Why The Island of God is a Tourist Hotspot and a Few Bali Travel Tips

Why The Island of God is a Tourist Hotspot and a Few Bali Travel Tips

When I think of paradise, Bali comes to mind straight away! The ideal tourist hotspot that understands traveller’s desires and needs.

While, no destination in the world is perfect and the same can be said of the popular Island of God, that comes with manic traffic and pesky locals desperate to sell you a souvenir or two.

It does, however overcome any obvious weaknesses with its lure of being in the tropics. It’s why, in this article, I not only provide a few genuine reasons why tourists are making the Indonesian Island a traveller’s choice, but also throw in a few basic Bali Travel Tips to assist your travels.

First thing is First!

Why are people rushing for a Bali trip? It’s the one destination that offers a luxury escape, fun in the sun and cocktails by the pool, which regularly makes this exotic Island the top of the list.

Bali is perfectly set up for tourist, and since it’s all about tourism, it steps up to another level on each occasion I visit, and the case will be the same for you.

It’s the main reason why I keep coming back to Bali, not only because it is a affordable holiday that offers pure paradise, because it’s an island that creates excitement for families seeking the best kids club Bali hotels or a romantic tropical destination in paradise

Whether it’s in the great outdoors, by the beach, in the culture hub of Ubud or the the vibrancy of Kuta, the island of God offers so much for the tourists, so before I hound you with a few Bali tips, I am going to tell you why traveller’s are making this their preferred tourist hotspot.

 

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Why I keep coming back to Bali.

 

Why Traveller’s are rushing for a Holiday in Bali

There are always exceptional reasons why people are rushing to Bali for a hopliday and below we start by getting into the specifics of a popular holiday in Bali.

Tourist Love Bali

What can I say, tourist love Bali and when you love something you come back for more, as often as you possibly can. It’s like dining at a wonderful restaurant with delicious cuisines, you don’t go once, you keep going back for more and that is how most traveller’s feel about Bali holidays.

 

The People Rock

Do you ever get out and meet the locals, it is great to learn about the locals values, culture beliefs, religion and even family history, depending on how personal the conversation gets.

The Balinese locals are no different, they are pleasant folk to have a chat with, so next time you are in Bali, don’t forget to say “hi” and stop for a chat.

 

Meet the locals

Meet great locals

 

The Culture Rocks

Like most Asian countries, when you visit Bali the culture is obvious from the time you hit the streets. From their beliefs in family values and religion, to the laws of the country, Bali or Indonesia as a whole, have their unique culture that needs to be admired and respected by all visitors.

I know it is one thing that I certainly respect about Bali and their people or any country I visit for that matter.

 

Dine in Great Restaurants with Affordable food

The key is to choose the restaurant and not those dodgy ones that will have you sitting on the toilet. The good news is that there are plenty of quality, affordable restaurants in Bali, where it is safe on your stomach.

The key is to do your research on TripAdvisor reviews, or find the restaurants where other foreigners are dining.

 

Manisan

The Manisan Restaurant is one of Bali’s finest at Alaya Resort, Ubud.

 

Fun in the Sun in your Bali Travel

Shorts or singlets for the men, bikini for the women or lightly dressed otherwise, it’s fun in the sun during your Bali vacation when you make your way to the outdoors.

Awaiting you is a fine Bali Beach, swimming pools with plenty of drinks and lots of getting cool in the swimming pool during the holiday you desire. Bali has it in droves when the South East Asian heat comes out for the day.

 

Stunning Luxury Bali Resorts are easily affordable

Staying in affordable quality resorts, with sparkling swimming pools and sun deck chairs is the dream for most travellers.

In Bali, you are spoilt for choices in many ways, whether you are staying in a Bali Hotels or a resort, you are bound to find the perfect accommodation that suites your needs.

 

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Sakala Resort

Lose your self at the Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa.

 

Cocktails and Cold Beers – Who can say no in your Bali Tour

Fun in the sun means the drinks come out quite early in the day than anticipated.

