Bali is a favorite place for many people around the world and it is easy to say why! From its list of endless delightful beaches, terraced rice fields, and exotic sunsets. There is a lot to see and enjoy on this wonderful island paradise!
Going to Bali looks like going on a never-finishing adventure – There are many activities to match each soul! enjoy surfing, yoga, meditation, trekking, delicious meals, or wonderful nightlife. Bali’s positive regions had been influenced by tourism, with hubs of lovable cafes, hip bars, and vegan restaurants. different regions are still quite far away, maintaining their uniquely Balinese beauty and attraction.
Let’s read out the travel guide for Bali and get the whole information about Bali and plan Accordingly for your vacations.
What to Expect in Bali
- Language: The primary language used to speak in Bali are Indonesian, Balinese, and English.
- Currency: The Currency of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah which is 1 USD is equal to about14,306.40 Indonesian Rupiah.
- Credit Cards and ATMs: There are lots of ATMs in Bali’s main towns like Ubud and Canggu. as long as you’re no longer eating at local ‘warung’ restaurants, you could pay for your meal with your credit card, but cash is favored.
- Safety: Bali is one of the most secure places for solo travelers! the most important thing you need to watch out for is street safety, especially if you’re renting a motorcycle (Without International Driving License you can’t rent Scooter/Motorbikes in Bali). Take a taxi in case you’re not a confident rider. it will usually be cheaper than a hospital bill.
Best Time to Visit Bali
The best time to visit Bali is from May to October, you won’t have to worry about rain ruining any outdoor sports, and humidity levels are low all summer. The only disadvantage is that it’s the most popular time Visit. Flights are extra pricey during this period, and you’ll need to book your first desired hotel in advance.
The annual Bali Arts Festival is held in June and July and is a must for any art lover. The parade is a true sight to behold, and art displays pack the calendar of the Denpasar Arts Center.
The Bali Kite Festival is one of the most popular summer festivals. The prestigious annual event celebrates the traditional art of making Bali kites. And these are no ordinary nylon kites! From the depths to the stupidity, the kites represent the people of Bali. The dates vary every year.
Gulungan is the most important festival The entire island comes together for ten days every year to celebrate all the Balinese Gods on Earth. The 2021 festival will run from 10 to 20 November.
In case you don’t mind unstable rainstorms, visit Bali between November and April. There’s still lots of things to do, and it’s the cheapest time to go!
If you love peace then you should travel to Bali in the offseason in the months of Late December to April is the wet season, the everyday rain is what puts people off from traveling to Bali during the late winter and spring, but it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. In Bali, the season is warm so you can enjoy hours in the sun and long afternoons at the beaches.
Balinese celebrate Nyepi in winters it is equivalent to New Year,s Eve. It is a kind of Festive Celebration, it is also a time for introspection. The day of silence is celebrated and is filled with fasting and meditation. Islands in Bali are so calm in this. The dates of Nyepi vary every year. You can watch the celebration at 3 March 2020 in this year Balinese will celebrate their 1944 New Year.
The Bali Spirit Festival, held annually in March and April, is another reason to visit Bali in the spring. Unlike anything you have ever seen before, the Bali Spirit Festival is a global festival of world music and wellness.
Top 8 Places to Visit in Bali
Places To Visit Travel Guide for Bali
For a quiet tropical getaway, Canggu is the best place with its boho vibe, café culture, and surfer style, it is one of the best places in Bali. Located twenty minutes away from the north of Seminyak, Canggu extends from the north of Seminyak to the south of Tanah Lot. Canggu is one of the topmost regions and has an eight-kilometer-long coastline and extensive rice fields.
For getting around Canggu my recommendation is to rent a scooter to avoid Bali traffic. Traffic is a major problem in Seminyak and Canggu areas. Expect an approximately one-hour drive from the airport to Canggu (without traffic).
Canggu is the best place to stay because everything is close to each other so it is convenient to walk wherever you need to go. Other than that, there are many other travelers to join!
