Are you an Indian Planning for a Holiday in Bali?
Bali is an ideal destination for an Indian. Majorly because it is very ‘Indian friendly’. Talk about the culture, driving etiquette and traffic. Just add in lush green rice fields, ancient temples, black sand beaches, the coral triangle, the infamous massages and beautiful vistas of Nusa Penida. This makes the island very comfortable for an Indian to be in. Not to mention, the majority of the people in Bali follow Hinduism. You would realise it as soon as you walk out of the airport.
Obviously, there would be a lot of questions if you are visiting Bali for the first time. Even we had a lot of questions but browsing through the Internet didn’t help in some cases. So, here we have accumulated a set of questions that an Indian might have about their trip to Bali from India.
The questions are in a chronological order, so, we have got you covered from the very beginning till the end of your holiday in Bali. It is a one-stop shop for all your Bali research.
It is majorly based on our itinerary. 😊
Day 1: General Information about Bali
- General Information about Ubud
- The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur
- Tirta Gangga
- Ubud Monkey Forest
- Goa Gajah
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- General Information about Nusa Lembongan
- Devil’s Tear
- Dream Beach
- The Sunset Point
- Snorkelling Tour: Manta Bay, Crystal Bay and Mangrove Point
Day 6: Day Tour to Nusa Penida
- General Information about Nusa Penida
- Kelingking Viewpoint
- Broken Beach
- Angel’s Billabong
- Crystal Bay
- General Information about Seminyak
- Potato Head Beach Club
- Petitenget Beach
- Seminyak Square
General Information about Bali for Indians
1. Do Indians need VISA to visit Bali?
No, Indians don’t need VISA for travelling to Bali for less than 30 days. This period can’t be extended. Bali’s tourist VISA is also free for Indians. When you land at Denpasar airport, you just have to fill up a simple form that asks details like your name, your address in Bali, etc. It doesn’t require any photographs. Then you just need to get your passport stamped from the immigration counters and submit the form. Simple!
2. For how many days should I go to Bali?
You must keep aside at least ten days to enjoy Bali and understand its culture. Spend three to four days in Ubud, three days in Nusa Lembongan or any of the islands and three days in Seminyak.
3. When is the best time to visit Bali?
Bali is super busy in July and August. Apparently, this is also the dry season. You’ll come across a lot of Australians and Chinese during this time. However, the best time to visit Bali is just before or after the busy season.
You can visit here in the month of May, June or September. During this time, you can enjoy the island without worrying about the surge charges or crowd.
The rainy season starts here from October and continues till April.
We travelled to Bali in the month of August, however, the weather in Ubud was kinda rainy but there was a lot of sun in Nusa Lembongan.
4. How much do flights from India to Bali cost?
We booked our return flights from India to Bali about four months prior to our holiday. It cost us INR 52,000. You can check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights to Bali.
5. How can I book hotels from India in Bali for a holiday?
We always book our hotels from www.makemytrip.com . They have amazing offers running every now and then and their customer service is really good.
You can also browse through AirBnB. They have some amazing properties at unbeatable prices. You can use our AirBnB link to sign up and also get a discount on your first trip.
The average price of decent accommodation in Bali is around INR 1500 – 2000.
Which currency should I carry from India when I visit Bali?
You should carry USD (United States Dollar) when visiting Bali. INR is not readily exchanged in Indonesia. Exchanging INR directly to IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) in India could be really expensive.
When we enquired, FOREX shops were offering 100,000 IDR for 550 INR (even 650 INR) and 69.40 INR for 1 USD. In Bali, we got 14,300 IDR for 1 USD.
Is Bali expensive?
Bali is as expensive as India though the denominations of their currency are very high. For instance, a small water bottle cost us ₹10 in India, it would cost you around 2,000 IDR in Bali which is almost the same price.
How much money should I get exchanged for a holiday in Bali?
