17. Januar 2017

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.

bali_lenamarias7Cutest hotel in Canggu Jungle Room Bali

bali_lenamarias6One of my favorite Cafés in Canggu: Gypsy Bali

bali_lenamarias1Sunset on Echo Beach

bali_lenamarias4Most 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.

bali_lenamarias5Gravity Hotel in Uluwatu

bali_lenamarias.pngSingle Finn Uluwatu

bali_lenamarias12Nyang Nyang Beach 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!

ubud_lenamariasRicefields in Ubud

bali_lenamarias2Tegenungan Waterfall

ubud_jungleJungle around Ubud


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.

bali_lenamarias9Cute little hut on Gili Meno

IMG_9718-minLe pirate Hotel on Gili Trawangan

bali_lenamarias11 Snorkelling on Gili Meno

bali_lenamarias13Crusoe House on Gili Meno

bali_lenamarias14Endless beachdays on the Gilis

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!


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  • Reply Susanna 17. Januar 2017 at 18:25

    ahhhh so wahnsinnig schön, vor allem jetzt wo es in Wien so unglaublich kalt is.. #fernweh haha 🙂
    überleg auch schon länger endlich mal nach Bali zu fliegen.

    • Reply lenamaria.s 18. Januar 2017 at 17:31

      Freut mich, dass dir der post gefällt! 🙂 ja, dass kann ich nur empfehlen!! 🙂

  • Reply Nica Speeva 17. Januar 2017 at 19:51

    Wow very nice blog post ❤

    • Reply lenamaria.s 18. Januar 2017 at 17:31

      thank you!! 🙂 <3

  • Reply Victoria 28. Januar 2017 at 15:44

    Würdest du Bali auch empfehlen, um alleine zu reisen? bzw. wie stehst du generell dazu alleine zu reisen (als Frau)?
    Und hast du das schon mal gemacht? 🙂

    • Reply lenamaria.s 27. Februar 2017 at 16:10

      Kann man auf jeden Fall in Bali machen! Viele Frauen reisen hier alleine! 🙂 nein leider noch nie.. will ich aber unbedingt mal machen! 🙂

  • Reply Svenja 25. Februar 2017 at 11:08

    Genau der richtige Post für mich! Ich kann mich nämlich schwer entscheiden, ob ich lieber hin und her reise, oder von einem fixen Punkt aus Tagesausflüge mache. Danke für deine Hilfe und WOW die Bilder sind einfach nur großartig! <3
    Viele Grüße
    Svenja von lovelysuitcase

    • Reply lenamaria.s 27. Februar 2017 at 16:08

      Vielen Dank liebe Svenja, freut mich, dass ich dir helfen konnte! 🙂 xx

  • Reply lenamaria.s 27. Februar 2017 at 16:09

    Vielen Dank liebe Svenja, freut mich, dass ich dir helfen konnte! xx

  • Reply Maria 3. März 2017 at 13:55

    WOW die Bilder! Ein sehr schöner Post! Kannst du eine gute Reisezeit empfehlen? Ich wollte von Juli bis September verreisen und etwas länger in Bali bleiben, durch deinen Post habe ich total Lust bekommen! Und kannst du mir verraten, ob Bali teuer ist?
    Danke für deine Antworten und mach weiter so, bist eine schöne Inspiration!! xx

    • Reply lenamaria.s 4. März 2017 at 9:09

      Hey! Danke! 🙂 Juli bis September ist gut, da ist immer gutes wetter 🙂 also keine Regenzeit.. nur halt viele Touristen aber das macht eigentlich nichts 🙂 bali ist super günstig !

      xx lena

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  • Reply Corinna 21. März 2017 at 21:51

    Wahnsinn, das sind ja einfach hammerschöne Bilder!! Die gute Lena hat aber auch absolute Modelmaße, das muss man ihr lassen 😉
    Jedenfalls danke für das spannende Interview, da bekomm ich gleich ein bisschen Fernweh und Lust, es ihr nachzumachen…ein bisschen Bali-Leben für ein Jahr oder zwei 🙂 Wobei ich persönlich ja auch gern die Jahreszeiten miterlebe und mich daher in Europa ganz wohl fühle. Nur ab und ab packt einen das Inselfieber!
    Ganz liebe Grüße,

  • Reply MihaBalan 4. September 2017 at 19:44

    Your pictures look absolutely beautiful. I’ve visited Bali this summer and had an amazing experience in the city of Sanur. The city is less „touristy“, but we aimed at that. For the future, we will definitely consider experiencing a more vibrant Bali and with your article, you convinced us that we should probably start with CANGGU.

  • Reply Tobias Batke 15. Oktober 2017 at 13:32

    Wow very nice pictures! I was in ubud this year and traveled to gili air and senggigi as well. I can definetly recommend gili island and ubud with its pure nature and rainforest. For us europeans it were a lot of new impressions we experienced there the first time. The noise of the jungle alone was a experience we will never forget! We also had a really nice guide there, named Wayan Sudarta- he showed us a lot of balinese culture and was one of the most friendliest persons we had ever met.

  • Reply lucia 12. Dezember 2017 at 13:40

    beautifull angle of photo

  • Reply Maharadjah Tattoo Bali 5. Februar 2018 at 8:22

    Great Post and Stunning Pictures! love it!

  • Reply Govind SIngh Rana 22. Oktober 2019 at 8:15

    This whole article is good to know about Bali and its beautiful serene places. I always wanted to go to Bali and after reading this whole article I inspired a lot and wants to go to Bali in December. And also the pictures are gorgeous. Love you lenamaria.S

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