The NungNung Waterfall Guide: MUST READ Before Visiting

The NungNung Waterfall Guide: MUST READ Before Visiting

Bali, one of the most popular tourist destination nowadays, has some of the most amazing beaches and spectacular waterfalls. Most of the attractions, honestly, are packed with tourists, leaving some of the natural wonders to be less enjoyable.

Some of the waterfalls such as the Tegenungan Waterfall and the Tibumana Waterfall, though magnificent in their own way, are just way too overcrowded with tourists.

Some of the waterfalls in northern Bali are less populated because they are less accessible, such as the Gitgit waterfall in Gitgit.

Nungnung waterfall, located only a little over an hour from the touristy town of Ubud, is still a hidden gem in Bali waiting to be discovered. It is one of the best waterfalls near Ubud. This Nungnung waterfall guide will tell you everything you need to know from how to get there to what you need to bring for your Nungnung adventure!

Why Should You Go to NungNung Waterfall

I don’t recommend Nungnung waterfall for everyone, because it is not for anyone. If you are the type of tourist that likes everything super easy, doesn’t like to make an extra effort to get the icing on the cake, and doesn’t like adventure, then you should reconsider going to Nungnung waterfall.

But if you like adventure, want to feel like you are venturing into the jungle just to chase a hidden gem, Nungnung is the waterfall for you. Nungnung waterfall is definitely one of the best waterfalls in Bali.

A little more difficult to access than the other touristy waterfalls such as Tegenungan, Nungnung waterfall is not popular at all. In my 2-hour stay there, we saw no more than 10 people visiting. That is how a natural wonder such as Nungnung waterfall should be enjoyed, without tourists shoving selfie sticks in your face.

Nungnung is also one of the tallest waterfalls in all of Bali, making this natural wonder even more amazing to admire. The entrance is extremely cheap at 10k IDR per person so even people traveling on a budget in Bali can visit. At the entrance of the waterfall, there is also a swing for anyone interested in a bit of an adrenaline rush before hiking down to the waterfall. 

How to Get to the Nungnung Waterfall?

Nungnung Waterfall is located in Badung Regency, about 75 minutes away from the main city of Ubud. It is possible to reach Nungnung waterfall from other main touristy cities such as Canggu, Seminyak, or Kuta, but just beware that the journey will be much longer.

There are 3 ways I recommend to get to Nungnung waterfall:

1. Renting a motorbike and driving yourself there

Probably the most economical option, but also the riskiest. If you know how to drive a motorbike, you can rent one for an extremely affordable price in any of the major cities. Just follow the directions on Google maps and you will get to Nungnung waterfall safely.

2. Renting a car and a driver for the day/half-day

This option is definitely a little more expensive than the first, but still quite affordable for a tourist. If you like comfort and not having the time restrictions of a tour, then this option is for you. It is quite common to rent a car and driver in Bali due to how difficult to access some of these locations are.

3. Going with a tour company to Nungnung waterfall

The last option is not as reliable because tours might not happen if there are not enough people signed up. This option is usually cheaper than renting a car if you are traveling solo. Simply go to the travel agencies in Ubud and ask if they have tours to Nungnung waterfall!

While you are in Ubud, why not find out what else you can do in this Ubud itinerary?

Getting Up and Down Nungnung Waterfall

Now that you have gotten to the beginning of the waterfall, the real journey is about to begin!

To get to the waterfall itself, you must endure a tough and long journey. The path to the bottom of the waterfall is a 500-step journey that takes you through the lush jungle and scenic views.

The way down is not so difficult and only lasts about 15 minutes. The path can be quite slippery especially after rainfall. But expect Nungnung waterfall to be much more powerful and amazing after heavy rainfall.

However, the path back up is a lot more strenuous. The 15-minute leisure walk down becomes a 45-minute of torture on the way up. The steps are quite high at times so I would not recommend Nungnung waterfall to people who are traveling with their kids or the elderly. On top of that, the path could get slippery. 

What to Bring With You to Nungnung Waterfall?

There are some specific things that you might want to bring on your trip to Nungnung waterfall.

Besides the usual water and snacks, you might want to consider bringing a rain poncho. Not only is it going to be useful when the mist of the waterfall engulfs you, but it is also extremely handy if you are coming to Nungnung waterfall on a motorbike. Bali gets a lot of rain all-year-round! My go-to rain poncho has always been the Arcturus Reusable Rain Poncho.