We were in Bali for 8 days and spent about $650 (₹ 45,000 approx.) Hotels and flights aren’t included in this amount
We tried to be on a budget by cutting down unnecessary expenses. We usually ate one meal at a warung (café) and another at a restaurant or a beach club. We splurged here and there a bit like on a snorkelling tour in Nusa Lembongan and a few spa treatments in Ubud.
If you are an adventure enthusiast and wish to do scuba diving then add about $100 per person.
How can I instantly convert IDR to INR?
You can easily convert IDR to INR by multiplying the amount of Indonesian Rupiah by 5 and striking off the last three zeros. For instance, how much would be 10,000 IDR in INR? Multiply 10,000 by 5, you get 50,000. Now, strike off last three zeros, 50,
000, you get 50. That’s how much it’ll be in INR i.e. 10,000 IDR equals to 50 INR. Simple!
Which languages do Balinese use?
Balinese are usually bilingual or trilingual. Most of the people speak Balinese and Indonesian. English is also widely spoken in major towns like Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud, etc.
Is vegetarian or vegan food available in Bali?
Yes, vegetarian and vegan food is available in Bali. Most of the restaurants have a separate section for vegetarians. Some warungs even offer plant-based Nasi Goreng and Mei Goreng. You can ask them to not add meat by saying ‘tanpa daging’.
Mini Mart and Alfa Market also have some vegetarian options.
Another option is that you can eat at an Italian restaurant. They always have something for vegetarians. You can never go wrong with Margherita Pizza. 😀
KYND Community is a popular vegan cafe in Seminyak. It has amazing substitutes for meat products. Their smoothie bowl is pretty popular amongst Instagram foodies.
How to dress in Bali?
Balinese are pretty tolerant and they don’t get bothered with people in beachy clothes. Throw in a few pairs of shorts, skirts, dresses, cotton t-shirts and swimwear. However, you must pack a few sarongs as men and women, both, are required to wear on while entering any Balinese temple. It is possible to rent sarongs but you can save money by carrying yours.
It is a good idea to keep a light denim jacket because it gets cold when it rains. And rains remind us of raincoats.
How to get a SIM card in Bali for a holiday?
Do Indian tourists need a SIM card in Bali?
Should I get International Roaming on my Indian phone number or should I buy a local SIM from Bali?
An active phone number is very important when you’re travelling. For Bali, we would advise you to get a local phone number. Airtel’s International roaming package for Indonesia is pretty expensive (around ₹3000 for 10 days).
Indians can easily get a local prepaid SIM card in Bali. You just have to go to the nearest mobile store. Don’t forget to carry your passport. Telkomsel and XL Axiata are the two most popular telecom service providers. We got a Telkomsel SIM with data balance from Ubud. It cost us 150,000 IDR (₹ 750 approx.) for 7 G.B. of data that was valid for a month. Later, we also got some talk time balance. The coverage was really good. We could also access the Internet in Nusa Lembongan.
Having a local phone number would also give you accessibility and easy connectivity. You need to give your phone number while booking tours and ferries. So if you have a local phone number, you can share it with them for any further communication.
How’s Internet connectivity in Bali?
As soon as we reached Ubud, we bought a Telkomsel SIM that had 8 GB Data valid for a month. Telkomsel’s internet connectivity is pretty good. We remember using it in Nusa Penida and it worked just fine.
Most of the hotels and restaurants also offer free WiFi.
What is the best way to travel in Bali?
There are various modes of transport in Bali. As a tourist, you have an option of hiring a scooter, a car, a bicycle or a taxi. You can also walk to nearby places. The footpaths are in good condition for pedestrians.
In busy towns like Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur and Ubud, it is advisable to hire a scooter ( ₹ 200 – ₹ 500 per day, depending on the area but only if you know how to deal with traffic jams and crazy driving. It will take you a while to get used to it. Hiring a car might not be a good idea as, during peak hours, the roads are jam-packed but if you are travelling with children, it is the safer option.
