Where do I begin? Every place I visit in Bali becomes a new favourite. What I love most about Bali is the culture, the locals are so friendly and welcoming. I have spent 2 months in Bali with my partner who speaks Indonesian, which changes the experience completely. We arrive, pick up a bike and cruise from place to place, meeting locals and negotiating great rates for our stay. We never plan our trip which is one of my favourite ways to travel, although we do have a few destinations that we always visit, and you MUST add to your itinerary. Below are my Bali Top 5 destinations.
My most recent trip was the first in which I went out to the Gili Islands. As soon as I arrived I fell in love, it is total paradise. You have Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air to choose from. We stayed in Gili Air which is one of the quieter islands. We spent our days watching the sunrise, snorkelling, relaxing on the beach, drinking cocktails and watching the sunset then enjoying a classic fish BBQ on the beach, total perfection. Gili Islands are most popular for snorkelling and scuba diving.
I love exploring rice fields, making Ubud one of my favourite destination for that reason. Ubud is surrounded by verdant rice fields and stunning temples. What makes Ubud for me is the selection of restaurants and cafés. If you know me well, you know I love food, so if I destination has amazing food options that is a major tick.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Canguu makes my list because of the surfing, which is well suited to my level, ohhh and the food of course, so many great restaurants and beach clubs to choose from, there really is a little of something for everyone. If you visit, stay at Aston Hotel, the rooftop bar and pool are amazing! (below)
Uluwatu and surrounding regions of Padang Padang, Bingin and Dreamland
Uluwatu is famous for surfing. Got to love sitting at single fin, watching the sunset over the ocean and the waves break perfectly. The beaches of Uluwatu are surrounded by cliffs, which makes them difficult to access, but creates amazing views. Make sure you visit Uluwatu temple. If you don’t surf, there isn’t a lot to do so a couple of days in the region should satisfy.
The Nusa Islands are much bigger than the Gili Islands and have less of a tropical vibe, however are equally as beautiful, just in a different way. Nusa Lembongan is the main island, which is connected to Nusa Ceningan by bridge (below). You also have Nusa Penida that can be accessed by boat. I never made it Nusa Penida unfortunately, but I certainly will on my next trip. Nusa islands are popular for scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and exploring beaches and viewpoint by bike.
The snorkelling in Nusa Lembongan was the best I have seen in Bali. Our tour took us snorkelling with the mantras then to a coral reef that was super colourful and full of life. A couple of my other favourites on Nusa Lembongan are the view point and Devils Tears. On Nusa Ceningan look out for Secret Beach and Blue Lagoon.
Secret Beach – Nusa Ceningan
Devils Tears – Nusa Lembongan
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