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THE GUIDE TO WHAT TO DO IN ULUWATU

Are you looking for tips on what to do in Uluwatu? Then look no more. In this travel guide, you’ll find all the information about where to stay, what to do, where to eat and go out, where to workout, where to shop and other useful information.

Bali holds a special place in my heart. It’s a place I currently call home. When I first moved here I lived in Bukit, in the Ungasan area, but now I live in Canggu. However, more often than not I find myself back in Ulu. Bali is my base for many reasons, world-class surfing, world-class CrossFit gym, awesome and relatively cheap cafes, beautiful beaches, friendly and multicultural community, plenty of things to do, etc. The first time I’ve been here was in 2014 and ever since then I just can’t get enough and keep coming back. So I have plenty of knowledge, read tips and tricks, to drop your way! 😉

Even though this travel guide is called Uluwatu it is about Bukit in general. I intentionally use Uluwatu as many people are not familiar with Bukit. Know what Bukit is? Great, you are one smart cookie. Don’t know what Bukit is? No problem I’ve got you covered. Bukit is the peninsula in the south of Bali and Uluwatu is just one of its many amazing spots.

If you are a surfer, Bukit and especially Uluwatu are da places to be! They have world-class surf conditions all year round! However, if you are a CrossFitter or gym enthusiast you wanna stay in Canggu, a place which is booming with awesome workout places. I’ve put together The Ultimate Travel Guide to Canggu, where you’ll find all the information about places to stay, where to eat out, the best gyms and other useful travel tips.

WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU / BUKIT

If you are wondering where to stay in Uluwatu / Bukit than don’t despair I’ve got you covered. One of the best places to base yourself for your Bukit stay is definitely Binging or Ungasan. Binging beach is just heaven! It is a surfers paradise with a fast left-hander barreling wave.

The accommodation overlooking the Indian ocean is so pretty and the sunsets there are amazing though not the best that Bukit has to offer! Personally I love the sunsets at Uluwatu Sunset Point, Single Fin in Uluwatu and the cliff just left of Dreamland Beach the most! There’s even a barbecue with seafood on the beach during and after the golden hour! I mean can it even get cooler than that? On top of that, other awesome world-class surf spots are just next door The Impossibles, Padang Padang and Uluwatu. I’ve put together Uluwatu Surfing – A Complete Guide, where you will find complete information about the best surf breaks in Bukit and many more.

The most strategic location is, however, Ungasan. It is located pretty much at the heart of Bukit. So wherever you wanna go you have it relatively close. All the beaches are within a 30-minute drive on a bike, read scooter. Having Ungasan as your base is recommended especially during the rainy season when the east cost works better than the west coast. Plus Gym Juice Yoga is nearby. Not the best gym, but and I’m saying this with heavy heart, probably the best one on Bukit. I’ve added a section with the best accommodation in Bukit.

The brilliant thing about Bukit is that once you get there, there’s only a limited amount of traffic! Well compared to other places like Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu! Hell yeah! 


WHAT TO DO IN ULUWATU / BUKIT

Here you will find all the tips on what to do in Uluwatu, or more preciously what to do it Bukit. You see Bukit is the peninsula at the southern tip of Bali. It is the surf mecca with the most beautiful beaches and cliffs that Bali has to offer! Honestly, it is just heaven! Picture perfect diverse beaches with beautiful white sand! The cliffs are so pretty! And don’t even get me started on the sunsets! The sunsets are the best! The most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life!

To make it a bit easier for you I have created this overview of what to do in Uluwatu / Bukit:

THE BEST BEACHES IN BUKIT

Bukit is not only home and famous for surfing, but also for the most beautiful beaches in Bali. There are so many of them. Among my favorite are definitely Balangan, Bingin Beach, Dreamland, Uluwatu, Pandawa, and Greenball. Honestly, these are the ones you really want to visit. Because they’re the most beautiful with picture-perfect ocean and white sand. Consequently, visiting the beaches is ultimately the best thing to do in Uluwatu/ Bukit.

BALANGAN BEACH

Balangan Beach in Bukit is a very beautiful beach with white sand. It is favored both by tourists and surfers. However, it is also a popular destination for weddings and wedding photoshoots.

There’s a lot of local beach bars (warungs) scattered along the shore with daybeds for which unfortunately you need to pay. The price is usually around 50k IDR per day. But, they tend to ask for more so don’t be afraid to bargain. The daybeds are perfect for chilling, sunbathing and taking in the stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Hence, it is a great spot to watch sunset either with coconut or Bintang in hand. It depends on what you prefer. I’m defo team cold coconut. 😄

WHERE TO STAY IN BALANGAN BEACH?

LUXURY – White Palm Hotel Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Balangan! You would hardly find a place like this in this area. Located with only a few minutes from the Balangan beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers. The modern yet simple decor will make you instantly feel like home.

You can enjoy continental breakfast on the premises prepared by a very talented Spanish chef. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Other useful features include yoga classes, express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, concierge service, and luggage storage.

MID-PRICE – La Joya Biu Biu Resort – is another great place to stay in Balangan! Located right on the beach makes this a perfect place to stay for surfers! The resort has two infinity pools and a private beach, free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant where they serve both local and international dishes.

BUDGET – Absolute Beachfront Balangan Apartments – is a great place if you are on a tight budget, but want to be based on the beachfront overlooking the surf break and the Indian Ocean. The rooms are modest but equipped with AC and a wardrobe. Unfortunately, the bathrooms are shared.

DREAMLAND BEACH

Dreamland Beach in Bukit is a particularly beautiful beach with white sand. Favored both by tourists and surfers alike. The beach break is located just in front of shops and a big hotel resort. There are a few warungs on the beach where you can get a drink and a meal. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it is a very crowded beach. Especially, during sunset.

WHERE TO STAY IN DREAMLAND BEACH?

LUXURY – The Sterling Hotel & Villas – is a great option for those looking to stay at a villa, but would like to have all the comfort that comes with staying in a hotel. The units offer a fully equipped kitchen, private pool, private bathrooms, AC, cable TV, daily housekeeping and grocery deliveries. In addition, there’s an on-site restaurant serving continental breakfast.

MID-PRICE – Klapa Resort – due to its location near Dreamland Beach and golf course it is the perfect place to stay both for surfers and avid golf players. The rooms are very nice and cozy equipped with AC, flat-screen TV, personal safe, sofa, kettle and minibar. There’s an on-site restaurant serving Indonesian, Chinese and western food. Moreover, they have a small gym on-site too.

BUDGET – Taman Asih Bingin Homestay – is located between Dreamland beach and Binging beach. The rooms are simple and equipped with a wardrobe and depending on the type of room a fan or an AC. I recommend you book Deluxe Room as it tends to be nicer than the other options. However, be aware that the bathrooms are not very nice.

BINGIN BEACH

Bingin Beach with its white sand might be the most beautiful beach on the Bukit peninsula. Similarly, like its neighboring Dreamland Beach, it is favored both by tourists and surfers. It is one of the top destinations for Aussies and might be the best place to base yourself. Plus, my favorite restaurant Cashew Tree is located in the neighborhood.

There’s a barbecue with seafood on the beach during and after the golden hour. It is one of the best seafood barbecue places on the island! You can find Lucky Fish barbecue right on the beach. It is approx. 10 minute walk down the stairs from the car park. They have a variety of fish, octopus, shrimps, calamari/squid, and mussels/clams.

WHERE TO STAY IN BINGIN BEACH?

LUXURY – Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu – is a great place to stay if you are not traveling on a budget! The rooms are very beautiful with all the modern amenities. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot tub and free toiletries. The resort has many perks on-site such as fitness gym, yoga studio, and spa and wellness center on-site. Moreover, you can enjoy continental breakfast with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options.

MID-PRICE – Le Cliff Bali – is after Dreamsea Bali the second-best place to stay in Bingin! Such a lovely place with modern decor with a slight twist of boho! The sea view from the room is incredible! When you sleep you can hear the ocean and waves in the background! It is so soothing and relaxing! When you sit on your balcony/terrace you can feel the breeze touching your face and playing with your hair! It is so cozy it will make you feel like you are home! 

LOW-BUDGET – Kubu Bingin – Geko Room – experience authentic and simple beach living with this simple beach house. Featuring one shower and two bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds. However, one of the downsides is that none of the bedrooms is equipped with an AC. But it has a terrace with a sea view.

THE IMPOSSIBLES

The Impossibles is one of the famous surf spots in Bali. The beach is situated under a steep cliff with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. The access to the beach is a bit tricky. From a parking lot, you need to walk down an uneven and steep staircase for around 10 minutes. There’s a newly built guesthouse so the access is much easier than it used to be. Or you can paddle there from Padang Padang. The guesthouse has a beautiful view of the ocean. Thus it is the perfect place to watch surfers rip waves and to have a meal or a drink.

The Impossibles Beach View
The Impossibles Beach View
WHERE TO STAY IN THE IMPOSSIBLES?

