Hidden Hill’s pages here:

NOTE: Details on this blog are accurate as of September, 2018

 

Raitour

Guide Rai can help you out! Plan the tour, Ride you there, Photograph you out, plus additional Bali trivia 😂 You can reach him thru the following links below, and please send our regards!



#Bali Good 🇮🇩

The Original Bali Swing

Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati, 80352 Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kapubaten Bandung, Bali (Banjar Tegal Kuning), Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: $35 (USD)/ adult

(they also accept Rupiahs, just not sure with the figures. Also accepting credit card payments)

Tip: You should really come early because queuing time for swings and nest are quite too long everyday. Usually, tourists arrive after 9:00 AM.

swing-11

 

This is the waiting area where you will settle your payment. Your $35 rate includes the following:

✓ Entrance w/ access to all of its 22 activities (12 single swings, 6 nests, 1 helicopter, 3 huge rock stone platforms, and the waterfalls)
✓ Lunch buffet
✓ Drinks (coffee, tea, and water)
✓ Locker (limited only)
✓ Free transportation for those coming from Ubud via scheduled shuttle bus

 

Swings

swing-2

The 12 single swings vary from their heights. They are 10 meters to 78 meters above the ground. Don’t worry, all of them have safety gears and braces.

Oh by the way, there’s a weight limit of 200 kg for every swing.

swing-3

swing-4

swing-5swing-6

Of course they are all very nice to try! With a combination of fear and excitement at the same time, then those feeling immediately converted to amazement and attraction soon as they push you to swing. Definitely a must in Bali! ☺️

 

Nests

swing-7

This one above is the first nest you’ll see from the entrance gate, so you should definitely try on this first if you want to avoid the long queue later.

Another nest is this one below. This is the one at the center and overlooking to the whole Bali Swing place.

swing-8

Beside this is another cute nest! And this one is my personal favorite! 🤩

swing-9swing-10

It’s already passed 10:30 AM, and the long queues for the swings and nests already started. So this one below is the last nest we were able to try on.

swing-111

After this, we already decided to go further down to the river (as lunch buffet is also served in there), and surprisingly we encountered another cute nest with the waterfall! Still no one’s here yet since everybody’s still busy up there with the swings and nests 😂

We then had our lunch, and headed to our next stop. You know, as like any backpacking itinerary, destinations are fully loaded in one day 😂


Helicopter Platform

swing-15swing-16


Heart-shaped Stone Platform

swing-17


Huge Bali Swing Stone Platform

swing-181swing-191

swing-201

There are already a lot of swings in Bali but still the original Bali Swing deserves a good visit! Everyone in here was very kind and accommodating. Platforms were safe and comfortable, especially the swings and the nests.

Exciting swing rides, isn’t? You can already book your visit as early as now!

Reservations are not required but due to high demand, it is preferred. Check Bali Swing’s rates and the other packages here:

NOTE: Details on this blog are accurate as of September 2018

 

Raitour

Need help in setting up your Bali Swing plan? We can recommend, Rai! He’s been our driver during the trip, and he’s very good at this. You may try and check him out thru these links:



#Bali Good 🇮🇩

Toya Devasya, a Natural Hot Spring in Batur

Address: Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

Note: There is an insurance fee of Rp31,000/ adult upon entry in Batur Town. It is required to every tourist visiting the town.

Entrance Fees: Rp300,000/ adult for day trip with lunch buffet

There are rooms in villas, and camping accommodations as well for long-staying guests, check it here: Toya Devasya: The Ayu Villa

For day trips, reservation is not required but is preferred.

batur-11

Your day trip rate includes the following:

  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch buffet
  • Pool towel
  • Locker (limited only, so you’ll be sharing with your friends)
  • Soap and shampoo at the shower room


Food and Beverages

This is their restaurant where you can have your buffet meals. You’ll have nothing to worry about their food in here, all are very awesome! 😋

Their menu mostly includes Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. They have other restaurants and bars inside you can choose from, see here: Toya Devasya Restaurants

batur-21You will be awarded of this amazing view while already enjoying those delicious foods!


Hot Spring

After meal, you can now revitalize yourself thru this natural hot spring overlooking to the beautiful Mt. Batur! Really refreshing! 🤩batur-3batur-4batur-5batur-6

Got excited to bath in this naturally warm pool? You can book your stay here now!

Check Toya Devasya’s rates and availability here:

NOTE: Details on this blog are accurate as of September 2018


Raitour

Need help in visiting the hot spring? Having an expert guide and driver might help! We’re recommending Rai of Raitour. Check him out here:



#Bali Good 🇮🇩