By Celina Sol Cruz

Bali is a dream destination for all the beach-lovers out there and it is definitely one of my top must-visit places for my island lifestyle. With its rich culture, famous beaches, temples, waterfalls and sophisticated art forms, I knew I had to go and see this paradise.

Quick Facts:

Bali is one of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia known for its volcanic mountains, rice fields, temples, and of course its dreamy beaches. Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, Bali was able to preserve its Hindu culture and most of its most famous tourist spots are their religious sites such as Tanah Lot and Uluwatu Temple.

Trip dates: July 23-July 26, 2016
Trip budget: PHP 18,400

How to get there:

  1. Book a flight from Manila tp Denpasar (via Cebu Pacific Air).
  2. Rent a car from Airport to Tijili,  Seminyak.

Where to stay:

Seminyak, Bali: Tijili Seminyak

I really loved the colorful vibe of this new boutique hotel in Seminyak. It’s only 5 minutes walking distance from the beach and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this to anyone cause it’s definitely value for money– Php 2,463.61 for 2D-1N for 3 people.

Loving the colors of this hotel!
Look how chill this is!
Ubud, Bali: Puspa Hotel

For only Php 4,000 we were able to book a 3D2N stay for 3 at Puspa Ubud Hotel. It was a fairly nice hotel located near the center of Ubud. The staff were nice enough to accommodate some of our requests such as leaving our breakfast in the room for when we get back from our sunrise and waterfalls tour, preparing balinese coffee for us before we leave for the airport at 5am (before usual breakfast time), and offering a car service to the airport for Rp 350,000. It’s walking distance from restaurants and spas which was also plus!

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What to eat:

What to do in Seminyak:

Sunset and drinks by the beach

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Seminyak Sunset
This is what we came for!
 Surfing and Bodyboarding


 Party in La Favela

After dinner, we headed to La Favela at around 10pm for some drinks and dancing and wait till midnight to have a birthday salubong for Robbie. We came a bit too early (as usual), decided to have a few beers and come 11:30 pm people of different nationalities started coming and and the placed transformed into a crazy fun party place.

What to do in Ubud:

Visit the Bali Zoo


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 Ubud Art Village

Bali is also known for its artisans who produce different products including batik and ikat cloth. wooden and stone carvings, painted art, etc. We were lucky enough to visit a village that specialized on different styles of painting.

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Tanah Lot Temple
Sunset over Tanah Lot Temple
Grilled corn with salt and butter is to die for!!!





 Tampak Siring Temple or Holy Water Temple


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 Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud

We woke up extra early to be able to catch the sunrise over the rice fields in Ubud. It was a very peaceful morning being the early birds in that area. Definitely a perfect way to start your day!



Coffee & Spice Garden, Ubud Bali

During our tour to the Coffee & Spice Garden we were able to try the most expensive coffee– Civet Coffee / Kopi Luwak and a lot of their different Balinese take on coffee and tea. ☕️




Tegenungan Waterfall

Balinese perceive water as a foundation of prosperity, purification and spiritual cleansing. The Tegenungan Waterfall, located in Ubud Bali, is a source of energy- raw and powerful!

It is a very easy trek to the waterfalls with amazing view from the starting point. It only takes around 15mins of trekking through a paved pathway leading to the falls.



Contact for Bali Tours Packages. You can even customize it to your liking.

Adventure hacks:

  • Bring sunscreen and rashguard
  • Bring off lotion
  • Always be respectful most especially in places that are sacred to their culture
  • Dress for the occasion – some places enforce a dress code and require you to wear conservative clothes
  • Bargain respectfully
  • Take note of Bali’s rainy season (January to April and October to November) when planning your trip

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