Bali-the gate of heaven, the land of God. It is also known as a surfer’s paradise. Bali, an island of Indonesia, is lavished with incredible natural beauty. The climate of this place is harmonic and serene. It’s full of great beaches, sensational sceneries, amazing amulet, and diversified culture.
People who think to escape from the rigors of daily life or one who wants to spend some time with friends and family. Trip of Bali will be a memorable travel experience that they will set it in mind for a lifetime. It is also an excellent place for one who wants to celebrate a honeymoon. Indonesia’s Bali is called the world’s second paradise. It’s full of great beaches, sensational sceneries, amazing amulet and diversified culture.
Location of Bali:
Bali, an island of Indonesia, located in South East Asia, is one of the most popular islands in the world. Every year around 3million people visit Bali. It is approximately 1,600 miles due north of Perth in Western Australia and 600 miles east of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The total area of Bali is about 5780 sq km(2230 sq mi). Around 4,225,384 people live in Bali. It is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism.
Map of Bali:
Generally, Bali is divided into 5 parts:
- East Bali
- West Bali
- North Bali
- South Bali
- Central Bali
Why You Should Visit Bali At Least Once in Life:
- You will have ideas about travel.
- You will have ideas about Indonesia.
- Learn about Balinese amazing food.
- Learn about Indonesian culture.
- You will see the beautiful islands.
- Meet the locals.
- World-class snorkeling and diving.
- You can see the beautiful Mountains here.
- Check out the Gili Islands.
- Learn about the wonderful environment of Bali.
- You can swim in Gili.
- Learn about Balinese hotels and Restaurants.
- In the end, you can see the amazing sunset here.
Best Time to Visit Bali:
Dry season- May to September: Those who want to go there during the dry season,
you can visit in between May to September. The most comfortable time to visit Bali is the dry season. In my opinion, this is the best time to travel here.
Wet Season- October to April: Those who want to go there during the wet season,
You can visit from October to April. It’s time of raining. Those who love Rain can go at this time. At this time Bali has many offers. Who likes the offer can go at this time.
How to Go Bali:
Almost everyone who comes to Bali from other countries comes on a flight. Airways is the most convenient way to reach Bali. This is the most popular transit system. You can go there by boat. But it does waste a lot of time. That’s why it’s not popular. You can go for Bali from the nearest airport The Ngurah Rai International Airport at Denpasar.
You can go to the airport from Uber, Private driver, Perama Bus, Taxi to Bali. Taxi is the most popular here. Taxis are charged at a lower price. However, you can go to any vehicle that you like. Scooter is the best way to travel around on your own. If your packing is light then two people can easily ride on one scooter. Be careful, Always wear a helmet and carry an international driver’s license at all times because the police can find you if you’re missing either.
Getting Around Bali:
When you will land at Ngurah Rai International Airport, the first thing will be how you getting to your hotel. Bali Airport transfer services solve the hassle of finding a random taxi and save precious time. You can book your airport transfers ahead of time so that you can spend a lot of time at the sea-beach or at the poolside bar. Whatever transfer you choose and reserve, you will assure an easy transition till the last leg of your journey before your Bali holiday. It will be a begin in earnest.
If you’re planning on traveling from place to place, such as Kuta to Ubud, there are five options I will recommend. Google Maps will become your best friend in this situation.
Rent a scooter:
Scooter is the best way to travel around on your own. If your packing is light then two people can easily ride on one scooter. Always wear a helmet and carry an international driver’s license with you at all times because the police can find you if you’re missing either.
If you’re traveling in a group and want a favor, a private driver is a way to go. There are plenty of drivers available in Bali. Ask a local person or your hotel’s information desk and they’ll likely know someone, but it’s always best to go off a recommendation.
Nowadays Uber is one of a new and popular transport option in Bali, and It cost much less than a taxi. So, You need a wifi network to order an Uber or have access to data on your phone. Unfortunately, Uber is prohibited in certain areas due to conflicts with the taxi industry. Sometimes it’s processing is time-consuming. But I liked taking an Uber because there was no cash exchange and everything was billed right to my credit card.
