1 Month In Bali

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We can not believe it! We have been in Indonesia, Bali and the surrounding islands now for a month. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. In one month we have experienced soo many awesome adventures and created some amazing memories. We didnt think it was possible to see so much but without even trying Indonesia has stolen our hearts. From the friendliest of people to the epic landscapes, the mesmerising oceans to the untouched nature and OMG the FOOD!

For all of you guys out there that are planning on coming to Indonesia and aren’t sure about where start. We are going to give you a run-through of what our first month looked like and some of our best photos from our favourite spots to go along with it.

For each area in Bali we have listed the amount of days we recommend staying, our favourite places to stay and our favourite places to eat. We really hope this guide gives you a taste of what Bali has to offer and you’ll be booking your flights in no time. 🙂

First Stop - Canggu

6 days

1 hour from the Denpasar Airport on a good day and 2 1/2 hours on a bad day is a suburb called Canggu. Known for its passionate surfing and digital nomad communities, its pumping nightlife and its all-round great vibe. Canggu is full of the most stylish vegan friendly cafe’s/restaurants and is the perfect place to settle into Bali life. We have spent our time here trying to surf, eating the most amazing plant based food and enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of this special place. If you are looking for a place to settle in and work on your blog or edit your photos. Canggu is the perfect place. 

Eat at

  • Bumi’s Warung (cheap, healthy, local, plant based)

  • La Baracca (AMAZING plant based Italian…..vegan cheese)

  • Oka’s Bakery (good workspace, great coffee, quiet)

  • Crate cafe (breakfast to die for)

  • Nude Cafe (great healthy food, stylish decor)

Stay at

low buget

  • Pluto house (our bali home, very cheap, friendly, central, private rooms, good wifi)

  • Pande Homestay (nice private rooms, clean)

Hostel

nice places

  • Kima Surf (great community, close to beach, yoga, surf, good wifi)

  • Own Villa (breathtaking, perfect for honeymoon, amazing food)

Things to do

  • Work on your blog or edit your photos at Oka’s Bakery (maybe we will see you there)

  • Surf at echo beach with Kima Surf

  • Visit the silver market at Love Anchor on Sunday

  • Have a beer, listen to live music and watch the skaters at Pretty Poison 

  • Catch the sunset at The Lawn, La Brisa or La Laguna 

  • Do some yoga with Samadi Bali

  • Party at Old Man’s

Head to the Beaches - Uluwatu

4DAYS

A lot of people arrive in Bali, make it to their hotel, unpack their bags then head to the beach and are shocked that the sand isn’t white. Bali is most definitely a tropical paradise but it is not known for its pristine beaches……… unless you’re in Uluwatu. One of our favourite places in Bali, we make sure to spend at least a few days here everytime we come back. The beaches are surrounded by huge jagged cliff faces, the sand is white and the water is super clear. Generally a lot quieter than Canggu and Seminyak. Uluwatu is definitely the place to go if your looking to relax on the beach. 

Eat at

  • Bukit Cafe (healthy, organic)

  • La Baracca (amazing Italian food, vegan options)

  • Cashew Tree (relax, grassy area to chill, vegan options)

  • Kelly’s Warung (watch the surfers, cheaper, close to beach)

Stay at

  • Uluwatu Surf Villas (incredible location, best sunset we’ve ever seen)

  • Dreamsea Bali (boho style, beautiful interior, beach vibes)

  • The Bingin Green View (Value for money, 5 min to the beach, Bungalow style)

Things to do

  • Learn to surf at Padang Padang Bay 

  • Visit the monkey temple (those monkeys are fierce)

  • Catch a sunset at Single Fin 

  • Head to Drifter cafe for food and an outdoor cinema experience

  • Head to Sundays Beach club for amazing blue water

  • Check out these beaches Bingin, Thomas, Karma, Green Bowl and Blue point.

Experience the Jungle - Ubud

4 DAYS

Some people say that Ubud is more like a culture than a place and honestly when you’re there, it feels like it. A hideaway for Yogi’s, spiritual healers, naturopath’s, environmentalists and artists. Ubud is heaven for plant based eaters, filled with cafe’s and restaurants catered to a more compassionate lifestyle. Surrounded by waterfalls and filled with markets, spending 4 days in Ubud could either be a relaxing escape or a wild adventure. 