LUXURY – Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort – is one of the best places to stay if you want to pamper yourself and budget is not an issue. The room is equipped will everything you would expect from a place like this plus a private hot tub. Moreover, the resort has three restaurants on-site the 360 Restaurant where you can find a selection of local and international dishes, SONO Teppanyaki with Japanese dishes and Splash Restaurant with Mediterranean dishes. And besides the outdoor infinity pool, it also has a fitness center and a spa. Oh and there’s plenty of daily activities you can choose from such as yoga, Bali dance lessons and many more.

MID-PRICE – Dreamsea Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Bingin area! The view from the room overlooking the ocean is incredible! Hence, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset! You will instantly feel like home! The boho decor is so lovely and cozy! Plus the location is great! It is easy to walk to Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach. All rooms are modern with lovely decor and each has an AC. In addition, you can enjoy continental and à la carte breakfast on-site. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options.

LOW BUDGET – Padang Padang View by Bukit Vista – is a great place for those on a budget. The bedrooms are simple and clean. There are a closet and a private bathroom. Most importantly, it has an excellent location right across the road from the Padang Padang beach.

PADANG PADANG BEACH

Padang Padang Beach is one of the famous surf points in Bali and together with Uluwatu provides one of the best surfing in Bukit. Hence, it is popular with surfers from around the world, who come here to rip the waves. Moreover, it’s where the famous Padang Padang competition takes place. The beach is situated under a steep cliff with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. There are no local beach bars or warungs on the beach. Only locals walking on the beach and selling stuff.

WHERE TO STAY IN PADANG PADANG?

LUXURY – Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort – is one of the best places to stay if you want to pamper yourself and budget is not an issue. The room is equipped will everything you would expect from a place like this plus a private hot tub. Moreover, the resort has three restaurants on-site the 360 Restaurant where you can find a selection of local and international dishes, SONO Teppanyaki with Japanese dishes and Splash Restaurant with Mediterranean dishes. And besides the outdoor infinity pool, it also has a fitness center and a spa. Oh and there’s plenty of daily activities you can choose from such as yoga, Bali dance lessons and many more.

MID-PRICE – Dreamsea Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Bingin area! The view from the room overlooking the ocean is incredible! Thus, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset! And you will instantly feel like home! The boho decor is so lovely and cozy! Plus the location is great! It is easy to walk to Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach. All rooms are modern with lovely decor and each has an AC. Moreover, you can enjoy continental and à la carte breakfast on-site. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options.

LOW BUDGET – Padang Padang View by Bukit Vista – is a great place for those on a budget. The bedrooms are simple and clean with a closet and a private bathroom. But most importantly, it has an excellent location right across the road from the Padang Padang beach.

ULUWATU

Uluwatu Beach stretching underneath a stunning cliff is the most beautiful and famous place in Bali. It is one of the best places to surf. Hence, it is very popular among surfers from around the world, who come here to rip the waves and compete in famous competitions.

On the cliff, you can find a lot of local warungs as well as my favorite place Single Fin, where you can chill, watch surfers rip waves and have some drinks and meals. Single Fin has the best views of the world-famous Uluwatu surf break and the Indian Ocean. Thus, it is the place if you want to watch surfers rip waves while treating yourself with a delicious meal, drink or coffee. Next door is an infinity pool with sunbeds overlooking the surf spots. Ultimately the best place to chill and watch surfers rip the face.

WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU?

LUXURY – De Sapphire Cliff Villa by Danapati – is one of the best places to stay in Uluwatu area. The suites and villas come with a living room, dining area, and private bathroom all very well equipped. Some of the suites come with a garden or sea view. Moreover, there’s a De’Bar-ongs restaurant on-site where you can indulge in American, Chinese, Indonesian and Mexican cuisine.

MID-PRICE – Puri Uluwatu Villas – is surfers’ favorite place to stay as the Uluwatu surf break is just a 5-minute stroll. The Balinese styled rooms are spacious and quiet and feature an AC and a private bathroom. On top of this, the place has a stunning view of the Uluwatu surf break and the Indian Ocean. Moreover, you can enjoy a continental breakfast on-site with vegetarian and vegan options available.

BUDGET – Ayodhya Uluwatu – a great option for those on budget. The rooms are simple but yet cozy. The place is quiet. All rooms come with a seating area, satellite TV and a private bathroom. Additionally, there’s a shared swimming pool on the premises.

NYANG NYANG

Nyang Nyang Beach is located on one of the most beautiful coastlines of Bali and yet it is one of the least disturbed beaches in Bali. It might be because it is not easily accessible. In order to reach the beach, you will need to take a steep climb on a very long staircase, which deters many tourists and hence ensures smaller to no crowd. There are no warungs or vendors down on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

WHERE TO STAY IN NYANG NYANG?

LUXURY – The Tempekan Uluwatu – is a private 4-bedroom villa set near Nyang Nyang beach. The outdoor and pool area is perfect for a group of people. The surrounding is quiet and very peaceful. In addition, there’s a free WiFi, satellite flat-screen TV a shared kitchen and living room.

MID-PRICE – Bubble Hotel Bali Nunggalan – the Bubble Hotel is great for those seeking something new. Because the hotel is an actual seethrough bubble located right on the beach. It provides luxury camping experience and offers complete privacy as it is set in a remote location.

BUDGET – The Ulus Klumpu – is a great place to stay if you are traveling on a budget. The homestay offers private rooms in spacious bungalows. All rooms have an AC and private open-air bathroom. The staff is very nice. But above all, it features incredible views. The owners also own a warung where you can have a cheap yet delicious breakfast.

GREEN BALL

Green Ball oftentimes misspelled as Greenbowl or Green Bowl is one of the most beautiful spots in Bali. It is located at the bottom of a long steep cliff path. To reach the beach you need to take a steep staircase. It takes around 10-15 minutes to reach the beach. The beach is quite secluded and not very busy. There are no local beach bars or warungs down on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

WHERE TO STAY IN GREEN BALL?

LUXURY – Banyan Tree Ungasan – features one-bedroom to three-bedroom villas with private pools. The villas are spacious and in modern Balinese style. Each villa has separate living and dining areas. The private bathroom includes a bath and an outdoor shower. Furthermore, you can find an on-site resorts spa, fitness center and an infinity pool where you can enjoy incredible views of the ocean.

MID- PRICE – Villa Lidwina by Nagisa Bali – this private 3-bedroom villa is situated in a quiet and very quiet area. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, and living room. In addition, there are a pool, garden and a balcony with an ocean view on the premises. Moreover, you can enjoy a continental breakfast, which is cooked in the villa.

BUDGET – Green Bowl Beach Villas – is one of the few budget places near Green Ball Beach. The villas are simple wooden villas with a bedroom and bathroom located in a beautiful secluded location. All villas have an AC and a small fridge. Moreover, on-site you can enjoy à la carte or American breakfast with traditional Balinese coffee.

PANDAWA BEACH

Once a secluded beach behind large carved limestone cliffs with stunning views of the Indian Ocean is nowadays one of the biggest attractions of many tourists. A huge cut has been made to the cliffs to make way for smooth asphalt roads which lead down to the beach. There’re buses full of Chinese tourists coming every day.

The beach is divided into two parts. The left one is still pristine and is accessible primarily during low tide. Nonetheless, you can access it during high tide too, but most likely you will get hit and splashed by waves. Personally I prefer this side of the beach as the right side is much busier and full of tourists. It is full of local warungs, and surfboard and kayak rentals. That’s also where the parking lot is located.

WHERE TO STAY IN PANDAWA BEACH?

LUXURY – Luxury Clifftop Villas of Bali – features 5-bedroom and 6-bedroom villas with private garden and pool, and private beach area. All villas have AC and are equipped with a living room, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, patio, flat-screen TV, Wifi and private bathrooms and hot tub. In addition, on-site you can enjoy either a continental or à la carte breakfast and table tennis.

MID-PRICE – De Kutuh – features 3-bedroom private villas. All villas feature pool, a patio or a balcony with an ocean view, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, cable TV, and a private bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Furthermore, breakfast is available every morning at the villa.

BUDGET – Puri Pandawa Resort – offers beautiful rooms and private 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom wooden bungalows with gorgeous pool and view. All rooms are fitted with AC and satellite TV. Moreover, breakfast is available on-site. Because of its location only a few minutes from the Pandawa Beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers.

GUNUNG PAYUNG

Gunung Payung Beach is named after a Balinese Hindu temple complex that is sitting on top of the cliff overlooking the beach. It is one of the hidden beaches and gems of Bali’s southern peninsula. The beach is still secluded as the only access to the beach is by a steep staircase, which deters many tourists and hence ensures smaller to no crowd both on the beach and the break. There are no warungs or vendors on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

Gunung Payung View From Top
Gunung Payung View From Top
WHERE TO STAY IN GUNUNG PAYUNG?

LUXURY – Kampi Villas by Premier Hospitality Asia – is one of a few accommodations in Gunung Payung area. The Kampi Villas feature 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas with a balcony, garden, and swimming pool where you can chill throughout the day. In addition, all villas have a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms. When staying in Kampi Villa you have a driver to your disposal as well as breakfast service.

MID-PRICE – De Kutuh – is one of the closest mid-priced accommodations to Gunung Payung area. It features 3-bedroom private villas. All villas feature pool, a patio or a balcony with an ocean view, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, cable TV, and a private bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Moreover, breakfast is available every morning at the villa.