Whether it is sunbaking at the resort while the bartenders deliver your cocktail, or sitting at pool-bar for countless hours and taking cover from the Bali heat with a Bintang or two, you’ll have a party every day in Bali.

 

Relax and be pampered with a Professional Massage

Don’t let stereotype fool, in Bali, you will find plenty of professional, clean and relaxing massage parlours where you can shut your eyes and be pampered in style.

For a ridiculous low price, you can have a professional massage that will soothe the body and the mind.

 

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Relax with a soothing massage.

 

Shop Till you drop with a Range of Shopping Outlets

Absolutely, in some parts of Bali, you will get harassed, in a nice way, to buy some useless item that is certainly not needed, they mean well and it is all harmless.

Bargains are bound to be found when wandering the streets and shopping in Bali, with plenty of souvenirs, jewellery, hats and singlets available in most market stalls. If you want to escape, head to some of the fine shopping malls, a little more expensive, but it is shopping with freedom.

 

Bali is Paradise

Quite simple really, Bali is paradise, sure there are some shady places, but no destination is without its fault.

Bali is designed for travellers and on most occasions, they get it right. Well, it’s hard to get it wrong when the weather is perfect all year round.

It’s 10 great reasons why tourist keep coming back to Bali.But what about a few Bali travel tips to go with reasoning for visiting the island of God, well let’s get into that, right now.

 

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Paradise by the palms.

 

 

 

 

A few Bali Travel Tips For Your Adventure in Indonesia

Bali may be the ideal holiday place for your adventure, but as always, when entering the unknown in a foreign country, there are a few things you need to know, such as tips for dealing with money, to choosing the right food to eat and a whole lot more.

Let fear go away for your upcoming trip and provide you with a little peace of mind with these helpful travel tips for your Bali trip and even help you avoid the dreaded Bali Belly.

 

tips for travelling in Bali.

Bali is the ideal holiday destinations, below are a few tips for travelling in Bali.

 

Stand firm upon arrival at the Airport

The Airport is probably the most daunting experience you can have during your holiday in Bali.

Especially if you haven’t organised a transfer with the hotel. Hundreds of taxi drivers and freelance drivers will be waiting for you at the front like you are a Rockstar arriving at an event.

Keep composed, they won’t hurt you, but they will try and tug you towards their vehicle. Just trust your instincts and be sure to bring the price down as you can go.

 

Watch where you eat

Lots of good places to eat in Bali, and there is not any major need to be concerned.

Still, beware what you eat, or what restaurant you dine at, eating at the wrong place could leave you in bed for a while or worse taking a trip to the hospital.

Good tip, dine when the other tourist eats, and take a look for reviews on TripAdvisor. There is more than likely to be a review on most restaurants in Bali on the popular travel App.

 

Alaya Resort

Watch what you eat, although Great food like this at Alaya Resort will be fine.

 

Drink water only from the Sealed bottle Water

Like most Southeast Asian countries, you would be nuts to drink from the tap.

The good old Bali belly would keep you holed up for a few days. Most hotels will supply you with a few bottles of water, probably not enough to get through the day. Stock up at the local stores for a low price and keep healthy.

 

Keep your belongings secure and near you at all times

Most of the locals in Bali are friendly and are great socialise with on an everyday basis. However, like any country in the world and even your home town, there are a few bad eggs who get the joy out of ruining your fun.

When out on the streets, keep your cash and cards secure, in a money pouch or similar item attached to you.

Take the amount of cash you need only for the day and leave the rest secured in your hotel safe. Lock up your room and enjoy your day in Bali.

 

Keep your belongings secure on any adventure in any country.

 

Exchange money only at a certified Banking dealerships

You will find no shortages of places to exchange your hard earn cash you have earned for your holiday. Some dealerships will come at an incredible rate that can seem too good to refuse.

Tread carefully. Exchange your money only at banks or properly licenced facilities, and you will know what is dodgy and what is legit by the appearance of the building.

No matter what, most rates are reasonable away from the airport, so you will still be better off going with the bank.