Taxis are also a great way to travel on the island but they are majorly concentrated in South Bali. Blue Bird Taxi is the best one amongst others.
Bicycle isn’t the ideal way to travel on the mainland considering rash driving. On islands like Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Lombok, etc., cycling can still be considered.
How much does renting a scooter cost in Bali?
Cost of renting a scooter in Bali depends on the location you’re at and the number of days you’re renting it for. In Seminyak, renting a scooter will cost around 100,000 IDR (₹ 500) for a day. In Ubud renting a scooter will cost you around 55,000 IDR to 60,000 IDR (₹ 250 – 300) for a day. In Nusa Lembongan renting a scooter will cost you around 70,000 IDR – 100,000 IDR (₹ 350 – 500) for one day.
Do I need an International Driving Permit in Bali?
Yes, you must have an International Driving License to drive in Bali according to the law, however, nobody bothers to ask for a license. We even came across school kids riding scooters in Nusa Lembongan on their way to school.
If you want, you can also get a tourist’s driving license from a police station in Denpasar according to this link. We didn’t get it so we aren’t aware of the process.
Since Balinese drive on the right side, just like Indians, you wouldn’t have a problem in getting used to the traffic.
You must always wear a helmet while riding a scooter as the management of roads and traffic in Bali isn’t very good.
Which are the must-go places in Bali?
Bali is a huge island and there so much to see. Popular places like Ubud, Seminyak and Nusa Islands are completely different from each other. Ubud is the cultural hub. It has ancient temples, spa, waterfalls, rice fields, lush green landscapes and much more.
Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida is all about that island life. Expect beautiful beaches, snorkelling, amazing marine life, surfing, beautiful sunsets, amazing beach clubs, etc.
If your intention is to shop and party, then Seminyak is the place for you. Fancy restaurants, flea markets and amazing parties await.
How should I begin my Bali trip?
We first travelled to Ubud. It’s approximately two and a half hours away from the airport. We spent three days there, exploring the town and nearby areas. Then we went to Nusa Lembongan and after three days we came back to the mainland and travelled to Seminyak. We kept Seminyak at the end because that’s where we planned to shop and we didn’t want to carry extra weight everywhere. Seminyak is also very close to the airport.
Is Bali safe for Indian tourists?
Bali is generally safe but you have to be a bit cautious in Kuta and Seminyak. That’s where most of the scams take place. Take care of the following points:
- Don’t fall prey to attractive exchange rates from roadside vendors. Only exchange your money at authorized counters.
- Prefer taking the Blue Bird Taxis. They charge you according to the meter. Other taxi services might take a long route or quote hefty tariffs.
- Be very cautious while talking to strangers. If you sense something fishy, stop talking to them immediately.
While Gaurav and I were eating at a restaurant in Seminyak, a guy came to us who started talking to us in Hindi. He told us that he’s from Mauritius and will be visiting India soon. After a couple of minutes, he asked Gaurav to come with him and show him some Indian currency. He got Gaurav into talking and he took money out from Gaurav’s wallet and shuffled all the currencies. Everything was done very swiftly. Later we realised that he tricked us and stole a bill of one hundred dollars.
The police in Bali is also not very helpful. So, just be cautious and take care.
Day 1 in Bali: General Information about Ubud
How to travel from Denpasar Airport to Ubud?
For travelling to Ubud from Denpasar Airport, you can hire a taxi or a shared XL Car from Denpasar Airport. The shared XL car would cost around 250,000 IDR to 300,000 IDR ( ₹ 1250 – ₹ 1500) for two people.
You’ll get better rates outside the airport. There are a few kiosks which will offer you better rates than what taxi drivers quote inside the airport.
Which are the must-go places in Ubud?
What are the best things to do in Ubud?
What should I do in Ubud?
On one hand, Ubud is a cultural centre of Bali and on the other, it houses beautiful natural wonders.