BUDGET – Puri Pandawa Resort – is one of the closest budget accommodations to Gunung Payung Beach. It offers beautiful rooms and private 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom wooden bungalows with gorgeous pool and view. All rooms are fitted with AC and satellite TV. Moreover, breakfast is available on-site. Located only a few minutes from the Pandawa Beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers.

NIKKO

Nikko spot got its name from Nikko Hotel, which is currently the Hilton Hotel in Nusa Dua. In the past, it has been known for having one of the best right tubes in the world. The barrels would be 10 s long. In 2016 a development project of the Kempinski group has destroyed the spot when they have built seawall right through the wave.

WHERE TO STAY IN NIKKO?

LUXURY – Hilton Bali Resort – features four outdoor connecting pools and a secluded white sandy beach area. Besides fully equipped rooms, it also offers spa facilities, a gym, tennis courts and many more. The food in the restaurant is very good offering a wide variety of cuisines such as Italian, Balinese, Japanese and European.

MID-PRICE – Swiss-Belhotel Segara Resort & Spa – features fully equipped rooms only 3-min drive from the beach. In addition, there are a large outdoor swimming pool, spa, bar and a business center on-site. In the morning you can indulge in a tasty buffet breakfast.

BUDGET – Rantun’s Place – is one of only a few budget accommodations in the area. Ratun’s Place features rooms with an AC, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is served daily. Additionally, pool, restaurant, and spa are available on site.

GEGER BEACH

Geger Beach is located in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for luxury resorts with beautiful white-sand beaches. There’s a lot of watersports you can do, such as surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing. Most of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts, so expect resort prices.

WHERE TO STAY IN GEGER BEACH?

LUXURY – Hilton Bali Resort – features four outdoor connecting pools and a secluded white sandy beach area. Besides fully equipped rooms, it also offers spa facilities, gym, tennis courts and many more. The food in the restaurant is very good offering a wide variety of cuisines such as Italian, Balinese, Japanese and European.

MID-PRICE – Swiss-Belhotel Segara Resort & Spa – features fully equipped rooms only 3-min drive from the beach. In addition, there are a large outdoor swimming pool, spa, bar and a business center on-site. In the morning you can indulge in a tasty buffet breakfast.

BUDGET – Rantun’s Place – is one of only a few budget accommodations in the area. Ratun’s Place features rooms with an AC, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is served daily. Additionally, pool, restaurant, and spa are available on site.

BLACKSTONE

Blackstone is located near Waterblow in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and luxury resorts. There are so many activities and watersports for you to do. Most of the beach bars and restaurants on the beach belong to the resorts, so expect resort prices. Blackstone got its name from a protruding chunk of black basalt north of the wave.

WHERE TO STAY IN BLACKSTONE?

LUXURY – INAYA Putri Bali – features exceptional modern rooms and villas with private pools. The resort is calm and peaceful. In addition, swimming pool, restaurant, meeting and banquet facilities are available on-site. The restaurant, serving delicious western and Indonesian cuisines, is open daily.

MID-PRICE – Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua – is a great place to stay for the money you spend. The rooms are nice and airy and come fully equipped. There’s a big swimming pool where you can spend a chilled afternoon. Additionally, a spa and a fitness center are available on-site. The hotel has a great location and a free shuttle to the Bali collection as well as the beach.

BUDGET – La Orein Residence – is one of a few budget places in the area. The residence features fully equipped rooms with an AC and satellite TV. In addition, some rooms come with a terrace or a balcony. The location is in a residential area with tasty local food and near tourist Nusa Dua.

MUSHROOMS

You can find Mushrooms in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for beautiful white sand beaches and luxury resorts. Majority of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts and hence are priced accordingly. There’s a lot of watersports and activities that you can do.

WHERE TO STAY IN MUSHROOMS?

LUXURY – INAYA Putri Bali – features exceptional modern rooms and villas with private pools. The resort is calm and peaceful. In addition, swimming pool, restaurant, meeting and banquet facilities are available on-site. The restaurant, serving delicious western and Indonesian cuisines, is open daily.

MID-PRICE – Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua – is a great place to stay for the money you spend. The rooms are nice and airy and come fully equipped. There’s a big swimming pool where you can spend a chilled afternoon. Additionally, a spa and a fitness center are available on-site. The hotel has a great location and a free shuttle to the Bali collection as well as the beach.

BUDGET – La Orein Residence – is one of a few budget places in the area. The residence features fully equipped rooms with an AC and satellite TV. In addition, some rooms come with a terrace or a balcony. The location is in a residential area with tasty local food and near tourist Nusa Dua.

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is another surf spot located in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and luxury resorts. A great number of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts and hence are priced accordingly. There’s a variety of watersports and activities that you can do.

WHERE TO STAY IN SRI LANKA?

LUXURY – Sol Beach House Bali Benoa All Inclusive by Melia Hotels International – features fully equipped rooms in the modern Balinese style. All rooms come with a private balcony. The breakfast served on-site is very delicious and provides a variety of choices. The swimming pool with a swim-up bar is very nice. In addition, a restaurant with both buffet and à la carte meals is available on-site.

MID-PRICE – Grand Whiz Hotel Nusa Dua Bali – has fully equipped rooms with a terrace and seating area overlooking a beautiful garden. Each room has a fridge with a minibar and an electric kettle. The hotel has a long and crystal clear pool with a bar. Moreover, there’s a lovely restaurant with a wide selection of tasty food.

BUDGET – Guest House Reisya – features modern fully equipped rooms with a fridge and an electric kettle. All rooms have a seating area with a garden view. In addition, continental breakfast or à la carte breakfast is available on-site with an abundance of food. It has a perfect location close to the main road, with a supermarket and spa right next to it, yet it is very quiet.

ULUWATU SURF

Bukit has been for a long-time home to some of the world’s most famous surf spots. Thus, it comes as a no surprise that Uluwatu the surfing mecca of Bali is located right there. In total Bukit is home to 15 surf spots out of which many of them have different sections.

To make it easy for you I’ve put together Uluwatu Surfing – A Complete Guide! Where you can find all the information about the best Uluwatu/Bukit surf spots, surf conditions, best tide to surf and many more. And if you’re looking for information about other surf breaks in Bali be sure to check our The Ultimate Guide To Bali Surf or The Complete Guide To Canggu Surf.

Moreover, be sure to download RipSpy App available both on App Store and Google Play. RipSpy brings you daily video surf reports from surf spots all around Bali. From each break, you will get to see daily at least 4 video reports with current surfing conditions. It will save you tons of time driving from one spot to another looking for the perfect wave.

ULUWATU SUNSET POINT

If you’re looking for an inspiration for what to do in Uluwatu / Bukit, then you really want to put Uluwatu Sunset Point on your list. It is my all-time favorite hangout spot for sunset in Bali.

The point is located on top of a cliff. There’s a small bar with pool and beanbags to chill on. Deep house music is playing in the background giving it a nice ambiance. Word of advice, make sure to get there slightly earlier around 5 pm, as it tends to get very crowded before and during sunset. The cliff is overlooking the ocean and one of the famous Uluwatu breaks. So while you chillax and sip on your favorite drink you can watch surfers rip waves. Moreover, if you get lucky you might even see dolphins jumping in the waves. So freaking cool.

ULUWATU TEMPLE

Uluwatu Temple is definitely a temple that should be on your list of things to do. The temple, also known as Pura Luhur, is a famous sea temple that is considered to be one of the 6 most important temples in Bali. This includes the famous and the oldest temple in Bali, Besakih Temple, also known as Pura Besakih. Besides that, it is also one of the nine directional temples that are meant to protect Bali from evil spirits.

The name itself describes what is special about this temple. The word Luhur means something of divine origin, while ulu means land’s end and watu the rock. The temple dates back to around the 10th century and is perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level. Furthermore, it is surrounded by a small forest, which is home to hundreds of monkeys. Notwithstanding, it is accessible via two entrances, one from the south and the other from the north.

Based on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, every six months large temple ceremonies are being held on the premises of the temple.

I recommend you book a tour, which includes a private Uluwatu Temple & Kecak dance tour, sunset watching and seafood dinner in Jimbaran.

In addition, you might want to go watch Kecak dance, which is being held at an amphitheater nearby and performed on a daily basis around sunset.

JIMBARAN FISH MARKET

I don’t know about you, but I love myself some good seafood. I especially love squid, prawns, octopus, clams, oyster, lobster and tuna. So if you’re like me then you’re in luck, my friend. The Jimbaran Fish Market has it all and even many more. But more importantly for a really good price.

The visit to the Jimbaran Fish Market is a must. It is a unique and authentic experience. The market is located right beside a beach at the northern end of Jimbaran. It’s the best accessible by a scooter or a car, which you can park at the “parking lot” for a small fee.

The market is undercover what looks like a “shack”. It is wet, dirty and it stinks. Hence, be sure to dress accordingly. Inside the “shack” you’ll multiple aisles and stalls with different kinds of seafood. The seafood is kept in boxes filled with water and ice to maintain freshness. In general, the sellers don’t want to bargain on the price. But hey you’re more than welcome to give it a shot, you might be in luck. Despite that, the sellers will clean the fish and cut it for you if and as you wish.