 

Barter, Barter and Barter again

Need a driver for the day? Negotiate a fair price. Buying a singlet at the markets? Once again, bargain that price down. Most places on the streets of Bali are open to negotiation and the store owner, or the driver on the street, will always try and make the price higher.

Stand firm and walk away if you are not happy with the price. There is probably another store next door with the same junk items.

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Take a stroll through the Markets in Bali, but don’t forget to Barter and keep your belongings secure.

 

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Beach or Rice Fields? A Personal Suggestion of Places to Stay in Bali

Beach or Rice Fields? A Personal Suggestion of Places to Stay in Bali

Bali – a holiday destination so unbelievable that choosing an ideal location, while fun, can also be a little stressful as you find the right accommodation, whether it’s a high-end Resort or you need to travel into Bali on a budget.

Questions fly through your thought process asking such questions, is this resort one of the ideal places to stay in Bali? Is the dining ideal? What is the customer service like? Is it family friendly? Or is the resort in a good location?

So many questions and so many reviews to look at and it can be confusing at which way to look. Some guests give raving reviews for their resort in Bali, and others give negative reviews on the very same resort.

You know what I’m talking about, that wonderful booking websites such as TripAdvisor or Booking.com where everyone’s point of view is different and two opinions are never the same. There are no right or wrong answer; it is just the way people think.

Opinions always differentiate from individual to individual.

Talking about a point of view, how about I throw in my own two cents into the conversation when talking about the best places to stay in Bali. I have been fortunate enough to stay in a few magnificent resorts/villas throughout various countries, including Bali.

Whether you’re seeking a holiday on the beach or in the beautiful rice fields of Ubud, these four resorts or villas will undoubtedly make your stay in Bali that much more enjoyable.

 

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Sakala Resort’s large swimming area.

 

 

 

 

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The Sakala Resort in TanjungBenoa

  • Where is it: In the Tanjung Benoa area of Bali and on the doorstep of Nusa Dua, The Sakala Resort is in a quieter part of Bali, that is famous for its adventure on Beach and vibrant nightlife. The resort is only about twenty minutes from the International Airport.
  • The features: The stunning Sakala contains large rooms, fabulous dining and swimming pools that are surrounded in tropical gardens with great pool bars to sip down a few cocktails in the Bali sun. The Wellness Spa is also an incredible experience that needs your time for a well-deserved pampering with a professional massage. The Sakala is your 5-star resort and is worth the dollars you will spend during your stay.
  • Dining Experience: Two amazing restaurants that will have you licking your plate clean. One of the resort side where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, with delicious local and International cuisines.
    Alternatively, you can cross the road for a different dining experience altogether at the Sakala Beach Club, where not only does it offer a fine-dining area, but a sparkling swimming pool, with deck chairs to enjoy the views of the nearby beach.

You can check out Fair Dinkum Traveller’s very own review of the Sakala Resort by checking on this link. 

 

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Sakala Resort

Sakala Resort.

Alaya Resort in Ubud

  • Where is it: The Alaya Resort is smack bang in the middle of Ubud with plenty of action all around you and situated only 200-metres from the Sacred Monkey Forest and close by to the Ubud Markets, street shopping and cafes. The Alaya Resort is a good hour from the International airport.
  • The features: Great dining, spacious rooms and the Dala Spas are the real delights at the breathtaking Alaya Resort. Not to forget the boutique swimming pools that are surrounded by gorgeous landscaped gardens and boutique rice fields inside the resort grounds. It makes it easy to unwind and take in the nature that you are surrounded in during your stay in Ubud.
  • Dining Experience: You will love the Alaya Resort dining experience with their pick of two tantalising restaurants. The Petani and Manisan. The Petani is situated at the front of the resort and off the streets of Ubud, near the lobby. It has a lively vibe about it with some live entertainment during the evening and a menu where you’ll be spoilt for choices.
    Then there is the Manisan Restaurant, which is tucked away in the middle of the lush rice fields, with the fabulous resort in full view. The Manisan Serves only divine Indonesian food, offering a great dining experience and even better with your loved one sitting opposite to you.

