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"An Ideal Retreat For Beaches, Temples And Rice Terraces"

Bali Tourism

Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world's best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure impeccably. A dizzying combination of spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one,  Bali is where people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.

The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali's charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats - there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of 'The Island of the Gods'.

Must Know Before You Travel to Bali

  • Bali Tourist Tax: Foreign visitors need to pay a tax of 150,000 IDR. You can pay it on the Love Bali website by submitting your name, passport number, email address, and arrival date. Save the voucher you receive by email, as it will be scanned at designated checkpoints upon arrival. You can also pay it after arriving at the airport.
  • Fill up the customs declaration form online to save time at the airport. 
  • It's advisable to carry some USD or local currency to pay visa fees at the airport.
  • Getting Around: Traffic in Bali can be congested, and renting a scooter or using ride-hailing apps like Grab is common.
  • Scams: Be wary of scams, especially those involving money exchange. Use reputable vendors only.
  • Where to Stay: Staying in Seminyak, Canggu, and Ubud is recommended for first-time visitors.
  • Bali's Volcanoes: Mount Agung and Mount Batur are active volcanoes in Bali. There is no ban on visiting the volcanoes and mountains but check for any advisories before planning hikes or visits.

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3-Day Itinerary For Bali

Day 1: Head over to Ubud which is a great place that boasts of its rich natural beauty, wildlife, amazing beaches. During the day time, one can pay a visit to the Monkey Forest to watch some monkeys playing and lazing around in their natural habitat. One can feed them bananas or take a cool walk down the pavement. After this, cool off and relax at the beach, take a dip in the ocean or surf the waves. Any trip is incomplete without shopping and the Ubud market is one of the central places with many local vendors selling local handicrafts and clothes.

Day 2: Start the day by paying a visit to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces which is a beautiful rice valley famous for its freshness and beauty. Visit this place early in the morning to enjoy the breeze and awe-inspiring beauty of the place. After this head out to Uluwatu which is a blissful sea temple located at the perfect location of the cliff to enjoy one of the best views ever! When in Bali, one cannot miss out on the amazing nightlife which is focused around the Kuta-Legian-Seminyak strip to let loose with DJs, rooftop bars, theatre shows, or dinner cruise to have the time of your life!

Day 3: Giyanar is another great place in Bali to explore and do some quality sightseeing. ‘Goan Gaja' is said to be one of the best archaeological sites in Bali. This is a beautiful heritage site which features a stone relic courtyard, temple, exotic bathing pools, and sculptural fountains. After a visit to this amazing heritage site, head over to ‘Bali Safari and Marine Park' which is the largest safari park in Bali with home to over 60 different exotic species of plants and animals. Adjacent to the Safari Park is an exciting amusement and water park to thrill one with its exciting rides.

Where to Stay in Bali

Each area in Bali has something unique to offer, with its own activities, vibe, and culture.
  • Canggu: Perfect for all types of travellers, from backpackers to families, partygoers and spiritual seekers.
  • Kuta: Low cost alternative to Seminyak and Ubud with beautiful beach.
  • Seminyak : Hub of luxury villas & resorts and one of the best places to explore Bali's nightlife.
  • Ubud: Best area for spiritual seekers and for exploring Bali's north. Also popular among digital nomads.
  • Nusa Dua: Home to many international beachfront resorts, on the southwest tip of Bali.
  • Legian: A quieter option to Kuta with bars and clubs.
  • Sanur: A serene area, perfect for families with kids.
  • Jimbaran & Kedonganan: Home to some of Bali's most iconic hotels.
  • Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan, Penida: Offers some of the best diving in Bali but is reachable only by a 40-minute boat ride from Sanur.
  • Uluwatu & Pecatu: Ideal for backpackers, surfers and digital nomads. Also houses some of the most luxury villas in Bali.
  • Amed & Tulamben: Known for scuba diving, snorkeling, and nature tours.
  • Ungasan & Kutuh: One of Bali's most remote and quiet areas. Also home to some of the best beach resorts, clubs, and luxury villas.

Nightlife in Bali

Kuta and Seminyak are the best places to find popular clubs. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly good days of the week for a night out.

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Shopping in Bali

  • Bali has a distinctive shopping culture, with many different kinds of night markets, art markets, thrift stores, antique stores and of course, Balinese souvenir stores.
  • There are many silver workshops at Celuk and Ubud, and the Ubud Art Market is the most famous art market in Bali.
  • The urban areas are also home to many malls- like the Kuta Beachwalk and Discovery Mall.
  • Kuta and Ubud have many night markets and thrift stores as well, which have cheap and beautiful products.

Read about What to Buy in Bali and Where to Buy Them

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Traveller Tips

  • To save one from being scammed, use ‘Bluebird taxi' which is also known as ‘Bali taxi' as they will never cheat you of the fare.
  • Take a survey and avoid beaches with a low tide.
  • Drink plenty of water and apply adequate sunscreen to save one from the scorching heat and to remain hydrated.

Daily Budget for Bali

For the traveller on a shoestring budget, about USD 40 is the daily budget, including food and travel expenses. Comfortable travel would require a budget of about USD 60 - 70, and luxury travel would reach upwards of USD 100.

