We were only in Bali for 3 full days so we had to make the most out of it. I wouldn’t recommend that short of a trip though because our itinerary was packed! We would have loved to stay longer and chill or relax in our villas, but our trip was too short to give us the luxury to do so. :)
Anyway, here’s our itinerary.
We took the early morning flight to Denpasar so we can already roam around on our first day. We left Manila at around 4:30am and we got there at almost 9:00am. We were able to get out of the airport at 10:30am and we went straight to Ubud.
We booked a private tour [EDY. You can WhatsApp him at +62 813-3982-0879 for bookings] so we can go to all our desired destinations. The rate is 600,000 Rupiah [That’s around Php 2,500] for a 10-hour trip and additional 50,000 Rupiah every hour if you exceed 10 hours. The 3 of us shared the expenses so it wasn’t so bad. It would be better if there are more of you traveling so more people can share the expenses.
The travel time to Ubud is 1 hour and 30 minutes, but traffic may cause delays so make sure you consider TRAFFIC when you fix your itinerary (We failed to consider that when we were doing ours so don’t make the same mistake. Haha!). By the time we got to Ubud, it was already past 12 noon so we had to grab a bite before we move on to our tour.
First stop: Uma Pakel Bali Agro Tourism. This was not part of our real itinerary but Edy took us here and it was one of the prettiest destinations! There is an entrance fee of 10,000 Rupiah and included there is the tour on how Kopi Luwak is made and a tea & coffee tasting session. Super worth it!!!
Second stop: Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The view is amazing! We were only there for 30 minutes and it’s impossible to go around the terraces that fast if you plan to go to the other side and take photos. :) P.S. It can also be quite a hike so make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Haha!
You have to pay 5,000 Rupiah to take a photo on this I Love Bali photo spot. :)
Third Stop: Tibumana Waterfall. The trip to the waterfall from the rice terraces is about 1 hour and you have to pay 20,000 Rupiah to get inside. Bring a swimsuit if you want to take a dip, the water is clean and cold. :)
We wanted to go to Saraswati Temple on our first day, but we didn’t have enough time so Edy just took us to a village temple we passed by on our way back to Ubud proper.
After finishing all our itinerary for the day, that was the only time we went to our hotel and check in. It was a good decision because if we checked in earlier, we wouldn’t have been able to go to all those places in half a day! I guess being to leave all your things in the car was also one of the perks of getting a private tour. :)
We woke up early to savor our beautiful hotel in Ubud. Wish we could have stayed longerrr! It’s such a beauty!!!
The night before, we agreed to meet up with Edy at 10am on our second day so we can still go to Saraswati Temple and Ubud Market before going to Jimbaran.
Saraswati Temple is just a few walks away from the Ubud Market so Edy just dropped us there for 1 hour and 30 minutes so we can have enough time to go to both places. :)
Saraswati Temple didn’t have an entrance fee so YEY! It wasn’t that big too so you really just go there to take in its beauty, take pictures and then you can leave. :) We were there for less there for less than 30 minutes. We could have finished sooner if we didn’t wait for people to vacate the place so we can take empty photos of the temple. Haha!
P.S. Go there as early in the morning as possible so it wouldn’t be packed with tourists. By the time we left the temple at about 10:30am, more tourists are starting to arrive. :)
UBUD MARKET! The items they’re selling there are not as cheap as I was expecting them to be so make sure you haggle well! :) Ratan bags are being sold at 380,000-500,000 Rupiah but if you’re good at haggling and the store owner is not rude, you can get them at as low as 200,000-250,000 Rupiah. We were ripped off on our first purchase at Tegallalang Rice Terraces (we should've scouted better), they were initially selling it at 500,000 Rupiah and we ended up haggling until 350,000. Turns out, that's not the cheapest it could get. Go to the stores on the street, not inside the building, because they’re selling products outside at a lower price.
It was lunch time when we finished shopping so Edy took us to a Babi Guling place. Make sure you try this in Bali!!! I got the Babi Guling Special; it has strips of suckling pig meat and skin, rice, veggies, crunchy chicharon and sausage. It may not look very appetizing on the photo, but it's so good! It's like eating Cebu Lechon but tastier and spicier. :)
We checked in at our Villa in Jimbaran and we went around Seminyak the whole afternoon since Seminyak is still quite far from Jimbaran (around 1 hour or more away), we had to finish all our Seminyak itinerary that day. :)
Seminyak is known for their cute concept restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs so we made sure we wouldn’t miss it!
First stop, Motel Mexicola! Super cute instagrammable place that serves really good food and drinks. The items on the menu are quite pricey though.
Second stop, Potato Head Beach Club. Inside the building there is a restaurant, a pool, a bar and an open area that will lead you to the beach. Book a table early so you can have a space where you can leave your stuff when you swim.
Other places you can go to around Seminyak are Sea Circus, La Plancha and La Laguna. We weren’t able to go to those places anymore. But, we’ll go back and visit them next time! :)
We were supposed to experience a legit Balinese spa but we had a few problems with the spa arrangements so, Edy took us to Sundays Beach Club instead. He kept on promoting it to us saying it’s better than La Plancha. We’re glad we listened to him. :)
From Jimbaran, Sundays Beach Club is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away. You need to pay 300,000 Rupiah to enter but 150,000 Rupiah is consumable. :) It has one of the most breathtaking views and they serve the healthiest food. Food and drinks are quite pricey though so your consumable of 150,000 Rupiah is just enough for 1 order of food. Mahal!
We went to Single Fin to watch the sunset since it has one of the best sunset views. My friends and cousin kept on telling me about it too so I slightly forced Alex and Ardee to visit it with me. :) Food and drinks are very affordable. It’s the place I would recommend people to go to if they want to party and get wasted in Bali. Haha!
One whole order of pizza is 90,000 Rupiah and it’s already good for 3 people!!!
Try to get there early before sunset so you can get good seats. :)