Check out my own review of one the finest Bali Resorts, The Alaya Resort, by checking this link.

 

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Alaya Resort in Ubud.

Ellora Villas in Sanur

  • Where is it: Ellora Villas is situated in Sanur and close by to beautiful beaches, street shopping, massage parlours, bars, restaurants and cafe’s and it’s only about 20 minutes from the international airport or the popular Kuta area.
  • The features: The feature is own your very own villa with a private swimming pool. It’s great for families, with the two-bedroom villas and even single room villas for those who require a little less space. You’ll have a perfect time at Ellora Villas with its large rooms, bathrooms and even a private kitchen area by the pool for a hot style BBQ.
  • Dining Experience: The Beach Café and Club is a short walk from the Villas and serves exquisite meals. The treat though is at breakfast time when you get your chef to cook you up some excellent foods, such as waffles, eggs of your choice and pancakes, to name a few. It is a five-star experience every day at Ellora for your ideal Bali Villas.

 

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Ellora Villas, Sanur.

 

Adiwana Resort Jembawan in Ubud

  • Where is it: Adiwana Resort Jembawan is tucked away in Ubud, and While hidden away from the central hub of the town, you’ll still find many activities and boutique market stalls on the streets nearby during your stay at this peaceful Bali Resort.
  • The features: It is a Wellness retreat for those looking for ultimate hideaway With only 38-rooms in total. You won’t get the large crowds that you get with some resorts in Bali, but you will get some rejuvenation for your body with the Dala Spa and daily yoga classes. Of course, there are the blissful swimming pools to occupy your time, be it, in the water or sun-baking on the deck chairs.
  • Dining Experience: Healthy eating only at Adiwana Jembawan, which happens in the laid-back Herb Library Restaurant and is mainly a vegan menu but it does have its selection of white meat. The food is still delicious & healthy, and their juices are incredible.

Check out my piece on Adiwana Resort by checking on Fair Dinkum Traveller’s article, right here. 

 

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Adiwana Jembawan in Ubud.

 

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Relax the Mind and Body at Adiwana Resort Jembawan in Ubud – Bali

Relax the Mind and Body at Adiwana Resort Jembawan in Ubud – Bali

Boutique, refreshing and beautiful, it’s the best three words to describe the boutique Wellness Resort at Adiwana Resort Jembawan. It may not a big resort by any stretch, but the resort has much heart and what it lacks in size, it makes up for it in many other ways, which is to produce a perfect stay for all tourists who venture into the resort, making it one of the best places to stay in Ubud.

Adiwana Resort offers comfort and peace, the kind of serenity that only a tranquil resort like Adiwana Resort Jembawan can offer. It gives you relaxation in the means of laying back on the deck chairs by the calm flowing swimming pool and healthy only eating options at the magnificent Herb Library Restaurant. The juices are simply delicious.

Adiwana Resort was built only in 2016 in Ubud region of Bali, which means that the resort has all the modern features you wish for and it will deliver a holiday full of promise, and that is to heal the mind and body, before going back into the real world, all energised and ready to go.

 

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Adiwana Resort Jembawan

Adiwana Resort Jembawan – Hotel Ubud

 

Relax the Mind and Body at Adiwana Resort Jembawan in Ubud – Bali

 

 

The Wellness Retreat for every traveller

It has been manufactured to be a wellness retreat. Relaxation, meditation and yoga. Go at your pace, is encouraged Adiwana Resort Jembawan and its easy to do in this laid-back and stylish resort. you can sit back on the deck chairs by the pool, or take in the surrounds from your own private balcony and take in the beauty of Ubud.

The Tejas Spa at Adiwana Jembawan also offers peace and mind with a great selection of massages to choose from that will further rejuvenate and heal the body. Also situated amongst the delicate tropical garden that breathes life into the resort is the Yoga Pavilion, a special place where you can participate in daily yoga classes and mediate amongst nature at your own pleasure.

Check out the activities on offer at Adiwana Resort Jembawan.

