Bali is on everyone’s bucket list these days and there’s a good reason why. This incredible island is a perfect blend of nature, culture, beach, food and luxury. We have been eyeing to go to Bali for 2 years now and we finally did it… we went there for about 8 days and that wasn’t even close to enough. Honestly it feels like we left our hearts in bali and we wish we could go back and stay for months. With that being said there is no way that I can fit everything related to Bali in this one post so you can be sure there are many more along the way. But for now Here’s the basics!
What To Expect
Currency: Bali’s local currency is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR) and cash is the best form of payment (a few business accept credit cards but not many). However there are many ATMs all over the city so you can easily withdraw. Also its worth noting that since a few years ago business are no longer allowed to charge in dollars so make sure you have rupiah.
Visa: Bali offers 2 types of visas:
- Free Visa- For more than 140 countries, its essentially free entry for 30 days but its NOT extendable.
- Visa On Arrival-If you are looking to stay longer than 30 days or think there is a slight chance you may want extend your trip past 30 days then its best you go with this option. It costs $35 USD, its also valid for 30 days but it can be extended.
Safety: Bali is the most foreigner friendly island, its full of tourists and so its pretty safe to explore and be on the streets even at night. We met a lot of travelers (solo travelers as well) and they also had the same opinion. Crime and theft relatively low but snatch-theft is not unknown so be cautious
Weather: You can expect a tropical, warm and humid climate all year around however be mindful of the rainy season- November to April. We actually went mid October, the weather was great but we did get some rain here and there as well.
Typical Costs: If you are coming from North America, Europe, Australia etc you will find yourself very rich in Bali. Even if you aren’t though Bali is one of those awesome destinations that offers great value for money. Honestly speaking, its dirt cheap from the food to accommodations to transport.
Where To Go
Popular Destinations for First Timers
Ubud- Ubud is a must visit, its unlike the other touristy destinations in Bali and that’s because Balinese culture thrives here, in fact its often described as the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by rainforests and rice paddies and dotted with temples and shrines, its no wonder this town has such an “eat,pray,love” vibe. Also its smack down in the middle of the island so it makes for a great base (More on Ubud to come soon so stay tuned for our next blog post). Give yourself at least 4 days in Ubud.
Seminyak- This is the beach resort area of the island…it has a very L.A vibe with many luxury hotels, villas, bars and restaurants. The restaurants and shops in fact are sooooo very well designed and decorated that I could spend all day exploring each one. Great for shopping, partying and watching sunsets;)
Kuta- We didn’t get to go here but this was Bali’s first tourist developments, its most popular for its beaches, surfing and partying. Also minutes away from the airport so very convenient to fit in your itinerary.
SEE AND DO
Planning a trip to Bali can be overwhelming because there is tons to do and that’s great because there is something for everyone to do, no matter what type of person you are… whether you want to relax or looking for the adventure of your life, you wont be disappointed. So with that being said don’t even think that I am covering all there is to do and see here because unfortunately we were there just a week and there is so much we haven’t done!:( Below are some of our “Must Do’s” based on our experiences and a few things we didn’t get around to doing but wish we had.
- Monkey Temple- This is a must do , one of a kind experience for sure
- Check out the many waterfalls- There are quite a few and there is no way you will be able to see them all so don’t worry!
- Bali Swing – For the instagrammer in you
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace- Visiting a rice terrace in Bali is sort of a must.
- Take a temple tour –No need to book an excursion for this, you can plan one your self and go by either a cab or a private driver.
- Take a yoga class- Really wish we had gotten around to doing this but our schedule was jam packed
- Day trip to the neighboring Islands- If you are in Bali for longer than a week we would definitely recommend visiting one of the Islands. A day trip to the Nusa Islands is do able but a day trip to the Gili islands would be tiresome so I would recommend at least staying 1 night or 2 there
- Nusa Penida (Dinosaur Head)- This is something we so badly wanted to do but we didnt plan for it until we got there but anyone whose been there only has good things to say
- Try Indonesian food- Although its not a very popular cuisine, it is very tasty to say the least so our suggestion would be to dine at a ‘Warung’ which means local restaurant.
- Sunrise Hike at Mt Batur- For the adventurer in you, definitely an experience you will never forget as as you get to hike up the volcano during the wee hours of night (yes in the dark) and then enjoy breakfast while the sun comes up. Amazing amazing views!
- Lounge around in your villa and get some pool time- You know what..even though there is so much to do and see in Bali, its also the destination known for some of the best luxurious resorts and villas so be sure to give yourself enough time to actually enjoy it.
If you have any questions about our trip to Bali, feel free to DM us on Instagram or leave a comment here;)
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