It is the most reliable and cost-effective way to travel between places. The buses are comfortable, that run on a schedule and have many outgoing times throughout the day. It’s a great option for solo travelers on a budget. By online you can reserve your ticket and pay for it at your local Perama bus office, which is also where your bus will depart.
Taxi / Taski:
To find a taxi in Bali isn’t a big problem because it is everywhere. I honestly feel like there are 5 taxis for every tourist. If you want the convenience of quickly getting to your destination, a taxi is your best bet. This convenience, of course, comes with a higher price which makes taxis the most expensive way to get around. Blue Bird Taxis is the most reputable company. Who claim their meter is broken, keep an eye on them, otherwise they will give you an inflated flat rate price. You should ask for an approximate cost before getting in.
When you are on planning about your first time traveling in Bali, It’s a tough or confusing situation to select a perfect hotel or resort, which beach is best for you. if you make the wrong choice, it could ruin your holiday. Though it is a small island, its different beaches and areas offer plenty of choices. Each area offers a completely different experience than others. If you’re planning your first visit to Bali or just curious about which hotel, location, and highlights are the best fit for you, Here’s a quick guide showing you the main features of Bali’s most popular areas.
Best Hotels Near Bali:
High Range’s Hotels:
- Alila Villas Uluwatu.
- Grand Hyatt Bali.
- Hyatt Regency Bali
- Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu.
- The Sankara Suite & Villas By Pramana.
- Conrad Bali
- The Damai
- Muka House
- Sthala, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud Bali
- Mercure Bali Legian
- Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta
- Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Spa – Bali
- Tonys Villas & Resort
- The Magani Hotel and Spa
- Puri Raja
- Taman Sari Bali Resort & Spa
- Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort
- Sea Breeze Candidasa
- Om Ham Retreat and Resort
- The Lokha Legian Resort & Spa
- Hati Padi Cottages
- Padmasari Resort Lovina
- Kumpul Kumpul Villa III Seminyak
- EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali
- Ketut’s Place
- Inang Ubud Villa
- The Lokha Legian Resort & Spa
- Pajar House
- Padmasari Resort Lovina
- Muka House
- 1000 Dream Bungalow – Lovina
- Matahari Tulamben Resort, Dive & SPA
Some Other Reputed Hotels and Resorts Near Seminyak (Bali):
- The Haven Bali Seminyak
- The Seminyak Beach Resort
- Amadea Resort & Villas,
- Dash Hotel Seminyak,
- The Kayana Villa,
- Bvilla Seminyak,
- Courtyard By Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort Seminyak.
Top Restaurants Near Bali:
Here I gather the top-ranked 12 Restaurants name and their location according to their services & customer’s satisfaction to support in your traveling time –
- Musubi: Location-Canggu
- Jackson Lily’s: Location-Seminyak
- Makase Restaurant: Location-Seminyak
- Apéritif Restaurant & Bar:Location- Ubud
- Zibiru: Location-Seminyak
- Ji Restaurant Bali: Location-Canggu
- Boy’N’Cow Meat BoutiqueLocation: Seminyak
- Nusantara by Locavore: Location-Ubud
- Aya Street: Location-Seminyak
- Blanco Par MandifLocation-Ubud
- Luxe Barbeque & Grill: Location-Ubud
- Parachute- Bali.
What to Eat in Bali:
There are many types of food available in Bali. There are some special dishes here. Which are very tasty. Bali is a great destination for food. Most of the traditional Balinese dishes generally resemble Indonesian cuisine, but most of them are Muslim.
Bali is basically Hindu which means they rarely eat beef and there is too many pork on the menu. Although Indonesia has a long history of food. Some staples of Balinese food are rice. If you’ve seen the images of natural sceneries, it most likely will be of their great rice fields and terraces. Rice will be something that is included in almost every meal. Another popular raw material on the dinner table is kecap manis which is a light soy sauce that is used a lot in local cooking.
Top Foods in Bali:
- Sate (satay) varieties: The meat is fried. Beef, goat, pork, are also available. So delicious. You eat whatever you like.
- Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur: It’s Bali’s chicken rice. It is available at beach restaurants. It’s very tasty. This is Bali’s popular food.
- Babi Guling: This is called guling. (guling means “to roll” in Indonesian) It is served on banana’s leaf. It’s a popular food. Very tasty for spices.
- Tahu and tempeh: It contains eggs, fried rice, rolls which are very tasty. It is served on banana’s leaf. It looks so beautiful. Very delicious to eat.
- Traditional cakes and desserts: Originally these cakes were eaten on different occasions. But it is now available all the time for delicious.
- Ice Creams, Gelatos, Lemonades: Ice Creams, Gelatos, Sherbets are recommended from Gusto Gelato Café-Kuta, Gaya Gelato-Ubud.
There are many other foods that are very tasty. You can eat if you want. Be careful, There are some dishonest merchants out there. Buy the right price when buying something.
Best Things to Do in Bali:
- You need to wake up shortly to see the sunrise from Mount Vatur, Probably before 3.00 am. If you want to be at the top of the hill before sunrise and the view is really worth it.
- Drink from the fountain of youth at Goa Gajah-The Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) was built in the 9th century and worshipped as a sanctuary. It’s a peaceful and spiritual place and got a little waterfall, a beautiful green terrain, fascinating temple ruins, etc.
- Let monkeys climb all over you in Ubud-Jalan Monkey Forest of Ubud is one of the most famous attractions in Bali. Among this forest area, The air is very cool, but the sun still shines bright and warm in. I’ve never been a big monkey fan, But these guys are adorable so that you will feel love for it.
- Release sea turtles at Kuta Beach,
- Explore the cave under Uluwatu Beach,
- Dinner by the sunset at Jimbaran Beach,
- Ride on horses along the coastline,
- Camel riding along the shore,
- The climax at Waterbom Bali,
- Watch dolphins at sunrise at Lovina Beach,
- Have satay while chilling at Petitenget beach,
- Suntan at Geger Beach,
- Explore the underground labyrinth Goa Gala-Gala,
- Experience the Golden Hour at Agung Rai Museum of Art,
- Tegallalang Rice Terraces,
- Visit a local farm and home,
- Try cat poo coffee,
- Talk to people and make new international friends,
- Enjoy the beauty of royalty at Ubud Palace,
- Watch the sunset over paddy fields,
- Soak yourself in holy water at Tirta Empul,
- Watch the Kecak Fire Dance,
- Visit abandoned airplanes,
- Visit this abandoned amusement park,
- Calm your mind with some Yoga,
- Explore the Alley Of Art at Legian Street,
- Get experience traditional shopping at Ubud Market,
- The 100% Genuine Fake Shop,
- Learn to ride the waves at Odyssey’s Surf School,
- Learn Wood carving,
- Learn Batik,
- Go for water rafting at Ubud,
- Paraglide over the sea,
- Walk on the sea,
- Skygarden(Bali’s mega-club),
- Cocoon(Beach club),
- Potato Head in Bliss,
- Try local food,
- Try to taste street food,
- Visit the reformed Rickety Bridge.
Best Places in Bali:
- Pura Tanah Lot
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu
- Mount Batur
- Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali
- Kuta Beach
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
- The Nusa Islands– It is located at a distance of almost 26 km from Denpasar city.
- Sanur Beach
- Goa Gajah Gianyar– It is located on the island of Bali near Ubud
- Lake Beratan
- Sekumpul Waterfall– Located in Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali.
- Bali Bird Park-Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Kec. Gianyar, Bali.
Location: Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Why Stay In Seminyak:
If you’re looking for excitement and activities, then Seminyak is an amazing place because there’s always something special going on, and the beach itself is in pristine condition. Seminyak is Bali’s upmarket beach resort area, where has luxury five-star resorts, solitary villas, world-class beach clubs, and hip sunset venues, nightlife options. Most of the island’s best restaurants are found in this area and most of them known as Jalan Laksmana or Kayu Aya named the street. Another street, Jalan Dhyana Pura or Camplung Tanduk, is popular for the gay-friendliest, with fun bars set virtually side-by-side.
