Post # 1
Fiance and I will be spending 2 weeks on Bali – half in Ubud, half on the beach in Nusa Dua.
Im good with lounging/ shopping/ eating and a few temples, but Fiance can’t sit still & will need some activities…
Any ideas from those who have been??
also, any restaurant recs would be fabulous 🙂
Post # 2
I havent, but one of my friends (who is a massage therapist) went, and she said she got some of the best massages EVER and that they were soo cheap! So I’d book some of that haha.
When are you going? I think they have some cool festivals/parties at different times of year.
Check out the trip advisor forums for those places too!
Post # 3
We haven’t gone yet, but we’ve booked a few tours… one rural Bali and monuments tour, a tour of Densapar on our first day, a Monkey forest and temple tour, and a boat ride around the island with snorkeling. We’ll be going for ten days so that covers something every other day. We’re staying at an all-inclusive so I haven’t looked into food at all haha. I booked all of our excursions on Expedia, it was just easier that way.
Post # 4
I’d try not to do anything that involves jumping the island. It may sound nice when done in places like Hawaii, but in Bali the roads are soo smal it takes a while getting around. Do your Ubud area tour when you’re in Ubud and do your in town/Uluwatu/beach tour when you’re in Nusa Dua.
There’s many nice restaurants for you to visit. Nuri’s is a local favorite in Ubud for ribs. You can actually walk around Ubud to see all the shops while eating icecream. Monkey Forest apparently is very fun to visit according to my friend. Maya Ubud’s spa is to die for (private riverside pagoda spa rooms).
In Nusa Dua and in town…. You really have to go to Mulia Hotel’s buffet. It’s amazing! Beaches and beach clubs are nice. You can go on scuba/snorkeling/water acitivites excursions. Beachside-nightclubs are a thing there and can be very fun. Hm… I think that’s as far as I can remember for now.
Post # 5
super helpful, thank you!!
Ive only been to Seminyak, so when you say ‘in town’ in Nusa Dua- what do you mean?
Post # 6
Well as town can get so yes. Populated areas such as Seminyak and Legian. That’s where I think my friends went to the clubs beachside. Bar hopping and such is also nice. I saw a lot of very cute cafes opening the last time I went there. I’m not sure about the walkability though since lots of buildings + tropical heat makes afternoon walks unbearable.
Something I’d like to clarify in my previous post (reread it and it didn’t make much sense). Beach clubs are private beaches owned by restaurants and such that you pay something like 20 dollars admission and you get to use their services and facilities like a shower, beachside seating, etc. Food from their restaurants are not included in the price. They often are nicer, less crowded and according to my architect friend over there, is preferred. They’re a bit further out of Seminyak area.
Then there are clubs by the beach. These just happen to be beachside property, but I believe the beach itself is public property so anyone can go there and jump between all the bars and clubs along the “strip”. I’m not sure how entrance fees, drink charges and stuff are enforced since I don’t prefer to go to these places. It is safe though if that’s what you’re wondering (as safe as nightclubs and places of rowdy drinkers can get). There are a few places like this around Seminyak area.
I forgot to mention another recommendation is going to the restaurants at Jimbaran. They’re mainly finer seafood restaurants by the beach. You’ll most likely be by the water if not relatively close to it. It’s quite romantic for seafood dinners. Prices vary by restaurant. Bring mosquito repellent.
Post # 7
Aside from the activities pp mentioned you can also go white water rafting and they also have the usual beachside tourist destination activities like jet skis, parasailing and banana boat rides.
If you are more adventurous you can hike Mt Agung or hire a driver to take you out to the black sand beaches in Lovina (a much better way to spend time and money in my opinion than going to beach clubs in the tourist trap areas of seminyak, legian and kuta).
Personally I find the higher end restaurants too bland and westernised and overpriced. I much rather find the little ma and pa places that set up nearby the hotels. Far tastier and value for money plus the restaurant is more likely to be owned by locals rather than a hotel chain or westerner who rip off the locals.
Post # 8
thanks for the hiking info!FI and I wouldn’t opt for a busy beach in town as we’ve got one at our hotel – plus the beach in Seminyak was ehhhh and the touts became tiresome!! But will def look into the hiking!!!