Bali located in a country called Indonesia, which is also known as The Land of Gods. Many people are even referring it to paradise on earth because of its beauty.
This tropical island is so appealing, and its charm will make you don’t want to leave this island. You might think that I’m exaggerating, but once you are visiting Bali, it will drag you to come all over again.
What kind of beauty does Bali have?
Generally speaking, Bali has a wonderful nature, magnificent culture, great hospitality by the locals, modern and traditional vibe, and there are many more to be explored.
Are you curious to get to know about Bali?
- Good To Know
- Bali Itinerary
- Bali Regional Area
- Exploring Bali
- Mountain And Lake
- Bali Beaches
- Temple In Bali
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Attractions
- Flora and Fauna
- Hot Springs
- Beach Club
- The Other Interesting Attractions
- Shopping and Souvenirs
- Best Time To Visit Bali
- Accommodation in Bali
- Final Words
Good To Know
What to Expect
Bali almost had it all. The land and the sea are beautifully crafted by God, and it offers so many things to explore.
If you are looking for nature, Bali offers a wide range of choices like mountains, hills, beaches, coral reefs, various animals and vegetation whether on the land side or under the sea, etc.
Bali also an excellent destination for foodies since it offers various kinds of food to explore, whether Balinese cuisine or Indonesian cuisine. You could also try some exotic fruit which you might never taste it before.
Are you looking for a party? Or just a simple village life experience?
You could have it in Bali.
Although culture is the breath of Bali, it is modern enough to comply with your needs.
You might already know that the majority of the Indonesian religion is Islam, and Indonesia has the most Muslim population in the entire world!!
And what religion is dominant in Bali?
The predominant religion in Bali is Hinduism. But Hinduism in Bali a little bit different from Hinduism in India. The primary faith in Bali, known explicitly as Bali Hinduism which originated from Java and is a blend of Shivaism and Buddhism.
Statistically, the religion in Bali consist of :
- Around ± 81.6% Hinduism
- Approximately ± 15,4% Muslim (Islam)
- About ± 2.5% Christianity
- And ± 0.5% comprises of other religions like Buddhism, Khonghucu, etc.
The people of Indonesia have a high tolerance. It reflects by multi-religion people in Bali could live side by side peacefully.
Look at the image below and how great it is to live in harmony side by side.
As stated earlier, Bali is located in Indonesia, which is the neighbor of Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. The island itself is between Lombok island and Java island, which is worthed to visit too.
If you ever think that Bali is a country itself, don’t be ashamed since many people still thinking that Bali is a country.
Getting to Bali
Now you know where exactly Bali is, the next thing that could be in your mind is how to get to Bali.
Since Bali is a notable and famous tourist destination, you could come here directly from your country by flight to Ngurah Rai Airport.
Another choice is to take a flight first to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and then flight forward to Ngurah Rai Airport.
Some tips, you could spare 2 – 3 days to explore the city of Jakarta, especially the food. Since Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, you will find various Indonesian cuisine which originated from multiple regions in Indonesia.
The vacation’s experiences are determined by how it planned. You have to make a good plan to have great trip experiences in Bali.
Especially if this is your first time, at least you have to consider these points.
The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season from May to September, and I recommend to go in June since there is an annual festival of art and culture in that month.
Then how long would you like to spend?
If you would stay less than a week, I recommend doing the Regional Area itinerary since it is more time-efficient to explore more places.
If you aim for the popular places, it could be done in less than a week as long as it is not the busiest time that usually occurs in the month of July, August, December, and January.
The next thing that you should consider is what kind of main activity you would like to do in here.
If you aim for surfing, for example, you should look at which beach you have to visit. Go for Kuta Beach if you are a starter or beginner, and go for Medewi Beach if you are a pro surfer.
How much the budget for a trip here?
Minimum, it will cost a person around IDR 400K daily (± USD 30) for :
|Basic Accommodation||IDR 150K|
|Rent a Scooter||IDR 70K|
|Meals||3 x IDR 25K|
|Other Expenses||IDR 85K|
Those prices are just estimated prices for a low budget trip. And the price could go higher when you visiting high tourism areas like Ubud, watch performances, go to a beach club, etc.
After you decide the time, what kind of interests and activity, and how much the budget you would allocate for the trip, you could start mapping the places you have to visit and the places to stay.
The section below will explain briefly what kind of attraction Bali has, and I hope it could give you a picture in mind and help you decide the best places and activities for you.