Eat at

  • Sayuri Healing Food Cafe (healthy plant based food)

  • Kafe (Love this Cafe, we dined here 4 times when we first met)

  • Down to Earth (vegan, half price on Monday, Cinema)

  • The Seeds of life (amazing raw plant food)

Stay at

Things to do

  • Visit the Monkey Forest 

  • Take photos at one of the many rice terraces 

  • Try some Yoga and meditation (The Yoga Barn)

  • Ubud Organic Farmers Market 

  • Take a tour to the surrounding waterfalls (Tukad Cepung at 9-11am)

  • You want to stay longer? 1 week Retreat at Firefly Resort (yoga, cooking, meditation etc./ cheap & awesome)

  • Take cooking classes (4 days raw food class at Sayuri Healing Food Cafe)

Island time – Gili Islands

5 DAYS

About an hour ferry from Padang Bay on the main island of Bali sits Gili Air (least developed, 3 dive shops, escape the hustle and bustle) Gili Meno (smallest, quiet, relaxing), and Gili Trawangan (biggest, party island, diving). Combined, these islands offer more of a Caribbean vibe with amazing diving and snorkelling. If you’re looking to spend some more time in the water searching for turtles and other incredible marine animals, the Gili Islands is your best bet. There are no motorised vehicles on these islands which gives it a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. 

*Please educate yourself on the working conditions of these horses before you choose to ride on the carts

Gili Trawangan

Eat at

  • Pituq Warung (Possibly our favourite restaurant in all of Indonesia, local food, delicious, very cheap)

  • Casa Vintage (On the beach, Bonfire, very picturesque)

  • Banyan Tree (central, plant based food, very popular, great food)

  • Local  Night maket (a square of local family run stalls, very cheap, starts at 6pm)

Stay at

Gili Air

Eat at

  • Gili Bliss (amazing breakfast, healthy meals, delicious

  • Musa cookery (veggie, vegan, raw food

  • Captain Coconut (Smoothie bowls, healthy food, cute place)

Stay at

 Gili Meno

Eat at 

  • Mahamaya (beach front, asian or western food, open kitchen)

  • Ya Ya Warung ( local dishes, cheap)

  • Adeng Adeng Restaurant (Asian food, change the meat in a dish for tempeh of tofu)

Stay at

Things to do

  • DIVE, DIVE, DIVE (We both love being underwater and the Gili’s is the place to do it)

  • Find the underwater scooter 

  • Swim with Turtles 

  • Beachside Yoga 

  • Relax – sleep, read and sun bath at the beach

  • Party at Gili T

  • Watch the amazing sunsets at the beach 

Nusa Islands

5 DAYS

 Get ready for adventure and exploring! Between the 3 Nusa Islands Penida, Ceningan, and Lembongan you’ll have a lot to do. We took some incredible photos over our time on the islands. Our favourite Island was Ceningan, the smallest of the 3. On these islands you will find a mixture of white sand beaches, huge cliffs and rock formations, surf breaks, palm tree forests and awesome dive spots. Rent a scooter and explore to your hearts content, but we weary of the the roads (not in the best condition). 

                                                                               

Nusa Ceningan

Eat at

  • The Sand (beach vibes, best place for sunset, hammocks, swings, canoes)

  • Le private (chill pool spot)

  • Seabreeze Warung (hammocks, on the beach, coloured umbrellas)

  • Next level (go upstairs, cute open air cafe, beautiful view)

Stay at

  • Le Pirate (beach side, cute beach huts, reasonable price)

  • D’reborn Guest House (very nice local family, clean cute rooms with aircon, pool, cheap, scooter rental)

Things to do

  • Blue Lagoon (cliff jumping)

  • The secret beach 

  • Mahana Point (on the opposite side is a small beach with crystal blue water)

  • The sand bar (sunset spot, hammocks, paddle boards, relax, good music)

  • Snorkel tour,  see the Manta rays (under water Buddha sculptures)

  • For tours contact @islandtime_bali on instagram

Nusa Lembongan

Eat at

  • Papa Tarros (amazing Thai food)

  • Ginger an Jamu (amazing Breakfast, smoothie bowls right at the beach)

  • Green Garden Warung (veggie options, cheap, good atmosphere) 

Stay at

  • Hostel Devadav (stylish, good Wifi, awesome owner, outdoor shower, cheap)

  • Tigerlillys ( for couples – beautiful boutique style, amazing little oasis next to the beach)

