When to visit Bali:
Best time to visit Bali and the surrounding islands is April, May, June, September, October.
July, August is peak season. So its better to visit here either just before or after peak season, in the dry months.
This is my September visit to Bali and the neighboring islands.
My Short itinerary:
Day 1 & 2 - Seminyak
Day 3 & 4 - Nusa Ceningan
Day 5 & 6 - Gili Islands
Day 7 - 9 - Ubud
Day 10 - Fly back home
. Use Grab taxi app to reach to hotel from airport for cheapest price.
. Currency - Carry USD and exchange at local Bali shops with good rate.
. Sim card can be bought from the airport. We bought Telkomsel (only 4G data) and it has a good 4G coverage.
. Average price of Bintang beer in entire Bali and islands is 25K IDR. So if you are buying from a shop or having at a very basic hotel or restaurant, you may keep this in mind while comparing prices.
. One dish that I would recommend is Soto Ayam, a traditional Indonesian dish - soupy noodles with chicken and egg.
Day-by-Day itinerary breakdown and tips:
Day 1 & 2 (Seminyak Stay):
We checked in to our Seminyak hotel, near Ku De Ta beach, late noon. First day we just rested at the hotel. In the evening we strolled through the streets up to Seminyak Square and pub areas at night, where in at a pub we enjoyed live music performance.
Day 2, We hired a scooty from our hotel. I was looking for a beach with less crowd, towards south of Seminyak and found this beach, Balangan. Turned on the GPS to reach to the beach view point. The view from the point is beautiful. We climbed down the beach and also had our lunch at a shack. If you like surfing, you can surf at this beach. Surf boats with trainers are available at the shacks.
Later after lunch we reached Uluwatu temple, further south. Before entering this temple one has to wrap a Sarong available at the temple (free of cost). The view from the cliff is beautiful. We spent some time there before heading back to Seminyak. Although sunset from Uluwatu would be beautiful but we did not want a scooty ride after the sunset.
For sunset bar experience, reached Potato Head Beach Club of Seminyak, which was super crowded. To get better seats it has to be booked in advance. The infinity pool overlooking the sea along with the sunset and good music made the ambiance beautiful.
Tips and prices:
. Cheapest way to reach Seminyak from airport is Grab. You can download the grab app and reach the grab pick up point of airport. The ride costed me 120k IDR to Seminyak which is way lesser than hotel taxi price and all other price that I was offered.
. Scooty standard price - 50k IDR
. Uluwatu temple entry fee - 50K IDR
. Beware of monkeys at Uluwatu temple, they can take away anything, inclusive your sunglasses.
. Potato Head Beach Club - Entry fee - 150K IDR per person during 4-7 pm, inclusive cover charge