Bali and the word paradise are used together by tourists. Such is the natural beauty of this tiny island that tourists flock to it year after year to revel in the same activities and enjoy. The name Bali evokes mixed reactions. The stunning beauty of the beaches, to the lush green rice fields soothing to the eyes, from the religious feel at one of the hundreds of exotic and magical temples. Such a sheer luxury of villas at cheap prices, the meditative and famed Bali massages, the touristic happening nightlife, the artistic and cultural feel in Ubud and many more.
Bali – an island and a province in Indonesia also comprising of the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Denpasar is Bali’s capital, Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, with over 80% of revenues coming from tourism itself. Indonesia is a Muslim country, while Bali is predominantly Hindu, with about 82% of the Hindu population. Thus, you will see a lot of temples everywhere you go. Bali has an old history and therefore is rich in heritage and traditions. You can see it in all the temples. Bali is a full package of surprises waiting to charm you, and it does in numerous ways. Even the weather is warm and sunny all year round with a monsoon season that does not upset your plans. Let’s understand Bali and plan its vacation.
Type of travelers in Bali
Bali is a place that has something for people of all ages and nationalities. So it attracts travelers from around the globe and from all ages. Plans for all three types of tourists will vary and so it’s essential to categorize accurately to plan effectively. Bali tourists are essential.
Honeymoon or couples destination
This is the number one choice for couples simply because of its beauty, traditions, and culture.
Bali is backpacker heaven. From cheap parties, good nightlife, good surfing, yoga classes, meditation classes, etc., you have a wide variety of activities to keep you busy.
Friends and Family
Bali is a good place to take your family where everyone can enjoy and have a good time.
How to reach Bali
Bali has its airport, the Ngurah Rai International Airport. You can take a flight from anywhere in the world and reach Bali. Typical stopovers would be Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong before your flight eventually lands in Bali. You can book tickets in advance, and all major air carriers fly to Bali. For a lot of countries, Indonesia has Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility for tourists, and so you don’t have to apply for a Tourist Visa beforehand. You can just fly and get a 30-day VOA which is further extendable by 30 additional days. That should solve most of your planning problems.
Planning for Bali Vacation
Bali is a dream vacation for a lot of tourists. This is because the range of activities and the things you can do in Bali is endless. You can spend a few months doing a lot of new things. As a result, tourists usually return a lot to Bali. If you are the traveler who is on a short vacation, you should plan it properly, or you can miss one of the few exotic sites and beautiful memories. Even if you are on a more extended stay, you will still need to plan effectively to make the best use of your time and stay.
Before you embark on or even plan a Bali vacation, you should understand what it is about Bali that excites you. Bali’s dry season is between March and September, while the wet season lasts from October to February. There is no winter in Bali. Both the hot and wet seasons give a different glimpse into Bali. To help you, we have made a list of a few things you can do in Bali, and these will help you understand the kind of traveler you are and what you should be doing.
Best things in Bali
Let’s understand some of the best things you can do in Bali so that you can effectively plan your vacation around them.
Beaches and watersports
Without a doubt, Bali is primarily a beach destination. Everything else comes second. Bali offers a wide variety of stunning beaches within Bali and also the famous Nusa islands. Given the best quality of waves, surfing is naturally a very famous watersport, and even locals are adept at it. However, other watersports like Kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding are also available. If you’re new to surfing, you can learn it in a matter of hours and practice the next couple of days to become good at it. Bali boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world, and so you can indulge in freediving, scuba diving, or just snorkeling on one of the boat tours.
Culture and Heritage
Bali is equally famous for its culture. Every place in Bali is filled with art, and you will notice it quickly with their floral decorations and carvings. You can enjoy a slice of its fine history and culture by exploring some of the several beautiful temples in Bali. They have a spectacular architecture that are mesmerizing, and so you should explore them at your own pace. A few notably beautifully stunning ones are Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Goa Gajah Temple, Tirta Empul, Ulun Danu Beratan, Besakih, Taman Ayun, and many more. If you love the culture, you should never miss the traditional Bali dance performances, especially the Kecak dance in Uluwatu temple, which narrates mythology in the form of dance with 50 dancers performing in an impressive open-air theater.
