My Aussie friend asked me why I visited Bali when it was similar to my city, or country even. A traveler from Argentina whom I met in the Ubud hostel we stayed in asked the same. And I realize that I don’t really have specific answers. Bali has just been one of those places in the wanderlist even before I got my passport.

My friends and I visited the Island of the Gods for six days. Only six days. Too short to go around every wonderful place this island has to offer. But it was definitely better than nothing, so we had to make the most of what we have.

To clarify, this is a trip for four people, and we didn’t rent scooters. All of us were first-timers in Bali.

Here’s a rundown of our itinerary:

Day 1
8:30AM Arrived in Denpasar airport
9:30AM Pick-up from from airport to Uluwatu hostel
10:30AM Checked in at the hostel
10:30AM-2:00PM Unpacked, had brunch and relaxed in hostel
3:00PM Went to Dreamland beach
5:20PM Went to Uluwatu Temple
6:00-7:00PM Uluwatu temple and Kecak Dance
7:30PM Back to hostel

Day 2
10:00AM Leave for Ubud
12:00NN Arrived at Ubud hostel
2PM-7PM Half day Ubud tour :
– Blanco museum
– Coffee plantation (Alas Harum AgroTourism)
– Tegalalang Rice Terraces
– Ubud market
7:30PM Back to hostel

Day 3
5:00AM Leave for Pura Lempuyang Temple
8:00AM Arrived Tirta Gangga
10:30AM Leave for Ubud Monkey Forest
11:30AM Brunch stopover
12:45PM – 3:00PM Ubud Monkey forest
4:00PM Back to hostel

Day 4
10:00 Leave for Canggu
12:30PM Brunch at Crate Cafe
Chilled at the hostel for the rest of the day, including a BBQ dinner hosted by the hostel

Day 5
6:30AM Nusa Penida tour pick-up
5:00PM Returned to hostel
8:30PM Love Anchor Market
9:30PM Dinner
10:30PM Return to hostel

Day 6
9:00AM Went to Batu Bolong Beach and had brunch
12:00AM Returned to hostel to pack and check-out
1:00PM Did final shopping in Love Anchor Market
2:30PM Back at the hostel to swim in the pool and get the final Bintang
5:00PM Pick-up for airport

There were other things that we supposedly had in our itinerary like more Uluwatu beaches, the Ubud night market, more museums in Ubud, Tanah Lot, more cafes and resto bars with sunset decks, etc. However, we decided that we’d rather savor what we can see even if it were lesser, than always be in a hurry to be able to see more. We wanted more experience compared to just seeing.