  • Taju Guest House (private room, clean cute & quiet cheap, amazing staff and breakfast)

  • La Nusa Beach Club  (couple hotel, beautiful room, big pool with view ocean view, good breakfast)  

  • Tarci Bungalow (local family, cheap, at the beach, clean cute rooms)

 Things to do

  • Catch a sunset at Devil’s Tears  

  • Ride along the Yellow Bridge

  • Take a kayak and explore the the Mangrove Forest 

  • Chill at Dream Beach , Sandy Bay or Mushroom Bay 

  •  Learn how to surf 

Nusa Penida

Eat at

  • Penido Espresso (smoothie bowl, vegan options)

Vegan Sol Kitchen (Good food, good price, in the jungle)

Stay at

Things to do

-Kelingkeling Beach (T Rex beach, take the most famous Penida photo)

-Crystal Beach (relax, read eat, swim)

-Angel Billabong (crystal clear pool tide)

– Snorkel with Mantas (book a tour on the island)

– Roma Tree House at Rumah Pohon 

– Atuh Beach (on the opposite site of the tree House)

– Hidden beach (on the way to Atuh Beach)

– You are looking for a day trip to Penida … book your tour at IG: @balinusapenidatour   

Explore the North – Amed, Mt Agung, Munduk

4 DAYS

The north of Bali sometimes gets overlooked when planning a trip to this amazing piece of the world. If you have time we totally recommend heading north to check some of these places out. Whether you want to take day tours from Canggu to see the hot spots or you want to stay a bit longer, there is definitely a lot to see. One of our craziest experiences in Bali was waking up at 2.30am to drive to Bukit Cinta to watch Mt Agung erupt while the sun rose. 

Munduk

Eat at

– Warung classic (good for Vegetarians, amazing spring rolls)

– Eco Cafe 2 (great coffee and tea, good for plant based)

Stay at

– Lesong Hotel & Restaurent (beautiful location with a view, surrounded by rice fields, relaxing, lovely people)

– Umah de Maya (located in a little village, clean rooms, friendly fam, great view, cheap) 

 Things to do


– Chase some Waterfalls (Sekumpul, Munduk Bali Waterfall, Nungnung Waterfall)

– Trekking trough the rice fields

– Get the famous IG photo at the Pandara golf course gates

– Explore the famous temple at Tamblingan Lake 

Amed

Eat at

- Warung Pantai (cheap into food)

- Warung Enak (good variety, cheap)

Stay at

– The BBQ Guest House (clean cute bungalows, beach view, friendly staff, mountain view, quiet cheap)

– Aquaterrace Amed (beautiful Hotel in boutique Style, feels like Greece, great food, infinity pool, sun beds)

– Babu Rack Homestay (Cute little rooms, good breakfast, very cheap, kind owners)

Things to do

– Take a photo at Puma Lempuyang ( the famous Gates from IG)

–  Relax at the Beach  – Pantai Jemeluk 

– Try wreck diving, snorkelling or kayaking

– Go hiking and see Mount Agung

– Take the most stunning photo of Mount Agung ( at Bukit Cinta)

– Learn how to free dive 

– Visit the Tirta Gangga Water palace 

Finish it off with a Bang - Seminyak

2 days

By now you’ve probably had the most epic month of your life, your camera is full of amazing pictures and your trip is coming to an end. Why not finish off your trip with some tasty food and some beach side celebrations. Seminyak is full of beachside bars and restaurants. The perfect place to enjoy yourself and reminisce about your perfect month in Bali

Eat at

– Kynd Community (possibly our favourite cafe in all of Bali, plant based goodness)

– Sea Circus (instagram worthy, great food)

– Divine (pure Vegan heaven, Raw food)

– Motel Mexicola (mexican tapas, vibrant colours)

– Warung Dua (local food, cheap, healthy, Nasi Campur)

Stay at

– 7 Rooms Seminyak (stylish, Boutique, good location, reasonable price)

– Gria Manik Batubelig (nice pool, good location)

– Kosta Hostel (Value for money, nice dorms, good food)

Things to do

– Experience La Favela at night

– Watch the sunset at La Plancha

– Shopping on Jalan Kayu Aya

– Hangout by the pool and relax/party at Mrs Sippy (sunbeds and famous diveboard)

– Relax at Potato Head or Ku Da Ta


Conscious Team