Currency in Bali

  • Rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia and is used in Bali, but American dollars are also accepted nearly everywhere.
  • Credit cards can be used at modern establishments, but for most flea markets and hawker centres in Bali cash is advisable.
  • ATMs around Bali also accept foreign credit cards.

Do's and Don'ts in Bali

  • When visiting any of the temples in Bali, remember that you are properly covered, especially your shoulders and legs.
  • A sarong around the legs and a temple scarf around the waist are also mandatory. Public displays of affection are not appropriate near temples or holy places, and modest dressing is encouraged.
  • Smoking is prohibited in many public areas which include temples, and some restaurants, hotels or tourist attractions.
  • Also, it would be advisable to never use the left hand to offer anything to the people or the deities or use the index finger to beckon someone.
  • It is considered equally rude to touch somebody on the head or step on canang sari (holy offerings) on the street, so tourists must be watchful.
  • Religious processions also take place frequently in Bali, and interrupting these is not appropriate.
  • Flash photography is also discouraged in quieter places.
  • Tipping is a practice in Bali.

Religion of Bali

Bali is a city where religious beliefs influence almost every aspect of life. It is home to one of the unique forms of Hinduism, even though Indonesia's population is predominantly Muslim. Balinese Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practised religions in Bali, with various temples dedicated to both faiths. Balinese Hindu festivals are different from Indian Hindu festivals, and their customs and traditions are also vastly different.

Language of Bali

The languages commonly spoken are Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian, but almost all the people on the island have at least a rudimentary knowledge of English, so it is relatively easy for tourists to find their way around Bali. Also, the signs in Bali are multilingual, with Chinese and Korean counterparts of English signs.¾

History of Bali

Bali has been populated since prehistoric times. After the 4th and 5th century, Hindu traders brought their religion to the island, but little else is known about this time. After that Bali was under the Majapahit kingdom ,and many more tumultuous regimes for a while. Different tribes blossomed at this point. Then the landmark time for European colonialism was the 16th century, when Dutch settlers arrived at the city. This influenced many parts of Balinese culture, and created a hybrid of architecture in the area. In 1710, the Dutch people conquered the existing regime, and Bali was brought under their control. Dutch rule was short-lived, however, because Indonesia was soon conquered by Japan during World War II. Since then, Bali has been propped back on its feet by tourism, that boomed in the 19070s.

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FAQs on Bali

What are the things to do in Bali?

The top things to do in Bali are Ulu Watu, Mount Batur, Scuba Diving, Tanah Lot, Nusa Penida Island, Goa Gajah. You can see all the places to visit in Bali

What is famous about Bali?

  • Perfect for a chill time with family and friends
  • Relax by the beach
  • Visit amazing heritage sites, beautiful temples & local markets
  • Great for a honeymoon or a bachelor trip
  • Famous for its happening nightlife.

What is not so good about Bali?

  • Not high on cleanliness
  • Beware of picketers and petty thefts
  • Watch out for scams by the locals

What is the best time to visit Bali?

April to September is the best time to visit Bali due to less rainfall. The tropical island, though warm and humid can be broadly divided into two seasons - the dry season (April - October) and the wet season (November - March). For tourists who would like to enjoy the crowds, nightlife and vibe of Bali, July, August and December are the peak times to visit this province.

The months from May - September is the best time for water-based activities like scuba diving and snorkelling due to the best weather conditions. January - April is the low-season in Bali, with significant slashes on prices and cheaper accommodation. Additionally, these months see torrential rain and things get quiet around the province.

What is the local food in Bali?

Bali is a predominantly coastal city, and most of its food is based around the local produce- plantains, rice, jaggery, coconut and various kinds of vegetables and seafood. It is a mix of curries, rice dishes, skewered dishes, and seafood. Padang restaurants are best places for authentic Indonesian cuisine, but tourists cannot find authentic Balinese food there. Most of Balinese authentic cuisine is based on pork and beef, which is why it does not make its way to the predominantly Muslim population of mainland Indonesia. Therefore, the uniquely Balinese cuisine with a melange of spices can be found only at Bali. This comprises yam pinging (grilled chicken and seafood with an assortment of vegetables), ayamtutu (chicken cooked with spices) and satay, or pieces of meat marinated in peanut sauce and grilled. These are usually accompanied by rice. For breakfast, there are items like fried plantain with jaggery, fried cakes with jaggery. They also have a special kind of coffee, which is brewed traditionally. Most American chains are also found such as McDonaldês and KFC, ubiquitously in Kuta and other tourist-visited areas.

What is the best way to reach Bali?

Bali is best reached from Europe and USA through air. Many international flights connect to Bali, with Jakarta as an intermediary, and also directly connect to Bali. The most popular airlines that lands there are AirAsia, Qatar Airways and, KLM.

How much does a package cost for Bali?

The packages for Bali start at INR 11184 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages

What are the places near Bali?

The top places near to Bali are Lombok which is 139 km from Bali, Ubud which is located 26 km from Bali, Surabaya which is located 284 km from Bali, Banyuwangi which is located 80 km from Bali, Gili air islands which is located 108 km from Bali

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