Hi there. I'll start by saying how envious I am that you are going to my favourite place on this planet!
Here's what I would advise.
Surfing is great there, but flipping humid from Dec to March. Take your own board. Buying a new board isn't a bargain out there like you might imagine.
If you're a good surfer, then Uluwatu is great but can get busy and entering through the caves can be tough.
Another good place to surf is Nyang Nyang. Both these locations are found on the southern tip of Bali. Nyang is very remote and there is a long walk down steps down a cliff to get there. But once there, the waves are very impressive and not many people at all. Boats can take you there to save you the walk, which I think you can get from Jimbaran.
Another great place is further up from Legian and Seminyak, another 20 mins drive up north west to Canggu and higher still is Medewi. All great breaks and well worth a visit. And then, of course there are many more places.
I don't know about massages. I had one offer from a woman pinching my arm repeatedly and it hurt, so I opted out.
As for food. There is a great Mexican called, 'mojos flying burritos', in seminyak. (Also one that gets packed in very busy Kuta.
But, for true balinese food, you cannot beat, BUMBU BALI, based with a few restaurants in NUSA DUA. This place is run by a fantastic guy called Heinz Von Holzen. It is an incredible establishment and loyal to balinese cooking in every way imaginable. I would kill to go back there again. He also runs a cookery school which is sooooo worth taking. Best thing I ever did was visit Bali and the second best thing was finding this place.
I hope you have an incredible time and please, treat Bali and it's people with the love and honour they deserve. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Raven
You can take a look at this 10 day itinerary. It can easily get expanded to two weeks: http://www.vilondo.com/blog/2011/08/bali-itinerary-in-10-days/
You should also consider to include Gili islands. No cars or motorbikes, just white sand beaches. It could be a good place to finish your trip.
You can find massage places almost anywhere. You can get an hours massage for around 6 $US. There is usually different massages to choose from. The Balinese style seems to be a little softer than than the Thai version. over 6 years agoAnswered by Stru
I would definitely check out Nusa Lembongan for a week or so. There is some relly good breaks like shipwrecks and its an amazing place.Stay at Wayhu Guest House if you go.
Check out http://backpackingcentral.net for a bit of a guide..
Cheers over 6 years agoAnswered by Backpacking Central
Balian and Medewi are fantastic surf beaches (if you're an experienced surfer) and also Canggu.
I arrived home this morning, these are the highlights that are still fresh in my mind
- hiring a jeep ($12 a day) and just driving anywhere
- Pemuteran (North West coast) for snorkelling and diving
- Munduk overnight stay in the mountains
- surf at Balian, with a late lunch on the beach
- Flores (one word - wow)
- Dinner at Betelnut in Canggu (an absolute must)
- a few days hanging out in Ubud to chill.
We were gone 3 weeks and spent most time in Flores snorkelling and visiting Komodo Island. I can highly recommend this as a new adventure, its just so easy to fly over and walk along the pier where you can charter an old Indonesian fishing boat (with crew) for less than what you would pay for one night accom in Bali. The islands are amazing, the people gorgeous, and the experience so worth it.
We looked into Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida - this will have to be on our next trip now. over 6 years agoAnswered by LisaF
Oh and massage...... you cant go past Jari Menari in Seminyak. Its a little on the expensive side but very very very very good! (USD40) over 6 years agoAnswered by LisaF
Countryside Tours one day by bike to see real Bali www.balihaitour.com over 6 years agoAnswered by John65
Get away from the cities and head towards the volcanoes. There are great restaurants that overlook Mt Batur & Mt Agung. Check out the local fruit markets on the ride up or down. Great prices and amazing fruit! This is a really beautiful part of Bali. Make sure you try gado gado! A yummy vegetarian dish with peanut sauce!!!! over 6 years agoAnswered by sharkyjillian