Bring a change of clothes just in case your clothes get wet!! Nungnung waterfall is extremely powerful! Don’t be surprised if you get wet even if you don’t get close to the waterfall.

Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! It can be extremely relaxing to dip in the refreshingly cold water of Nungnung waterfall after a hot exhausting hike. Be careful if you do decide to go in, the water current can be strong at times!

Make sure to pack that camera! Nungnung waterfall is extremely beautiful in-person and in-photo. You will want something more than a phone camera to capture its marvel. My go-to camera has always been the Sony Alpha A7II Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera. 

Where To Stay In Ubud:

Budget Hotel Recommendation: Kayuni Hostel|Luxury Hotel Recommendation: Adiwana Resort Jembawan

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The PERFECT 10-Day Bali Itinerary: 10 Days of Paradise

The PERFECT 10-Day Bali Itinerary: 10 Days of Paradise

Bali, a popular travel destination in Southeast Asia, is known for its beautiful blue water, perfect white sand beaches, and entertaining beach clubs. 

Most travelers come to Bali for a few weeks, backpacking through the hidden gems of Bali in the north and relaxing with the Bali vibes. However, not every one of us can afford to take a long vacation. Some people might just have 5 days to travel, some might have 10 days. 

For that reason, I have written this 10-day Bali itinerary, for those who want to see the best of Bali in a short period amount of time. 

So let’s find out the Balinese temples you’ll visit, the waterfalls you’ll chase, and most importantly, the beaches you’ll swim in your 10 days in Bali.

Bali Attractions Map

The Bali sightseeing map is the map we will follow for our 10-day Bali itinerary. Click on the toggle on the top left corner of the map to see all the attractions we will be seeing in Bali.

Each color means a different area of Bali. We have a total of 5 colors for 5 different areas: Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud, Nusa Penida, and Sanur.

Each color also has recommended activities for where you will stay in Bali, such as trying a Babi Guling (suckling pig) restaurant or visiting a waterfall. 

If you have any questions on how to use this interactive map, leave a comment down below.  

Should You Visit Kuta?

You might have noticed we skipped Kuta in our 10 days in Bali itinerary. Why?

Kuta is the closest area to Depensar, where the Bali airport is located. Naturally, a lot of visitors’ first stop in Bali is Kuta. But honestly, I spent more than a month in Bali and I regretted every moment I was in Kuta.

Spending time in Kuta is a frequent mistake for first-timers in Bali.

Ugly, dirty, traffic, and filled with drunk tourists chugging Bintangs, Kuta is not what Bali is meant to be. It is not the paradise that we see on the internet. It is not the trendy stylish cafes. And it is definitely not the turquoise water and white sand beaches.

More overcrowded than an NYC subway during rush hour, I highly recommend skipping over Kuta.

How To Get Around in Bali

Before we get started with the first thing on our perfect 10-day Bali itinerary, you need to know how to get around in Bali and the cheapest way in doing so.

Bali is still very lacking in infrastructure considering the number of tourists it is getting every year. There are no buses, no trains, and the best way to travel around is with one of the mopeds or scooters. Seldomly, you will encounter some buses but with the traffic and the narrow roads of Bali, you won’t get anywhere without wanting to pull your hair out. 

The most convenient and easiest option to travel around Bali is by renting a scooter. If you rent one, make sure you know how to drive it properly. There are way too many tourists getting into motorcycle accidents in Bali. 

Uber-like services are also available in Bali through apps like GoJek and Grab. Install both apps before you go to Bali. These apps are generally reliable except for some places in Bali that have a taxi mafia, meaning that GoJek or Grab is not allowed to pick up passengers there.

It is recommended to get a Sim Card when you first arrive in Bali. They are cheap and abundant throughout Bali.

Another great option is to rent a car and a driver. Some of the attractions in Bali, especially the ones in Ubud, are spaced out. It is actually wise and recommended to rent a driver and a car for 8-10 hours and take you to as many sights as possible. They are also not as expensive as you think. 

