Bali, It’s now become a mainstay on a lot of avid travelers bucket lists. One of the most popular destinations in South East Asia and it’s really not that hard to see why It’s breathtakingly beautiful has exotic beaches, super relaxing and extremely adventurous all packed into one.
Another major thing about Bali is the fact that it has a ton of options. You can choose to stay in hostels and backpack in Bali or choose to wake up in a private pool villa with a butler serving you and the missus breakfast. That, in my opinion, is what makes Bali special, It’s for everyone.
That’s why its also super hard to recommend a straight out itinerary. So I’ll try my best here to explain Bali and hopefully guide you to the best of my knowledge on how to go about planning your honeymoon there and what you should be on the lookout for.
How long should a trip to Bali be?
There are multiple ways to explore Bali. For the first-timers it falls to one of two primary ways. One way is to just get the basics done and visit all the major attractions such as the Uluwatu temple, Tanah Lot temple, Tegallalang or Jatiluwih rice terraces, spend some time at Benoa bay for some water sports and chill out at some of Bali’s beaches.
This sort of a trip that covers the essentials would take at most take 5-6 Days. However, if you plan on exploring Bali and doing a great deal there. Then I would recommend going with 7-10 nights based on the sort of itinerary you are looking for.
Where should I stay in Bali?
The densely inhabited places in Bali all are put up in quite a small radius but, they each offer their own unique experiences. Even though the geography is quite small, the variation is quite significant from region to region. When you are planning a trip to Bali these are the main areas that you need to know about:
The closest from Denpasar airport, Kuta is kinda considered to be the city center area of Bali. This is where you find the most crowds and its the most commercial as well. You will find popular global chains such as KFC, Starbucks, Hardrock cafe all crammed in here.
There are a lot of great budget hotels and its central location also makes it easy to hop off to all the different ends of Bali. However, if you are looking for a peaceful paradise, this isn’t it.
Just 5km north of Kuta is Seminyak, It’s part of the same coastline as Kuta. Seminyak however is known to be more upscale. It has some of the best pubs in town and is a great alternative Kuta.
Still centrally located and a bit away from the excessive crowds of Kuta, this is where you start seeing Bali’s more opulent side as well. More luxury resorts and hotels, flashier bars, Its where a lot of Bali’s nightlife is at.
It’s better than Kuta and depending on what you have in mind, you can still find some good deals here but it is a bit more expensive than Kuta.
What once used to be quiet village is now on the top list of trendy and hip places in Bali. Further north of Seminyak is Canggu, It’s got a much more laid back vibe and it’s not as flashy as Seminyak. If you are looking for a quieter part of town, Canggu will deliver.
It’s a really chill place and is known to be a great surfing area. The waves are known to be more challenging and fun compared to Kuta and Seminyak. It’s also great to know that Canggu has some of the cheapest villa stays!
Ubud is at the center of Bali and is quite a departure from what we have seen so far. Its surrounded by hills, jungles, rice fields, and palm trees and also considered to be the cultural heart of Bali.
Walking through Ubud, you can expect to see a lot of traditional Balinese architecture through its buildings and the statues of various deities strewn across as you pass by. Ubud is also where you will see a lot of Luxury properties like the Hanging Gardens of Bali.
The distance from the city center and its landscape make it one of the most sought after places to be in Bali. This is where people generally come to towards the end of their vacation to blow off steam and reminisce about the amazing experiences they have had at Bali.
5. Gili Islands
The group of three small islands, The Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air make up the Gili Islands. These islands are northwest of Lombok and just a 2 and a half-hour boat ride from Bali.
For those looking for something a bit off the beaten path, The Gili islands are a great pick. The islands have some amazing beaches and dive spots compared to the main Bali island and are also legendary for its amazing boat parties.
One other cool thing about them is the fact that these islands don’t have any motorized land transport. You get around either through the use of your god-given stilts or through bicycles or horse carts.
Those are the 5 areas you should know about for a start and as for the itinerary, I would recommend you mix and match at least two different areas to get exposed to different flavors of Bali.
I would recommend you thrown in a third one if your plans are to stay for 8+ nights. If you are unsure about a good combination. I would recommend starting with Canggu and Ubud and If it’s for 8+ nights, then you can go with Gili Islands as well.
Now Bali has a ton of attractions and activities to choose from. So I’m going to be listing a few here that I think is a good mix. This might be in no way perfect but should give you a good starting point:
1. Uluwatu Temple
This is a common attraction that you will find on a lot of itineraries. So what makes it special? Well, Uluwatu Temple stands at the edge of a cliff with open ocean on the other side, Uluwatu is also in one of the South-Western most points in Bali.
The cliffside temple facing the west makes it a great sunset spot and also the Kecak cultural dance show starts as the sunset sets. It’s a great way to experience the Balinese culture and experience a romantic sunset.
2. Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot temple is also on the west coast of Bali and is a great sunset spot on its own right. However here the main attraction is the temple itself. Tanah Lot was built to worship the sea god and the temple stands as a testament to that.
The temple is actually found a bit away from the shoreline jutting out on top of a uniquely shaped rock. Its quite hard to explain, so I guess the image below will convey it much better.
3. Tegallalang / Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Now these are two distinctly different attractions. However, these rice terraces are quintessentially Bali. The Iconic rice terraces should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
4. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is an island off the east coast of Bali. You can take a day trip here and it is home to the world-famous Kelingking beach. It’s an amazing place to visit for sure, Just look at it.
5. Ubud Royal Palace & Art Market:
This historical site in Ubud was once home to the Ubud royal family and now stands as a great example of Balinese architecture.
Right outside its doors is the amazing Ubud art market known for its intricate handicrafts, Balinese jewelry, and street food. Don’t be shy to bargain here as most of the prices are elevated by the vendors 2-3 times the actual price.
Now those are all the basics you need to know about Bali to Craft your honeymoon getaway. If we missed anything do let us know. If you need help planning a vacation to Bali, check out Pickyourtrail.
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