There are many beautiful places in Seminyak:
- Petitenget Temple. Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali.
- Double Six Beach. Location: Jalan Double Six, Seminyak, Badung, Bali
- Totem Room Escape Challenge Bali Location: Jalan Kayu Aya No.18C, Seminyak, Badung, Bali Open: Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
- Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) 3D. Location: Jalan Nakula No.33X, Legian, Badung, Bali. Open: Daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
- 5.Echo Beach. Location: Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu, Badung, Bali.
- 6.Escape Room Bali. Location: Jalan Sunset Road No.88, Seminyak, Badung, Bali. Open: Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
- Biasa ArtSpace Bali. Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No.34, Seminyak, Badung, Bali. Open: Daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Balinese cooking class at The Amala. Location: Amala, Jalan Kunti , Seminyak, Bali.
- Horseback riding
- Spas in Seminyak.
- Religion and Culture: Balinese Hinduism. Although Bali is composed of many religious, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist minorities, the main religion is Hinduism, Ballymini Hinduism, known as Agama Hinduism, Originates from Java and is a mixture of Shiva and Buddhism.
Hotels in Seminyak:
Budget: Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak:
This hotel is 5 minutes walk from the beach and surrounded by the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Seminyak. It offers modern rooms with free WiFi access and flat-screen cable TVs. and surrounded by the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Seminyak.
Mid-Range: The Bli Bli Villas & Spa:
The Bli Bli Villas & Spa Surrounded by gardens, each air-conditioned villa has a well-equipped kitchenette, dining area, and semi-outdoor bathroom with a wide bathtub. Benefits include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. The villa also comes with a roomy living area. Prices start at £129 per night.
Luxury: Villas: The Ulin Villas and Spa – by Karaniya Experience :
The Ulin Villas and Spa – by Karaniya Experience have 14 well-decorated boutique villas and each villa features wide bedrooms and large dining and living areas. Features also include a designer kitchen and a bathroom with a sunken tub and separate shower. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Prices for this type of villas start at £234 per night. Compare prices and read reviews on booking.com
Bahasa Bali and Bahasa Indonesia
Most Balinese are bilingual, if not bilingual (Indonesian, Balinese, English).
Indonesians are the most common language, especially in the tourism sector.
Although Balinese has a local language.
Though the official language of Bali is Indonesian, English is widely spoken here in towns and cities. So don’t worry. You won’t have a problem visiting here.
Now comes the religion. Though it sounds that Indonesia is an Islamic country, Bali is a unique one. Here, Hinduism is the predominating religion in Bali. So, if you want to get the full essence of your visit, it’s better to pay a visit to the temples. There are hundreds of sacred temples of serenity and beauty. Hope you will enjoy all of those.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia.
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- Carry the copies of your passports and travel documents. Leave the originals locked up in your hotel room or use the hotel’s security box when available. If not, then carry all your valuables in a front carry pouch keep it in your touch.
- If you value your life, don’t dare to drive yourself instead of getting a car with a driver and say no to ride a self-drive motorcycle.
- If you’re a lady, and you’re alone, it will not be perfect to walk alone at night especially in Kuta, as this can create unwanted attention.
- Though Bali’s beaches are the top attractions to visitors, they still aren’t 100% safe. Riptides, searing sun and even tsunamis existence create risks for swimmers. Keep in mind about the red flags. On the southwest part of Bali is known as dangerous rip tides and undertows. Dangerous beaches are marked out by red flags. Do not attempt to swim on beaches where indicates red flags, as these shores have strong currents that can sweep you out to sea. Collect the tsunami information from your hotel index. And of course, apply high SPF(sun protection factor) sunscreen on your skin.
- Avoid drinking water from the tap. The tap water in Bali is not qualified, and is often create cases of “Bali belly”. When you are on a trip there, stick to canned drinks or bottled water. The ice is safe because the island’s ice is supplied by the local government which is quality-controlled.
- When you are visiting the famed Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud, make sure not to carry any plastic bags with you because it looks like there’s food inside.
- Carefully travel all over the place.
Finally, I say, Travel carefully. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for having us. Have a nice trip.