Where to Stay in Canggu
Oshan Boutique Villas
Oshanis a stunning collection of villAnnas and rooms that feature a lovely pool, a landscaped garden, and overlook the beautiful rice fields! It’s perfect for relaxing – and you can even make an appointment with their onsite spa!
If you are going for the ambiance, then look out for the Annupuri Villa! The affordable resort has a restaurant, pool, bar, and garden – plus you’ll feel immersed in the wilderness while you’re here! It is a bit farther from the beach than others, but you can easily get a ride from the hotel’s car service.
This Hotel Offering suite, rooms, and pool villas, all with stunning views, this is an elegantly designed hotel which is located in the heart of Canggu. The rooms are stunning and it is great value for your money – plus, you can visit the local restaurants and cafes.
What to do in Canggu
Canggu is a dream for beach lovers. Spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the beauty of Batu Balong or Echo Beach in Canggu
Finn’s Beach Club
This beach club offers daybeds on the beach, 2 pools with live DJs daily, 6 bars, a restaurant, and a spa, all in one place!
Bali has world-class surfing, but it is one of the most popular activities in Canggu. Barwa is good for surfers of all levels. A little more advanced? Visit Old Mans or Batu Bolong Beach.
Ubud Located in the mountainous region of the island of Bali, Ubud is known as the center of arts and crafts of Bali. Ubud is hardly “new” or undiscovered – in fact, it is a haven for tourists. All infrastructure that caters to tourism is already well established here: locals speak fluent English, there are many accommodation options from villas and hotels and Resorts, lots of activities, places to visit, and much vegetarian or vegan food from organic cafes. Options are available. Authentic local Balinese food.
Ubud, like the rest of Bali, is best enjoyed on a motorbike or a scooter. Most of the roads in Bali are quite narrow so you may face some traffic jams. It is easier to navigate through jams on a bike than on a car. Renting a bike in Bali for tourists is very common and quite affordable – it only costs you $6 – $8 per day, and fuel is about $2 for a full tank.
You can also explore a car rental with a private driver who can follow you wherever you want to go. It’s more convenient than a taxi because you’ll save time finding one every time you need to go somewhere
Where to Stay in Ubud
Mule Sayana Villa in Ubud
A good place to stay Ubud is Mule Sayana Villa is one of the most luxurious villas in Ubud which gives you a small shed in the garden where you can chill out while looking at the vast rice fields that surround this villa. It offers an amazing Landscape view from windows
This is a super luxury hotel. It had great food, lovely surroundings, a lovely pool, and friendly staff. It provides you the Alila experiences, where you can walk around the local community and the rice fields.
What to do in Ubud
Campuhan Ridge Walk
It is a short and very easy walk (well-paved) with an abundance of greenery around the trail. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to get to the end of the ridge and then back, but if you’re into taking pictures you can spend a long time here. There is almost no shadow while walking so I recommend doing it in the early morning or late afternoon.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
This is the perfect place to bring your camera, Bali’s Rice Terrace is a famous tourist attraction, I highly recommend you to come here and enjoy the natural beauty of the terrace, it is about 30 minutes ride on a motorbike to the north.
Jimbaran Bay has an amazing unique combination of luxury resorts and water activities within an authentic local community. It is a great area to relax, eat seafood on the beach, visit local markets, and spend the day at the beach. Although it can be a bit touristy at times, it certainly is not crowded with tourists like some other areas of Bali.
LOCATION- Jimbaran is about 20 minutes from the airport, On the west Coast of Bali, Jimbaran is in south of the airport and north of the Uluwatu.
You can get around Jimbaran by walking. Otherwise, you can try Bluebird taxis to get around. You can also consider a private driver to spend the day exploring Uluwatu and Bukit Peninsula beaches.
A Day In Jimbaran
- Nice and early: Start your morning with a go-to Jimbaran Bay Fish Markets
- Breakfast: Visit the local shop at Jimbaran Bay and try a traditional Balinese breakfast
- During the Day: Have a massage on the bay, relax and go for a swim on the beach or take a walk around the streets near the bay
- Sunset: Move towards Rock Bar Ayana Resort in time to see the beautiful sunset over a cocktail
- Dinner: End your beautiful day with a Seafood dinner on the beach on the South of Jimbaran Bay.
