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9 days in Bali

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I have a bit of a plan for my upcoming 9 nights / 9 days in Bali. This plan is more unstructured than those I usually put together – I have the feeling that some extra flexibility makes sense for this part of my trip. I appreciated the information that many of your provided on Bali in my earlier threads (linked below), and am grateful for any further advice.

Once again, for context, I am a solo female traveler who is not looking for relaxation (although I'm sure I'll have some wonderfully relaxing moments) -- instead I am hoping to take full advantage of every moment I have in this enticing part of the world. My overall plan is to spend a few days in Singapore, followed by 2 weeks in central and eastern Java, and then ending my trip in Bali. In what follows, I've outlined my current priorities and a few specific questions.

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar and leave immediately for Ubud (the Alam Jiwa – thanks to all who recommended it!), arriving early evening – 1st of 7 nights there

Days 2 to 7 – Ubud plus
My priorities in / near Ubud include (in no particular order):
o Evening performance(s) of traditional dances, perhaps at the Ubud Palace, but I’ll check to see what other performances I might be able to see while in the area
o Textile shopping (and not just browsing -- time to buy some gifts! I’ve flagged Threads of Life and Tradisi for particular attention)
o The Ubud Food Festival (which ends the day after I arrive)
o Ubud Palace & the gate to Pura Marajan Agung
o Museums – especially the Puri Lukisan, but also the Rudana and Neka Art Museuma, and perhaps the Agung Rai Museum of Art (especially if I can time it to include a dance performance)
o Pura Taman Saraswati, perhaps during the day for the gardens AND during an evening for a dance performance
o Depending on which puppet performances I see in Java, perhaps Oka Kartini for a shadow puppet show
o Perhaps the Museum Purbakala in Bedulu?
o And, of course, markets and interesting nooks and crannies….
I plan two full-day trips from Ubud:
(a) Day trip to the Pura Luhur Batukaru, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, and Taman Ayun Temple. Are there other parts of the Subak Water system that I can / should include as part of this day trip – or that I should make a point to visit, even if not as part of this trip? Perhaps Pura Ulun Danu Batur or Pura Gunung Kawi?
(b) Day trip to Tampaksiring and Pura Besakih.
I also plan a few half-day or less trips in/around/from Ubud:
o Campuhan Ridge Walk
o Pura Tanah Lot for sunset
o Bali Bird Park

Day 7 – Leave Ubud :-( in the morning, and travel through Semarapura to Bunutan on the Amed coast, staying 1 night at the Bali Dream House

Day 8 – After snorkeling briefly, travel through Taman Tirta Gangga to Jimbaran in time for sunset there, staying 1 night at the Keraton Jimbaran Beach Resort.

Day 9 – A last day in Bali
- My flight isn’t until 19:05, so I think I might have time to visit the Museum Negiri Propinsi Bali in Denpasar this day – does that make sense? I’m hoping that I could visit Jimbaran’s fish market and take a short walk along the beach, and I think that if I leave for Denpasar by 11 a.m. at the latest, I should have time to visit the museum, return for my luggage, and reach the airport in plenty of time to buy chocolate :-) before flying home. If not, I will switch my visit to this museum to be a day trip from Ubud. If I visit Denpasar from Ubud, any specific recommendations for this day?

I have a few questions beyond those about the itinerary, including some that are similar to my questions about Java:

(1) While in Bali, I hope to take advantage of the opportunity to sample local cuisine. Any recommendations for restaurants or dishes will be appreciated!

(2) I also hope to take advantage of a spa or two, as it is my understanding that Bali is known for its unique massages and other treatments – and that they are different from those of Java. I already have a turmeric scrub on my wish list; any specific recommendations for spas or other treatments are welcome.

(3) Shall I assume that, as for Java, arranging cars and drivers though my hotels, with an early tip to the concierge, would be the best way to ensure reliable service? Is the same range of tips to concierges applicable?

(4) My understanding is that there are offering days at most temples, and that it is possible that I might be able to catch one of these special events – but the dates don’t seem readily accessible. I’ll be in Bali from the very end of May and into June; if any of you know of such events, I’d welcome the information.

(5) I’ve only recently learned of Bali’s amazing kites, but I haven’t found any information about where I would be most likely to see them while I am on the island. (Just to see them, not to fly them.) Suggestions?

(6) I’m a bit of a sucker for waterfalls, but most of those that came up in my research seem to involve a fair number of potentially slippery and lengthy sets of stairs. I’m no longer the sure-footed mountain goat of my youth, nor do my joints allow being taken for granted, so I’m a bit reluctant to include any of these waterfalls. Any spectacular, easy-to-reach waterfalls that I should consider?

(7) I’ve always wanted to parasail – the kind that involves a “flight” starting and ending in a boat, not a beach. From what I can tell, Surya Water Sports in Sanur seems a reasonably reputable option, but the views don’t look all that impressive, and the views are part of what I have always enjoyed about air sports. As a result, I’m inclined to skip the option, particularly because I already have a fairly full plate. Do any of you want to offer arguments for me to rethink?

MANY thanks in advance for your replies. :-)

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