It was February and still rainy season in Bali but that did not stop us from visiting. Originally, we were meant to go to Turkey until we realised how cold it is there. I couldnt take the cold anymore here in the desert and was trying to escape it to be honest, although its probably a fine summer day in Ireland (12-15 degrees). 😅 Anyway, lets do this!
ARRIVING IN TO DENPASAR
At the airport, if you haven’t arranged your transportation with the hotel or the same, you will be bombarded with taxi offers as soon as you step out at the arrivals area. We did not arrange our transport with the hotel because based on our research compared to the transport cost the hotel is providing, we will save if we did just find the ride ourselves.
Depending where youre staying, prices will vary, as for us we stayed in Ubud for the first 4 days of the trip which is 2hrs away from the airport (with traffic).
Taxi information you can use so you dont get over charged:
Airport to Ubud – 300,000 IDR (21.81 USD)
For short distance drive, Bluebird Taxi
– starts at 7,000 IDR
– 6.5k to 10k IDR per Km
We wanted to start the trip here because there are a lot of places to visit up north before we hit the beach. Ubud is so different, gave me more of like a jungle feel. Loads of farms and home to beautiful rice terraces.
We thought about getting scooters but looking at the weather we might get soaked during afternoon showers which lasted for an hour around 2pm everyday, dont get me wrong though, the weather was great just gets dull then after the rain. So we opted to rent a car and we cant be more thankful that we did. It was more comfortable compared to driving around in scooters, we had a place to keep our stuff and most important, a place to have a bit of break from the heat.
Places To Visit
1. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
12 minutes away from our Hotel in Ubud, If youre planning your visit to Bali, you must have seen a photo or two of these beauty. Personally, its best to visit here during the morning when the sun is shining bright make all the colours pop! There was hardly any parking around but dont get discouraged just drive down a bit further and we found one. You can do a bit of shopping on the side of road as well for hats, sarongs, bags and dresses. In here, you can either admire its beauty from a cafe, but why not walk around in it? 😊
2. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Also known as the temple on the lake and is a major water temple in Bali. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Its an hour and 35 minutes drive from Ubud, definitely worth a visit since we planned to see a few places on that side of the island.
3. Handara Golf and Resort
Although theres probably hundreds of gates in Bali, I must say Handara Golf and Resort is one of the most popular ones. Make sure you have your camera ready! Its only 10 minutes away from Ulun Danu Temple.
4. Hidden Hills Wanagiri
This spot has been gaining a lot of popularity in social media recently. Pretty obvious, breathtaking view and cool manmade attraction. Who would have actually thought of a massive bird’s nest? ;P Its located in the middle of the island which ovelooks Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. 17 munites from Handara Golf and Resort.
5. Mt Batur. Volcano Hike
An hour hike to see this beautiful sunrise! Im not really a big fan of hiking and to be honest I could not stop complaining during the hike😅. Its a popular tour so your hotel would probably have it available for you to book from your hotel. Normal packages included return transport to your hotel sandwiches as well as drinks. After the hike down, we had a stop at a coffee place but no ordinary coffee place, the one that has different flavours.