Where to Stay in Jimbaran
Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort and Spa
Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers great value for money. Located near the beach with direct access, it comes in well-reviewed.
Le Meridien is located right behind the beach and the seafood restaurant, giving you easy access to both. The hotel’s design is modern and unique, centered around the pool area. We loved staying here, with the pool area, the room design, and the highlights of the location.
What to do in Jimbaran
Walk Along The Beach And Have a Swim
this one seemsobvious one but you should go for a walk along the beach, no matter how beautiful hotel grounds you have
Visit Bukit Peninsular Beaches or Beach Clubs
Jimbaran has some amazing beaches. Staying in Jimbaran to experience beaches like Balangan, Bingin, Padang, or other Uluwatu beaches allows easy access from Seminyak. There are also some great beach clubs.
Seafood Dinner On The Beach
Seafood Dinner on the Beach is an amazing reason to stay here.
Denpasar is the capital of Bali, but most tourists do not even venture there, as it is not promoted as a place to visit and may not have the variety of tourist attractions like other places. But it is a city rich in culture, temples, local activities, markets, and Indonesian food. Since it is not a major tourist destination, you will find that many things are cheap here.
Location – It is Located in the central Bali, approx. 25 – 30 mins from Kuta. And Ngurah Rai International Airport is reported to be here, it is actually in Tuban
Accomodation in Denpasar
Accommodation options are more limited as most people live here for business reasons. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend staying in Denpasar for your vacation, but coming here on a day trip.
Things to do in Denpasar
Denpasar is not a quiet town, but activities are mainly related to local trade, not tourism. The main activities here would be eating Indonesian food, visiting temples, going to markets and other shops
Kuta is one of the most popular tourist places in Bali, it is certainly a busy area but it lacks the culture that you might expect when visiting Bali. Unless you’re looking for budget-style accommodation or you’re looking for good accommodation that still offers value for money, I’d recommend staying for more than a day trip in the area. If you live in Kuta, I think it will really add to your Bali experience with a stay in another area like Ubud or Uluwatu.
LOCATION – It is About 15 mins from on on the Ngurah Rai International Airport, west Coast of Bali. South of Legian.
A Day In Kuta
- Morning: Explore and walk along the beach on the south, here you will get a beach boardwalk that will take you to the nice stretch of beach (towards Tuban).
- During the Day: You can go shopping. Take a break for lunch. Or you can visit Legian or Seminyak.
- Afternoon: Have a long massage it makes you feel better
- Night: Pick your dinner location in Kuta, Legian, or Seminyak.
Where to stay in Kuta
It is a Good place to stay in Kuta with a luxury and value for money.
Magani Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Kuta city and Legion area, a 3-minute walk from Kuta Beach. It offers you a spa and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. It’s luxury and value for money! I would recommend you to stay here.
What to do in Kuta
You will get lots of things to do in Kuta, but they are not necessarily the things you want to do in Bali. It really depends on what you want from your trip to Bali.
There are lots of markets, shops, and shopping centers (Discovery Mall, Beachwalk). There are also several affordable restaurants. Waterbom Park (Waterpark) It will be a good day out. At night, Kuta is nothing short of a place to drink, with many clubs and bars
Uluwatu is a relaxing area in Bali with beautiful beaches and luxury cliff-top resorts and villas. It is a great place to relax and get away from the crowd. Uluwatu attracts surfers from all over the world for its long-range of surfing beaches.
LOCATION– It is Located On Bali’s South Coast about 30 – 45 mins ride from Bali Airport, just south of the Jimbaran.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort features amenities such as an outdoor infinity pool, a fitness center, and a spa. And this is a super luxury resort in Uluwatu with a great seaside view.
Located in Uluwatu, Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa offers 5-star accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. This resort is 6.5 miles from Uluwatu Temple and 5.5 miles from Padang Padang Beach
What to do in Uluwatu
Things to do – Beach days, Surfing, beach clubs, Uluwatu temple visits, and Kecak fire dance are a few things you can do. There are also local cafes and warungs, restaurants in hotels and some other restaurants and bars for dinner and evenings.