Bali Regional Area
As stated earlier, it is great to have a vacation in a Regional Area if you would like to spend your time less than a week in Bali since you could be exploring more places.
Especially if you go in the month of July to August, your time could be wasted by the traffic since there will be a lot of Indonesian school groups that have a vacation here.
These are Regional areas in Bali that could be focusing on.
North Bali has beaches with black-type sand and a traditional ambiance that is rich with cultures.
If you don’t like the hectic crowd, this area could be the option for you since there is less tourist in this area, especially the domestic tourist.
The most famous tourist attraction here is Lovina Beach.
The beach is less crowded compared to beaches in South Bali. It is a perfect choice if you are looking for calm and serenity on the beach. You could also rent a boat to see dolphins at the ocean nearby.
These are other interesting places to visit in North Bali.
- Penimbangan Beach
- Gedong Kirtya Museum
- Meduwe Karang Temple
- Gitgit Waterfall
- Yeh Mampeh Waterfall
- Sekumpul Waterfall
- Banjar Hot Springs
- Yeh Sanih Springs
- Krisna Funtasticland
- Wanagiri Hidden Hills
This area offers many exotic attractions and also one of the calm places in Bali, except for Gilimanuk that has a port to Java Island, and the lane its lane to Denpasar.
Interesting places that you should visit in this area are West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island, and Medewi Beach.
West Bali National Park has a very varied habitat of flora and fauna. Rainforest, savanna, and mangrove forest are some of the views it offers.
There are also many species of animals like Wild Bull, Barn Swallow, Javan macaque (Lutung), Deer, 160 species of birds, etc. And this place becomes a conservation place for Bali Starling (Jalak Bali) that near to extinct.
If you love snorkeling or diving, you should come to Menjangan Island. It offers beautiful corals, varied fish, and diverse sea life.
Then if you are an intermediate or pro surfer, you should ride the waves at Medewi Beach. The waves on this beach already known amongst the International Surfer.
Of course not, there still many interesting places to visit in West Bali like these places below.
- Yeh Leh Beach
- Soka Beach
- Juwuk Manis Waterfall
- Yeh Buah Waterfall
- Batu Kursi Hills
- Green Cliff in Yehembang Village
- Rambut Siwi Temple
- And many more
The kind of attractions in this area is forestry, mountain view, traditional villages, arts, culture, and so on.
Ubud is one of the most known tourism places in this area. It offers village life ambiance, stunning views, arts, and culture.
If you are interested to explore this area, these are the interesting places in Central Bali.
- Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (Bedugul)
- Tamblingan Lake
- Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace
- Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)
- Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
- Sangeh Monkey Forest
- Bali Central Adventure
- Gunung Kawi Temple
- Batukaru Temple
- Tirta Empul Temple
- Taman Ayun Temple
- Tampak Siring Museum
- Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali is located in this area. The locals believe that this mountain is the palace of God and Goddes, so you’ll find a great temple called Besakih Temple in here.
The view is stunning, and if you like hiking and trekking, this should be your destination.
Besides Mount Agung, there is also Mount Batur which is famous for its crater lake, the Lake Batur, and the Terunyan Grave, a unique grave that will amaze you.
You could hike to the top of Mount Batur too, which is easier than hiking in Mount Agung.
This area also has several spots to view the sunrise. Some of them are Mount Batur, Lempuyang Temple, and Jemeluk View Point.
After enjoying the sunrise you could have breakfast and then head to Tulamben, which is one of the best spots for diving in Bali, for the amazing diving experience.
The other interesting places you shouldn’t miss in East Bali are listed below.
- Jemeluk Beach
- Amed Beach
- Blue Lagoon Beach
- Virgin Beach
- Candidasa Lotus Lagoon
- Kertha Gosa Garden
- Lawah Cave
- Tenganan Village
- And many more.
This is the most famous area in Bali and makes it the most crowded and busiest tourism place.
You might have heard some of the tourism places in this area.
Kuta, Nusa Dua, Tanah Lot, and Uluwatu Temple are some of them, which could get overcrowded in high season.
If you really want to spend your time in this area, you should come in the low season or you have to be tender to face the crowd.
Many people said that you haven’t visited Bali yet if you did not come to visit the places in South Bali like Kuta and Legian. But it is up to you whether you listen to what they said or just have your own enjoyment,
Some other interesting places to drop by in South Bali are listed below.
