Taking the cake for the most awe-inspiring oceanic sights is the tiny volcanic island of Bali. Sandwiched between Java and Lombok, Bali has long been famous for it’s spectacular beaches and it’s reputation as a surfer’s paradise. However, there’s more to Bali than just waves, it’s home to rich culture that encompasses the traditions of Balinese Buddhism, the remnants of Dutch colonisation, along with the broader culture of Indonesian Islam.
So if you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, while still having an enriching cultural experience, Bali may just be the place for you.
In this Post
- Bali 101
- How to Get To Bali
- Getting Around
Balinese, Indonesian. English is widely understood.
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
1 USD = 13,345.50 IDR 1 Euro = 15,012.77 IDR
For scale, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost around 22,000 IDR. Remember, in most market places, haggling is expected so vendors start double sometimes triple the actual price.
Beach enthusiasts, Nature enthusiasts, Water sports,
How to Get There:
Arrival in Bali is through the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport
Check here if you need to see if you need a visa to Indonesia.
I was lucky enough to stay with family during my time in Bali. Since they no longer live in Bali, their gorgeous villa (pictured above) is available for short term renters. More details here. For more affordable options, here is a list of accommodation available on Airbnb.
For the most part you can get around Bali on foot or rent a bike for a couple of dollars. If you’re venturing further out, you’ll need to get a cab or a bemo. Make sure you check whether the cab driver has turned the meter on before your ride starts, otherwise it’s likely that he’ll insist on significantly more fare saying that his meter is broken. If there is no meter, decide on fare before taking the ride. A short trip should cost between 5,000-10,000 IDR.
No trip to Bali is complete without beef rendang, the local spicy beef stew. If you’re in the mood for something a little more carb heavy, try Nasi Goreng, the Indonesian version of friend rice. Nasi Goreng goes great with satay, the Indonesian Kebab. Make sure you try the banana chips and garlic roasted peanuts being sold everywhere, they’re healthy, delicious and you’ll find yourself packing a fair few packets to take home with you.
Shopping in Bali is great. You’ll find plenty of carved wooden artefacts, boomerangs and more. Check out Jenggala for some beautiful local crafts, and make sure you pick some up the deliciously fragrant handmade soaps sold everywhere. As in most parts of Asia, you will be expected to haggle.
Despite Bali being quite safe, it makes sense to take the usual precautions in densely packed tourist areas to avoid being pick-pocketed. Bali is prone to natural disasters, so check for weather updates regularly.
Have you been to Bali? How did you like it? Do you have any tips to share? Or are you planning a trip there?
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