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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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(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

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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

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Bali Bird Park (click for full details)
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Keramas Aero Park (click for full details)
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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

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Oneeighty° at The Edge (click for full details)
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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

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Tegallalang Rice Terraces (click for full details)
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Gunung Kawi Temple (click for full details)
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Toya Devasya Hot Spring (click for full details)
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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

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Bali Swing (click for full details)
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Wanagiri Village (click for full details)
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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 😂😂😂.

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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

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Sunrise at Sanur Beach
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Angel Billabong
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Broken Beach
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Kelingking Secret Point
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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 🇮🇩

 

Canang Sari Homestay in Bali, Indonesia

Address: Jalan Nangka, Selatan, Gang Kaswari No. 6, Denpasar, Bali 80223, Indonesia

Check-in at 2:00 PM and check-out at 12:00 NN

Booking thru: Airbnb

Hosted by: Ngurah and Ayu

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Photo from Ngurah & Ayu

Ngurah and Ayu have 3 listings in Airbnb:

1. Bale Dangin Bungalow

2. Ayu Room

3. Ngurah Room

Ayu and Ngurah rooms are in one house together, with shared living area and kitchen but with separate bathrooms. Both can accommodate 2 persons each. While Bale Dangin is a completely separate bungalow that can fit up to 5 persons.

See their full listings here: Ngurah and Ayu (it’s their airbnb profile)

Porch, Living and Bed Rooms

Since we are with our friends, 5 persons travelling together, we stayed in Bale Dangin Bungalow for the whole duration of our Bali vacation.

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The bungalow was just prefect for us, it has 2 king sized beds, and 1 sofa bed. A small living room, a kitchen, 2 toilets and 1 shower room. Plus the very refreshing balcony!!!

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Food and Breakfast

Included in the rate is a Balinese breakfast served from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. They serve the breakfast food here in the open balcony as it is the center of the compound. Aside from the fact that they already provide tasty food for guests, you cannot measure their extra time and efforts they can willingly give to assure guests’ pleasured stay.

Since we were touring around Bali day to day, starting from 6:00 AM every morning, and we cannot attend their breakfast serving, they did provided us bread and chocolate milk each time. They just leave the box of this in front of our bungalow before we leave for tour.

As we know this was beyond their responsibility, for it’s our choice to leave that early, they still did not allow us to starve every morning. Such generous hearts of them.

Fortunately, we were still able to try their Balinese breakfast at least once.

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These are mangoes and their famous snake fruit. It tastes like Makopa in the Philippines.

These below are rice cakes of Bali. The pink one is called Kue Apem, a steamed rice cake (like “puto” in the Philippines), while the green one is called Kue Lapis.

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This above is the bread they gave us everyday we cannot attend the breakfast serving, and of course with our very favorite Cokelat!!! 😋😋😋


Kitchen

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Photo from Ngurah & Ayu
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Photo from Ngurah & Ayu

Yes, there’s a wifi connection as well, and it was very stable! 👍🏼

We had our own kitchen with kitchen wares and utensils, condiments, drinking water, refrigerator, stove and oven. Since we had a fully packed itinerary, we opt to just store food and cook dinner for ourselves every after tour. Plus we saved much, so it’s been a good choice! 😉 There’s also coffee and tea, with coffee/tea maker.


Toilet and Bath

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Two toilets facing each other, with the sink in between. And the shower room at the right side, Shower Heater is also available. Laundry is as well allowed in here 😊

Lastly, it’s not only Ngurah and Ayu who’ll greet you every time you arrive at the compound. There is also Milo and Poglo, they are security, so you have to befriend them 😂

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Photo from Ngurah & Ayu

Milo is the white one, and the black one is Poglo. Poglo is friendlier than Milo haha 😂 We miss them actually!


Value for Money

Their rates per night is just as much as worthy for such a lovely home with refreshing ambiance, and a superb hospitality and accommodation! Actually it’s cheaper for that kind of accommodation. Plus the location is walking distance to many necessary stores.

Rates, Ambiance, Setup, Cleanliness, Food, Amenities, Coordination, and Accommodation were all worth it! This has made our Bali trip awesome! We wished we should have stayed here for a little long to fully experience the compound, and to interact with the very kind Ngurah and Ayu more. Nonetheless, they’ve played a big part from our Bali vacation that made it unforgettable. They were like our parents in Bali. Endless thanks to them! 😊

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You can check availability and rates here: Bale Dangin Garden Bungalow, and book your stay now! 😉 Please extend my regards to Ngurah and Ayu!


#Bali Good 🇮🇩