Additionally, you can have your purchased seafood prepared for you in one of the warungs nearby. They will either cook it or grill for a very cheap price that includes rice, veggies, and sambal. The price is dependant on the number of kgs. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your meal.

SHOPPING IN ULUWATU / BUKIT

If you wanna go on a shopping spree, then Bukit is not the place. You wanna go instead to Kuta, Seminyak and maybe even Canggu. However, in the past few months, new shops have been popping up along Jl. Labuansait. Brands such as XO ActiveWanderlust Swim, BillabongRip Curl and others have their shops along the road leading to Uluwatu. Who knows maybe in a few years Bukit will be booming with shops.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for in Bali shops. That’s usually when Tokopedia comes in. It is the largest marketplace in Indonesia, where you can find cosmetic products, fitness supplements, kitchen appliances, clothing, etc. Well, you get the picture. They’ve got pretty much all the categories. So if you cannot find what you’re looking for in Tokopedia, then chances are you will not find it anywhere else in Bali. 

ULUWATU SPA

My favorite spa in Uluwatu / Bukit is definitely U. Spa and then Esthetic Spa Uluwatu. U. Spa is my favorite. Because it is reasonably priced and the masseuse, in general, give deep tissue massage. Overall, the spa is clean with boho elements and bright walls. Besides, massages they also offer other treatments. such as mani, pedi, and waxing.

What I really like about the Esthetic Spa Uluwatu is the ambient setting with relaxing music playing in the background. Plus they serve both tea and water. However, what differentiates the spa is the shower on-site so you can take a shower after a massage. Nevertheless, I personally like the Esthetic Spa in Pererenan better. Besides, massages they also offer other treatments. such as mani, pedi, hair, facials, waxing and many more.

Worth trying are also Organic Spa at Yoga Searcher and Sanda Day Spa.


WHERE TO EAT IN ULUWATU

OMG, Bali is a food HEAVEN! There are so many amazing places to eat out! It might be the most Instagrammable place on Earth! With so many healthy options that are just Instagram ready! Hence, it can be a hustle to choose where to eat! Bali and especially Canggu is food HEAVEN! It has one of the best restaurants in Bali!

Unlike places like Canggu, Seminyak, and Ubud, Bukit is still undergoing culinary development. Hence, the selection is not as wide. Nonetheless, there are plenty of kickass restaurants out there.

CASHEW TREE

The best place to eat out in Uluwatu is Cashew Tree in Bingin! It is a must! The restaurant has an awesome chilled vibe and the food is soooo delicious! They have gluten-free (GF) and vegan options, which is perfect! Their coffee is very good and it comes with a small piece of banana bread which might be the best banana bread you ever had! Plus they have a fridge at the cashier filled with all the GF and vegan goodies, such as muffins, cupcakes, chocolate, coconut yogurt, etc. Oh and I’ve almost forgotten they have the best vegan ice cream too! It is to die for!

THE LOFT ULUWATU

Another awesome place is The Loft! After success in Canggu they have branched out to Uluwatu! The Loft is mixing a great vibe with minimal design! With their to die for Vida Bowl, Vegan Waffles and Acai Bowl they are bringing a taste of Brazil to Bali. They too have GF and vegan options. It’s my go-to place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s also a great place if you wanna go just for a coffee or get some shit done!

SUKA ESPRESSO

Suka Espresso is another great place in Uluwatu. It’s a perfect place for any time of day. They have amazing wraps, grilled tuna steak, chicken quesadilla, and great chia pudding. They also offer GF and vegan options. It’s definitely worth giving it a go. 

SECRET SPOT

Secret Spot is the place to go if you want a really good coffee! Or when you are craving cheap and yummy smoothie bowl, great cakes or tasty vegan nutty balls. Their Wi-Fi is fast and often it is quite making it a great place to be productive. However, sometimes it gets crowded with Russian moms and their spoiled brats who just can’t seem to stop screaming.

SMOOTHIE SHOP

On your way to Balangan Beach, you can find a little hidden gem, Smoothie Shop. Vegan heaven and a perfect place for breakfast or snack, not so ideal for lunch tho as their portions are relatively small leaving you feeling hungry. They have GF and vegan options. As the name implies they hold a wide selection of cold press juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls. Apart from these they also offer other meals such as fajitas, living lasagna, raw vegan pizza, etc. None of these have meat inside and adding meat is not an option so not the best place for meat-eaters. They have good coffee and plant-based milk is not an issue. If you happen to head their way make sure you get here before 4 pm as they’re closing at 4 pm. 

CASA ASIA

Casa Asia with its two branches, one in Ungasan and one in Bingin, might easily be the best Italian restaurant in Bukit. Their pizza is fucking great and their reasonably priced beef carpaccio is to die for. That being said, they could do a better job with their salads, omelets, and pancakes. Also, they should introduce more gluten-free (GF) and vegan options into their menu.

LUCKY FISH BARBECUE

Bingin Beach has one of the best seafood barbecue places on the island! You can find Lucky Fish barbecue right on the beach. It is approx. 10 minute walk down the stairs from the car park. They have a variety of fish, octopus, shrimps, calamari/squid, and mussels/clams. You can choose your seafood right from large boxes and they will weight it and grill it in front of you! So cool and romantic! On average the price per 100g is 30k IDR, obviously, mussels/clams will be slightly more expensive. However, the price is still very reasonable concerning that it comes with veggies, rice, and sauces! Plus all of it is so yummy! The best time to go is during the golden hour! There is nothing better than to sit on the beach, eat seafood and watch those picture-perfect Bali sunsets!

SINGLE FIN

Single Fin is my favorite place! Both during daytime and nighttime. It sits on top of the epic Uluwatu Cliff with the best views of the Indian Ocean and the world-famous Uluwatu surf break. They have one of the best burgers in Bukit as well as a wide selection of bites including salads, fish and chips, pizza, pasta, and nachos. I highly recommend you to come there during the day to watch surfers rip waves or during the golden hour to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets Bali has to offer. Note that GF and vegan options might be an issue.

COCO & POKE

Coco & Poke housed within Uluwatu’s famed Single Fin offers Hawaiian style poke bowls with a selection of toppings and salad goodies. A great option if you are enjoying yourself with friends at Single Fin but want to opt for a healthy gluten-free and vegan option. Aside from poke bowls they also offer vegan-friendly coconut whip.

BUKIT CAFE

Bukit Cafe with its modern western cuisine is ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can find smoothie bowls, chia pudding, fajitas, burgers, seafood, salads on their menu as well as daily specials. They have GF and vegan options. Talking about vegan food, they have a wide selection of vegan sweets displayed in their fridge. 

EL MERKAT

El Merkat near Pecatu brings Spanish cuisine to the peninsula. Ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers a variety of sandwiches, rolls, salads, cured meat, cheese, fresh juices, and smoothies. Their orange & cinnamon ice tea is just heaven! So tasty and refreshing! Definitely the best on the island! Their breakfast menu consists of croissants, toasts, sandwiches, smoothie and fruit bowls, and different styles of eggs. Lately, they have expanded on GF and vegan options. Next door is their Deli with a wide assortment of wine, cheese, cured meat, bakery, kombucha, oil, coffee and such. 

DRIFTER SURF CAFE

On your way to Padang Padang and Uluwatu you can find famous Drifter Surf cafe, situated in a peaceful garden. It offers a range of delicious yet healthy dishes all day round. Starting with they breakkie plates such as smoothie bowls and their GF padang pancake stack and finishing at night with burgers, poke bowls and seafood. They have GF and vegan options.

NALU BOWLS

The infamous Nalu Bowls is the perfect breakfast place! Their smoothie bowls made of exotic tropical fruits topped with homemade crunchy granola are just the next level! So tasty! Try their Uluwatu Bowl with dragon fruit, banana and raspberries and a bit of apple juice! It is to die for!
La Baracca is an authentic Italian restaurant with one of the best pizzas on the island! Maybe why their pizzas taste so damn good is that they make them in wood-fire. Aside from pizza, they offer house-made pasta, carpaccio, meat, and salads. Be sure to try their tuna tataki. It is so good. They offer GF options.

SHAKA RIKI

Shaka Riki the best sushi place in Uluwatu! Both the owner and the chef are Japanese! Their authentic sushi is always fresh and very tasty! Great atmosphere with very friendly staff. I love the wet hand towels and complimentary miso soup and peanuts. Try their Spicy Tuna & Avocado and Tuna Poke Salad. So yummy!


PLACES TO WORKOUT/DO SPORTS

If you have read the intro you have probably gathered that Bukit is da place to be for surfers! It offers world-class surfing all year round! While it might be numero uno for surfing it lacks fitness, CrossFit and other sports facilities. The only places where you can workout are BTC (Bali Training Center) and Gym Juice Yoga. There are a few local gyms, but in my point of view, they’re not worth mentioning.

BTC – BALI TRAINING CENTER

BTC is a great spot for HIIT, bodyweight exercises and boxing. However, if you are like Teresa and enjoy lifting some tint and do a variety of cardio (bike, ski erg, row) then you’re not gonna be satisfied. Especially, not longterm. Also, they offer only 1,5-2 hours of an open gym daily.