- Sanur Beach
- Tanjung Benoa Beach
- Pandawa Beach
- Jimbaran Beach
- Nusa Dua Beach
- Dreamland Beach
- Seminyak Beach
- Balangan Beach
- Blue Point Beach
- Green Bowl Beach
- Geger Beach
- Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
Nusa Islands in Southeast Bali
The trio Nusa, the islands located in Southeast Bali, consist of 3 Islands which is called by Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. It is a good place in Bali if you are looking for serenity and a peaceful ambiance.
Since you have to cross the sea by boat, so you’ll just bump with less domestic tourists that make this region is less crowded compared to the other regions in Bali.
You could head straight to several ports below to book your ticket.
- Kusamba Beach in Klungkung District
- Padang Bai Port
If you book the ticket at the port in Sanur, the cost is around IDR 300K (± USD 23) for a round trip. It is best to book your ticket online since they might have a lower price and a pick-up service.
Some amazing places in Nusa Islands are listed below.
- Atuh Beach
- Crystal Bay Beach
- Manta Bay
- Kelingking Beach
- Gamat Bay
- Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan
- Song Tepo Beach
- The Old Tree
- Mushroom Bay Beach
- Sandy Bay Beach
- Devil’s Tear
- Sunset Point
- And many more.
Whether you will spend your time in regional-based or not, let’s explore what kind of attraction Bali has.
Mountain And Lake
Looking for mountains, Mount Batur and Mount Agung are the famous ones. Aside from being an active volcano, these mountains have a stunning view, and several things worthed to experience.
Mount Agung is the highest mountain in Bali, with approximately 3,031 meters (9,944 ft) in height from the sea level. Mystical vibes are positively surrounding this place since the locals believe that Mount Agung is the palace of the Gods and Goddes.
Aside from tracking and hiking to the mountain top, visiting the Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih) is a must since it is the most sacred and famous temple in Bali. Tasting the culture and enjoy the scenery would give you a memorable experience.
Pura Pasar Agung Sebudi and Pura Payasan are some other temples on Mount Agung you’d be love to come around.
Mount Batur is another famous mountain in Bali, which you have to visit. Hike to the mountain top and try to catch the sunrise as it will give you a sweet memory.
Hike to the mountain top not as hard as the hike in Mount Agung, so you should try it.
If you prefer not to hike, you could go to Lake Batur since it offers great scenery and vibes. You could go around the lake and have a nice meal here.
If you dare, you should not miss Terunyan Grave, a unique graveyard.
What makes this graveyard unique?
Because they did not bury the corpse and just laid the dead body on the ground. So you could see the line of human skulls in this place.
Lake Beratan (Bedugul)
The other popular lake is Lake Beratan that also known as Lake Bedugul. There are many things to do here like having meals while enjoying the lake views, go around the lake by boat, fishing, etc.
Do not miss to visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple because the Temple is amazing. Some of the Temples look like floating on the lake. And the garden around the Temple area is good to see.
Other Mountains And Lakes
If you love hiking, overall these are the mountain that could be hiked.
- Mount Agung
- Mount Batur
- Mount Abang
- Mount Batukaru
- Mount Catur
- Mount Pohang
- Mount Sanghyang (or Sengajang)
Mount Abang, Mount Batukaru, Mount Catur, Mount Sanghyang, and Mount Pohang are not as famous as Mount Agung and Mount Batur. So it could be an advantage since there are fewer tourists visit these mountains for a hiked.
And other lakes to visit are:
- Lake Buyan in Buleleng
- Lake Tamblingan in Munduk – Banjar
Both of those lakes are a good option since there are fewer tourists in there. But the downside is the facility not as good as the facility in Lake Beratan and Lake Batur.
Bali is mostly known as beaches paradise. It has many beautiful beaches with their own uniqueness.
White sand beaches majority located in South Bali while black sand beaches could be found in North and West Bali. The majority of beaches in Bali tend to have sloping terrain, and the rest tend to have cliffs, steep terrain, and rocky.
Before you flight to Bali, it is best to note down what kind of beaches you would really love to visit most. And also remember to narrow down the notes to what kind of activities you would love to experiences on the beach.
As I said earlier, each of the beaches in Bali has its own charms and appeals.
If you tend to surf on the beach, there are some recommended beaches for surfing.