 

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The Tejas Spa at Adiwana Jembawan.

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Unwind at the Adiwana Jembawan Wellness retreat.

 

 

The Adiwana Resort Rooms

37 delicate rooms is what makes up Adiwana Resort Jembawan. The perfect amount when you have a desire to escape the hustle and bustle of the real world and seek a little quiet time in life. There are three different types of room to choose from, the Adiwana Suite Rooms, Adiwana Rooms and the Deluxe Rooms.

The Adiwana Resort rooms come with the stunning Indonesian interior design and along with the modern features, there is also a King Size bed, cable television, a well-stocked mini-bar, tea & coffee facilities and breathtaking views from the balcony or Terrace. You’ll feel very spoilt during your stay at Adiwana Resort.

 

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The Luxury rooms at Adiwana.

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The Duluxe Rooms.

 

 

Swimming pool amongst the backdrop of the gorgeous tropical gardens

Amongst the stunning landscaped tropical garden of Adiwana Jembawan, there are two fabulous swimming pools to escape the Bali heat for a refreshing swim. Specifically designed for early morning exercise and other pool based activities, the perfectly located swimming pools keeps with the resort’s wellness theme of a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Don’t let guilt stop you from relaxing ins style however, you can do this by chilling under the Bali sun in the deckchairs that sit poolside and situated under the shady umbrellas. It’s a great excuse to get a little shut eye, or read a book amongst the backdrop of the well landscaped gardens, while listening to the sounds of nature that is ever so close.

 

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Adiwana Jembawan swimming pools.

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Resting by the pool is a great way to spend a holiday.

 

 

Dine a little differently at The Herb Library

Healthy choices, means healthy lifestyle and even better food options. In the Herb Library restaurant, where the staff are decked out in green, eating healthy is your only option and for that you cannot complain.

The quality menu offers mainly vegan selected meals, with a few white meat selections to choose from. Please do yourself a favour when staying at Adiwana and try some of their fresh juices, they are simply unbelievable.

 

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Herb Library Restaurant at Adiwana.

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These fresh juices are amazing at the Herb Library.

 

Fair Dinkum Traveller’s Verdict of Adiwana Resort Jembawan

A wellness resort to sooth everyone’s relaxation needs that provides all you desire when you seek a little mediation, relaxation and healthy eating options that provides the perfect tropical punch for when you are having a holiday in Bali. In this instance you need to look no further than Adiwana Resort Jembawan in Ubud and it gets the Fair Dinkum Traveller tick of approval.

 

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This article is a sponsored post from a trip to Ubud in 2017, but as always my thoughts are my own and all opinions are honest and real.

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5 Epic Waterfalls In Bali You Must Visit – Indonesia

5 Epic Waterfalls In Bali You Must Visit – Indonesia

Authored by Diane Wuthrich

If you’re like me and you love chasing waterfalls, then chasing waterfalls in Bali is the closest you’ll get to a waterfall paradise in Asia. There is around a dozen waterfalls on the island, with most of them found up north and tucked away amidst the lush jungles. Perhaps the best part about the waterfalls found in Bali, is they all have such distinct features that sets them apart from one another. Even if you were to visit every single waterfall in Bali, you won’t experience monotony and you’ll understand why each is so special.

Some waterfalls in Bali are an extreme tourist zone, because they’re so easy to get to than other waterfalls on the Indonesian Island. However, if you’re in search of epic, jaw-dropping tropical cascades, Bali has exactly what you’re looking for, come and check out the five epic waterfalls in Bali you must visit.

 

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Epic waterfalls in Bali you must visit.

 

 

5 Epic Waterfalls in Bali You Must Visit

 

1.      Tegenungan

Tegenungan waterfalls is one of the most famous and most easily accessible falls in Bali. There is an entrance fee of 15,000 Indonesian Rupiah per person, and once you get your ticket, you’ll pass by a few restaurants and souvenir shops, and a sign that says, “Welcome to Tegenungan Waterfall”.

