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About this Guide
Final Thoughts

If you’re reading this guide then you are either dreaming about one day visiting Bali or your vacation to Bali is already locked down and now you need to plan the details. Either way, this Ultimate Guide to your Bali Vacation will help you plan and prepare for your trip to Bali.

Bali is the most famous of the thousands of islands located in Indonesia. The busy island of over 4 million residents has been a tourist favorite for decades. The wide beaches in the south and lush, volcano-dominated interior attract close to 3 million foreign tourists per year.

After reading this guide, you will be able to navigate Bali like a pro and have all the information needed in order to create your perfect vacation. So what are we waiting for….
Let’s dive in!

What you Should Know
in Bali


The official language is Indonesian, but you’ll hear Balinese in the countryside often with a smattering of Indonesian mixed in. However, English is commonly spoken throughout the island due to the constant amount of tourists visiting. Not everyone will speak English but most of the locals know at least how to speak English for simple communication.


Bali uses the Indonesian rupiah as the local currency. We would recommend that you exchange currency before you arrive in Bali, however if that’s not possible, there are many currency exchange shops located in all the main areas of Bali.

Some simple currency calculations are as follows:

$100 USD = 1,412,000 IDR (approximately)
$100 AUD = 1,002,000 IDR (approximately)
$100 EUR = 1,586,000 IDR (approximately)

If you’re not a millionaire yet, you will have a chance to be a millionaire in Bali :)

Credit Cards & BanksCredit Cards & Banks

Cash is king in Bali Always carry a handful of 10,000 IDR to 100,000 IDR notes (valued from $0.75 to USD 7.50) for daily expenses and haggling. However, most main restaurants and shops do accept credit card so feel free to bring your credit card. Also, you can easily withdraw from ATMs, which are everywhere in the cities.


Expect year-round tropical temperatures in Bali. The rainy season runs from January to April and dry season runs from May to September. The most popular time to visit Bali is from July to September.

Phone, Sim Cards & WiFiPhone, Sim Cards & WiFi

The cost of a Bali sim card is around 100,000 rupees ($7 USD) for 23GB of data. Our personal recommendation would be to use Telkomsel as they are one of the most trusted wireless providers. No need to worry though as most cafes and restaurants have wifi and the connection is usually pretty good.


Negotiating in Bali is widely seen and is 100% acceptable when you are at local shops or looking for local services. Don’t be shy. Feel free to negotiate a price you feel is fair. We always love to support the locals in Bali but you always want to feel like you are getting a fair price given the situation.

Getting Around Bali

While Bali may seem like a small island, there is a lot of things to see and a lot of ground to cover! Traffic in Bali is usually very congested so when planning your schedule, always allow extra time for traffic. It’s fairly easy to find a car or taxi in the main parts of Bali, however, you will just need to be conscious of the price and try to negotiate whenever possible.

Arrange an airport pickup before arrival - Once you arrive in Bali the last thing you want to have to do is try to find a trustworthy driver that will bring you to your hotel/villa at a reasonable price. Although there are a ton of taxis & drivers waiting at the airport, it always seems to be a bit too overwhelming. When you get out of the airport, there will be a a ton of locals yelling and trying to get you to hire them for car service. However, the prices can be outrageous and it’s tough to know who to trust and properly has a license.

If you plan ahead, you can get an airport transfer from around $30-$40 and there will be someone waiting for you at the airport with your name on the sign. This to us is a lot more stress free, safe and gets your vacation started on the right track


Scooter is probably probably the cheapest option, however, we recommend it only for the brave as it can be a bit scary if you’re riding through the main streets of Bali. A lot of locals drive fast and tend to drive a bit crazy. If you want to rent a scooter for the day you can find rentals for only $5-$10 per day. Also, if you just need a scooter ride you can use a handy app called - GO-JEK. It’s a local app similar to Uber but for scooters. However, they do have cars you can order as well on the app.