The Perfect 10 Days in Bali Itinerary

Day 1: Sanur, The Calm Beautiful Port City

Welcome to Bali, or the locals like to call it, Balifornia! I hope you are excited to spend 10 days in Bali! You will be arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, a small and easily-navigated airport. If you go out and grab an airport taxi to your accommodation in Sanur, you will be overcharged 4 to 5 times.

This is why I told you to install GoJek and Grab before your arrival. Use the airport Wi-Fi and use GoJek or Grab to get yourself a taxi to Sanur.

If you cannot use the app for some reason, walk outside of the airport area and grab a Bluebird taxi. Those taxis are the local taxi and will be just affordable as the ones through the apps. They are blue and say the word “Bluebird” on the side. 

Our first destination is in the eastern part of Bali. Sanur, a relatively quiet port city, is a great starting point for your Bali trip. Many visitors make the mistake of going straight into Kuta and getting stuck there. Don’t be one of them. Sanur is also the place where you will be taking the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida tomorrow!

Things to Do in Sanur, Bali

Depending on when you arrive in Sanur, you might not have much time on your first day in Bali. Walk around the neighborhood and check out the beaches in Sanur. They are much cleaner than the ones in Kuta.

If you have the time, I highly recommend you to visit Balangan Beach. A dreamy beach known for its dramatic cliffs and turquoise water, it is no surprise that there are so many pre-wedding photoshoots here.

Experience your first sunset in Bali at Jimbaran Beach. The end of the Jimbaran Beach is lined with some of the best seafood restaurants in Bali. Enjoy a lovely sunset seafood dinner on the sand of Jimbaran beach as you watch the sun fade under the horizon.

When the sun sets, the restaurants will bring candles to light up your table. It is a very romantic moment and perfect for anyone on Bali for his or her honeymoon. After you enjoy your seafood dinner, feel free to walk along the Jimbaran beach to one of the bars for a drink.

Don’t get too drunk tonight though because you will need to wake up early tomorrow!

Where to Stay in Sanur

Best Hostel in Sanur – Ning Homestay

An affordable homestay that features dormitory beds, Ning Homestay is the best hostel in Sanur. With a quiet environment and comfortable beds, guests can have a good night’s sleep here. If you want to be social and meet friends, you can also do so in their beautiful backyard!

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Best Cheap Hotel in Sanur – Asoka Hotel & Suite

Located close to the best restaurants in Sanur and only 100m from the beach, Asoka Hotel & Suite’s location is one of the best in Sanur. Each spacious room has its own balcony or front porch that guests can relax on. Tired of sitting on the balcony? Then jump into their amazing pool!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Sanur – Parigata Villas Resort

Paraigata Villas Resort is hand-down one of my favorite luxurious and boutique hotels in all of Bali. Each spacious villa has its own private garden and individual swimming pool in the back, lounge chairs where you can relax, and a designated place for yoga. If you are on your honeymoon in Bali, look no further. This is the place for you.

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Day 2-3: Nusa Penida Island, The Hidden Gem of Our 10-Day Bali Itinerary

Nusa Penida is a small island of paradise located 45 minutes off the coast of Bali. Known for its jaw-dropping cliffs, amazing landscapes, lush scenery, turquoise water, and white sand beaches, Nusa Penida is a place you must visit on any Bali itinerary. 

To get to Nusa Penida from Bali, you will take a ferry from the Sanur port. If you stayed at Sanur the night before, it should be within walking distance from your hotel. The first boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida is at 7:30 AM. Try to get there as early as possible. If you can catch the 7:30 ferry, that is optimal.

Before you go to Nusa Penida, make sure you take a lot of cash with you. Though there are ATMs on the island, they are rarely functional. If you get seasick easily, take a motion sickness pill before you go. Always travel with a multi-purpose medicine kit

The best way to get around in Nusa Penida is by driving your own scooter or moped. If you are not experienced, you also have the option to rent a private driver and a car. It is not as expensive as you think. 

Because it might be difficult to travel in Nusa Penida, I recommend getting a tour beforehand!

Things to Do in Nusa Penida

Below I’ll talk about some of my favorite things to do on Nusa Penida. On your second day on Nusa Penida, you have the option to visit the nearby Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

1. Kelingking Beach

The famous dinosaur head beach you have probably seen on Instagram. Worth it to hike down to the white-sand beach below!

