Indonesia Snapshot

For anyone planning to travel to the Indonesia we hope this snap shot of our time is useful in your planning.

Days in the Indonesia: 30

Money Spent (USD for 2 people): $3415

Accommodation = $1052

Food = $720

Alcohol = $142

Activities = $77

Transportation = $345

Misc = $70

Visas = $0

Splurge = $1008 (Yoga Retreat for Liz $566, Cooking Class $53, Dress $41, Massage Milk Bath $42, Ubud Night out $23, Surf Lesson $45, Transport to/from Uluwatu $31, Potato Head Beach Club $35, Mount Bromo $95, Borobudur $78) 

Our Route: Lovina, Ubud, Gili T, Sanur, LegianUluwatu, Seminyak, Malang Mt Bromo, Yogyakarta Borobudur

Our #1 Recommendation…

Don’t skip Java 

Our Top 5 Lists…

Cities

  1. Ubud
  2. Uluwatu
  3. Sanur
  4. Seminyak
  5. Yogyakarta

Restaurants

  1. Who’s Who, Ubud (get the shrimp salad)       
  2. Burger Shop, Ubud
  3. Warung Bejana, Uluwatu (get the fish Satay and any of the drinks)
  4. Puri Bagus Hotel, Lovina
  5. Warning Bintang Bali, 3km north of Ubud (get the fresh tuna) 

Indonesian Food

  1. Ikan Bakar (banana leaf steamed fish)          
  2. Bakso Soup
  3. Fish Satay 
  4. Gudeg (jackfruit curry)
  5. Coconut Oreos 

Overall 

  1. Mt. Bromo
  2. Tirta Empul Sacred Water Temple
  3. Borobudur Temple 
  4. Uluwatu Beach and Uluwatu Temple 
  5. Potato Head Beach Club

In retrospect we would have…

  • Skipped the Gili’s… For the trouble it takes to get there, we didn’t find it all that great. 
  • Spent a couple nights in the Uluwatu area or other nearby areas down south
  • Stayed in Seminyak not Legian 
  • Explore Mt. Rinjani in Lombok 
  • Taken a cheaper bus instead of private car from Lovina to Ubud
  • Picked a spot off the beaten tourist path for a few nights in Bali
  • Spent only two nights in Malang 
  • Booked in advance the hotel at Borobudur

Suggested 1 week itinerary

2 Nights Uluwatu > 2 Nights Seminyak > 3 Nights Ubud 

Suggested 2 week itinerary 

2 Nights Yogyakarta > 2 Nights Malang > 3 Nights Seminyak > 3 Nights Uluwatu > 4 Nights Ubud 

Suggested 3 week itinerary

2 Nights Yogyakarta > 2 Nights Malang > 2 Nights to climb Mt Ijen > 3 Nights Seminyak > 2 Nights Uluwatu > 4 Nights Ubud > 6 Nights for Lombok and Komodo Island 

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