We chose to stay in two locations while we were here, Seminyak and Ubud. We chose our location in Seminyek due to the closeness of beaches and shopping, but didn't have the "party vibe" as you find in Kuta. We stayed in an AirBNB walking distance from Laguna Beach. It was perfection. The second half of the trip was spent in Ubud. Although you are in a more rural area, you are also closer to popular areas such as the Monkey Forest and Elephant Safari Park. We also chose a lovely AirBNB here called "The River House". An added bonus were the monkeys swinging in the trees!
Uber and mass transit does not exist here. Plan to use the popular taxi service called Blue Bird. This company seems to have a good reputation and honest rates. Always negotiate price beforehand. You won't have an issue finding a taxi in most towns.
Both seafood and pork meals are plentiful. The island is largely Hindu, therefore, there is no shortage of soy-based vegetarian options. Make sure to try the Babi Guling.
Poppies Lane I and II in Kuta are popular shopping and dining locations. Be ready to haggle, they're professionals at it.
Sacred Monkey Forest is located in Ubud and lets you get up and close with the native monkeys. They are cute, cunning little thieves so watch your personal items closely. And while they are attempting to steal your stuff, don't look them in the eye, it's a sign of aggression.
Rent a scooter in Ubud and explore the waterfalls. These usually draw a large crowd so be prepared. We visited the Tegenungan waterfall, which was beautiful! Warning- 167 steps down, and no escalator up...
Tegalalang Rice Terraces is a photographers paradise. Wear hiking shoes and an oxygen tank. It's quite a hike, but worth it.
There is a hotel connected to the Denpasar airport called Novotel Bali. It's nice and convenient if your plane arrives or departs in the middle of the night (which is common)
Alcohol is more costly than food. Stop by a duty free shop and purchase alcohol for your room/house. One liter per person allowed.
Did I mention spiders? ;)
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