Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island, being one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, thanks to various entertainment sources including surfing, diving, fishing, jungle excursions, cultural tourism, yoga, Balinese massage, etc.
Located in the southern hemisphere, in the tropical area, between the islands of Java, Sumatra and Lombok, Bali attracts over 4 million tourists annually, due to the warm climate and countless opportunities to spend a dream holiday.
The Island of the Gods is a land of discrepancies, a melange between modern and traditional, between opulence and poverty.
In the following, I will talk about the experiences of the two-week trip that I did with a friend in Bali, offering some tips for a most beautiful holiday.
Relief is mountainous, in the north, with peaks reaching over 3000 meters. Due to its volcanic nature, fertility is exceptional, and natural irrigation from the mountains, in the form of waterfalls, helps to agriculture, especially rice crops. Most terraces of rice plantations are in the center and southern of the island. In the north there are large plantations of coffee trees. There are also arid areas around the Agung volcano, and the Bukit peninsula and Nusa Penida are less cultivated and populated due to lack of water.
Climate. Bali has a tropical climate throughout the year, with an average temperature of around 30 ° C. There are two seasons: dry, from April to September and wet, from October to March. Overall, May-August is the best climate, but also the busiest period.
The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah, the exchange rate on June 15, 2016, being of approx. 1 EUR = 15000 IDR, 1 Ron = 3330 IDR. It is good to have cash, but there are ATMs or many places where you can pay with the card. Food prices are low compared to Europe, the main restaurant cost between 50,000 IDR and 100,000 IDRs, ie between EUR 4 and EUR 8.
Denpasar – a lively city, is the administrative center of the island, but not a major tourist destination.
The Candidasa – a quiet coastal city, has access to the eastern part of the island.
Kuta – Surfer Beach, by far the most heavily developed area of Bali, where you can find plenty of shops and clubs.
Jimbaran – a seaside resort with plenty of seaside relaxation, full of terraces where you can enjoy seafood.
Legian – located between Kuta and Seminyak, is a suburb of Kuta.
Lovina – Black sand beach, suitable for diving lovers.
Padang Bay – a traditional and quiet fishing village where you can enjoy the beach, snorkelling, diving and eat fresh fish.
Sanur – seaside resort with beaches suitable for large families.
Seminyak – a huge sandy beach and many restaurants.
Nusa Dua – tranquil, luxury seafront resorts, huge beaches.
Ubud – the Bali Art and Dance Center, with museums and plenty of souvenir shops.
Transport. There is no public transport in Bali, but renting a car with a driver is not very expensive, reaching between € 35-50 per day, depends on how you negotiate. For us it turned out to be a very good variant, we had comfort and we could go anywhere we wanted without stressing. We were very pleased with the driver I had, and he was also the guide to the excursions I made. You can also rent a scooter, although the traffic is quite busy and goes chaotic, and the roads are twisted.
Accommodation. In Bali you will find accommodation for all pockets, but generally the prices are lower than in Europe, and the very good service.
Temples. A holiday in Bali would not be complete without visiting some of the 20000 Hindu temples on the island. The most important are Pura Besakih (Mother Temple), the largest temple, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Goa Gajan (Elephant Cave), Tirta Empul and many more.
Beaches. Due to the varied relief, Bali is an island with extremely different beaches, each with its charm. In the north are the black sand, suitable for diving enthusiasts, the most famous are Lovina and Amed, and in the south are the fine golden sand (Nusa Dua). In the west there are large, touristy beaches with fine and gray sand (Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran) suitable for surfing, and in the east, which is a quieter area, there are sandy beaches (Sanur) . In the southeastern part of the island, I find my favorite beach in Bali, Dreamland Beach, with everything I want: blue water, fine sand and white sand, lush rocks, lush vegetation.
- Three weeks before we left, we got vaccines against typhoid fever and hepatitis A and B. This was our choice, but I met many people who were in Bali without doing it. It is best to follow the recommendation of a specialist. Do not miss a mosquito spray and a sunshade in your luggage, you will surely need it.
- After 15 hours of flight, it would be a pity to stay for only a week in Bali, for distant destinations it would take at least 10 days to have time to see and feel the places.
- Try not to stay in one place, Bali is an island rich in tourist resorts and it is worthwhile to allocate time to everyone, enjoying diversity.
- Visit the other islands nearby, each offering interesting, beautiful and different experiences. Near Bali are the Gili islands, worth at least 3 nights; you will enjoy sensational beaches with fine, white sand, spectacular sunsets, snorkeling and scuba diving with turtles.
- Visit at least one Bali cascade, jungle and landscape scenery will give you unparalleled experience.