2. Peguyangan Waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall takes you on a short hike on a blue wooden trail around the edge of the island. You will see some of the best views on the island and at the bottom is a temple that the locals visit. Don’t forget to jump in the natural pools at the bottom!

3. Angel’s Billabong / Broken Beach

Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are some of the top places to visit in Nusa Penida. The Broken Beach is a little cove on the side of a very beautiful archway that lets water in and out.

4. Atuh Beach

Located on the eastern part of Nusa Penida, it is difficult to pair a visit to Atuh Beach with other attractions of Nusa Penida. Though if you have extra time, I would highly recommend visiting Atuh Beach and its sweeping views!

Other notable attractions in Nusa Penida are Crystal Bay, Manta Point, and the Goa Giri Putri Temple. Crystal Bay is a nice relaxing beach where visitors can snorkel around. Manta Point is a diving point where you can enjoy scuba diving and get close to the manta rays. If you do not wish to dive, occasionally you can also see them from the surface. Goa Piri Putri Temple is the famous cave temple in Nusa Penida.

If you head over to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, make sure you check out Devil’s Tear and the Blue Lagoon. Both of those places are some of the most beautiful places in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, respectively.

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

Choosing the right place to stay in Nusa Penida is imperative for having a good stay. That is because infrastructure is really lacking and you want your accommodation to be able to supply you with all the things you need. In general, the northern part of Nusa Penida is better to stay as it is closer to the harbor and has more establishments there. Here’s a complete guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida.

Best Hostel in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida

Nuansa Penida is by far the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs, guests can relax under the beautiful Indonesia sun. The hostel also has a bar and a restaurant, both serving amazing food and drinks at an affordable price. Their common area is also a great social place to meet other travelers.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Nusa Penida – Asoka Bungalows

Nusa Penida Accommodation

For the price you are paying, Asoka Bungalows is an amazing deal. Featuring beautiful wooden huts with individual outdoor porch area to relax, Asoka Bungalows is as good as it can get for being affordable. Nevermind, I lied. It also has an amazing swimming pool where guests can enjoy their stay!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage

Daphila Cottage is one of the best luxury hotels in Nusa Penida. Featuring an amazing swimming pool where you can have a sweeping view of the sea, guests will surely have an unforgettable time here. Daphila Cottage is more than just a scenic hotel. It also features an on-site restaurant and friendly staff that will assist you on your adventures in Nusa Penida.

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Day 4-6 : Ubud

Ubud is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bali. Located in the uplands of Bali, Ubud is surrounded by lush rainforest and terraced rice paddies. A hub for traditional craft and Balinese dance, Ubud is neighbored by some of the most amazing temples in Bali.

You will spend 3 of your 10 days in Bali in Ubud, visiting some of the best cultural attractions of Bali as well as the numerous natural wonders of the region such as waterfalls.

There are many attractions located within close proximity of Ubud center. However, there are also many other amazing sights away from the city that will require proper transportation to get there.

Similar to Nusa Penida, I recommend you to hire a driver for a day in Ubud and have him take you to as many attractions as possible. If you don’t want to hire a driver, check out this recommended tour!

Things to Do in Ubud, Bali

Below are some of my favorite things to do in Ubud. For the entire list, refer to the Google interactive map above!

1. Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is one of the top things to do in Ubud. Situated close to the town center, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary should be within walking distance to your accommodation. Home of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys, you can see them running wild in the sanctuary. But just be careful not to bring a backpack because they will open it and steal anything edible inside! I lost a bag of Snickers that way…

2. Ubud Market

The Ubud market is conveniently located in the center of Ubud. A traditional craft market with many different items, you can spend hours wandering down the narrow alleys shopping for some unique souvenirs from Bali. There are many artisanal goods that are unique to the Ubud region. Don’t miss your chance to do some shopping here!

Busy Ubud market

3. Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a lush scenic hiking trail with beautiful views. Come at sunset for some of the best views of Ubud. You don’t need to finish the entire hiking trail. 

4. Bali Swing

You cannot come back from your 10-day Bali trip without a photo from the famous Bali Swing. A beautiful swing over the lush rainforest of the Ubud region, the Bali swing is a bucket list item in Bali. 

