Mandy and Chris Pandawa Beach

About Almost Landing: Bali

Hi… we are Mandy and Chris, Bali lovers and life dreamers. If you’re here then you’re either a Bali lover too or about to become one 😉

Almost Landing Bali is an online travel guide and blog. We love Bali and wanted to create a place travellers could come to get the best insider tips and plan the best Bali trip.

We want Almost Landing Bali to be your inspiration, your trip planner, your friend who’s been there, and we wanted to help you cut through the overload of information that’s online. Most importantly, we want  you to have an authentic, fun and unforgettable Bali holiday.

Start planning your Bali holiday today…

Why Almost Landing?

When you are ‘Almost Landing’ at your destination it’s such an exciting time. Heart beating. Not knowing what you are going to step off into. Possibilities await.

In life too, we have not ‘Landed’. We are never finished or done. There is always more to experience, to learn, to see, to discover.

Bali Rice Fields
Nusa Lembongan Beach

About Mandy & Chris

We are a couple from Sydney, Australia, who have spent so much time in Bali it feels like our second home.

Two things happened simultaneously. We began to fall in love with Bali, at the same time as we were discovering online entrepreneurship. Then one day, swimming in Bali, we decided the two would go together perfectly… and Almost Landing Bali was created.

We love to travel to explore, to taste the food and to experience new things. We love travelling light, and now do most of our travel carry-on only (including one year of travel throughout Asia and Europe).

We absolutely love Bali, but we also travel to other places that we love. You can find our other travel adventures on AlmostLanding.com

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Happy travels,

Mandy + Chris xo

Mandy and Chris Padma Resort Ubud


  • Shine Lee says:

    Hi there! Im planning a solo trip to Bali from 27 July(ETA evening) – 2 Aug(ETD morning). I should be staying with my friend in Kuta so accommodation is settled. As this is my first time to Bali, I would love to explore more beyond Kuta yet not too exhaustive also so as not to overcrowd my itiniearary. Maybe you could advise on a ideal itiniearary so I can maximize this trip to the fullest. Your help would be greatly appreciated, just as your blog has already done. Thank you and hope to hear from you guys soon!

    • Thanks Shine! So it sounds like you will really only have 5 full days. Its a tough one because I’d normally recommend staying in 2 different locations in Bali to get a real feel for it, as day trips only touch the surface. But as you only have 5 days, you want to have time to explore too.
      Here are two options:
      1. Stay in Kuta and do short trips to surrounding areas (and possibly a full day trip) OR
      2. Stay 3 nights in Kuta and 2 nights in Ubud for example.
      If you decide to break your time up between two places, Ubud is a great choice, but it also depends what your priorities and interests are.
      I’d say if you want to stay the entire time in Kuta, then here are some options for seeing other things: a day trip to Ubud or Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, dinners and shopping in Seminyak, seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran, a day trip to the beaches around Uluwatu (eg. Padang Padang or Bingin or a beach club like Finns Beach Club).
      In the end, it comes back to your priorities. Staying in one location for 5 days will be more relaxing if you don’t spend all your time going to other locations, staying in 2 locations will allow you to see more of Bali but also add driving time.
      If you have any other questions let us know 🙂

  • Emily Jones says:

    Hi to you both!

    What an amazingly wonderful blog – absolute gem! My family recently moved out to Singapore and i am taking my boyfriend out in October to visit and we decided to do some Asia exploring whilst we are out there and Bali was top on our list. We haven’t booked flights yet, but are hoping to do about 6 nights and looking at your one week itinerary we love the look of doing both Ubud and Seminyak. We would never have thought to do such a thing, so just wanted to say thank you so very much for being our Bali teachers 🙂

    Emily and Mark

  • JoAnn and Jim says:

    Really enjoying your blog, really informative. We’ve never been to Bali and are heading there September 11 from San Diego, CA. This volcanic ash has us concerned…if the flights let us in, what is the air quality like for swimming, sunning, biking, snorkeling, etc. We’re scheduled to be there for 2 weeks, but would reschedule our “bucket list” trip if need be. Thoughts?

