Beach, sunny days, natural scenery, relaxation and a place where cultural diversity exist… Welcome to Bali.
We spent 3 Days and 4 Nights in Bali, on the areas of Legian, Seminyak and Kuta.
It was a short stay, but it was nothing but beautiful and satisfying.
We left Manila around 7PM and arrived around 11PM at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali).
We stayed at JOCS BOTIQUE HOTEL, It was a nice budget hotel, at the center of all activities in Legian. For the price, it was already a good catch.
If you don’t have anyone picking you up, you can try Grab. It’s WAY cheaper compared to a taxi.
Taxi drivers might tell you that Grab can’t come to the airport, DON’T LISTEN.
Grab taxis are ALLOWED at the airport. they’re on the right side.
Do not go to the main entrance gate, (this looks like a big white gate to heaven) it will catch your attention because of its design, and you will automatically think that that is the way out. Head to the right side entrance instead.
We got scammed. don’t be like us. 😅
We need to find a ride. – is our main concern upon waking up. So we got up, dress up, looked for a place to eat and luckily, one of the waitresses knows someone who can drive us around on a motorbike.
There are ways of getting around Bali:
1. Rent a motorbike – If you know how to drive this thing, there are places where you can rent it, and they say it’s the cheapest way to go. You will only have to pay for rental fee, the gas is on you tho.
2. Rent a motorbike and a driver – If you can’t drive, you’ll have to pay for his time. This is a bit expensive compared to option 1.
3. Rent a car – This is expensive (I guess) but if you’re in group, I guess maybe this is practical.
4. Grab – The cheapest way to go I think. We only tried it once on our way home, and it was cheap and safe, so I guess this is okay. And money wise, I thought maybe we should have opted with this. lol
We opted for option 2. Motorbike. Why? To avoid traffic. Traffic in Bali can be heavy, and if you have a list of places to see, then you wouldn’t want to be stuck at traffic.
Okay. Let’s go.
First stop, Green Bowl Beach.
Green Bowl Beach is considered to be one of Bali’s secluded beaches. It’s a good place to surf, and a good place to relax.
You have to climb down 300+ steps to get to the beach. There aren’t many people there which was a good thing, and the colors of the water is beautiful.
Near to this area is Nyang Nyang Beach, another hidden gem of Bali.
This place is amazing. However I don’t suggest people who have some physical problems to come here. It’s a steep 1 hour to 1 hour and a half trek down and another on the way up. There aren’t any solid steps, so you will have to make your way stepping on rocks and holding on to branches. It could be challenging. For those who are physically fit tho, this will be an easy 30 minutes trek.
There are vendors selling food and drinks on certain stops, but not many.
If you want to get away from all the crowd… This is the place to be.
There was less than 20 people on that beach that day. A good place to relax and enjoy the sun.
So far, the most beautiful beach I’ve been to.
After we got tanned.. (well for me, I got burnt XD) we went to Uluwatu Temple to watch the famous Kecak Fire Dance.
It was great. The build up of the story was a bit slow and some people got bored and left. If you’re planning to watch this. Finish it. It will be interesting as it comes to the second half til the end. It was fun, worth it. You won’t see it anywhere.
The show lasts for about an hour, so after that we went back to our hotel, ate dinner and slept.
Elephant time!!! 😁 I couldn’t be more excited for this day! ♥
After breakfast, we headed for Ubud.
Our first stop was the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. It wasn’t that much for us Filipinos, I wasn’t that impressed since we have our own Banawe Rice Terraces in PH. They look the same to me XD (sorry)
Just a tip, some locals might stop you and sell you entrance tickets to the terraces. DO NOT ENTERTAIN THEM. THERE ARE NO TICKETS. ENTRANCE IS FREE.
Okay next on our lists, Bali swing.
There is a swing below the terraces, where you could take a photo, tho we didn’t ask how much it was because we’re planning to go this other place where they also have swings.
Unfortunately tho, when we got there… OML. The famous Bali swing, is a no for us. The price is just not reasonable, I forgot how much it costs exactly, but it’s almost the same price as Disney world. And what? you’re just gonna be pushed on a swing??? haha uhm… no thanks.
I saw the place. You won’t really be swinging on a cliff, they will make it look like that on the photo lels
I got a feeling that the swing at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces is much better.
Anyway! off we go to the elephants!!! 😁😁😁
When we got there and I saw the sign, “Slow down, elephants crossing road” I got really really excited! Haha
So here we are at the Mason Elephant Park and Lodge. I’m guessing you can stay there since there are rooms / homes that appears to be for rent inside the area. It was a niiice place, very forestry feels. Love it here.
Anyway, when I saw the elephants, I just ran like a little kid towards it haha
ME IS SO HAPPY!!!! 😍😍😍
We spent 4 hours here, then we ended the day at Seminyak Beach.
We stayed at the famous La Plancha. And will I recommend this place? Absolutely NOT.
Why? Well yes, it might look good on the photos, since the place is colorful, but when you think of it, it’s just umbrellas and chairs. And guess what, you will have to order food worth 600 PHP per person for you to be able to stay.
Did you know what I ordered? A bowl of fried sweet potato and a glass of coffee, that total is PHP600+ already. I mean, seriously?? I could have eaten a whole full meal with that price.
And what do they have to offer? NONE. Just the chairs you’re sitting on. And food which you have to buy while you wait for the sunset.
Look at that, give them some entertainment at least.
It’s stupid and a waste of money. Just sit on the fcking sand. You’d still be able to watch the same sunset as everyone else on the beach. But why did we stay tho anyway? 😆
Our last day.
We were planning to go to Pura Lempuyang Temple and go see the “Gates of Heaven” but we didn’t.
It was a 3 hour motorbike going there, then another 3 hours back to where we’re staying… and our butt hurts already from DAY 1 and 2. haha we just can’t.
So we decided to just chill at the hotel, and walk around the area, see what we can eat lol while we wait for our flight.
3 hours before our flight, we’re already at the airport and was just waiting to go home.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN FOR 1 PERSON (group of 2)
AIRTICKET: AirAsia (Return) PHP 6,818
HOTEL: (3D4N) PHP 1435
TRAVEL TAX: PHP 1,600
TAXI(Airport to Hotel) – PHP 920 / 2 = PHP460
MOTORCYCLE: (transpo in Bali) PHP 2,500
ENTRANCE ULUWATU TEMPLE: PHP 110
KECAK FIRE DANCE: PHP 370
SIM CARD: PHP 1,300 / 2 = PHP 650
ELEPHANT LODGE ENTRANCE: PHP 1,000
*A good full meal costs around PHP300
multiply that by 3 meals for 3 days… let’s say around PHP 3,500 for my entire stay
because I tend to buy small foods and drinks whenever I feel like it haha 😛
GRAB (hotel to airport) – PHP 73
TOTAL: PHP 18,516
Despite a fact that we got scammed.. twice! (taxi and the sim card) This was still a win! 🍷
The place itself is beautiful. The nature is lush, but there will be people who will take advantage of you being the tourist. So take extra measure, and do your research.
(I overheard a lady selling a dress for $20, a dress which I could have bought in PH for PHP250! 😮 )
Despite of that tho, It was a nice stay, but sad that it was short. Wished we could have stayed for an entire week.
There are MANY MORE places to see in Bali and I will definitely go back. ❤️