• Claire

10 Days in BALI Itinerary | Seminyak, Ubud & Gili T

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

There is a reason the small Indonesian island of Bali is so popular with tourists from all over the world. Bali is packed full of exciting things to do, is super backpacker-friendly and is home to such friendly locals. I spent 10 days exploring the crazy tourist town of Seminyak, rainforests of Ubud and the beaches of Gili T and already want to go back!



I visited Bali in July at the end of my China, Borneo and Bali trip (you can watch my montage video from this trip here). We flew into Bali from Kota Kinabalu (via Kuala Lumpur and a 5-hour flight delay) with Air Asia.


We spent 10 days between Seminyak, Ubud and Gili T which was a great mix of relaxation and adventure. From massages in our private villa in Seminyak to quad-biking in Ubud to learning to scuba dive in Gili T - this trip had it all!


Bali Itinerary


Seminyak (3 days)


We spent a total of three days in Seminyak - 2 at the beginning of our trip and 1 night before hopping on our plane home. We spent our first two nights in an amazing private villa - a reward to ourselves after roughing it in hostels for the previous 5 weeks!


Most of our time in Seminyak was spent doing typical Bali touristy things - shopping at the markets, eating amazing vegan food and acai bowls, getting massages and relaxing at some of the many beach clubs. We avoided areas like Kuta as they are known to be a bit trashy.


Amazing acai bowls from Nalu Bowls

Incredible vegan food from Earth Cafe

Potato Head Beach Club

Watching the sunset from Potato Head


Where I Stayed


We spoilt ourselves with 2 nights in an incredible private pool villa in Seminyak. We stayed at De'Bharata Bali Villas Seminyak. They picked us up from the airport, we got daily breakfast delivered, a private plunge pool and a massage included for around $100pp per night - it was amazing!


Villa in Seminyak

Our bed on arrival haha!

Villa in Seminyak

Breakfast by our private pool

Villa in Seminyak


Ubud (3 Days)


Ubud is located around an hour north of Seminyak in the rainforest and is definitely my favourite place in Bali. It is a hub for local crafts and surrounded by terraced rice fields and Hindu temples and shrines.


For our first day in Ubud, we hired a private driver to pick us up from our villa in Seminyak and drive us to Ubud. He also took us to the Bali Swing, the Tegalalang rice fields, stopped at a vegan cafe with us for lunch and brought us to our accommodation in Ubud - all for $50 for the day.


Bali Swing


Bali Swing is a series of huge swings that propel you over the rainforest - it's also a great spot to get some cool Instagram pics!


Bali Swing


Mt Batur Sunrise Hike


Mt Batur is an active volcano at a height of 1717 metres. Many tour companies in Ubud offer you the chance to climb the volcano for sunrise - and we jumped at the chance to do it! We were picked up from our accommodation in Ubud at 2:30 am and driven to the starting point close to Mt Batur where they served us pancakes for breakfast.


We were then given torches and started the walk to the base of the volcano. The hike was actually a lot more challenging than I expected, it started to get super steep and the volcanic rubble on the eroded path made it super slippery.


But the epic view of the sunrise made it all worth it. We could see Mount Rinjani in the distance and Lake Batur right below us. It was absolutely freezing at the top waiting for the sun to rise - but the guides were serving tea and even cooking boiled eggs for people in the steam from the volcano!


The hike back down was spectacular too - we even came across some friendly monkeys!


The summit of Mt Batur

The sunrise over Mt Rinjani from Mt Batur

Hiking Mt Batur

Monkey surprised me on my shoulder!

Mt Batur


Rice Fields


The Tegalalang rice terraces are located around 30mins from the centre of Ubud and are a pretty popular tourist attraction. Exploring the rice terraces is a great way to spend an afternoon!


Tegalalang rice terraces, Ubud

Tegalalang rice terraces, Ubud

Breakfast by the rice fields


Quad Biking


We decided to spend our last afternoon in Ubud quad biking. It actually turned out to be so much more fun than I expected! It was just Rhi and I and our guide zipping through the pathways between rice paddies and getting mudding riding through massive puddles. It was around $50 for a couple hours and they gave us lunch. Would highly recommend!


Quad biking in Ubud

Quad biking in Ubud

Quad biking in Ubud

Waterfalls


Ubud is home to many incredible waterfalls - you could spend days exploring all of them. The most famous is Tegenungan Waterfall which is generally super overcrowded. We decided to visit Tibumana Waterfall early in the morning and had it all to ourselves!


Tibumana waterfall, Ubud


Where I Stayed


While in Ubud we stayed at Putu's Paradise Guesthouse. It was in a great location, close to the main streets of Ubud and had really beautiful gardens. It also included a great breakfast spread!


Breakfast at Putu's Paradise Guesthouse


Gili T (4 Days)


Gili Trawangan is affectionately known as Gili T is the largest of the three tiny Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok Island. Gili T is famous for its scuba diving and has dozens of dive schools lining the waterfront strip. There are also no cars or scooters allowed on Gili T - everyone walks or rides bikes which is a nice break from the craziness of the Bali mainland!


We got to Gili T by fast boat from Padang Bai. The ride out to the Gillis has a reputation for being pretty horrendous - think rough seas, an enclosed boat with no air conditioning and lots of vomit bags! But luckily our crossing was completely fine. A number of different boat operators make the journey to/from Gili T multiple times per day.


Gili T is a great spot to relax and snorkel the reefs. We ate some of the best vegetarian food at a little restaurant on the island called Pituq. Make sure you catch a sunset from one of the many sea swings.


View of Lombok from Gili T

Gili T

Sea swings on Gili T

Dinner at Pituq - best food ever!!


PADI Open Water


We spent most of our 4 days in Gili T doing our PADI open water dive course. To do course you need to stay on the island for at least 4 days / 3 nights. We learnt to dive with Blue Marlin Dive which were great, our instructor Mike was awesome! Getting my PADI is probably one of the best things I've ever done and has allowed me to dive all over the world! You can read about my experience getting my PADI in my blog post here.


Learning to dive at Blue Marlin Dive, Gili T

Our incredible classroom

Diving in Gili T

Diving in Gili T

Diving in Gili T

Diving in Gili T

Officially qualified open water scuba divers!


Where I Stayed


In Gili T we stayed in the M Gili Hostel. It was far enough back from the main drag to be quiet but close enough to be walking distance to everything. It was clean and comfortable and had its own plunge pool in the common area!




In a place like Bali, 10 days just doesn't seem like enough - I'm so keen to come back! From Bali, we flew home direct to Brisbane on a cheap Jetstar flight.