You may have heard of Kuta Beach as one of the surfing destinations. It is a great beach if you want to learn how to surf or you are a beginner surfer.
Aside from Kuta Beach, you could also head to Legian Beach or Dreamland Beach to start your surfing experience.
For intermediate to professional surfers, the waves at Medewi Beach and Bingin Beach would be more challenges to conquer.
Snorkeling dan Diving
Are you looking for snorkeling and diving experience?
Just head to Menjangan Island as one of the best spots for snorkeling and diving in Bali.
You could snorkel around the island to see some beautiful corals and fishes. And when you do a scuba diving, you could see a lot more diversity of the underwater life.
If you really into scuba diving, you should head to Nusa Penida to see Manta Ray, Mola – Mola fish, and beautiful underwater life.
There are many more spots for snorkeling and diving in Bali. Amed Beach, Pemuteran, and Tulamben are some of them that worth to mention.
If you still have a doubt in your mind for diving, you could just start it out on Tanjung Benoa since it is more beginner-friendly and cheaper.
And if you still don’t want to do it, you could still experience the underwater sensation and see the fishes and feeding them by taking a Seawalker package in Tanjung Benoa.
Tanjung Benoa is a kind of family-friendly beach and very safe for a child to play around the beach since it has a sloping contour and very calm waves.
This beach also a place called home for watersports.
Some kinds of watersports to mentions are Jetski, Speed Boat, Banana Boat, Flying Fish, Rolling Donut, Wakeboarding, Flyboard, and other kinds of watersports.
And if you dare, you could try to experience parasailing or paragliding here to enjoy the beach view from up above. Interesting right?
Sunset and Sunrise
Generally speaking, if you want to see the sunset then you have to go to the western part, whereas to see the sunrise is on the eastern part.
As I said earlier, Amed Beach or Jemeluk Beach could be one of the places to see the sunrise. But if you had the chance to Nusa Penida, try to catch the sunrise on Atuh Beach since the sunrise on this beach is amazing.
Then to see the sunset, you could head to Tegal Wangi Beach or Medewi Beach.
But if you come with family or spouse, it is great to see the sunset in Jimbaran Beach or Kelan Beach while having delicious seafood.
Who doesn’t like the waterfalls?
Waterfall has its own charm. The sound and the splash of the water makes anybody want to jump right in to feel the freshness of its water.
The good news is this land has several Waterfall to be visited.
And one of them is Sekumpul Waterfall. You shouldn’t miss this one if you are looking to visit the Waterfalls.
The other beautiful Waterfalls you could find in Bali are listed below.
- Gitgit Waterfall
- Nungnung Waterfall
- Banyumala Waterfall
- Peguyangan Waterfall
- Tibumana Waterfall
- Aling-Aling Waterfall
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Blemantung Waterfall
- Jembong Waterfall
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Temple In Bali
Temple is a place of worship for Hindus in Bali, and you will find many temples in all corners of the island.
What is so interesting about visiting the Temples?
One thing for sure is the architecture of the Temples, where all various elements and ornaments mix and match coherently as a harmony.
And the unique part is each of those elements and ornaments has a certain meaning. So it is not a matter of decoration only.
Almost all of the Temple could only be seen from the outside unless you had permission from the monks.
The intention is to keep the purity, sacred, and sanctity of the area of worship. But it is good enough to view the temple from its courtyard.
Aside from admiring the beauty of the Temple’s architecture, you could also admire the beauty of nature around the Temples.
Besakih Temple, Lempuyang Temple, Uluwatu Temple, and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple are just some of the Temples examples that surrounded by exotic nature.
Arts and Culture
It would feel incomplete if you come without experiencing any arts and cultures!
Bali is rich in arts and cultures. It could be seen as soon as you arrived at the airport and along the way to the hotel.
Clothing, sarong, incense, and canang sari are just some of them.
Canang sari is one kind of daily offerings made by the Hindu Balinese as a reflection of prays and gratitude. This kind of offerings could be seen throughout all of the corners of Bali.
Do you love traditional dances?
Then you come to the right island. Bali has various and diverse kinds of traditional dances.
Furthermore, each region and district on this island has its own dances. And some dances just could be seen on a special occasion and events. Cool right?
One kind of traditional dance that could be found easily is Kecak Dance. Just head to Uluwatu Temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), and Ubud to see the Kecak Dance performance.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a good place to come if you really love to see some kind of traditional dances in one place.