The staircase that leads to the bottom of the falls is easy, and there is no need for hiking shoes here. When you arrive, there is a small changing booth on your left, and a wooden bridge that you can sit on. A small stall selling snacks and refreshments is also found here and visitors also have the option of going up the cliffs to see appreciate an epic view of the falls from the very top.

 

2.      Kanto Lampo

Located just 30 minutes outside the Ubud city center is Kanto Lampo, a magnificent waterfall that features dark black rocks. There is no entrance fee, only a donation of your choice for its upkeep. From the parking lot, visitors only need to descend a short staircase from where you can leave your clothes and belongings.

Prepare to get wet since you will need to swim to reach the falls, although it isn’t far at all and the water is shallow enough to wade through safely. From the base of the falls, you can carefully climb to feel the strong mists of Kanto Lampo as you pose for an epic Instagram photo. The locals who take care of Kanto Lampo will be happy to take your photos at no cost, although they would appreciate a donation.

 

3.      Gitgit

Gitgit waterfalls is a popular tourist attraction in Bali. It’s known for its timeless beauty and the awe-inspiring cascades surrounded by lush tropical trees, it’s simply breathtaking. Gitgit is 35 metres in height and nestled in amongst incredible green area that isn’t too far from many other attractions including rice terraces and historical monuments.

What makes Gitgit unique is that it’s made up of three waterfalls, each of which are highly recommended to explore. Prepare to bring along some hiking shoes and a change of clothes to see and enjoy them all.

 

4.      Tukad Cepung

Only recently discovered, Tukad Cepung is an otherworldly waterfall. Getting here will require you to descend some steps and once you get into the falls, the sight of the sunlight showers on waterfall within a cave, will take your breath away.

Located near Bangli in southeastern part of Bali, there’s no other waterfall that comes close to this. The entrance fee is around 3,000 Indonesian Rupiah but for such a small price, you are treated to some jaw-dropping natural beauty. If you come early enough, you’ll get to enjoy Tukad Cepung for the hidden beauty that it truly is.

 

5.      Sekumpul

No article about Bali’s waterfalls would be complete without at least trying to do justice to the king of them all, Sekumpul. Located in Singaraja in northern Bali, it’s easily the most spectacular waterfall on the island with its 80-meter height. Because of the effort required to get to Sekumpul, there’s a good chance that you won’t be sharing it with too many other tourists.

Sekumpul is nestled in a remote area, and you’ll need to go on a 30-minute trek through jungles and valleys peppered with some river crossings. You’ll see some minor waterfalls on the way, but it’s recommended to shell out a little more money to hire the help of an experienced guide who can help you safely navigate the river crossings. They will also happily take your photos as they tour you through the three falls of the area, and of course you can spend as much time as you like in Sekumpul, the most beautiful of the waterfalls in Bali.

The best time to visit any of the waterfalls in Bali is in the early morning. If you can manage to get any of the falls by around 8AM, you’ll forget and get over the fact that you had to wake up so early in the morning once you feast your eyes on the unbelievable sights of the epic waterfalls.

 

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall.

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A Traveller’s guide to the Island of God – Bali – Indonesia

A Traveller’s guide to the Island of God – Bali – Indonesia

Authored by Diane Wuthrich (Contributor)

If you haven’t been to the Island of the Gods yet…. You’re missing out, big time.

in 2017, Bali was declared the world’s best travel destination, as voted by travellers for the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2017, eclipsing other popular favourites such as Paris and London. Is it really that surprising after all? The magic of this amazing Indonesian island continues to cast a spell on travellers, even for first timers to Bali, time and time again – it’s no wonder that many keep coming back annually, and in some cases, they just never leave.

However, the magic of Bali is hard to put into words. The experience is different for everyone, whether it’s the quality of the surf breaks, the charm and hospitality of the Balinese, the mystique of its deeply spiritual culture, the breathtaking natural beauty, or the never-ending adventure it offers. And that’s barely even scratching the surface of what Bali has to offer.

That being said, the ways in which you can plan a trip to Bali to your liking is virtually limitless. It all depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for. As a bonus, Bali is inexpensive; making it suitable as a destination for long-term travellers; this alone makes it a no-brainer when it comes to thinking about where to go for your next trip.

