Bali is a fantastic island that in spite of being in the searchlight of mass tourism through many decades, still is in the possession of its Hindu culture with grand ceremonies and temples. If you search properly, you can still find your own secret beach to explore! If you want to really connect with Bali and its local people, you should spend at least 2-3 weeks here.
Bali is a fantastic island that, in spite of being in the searchlight of mass tourism through many decades, still is in possession of its Hindu culture with grand ceremonies and temples. If you search properly, you can still find your own secret beach to explore! If you want to really connect with Bali and its local people, you should spend at least 2-3 weeks here. And if you're up for action - join the surf camp on Bali.
An island of contrasts
If you choose to only stay in the capital Kuta, you will probably not find much else than what a typical tourist-metropolis can offer you. The smooth beach is surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants, shopping opportunities and plenty of invasive salespeople that are trying to push all sorts of stuff on you. But outside of this tourist magnet hides great experiences: Volcanoes, hidden beaches, fantastic Hindu temples, cozy villages and last but not least the welcoming and open inhabitants. Bali is actually the only Hindu place in Indonesia, something that culturally puts it apart from the rest of the region.
It is very easy to get transport in Bali. If you want to travel around the island you should hire a driver for the day. This costs somewhere between 30-34 € and he will drive you whereever you wish to go, tell you about the sights, wait for you if you want a rest or experience something special, and in the end, safely get you back home. You can either ask your hotel to arrange transport for you, or simply ask the local drivers personally. They are just about everywhere, so they are easy to spot.
Beachlife, surfing and palm trees
Bali is surrounded by great beaches in all sizes;
- Kuta-Legian-Seminyak offer long beaches with massive waves. Great for surfing! Many restaurants, bars and shops near the beach.
Nusa Dua offer golden sand, less people and a calmer atmosphere than Kuta. Here you will find many exclusive hotels.
- Lovina Beach is situated on the northern coast and has black volcanic sand and few tourists. This is a perfect place for relaxation, diving, snorkeling and a great spot to see dolphins.
- Sanur is a beach surrounded by coral reefs and offers many cozy beachhotels, restaurants and shops. Swimming is only possible during the high tide due to the massive rocks/cliffs.
- Jimbaran Beach has a few hotels, fewer tourists and a great beach. Good for sailing and safe swimming. Here you can sit directly on the beach and enjoy a perfect seafood dinner while you watch the sun go down.
- Dreamland Beach has up to recently been one of the hidden treasures of Bali. Only a few locals and some adventurous travelers used to know about it, but now it has become more known. A crisp, white beach and gigantic waves makes it a great spot, but be careful due to the strong tide!
- Uluwatu offers you the best sunset view on the entire island. This is also the perfect place for the hard core surfers.
Ubud is a cultural spot that offers a series of galleries and templedance every afternoon. Here you can also experience "the Monkey forest!, with exotic trees and plenty of monkeys!
Food and beverage
Don’t miss out on the local dishes:
- Nasi goreng: fried rice with vegetables, fried eggs and meat
- Saté (satay), small skewers with rice and peanut sauce
- Babi guling, barbequed pig
- Mee goreng, fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat included
And don’t forget to enjoy the food with the local beer Bintang.
Bali has all types of accommodation, from the luxury Le Meridien to all kinds of budget hostels.
Bali is well known for its wooden sculptures, fabric, clothes and gold- and silver jewelry. Each village has its own speciality.
Islands nearby Bali
If you want to spend more time in Indonesia, we recommend you to visit the Lombok and Gili Islands. This is done by boat, and once you get there you are literally on your own feet. Gili Islands don`t have any cars, so you can either walk, bicycle or if you are lucky you can catch a horse carriage.