Many of you guys have been asking for some Bali tips so I thought I would just write a blogpost about what I would do on a 3 week trip to the island. I’ve been living in Bali for half a year so I got around a bit and can tell you which areas and places I love the most.
My absolute favorite area is definitely Canggu. It’s also where I live. It’s full of young, creative, inspiring people, the best (and of course instagramworthy) cafes, restaurants and bars. It offers a great nightlife, some cool shops, beautiful spots to watch the sunset and a beach. It’s not the most beautiful beach (it’s the one with black sand), but since its a good surf spot it has cool vibes! I would definitely recommend to plan on spending most of the time of your Bali trip in Canggu. Since it’s also well located it is easy to do day trips to the areas around it. It’s very close to the famous area Seminyak (15 min bike ride) which is really good for shopping and which offers tons of really good restaurants, clubs, beachbars, etc… I prefer living in Canggu and visiting Seminyak during the day though.
Cutest hotel in Canggu Jungle Room Bali
One of my favorite Cafés in Canggu: Gypsy Bali
Most instagram worthy Cafe in Canggu and Seminyak: Café Organic
In Uluwatu you find amazing beaches. My favorite one so far is Bingin beach (haven’t checked out all the others though). There is one beach you have to walk 20 mins down to which is really exhausting because its very rocky and you have to climb a little. It’s absolutely worth it though, because most of the time there is no one else there! It’s called Nyang Nyang Beach. In Uluwatu you also find really good surf spots and there are some nice cafes like the Cashew Tree, Bukit Café and Single Finn. Single Finn is built on the cliffs so it has the greatest view and offers the famous Nalu bowls. Every Sunday they throw a huge party! You definitely have to check this out. The nightlife down there is in general more quiet than in Canggu but there are still some parties to attend. So I would recommend you spend at least a couple of days in Uluwatu.
Ubud is located in the heart of the island and it’s surrounded by rice fields and jungle. The center itself is a bit too touristy for my taste but it offers a lot of cool activities to do: You can go to the rice fields and the waterfalls, go rafting, visit temples or the monkey forest, or go hike up on a volcano to watch the sunrise! Ubud has a very spiritual scene. If you are interested in Yoga or meditation you will definitely find the best schools and teachers for that in Ubud. It also offers really good cafes and restaurants. The nightlife in Ubud is non-existent but there are bars that play live music sometimes which is really nice!
If you have enough time I would stroooongly recommend to visit the Gili islands for a couple of days! It’s a 3 hours boat ride from Bali. There are 3 small islands very close to each other (10 mins boat ride inbetween the islands). You only need around one hour to walk around Gili Meno for example. None of the islands have bikes or cars, you get around with bicycles or horse carts. Gili Tranwangan is a party island with lots of young people, partying every day. Its not really my type of party there, I like the parties in Canggu a lot more. Gili Meno is really quiet, there are only a couple of restaurants, no nightlife at all. Gili Air is a bit busier than Gili Meno but also very quiet. The beaches on all the islands are amazing! They have crystal-clear, blue water and white sand. You can do amazing snorkeling and diving trips or do stand up paddling. Its very peaceful and calm on Gili Meno and Gili Air perfect to relax and refuel your energy.
Le pirate Hotel on Gili Trawangan
So to summarise: On a 3 week Bali trip I would do 1,5 weeks Canggu, 2-3 days Ubud, 4-5 days Uluwatu and 3-4 days Gilis. If you don’t like to move around much it’s also possible to stay in Canggu the whole time and do day trips to Uluwatu (1,5 hours drive) and Ubud (1 hour drive).
I hope I could give you some useful advice, enjoy your trip to Bali!