Ubud has more traditional dances, but it spread in several places in the region.
Some hotels sometimes have a traditional dance performance too, and most of them generally just showing the Pendet Dance. But it feels a bit more contemporary. If you want to see Pendet Dance that closer to the originality, just head to Ubud.
What does it mean by closer?
Because Pendet Dance is one of the sacred dances, so the original dance just performed in a part of religious ceremonies and rituals.
These are places that worth to visit to see dance performances.
|Nusa Dua Theatre||Devdan Show|
|Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)||Various dances and performance|
|Uluwatu Temple||Kecak Dance|
|Werdhi Budaya Art Centre||Some performance and there is a one-month arts festival in June|
|Bali Agung Show||Various arts performance|
|Batubulan Village||Barong Dance and Keris Dance|
|Ubud Royal Palace||Legong Dance|
Museum also a good destination to see art collection. Antonio Blanco Museum, for example, has a collection of masterpiece paintings.
You could also drop by the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets to see various masks and puppets used by Balinese in ceremonial events or religious rituals.
Do you want to see more cultural things?
Then you should come to traditional villages in Bali.
You could see the traditional houses, social order, the culture of the people, etc, which could be found in Penglipuran village or Tenganan Pegringsingan village as one of the traditional villages.
When you are in Tenganan Pegringsingan village, you could buy some traditional woven cloth as souvenirs or use the woven cloth for shirts.
Whether you would buy it or not, it still nice to see the weaving process and the various pattern of the woven cloth.
If you interested in gold and silver crafts, come to Celuk village to see (or even buy) some unique and beautiful crafts made by gold and silver.
There are many historical sites and attractions in Bali. Even if you are not a historical geek, you have to visit some of them.
Some of them might get you bored instantly if you are not into historical things.
But there are many places you would love to visit, for example, Ujung Water Palace that surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Take a great snap and post it into your social feed and story, and make your friends envy of you.
Some of the historical sites and attractions you could visit are listed below.
- Taman Sari Temple
- Gunung Kawi Temple
- Taman Sari Temple
- Yeh Pulu Temple
- Kertha Gosa
- Tirta Gangga
- Yadnya Museum
- The Sukarno Center Museum
- Bali museum
- Bajra Sandhi Monument
- USS Liberty Shipwreck
Flora and Fauna
Do you love animals or plants?
I bet of course you are!
Then you had to say hello to the living animals and plants in West Bali National Park.
As I said earlier, this park offers very varied animals and plants habitat. It has amazing scenery of forestry, savanna, and beach.
This park also a conservation place for Bali Starling (Jalak Bali) in which near to extinct.
If you plan to visit the Bedugul area, you could take a visit to Bedugul Botanical Garden, which is Indonesia’s largest Botanic Garden, to see many varieties of plants and wonderful scenery.
The other places that could be visited are listed below.
- Bali Zoo
- Bali Bird Park
- Turtle Island
- Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
- Sangeh Monkey Forest
- Bali Safari & Marine Park
- Bali Butterfly Park
- Orchid Garden
- Lotus Lagoon
- Kasna Flower Field
- The Blooms Garden
- And many more.
Are you getting exhausted?
Then take a soak in a hot spring for relaxing your body and soul.
Thank God, Bali has some spots of hot springs with amazing views. Batur Natural Hot Springs is one of the places in Batur to ease your muscles, especially after hiking Mount Batur.
If you want a better experience, go to Toya Devasya in Batur. Not only the body, but your mind and your soul would be relaxed too as you’ll see the view of Lake Batur beside the pool.
Looking for the other hot springs?
Get ready to be recharged in these spots below.
- Yeh Sanih Hot Springs
- Banjar Hot Springs
- Yeh Panes Hot Springs
- Angseri Hot Springs
- Tabanan Hot Springs
Beach club is a good place to go for a hangout with friends or family to get some enjoyments while viewing the scenery of the beach.
There are many beach clubs in Bali you could drop by and some of them are listed below.
- Omnia Dayclub – Uluwatu
- Café del Mar – Canggu
- Potato Head Beach Club – Seminyak
- Finns Beach Club – Canggu
- Karma Kandara Beach Club – Uluwatu
- Azul Beach Club – Legian
- Manarai – Nusa Dua
- And many more
The Other Interesting Attractions
There are many other interesting places to visit in Bali.
For example, Waterpark. If you like to play on Waterpark, you could visit Bali Waterboom, Circus Waterpark, Surf & Turf, etc.