5. Lempuyang Temple

Located in the eastern part of Bali, Lempuyang Temple is one of the most Instagram-able spots in Bali. As one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bali, come to Lempuyang Temple and learn about the Balinese culture and take an awesome photo! The Lempuyang Temple is included in the “Best of Bali” tour.

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6. Taman Tirta Gangga

Taman Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Karangasem empire. As one of the best attractions in Eastern Bali, a visit to Taman Tirta Ganga will show you the luxurious traditional side of Bali. Come check out the beautiful gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stepping stones, and fish ponds at Taman Tirta Gangga. 


7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most famous rice paddies in Bali. Spend a few hours walking up and down the rice terraces and observing the local farmers work. The layers of the rice paddies are very picturesque so don’t miss Tegalalng when you are in Ubud!

8. Try Luwak Coffee (Poop Coffee)!

Luwak Coffee is a type of coffee special to the region near Ubud. Known as poop coffee, the coffee beans used are partially digested coffee cherries by Luwaks. This rare type of coffee can cost many times more than the average cup of joe because the process removes the acidity from the coffee beans.

9. Visit the Beautiful Waterfalls near Ubud (Nungnung, Tekad Cepung, Kanto Lampo, Tibumana, Tegenungan)

Ubud is located in the rainforest region of Bali and naturally has tons of waterfalls in the region. There are definitely way too many waterfalls to visit on a 10-day itinerary in Bali. If you had to pick a few, I would recommend Nungnung Waterfall and Tukad Cepung Waterfall.

There are many amazing activities to do in Ubud. If the list of things above is not enough, consider visiting Yoga Barn for a nice yoga experience. Ubud is the best place in Bali for yoga. 

Visit Tirta Empul Temple for a holy water cleansing experience. As a Hindu Balinese Temple, it is one of the best sacred attractions in Bali.

Ubud is also known for a famous Balinese dish called Babi Guling (suckling pig). Anthony Bourdain himself has personally tried Babi Guling and gave it two thumbs up. The best restaurant in Ubud to try Babi Guling is Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali

Best Hostel in Ubud – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ubud. With daily activities as well as free massages, Puri Garden is the proper way to relax and meet other travelers. Whether you are chilling in the pool or participate in their free yoga class, there will never be a dull moment in this hostel.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Ubud – Pecatu Ubud Guest House

An affordable hotel in Ubud with a beautiful rooftop pool, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the lush region of Ubud. The facilities are modern and the decor is traditional Balinese-styled. Come stay at one of their immaculate and spacious rooms with big comfortable beds!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ubud – Natya Resort Ubud

If you want a luxurious resort in Ubud, look no further. The Natya Resort Ubud is one of the best hotels in Ubud, and definitely a great spot for anyone on their honeymoon. Located inside the jungle of Ubud, guests can enjoy absolute tranquility, especially when staying in their private infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy its delicious on-site restaurant and a relaxing spa. Natya Resort Ubud is an absolute paradise in Ubud.

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Day 7-8: Canggu

Canggu is a resort village surrounded by jaw-dropping beaches and scenic rice terraces. Home to many digital nomads, yogis, and surfers, Canggu is one of the most popular destinations in Canggu. Relaxing beach clubs, beginner and expert waves for surfers, and healthy hippie restaurants and cafes, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Canggu.

It is the chill vibe that defines Canggu. Canggu feels like a proper vacation town, especially after so much sightseeing in Ubud.

Come to Canggu, stay at a uniquely-designed villa, catch some waves or just walk along the beach and have some amazing food. Canggu is the proper place to relax in Bali.

Things to Do in Canggu, Bali

1. Take a trip to Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most iconic and photographed temples in Bali. Due to its location on top of a rock around 20 meters from the edge of the coast, the Tanah Lot Temple appears to be its own island floating on the water during high tide. Come here and learn about the complicated history of the Tanah Lot Temple, which actually translates to land and sea temple. 

Though you might not want to bring your partner because of the myth around Tanah Lot. 

2. Spend an afternoon at La Brisa Beachclub

Located on the popular Echo Beach, La Brisa is one of the coolest beach clubs to hang out in Bali. Featuring hand-crafted wooden decor, relaxing bean chairs, and locally-grown food, La Brisa is an absolute paradise to spend the afternoon in. 

