We live in Singapore, so Bali is a great vacation that is easy to get to and loved by all our family. This was the first trip we took there, which had us exploring south Bali. We have since gone back and explored other places on the island.
We arrived Saturday on an evening flight that arrived at 6:00pm. We had contacted a driver before arrival. Chalik picked us up and we stopped for an Indonesian dinner on way from airport. Once we checked in at Villa Ayu in The Halcyon Villas we enjoyed a night swim together. This is a nice and easy way to spend a travel day.
One of the things about Bali is most villas serve breakfast and most likely it’s included in the price. After eating at villa we had a spiritual Sunday devotional and spent the morning relaxing, swimming and then took a walk to Jimbaran beach. The walk to the beach was 10 minutes along a regular road, so there was traffic passing us but we arrived in one piece!
Jimbaran is in South Bali and known for its white sands and close location to the airport. Jimbaran beach has a fairly mellow surf so it’s good for kids. Depending on the time of year and weather it can have a bit of trash in places along the sand and in the water. After a visit to the beach we drove to Nusa Dua in the late afternoon/evening where we experienced a fish spa and ate dinner.
On Monday we had pre-booked the Bali Hai Bike Tour. They picked us up at 7:30am from our villa and transported us to fit us for bikes. This tour starts in Ubud and explores villages, and fields of central Bali, taking in the sweeping views of the famous Tegalalang terraces. It stops along Mnt. Kintamani and Lake Batur, a coffee plantation, and you can learn about the culture of the Balinese people by visiting homes and helping in the rice fields. It was a full tiring day but amazing and worth it!!! Our guides name was Kadek and we highly recommend it. (Bali Hai Bike Tours +62 877 6112 5202)
After the previous day of exercise, we took day 4 to relax and sleep in a bit. We picked up some groceries by taxi. There are many places in Bali you can shop. They have local (“pasar”) markets, which mostly sell produce and street food, but be prepared with some Bahasa Indonesia phrases (literally translated= “language Indonesia”). You can also shop at any Pepito Grocery which is known for its western products, nice produce, and expensive prices. Local places like Nirmala, CocomMart and IndoMaret are less stocked (no produce) but much cheaper.
At noon we scheduled a driver to go to Padang Padang beach. There is a small fee to get to the beach and it can be terribly crowded year round. We went to Uluwatu for a temple ceremony and Kecak dance. We finished the day with a late dinner back in Jimbaran at Italian place. Try these discounted temple and dance tickets from our affiliate partner.
Wednesday we had a driver take us to Kuta and Seminyak for surfing and some beach time. There are many beaches you can try along the west coast. Kuta Beach has some substantial waves and many places to rent boards and instruction. We met up some friends on the beach where we had lunch and walked along the roads of Kuta to check out the “fake markets” in Kuta. We picked up dinner on way home.
Thursday we spent the day in central Bali in Ubud and the Sacred Monkey Forest. Be sure not to carry in food with you to the forest and remove any shiny jewelry or hair items that can attract their attention. The monkeys can be extremely aggressive and there are a lot of them.
Just up from the Monkey Forest there are restaurants overlooking many rice fields. Most of them serve local Indonesian dishes and some Western ones as well. We chose one for lunch.
You could spend all day walking the streets shopping, and exploring Ubud. We stopped at the famous Ubud Art Market where you can find anything from baskets, and jewelry, to statues, clothes and trinkets. We saw a few more temples, including Goa Gajah. Try the Saraswati Temple (Water Palace), or the Pura Gunung Lebah. After a full day we went back to Jimbaran for dinner.
For our final day in South Bali we had an easy quiet morning relaxing at the villa swimming and hanging out. In the afternoon we walked down to Jimbaran beach for some surfing and boogie boarding. Dinner was yummy grilled seafood on Jimbaran Beach at sunset. It was a wonderful way to end our trip.
Traveling to Bali soon? Check out other itineraries written by fellow Global Women travellers. Kristie shares this short adventure itinerary to Nusa Penida Island, which is just a 30 minute boat taxi ride away. Or try Tracy’s overnight farm stay on Bali Island to help round out your experience.