You can explore numerous temples, waterfalls, rice fields, coffee plantations and beaches. Some of the hot spots are The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur, Goa Gajah, Tegenungan Waterfall, Tegallalang Rice Terrace and Bali Swing. We couldn’t make it to all of them but if you are there for a lot of days then you must explore it all.
What to do first in Ubud?
If your flight lands at noon, then by the time you reach Ubud and settle in, most of the places would close for the day. It takes around 2.5 hours to 3 hours from Denpasar Airport to reach Ubud depending on the traffic.
On the first day, you can walk around and soak in the culture. Visit various tour operators to know more about the tourist attractions, hire a scooter, visit a Mini Mart, eat at a nice Indonesian restaurant and end your day with a foot massage.
We had our dinner at an amazing Indonesian restaurant in Ubud called Hongalia. They had an amazing variety of handmade noodles and fried rice (Nasi Goreng).
Day 2 in Bali: The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur and Tirta Gangga
Prepare for The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur
The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur is about two hours away from Ubud. You can either hire a scooter or a taxi. To enjoy the best view of the Mount Agung from the temple, it is advisable to reach here early in the morning.
One the way to the temple, you’ll also come across a very popular Balinese temple known as Goa Lawah. Right in front of it, there’s a black sand beach. It’s gorgeous, like nothing you’ve seen before.
The way to the temple is full of greenery and beautiful landscapes. You’ll surely enjoy the drive.
Once you reach the temple, at the entrance, you’ll be asked for some donation and if you aren’t already wearing a sarong, you would be asked to rent one. The rent is about 10,000 IDR (₹ 50).
If you reach here early, you would be able to avoid the crowd and get a couple of nice pictures at the Gateway to Heaven without waiting for hours. If you here in the afternoon, you would have to wait for at least an hour to get your picture.
- 11 (Tirta Gangga)
- What should I know before going to Tirta Gangga?
On your way back from The Temple of Lempuyang Luhur, you can visit Tirta Gangga. It is about half an hour away from there. It is a very beautiful water palace in Karangasem. Famous for its stepping stones and big koi fish, the water palace is a nice treat from the hustle-bustle. It has got manicured gardens, stone statues, stone carvings and a pool in which you can swim. It is also a nice retreat for the kids as they can feed the fish and play in the gardens.
The entrance fee is 30,000 IDR p.p. (₹ 150 approximately).
Day 3 in Bali: Ubud Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah and Tegenungan Waterfall
- 12 (monkey forest)
- What should I know before going to Ubud Monkey Forest?
Ubud Monkey Forest is a very well-maintained sanctuary to protect Balinese long tail monkeys, also known as macaques.
There are about 700 monkeys in the sanctuary consisting of adult males, adult females, juveniles and infants.
These monkeys are very notorious and they continuously keep searching for food. It advisable to keep all your eatables secured in a bag. Don’t drink or eat in front of the monkeys or get ready for some snatching. Some of them even jump on the backpacks of tourists and try to unzip it. You must also take care of your hats, they’re very fond of such accessories. 😛
It is a very pleasant walk throughout the sanctuary. There’s also a temple inside the premises. Not to mention, a waterfall beautifully adorns the rainforest. It is a must visit when you are in Ubud. We spent a couple of hours here and then headed towards our next stop.
Ubud Monkey Forest Entry Fee in Rupees: 50,000 IDR (₹ 250 approx.).
- 13 (goa gajah)
- Things to know before going to Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah is about 20 minutes away from Ubud Monkey Forest. It is an ancient temple that was built for meditation. Just like any other temple in Bali, the guests are expected to wear a sarong. If you don’t have one then you can rent a sarong at the temple.
As you will enter the temple, you’ll notice a pile of stones. People say that the stones are ruins of a Buddhist temple, which was destroyed in an earthquake.
