our 5-day bali 2015 itinerary

It’s our first time to go to Bali and we wanted to experience:

+ culture
+ balanced with beach adventure
+ and town hangout

Illustration by Kate Evans


We randomly pick places to go to every year, and this time Bali hit us (after being in Phuket, Thailand the previous year).

TOTAL BUDGET
PHP 30,000 / USD 670 / IDR 8,877,350 (YEP! Certified millionaire!)


FLIGHTS
Booked 6 months before on promo via Cebu Pacific

HOTELS
Via AirbnbSuly Resort and Spa, Ubud
Via IHG (Friends + Family Specials) – Holiday Inn Express Kuta Square, Kuta Beach
*Special thanks to our boss for the exclusive rates!


TOURS
Tours via Car – Edy Smile Tours
Snorkeling + Beach Hop – Candidasa Snorkeling
*Both recommended!

FIRST DAY | LAND TOUR
Pick-up from Airport
Money exchange at Central Kuta Money Exchange, Kuta
Check-in Suly Resort and Spa, Ubud
Ibu Oka Warung for the best babi guling
Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave
Holy Spring Water Temple (orig. Tampak Siring / Tirta Empul Temple)
Satria Coffee Plantation
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Massage at Hotel


SECOND DAY | SNORKELING AT CANDI DASA, BEACH BUMMING AT VIRGIN BEACH
From Ubud to Candi Dasa in East Bali for snorkeling
Virgin Beach hangout
Back to Ubud
Dinner at Bebek Bengil for the crispiest friend duck!
Ubud Jazz Cafe


THIRD DAY | LAND TOUR
Check-out Suly Resort and Spa, Ubud
Ubud Monkey Forest
Visit Ketut Liyer!
Tanah Lot Temple
Check-in Holiday Inn Kuta Square
Uluwatu Temple with Kecak and Fire Dance during sunset
Shopped for sale at a factory outlet
Had McDonald’s deliver dinner
Sleep like a zombie


FOURTH DAY | TOWN HANGOUT
Supposed sleep-in day
Watched Game of Thrones ;)
Shopped at Kuta Beach for the cheapest clothes
Lunch at TJ's Mexican Bar and Restaurant
Back to hotel
Swimming at the roof deck pool
Dinner at Legian Street, Kuta
Coffee + Gelato for dessert
Panic packing bloated bags!


FIFTH DAY | FLIGHT BACK + SEEING SURF WAVES FROM AFAR
Arranged for packed breakfast at the hotel due to our early flight
Promising ourselves to have a surf vacay when we get back

TIPS
  • Exchange money directly to Indonesian Rupiah for higher equivalent. Exchanged in Bali, outside the airport. (Central Kuta Money Exchange near the airport)
  • Rent a car for trips beforehand so that the driver can pick you up from the airport.
  • Haggle for tour rates! Haggle when shopping, slash it at 50% off automatically and work from there. :)
  • Cab ride flag-down is IDR 7,000 (PHP 25). Ride the Blue Bird Group cab.
  • Bring sarong for temple trips if you’re sensitive. If not, sarongs are provided.
  • Keep extra IDR 250,000 for airport tax on the flight home.
  • If you’re a group of girls, we understand you’ll be late no matter what, but then we missed some like Kintamani, and it was dark once we got to Tegalalang Rice Terraces, and we shopped instead of going to Jimbaran/Seminyak. But then it's up to you, have fun!
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