I wanted to write out where we stayed and what we did because I got so many questions about my trip via Insta. I've been meaning to write this since my trip and here I am writing this almost a month later...
Anyways, I traveled to Bali for 5 days and 4 nights at the end of January. I am not going to add tons or details or write about stories that happened. I will just give you all the key details to keep it nice and simple! As always, if you have questions, feel free to message me.
Here is everything we did, with links to the sites :)
Visa: not needed for Canadians
Flights: Airport is the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. Flew roundtrip from Singapore.
Money: The currency is Indonesian Rupiah. I spent ~2.6 Million rupiah, which is ~$260 CAD, not including a few convenience store purchases, flights, or $100 for accommodations. Some places take credit card, but cash is the best way to go. The total trip cost me about $600, including everything.
Since we were in such a large group, we were able to stay at an incredible AirBnb Villa for $25 CAD/night each. It included airport transfers and chefs that cleaned and cooked breakfast for us every day. I was amazed at how far our dollar went in Indonesia!
The beds were insanely comfortable, the pool was great, and the house was immaculately clean. I would HIGHLY recommend this villa if you're travelling with a big group.
We were a 5 minute walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and around lots of shops and restaurants.
We also did a day tour of the island. We picked Trip A, which meant we saw
A monkey sanctuary
Ubud Rice Terrace & Swing
Tirta Empul Temple
Treetop lunch overlooking the rainforest
A coffee plantation (with lots of free samples!)
Many of the destinations were very touristy, but I was really glad we paid for this tour. (Note: it doesn't include entrance fees to each exhibit, so in total the trip + entrance fees cost about $60). It was great having someone drive us around and organize everything, since I wouldn't dare to drive in the crazy traffic. Rules of the road don't exist in Bali!
Doing a surf lesson was definitely one of my trip highlights. We did it with a company called Santai Surf, who were absolutely fantastic! The instructors were so easy-going, helpful, and engaged. They were also ASI certified, which meant that the lesson was good quality. By the end of the day, I was getting up on my board and actually rode a few waves! They also take pictures that you can purchase at the end (we did, but we bartered for this!). Both the lesson and pictures were worth every penny!
Mistake I made: not re-applying sunscreen! I loaded it on before we got out on the water (literally 3 coats), but that wasn't enough and I got really badly burned. This is obvious in retrospect, but make sure you re-apply on the break because the salt water washes it off!
Go to the spa! I got a basic manicure AND pedicure for a total of $15 CAD. So worth it!
Make sure you try Nasi Goreng (fried rice). It's an Indonesian classic and SO delicious!
Also, if you get the chance, try Gado-Gado and Rijsttafel ("rice table").
However, be very careful with veggies and water! I was not as careful as I should have been and I ended up with an awful 2-day flu-like stomach sickness when I got back. It was not pretty. All I will say is don't risk it.
Except for restaurants, there are literally no set prices! Start practicing your negotiating skills and don't accept the first price they give :)
Overall, Bali was incredible! The locals were all SO kind and happy. It is such an incredible island and we only scraped the surface of it. If you're in Southeast Asia, you need to go to Bali!