At the entrance of the cave, there is a huge carving that is supposed to keep the evil spirits away. As you walk inside, you’ll see Hindu symbols in the form of lingam (Shiva) and an idol of Ganesha. Right outside the cave, there is a pool that has holy water. Guests can take a dip there.
The temple is spread in a wide area. As you walk further, you’ll come across a lotus pond, a stream of water and then a small village that has beautiful houses.
Goa Gajah Entry Fee in Rupees: The entry fee for one person in 15,000 IDR (₹ 75) and the sarong is free of cost. The temple stays open until 4:30 PM.
- 14 (Tegenungan Waterfall)
- What should I know before going to Tegenungan Waterfall?
After Goa Gajah, we headed towards Tegenungan Waterfall. Ubud is a wonderland of nature. It houses not just one but many waterfalls and all of them are magnificent. We’re so glad that we could see Tegenungan Waterfall. It is about 30 mins away from Ubud.
The view of the waterfall is absolutely magnificent. It looks like a scene straight out from The Jungle Book. There are about a 100 stairs that you have to climb down for reaching near the lagoon. It might sound like a lot but it hardly takes 5 mins from the top to the bottom. The waterfall is open until 6:30 PM. Bumbu Asli International Warung near the waterfall offers a really good view. Thank us later. 😊
Tegenungan Waterfall Entry Fee in Rupees: Entrance fee to the waterfall is 10,000 IDR ( ₹ 50).
Day 4 in Bali: General Information about Nusa Lembongan, Devil’s Tear, Dream Beach and the Sunset Point
- How can I book a ferry to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida and how much does it cost in rupees?
How to get to Nusa Lembongan from Ubud?
How to go to Nusa Lembongan?
You can book a ferry to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida from all the major towns of Bali. We booked ours from a tourist information centre in Ubud. The return trip by a fast boat cost us 950,000 IDR (about ₹ 4750) for two people (inclusive of taxi fare from Ubud to Sanur).
- Should I stay, in Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan?
Which island is Indian friendly, Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan?
Which island is child-friendly, Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan?
Nusa Lembongan is a smaller island than Nusa Penida but it is usually preferred by tourists. It is famous for its beach clubs, Devil’s Tear cliff, Dream Beach and the sunset point.
Though Nusa Penida is more popular than its neighbour, it is not very well-maintained. The roads are broken and it has a limited number of good restaurants and cafés. It takes longer to travel from one point to another and theirs a hike to reach most of the beaches. But don’t be mistaken, the island cannot be missed. It has the most beautiful horizon views, talk about Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach and many more. Thanks to its cliffed coastline. You can definitely go here on a day tour. If you want to be extra safe, hire a car instead of a bike or a scooter.
- Where to go on Nusa Lembongan?
Nusa Lembongan is a small island, with a few beautiful spots and a lot of cafés and restaurants. When you’re in Nusa Lembongan, make sure to visit Devil’s Tear, the Sunset Point, Dream Beach, Sandy Bay, Jungut Batu Beach, Mushroom Beach, Sunday Beach and the Mangrove Point.
From Nusa Lembongan, you can also go to Nusa Ceningan through the Yellow Bridge and explore the Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point.
- Things to know about Devil’s Tear
Devil’s Tears is an iconic sight in Nusa Lembongan. Come here to witness the undiluted wrath of the ocean. The ridge sucks in the water before it bursts out with a boom, forming the tears of the devil. If you’re lucky, you also be able to see a rainbow created by the play of water and sun on many occasions.
Spend an evening here, gazing at the horizon and huge waves crashing at the cliffs.
- Things to know about Dream Beach
Beautifully intricated, Dream Beach indeed is a dream come true for all the beach lovers. We’re talking about crystal clear turquoise water, white sand, coastal cliffs, sea shells and salt. But be very careful while swimming. The beach is also known for Rip Currents. These currents pull you inside the ocean rather than pushing you out on the shore. Even the best swimmers get tricked, so be very cautious. Don’t let your children venture out alone.