Enjoy Natural beauty
You will find Bali has a lot of Rice fields, rice terraces, forests, and waterfalls. Natural beauty is all over the place. Even in urban areas, you will easily spot rice fields if you go a little off the regular path, and they look so beautiful in their 50 shades of green. The lush green forests, the tropical surroundings, the mountainous jungle ranges, everything is a sight to behold and enjoy. You can also visit the forests, enjoy the rich, indulgent scenery and explore them on a hike. Bali has many waterfalls, and each is special in its way. There are an endless number of superb geological sights to be seen that will leave you impressed.
Bali is great for hiking and boasts several hiking trails for every intrepid traveler’s grade. You can book by joining a group for a hiking tour or set off on your own with a group of friends. Just ensure it is the dry season when hiking. You can also head to the Nusa Dua and Nusa Penida islands to enjoy swimming with Whale Sharks, Turtles, and Manta Rays, which is an experience in itself. There are 7 species of turtles globally, and you can spot 6 of them in Indonesia itself. You can also join one of the turtle conservation centers and help them out. Also, a Dolphin is watching Bali’s activity that you can enjoy in the early morning. One more extremely famous adventure activity is the early morning Volcano hiking of Mount Batur an active volcano that has eruptions every few years.
Yoga and Meditation
Bali is famous for yoga and meditation classes. You can find one in every nook and corner, and join them to learn it in a course or simply enjoy them while you are in Bali. You will find yoga and meditation sessions in the beautiful green setting in Ubud or even near the beaches in Seminyak.
Famous Bali SPA and Massage
Bali is famous for its massage. Bali massage is a holistic treatment involving deep tissue and full body massage, which stimulates the entire body’s blood flow. It’s soft, relaxed, and so soothing, often leading to tourists dozing off in no time. You can demand a full-body massage or just head, feet, and hands massage. Its best advised to go for a massage after a whole day of exploring so that it relaxes you completely. Sessions will typically last an hour, and you will feel refreshed and energized.
While the day’s activities will keep you busy and entertained the whole day, you need a good place to chill out and let your hair down for the night. Bali does not fail to surprise us here as it has some of the best nightlife in Indonesia. The nightlife is available in all parts of Bali, but it is even better in Kuta and Seminyak with clubs, pubs, beach clubs, and the best DJs spicing up the nightlife and giving a new flavor to your vacation. Drinks aren’t expensive, and that’s an added benefit, so head to the nearest club, pick up your poison and start to have fun with everyone else. Bargaining is normal and is expected, so start low and test your bargaining skills while in Bali.
Bali has one of the most fascinating cuisines you can experience. Not just that, the food is even cheaper at the local street-side outlets called warungs, where you will find the real taste. Try the Satay, Babi Guling, Sambal Matah, Nasi Goreng, Nasi Tepeng, Urab, traditional cakes and desserts, and the Balinese Kopi (coffee) for a taste of the local cuisine. You will love it.
Bali offers the cheapest and best stays in the form of villas. You have your own private and beautiful world with a pool. You will find the best villas at a very affordable rate all year round.
Bali hospitality and Shopping
The locals are warm, so easy to talk to, get connected with, and make you feel at home. They will charm you with their ever smiling faces and helpful nature, and you will be drawn to them. They are always going out of the way to help tourists. Bali is cheap when it comes to shopping, and you can haggle with street-side vendors to get the best deals. You can shop for clothes (Batik), shoes, beachwear, sarongs, souvenirs, candles, incense, Balinese artwork, wood carvings, handicrafts, etc. You will find value for money in everything that you buy in Bali.
The islands around Bali, especially the Nusa islands, are breathtakingly beautiful. No tourist misses the island hopping tour. They are easily accessible, and you can cover them in a day and be back at your hotel or plan to stay over a few days and explore them thoroughly. Also, the 3 tiny islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno are even more beautiful. Their tiny footprint, combined with their immense natural beauty, while isolated in the middle of the ocean, makes it a great tour.
Please keep this in mind
- Moving around in Bali is very easy with an assortment of taxi and motorbike taxis available on mobile apps that you can utilize right from the airport.
- You can book a full-day taxi tour to visit a few of the sightseeing options available every day.
- Do ensure to buy a local Phone SIM card right away as soon as you land, as it will help you stay connected.
- Traffic jams are very common in Bali and so plan to reach every destination well in advance.
- Crime is common and so keep your belongings safe.
There is a thousand reason to go to Bali and stay back in Bali. The more you stay, the more Bali seems to grow on you beautifully, and it is irresistible. Ask any traveler, and they always want to go back to Bali. Bali is vibrant, captivating, and beautiful. I hope we have shared enough information to get you started and plan for your trip to Bali. Cheers and happy travels.