GYM JUICE YOGA

Gym Juice Yoga is more conventional fitness with old machines and I mean like really old machines, few kettlebells and dumbbells. They do have 1 or 2 barbells but you are not really allowed to drop your barbell on the ground, which is kinda difficult to do when you’re lifting around your 1RM. Plus there is not enough space for lifting anyways and the rack that they have is not really good for T2B and muscle-ups. They have only 2 treadmills and no row, bike or ski erg. So again, if you are like me and like diversity and lifting weights you’re not gonna be satisfied longterm.

CROSSFIT AND FITNESS GYMS

So if you really wanna do CrossFit or fitness, do yourself a favor and move to Canggu. There’s plenty of amazing gyms, which will suit every style of training! See The Ultimate Travel Guide to Canggu for more about the amazing gyms and places to workout!

ULUWATU SURF

If you are a surf enthusiast like my boyfriend Dave, you defo wanna check out these places Uluwatu, Bingin, The Impossibles, Dreamland, Green bowl, Balangan, Pandawa, Sri Lanka, Serengan, the Honeymooners, and Mushrooms. Da places to rip some waves! For your convenience, I’ve put together Uluwatu Surfing – A Complete Guide, where you will find complete information about the best surf breaks in Bukit and many more.


WHERE TO BUY FITNESS SUPPLEMENTS –  PROTEIN, BCAA, etc.

Wherever I go I take with me whey protein, protein bars, omega 3, and BCAA supplements. I oftentimes joke that the security check personnel might wrongly be under an impression that I’m a drug dealer. 
So far we have found only one place in Bukit were they sell supplements. It is called Mogann and it is in Jimbaran. It’s a bit pricier than in Kuta and Canggu. So if you are heading there it is worth stopping at Bodybuilding store in Lippo Plaza in Kuta or Bali Supplements 21 in Canggu


GUIDE TO GROCERY SHOPPING IN BUKIT

If you are looking to buy products that you are used to from home your best choice is Pepito. It carries western products like cheese, ham, granola, muesli, almond milk, pasta, bread, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, wine, etc. As most of the products are imported, the price is much higher than you would expect. It usually costs double or triple the price as in western grocery stores, while the quality is not as high.

The same is true for the vegetables and fruits, which are usually of lower quality too. If you are looking to buy veggies and fruits you might try the Ungasan market, tho it might not be much cheaper and you might not find what you’re looking for.

If you’re looking to buy nuts, dried fruit, and other healthy stuff your best choice would be He’enalu and Bali Buda. Both of these carry healthy assortment slightly cheaper than in Pepito.

If you are looking to buy sodas, ice, little snacks, a small piece of fruit, top up your electricity then Alfamart, Indomaret, Coco mart, Circle K would be your top choices. All of these are convenience stores so don’t expect to find a large assortment. Out of these, we prefer Coco mart and Indomaret as they have the widest selection. 


THE BEST BARS AND CLUBS IN ULUWATU

Bukit and especially Uluwatu, is the coolest place to party in all Bali! The three infamous places, Single Fin, Omnia, and Ulu Cliffhouse, are one of the hippest cliff-top bars/clubs in Bali. Especially Omnia and Ulu Cliffhouse frequently house world-renowned DJs. They are da places to be if you wanna sip on a cocktail, wine or beer, listen and sway to awesome music (mainly house, electronic) while overlooking waves rolling over the cliff! It has an incredible vibe and energy!

SINGLE FIN

Single Fin is my favorite place! Both during daytime and nighttime. It sits on top of the epic Uluwatu Cliff with the best views of the Indian Ocean and the world-famous Uluwatu surf break. It is a place to be if you wanna watch surfers rip waves while treating yourself with a delicious meal, drink or coffee.

They have one of the best burgers in Bukit as well as a wide selection of bites including salads, fish and chips, pizza, pasta, and nachos. Single Fin is also home to one of the best sunsets in Bali! It is usually packed during the golden hour and Sundays and Wednesday nights when the club is booming with international DJ’s and live local acts. You are recommended to make an advance booking. Single Fin is a must-do when in Bali.

SINGLE FIN: Jl. Labuansait
PHONE: +62 (0361) 769941
OPEN: opening hours vary
INSTAGRAM: @singlefinbali

OMNIA BALI

It is perched atop a 100-meter plateau overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean which makes it ultimately the best party place in Bali. It is one of the flagships of one of the world’s most progressive hospitality brands, the Hakassan Group. Omnia brings to the Bukit peninsula, an extraordinary design with a kickass infinity pool, and a box-shaped crystal called the Cube located above the bar. Regularly, it features worldwide known DJs and artists.

However, Omnia is more than that. It is also an all-day beach club. In order to access the day club, you’ll need to pay an entrance ticket, which is around 200k IDR per person. It grants you access to the Omnia Bali Uluwatu area. However, you’re not eligible to use sofa, daybed, cabana and VIP bungalow. These are subject to additional fees and minimum spend. For example, daybed is subject to a minimum spend of 1.2 mio IDR. Moreover, the value of the ticket cannot be exchanged for food and drinks. Please note that entry is subject to a dress code.

OMNIA BALI: Jl. Belimbing Sari
PHONE: +62 (0361) 8482150
OPEN: 11am – 8pm (Monday – Thursday), 11am – 10pm (Friday – Sunday)
INSTAGRAM: @omniabali

ULU CLIFFHOUSE

Ulu Cliffhouse located in the ultimate Bukit location, Uluwatu, showcases infinity pool, Kiosk Collective concept store, an art space, and an open-air restaurant. And like this wasn’t enough, the masterminds behind the Ulu Cliffhouse also featured a cliffside ocean deck, called surprisingly The Ocean Deck, hanging over waves and spotting a stunning view of the Indian ocean. The Ocean Deck offers a secret hideaway for guests and is situated halfway down the cliff. it is accessible via a winding stairway.

Honestly, what I’m about to share with you might be the coolest thing about Ulu Cliffhouse. During low tide, guests can access Ulu’s very own private beach cove. I mean how cool is this? On top of this, Ulu Cliffhouse regularly features well-known Djs and other special guests.

ULU CLIFFHOUSE: Jl. Raya Uluwatu No.315
PHONE: +62 (0) 813-3881-2502
OPEN: 7am – 10pm (Monday – Thursday, Sunday), 7am – 12am (Friday – Saturday)
INSTAGRAM: @ulucliffhouse

HATCH

The Hatch, self-described as a brainchild of a bunch of colorful old hippies on a psychedelic mission to feed your soul, is the latest addition to the Uluwatu club scene. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the whole interiors are psychedelic. During day time you can indulge in Japanese-Latin fusion, prepared by chef Ben Leek, while during nighttime you can dive into tunes by top DJs. Besides, dining and partying you can also play foosball and pool there.

HATCH BALI: Jl. Labuansait No.54
PHONE: +62 (0) 821-4596-2583
OPEN: 12pm – 12am
INSTAGRAM: @peaceloveandhatch


THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN BUKIT

Bukit has literally hundreds of accommodations to choose from. Here I have narrowed down a few of my personal favorites. One of the best places to stay if you are looking to surf some ways are Binging or Ungasan. If you are looking for a sea view accommodations and budget is not an issue then Bingin is your best choice! However, if you are looking for a place to stay and you have a tight budget then Ungasan is your place.

This is the accommodation that should cater to all budgets, ie. from luxury travelers to budget backpackers. 

BINGIN

DREAMSEA BALI

Dreamsea Bali is ultimately the best place to stay in Bingin! The view from the room overlooking the ocean is incredible! Perfect place to watch the sunset! You will instantly feel like home! The boho decor is sooo lovely and cozy! Plus the location is great! It is easy to walk to Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach.

Mid-price range. All rooms are modern with lovely decor and each has an AC. You can enjoy continental and à la carte breakfast on-site. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options. They have very good coffee. You can unwind in the sunshine on a sun terrace or on a beach. Other useful features include daily housekeeping, free public parking, and airport shuttle.

LE CLIFF BALI

Le Cliff Bali is the second-best place to stay in Bingin! Such a lovely place with modern decor with a slight twist of boho! The sea view from the room is incredible! When you sleep you can hear the ocean and waves in the background! It is so soothing and relaxing! When you sit on your balcony/terrace you can feel the breeze touching your face and playing with your hair! It is so cozy it will make you feel like you are home!

Mid-price range. Le Cliff Bali features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and tea/coffee maker in all rooms. View on booking.com View on Agoda

INN POSSIBLE CLIFF HOUSE

Inn Possible Cliff House is another awesome place to stay in Bingin! Both the decor and view are amazing! Located right on a beach!  there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. There are various room types to choose between, including twin and double en suite rooms, and family rooms (for four people).

Mid-price range. All rooms are modern with top-quality furnishings and each has an AC, flat TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, and safe. You can enjoy continental breakfast on-site. The outside pool is a nice place to unwind in the sunshine. Other useful features include room service and an airport shuttle.

