Video Guide: 48 hours in Bali
Bali is a superstar for tourism and has attracted people from all over the world since the 1900’s. It’s easy to understand why. There are countless things you can do on this island of gods. From shopping, visiting the beautiful beaches, experiencing the culture, surfing, enjoying the tasty food and partying till the early hours of the morning! Here is Skyscanner’s video guide to a short 24 hours in Bali.
What to see and do in Bali in the morning?
Sunrise at Sanur Beach
Start your day early and enjoy the beautiful sunrise from Sanur Beach. If you are lucky, you will see Mount Agung, the highest volcano on Bali, from afar. Besides being a perfect place to watch sunrise, Sanur is actually one of the busiest areas in Bali. A lot of tourists choose Sanur as their base in Bali due to its easy access to the islands tourism destinations. You can find plenty of nice restaurants/cafes and shops around Danau Tamblingan Street.
Get breakfast at your hotel: Royal Seminyak Beach Hotel
The exotic fruit platter makes a great start to your day on the island. If you fancy heavier food, try the famous Nasi Campur Bali (mixed rice). The mixed rice is one of signature foods of Bali. It consists of steamed rice with various side dishes like sate lilit (the sate is made from meat mixed with grated coconut on a stick of lemongrass, bamboo or sugarcane) and Balinese sauce, Sambal Matah.
Lempuyang Temple is located in Karangasem and has a fantastic view of Mount Agung from afar. There are several parts to the temple. From the parking lot to Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is a 5 minutes walk. If you fancy to explore more, do the trek to Pura Lempuyang Madya (1 hour trekking) or to the highest point of the temple, Pura Lempuyang Luhur (around 2 hours trekking). You’ll see a lot of Balinese praying at the temple since this is one of the biggest temples on the island. Respect their privacy, hire a guide and learn about the temple during the walk. For the best views come in the early morning.
Enjoy the water palace: Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace that was built in 1948. It is a beautiful complex with large water gardens. The gardens have several pools for swimming and also pools with stepping-stones that you can walk over and filled with fish. The ambiance of this place is amazingly relaxing and you can easily spend 1 hour walking around the complex. There is also a restaurant overlooking the water palace. The restaurant serves tasty Indonesian and western dishes.
What to see and do in Bali in the afternoon?
Lunch at Bo and Bun
Bali is a heaven island for foodie. Bo and Bun, which is located in Seminyak, is a tourist favorite serving Asian cuisine. Don’t miss their “12 hours” Pho and Bo&Bun Bulgogi Fries. The restaurant itself has a simple design and has a really warm and nice ambiance at night.
Visit the beaches
Bali is rightly famous for its beautiful beaches. There are cliff beaches, cove beaches, beaches for surfing, beaches for sunbathing and beaches for enjoying sunset. One unusual option is Green Bowl Beach, which is set at the bottom of a cliff with caves carved out of the rocks. It’s a perfect place to chill out and have drinks. Alternatively visit Virgin Beach or for something more lively try Double Six Beach, which is beach party central. There are plenty of beach cafes/restaurants with colorful beanbags and umbrellas to go with cool beers and a pizza.
Explore the Art
Bali is famous for its jewelers. Celuk village in Gianyar Regency is locally the most famous for its silversmiths. A visit to the village will give you the chance to see how jewelry is produced (mainly silver) and also browse endless local artisanal stores. For art check out Batuan village, which is one of the art centers in Bali. You can find a lot of painters and also wood carvers in the village. There are plenty of galleries that you can visit and see examples of the famous Batuan paintings.
Rice Fields: Tegalalang
If you check out Instagram you will know Bali is famous for its beautiful rice terraces. Two places with the best view of Bali’s rice terraces are Tegalalang and Jatiluwih. Tegalalang is the more famous due to its location close to Ubud. If you visit you can take a walk around the rice fields, greet local kids and farmers or just grab a drink and have some food at one of the many restaurants overlooking the rice terrace.
Shopping in Bali
Seminyak with its wide choice of high fashion stores and amazing cafes is one of the most popular areas for shopping. Make sure to check out Bali Boat Shed. They have collections from various brands that will instantly upgrade your holiday style. Bikini, sundress, hats, you name it and you can find your island essentials here in the sheds. The Bali Boat Shed is located strategically close to Petitenget Beach. It is right in the middle of Motel Mexicola and Sea Circus, two of the most colourful and fun restaurants to go to in Seminyak with your friends or family.
Get pampered at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali Hotel
Other great thing about Bali is you can get pampered almost everywhere. The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, has several wooden huts by the beach if you fancy to get a Balinese massage while also listening to the sounds of the wave. They can also provide the spa at your villa for a more private pampering session. Balinese massage with oils and herbs will loosen your tense body and let you relax before continuing your journey on the island. A nice way to end the massage is with a mocktail.
What to see and do in Bali in the evening?
Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Together with Tanah Lot and also Tirta Empul, Uluwatu Temple is one of the busiest tourist temples on Bali. The temple offers fantastic views of the ocean. Remember to be extra careful of the monkeys at Uluwatu temple. Take off your jewelry before you enter the temple. Make sure to arrive in the late afternoon so you can stay at the temple until sunset for the Kecak dance. The Kecak Dance in Uluwatu is one of the best performances in Bali. It is a fire dance that was adapted from a traditional dance in the 1930’s for Dutch tourists. At Uluwatu you’ll be able to see the famous Kecak Dance with a beautiful sunset as a background.
Enjoy sunset from Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta is a fine dining restaurant that offers great sunset views of Seminyak Beach. The restaurant has several seating options for its customers. For the most relaxing ambience you can choose seating near the pool facing the ocean or take a seat on the second floor and drink a cocktail. Try The Knight (a mixed of Tanqueray gin, pomello, martini rosso, pink grape fruit juice, pomme syrup and fresh lime juice).
Jimbaran Seafood at Menega Cafe
If you love seafood head south to Jimbaran and enjoy fresh seafood at a restaurant by the beach. You can pick your own fresh seafood (fish, prawn, lobster, and many more). The fish is normally grilled over a fire of coconut husks, which gives the food a distinctive smoky flavor. If you come in the evening you can enjoy your tasty dinner under the beautiful night sky accompanied by the sound of live acoustic music.
Clubbing at Mirror
Visiting Mirror feels like entering a fantasyland. The design of the club is inspired by the architecture of a cathedral, which is perfect for the acoustics. The laser show, the stained glass windows, the high ceiling and the music makes this one of the best clubs in the world. Make sure to bring your fancy clothes as you won’t get in wearing flip flops and speedos in this club!
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This video guide was written by Firsta of Discover Your Indonesia.