Official language: Bahasa Indonesia
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Welcome to the Ultimate Island
Bali…that word alone provokes a sense paradise, a certain mood and a tropical state of mind! More than just a fun-in the-sun treat, Bali’s essence lies in all things Balinese like the beaches, diving, resorts, the food and the Balinese people with their friendly smiles. Everything you see or touch on the island speaks of Bali culture, rich and diverse as can be. From the stunning flower-petal offerings you’ll see everywhere to the joyful processions of the locals marching to a myriad temple ceremony and the music and dance present in all corners of the island, Bali is the ultimate island! Choose between losing yourself in the chaos of Kute, or take sybaritic pleasure in the scenery of Seminyak and Kerobokan. Hit the waves at Nusa Lembongan, or take the family out to Sanur for the day. Ubud is the heart and soul of Bali and it’s also where you’ll find the mass concentration of Bali culture and spirit. From picturesque rice fields and beaches to the dramatic volcanoes that dominate the center of the island, the estimated 10,000 temples to the world’s best diving and surfing spots, Bali might be “just one” of the Indonesian islands, but its stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty.
Bali is famous for one very good reason: it’s the ultimate island paradise. As a part of the Coral Triangle, Bali is home to some of the highest diversities of marine species found in the coral reefs around the island. Yes it’s small, but this tiny island has massive plus points like the surfing waves, the ancient temples and palaces, the volcanoes and the untamed jungles.
Located in Pura Luhut, Uluwatu Temple is perched right on top of a rugged limestone cliff, dramatic grandeur in all its glory! It’s close to some of Bali’s best beaches like Balangan, so there’s a lot to explore in the nearby vicinity. Climb up a little higher and get the reward of a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the majestic sunset over the temple.
This is Bali’s most popular beach, and it also happens to be where the parties never end! Khuta Beach is a haven for social butterflies, partyers and travelers just having to look a solid good time. Ranging from upper-class Hard Rock cafe to chilled out scenery at neighborhood pubs, Kuta has something to cater for every budget!
Pura Tanah Lot
Bali seems to be loaded with rock formations that serve as the foundations for their religious buildings, and Pura Tanah Lot is no exception. This popular pilgrimage temple offers you a lot of serenity and cultural exchanges, and you’ll even get the opportunity to learn more about the Balinese mythology, as this was one of the 7 temples that form a ring around southwest Bali as a “barrier”. Low tide gives you the best experience at the temple, because then you can walk across the water to the temple and actually get the full experience.
If you’re a big fan of watching dolphins, Lovina is one of the best places in the world to see them! Hop onboard a boat for a dolphin sight tour! Back on land, Lovina itself also has a lot to see and do ranging from backpackers retreats and great restaurants to captivating café culture with the live music backdrop to get you in the right mood.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
This is Bali’s Temple by the Lake. Unlike the majority of the other temples in Bali, this one rests at the edge of Lake Bratan that offers you a view of the beautifully structured temple, reflecting back at you in the lake which makes for a double-take experience!
You cannot totally escape the “eat, pray, love” trail when you’re traveling to Bali, and Ubud is the one place where you’ll see the best example of this lifestyle! This is where all the action of Bali originates from, so it’s condensed with all things Bali including nature escapes, cultural experiences, temples, museums, rice fields, man-made gardens and parks and A LOT of people for the relatively small size of the area!
Nusa Dua Beach
You’ll need serious cash to splash if you’re considering Nusa Dua Beach, since this is where the high-rollers hang out in the upper-class hotels. But the reward for investing a little more is a pristine beach where you can soak in the sun unhindered, which makes for the ideal relaxing breakaway.
Ayana Bar on the Rocks
Since Bali culture sees temples arched on rocks, it seems only fitting that they boast a bar perched on a cliff! You’ll have to get there early, because people flock to the Best Bar in Bali on a daily basis, all just to enjoy the drinks, good food and the stunning views of the waves crashing onto the rocks down below. It’s actually a pretty spectacular natural show to see the waters clash onto the side of the wall!
Pick the time right
Tourists travel to Bali from April to October
Bali’s rainy season runs from October through March and monsoon downpours mean this isn’t really the best time for traveling here. The high season runs from the beginning of September, which caters for Easter week and the Chinese New Year, but be prepared to fork out a lot of extra cash if you’re planning a trip between September and December. The best time to visit Bali has to be during the dry season, which runs from April through to October.
Did you know?
- Sate - barbequed skewered meats
- Nasi Ayam - Bali’s own chicken fried rice
- Nasi Goreng - spiced stir-fried rice
- Gado-Gado - vegetable salad with a peanut sauce
- Martabak - a thick pancake with either a sweet or savory filling
- Make sure you’ve packed decent footwear if you’re going to go hiking; flops aren’t going to do what you want them to!
- Nights can be a little cool in Bali, so make sure you’ve packed a lightweight sweater
- Expect big crowds and make sure you’ll be able to tolerate it
- Party safe, always wear a helmet when riding a bike or scooter, be respectful, and don’t do anything you wouldn’t do in your home country, and you’re going to have a blast in Bali!