Taxis are the most expensive and since the taxi’s are basically a monopoly, then tend to try to ban apps like Uber & Grab. You can still use Grab in some places, but you need to be very discreet about it and can’t use them to get to and from less-populated areas. There is also plenty of “Blue Bird” taxi’s around Bali, however, they are often rude and expensive. If you do need to use a Blue Bird taxi before to agree on a price beforehand.

Private Car

There are tons of private drivers that will offer airport drop-offs, transfers and tours for much less than taxis. You can find a private car by asking your friends, your hotel or feel free to ask us.

Driving Times

Here is a handy section that will tell you how long it takes to get from one popular destination to another. These are just a rough estimate as traffic in Bali can really slow down your ride.

Driving Times From The
Airport To Downtown Bali

  • Denpasar Airport to Ubud:1 hour 30 minutes
  • Denpasar Airport to Canggu:1 hour
  • Ubud to Seminyak:1 hour
  • Seminyak to Canggu:30 minutes
  • Canggu to Sanur:1 hour
  • Ubud to Uluwatu:2 hour
  • Sanur to Nusa Penida:45 minutes (by fast boat)

With butterflies in the air and monkeys swinging on vines, Ubud is rightfully known as the spiritual destination of the island. Rooted deep within a rainforest of its own kind, it’s energy is contagious and spread vibrantly throughout the community. Locals always say you find what you look for in Bali as this is an island that gives in abundance. In a way, we feel like Ubud is unique as it has this ability to unconsciously cleanse your mind and body. Below you’ll find our recommendations on how to make the most out of your travels to this spiritual destination.

Four Seasons Sayan Ubud

Website: https://www.fourseasons.com/sayan/
Phone: +62 361 977577

Viceroy Ubud

Website: https://www.viceroybali.com/en/bali-luxury-resorts.php
Phone: +62 361 977577

Hanging Gardens Ubud

Website: https://hanginggardensofbali.com/
Phone: +62 361 982700

Sayan House

Website: https://www.thesayanhouse.com/
Phone: +62 361 982700

Milk + Madu

Website: https://www.milkandmadu.com
Phone: +62 361 9067074


Website: https://www.facebook.com/batubaragrillery/
Phone: +62 361 9084249

Tegalalang Rice Fields

The Monkey Forest

Tegenguan Waterfall

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Mt. Batur Volcano

As the world’s current top travel destinations and Bali’s trendiest city, Seminyak is rightfully known as the mega-perfect getaway for those indulging in the finer things in life. Whether you find yourself sipping a matcha latte at an edgy cafe, lounging in your luxurious private villa, or ordering drinks poolside at a day club – Seminyak knows how to deliver beyond expectations! Give yourself the Seminyak trip you deserve by following the recommendations we provide below!

The Legian Bali

Website: https://lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali/en/
Phone: +62 361 730 622

Viceroy Ubud

Website: https://www.viceroybali.com/en/bali-luxury-resorts.php

Sahana Villas

Website: https://www.sahanavilla.com/
Phone: +62 361 73 66 74

The Colony Hotel Bali

Website: https://www.thecolonyhotelbali.com/
Phone: +62 361 736160

KYND Community

Website: https://www.kyndcommunity.com/
Phone: +62 859-3112-0209

Motel Mexicola

Website: https://www.motelmexicola.info/
Phone: +62 361 736688

Strawberry Fields

Website: https://www.strawberry-fields.co/
Phone: +62 859-6900-9245

Potato Head Beach Club

Website: https://www.ptthead.com/bali/
Phone: +62 361 473 7979

Surfing at Seminyak Beach

Shop & Eat

Notoriously known as Bali’s most hardcore party scene, Kuta is incomparable to any city on the island. Having received an unfortunate reputation as the ultimate party destination for Bogans, seasoned tourists tend to avoid it like the plague. Although, as locals, we truly know what Kuta brings to the table and we want to show you that it effortlessly can be the dream vacation you’ve been wanting to have.