Visiting the Waterpark would be much fun with your family, especially if there are children, or with friends.
Do you want to take the kids to see the underwater view?
You could book an underwater journey with Oddysey Submarine in Karangasem District to see beautiful corals, varied of fishes, and the diverse underwater life.
If you want to have fun by yourself and experience something different, you could try to ride an underwater scooter to see the beauty of underwater life. Interesting right?
Want to tickle the adrenaline?
Try the Flying Fox from Abyss Zipline in Nusa Ceningan, or try the swing in Zen Hideaway and Lake Buyan Hills.
Then when you need some relaxation, you might want to take the spa.
There are many spa places in Bali. From a cheaper up to a luxury one, and from casual spa to a spa with a unique experience. It depends on your interests and the budget of course.
A unique sensation could be experienced by trying the Ayana Grotto Spa, Permata Ayung Spa, or Tjampuhan Spa.
While in Bali, at least you should taste some of the cuisines or you could try to become some kind of a Culinary Adventurer.
Betutu, Lawar, Sate Lilit, Nasi Bali, and Nasi Jinggo are just some of the Balinese dishes you should try.
But you could go broader by tasting the Indonesian famous dishes like Rendang, Nasi Goreng, Nasi Campur, Gado-gado, Pecel, and many more.
These are some places to satisfy your hunger.
If you are looking for Balinese dishes, these are popular places to eat with great taste.
- Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk – Tuban
- Warung Liku – Seminyak
- Warung Men Weti – Sanur
- Bebek Tepi Sawah – Ubud
- Gourmet Sate House – Kuta
- Warung Nasi Tekor – Bypass Street, Denpasar
- Warung Mak Beng – Sanur
Then if you are looking for Nusantara Tastes (Indonesian Dishes) that blended well with The Land of Gods, you should come to these places.
- Warung Kedewatan Ibu Mangku – Ubud
- Warung Bu Oki – Jimbaran
- Warung Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika – Kuta (Spicy alert!)
- Nasi Pecel Bu Tinuk – Kuta
- Warung Wardani – Denpasar
- Warung Bebek Bengil – Ubud
- Warung Indonesia – Poppies Kuta
- Bale udang Mang Engking – Kuta
Almost all of Those places are crowd by the visitor, especially in high season where you’ll have to line up!
If you really want to visit those places in high season, try not to come at lunchtime (11.30 am to 01.30 pm) and suppertime (5.30 pm to 8.00 pm).
And if you don’t want to struggle with the crowd, you could order the dishes using an online app like GoFood (Gojek App) or GrabFood (Grab App).
Unique Places to Have Dishes
These places below offer a unique sensation and experience while having a meal.
- Gabah Restaurant – Taste the traditional Balinese noble cuisine
- Kampoeng Bali – Cultural party sensation
- Café Pomegranate – surrounded by ricefield
- Keramas Aero Park – Having a meal inside the abandoned airplane
- Waka Floating Restaurant – Dining on a cruise
- Tsavo Lion Restaurant – Having a meal while watched by the lion
- Frankenstein’s Laboratory – Having a meal inside the Frankenstein lab.
- Koral Restaurant The Apurva Kempinski – Underwater sensation
Shopping and Souvenirs
When you are on a vacation, some unexpected things might occur. For example, you might run out of the perfume or you need to buy some makeup.
Whatever the case, you need it in no time. And you could be thinking of a mall to save you.
Luckily this island is not a kind of backward island.
Beachwalk, Discovery Mall, Galeria Mall, and other shopping malls are some malls you could count on.
Beachwalk has a semi-outdoor concept and the most favorite one since the location is just across Kuta Beach. This Mall is a great place for shopping and hangout, especially for cooling down after the sunbath in Kuta Beach.
