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help! traveling pregnant with 4 yr old - 11 day Bali itinerary

Posted by BeanieYoda on 21/6/2014 at 01:07

Dear Bali travel experts!

going to Bali in about 2 weeks!
needing your precious advices for road time and itinerary! we were backpackers but this time 5 months pregnant with a 4 year old on a 11 days Bali exploration, trying to draft here a well-planned realistic route and itinerary, looking for real art and nature, non-touristy non-manmade experience, please advise on road time and let me know what you think! many thanks!

DAY 1 - wake up UBUD arts & crafts, monkey forest temple ( arriving midnight before )
DAY 2 - a.m. UBUD to Elepant Safari Park Taro ( half hour? by car/shuttle )
p.m. Elephant Park to AMED ( 1 hour ? by car )
DAY 3 - AMED beach & snorkeling
DAY 4 - AMED beach & snorkeling
DAY 5 - AMED to SAWAN Sudaji OMunity Village ( 1 hour? by car )
DAY 6 - SAWAN village, rice paddies, festival
DAY 7 - SAWAN village, waterfall
DAY 8 - (Sawan to Lovina 20 mins) sunrise Dolphins
LOVINA to UBUD ( 1.5 hour ? by car ) UBUD arts & crafts
DAY 9 - UBUD Green School Kids Camp
DAY 10 - UBUD Green School Kids Camp
DAY 11 - UBUD a.m. shopping
p.m. Ubud to ULAWATU ( 1.5 hour? )
Ulawatu to AIRPORT ( half hour? 1AM night flight departure )

is this too much packed in 11 days? if all the travel time from point to point are within 1-2 hours it should be quite easy right? I want to avoid bumpy roads since I am pregnant, are the roads on my route mostly ok nowadays? I intend to rent drivers from places where I stay, or is it much cheaper to book drivers from Bluebird?
I am also thinking if I should just go straight to AMED after I land, as my original plan is to land and start right on the beach, but want to avoid the south side touristy beaches, how far is the airport from AMED? ( 2 hours ? at midnight? ) just not sure if it would be too much road time after a 5 hour flight arriving I thought Ubud may be easier since it is sort of in the middle before Amed...any other suggestions?
would you suggest any other interesting spots or alternatives? many thanks for any input !
G & family

#1 BeanieYoda has been a member since 21/6/2014. Posts: 1

Posted by mooball on 24/6/2014 at 05:01 TF writer

Wow, that's a pretty cool itinerary. I think it's just about right in terms of what to do in 11 days. The roads are pretty good in Bali for the most part. The only part I'm unsure of is Sawan... Depends where exactly that is. I'm assuming it's one of those mountainside places. Most of those roads are narrow and windy, but smooth enough at the start. Once you get quite high, some degenerate into goat tracks.

Some of your timings for travel are a bit off such as Ubud to Uluwatu, but not too much.

I would head to Ubud first if arriving around midnight. Even in the middle of the night Amed is going to take more than 2 hours from the airport.

There are generally guys in cars all around the island willing to take you anywhere. Prices start at around 400,000 for a daytrip of about 8 hours. Start adding overtime money after that... In some places you are going to need to negotiate hard to get that price, in other places you will get it even cheaper. Just depends on where you are, how far you want to travel, the type of car etc.

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