Bali is a popular spot for Instagrammers, solo travelers, and even family vacationers. Full of waterfalls, beaches, shops, local history, and good food, you might think that only 6 days in Bali is not enough! Well guess what, you’re right! You could spend weeks in Bali and still not be able to experience everything! But by the end of our 6 days, Calvin and I were absolutely exhausted and ready to go home. Visiting Bali was an amazing experience, and we’re excited to share our itinerary with you!
Where to Stay in Bali
Calvin and I took a bit of a different approach when choosing our hotel. We knew that we wanted to visit places in Ubud AND places all the way down in Uluwatu, so we chose a hotel that was kinda in the middle. Since most of our activities would NOT be in Ubud, we decided to stay closer to the Kuta/Seminyak area. This just added some extra driving time to our trip, which I am not complaining about at all. To me, it added some extra adventure and let us see more of the local life.
We stayed at the Rhadana Hotel in Kuta, which was only around $25 per night and had AMAZING breakfasts! We weren't too picky when choosing a hotel because we would only be there at night. It was almost an hour drive to all the places we went in Ubud and about a 40 minute drive to Uluwatu.
How to Get Around Bali
There are several options for getting around Bali.
Scooter- Renting a scooter is probably the most popular option. Calvin and I could easily see how scooters are faster and more convenient than renting a car, but neither of us felt comfortable driving one. If you're going to get one, I recommend already having some experience driving in Indonesia or a similar country because traffic in Bali can be intense.
Car- In Bali, you can either rent your own car or hire a driver. We opted for renting a car for only half of our trip and then using ride share services for the other half. A lot of roads in Bali are small, curvy, and very steep, so make sure whatever car you get has the power to make it up very steep hills. We did not think of this before purchasing a car, and we barely made it out of some places.
Days 1-2: Ubud
What we did:
Every blog that I had ever read mentioned how relaxing and peaceful it was in Ubud, so I was thrown off a little when I saw that it was just as hectic as everywhere else I had been in Indonesia. And what Calvin and I did there was far from relaxing! Our adventures in Ubud were full of stairs and lots of walking! My body was SO tired by the end of each day (maybe I’m just out of shape), but some of the most beautiful places, like the Tegenungan Waterfall and Tegallalang Rice Terraces, were in Ubud!
Days 3-4: Uluwatu
What we did:
Garuda Wisna Kencana
Tanah Lot (near Seminyak)
Seminyak Shopping (Seminyak)
Wahaha Pork Ribs (Seminyak)
I was so excited to travel around Uluwatu because that meant I would finally have my beach day! Uluwatu is full of gorgeous beaches with bluer water than I had ever seen before! The only downside…the ones we went to also came with stairs, lots and lots of stairs. I had seen so many recommendations for these beaches, but I never saw anyone mention the sheer amount of steep stairs you have to go down to get there. Unfortunately, what goes down must come up, and let me tell you, my legs were burning. But it was totally worth it. No regrets! Just take this as a little warning beforehand.
Day 5: Seminyak
What we did:
Mano Beach House
For our last 2 days in Bali, we didn't have our rental car anymore, so we had to stay relatively close our hotel. We tried to pick places where we could just chill and be within walking distance of food. For those of you who LOVE shopping, Seminyak will be paradise! It's full of boutiques, souvenir shops, and adorable restaurants and cafes. Honestly there's something for everyone, you just gotta take the time to look! But just a heads up, Seminyak gets very very busy, especially at night!
Day 6: Kuta
What we did:
Our last and final day in Bali consisted of walking aimlessly around the mall and chilling for hours on Kuta Beach. Of all the places we had been in Bali, Kuta gave me the most tourist vibes. There's lots of shopping, and a favorite water activity is actually surfing. The waves at Kuta Beach were spectacular, and you can actually take surfing lessons.