3. The Lawn

Canggu is home to some of the most amazing beach clubs in Bali and The Lawn is no exception. Amazing food, great vibes, and a beautiful infinity pool facing the ocean, you will undoubtedly have a good time in The Lawn. It is one of the best places in Canggu to watch the sunset, as the black-sanded beach contrasts with the vibrant colors of a Balinese sunset. 

4. Go Surfing (or Learn to Surf)

The beaches in Canggu are beginner-friendly. Take advantage and learn how to surf! You won’t have any difficulty finding surf shops or instructors in Canggu because they are literally around every corner!

5. Party at Finns Beach Club or Old Man’s

If you want a proper night out, head over to Finns Beach Club, arguable the fanciest beach club in Canggu. There isn’t really a minimum spending at Finns Beach Club but expect to spend a lot of money. Their drinks are as pricey as the ones you will find in New York City. As a result, Finns Beach Club attracts high-end customers.

If you want a more relaxing time meeting locals and other travelers in Canggu, head over to Old Man’s. An affordable bar located next to Batu Balong Beach, Old Man’s is usually packed and the atmosphere is social and inviting. The drinks are also much more affordable at Old Man’s. 

Where to Stay in Canggu, Bali

Best Hostel in Canggu – Kos One Hostel

Kos One Hostel has the facilities and decor of a 5-star villa but the price and atmosphere of a hostel. From the sun terrace area to the restaurant, everything in Koz One Hostel is so well-decorated. The beds are also very comfortable and spacious for a hostel. With my common areas to socialize, this hostel is very easy to make friends.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Canggu – Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu

A beautiful hotel located close to Echo Beach, Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu is a top accommodation in Canggu. Its beautiful modern design infused with specks of Balinese culture is much more refreshing than seeing the usual gray walls. Its high-class restaurant serves some of the best food you can find in Bali yet at an affordable price. Did I mention the relaxing swimming pool with sun loungers?

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Best Luxury Hotel in Canggu – The Haven Suites Bali Berawa

Located right on the Berawa beach, staying at Haven Suites Bali is guaranteed to turn your Bali 10 days trip into a heavenly beach paradise. The staff at this luxury hotel in Canggu will go out of their way to assist you and make sure you have a pleasant stay. The design of the rooms are immaculate and my favorite part has to be the iconic bathtub in the rooms, a popular photo location for Instagram.

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Day 9-10: Seminyak

Seminyak beach, Bali

Seminyak will be the last stop on your Bali in 10 days itinerary. Seminyak is a high-end resort area located directly south of Canggu. An area with fancy restaurants, posh nightclubs, and extravagant hotels, expect to pay as much as you would in western Europe or the United States in Seminyak

Not as busy and crowded as Kuta in the south, many travelers come to Seminyak to enjoy a relaxing time on the chill beaches, shop at the fancy shopping malls, and try out the trendy cafes.

I have to be honest, Seminyak is almost overtaken by foreigners because the prices are so high around here. Clubs such as Lafavela and Mexicola have also started targeting foreign audiences, with a shot of tequila costing 14 USD.

If you are looking for an authentic Balinese experience, you will hardly find that in Seminyak. 

Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali

1. Chill out at the Double Six Beach

Grab your friends and head out to the most famous beach in Seminyak, Double Six Beach. Lounge in one of the bean bags, eat some Bakso(Balinese fish balls), and chuck a cold beer or coconut. Surfers can also catch some waves at the Double Six Beach.

2. Visit The World-Famous Potato Head Beach Club

You cannot spend 10 days in Bali and not visit the famous Potato Head Beach Club. Two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, and numerous palm trees to give off the vacation vibes, Potato Head Beach Club is the perfect spot to relax for a day. Close your eyes as you lay on their sun sunbeds as you listen to the sounds of the waves.

3. Try Balinese Cusine Such as Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)

If you didn’t get a chance to try Babi Guling in one of the warungs (local restaurants) in Ubud, worry not. Seminyak is also home to one of the best restaurants for this Balinese delicacy, namely Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen.

Babi guling

5. Visit the Trendy Cafes and Restaurants!

Seminyak is concentrated with trendy cafes and very aesthetic restaurants. My favorite ones are Nalu Bowls, Sea Circus, KYND Comunity, and Cafe Organic!