RADISSON BLUE BALI ULUWATU

Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is a great place to stay if you are not traveling on a budget! The rooms are very beautiful with all the modern amenities  The bathrooms are very clean and stylish. The resort has many perks on-site such as fitness gym, yoga studio, and spa and wellness center on-site. 

Luxury price range. All rooms are fitted with AC, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bath, a hairdryer, and a desk. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot tub and free toiletries. You can enjoy continental breakfast with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options. You can relax in a beautiful garden or sun terrace with a beautiful swimming pool. Among other facilities are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, free WiFi, babysitting, laundry, and meeting/banquet facilities.

PADANG-PADANG INN

Padang-Padang Inn is another great place to stay in Bingin. The inn features a large outdoor swimming pool and spa center, where you can get pampered and get a very good massage. They offer a variety of massages – full body massage, head massage, couple massage, foot massage and many more. On request, food can be catered to suit everyone’s needs. 

Mid-price range. Among other facilities are ATM on-site, packed lunches, bridal suite, and airport shuttle.

KUBU BINGIN – GEKO ROOM

Kubu Bingin – Geko Room experience authentic and simple beach living with this simple beach house. Featuring one shower and two bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds. None of the bedrooms is equipped with an AC. The house has a terrace with a sea view.  Free WiFi is available on the premisses. Budget price range.

UNGASAN

VILLA MELATI R3 UNGASAN

Villa Melati R3 Ungasan is ultimately the best place if you’re looking for modern and private accommodation and budget is not an issue! This two-bedroom villa with modern and minimal decor is super nice and cozy. Right away it feels like your home away from home. Only here you will have daily cleaning and staff readily available to cater to your needs. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and a flat-screen TV with cable TV. There’s high-speed free Wi-Fi. Your very own pool surrounded by luscious green and stunning ocean views is ideal for golden hour dips and to watch those famous Bali sunsets.

Mid-price range. Other useful features 24-hour front desk, safe, luggage storage, airport shuttle (additional charge).

OCHO BALI SURF CAMP

Ocho Bali Surf Camp is ultimately the best place to stay in Bukit when you are on a slightly tight budget. It is such a peaceful and relaxing place! Go for the Bungalow as they tend to be nicer and have a great view of the garden and pool. The palm trees around the pool provide shades during the hot days and are so typical of Bali! There is breakfast on the premises. It is always fresh and very delicious. And whenever you are hungry the cook can whip up something for you as he stays till late at night.

Budget price range. Other useful features a restaurant, a garden, a bar, and a shared lounge.

PRASANA VILLAS

Prasana Villas is the best place if you’re looking for modern and private accommodation and budget is not an issue! They offer one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas. Ideal for families and group of friends. All of them have a modern and clean design. Each villa has a private pool with a terrace, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area and free WiFi. All bedrooms have an AC with a flat-screen TV.  Each bathroom is equipped with hairdryer, free toiletries bathtub and/or shower. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the property. Breakfast can be delivered to the room. Dairy-free, Vegan and Gluten-free options can also be requested.

Luxury price range. Other useful features include spa and wellness center, concierge service, currency exchange, 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Strollers can be rented on site.

MANGGA WANGGA LIVING

Mangga Wangga Living is ultimately the best place to stay in Bukit when you are on a budget. Go for Superior Double Room or Superior Bungalow with modern decor with a touch of boho. Very cozy and comfy atmosphere. Both Superior Double Room and Superior Bungalow are equipped with an AC, flat-screen TV, private bathroom. 

Budget price range. Other useful features comfortable shared lounge, outdoor swimming pool, garden, and free WiFi.

S.O.S SULTANS OF SWELL

S.O.S Sultans of Swell is the best place to stay in Bukit if you are on a tight budget! All of their rooms have AC and a wardrobe. They offer a single bed in dormitories for $5, and double or king room with garden view for a reasonable price 13$. The decor is simple yet quite cozy. The place has nice very nice vibe and the staff is very nice.

Budget price range. Other useful features comfortable lounge zone, garden with a bar for pull-ups, airport shuttle (additional charge).

VILLA LEEVADEE

Villa Leelavadee is the best villa for your Bali stay! This four-bedroom villa is ideal for large families or group of friends! It has a beautiful garden with an outdoor swimming pool, where you can chill during the hot summer days. The villa has a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, and even a washing machine. 
Luxury price range. Other useful features include safety deposit boxes and other services for an additional fees.

BALANGAN

WHITE PALM HOTEL BALI

White Palm Hotel Bali is ultimately the best place to stay in Balangan! You would hardly find a place like this in this area. Located with only a few minutes from the Balangan beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers. The modern yet simple decor will make you instantly feel like home. All rooms have an AC, ensuite bathroom, seating area and a patio where you can enjoy your coffee and watch those famous Bali sunsets. You can enjoy continental breakfast on the premises prepared by a very talented Spanish chef. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. After breakfast, you can relax and tan in the swimming pool area before your surfing sessions.

Mid-price range. Other useful features include yoga classes, express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, concierge service, and luggage storage.

LA JOYA BIU BIU RESORT

La Joya Biu Biu Resort it’s another great place to stay in Balangan! Located right on the beach makes this a perfect place to stay for surfers! All of the rooms have an AC, private terrace overlooking the ocean, and an ensuite bathroom. The resort has two infinity pools and a private beach, free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant where they serve both local and international dishes.

Luxury price range. Other useful features include babysitting, daily housekeeping, laundry, airport shuttle, safety deposit box, and other services for an additional fee.

MILO’S HOME

Milo’s Home it’s another great place to stay in Balangan! these Indonesian styled bungalows are the perfect place if you want to sink in the Bali vibes! All bungalows have a fan, ensuite bathroom, seating area, and safety deposits. Continental breakfast is provided on the premises. For other meals, there is a restaurant located on the premises.

Mid-price range. Other useful features include babysitting, daily housekeeping, laundry, airport shuttle, safety deposit box, and other services for an additional fee.


BALI USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS

Below is a guide to everything you need to know before traveling to Bali, including visa, travel insurance, Revolut and Transferwise cards, and how to get around, apps you absolutely must have, and other useful information on the internet, local SIM Card and how to stay safe.

  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Currency
  • Bali Police Tips and Tricks
  • Getting Around
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Apps You Absolutely Must Have
  • Internet
  • Local SIM Card
  • NETFLIX
  • Bali Belly
  • Power Plugs and Sockets
  • Laundry
  • Electricity Top Ups
  • Things To Be Aware of When In Bali – Staying Safe in Bali

BALI VISA

Here you will find all the information about Indonesia visa, Bali visa requirements, Bali visa cost, Bali entry cost, Bali visa extension, and visa agent Bali and agent costs.

Indonesia has with 169 countries visa exemption (you can check if you are eligible for the visa exemption here), in other words, you can stay in Indonesia for 30 days without needing a visa. However, double-check with the Indonesian embassy/consulate in your country if you are eligible for the visa exemption.

Nonetheless, to enter Indonesia, make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity and at least one blank page for entry into Indonesia.

Another thing to keep in mind is the visa-free entry cannot be extended. Once it is up you have to leave Indonesia. If you wish to stay longer than 30 days you’ve got a few options – Visa on Arrival or Tourist and Social Visa – depending on how long you want to stay in Indonesia.

VISA ON ARRIVAL – HOW DOES IT WORK? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

If you wish to stay in Bali between 30-60 days you must apply for the Visa on Arrival at the airport at the Visa on Arrival counter (located just in front of the immigration line) in order for you to be able to extend it to a 60 day visa at the immigration office Denpasar City or Jimbaran.

The Visa on Arrival will cost you 500k IDR equivalent to 35$. Please note that credit/debit cards are not accepted. So have your cash ready. You should be fine with USD, EUR, and IDR. 

I highly recommend you to use an agent to do the extension for you. In general single extension costs around 950k IDR equivalent to 65$. If you wish to stay longer than 60 days you will need to do a visa run. The best and cheapest locations for you to do your visa run are Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Read tricks and tips on Kuala Lumpur here and Singapore here.

TOURIST AND SOCIAL VISA – HOW DOES IT WORK? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

However, if you’re planning to stay longer than 60 days I highly recommend you to apply either for a tourist visa or social visa (B-211) for a fee 55$ at an Indonesian embassy/consulate in your home country or outside of Indonesia. In order to apply, you will need to fulfill certain requirements. Note that certain consulates have on top of these additional requirements.

Social visa allows you to stay in Indonesia for 60 days. It can be extended up to 4 times every 30 days at the immigration office located either in Denpasar City or Jimbaran. In order to extend your visa, you cannot leave Indonesia. If you do your visa will be void.

I highly recommend you to hire an agent to do the extension for you. It is much faster and much more convenient than doing it yourself. In general single extension costs around 950k IDR equivalent to 65$. Effective May 2019, if you exceed 30 days, for each extra day you will pay a penalty 1 mio IDR equivalent to approx. 70$.

The agency that I use is ChannelOne and all my visa extensions are handled by Pak Lalu +62 818-0552-5501.

BENEFITS OF USING AN AGENT

You will need to go to the immigration office just once to get your picture and fingerprints taken, so you will save valuable time from going back and forth to the immigration office. FYI when you apply on your own you will need to go to the office at least 3 times. When in the immigration office you will save time waiting in a queue because your agent will hand you a number and tell you to wait until that number is called. Usually, it will take between 10-15 minutes until your number is called. Most importantly you will save yourself from paperwork hustle. 