Then if you are looking for Bali souvenirs or a gift for someone when you back home, you should visit these places to buy something or just to look around.
|The Keranjang||A Souvenirs mall|
|Krisna||A supermarket for Shirts, T-shirts, Crafts, Souvenirs, etc.|
|Sukawati Arts Market||The traditional market for souvenirs in Sukawati, Gianyar|
|Ubud Arts Market||The traditional market for souvenirs in Ubud|
|Guwang Arts Market||Sukawati Market alternative|
|Kumbasari Arts Market||The traditional market for souvenirs in Badung|
|Beng Village||The central of Barong T-shirts and the cheapest price in Bali|
|Joger||A shop for unique T-shirts, accessories, apparel, etc.|
|Galuh Art Shop||Batik Clothes and Batik Shirts|
|Ceking||The central of Bali trinkets, decoration, and ornaments|
|Seniman Coffee||Coffee from the various region in Indonesia|
|Bali Pulina||Bali Coffee and Luwak Coffee|
|Nangka Street||The central of Pia Susu|
|Kitchen House Pia Legong||The central of Pia Legong. You must book your order first!!|
|Tenganan Village||Traditional woven cloth|
|Celuk Village||The central of Gold and Silver crafts|
Best Time To Visit Bali
Generally speaking, the month of May to September are the best months to visit since it is the dry season.
It is great to come to the beach in that range of time.
For the Waterfall, try not to come in July to August since it is the peak of the dry season so there will be less water in there. Yup, the Water also needs a rest from falling.
In the month of July, August, and sometimes up to the middle of September, this island gets overcrowded.
Many domestic tourists have a vacation here, especially from the school group and college group. So you’ll be likely to meet many buses on the street.
Unless you are okay with the crowds, I did not recommend to go to popular places like Kuta, Bedugul, Tanah Lot, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), Dreamland Beach, and Uluwatu Temple.
Also evade the lane to those places or you have to struggle with the traffic jam.
If you want to catch the dry season, then I recommend coming in June.
Aside from the crowd is acceptable, there is an annual festival of arts and culture for a full month in June, which is held on Werdhi Budaya Art Center.
At the end of September to March usually comes the rainy season.
If you come in that span of time, you could still enjoy your vacation in Bali and there will be fewer tourists, except at the end of December up to early January.
In the rainy season, You could enjoy your stay in Ubud, visiting the lakes, come to art performance, and many other places with less crowd.
You could still say hello to the beaches too. But you have to keep the weather forecast as your best friend.
Aside from the months, whether it is Rainy or Dry Season, you have to know the low tide and high tide hour if you plan to visit some beaches, do surfing, do snorkeling, etc.
Accommodation in Bali
There are many places to spend the night in Bali from lower to high prices. You could choose the hotel, inn, villa, or resort. If you planning to stay longer within months, Guesthouse or Indekos could be ideal to choose from.
You could also aim some places to have a memorable honeymoon, a great surf experience, a romantic vibe, and various kinds of intentions.
If you are looking for a cheaper place to stay, you could find it in Kuta and Legian area, or in North Bali.
But if you are looking for a luxurious hotel or resort, most of them are located in the Nusa Dua area.
Transportation in Bali is easy. The public transportation are taxis, public buses, and angkot (local’s public minivan).
If you want to ride a taxi, it is better to use Blue Bird Taxis or Pusaka Taxi which is part of Blue Bird Group since they are the best in cost transparency.
You could also use Gojek or Grab which is online transportation. Just download the application on your mobile phone as soon as you touch down in Bali.
Using the app, you could choose to pick a scooter or a car to drive you to the destination. Aside from transportation, you could also order food, medicine, massage, grocery, laundry, and other great services.
But if you want to explore Bali at a reasonable price, go rent a scooter or a car that could be found easily.
The cost to rent a scooter is around IDR 70K – 100K per day for Vario type. While to rent a car for Avanza – Xenia type, the cost is around IDR 450K – 600K without the driver and IDR 700K – 950K with the driver.
The pros and cons of the transportation above could be seen in the table below.
|Angkot, Bus||Cheap||Nondynamic and not flexible|
|Taxi||Dynamic and Flexible||Expensive|
|Rent a Scooter||Cheap, Dynamic, Flexible||You should have a Driving License|
|Rent a car (Excl. Driver)||Cheaper, Dynamic and Flexible||Driving License, Parking Lot, and fees if the car gets scratches.|
|Rent a car (Incl. Driver)||Dynamic, Flexible, No worry looking for a parking lot wherever you go||More Expensive Compared to a non-driver|
|Grab / Gojek||Dynamic and Easy since it is just pick up and drop system||Quite Expensive and not yet covered all area|
Bali has all that you need to fulfill your trip feast, whether you want to backpack or have a luxurious trip.
Nature, the culture, the art, the hospitality, will make you missed Bali so much.
If have time or the chances, you could be expanding your next trip to another place in Indonesia after exploring Bali, which has many wonderful places.
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