Where to Stay in Seminyak, Bali

Best Hostel in Seminyak – Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

A chic hostel with a gorgeous swimming pool, Socialista Lifestyle Hostel is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. With comfortable beds that offer lots of privacy, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Guests that want to socialize can meet other travelers in the bar and restaurants or at their daily events! 

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Best Cheap Hotel in Seminyak – Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak

Located next to Seminyak Beach, Grandmas Plus Hotel is an affordable hotel for anyone looking for convenience in Seminyak. The reception and the staff go above and beyond to make sure you have a pleasant stay by answering any questions you might have. Their cooking class and yoga session are fun activities that guests can enjoy!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Seminyak – Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak is one of the most high-end hotels you can stay in Seminyak. A classy rooftop cocktail bar with views of the Double Six Beach and the Indian Ocean, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset with a delicious cocktail in your hands. Their attentive staff will make sure you have a good time and goes the extra mile if you have a special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, or honeymoons. Along with their massive pool and state-of-the-art gym, guests can properly relax at Double-Six Luxury Hotel.

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You can directly arrange a shuttle from Seminyak back to Bali’s airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport. You can also use apps like Grab or GoJek.

I hope this 10 days Bali itinerary has helped you plan your exciting Bali trip.

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Where to Stay in Nusa Penida: The Best Accommodations

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida: The Best Accommodations

Nusa Penida is a paradisaical island located about 45 minutes away from the touristy destination of Bali. Known for its turquoise water, jaw-dropping cliffs, white sand beach, and the famous dinosaur head (Kelingking Beach), Nusa Penida is becoming one of the best travel destinations.

However, as tourism only opened a few years ago, many of the infrastructures on Nusa Penida are lacking. There are no street lights, the roads are in bad condition, and its accessibility to the necessities such as food and water could be questionable.

That is why deciding on where to stay in Nusa Penida is so important.

Our guide below will give you the best hotels and hostels in Nusa Penida to guarantee that you have an amazing trip!

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Nusa Penida is still a fairly undeveloped island and lacks infrastructure. For that reason, I would recommend to not stay too far from where the harbor is, Toyapakeh.

Toyapakeh is definitely the best area to stay in Nusa Penida because it is the most developed area on Nusa Penida. Restaurants, cafes, groceries, and pharmacies are all concentrated in that neighborhood. Most accommodations are located in Toyakpakeh or within close proximity to it.

Best Hostel in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida Hostel

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Best Cheap Hotel in Nusa Penida – Asoka Bungalows

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Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage

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Best Area To Stay In Nusa Penida

Best Place to Stay in Nusa Penida

Unlike Bali, there really isn’t a lot of neighborhoods to stay in Nusa Penida. The most known place to stay is in the area known as Toyapakeh, where the ferry will drop you off if you are coming from Bali to Nusa Penida.

Unless your accommodation is all-inclusive and can provide you with food, water, and other necessities, I highly recommend staying close to Toyapakeh.

The town doesn’t have street lights once you get far out of Toyapakeh. So if you were staying outside of town and had to get come in to get dinner at one of the warungs (local restaurants), it would be difficult.

The best place to stay in Nusa Penida is at an accommodation that can provide you with everything you will need. We have chosen a few of our favorite accommodations in Nusa Penida down below! 

Best Airbnb In Nusa Penida

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Penida Bambu Green Villa is a unique eco-friendly villa on Nusa Penida. Each villa is made using local bamboo and boasts a rustic yet charming atmosphere. Situated on a small hill, visitors can admire the spectacular mountainous views while soaking in their spacious infinity pool.

After a day of exploring Nusa Penida, guests can return to Penida Bambu Green Villa for a relaxing traditional Balinese massage or dine in their affordable and delicious on-site restaurant.

This accommodation on Nusa Penida is perfect for couples, honeymooners, or even solo travelers out to enjoy a nice outdoor experience in Nusa Penida island.

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If you would like to take advantage of the pristine nature in Nusa Penida, then consider AuthentikNusaPenida. Located in the lush forest, this Airbnb in Nusa Penida allows guests to reconnect with mother nature.

Guests can enjoy a glamping experience by staying at one of their eco-friendly safari tents with air-conditioning, WiFi, ensuite bathroom with hot showers, mosquito nets, and more.