TOURIST AND SOCIAL VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • Passports valid for at least six months at the date of entry
  • A copy of the main page of the passport
  • A copy of the page with the entry stamp in a country where you apply for a Visa
  • Package of documents from your sponsor stating that he/she is responsible for you during your stay in Indonesia
  • A completed visa form
  • Copy of ticket to Indonesia
  • 2 passport photos 3x4cm.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BY SOME CONSULATES

  • Bank statement to guarantee the availability of funds for covering the expenses
  • Return or onward ticket (to any destination booked for a date no later than 180 days after your date of entry into Indonesia)
  • A copy of the page with the entry stamp in a country where you apply for a Visa

Therefore, the exact package of documents is better to specify in advance in your consulate. It takes 2-5 working days to get a Social Visa including applying day.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Insurance might single-handedly be the most important thing when you’re traveling. My mantra is if you don’t have the money to buy your travel insurance then don’t travel. I have claimed my travel insurance multiple times and it has saved me a significant amount of money. Without it, I would be screwed.

As European Union citizens I don’t need extra travel insurance when traveling within the EU. However, whenever I’m traveling outside of the EU I always buy travel insurance. There is no discussion about it. It’s my top priority. The travel insurance that I use is either AXA or World Nomads. Depending on the location where I’m traveling to or activities I’ll be doing.

CURRENCY IN BALI

The official currency of Indonesia is Rupiah (Rp). The currency code is IDR. It is issued and controlled by the Bank of Indonesia. As of July 2019, the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 14,000 IDR, €1 EUR = 15,945 IDR.

The obnoxious thing about the Indonesian money is that the largest banknote is only 100,000 IDR, which is approximately $7 and €6.3. So you will end up carrying around a massive stack of bills! But hey at least there you can be a millionaire in no time!  

A word of advice, make sure you have enough cash when traveling to remote places! The chances are high that you will not be able to pay by card, find an ATM or currency exchange.

The current rupiah consists of coins from 100 rupiah up to 1,000 rupiah and banknotes of 1,000 rupiah up to 100,000 rupiah.

BALI POLICE TIPS AND TRICKS

The local Police (Polisi) just loves to harass foreigners (bules). It’s a well-known fact! Plus they love to overcharge foreigners on every little thing. Even though you haven’t broken the law they will make some BS reason to give you a fine.

Here are some tips to avoid being pulled over:

  • wear a helmet
  • don’t wear a bikini
  • wear a shirt

When pulled over make sure you have the International Riding License. You’ll need to get this in your home country and this is a basic requirement for driving in Indonesia. If you’re not able to present the International Riding License then you’re driving illegally. So expect to get fined. However, do not pay more than 200,000 IDR. If you pay more, the money goes straight to his pocket. 

Another very useful tip is always to ride with a 50,000 IDR note in your pocket for quick handing over. If they try to overcharge you, you can then easily say that you do not have that kind of money and that you only have 50k IDR no more. In case you’re driving around with more cash have it stashed separately. The same applies to your credit/debit card. Otherwise, they will try to take it away from you. If possible, don’t get your wallet out. Even better have a second wallet with only 50k IDR for these kinds of purposes and have the other wallet with more cash and credit/debit card stashed separately. 

GETTING AROUND BALI

One thing you need to know about Bali is traffic there is crazy! It is so hectic and chaotic, but yet there is a system in the chaos. The average speed is around 20-30 km/h. Driving a short distance, for example, 18km can easily take you between 1-2 hours. So armor yourself with patience. More often than not you will find yourself stuck in traffic inhaling pollution coming out of the exhaustion system. Honestly, I don’t think the locals have ever heard of the word emissions and the effect of emissions on human health.

Without a doubt, the best way of getting around is a bike. It is the most convenient means of transportation. Unlike in a car you can avoid or limit your exposure to heavy traffic. Though don’t be mistaken you will breathe in a lot of pollution. Bali is one of the top places on the Earth with the lowest air quality and with one of the highest air pollution.

BIKE RENTAL

Renting a bike is relatively cheap. You will pay around 700k IDR per month (50$) or 70k IDR per day (5$) including a helmet. If they ask you to pay more don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price and bargain. In the Bukit area, I rent a bike from Paul +62 813 532 054 53. Drop him a message on WhatsApp and tell him that Tereza recommended you. 

CAR RENTAL

If you don’t feel comfortable driving a bike, don’t worry I’ve got you covered. You can also rent a car. Renting a car without a driver will costs you around 3.5 mio IDR per month, depending on the model and your negotiating skills. The guy that I use is called Putu and his phone number is +62 813 3819 3226. Send him a message on WhatsApp and tell him that Tereza recommended you. 

GO-JEK AND GRAB

You can also use GO-JEK or GRAB apps. You can download them easily from the App Store or Google Play on your phone. GO-JEK is a miracle app, you can find more info here. I highly advise you to use an Indonesian phone number as oftentimes you need to be online to communicate with the driver. Yep, sometimes it can be a hustle to communicate with the driver. After all, you are in Indonesia. But don’t worry after a while you’ll get used to it. You can pay by cash or Go-pay, which I have never used as I always pay by cash.

Personally, I like GO-JEK better. It’s usually cheaper than GRAB. However, it is useful to have both as in remote locations it might be difficult to find a driver so by having both you are increasing your chances of finding a ride. As the last resort, you can get a local taxi, but they like to overcharge bules A LOT.

DRIVER HIRE

Another way of getting around is by hiring a driver. I recommend you to hire a driver for pick-up from the airport as when you arrive chances are you will not have a local sim card with internet data and thus getting a GO-JEK or GRAB can become tricky. Obviously you can buy a sim card at the airport, though I wouldn’t recommend it as it is overpriced. Also, you can use the airport Wi-Fi but it has a small reach and is not accessible from the pick-up/drop-off area. So finding your driver can easily become a hustle. 

I highly recommend you to hire a driver for daily trips and long-distance trips on the island. The traffic in Bali is crazy and exhausting so hiring a driver is a safer and more convenient and comfortable option. 

Here are the drivers that I use Paul +62 813 532 054 53 and Dwi +62 851 07512533. Paul is my favorite he speaks English and a little bit of Czech. Don’t be a stranger and text him on WhatsApp and tell him that Tereza recommended you. 

ATM IN BALI

ATMs are generally easy to find. However, to find an ATM that doesn’t skim your information is not as easy. Indonesia is one of the countries known for ATM scams. So be cautious. When using ATMs, stick to ones that are attached to a bank as random ATMs on the street or in convenience stores have been known to skim people’s information.

TRANSFERWISE AND REVOLUT MASTERCARD AND VISA CARDS

To add an extra level of security I recommend you to use either Transferwise or Revolut prepaid Mastercard / Visa. Both of these allow you to instantly top your prepaid card with your credit or debit card and to easily and instantly transfer money between Revolut accounts.

They have more favorable exchange rates and less or no withdrawal fees. Both Transferwise and Revolut give you instant access to a multi-currency bank account. Your whole Transferwise and Revolut account is managed from an app, which you can download with only a few clicks from App Store and Google Play. The app is super convenient as you get instant spending notifications, enhanced security with the ability to enable/disable contactless payment, ATM withdrawals, swipe payments, etc. Ideal when traveling abroad, and especially valuable when you’re traveling in countries known for ATM scams.

I’m a huge advocate and personally I use both Transferwise and Revolut. You can signup for the Revolut card here and Transferwise card here.

APPROVED ATM LIST

Here is a list of ATMs that I take my cash:
Citibank ATM next to McDonald’s in Jimbaran 
ATM in front of Gym Juice Yoga in Ungasan 
Green ATM next to Nirmala

HOW TO AVOID CURRENCY EXCHANGE SCAMS IN BALI

There’s a lot of currency exchange places in Bali, especially in the tourist hot spots. Similarly, as with the ATM scams Bali is well-known for currency exchange scams. They just love to make an extra dough by scamming tourists. 

I can’t really recommend you a good currency exchange place, but I can give you a word of advice. Never go to a place where the exchange rate is too good compared to other places. It’s usually a sign that in order to maintain such a good exchange rate they need to scam tourists. Always be the last one to count the money! I cannot stress this one enough! Once you count it don’t let them touch the money. They have their tricks and you can be almost sure that if they take it back to recount it after you have count they will drop the money behind the counter and give you back less money. 

APPS YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE

GO-JEK app is an absolute must! I can’t imagine being in Bali and not using the app! I personally use it every day! It’s a lifesaver!

Need a ride? Are you starving and wanna have your food delivered to your door? Need to clean your villa? Want to bring a masseuse right to your doorstep? Want to have your hair and nails done in the comfort of your home? Need to have your grocery shopping done? GO-JEK can get these done for you and many more! Be aware that for all the services you need to pay in cash!GO-JEK is usually cheaper than GRAB. However, I advise having both just in case.

You can download the GO-JEK app and GRAB app easily from the App Store or Google Play on your phone. We highly advise you to use an Indonesian phone number as oftentimes you need to be online to communicate with the driver.

