Bali is an island vacation that must be on every traveller’s bucket list as you will fall in love with this gorgeous destination the moment you arrive. As one of the most visited islands on earth, Bali is also known as the ‘Island of the Gods’. Whether you are an adventure junkie or a culture vulture, there are plenty of things to do here. Blessed with pristine beaches, rich culture and good food, this is every traveller’s dream.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Bali?
There are two major seasons in Bali: the rainy season and the dry season. If you are out to soak up some rays and enjoy the gorgeous beaches, we recommend you plan your Bali travel during the island’s dry season: April to October. During these time periods, there’s minimal rainfall and humidity, which makes it ideal for outdoor activities.
The Top things To Do In Bali
- Enjoy the best of beaches: From water adventures like surfing to partying the night away at some of the world-class beach clubs, Bali is an ideal destination for beach bums. Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida Island is undoubtedly the most beautiful place in Bali. Picture perfect!
- Follow the waterfall trails: Visit all 14 of the Bali’s best waterfalls. If you are short on time, we would highly recommend a visit to the Sekumpul waterfall. Away from all the touristic hustle and bustle, this enormous waterfall is truly mesmerising.
- A visit to the Menjangan’s National Park: Step away from South Bali and head north to the Bali Barat National Park. Menjangan Island, also known as Deer Island, is an excellent location for snorkeling and wild animal spotting. From black monkeys to wild deer, this national park is a great way to immerse yourself in natural beauty and spot rare animals.
- Monkey Forest in Ubud: Located in the village of Padangtegal, Ubud Monkey Forest is the sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the rainforest with the company of some playful monkeys.
- Temple hopping: Temple hopping is one of the most exciting travel experiences in Bali. There are thousands of Hindu temples in Bali that display intricate designs and architecture. From Pura Besakih to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, all of these temples in Bali are insta-worthy!
Must-Have Local Food in Bali
When you are travelling to a new destination, always travel like a local and try out the local cuisine. When it comes to Balinese food, it is all about unpretentious flavors. Food in Bali is a cultural adventure that you must indulge in. As a part of your culinary adventure in Bali, you must try these delectable local foods:
- Babi guling – Suckling Roasted Pig
- Nasi Campur – Rice served with different side dishes
- Bebek Betutu – Steamed/Roasted Chicken or duck
- Sambal Matah – A variety of spicy condiments
- Lawar – A mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat
Essential Travel Tips
Now that you have a better idea about the destination and some of the stunning places to visit during your travel, we wanted to share some useful travel tips.
- If you are planning to visit the stunning temples in Bali, remember to dress modestly. They will request you to cover your waist and legs with a temple scarf.
- Don’t smoke in public areas to avoid being fined
- If you are planning to exchange your currency to local, only trust money exchanges that are recognised by the Bank of Indonesia.
- Be prepared with bottled water during your travel to avoid being dehydrated during local exploration.
Getting to Bali and Accommodation
Most visitors will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport. Ngurah Rai is Indonesia’s 3rd busiest international airport (after Jakarta and Surabaya) and a major hub well-connected to Australia, South-East Asia, and the rest of Indonesia.
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Bali has, without a doubt, the best range of accommodation in Indonesia, ranging from humble Treehouses to 5 star luxury resorts. Backpackers tend to head for Kuta, which has the cheapest accommodation on the island. However, if the accommodation is located near a night club it can get very noisy, so please bear this in mind especially if you are travelling with children.
Many of the numerous five-star resorts are clustered in Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud. Sanur and Jimbaran offer a fairly happy compromise if you want beaches and some quiet. Ubud’s hotels and resorts cater to those who prefer spas and cultural pursuits over surfing and booze. Legian is situated between Kuta and Seminyak and offers a good range of accommodation.
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