If you don’t wish to venture the sea, then you can have a nice meal at Dream Beach Café. It offers good food and an amazing view.
- Where can I see sunset in Nusa Lembogan?
You can see sunset from many places in Nusa Lembogan but there’s one dedicated spot that offers an amazing view of the horizon. It is right opposite to Devil’s Tear. The way is well-marked but if you’re unable to locate then you ask any local, it is pretty famous. The sun usually sets there around 6 PM but do confirm.
See the sun sinking in the ocean while you sip on your Bintang. It is an amazing experience.
- How to get around Nusa Lembogan?
Though Nusa Lembogan is a small island, you would still need a vehicle to go around. You can easily go around Nusa Lembogan on a scooter or a bike. You can also take a walk to nearby places. Renting a scooter in Nusa Lembogan will cost you around 70,000 IDR (₹ 350) for a day. We hired our scooter from a shop called Chillhouse.
If you’re with your family, then you can also consider hiring a buggy. While we were there, we saw a few people riding it though we’re not sure not much does it cost. According to a few online forums, it costs around $80 or ₹ 3500 for a day.
You can also go from one place to another in a pick-up truck. We remember paying 50,000 IDR or ₹ 250 for two people from Mangrove Point to our hotel, D’Camel.
- Where to eat in Nusa Lembogan?
Nusa Lemogan has some amazing restaurants and beach clubs. Sandy Bay Beach Club, Kimantari Beach Club and Mushroom Espresso were some of our favourites.
There are a number of restaurants near Mushroom Beach and on Jalan Jungutbatu Road. Most of them serve Indonesian and Western Cuisine. You can never run out of Nasi Goreng and Mei Goreng. They also have a section for vegetarians. Sandy Bay Beach Club even has a Vegetarian Burger.
For cheap meals, you can consider eating at Warungs (Café). They are spread all over the island.
Most of our meals costed us 150,000 IDR (₹ 450) on an average.
PS. We are vegetarians.
Day 5 in Bali: Snorkelling Tour – Manta Bay, Crystal Bay and Mangrove Point.
- Where to snorkel in Nusa Lembogan?
Nusa Lembogan and Nusa Penda are blessed with rich marine biodiversity, after all, it is the part of the Coral Triangle.
You can either book a snorkelling tour from any tourist information centre or go snorkelling on your own from the beach. You can also get a charter boat but that’s a bit expensive.
Snorkelling tour often cover three spots namely, Manta Bay, Crystal Bay or Mangrove Point, if the ocean is behaving well. If the currents are rough, then they generally skip Manta Bay and Crystal Bay and switch it with Gamut Bay and The Wall.
You can also go snorkelling without any boat from Mangrove Point in Nusa Lembogan and Crystal Bay and Gamut Bay in Nusa Penida. You can also feed fishes at Gamut Bay.
Our favourite from all of them has to be Mangrove Point. It has a lot of corals and beautifully coloured fishes. Best for leisure swimming. Manta Bay was also a nice experience. On our way to Manta Bay, we also spotted a pod of dolphins. It was our lucky day!
If you’re prone to sea sickness like Devanshi then we recommend you to carry some medicine to subdue the effects.
Cost of Snorkelling Tour from Nusa Lembogan in Rupees: We booked our snorkelling tour from Chillhouse for 150,000 IDR (₹ 750) per person.
Day 6 in Bali: Day Tour to Nusa Penida – Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Crystal Bay
- How can I travel from Nusa Lembogan to Nusa Penida?
You can easily travel from Nusa Lembogan to Nusa Penida. A number of ferries travel to and fro throughout the day. It only takes 15 – 20 minutes. If you want to go on a day tour to Nusa Penida, you can drive till the yellow bridge and then take a ferry from the port. Once you reach Nusa Penida, you can hire another scooter but be very careful while riding it. There is a broken road to the Broken Beach (LOL). Roads to Kelingking and Crystal Bay aren’t very good either.