Padma Resort Legian

Website: https://www.padmaresortlegian.com/
Phone: +62 361 752111

The Stones Hotel

Website: https://thestoneshotelbali.com/
Phone: +62 361 3005888

Sheraton Bali Kuta

Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dpsks-sheraton-bali-kuta-resort
Phone: +62 361 8465555

Crumb & Coaster

Website: https://www.crumbandcoaster.com/
Phone: +62 819 9959 6319

Johnny Tacos

Website: https://www.facebook.com/johnnytacosbali
Phone: +62 821 4466 6232

Hard Rock Cafe

Website: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/bali/
Phone: +62 623 61755661

Waterbom Bali

Go shopping at Beachwalk

Website: https://beachwalkbali.com/
Phone: +62 361 8464 888

Release Sea Turtles

Website: https://waterbom-bali.com/
Phone: +62 811 3882 683

Welcome to Canggu, a tucked away surfer town on the west side of Bali, a little north of Seminyak. It’s a special place, some would say the home of good vibes, quality cafes, and the best surf anyone could ask for. When you imagine Canggu, you can feel the slight breeze through your hair and the sweet taste of Acai bowls lingering. The most magical part is that even though the island is becoming internationally known, Canggu doesn’t hit the spotlight anywhere close to its big sister cities Ubud, Kuta, and Seminyak. Canggu is still our little secret, and we’re so excited for you to experience what we love so much about our home. Below we list the top restaurants to dine at to take your taste buds to the next level.

COMO Uma Canggu

Website: https://www.comohotels.com/umacanggu/
Phone: +62 361 6202228

Aston Canggu Beach Resort

Website: https://www.astonhotelsinternational.com
Phone: +62 361 3023333

Hotel Tugu Bali

Website: https://www.tuguhotels.com/hotels/bali/
Phone: +62 361 4731701

Quince Cafe

Website: https://www.instagram.com/quince_bali
Phone: +62 813 3852 2529

Two Fingers

Website: https://twofingersbali.com/
Phone: +62 819-0699-2244

Moana Fish Eatery – Tahitian Kitchen

Website: https://www.facebook.com/moana.fish.eatery/
Phone: +62 812 3815 8373

La Laguna Gypsy Market

Website: https://lalagunabali.com/gypsy-market/
Phone: +62 361 789 789

Berawa Beach sunset

Old Man’s Market

Website: https://www.oldmans.net/
Phone: +62 361 8469158

Nusa Penida is a relatively undeveloped island south-east of mainland Bali. Located just about 45 minutes away from Bali (by fast boat), Nusa Penida is a great place to escape for the day to get away from the large crowds and traffic in Bali. You won’t find all the snazzy beach clubs, organic cafes or trendy restaurants that has become synonymous to Bali here. Instead, Nusa Penida houses some of the most photogenic sights and breathtaking views.

If you only have one day, don’t worry – a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali is perfect. You can get to Nusa Penida via a speedboat from Sanur in the morning and come back in the afternoon. But if you want to see all of Nusa Penida and really enjoy your stay, you would need 2-3 days on the island.

Semabu Hills Hotel

Website: https://semabuhillshotel.com/
Phone: +62 0361 6204400

Pandawa Beach Resort and Spa Luxury

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Pandawa-Beach-Villas-Spa-413612858791963/
Phone: +62 361 3005888

Secret Penida

Website: https://secretpenida.com
Phone: +62 878 6147 8222

Amok Sunset

Website: https://amoksunset.com
Phone: +62 823 3555 501

Kelingking Beach

Diamond Beach

Broken Beach

Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in Badung Strait, is the perfect holiday hideaway with few visitors and pristine un-spoiled beaches. It’s famous for its surfing, sunsets, snorkeling and beautiful scenery. If you’re looking to escape from Bali and visit a less crowded island, Nusa Lembongan is the place for you.
A mere 45 minutes by boat from Bali lies a paradise oft overlooked by many visitors to the island. Friends often report back on trips to Ubud and Kuta, but rarely do I hear about Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan is 8 kilometres square and is surrounded by the clearest turquoise water imaginable. Some beaches are populated by boats, others are teeming with coral and marine life. Others still remain deserted. The population of 5000 hardly requires a transport system of any kind so visitors are reliant on either that provided by their accommodation or the restaurant they choose to dine at.