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Bali is a traveller’s dream vacation for those looking for paradise.

 

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Where to Stay in Bali

Deciding where to base yourself in Bali is critical, whether it’s in the cultural haven of Ubud or staying in Seminyak with a gorgeous sunset. 

Each of the major tourist areas has its own specialty and unique character. You may find yourself attracted to more than one, but the good news is that it’s fairly easy to break your trip up into chunks (depending how long you stay) so that you can experience more than one place at a time in at times breathtaking or budget accommodation.

 

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Cold drinks in Bali are refreshing in the heat.

 

The most popular spots in Bali include:

 

  • Kuta

    If you’ve heard bad things about Kuta, you’re probably right. It suffers a terrible reputation for being the party headquarters and travel scam central of the entire island. Kuta has seen its heyday, but that’s long gone now. It’s devoid of culture, packed with bars and nightclubs, as well as young kids partying into the small hours of the morning. Unless this is what you’re after, stay away.

 

  • Seminyak

    Seminyak is a stylish, chic beach area punctuated by luxury hotels, opulent nightlife, fine dining, and tons of shopping. It has a more relaxed vibe compared to Kuta, and is well-known for its many luxury villas, beach clubs, fancy restaurants, and beautiful sunsets.

 

  • Canggu

    Canggu has made headlines over the last few years as the new “it” place in Bali. In fact, many even refer to it as the “new Seminyak”. But Canggu’s character is different; it screams surfer and chill vibes (and in a good way!). You’ll find many terrific brunch spots, third-wave coffee shops, a laid-back beach vibe, and a handful of co-working spots. Canggu is a great place to base yourself in if you’re a digital nomad, love the surf, or both!

 

In Canggu

Surfs up, in Canggu.

 

  • Jimbaran

    Sunsets, seafood, and tranquillity: everything about Jimbaran makes it the ideal honeymoon spot. It’s known for amazing sunsets, a smattering of upscale hotels, and fresh seafood right on the beach.

 

  • Uluwatu

    Once synonymous to great surfing, Uluwatu has evolved to become a hot spot for beach clubs as well as Cliffside temples. For those who want to experience a little bit of everything including nature, culture, surf, as well as high-end villas and beach clubs, look no further than Uluwatu.

 

  • Ubud

    Ubud always has been and always will be the cultural mecca of Bali. For many, experiencing the real Bali doesn’t get any better than staying in Ubud. It offers a plethora of new-age wellness techniques, there’s tons of renowned yoga studios, majestic temples, delicious vegetarian fare; plus, it’s home to the famous Monkey Forest and world heritage site-listed rice terraces. Oh, and the art! Authentic Balinese art is everywhere in Ubud.

 

Ubud

Beautiful Balinese dancers at their best in Ubud.

 

  • Amed

    Amed is a sleepy coastal town north of Bali, known for legendary scuba diving but not much else; although that’s what so many people love about it. It’s characterized by black sand beaches and tons of dive shops. The nightlife is restricted to music being played in small beach shacks but if you’re after world-class diving and perhaps free diving lessons, Amed is the place to be.

 

  • Sanur

    For the perfect balance between nightlife and quiet family time on the beach, head over to Sanur. It is one of the oldest resort towns in Bali, and it still has that vibe about it. It’s not as modern and hip as Canggu and Seminyak, but the beach is great for swimming.

 

If you have time, you may also want to check out the other nearby destination. Nusa Penida makes for a great day trip out of Bali, while Nusa Lembongan and the Gili islands are recommended for a two or three-night escape.

 

sunset in canggu

Travellers gather to the beach for paradise in Bali.

 

 

Travel Tips

  • Money

    In Bali, as well as the rest of Indonesia, the local currency is rupiah (IDR). Money comes in massive denominations from IDR 50 coins to the larger IDR 100,000 bills. Exchange facilities are found throughout the island’s main tourist areas, and they accept major currencies such as Australian dollar, US dollar, and the UK pound. The best place to get your money changed would be the bank; it’s also the safest way to withdraw from your ATM. Otherwise, you can resort to hotels or authorized money changers.