GRAB is another app that you must have in your arsenal. In 2018 it took over of UBER Southeast Asian operations. Similarly, as GO-JEK you can hail a ride through the app without the hustle. You can order food for delivery and take care of your bills. However, unlike GO-JEK, GRAB provides a limited number of services. Be aware that for all the services you need to pay in cash!

INTERNET IN BALI

If you’re a digital nomad or you’re looking for a place to start your remote work style then Canggu is the place to be. There is a lot of coworking spaces and more cafes than you can think of with great wifi! Giving you tons of options to set up your office and be productive.

 Most of the villas, guesthouses, hostels, hotels, coworking spaces, cafes, and restaurants have optic fiber so Wi-Fi speed is not an issue. 

LOCAL SIM CARD

I buy SIM card from Smartfren and I usually opt for the 30-day Unlimited Internet option for around 75,000 IDR ($53). The price may slightly vary between shops. The internet on SIM card usually works fine. However, in some remote places, beaches, etc., it might not work at all. Oh, and you know what you can watch Netflix on Smartfren without any restrictions. Pretty convenient, right?

Because I stay in Bali for multiple months I usually opt for SIM card top-up. That way you don’t have to change your phone in GO-JEK, Tokopedia, Grab, and any other app associated with your Indonesian phone number. Ultra-convenient! 😉 

HOW TO WATCH NETFLIX IN BALI

You may experience issues logging in and watching Netflix in Bali. This is because Netflix is blocked by Telkom (IndiHome) a government-owned company and one of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Indonesia.

The reason why Telkom is blocking Netflix is quite simple, they have shares in Netflix’s Asian competitor and therefore they want to force you to subscribe to their own service. If you want to watch Netflix avoid Telkom and choose First Media, Indosat or Biznet. 

If your Netflix account refuses to connect, don’t despair there is an easy solution.  All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN. Not only will it allow you to bypass geographic restrictions on websites, but it will shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi and provide you with anonymity. Pretty awesome, right? And these are only many perks of using a VPN. For a few years now, I have been using VPN and never had any issues. 

BALI BELLY

In case you are wondering what Bali Belly is, it is essentially an upset stomach or travelers’ diarrhea. In other words, it is an acute case of gastroenteritis, gastro for short. Practically in all cases, it is caused by contaminated food or water.

HOW TO AVOID IT

To limit your exposure to Bali Belly, always look at the standards of the restaurant you’re eating. On top of that:

  • Try to stay away from street food and local warungs
  • Choose places that are popular. Stay away from food that tastes funny
  • Only drink bottled or filtered water
  • Make sure your tea, coffee, or juices are made with bottled or boiled water
  • Be vigilant about washing your hands and using a hand sanitizer
  • Make sure to wash your fruit and veggies with bottled or boiled water

IT’S SYMPTOMS

The typical Bali Belly symptoms generally involve diarrhea. It can also include

  • nausea
  • abdominal bloating, cramps and pain
  • lack of energy
  • fever or mild temperature
  • headaches
  • bloody stools

In most of the cases, Bali Belly lasts within 24-42 hours and then it goes away. 

BALI BELLY TREATMENT

I hope you haven’t been struck down with Bali Belly when reading this. Unfortunately, if you have, here are some general tips to help you get rid of Bali Belly

  • drink plenty of bottled water to help stay hydrated
  • drink oral rehydration drinks to replace lost salts and minerals from your body
  • if necessary and if instructed by your doctor, take antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin and Ercefuryl to help kill a bacterial infection – I recommend you to pick up a pre-assembled first-aid kit 
  • avoid alcohol, spicy and dairy foods as this can worsen diarrhea
  • seek medical advice from a doctor

You should seek medical advice if your symptoms last for more than 48 hours without receding.

FOOD TO EAT

Oftentimes, people find it difficult to have any solids for 1-3 days and they find it easier to stick to water and herbal or black tea. This is quite normal, but try to eat and stick to a bland diet. Eat easily digestible foods such as

  • bananas – a great source of potassium which is lost during vomiting and diarrhea 
  • soups and stews
  • potatoes
  • rice
  • bananas

Also, listen to your body and cravings, usually it will steer you in the right direction.

POWER PLUGS AND SOCKETS IN BALI

Indonesia uses European-style two-pin round plugs. As a traveler, one of the best investments you can make is to get a worldwide travel adapter that will work anywhere in the world you go to. I personally use this one, and can’t recommend it enough. 

WHERE TO DO LAUNDRY IN CANGGU

One of the amazing perks of traveling or living in Bali is that you no longer have to do your own laundry. It is very cheap to get your laundry done. You can drop it in a local laundromat. It costs around 10k IDR ($0.7) per kg. When you pick it up your laundry will be ironed and folded. 

However, you might need to try a few laundromats to find a reliable one. It is not uncommon that they lose your stuff, especially socks, and to find stains on your clothes. Plus you can say goodbye to eco-friendly detergents, the ones they normally use are very chemical. In some places they like to use driers, so you might want to tell them in advance that you do not want them to use driers on your clothes, especially your sports clothes and delicate clothing. Well if you want to prevent them from shrinking. 

The laundry I use in Canggu is Laundry 2 Go on Jl. Pantai Berawa. I’ve never experienced any issue. Such as my clothes shrinking or having my clothes lost.

ELECTRICITY TOP UPS

If you’re renting a place longterm chances are you are responsible for your electricity bill. In Indonesia, it means that you will need to top up your electrometer once it starts beeping. You can buy refills at various mini markets (Indomaret), the post office, and an ATM machine, where you will be issued a token number (a 20 digit number). Input this number to your electrometer and voila you’re set!

IS BALI SAFE? – THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN IN BALI

Bali is reasonably safe but that’s not to say it’s 100% safe. Note that only a few places in the world actually are. 

Bali is famous for pickpocketing, ATM and money exchange scams, ripping off foreigners, fake and counterfeit alcoholstrong currents and earthquakes

After all, both Indonesia and Bali are on the Ring of Fire, also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt, an area of the highest seismic activity. Just in 2018, Indonesia has experienced an earthquake in Lombok, a devastating tsunami in Sulawesi followed by another tsunami in Western Java and South Sumatra. 

Bali itself is home to two active volcanoes – Mt Agung and Mt Batur – with eruptions happening frequently, which can have an impact on tourism. For example in 2017 when Mt Agung erupted all flights out of the country were grounded, leaving over 120,000 people stranded. 

In summer and early fall, 2018 tourists and residents of Bali experienced a series of earthquakes with rumbling of the earth, falling tiles, crashing sounds, and spraying water. However, most of the time the natural disasters will go unnoticed. People still go on with their lives while tourists still have a really good time.

STAYING SAFE IN BALI

WATER
  • Be aware of water contamination and pollution. Only drink bottled water. If you travel with your reusable water bottle, refill it only with filtered water. Otherwise, buy a reusable water bottle with a filter to fill it with none filtered water.
NATURE
  • Be aware of earthquakes. Know what to do during an earthquake helps a lot 
  • Watch out for strong currents, especially in Bukit. The strong currents can easily take you on the open sea. Swimming against the current will do you no good. Instead, swim out of itswim either updown or to the left or right of it
  • Be aware of eruptions and tsunamis. Bali is in the Ring of Fire where volcano eruptions and tsunamis are nothing uncommon. Know what to do when a tsunami strikes in Bali
DRIVING
  • I cannot stress this enough, wear your helmet, whenever you are driving or riding on a bike
  • Don’t take your phone out on a bike. Oftentimes passing locals on their bike rip phones straight out of tourist’s hands and drive away. All you can do is say bye to your phone, your pictures, and other invaluable data
THEFTS AND RIPOFFS
  • Be aware of rip-offs. Locals just love to overcharge bules (foreigners). When there is no fixed price always negotiate a lower price. Tho chances are you will still be overcharged
  • Watch your belongings, especially in tourist areas, beaches, bars, and clubs. This is where most pickpocketing and bag snatching occurs
  • Watch your credit card and debit card. Yes ATM scams are a real thing in Bali. Protect yourself and use either Transferwise or Revolut prepaid Mastercard / Visa
  • Keep an eye on your cash when exchanging money. Money exchanges love to scam tourists. Always be the last one to count the money
ATTACKS
  • Avoid walking or driving alone in the middle of the night as it’s when attacks and assaults mostly happen 
ANIMALS
  • Watch out for street dogs. Bali is not a rabies-free country, so be careful who you pet
  • Stay away from monkeys as they can be pretty aggressive and may have rabies
  • Be careful of mosquitoes bites for they can transmit various diseases such as dengue fever

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

  • Watch for fake and counterfeit alcohol. In the past, there have been massive scandals involving people dying due to alcohol being contaminated with methanol
  • Drugs are illegal and not taken lightly in Bali. Drugs are a serious crime that can lead to the death penalty. So stay away from them

I hope you find this information useful! For more travel tips about Uluwatu surfing see Uluwatu Surfing – a Complete Guide and about surfing in Bali see The Ultimate Travel Guide to Bali Surf. And if there’s anything else you would like to see in this post don’t be a stranger comment below or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you.

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LAST WORDS

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