The Tamarind Resort

Website: https://www.thetamarindresort.com/
Phone: +62 0366 5437888

Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa

Website: https://batukaranglembongan.com/
Phone: +62 0366 5596377


Website: https://www.baliecodeli.net/


Website: https://www.facebook.com/lemongrassbarandrestaurant/
Phone: +62 81 2380 8999


Website: https://sandybaylembongan.com/
Phone: +62 82 8970 05656

Devil’s Tear

Dream Beach

Yellow Bridge

The southern tip of Bali, Bukit Peninsula, is often referred to just as Uluwatu which is only one area of this area. It’s different from the rest of Bali because of its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the bluest waters found on the island. The area is well-known for its world-class surf breaks and white sand beaches, in which there are plenty to choose from. Travellers here most commonly stay at higher end resorts or villas but it’s not hard to find cheaper accommodation and places to party with a high or low budget.

The Edge Bali

Website: https://www.theedgebali.com/
Phone: +62 361 8470700

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Website: https://www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu/
Phone: +62 361 8482166

The Ungasan Clifftop Resort

Website: https://www.theungasan.com/
Phone: +62 811 9421 110


Website: https://www.oneeightybali.com/
Phone: +62 361 8470700

Kelly’s Warung

Website: https://www.facebook.com/kellys.warung
Phone: +62 81 353 007 313

El Kabron Cliff Club

Website: https://elkabron.com/
Phone: +62 821 4437 0139

Uluwatu Temple

Padang Padang Beach

Watch the Kecak Dance

Jimbaran has a surprisingly unique combination of luxury resorts within an authentic local community. It’s a great area to relax, have a seafood dinner on the beach, visit the local markets and spend the day at the beach. Although it can be a little touristy at times, it certainly doesn’t have masses of tourists lining the streets like some other areas of Bali.

Within the community, there are predominantly local stores, in particular, a large fresh food market in the morning and a seafood market on the beach where you can see the fisherman still bringing in their catch. There is also an open-air shopping village.

There may not be as many restaurants as other areas, but they have some delicious local and international food options here.

InterContinental Bali

Website: https://www.bali.intercontinental.com/
Phone: +62 361 701888

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Website: https://www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
Phone: +62 361 701010

Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dpsks-sheraton-bali-kuta-resort
Phone: +62 361 702222


Website: https://www.cucabali.com
Phone: +62 361 708066

Above Eleven Bali

Website: https://www.aboveeleven.com
Phone: +62 811 3860 402


Website: https://www.opiabali.com
Phone: +62 819 9943 8787

Visit Samasta Lifestyle Village

Website: https://www.samastabali.com/
Phone: +62 361 4468600

Have a drink at Rock Bar

Website: https://www.ayana.com/en/bali/ayana-resort-and-spa/eat-and-drink/venues/rockbar
Phone: +62 361 702222

Go To the Seafood Market

Final Thoughts

After reading this guide we hope it has helped you to prepare for your upcoming trip to Bali or gave you the final nudge to book your flight and come visit this beautiful island. A trip to Bali will change the way you think about life and allow you to indulge in one of the best vacation destinations in the world.
At ForeverVacation, we want to help you have the best time possible so feel free to send us an email at team@forevervacation.com with any questions you may have and we would be glad to help plan and organize your dream vacation.
Life is short. Stop procrastinating for that amazing vacation you so truly deserve. We look forward to meeting you.

See you in Bali!

Janie & Ben