What is Balintro?
Balintro is a guided tour designed to ‘introduce’ you to Bali.
How long is Balintro?
9 or 12 days, depending on whether you decide to do the 3 day add on at the end.
How much was Balintro?
£599 for 9 days or £799 for the 12 day tour
How much spending money do I need for Balintro?
Bali is pretty cheap, so for 9 days I would budget around £300 maximum
Day 1 simply consisted of getting picked up from the airport and taken back to the villa. While we were there we just lazed around in the pool, and later went out for a group dinner where we all got to know each other.
On this day we were taken to Uluwatu to check out the temple and beach. Unfortunately it was absolutely tipping it down, we were meant to chill on the beach and have dinner at a restaurant outside but unfortunately we had to cut our trip short and head back to Kuta. Oh and I had my first taste of the worst criminals in Bali – the monkeys. Hold on to your hats at the temple because one stole mine and demanded payment for it back (see photo of me blissfully unaware I was being snuck up on below). At night we went out to Sky Garden in Kuta.
On day 3 of Balintro we were taken to Canggu to learn how to surf. A lot harder than it looks it turns out. Afterwards we went to our hotel in Canggu which was AMAZING. We went out for dinner that evening and had a Bintang on the beach while we watched the sunset.
We went up north to Lovina, a place I probably wouldn’t have thought to go on my own. On the way we visited a beautiful temple and a waterfall. When we got to Lovina we were staying in an unreal villa, complete with an infinity pool with an view and a pool bar. We just swam around having Bintangs all evening.
In the morning we went dolphin spotting, and we actually saw loads. Unfortunately I forgot to put my SD card in my GoPro so you’ll have to take my word for it. In the afternoon we went to visit a local family and learnt how to weave with them. They put on a spread for us for lunch and it was absolutely delicious, and there was so much of it. I think I left half a stone heavier. The family’s kids were absolutely adorable and we got to play with them for a while.
Today we made our way to Gili T, the part of the trip I was most excited about. We had a free day to explore and at night we partied. I have to say Gili T’s nightlife isn’t nearly as crazy as people make out, as half the island was knocked down recently and only one club stays open past midnight now.
There aren’t any cars on Gili T so on this day we rode round the whole island by bicycle. We stopped at a beach club to watch the sunset and take photos on one of those famous swings.
On day 8 of Balintro we travelled around the Gili islands – Gili T, Gili Meno and Gili Air – snorkelling. This was so much fun and I finally got to see a turtle!
This day just consisted of the end of the tour. Those doing the 12 day tour went on to Ubud, but I stayed in Gili T a bit longer.
Was Balintro worth it?
Overall, I’d say yes Balintro is worth it if you’re a solo traveller and not used to travelling. It does cost a lot more than what you’d pay if you did everything yourself, but it takes the organisation out of it and gives you a group of people to travel with. If you’re in a pair or group I’d probably leave it. Either way I’d definitely leave the add on, as it’s an extra £200 for essentially one more day of activities. v