Bali is becoming a more well known tourist destination, with books like ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ being published on the spirituality, and beauty of this Indonesian province. Explore Bali in one day, or spend weeks on motorbikes driving through the mountains, and off to the neighboring islands. With beautiful forests, tiered rice fields, picturesque beaches and wonderfully happy people, Bali should definitely be on your must see list.
Guest post by Olivia Bourke
What’s the best time to visit Bali?
The best time to visit is between April and June. During these times room prices will be cut by up to 50%, and the climate is dry and less humid. The worst times to visit are during July, August and any holiday periods. Avoid the holiday season as weather is monsoonal. November has also recently become a high season, with Australian teenagers spending their schoolies here. If you are looking to party, this time is great, though if you want a more relaxing holiday avoid November.
Few facts about Bali
The Balinese are primarily Hindu, but are a part of a nation which is mainly Muslim.
The most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak comes from Bali.
Children have very similar names, as Wayan, Made, Nyoman and Ketut all translate to first born, second born and so on.
One Day in Bali itinerary (Kuta + Surrounds)
Top things to do in Bali, Indonesia
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Bali.
Breakfast is a feast at the Shelter, in the backstreets of Seminyak. Gorge on acai bowls, poached eggs, and the best coffee in Indonesia. Although this little place definitely caters to the health conscious traveller, there are a few menu options if you are looking for something a little more naughty. Grab any one of their delicious burgers, or amp up your breakfast with crispy bacon, and hashbrowns.
Staying in Seminyak means being awoken by crashing waves, idyllic beaches, and delicious food. Seminyak is awfully close to Kuta without being in it – meaning you can enjoy the benefits of tourism in the area, but avoid the overcrowding. Seminyak is a great place for families, and travellers. Stay at cheap, but beautiful villa, or camp on the beach – this little town is for everyone. If you have time in the evening pop into one of the many clubs and sip on all of the fruity cocktails Bali has to offer.
Ubud is a great mid day activity, hidden amongst the mountains. This little treasure is home to monkey temples, cheap massages, and beautiful markets. Head into the temple with some bananas – make sure to keep them close to you- as the monkeys know how to steal things! Feed a few monkeys, and explore this deep green temple in all of its glory. The monkeys do fight over food, and could be carrying diseases, so be careful when feeding them!
Venture out into the markets, and check out some local pieces. Ubud is known for its ceramics, wooden sculptures and colourful materials. When bartering, generally cut any number in half. But remember that you could be arguing over a dollar. Wander around the local spas, and drop in for a quick massage – which shouldn’t ever cost more than ten dollars. If you’re looking for another cheap, and tasty place to eat either head to one of the local cafes (folk), or ask a local to direct you to their restaurant. Try to eat local food in the mountains, as you have a lower chance of getting sick.
If you arrive at Uluwatu well before sunset, head down to the beach for a swim and relax in the white sand under the sun. Only experienced surfers should attempt paddling out into Uluwatu’s waves. This is due to the fact that waves on this beach crash into jagged rocks, as well the best waves barrel above a reef. If you are looking to learn to surf, try Seminyak which doesn’t have this problem.
Head up to Single Fin for sunset. This is a great spot, but be aware that it fills up very quickly, so arrive early if you want a seat. Grab a marg, listen to some cruisy coastal tunes, and watch the sky melt into a yellow mess. This is a great way to finish your day, and the pizza’s are to die for!
Extra Tips for Visiting Bali
– Choose to either hire scooters, and explore Bali at your own pace, or source other transport. You can hire a driver for about $30US a day, or you can catch taxi’s in between locations. Make sure to only get in metered taxis, at night time and in peak areas, taxis may charge extra fees. Just like purchasing goods, you can barter with taxi drivers, but agree on a price before you hop in the car, otherwise you forfeit bargaining rights.
– With the abundance of tourists flocking to Bali every year it can be hard to find a quiet spot to catch up on some reading. If you’re looking for this kind of break, jump on the first boat to the Gilli Islands, and soak up some sun on one of the more peaceful islands in Indonesia.
– Make your trip to Bali even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for the detailed list of all the activities and organized tours in Bali or around the area.