Ah, missing Bali already (though not the heat!). Los Angeles to Bali was a long 19 hour flight (excluding layovers), but long haul flights don't scare me :D We spent five days there and that was a good amount of time to explore the huge island!
Once you arrive at the Denpasar airport, you will be greeted by a swarm of drivers that will try to usher you into their "taxis" - these are overpriced unregistered taxis! Don't do it - always try to secure airport transfer through your hotel or accommodation.
Scroll on for a brief recap of our trip and some essential Bali travel tips!
We went to Bali for my friend's destination wedding there, and this was my wedding guest outfit. This For Love & Lemons Antigua dress was perfect for the wedding and the weather because all the mesh kept me really cool in the heat!
Amazing view from the Sky wedding venue at Ayana Resorts.
The next day we spent sightseeing around the island. We used the Bali Cab service, which I found straightforward and easy to use - a rarity in Bali! For about $40 a day, we hired a private driver to drive us all around the island :D Ballin'.
It was a challenge to find good, authentic Balinese food around the island because 90% of the establishments are catered to tourists (aka tourist traps). On our first night in Bali, our driver dropped us off at a restaurant that served spaghetti and fish and chips - yikes. But in Ubud, we managed to find a good, simple restaurant that served local eats, Fair Warung Bale. Yum! Trip advisor would be a good source for restaurant reviews in this part of the world.
Trinkets and souvenirs galore! I picked up some lovely crochet crop tops, and a hand woven basket cross body bag - you'll see it on my Instagram sometime! Practiced my bargaining and Malay skills here, and probably still paid too much...
Last stop of the day - Tanah Lot - a temple on a cliff, by the beach. A beautiful spot! But, as with many of the beautiful spots in Bali, it was over crowded with tourists (this photo captured the only section of the venue that didn't have a million people)! If you go, go early. The area around Tanah Lot also has a market, where you can get many souvenirs and knick knack similar to those at the Ubud market.
Spent a day at the St. Regis in Nusa Dua, most luxurious resort ever. Bali does luxury resorts like no other! And they're less expensive than the same resort in most other countries - if you're going all out - do it here!
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After the trip, I felt relaxed, recharged - ready to go back to the office - lol, jk. More like ready to plan my next trip :D
Some Bali travel tips to take away:
1) Always use registered taxis - Bluebird company is known as the most trusted taxi service on the island. Always ask for the driver to use the meter! Otherwise they will pull out a fare from the air, which is 3 times the amount of your actual fare.
2) Uber/Grabcar is available, but illegal in Bali - and most Uber drivers avoid picking up passengers from areas where taxis or "transportation providers" frequent, to avoid altercations. Expect to find the Uber ride you ordered hiding in an alley or two blocks away, waiting for you.
3) Always bargain! Most of us are accustomed to one set price, but in Bali, the price is always a range. As a tourist, you'll always be given the highest price first. Bali can be as expensive or as affordable as you allow it to be.
Can't wait to visit again and do some snorkeling/diving that we didn't get to do this trip! Have any of you been to Bali and how was your experience?
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