When you are not out exploring Nusa Penida or in your tent, relax in their overflowing swimming pool. Lay down in one of their sun loungers and you will see the magnificence of mother nature’s creation!

This Airbnb on Nusa Penida is a great experience for couples and honeymooners, but not so for families or kids.

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Best Hotels in Nusa Penida

Best Luxury Hotels (Villas/Resort/Etc) in Nusa Penida

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Kompyang Cottage is one of the best cottage-style accommodations in Nusa Penida. Located on the northeastern part of the island, it is within close proximity to Atuh Beach (Diamond Beach). However, Kompyang Cottage is located 30-minutes away from the harbor. But worry not, they provide free pick-up services!

Floating breakfast in their beautiful pool, refreshing outdoor bathroom, and its location within walking distance to many restaurants are some of the best features of this hotel. No wonder why this hotel has one of the highest ratings and reviews.

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If you are a sucker for views, Daphila Cottage is the best hotel in Nusa Penida for you. Known for its breathtaking views from its clean infinity pool, you will not find a better sunset anywhere else.

Their huts are cute and the sleek wooden design of the interior is beautiful. Their on-site restaurant has some of the best authentic Indonesian food so you don’t need to travel far for food. The staff is friendly and will help you organize any tours you want or arrange transportation!

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If you are looking for a tranquil place to stay in Nusa Penida, look no further. Semabu Hills Hotel is located in the quiet hills of Nusa Penida, away from the noise. Guests can relax in their beautiful infinity pool with breathtaking views of the island and the sea.

Their on-site restaurant has some of the most delicious food you will find on Nusa Penida island. They organize tours as well as free transport from and to the ferry. If you want a private driver to visit some of the best attractions in Nusa Penida such as Kelingking Beach, they can arrange that for you too!

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Best Cheap Hotels in Nusa Penida

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A beautiful and affordable hotel in Nusa Penida, Sunset Hill Cottage is a great option for anyone backpacking Bali or Indonesia. Tucked away in a comfortable and quiet location, but only within a 15-minute walk away from the restaurants, bars, and the beach, guests can have a perfect night’s rest and be close to the action.

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Asoka Bungalows Nusa Penida Villa

Asoka Bungalows is a family-owned hotel with some of the best services available. The owner and his family are very helpful and friendly with the guests and can help you with anything you will need on the island.

The rooms are sparkling clean and the included breakfast is simple and amazing. Each bungalow has its own relaxing outdoor seating area and if you get too bored you can jump into the swimming pool!

Its convenient location on the north part of the island has many restaurants, mini markets, and the beach!

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Double-G Guest House is a cheap guest house run by the husband and wife of a family. Their hospitality will turn your stay at their guest house to a stay in your second home. They go out of your way just to make sure you have a good time in Nusa Penida, such as personally driving you to a restaurant at night.

Located a few minutes from the harbor, guests can rest in their clean and spacious rooms after the turbulent journey from Bali.

Scooters or a private car can be rented from here if you want to have a day tour of the best attractions in Nusa Penida, such as Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Peguyangan Waterfall, Manta Point, Crystal Bay, and more!

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Best Hostels in Nusa Penida

Nuansa Penida Hostel is definitely the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Outdoor swimming pool, a bar, on-site restaurant, there are so many features to love about this hostel. The shared lounge is one of the best places to meet travelers from other parts of the world.

If you want to just relax and suntan, you will fall in love with their outdoor swimming pool area. They also offer rental services for those who want to explore the island. And maybe you will meet a friend or two to share the cost of a private car?

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Bintang Hostel and Homestay is one of the cheapest hostels in Nusa Penida. Offering a big swimming pool area where you can relax, you will surely wonder why you are only paying so little for such a great place to stay.

The whole accommodation feels like a villa with the big outdoor area and the amount of sunlight their big and spacious rooms get. Their on-site restaurant is affordable and the staff is happy to help you with transportation around the island.

This hostel is within walking distance from Crystal Bay, one of the best snorkeling spots on Nusa Penida. However, that means it is far from the harbor but once you arrive at the hostel, you will find nothing but comfort and adventure!

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Deciding on where to stay in Nusa Penida can difficult with the various locations on the island and their accessibilities. I hope you found an accommodation you like in our guide!

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