Bali backpacking route for 3 weeks
Published: Sep, 2020 | Travel Date: Jul - Aug 2019
This trip is for everyone who doesn't want to spend a package holiday on the beach, but instead wants to discover the authentic Bali. We explored the island with the backpack for three weeks. Unfortunately, there is hardly any public transport in Bali and if you don't want to rent a scooter, you have to rely on private taxis and that can be quite expensive. A SIM card with data volume is essential! Bali is a tourist stronghold, so of course we try to earn as much money as possible from tourists. We were sometimes very disappointed with the way they treated us. You always have to be careful that you don't get ripped off, pay an outrageously high price or end up spending more money, as originally stated. Nevertheless, the island has many beautiful sides to be discovered!
Our Bali tour started in Lovina, a resort on the north coast of Bali. Since the airport is in Denpasar, it is best to book a transfer online (duration: 3:30 hours, costs: approx. 450 IDR). The place is known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs and dolphins. Lovina is also a good starting point for day trips. Along the beach you will find numerous warungs with delicious food as well as small shops with typical souvenir items. Day trips and tours can in principle be booked in any hotel, but the host will then suggest something for himself. We therefore recommend that you organize as much as possible yourself. You can search for a driver on the Internet and then negotiate the prices beforehand via Whatsap.
Jl. Labuhan Aji, 81152 Lovina. Very nice and small pension. The host is very nice, but sometimes it was a bit too much for us. The accommodation is located a little higher. This gives you a great view but you need at least 20 minutes to walk to the main thoroughfare. Without a scooter we had a hard time getting away from there.
Activities and Sights
Day tour with private driver
After doing a quick search on the internet, we organized a private driver and spent the day exploring various sights (Sekumpul waterfall, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple, Bali Twin Lake viewpoint and the Air Panas Banjar thermal spring). We negotiated the price and the stations beforehand. Our driver was great and everything went well.
Sekumpul Waterfall, Sekumpul, Buleleng Regency, Bali
There are three waterfalls in total in the park. If you take the southern entrance you only pay one entry 20,000 IDR (1.2 €). For us the whole thing was a bit opaque, because two men were waiting for us in the parking lot to sell us a tour. Sometimes a guide is a must to get to the park - beware of the tourist trap! We were allowed in without a tour, maybe because our driver stood up for us. There are many steps to climb but the waterfalls are worth seeing!
Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia
We took a walk to the beach but it didn't blow us away.
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Bedugul, Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Tabanan Regency
The temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan and some temple elements are even located on the lake, whose waters are considered sacred. To see the water temple and the whole complex, you have to buy a ticket (50,000 rupiah). Since the temple is a bit higher, it was quite fresh and you should bring a jacket.
Danau Buyan, Pancasari, Buleleng Regency, Bali
Viewpoint over Lake Danau Buyan. The Wanagiri Hidden Hills Swing "Instagram swings" are also located here. However, we found the prices too high and did without a picture. The view is so very nice too.
Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring, Banjar, Buleleng Regency, Bali
The Banjar Hot Springs are located in a tropical garden and consist of three simple water basins with sulphurous spring water. On the way there from the parking lot you have to cope with a long souvenir mile.
Dinner at the Warung
In this little warung we ate very tasty and very cheap.
Transportation to next station
Taxi | 02:00 Hours
We organized a driver on the internet and negotiated the price via Whatsapp.
For us, Bali was the last stop on our 5-month trip through Asia. Accordingly, we had already seen a lot, so that we certainly did not take all the highlights of Bali with us. Overall, Bali was one of the most touristic places on our trip, so we were a bit annoyed at times. Nevertheless, the island is very beautiful and has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, mass tourism has had many downsides.