If you want to go back to Nusa Lembogan on the same day, then you must be back at the port by 6 PM.
Cost of ferry from Nusa Lembogan to Nusa Penida in rupees: 150,000 IDR (₹750), return ticket for two.
- How much does renting a scooter cost in Nusa Penida?
Renting a scooter or a motorbike in Nusa Penida is a must as it is a huge island and one place is far from the other. You can rent a scooter in Nusa Penida for 60,000 – 80,000 IDR (₹ 300 – 400) per day. It is the cheapest to go around the island.
- Where to go in Nusa Penida?
Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands. It is famous for its viewpoints majorly because of the cliffed coastline. Most of the beaches here are only accessible by trekking. So, you have to be in your best shape if you want to enjoy beaches on this island. Nevertheless, you can definitely admire the viewpoints.
If you go on a day tour to Nusa Penida, you can consider Kelingking Viewpoint, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Crystal Bay. If you have some more time then you can even feed fishes at Gamut Bay.
Remember that these points of interest are pretty widespread throughout the island and road aren’t in the best condition.
If you will be here for a couple of days, you can also explore Atuh Beach, Pua Goa Giri Putri Cave, snorkel at Toyapakeh and Thousand Island Viewpoint.
- What should I know about Kelingking Viewpoint?
Did you come across those picture-perfect T-Rex shaped cliffs while researching about Bali? Yes, that’s what we’re talking about, the Kelingking Viewpoint.
Nestled on the southwestern coast of Nusa Penida, Kelingking viewpoint is straight out from a dream. We felt like a human drone while witnessing its grandeur. The waves crashing at the beach seemed to be in a slow motion. So many shades of blue, we couldn’t believe it is real. We felt so small, however, it was a good feeling.
It is about an hour away from Pelabuhan Tradisional Sampalan (Nusa Penida’s port) and initially the roads are pretty smooth but as you get close to viewpoint, the roads turn miserable. Be careful if you riding a scooter or a motor bike. You may rent a car if you’re traveling with children.
You would have to pay about 5,000 IDR (₹25) as parking fee before entering the area.
- What should I know about Broken Beach?
About 30 minutes away from Kelingking Beach and an hour away from Pelabuhan Tradisional Sampalan, Broken beach is a little cove on the West coast of Nusa Penida.
Broken roads of the island will lead to towards the Broken Beach. No, that’s not the reason why it is called Broken Beach. It is because of the archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean.
Broken Beach and the area around it very scenic. It offers a flawless view of the horizon, exactly where the ocean and sky meet.
Angel’s Billabong is also in the same area. You can easily walk there from Broken Beach.
You would have to pay about 5,000 IDR (₹25) as parking fee before entering the area.
- What should I know about Angel’s Billabong?
Angel’s Billabong is a marvel of nature that you wouldn’t be able to stop admiring. It is a crystal clear tide pool that cascades into the ocean. This spot is only five minutes away from the Broken Beach.
The best time to visit Angel’s Billabong is during a low tide. You can check it using a website called Magic Seaweed.
- Things to know about Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay is one of the nicest snorkelling spots in Nusa Penida. You can start snorkelling directly from the beach, but there are a lot of dead corals in the beginning, which are very sharp. You have to be very careful.
If you don’t have your own snorkelling equipment then you rent it from here. Though we would advise you to buy your own snorkelling equipment if you’re a beach bum like us. You’ll end up saving a lot of money.
While we were there, we also got to know that there used to be a lot of fishes and corals but due to huge waves in July 2018 most of the corals got destroyed.
You can reach Crystal Bay in 40 mins from Pelabuhan Tradisional Sampalan.
Day 7: General Information about Seminyak
- I am Indian, should I stay in Kuta or Seminyak?
