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Bali, Indonesia - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

We decided to have a two days getaway in one of Indonesia’s famous surfing capital-Bali.  Also to discover its stunning beaches, majestic landmarks and points of interest.  It was last 30th June 2013 when we embarked on this new adventure.

Bali is one of the island in Indonesia located at western part of Java, it is known for its beaches, rice paddies, forested mountains and home to Balinese religious sites. The place natural beauty can really capture the people because beaches have long shoreline; the pure water can make you swim, amazed by the historical landmarks and relax through their traditional Balinese massage and spa.

how to enter bali

All foreign nationals are required to have a passport with a minimum of six (6) months validity to enter the country. According to Indonesia Immigration, almost all countries are not required for Visa in Bali given that the equivalent number of stay in Bali will be only less than 30 days. On the other hand, Visa on Arrival that will cost US$35 is required for other countries to stay within 30 days. Once we entered the Immigration counter, the queue was long due to the influx of other foreign nationals visited that day. Since Bali, Indonesia is part of ASEAN countries, Philippine nationals are not required to obtain a visa.

best time to travel bali

May to July is generally the recommended time to travel in Bali as this is the months of dry season. Yet it was indeed the best time since we came to Bali in June 2013 where we observed that the weather was fair and sunny for the whole two(2) days stay. On the other hand, Bali’s wet season will be expected from October to April.

how to get there

It was past 1 pm on a Sunday afternoon when we arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport. We booked our flight through Tiger Airways for two (2) way ticket at S$ 206/pax. It took around 2-hour and 30 minutes flight journey from Singapore. The whole flight duration was expected to be smooth as the weather were fair on that day.

transportation

Bali’s mode of transportation consists of buses, private car, taxi, and scooter/motorcycle. The cheapest way to get around in Bali is by renting a motorcycle for a day or week. Typical day rent is around US$5 excluding petrol and helmet. For us, since we were not familiar with the place, we contacted local private transport for our two (2) days visit in Bali.  It was also recommended to hire a local transport to maximize your time and ease of travel. Package price range from IDR 300,000 to 600,000 for half-day or full day tour.

hotel

We booked our hotel through Expedia and checked in at Atanaya Hotel for one(1) night stay. It is a 10 mins drive from famous Legian Street and Seminyak Beach.

The Atanaya Hotel
Jl. Sunset Road 88A, Kuta
Room Type: Standard with free breakfast
Room Rate: S$55/night

Places that we have eaten

Bali, Indonesia
Ibu Oka | Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2, Ubud Tengah

We took our lunch at Ubod, Bali’s famous Babi Guling restaurant. Babi Guling (aka Suckling Pig ) is the Balinese style of roasting a pig. The crispiness of the pork skin and tender meat was good when tasted the meal. It was served together with rice, pork sauce, and vegetable as a side dish.

Jimbaran Beach

After a long afternoon exploring Bali, we went for a dinner at the famous Jimbaran Beach were a number of restaurant fronting the beach offers seafood. We ordered shrimp, fish, port and the taste was definitely good and mouthwatering.

Places that we have been

First Day

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park | Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung

Is a cultural heritage park that is located near the airport. This was our first destination in Bali and when we entered the place we noticed a large statue of what they called us Garuda Wisnu Kencana. According to the information, this symbolizes God Vishnu riding a Garuda. The statue is designed to be one of the world largest monumental statues in the world.
Entrance Fee: IDR 125,000 | Opening hours:  8:00 am-10:00 pm (Daily)

Padang Padang Beach | Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency

Is one of Bali’s most famous beach known for its surfing place. It is located in the north-western coast of the islands and a kilometer southwest of the Uluwatu temple. To access the beach we have to take stairs along with rock formation along the way. We brought our extra clothes and a towel as we were ready to get wet on the beach. It was the best beach we have been in Bali due to its wondrous waves and stunning sandy shores.

Uluwatu Temple | Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency

Is a Balinese Hindu sea temple located in the place called Uluwatu. It is facing the Indian Ocean and it has a steep cliff which is approximately 70 meters above sea level. It was almost sunset when we arrived at Uluwatu Temple and we were able to witness the spectacular view of the setting of the sun. The place was so scenic and the sound of the waves were hitting the cliff as a remarkable piece of nature.
Entrance Fee: IDR 30,000

Second Day

Tanah Lot Temple | Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency

It is Bali’s ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple located on northern part of the island. It is facing the sea where there is huge rock formation and ridges are created due to the high impact of waves. We arrived at the place in the morning and noticed a number of Indonesian local visited the temple for pilgrimage.
Entrance Fee: IDR 60,000

Kuta Beach | Kuta, Badung Regency

Our visit to Bali will not be complete without a visit to its internationally known long-stretch of sandy beach. It is a very popular location for those people who do water sports activities and surfing. It was midday afternoon when we arrived at Kuta beach, there were people swimming on the beach, surfing, and some souvenir shops.

Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia

We definitely love Bali and if there is an opportunity to come back, we will. It was a relaxing vacation where we can feel the harmonious people wherever we go. It was peaceful and calm upon exploring the places that we can also feel the natural air. A trip where we can get rid of a busy city life and the time was slow that we can enjoy our activities.

After exploring Bali’s attractive landmarks you can indulge in their Indonesian food which comes in different varieties which is totally good. Bali is a paradise where you can soak up on its gorgeous white sand and visit their religious Gods in the temple. Our flight back to Singapore was at 5:30 pm on 1st July.

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Please check below our 2 Days + 1 Night Bali-Indonesia Itinerary for reference.

2 Days + 1 Night - BALI ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 10:20am Depart Singapore
                     Tiger Airways RI 835
  • 12:55pm  ETA Bali
                     Denpasar International Airport
                     Immigration Clearance
  • 01:30pm Meet with Local Guide-Mr Bram
                     Ride Air-Conditioned Van
  • 02:15pm 1st-Stop
                     Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural
                     Entrance Fee: IDR 30,000
  • 03:00pm 2nd Stop
                      Padang Padang Beach
  • 04:30pm 3rd Stop
                      Uluwatu Temple
                      Entrance Fee: IDR 30,000
  • 06:30pm Dinner
                      Jimbaran Beach
  • 08:00pm Head to Hotel
                      The Attanaya Hotel
  • 09:00pm Head to Kuta
                      Watch Live Band
  • 10:30pm  Head back to Hotel       
  • 11:00pm   Rest and Sleep

DAY 2

  • 07:00am Wake Up.Ready
  • 07:30am Buffet Breakfast
  • 09:00am Check Out Hotel
                      Meet with Local Tour Guide
                      Pickup Hotel 
  • 09:30:am 1st Stop
                      Tanah Lot Temple
                      Entrance Fee: IDR 60,000
  • 10:30am  2nd Stop
                      Ubod
  • 11:00am   Lunch – Ibu Oka
                      Babi Guling
  • 12:30pm  3rd Stop
                     Ubod Boutique and Souvenir Shops
  • 01:30pm  4th Stop
                      Kuta Beach
  • 04:00pm Head to Airport
  • 04:30pm  ETA Airport
                      Denpasar International Airport
  • 05:30pm Early Dinner
  • 06:55pm Depart Bali
                     Tiger Airways RI 834
  • 09:30pm ETA Singapore
  • 10:30pm  Home

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