So. If you are reading this and have any tiny desire to travel to Bali, here is some advice…BOOK THE TICKET!
I didn’t quite know what to expect, I mean I knew people honeymooned there (?) and I knew that the last thing I wanted was wander around a lovers paradise solo, but what I found instead was so much more than that.
Every place I visited was distinctly different from one another and gorgeous. From surfing in Kuta to devouring raw vegan meals in Ubud, Bali has something for everyone – beach bums to Yogis and everyone in between. Two weeks is barely enough time to explore this amazing island, but in two weeks you can definitely do a lot!
I spent the first week with one of my best girl friends going to Kuta, Uluwatu, Gilli Trawangan, and Ubud and the second week solo traveling exploring Ubud further and Nusa Lembongan – to say I am in love with Bali is an understatement.
Here is my proposed itinerary if you have two weeks in Bali:
Days 1-3: Kuta
Surf, party and lounge on the beaches of Kuta. We spent around 3 days in Kuta which I thought was enough, there are plenty of bars, shops and beaches to occupy your time. I took a surfing lesson from one of the many groups of Indonesian guys offering them on the beach, it was around 7USD.
The beaches in Kuta were rather littered with trash, but the sunsets were THE best I have ever seen! We stayed at “Funky Monkey Hostel” which was a great location, the staff were friendly and the rooms were clean! There, I met some really cool people, it was definitely a “party” hostel, music until the wee hours of the morning was the norm.
During one of these days you MUST take a day trip to Uluwatu,
This was one of my favorite days. Check out the little surfer shops that are perched on the cliff along with the Temple over looking the ocean. Don’t forget to get a Nalu Bowl at Single Fin to power up, then explore the beaches!
Alternatively head up to Seminyak or Changgu their mix of crunchy/yogi/lux vibes will not disappoint.
Days 3-6: Gili Islands
Next, travel to the Gili Islands! It takes about 2 hours to get there by ferry, after an hour drive to the pier – make sure you get a seat near a window or the back of the boat it gets HOT!! When you arrive you are greeted by quaint small streets and many horse drawn taxis which are deceptively cute but if you take a closer look, you can see how sick and mistreated the horses are. It’s a small island even if you have luggage I urge you to bypass them and just walk to your accommodation!
Gili Trawangan has an abundance of different activities to choose from. Shop, dive, snorkel, lounge or all of the above! There are little stands selling snorkeling tours which we signed up for – witnessed the clearest water and largest coral formations! There are a million cute beach bars to grab a drink or a fresh coconut but you can also rent a bicycle and ride around the island to the other side where you can watch the sunset on dreamy white sand beaches.
Days 6-11: Ubud, Ubud, Ubud!!
Ubud is an absolute must on a tour of Bali, this is where I started my solo journey! About an hour inland from the coast you meander your way up windy lush roads and arrive in the green, vegan mecca of Indonesia. The foodie in me was in heaven – I’m not going to lie, I spent a good amount of money on some of the best vegan food I’ve ever had. From smoothie bowls, and fresh juices to big salads and raw soups they had it all. I spent my days doing yoga at The Yoga Barn, in the mornings an open air yoga studio surrounded by lush jungle and adventuring in the afternoons. I originally started with a booking of 2 days but extended it to the better part of a week because I couldn’t get enough! I would have happily spent another week just there doing more exploring of rice terraces, coffee plantations, temples, and waterfalls.
Days 11-14: Nusa Lembongan
Only a quick little ferry ride away from the coast are the three Nusa Islands, after some research I was still bewildered as to which to pick for my short visit! Ultimately I decided on Lembongan and I am so happy I did. The island is very small, so finding your way around is very easy. I stayed at a guesthouse and rented a motor bike as to explore easier. Every bit of this island will leave you speechless, from its turquoise waters and large crashing waves to its quiet bays and mangrove forests. The whole island feels like a beautiful secret, and if you ask the locals they’d like to keep it that way!