Seminyak and Kuta, both are Indian friendly. They both have Indian and vegetarian restaurants.
While researching about Seminyak and Kuta, we figured out that Kuta is more crowded than Seminyak and Seminyak is tiny bit expensive than Kuta.
While Kuta is famous for its night life, Seminyak is known for fancy restaurants, boutique stores, luxury hotels, designer collections, posh spas and nice interior shops.
Both offer good shopping options.
So, if you are in your 20s and want to party, then Kuta is the place for you and if you want to relax and enjoy your days laying back then Seminyak is your destination.
We stayed in Seminyak for two days, majorly leisure-ing around.
- How to reach Seminyak from Nusa Lembogan?
Ferries leave from Nusa Lembogan to Sanur until evening. If you booked a return ticket earlier, then you don’t have to worry. If you didn’t then you would have to book your ferry at least a day or two before the day you want to leave. During peak season, it is advisable to book ferries beforehand.
Once you take your ferry from Nusa Lembogan, it’ll drop you at Sanur. Few service provides even provide taxi service if you are staying in Sanur.
If you staying in Seminyak or Kuta, then you would have to take your own taxi. It’ll charge ?around 150,000 – 200,000 IDR (₹ 750 – 1000). It takes around an hour to reach Seminyak from Sanur.
- How to get around Seminyak?
Seminyak is pretty spread over, so, you would need a vehicle to get around. Renting a scooter is the most preferable option while many hire taxis and rent cars.
Narrow roads in this area often cause bad traffic jams. However, if you’re riding a scooter, you can easily get away but if you are in a car, it’ll be very troublesome.
You can hire a scooter here for 80,000 – 100,000 IDR (₹ 400-500) per day. We hired ours from Mute Garage for 100,000 IDR.
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- Where will I get vegetarian food in Seminyak?
Where will I get Indian food in Seminyak?
There are a lot of vegetarian and Indian restaurants in Seminyak.
Few Indian restaurants are:
Queen’s Tandoor – Poor online reviews
Nebula – 4.5 stars on Google
Spice Mantraa – 4.2 stars on Google
Tiffin – We loved it
Atithi and there are many more.
KYND Community is also a very popular and busy vegetarian café in Seminyak. If you don’t make it here early, then you would have to wait for some time to get a table. They serve breakfast dishes and western cuisine. You might have seen their smoothie bowls often featuring on Instagram. Their burgers are also very good.
If you like Italian cuisine, then you must also try Rustica.
Day 8 in Bali: Potato Head Beach Club, Petitenget Beach and Seminyak Square
- Where is Potato Head Beach Club?
Should I visit Potato Head Beach Club?
What should I know before visiting Potato Head Beach Club.
Potato Head Beach Club is in Seminyak near Petitenget beach. It is one of the most popular beach clubs in Seminyak and Kuta.
The club is open from 10 AM – 2 AM every day. Chill here while basking in sun and sipping a nice tropical cocktail. Though it is a huge place, it does get crowded in afternoon, so, we would advise you to reach here a bit early if you want to secure a nice table.
The beach club also has an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Therefore, don’t forget to bring your bathing suit. Stay here until sunset. You’ll thank us later.
We spent about 250,000 IDR (₹ 1250) here for a Sangria pitcher. It served around 5 glasses. The drinks’ menu is pretty huge and suits every budget.
- Things to know about Petitenget Beach.
Since we’re at Potato Head Beach Club, we just walked to Petitenget Beach.
The beach has soft brown sand and huge waves. It is not ideal for swimming but you can surely have some fun with the waves.
- What should I know about Seminyak Square?
Seminyak Square is a shopping arcade in Jl. Kayu Aya. It has a lot of shops and restaurants. The shops inside the square are pretty expensive but the area outside has a lot of flea shops and nice restaurants.
Devanshi bought a few skincare products from Watson’s and a jumpsuit from the flea market.
We also got gelato from one of the shops and it was really good.