    • Hi Jo Ann and Jim,
      As far as I’m aware the flights are back on, which means the volcanic ash cloud has moved from the flight path. The actual volcano erupting isn’t on the island of Bali itself, and if the ash cloud has moved out of the flight path, I’d imagine the air quality would be fine for swimming, biking etc.
      As you’re not coming to Bali until September hopefully there will be no more issues between now and then.
      We flew to Bali last year and our flight got turned around due to a volcanic ash cloud, we flew out to Bali again the next day, and we would never have known when we were in Bali, there were no signs of anything and it didn’t affect our holiday at all. I can’t speak for every situation, only the one we went through.
      I’m not sure what will happen between now and September, but as it stands right now, I wouldn’t worry too much.
      But you need to do what you feel comfortable with.
      Hopefully, this helps in some way, let us know if you have any other questions about it 🙂

  • jasmine says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris,
    My husband and i are thinking of going to Bali at the end of December. All the tourist websites say it is rainy season. I was wondering how true is that considering it is an island near the equator. Are the rains all day enough to ruin a trip or are they just like island rains?


    • Hi Jasmine,

      It is wet season in December, but that doesn’t mean it will rain all day/every day. We’ve been to Bali in both the wet and dry seasons, and have enjoyed every trip.

      The temperature is nice all year round, the wet season has more rainfall, but usually it is in short heavy bursts. If it rains for an hour, the rest of the day could be fine. I find Bali is still great in the wet season, and there’s never any guarantee of the weather. Our last trip to Bali was in the dry season, we went for a month and at least a week had days where it was raining (which was a little out of the norm I think).

      In my opinion, you can still have a great time in Bali in the wet season. If it rains, it’s probably a good time to go and get a massage and then the rain might be over by the time you’ve finished 🙂

      One thing to consider is that Bali has a peak season after Christmas and up to about the 6th of January. If you want to go then, I would book sooner rather than later, and prices may be higher.

      Hope that helps, let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi Mandy & Chris ,

    My partner and i are traveling to Bali in 6 weeks (December time) and i just wanted to get your opinion on what places to visit, how long for, and in what order.
    we want to see Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu and possible the Gili Islands.

    We are going for 9 nights (10 full days) as our flight home is 1am.
    I wanted to know how we go about getting to the gili islands and if we should just leave that part to the end of the trip in case the weather is bad for boat rides etc as i don’t want to book accommodation and have to cancel.

    Thank you !! (:

    • Hi Jessica,
      How exciting! Going to all those places is a lot for 9 nights/10 days. It can be done, but you will be rushed. If you are flying out of Denpasar airport, I maybe wouldn’t leave Gili Islands til last in case there are any delays in getting back to Bali for your flight.
      You can get to the Gili islands two main ways, by speed boat or by flying to Lombok, taxi to the harbour and 10-minute speed boat to Gili. Either way will take about half a day to get there and half a day to get back.
      As for the order, I’d try and be close to the airport on your last day, just in case of traffic delays. You could start with Seminyak, Ubud then Gili Islands, then end in Uluwatu/Jimbaran area, or reverse that, either would work. As for the number of days, I wouldn’t go to any for less than 2 days, it just depends on your interests where you would want to spend the most time. Considering it takes half a day to get to the Gili Islands, I’d probably say at least 3 days there. But I’d consider dropping a place from your list if you don’t want to be rushed.
      Have a great trip 🙂

  • Lala says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris,

    My partner and I are going to Bali this March for 7 days and I was just wondering if you could share some tips on where to stay and what activities we should do. I am trying to build an itinerary but I am having a hard time. We are runners and would like to squeeze in some running activity as well though we don’t have any idea where to. We would also love to experience the beaches, visit the temples and do some shopping. We really want to immerse ourselves with the Balinese culture.

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • Monika says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris!
    Amazing blog. I am reading it again and again all the time. I am planning to visit Bali this December. But I am not sure about the weather. How does it look like? Is it literally raining all day? Will we have a chance to catch up a little sun? And sightseeing? Most of Bali activities are outdoors.

    • Hi Monika, thanks so much 🙂 December is in the Wet season, but that doesn’t mean it will rain all day. From our experience, there will be heavy downpours that last shorter periods, and then the sun will come back out. It can really vary though, so it’s hard to give you an exact answer. But we have loved our time in Bali in the wet season and been able to do a lot 🙂 When it rains, it’s a great chance to get a massage 😉

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