 

  • Getting Around

    Bali is notorious for having bad roads and traffic jams that sometimes don’t end well. While motorcycle and scooter rentals are widely used in Bali, these should be reserved for those who are staying long-term, and are thus more familiar with the crazy roads here. If you’re an experienced driver and are confident about it, then go ahead, but be sure to bring travel insurance. Depending on the area you’re staying at, there are other safer options available such as bicycle rentals. But for further distances, car rentals are best in Bali.

 

  • Accommodation

    There is an incredible variety of accommodation choices in Bali. From hostel beds that will only cost you spare change, to the most luxurious of villas that cost easily a thousand dollars a night. All major tourist areas have a little of everything, from budget to mid-range and luxury.

 

Alaya Jembawan

Stay in fine resorts in Bali.

 

  • Communication

    Internet is so readily available in almost every establishment in Bali, save for the small warungs, so there’s no real need to get a local sim card. But if you do, sim cards are cheap and can be found everywhere.

 

  • Food

    The food offerings in Bali can cater to every kind of appetite, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a mediocre meal. Balinese food, Aussie brunch favourites, smoothie bowls, vegan, gluten-free, and all kinds of international fare can be found here. When it comes to prices, they run the gamut too; there’s easily something for everyone and you definitely won’t be going hungry in Bali.

Alaya Resort

Enjoy delicious food, Balinese style.

 

  • When to Go

    Bali draws in the crowds all year round because of its terrific tropical climate. The island gets 12 hours of sunshine a day, no matter what time of year it is. Although there are more chances of rain between October to April, these are usually intermittent showers and the sun will always come out right after.

 

  • Health Matters

    No matter how modern Bali has become; some meals may provoke the phenomenon known as Bali belly (translation: traveller’s diarrheal). However, this is avoidable. Just make sure not to drink tap water, only dine at places where lots of locals or tourists frequent, and wash your hands frequently. It’s also good to note that you should avoid arak, which is a local alcoholic beverage that, when badly made, can kill someone. If you’re going to participate in dangerous sports, make sure that your travel insurance is up to date.

  • Temple Etiquette

    In Bali, the culture is as much of an attraction as the place itself. However, tourists may unknowingly offend the local Balinese by failing to understand the basic tenets of Balinese culture. Before you enter a temple, make sure you are dressed modestly. Temple visitors are expected to cover their shoulders and the upper arms, as well as the legs and waist. Bring a sarong around with you since this can be used to provide appropriate coverage.

 

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa

Praying on the streets of Tanjung Benoa.

 

Safety in Bali

Just like every other destination on earth, visitors to Bali are encouraged to do some research and practice common sense for safety. While it promises the holiday of a lifetime, you still have to be cautious everywhere you go. Here are the most important safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Drugs

    Don’t even think about it. Bali’s drug laws are recognized as among the strictest in the world, and it’s not meant to be taken lightly. Don’t bring any kind of drug into Bali, but just as well, don’t be tempted to purchase some while you’re there. Drug dealers have been known to lurk in some streets of Kuta, whispering drug solicitations to unknowing tourists. If you come across this, simply walk away; otherwise, you could get caught in a drug sting.

 

  • Beaches

    Bali is known for surfing, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. There are risks of serious undertows and rip tides especially in the portion of beach that stretches from Canggu to Kuta. Unless you’re an experienced surfer, stick to the swimming pool or areas that have calmer beaches such as in Sanur and Seminyak.

 

  • The Bali Heat

    Bali gets very hot, so you’ll need to stay hydrated to prevent heat stroke and don’t forget the sunblock. Just don’t drink the tap water since this can cause Bali belly, or even worse, amoebiasis. For your medical needs, head over to the nearest pharmacy (known as apotek).

 

With these tips in mind for the average traveller to the Island of god, you’re well on your way to an unforgettable holiday in Bali!

 

 

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