Seminyak is the most popular Luxurious tourist destination in Bali. People come here for that little bit of luxury and relaxation that it’s Neighbors to Kuta and Legion do not have. Think boutique shopping, luxury spas, an array of dining options, and beach bars.
It has a wide variety of shops, including boutique clothing stores, markets, and art galleries. With local wars and fine dining, and a variety of international cuisine, there is something to suit everyone’s food tastes.
LOCATION – Seminyak is about the distance of 30 minutes from the airport, Located on the west coast of Bali , Seminyak is just north of Legian and Kuta.
A Day in Seminyak
- Morning: Enjoy breakfast in the delicious cafes in Seminyak Relax, explore the streets or you can do some shopping.
- Lunch: You must Try Warung Sulawesi for some casual Indonesian food.
- Afternoon: Relax and unwind on the beach.
- Sunset: Have a cocktail while watching a beautiful Bali sunset at one of Seminyak’s Beach Resorts, clubs, or bars
- Dinner: Splurge on an amazing dinner at one of Seminyak’s best restaurants.
Where to Stay in Seminyak
Located on Seminyak Beach, W Bali – Seminyak features a large outdoor pool and a full-service spa. 5-star luxury hotel with an amazing landscape view.
It is a luxury villa and value to money with an outdoor swimming pool and a rice terrace, This villa features a private pool and a garden.
What to do in Seminyak
- Relax On The Beach With A Sunset Drink
- Walk Along The Beach
- Spend The Day At A Beach Club
- Go Shopping In Seminyak (Or Just Walk The Streets)
Nusa Penida Islands
Nusa Penida Island is a small paradise on the east coast of Bali. The limestone island offers incredible white sand beaches and 200m high cliff drops. Penida Island is only 30 minutes by boat from Bali and can be fully explored in a 2-day Nusa Penida trip. It is also a great option to take a Nusa Penida tour day trip from Bali where you can explore either the east or west coast.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
If you are looking for adventure in Nusa Penida and want to be in a different setting during your vacation, then Ruma Pohon Treehouse is your place which is one of the best places to stay in Nusa Penida. Imagine living in a treehouse while enjoying unobstructed views of the island.
One of the best bungalows in Nusa Penida Island, Indonesia, La Rosa offers a luxurious and comfortable stay. The bungalow has a beautiful interior and has an outdoor pool. Stay here for a perfect vacation on the island of Nusa Penida.
What to do in Nusa Penida
- Snorkel Off Crystal Bay
- Witness Islands Unparalleled Beauty At Kelinking Beach
- Relax At Atuh Beach
- Find Peace At Seganing Waterfall
- . Dip At BillaBong
Tips For Your First Trip to Bali
Cash is very important in Bali. Always keep some cash with you about 10,000 to 100,000 IDR (value $1 to USD 7.50) for daily expenses and bargaining. It’s only the more western, upmarket restaurants and shops that will accept credit card payments. If you’re shopping at markets or dining at the local warungs you’ll need to pay cash.
Bali is not only Seminyak and Ubud. Get off the beaten track and venture north to the island. You’ll find fewer crowds, far-flung temples, and lots of beautiful waterfalls to visit! Some of the lesser-visited places around Bali include Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Aling Aling Waterfall, and Suluban Beach Cave.
While Bali is an easy place to get around on a shoestring, you still need to keep an eye on your budget. It’s easy to spend more than you’d expect at restaurants that cater to tourists and beach clubs.
Smack-dab in the jungle, Ubud is known for its jungle home of hundreds of monkeys, but beware! Some monkeys can be overly aggressive towards tourists – especially if you make eye contact and don’t have food
Make sure not to drink tap water in Bali. Many tourists experience “Bali belly” (severe stomach problems and indigestion) when traveling to this country, so it is best to avoid any impure food or water
You can use Blue Bird app for the Cab rentals in Bali
If you’re traveling to ,Bali as a solo traveler, there are tons of great hostel options! It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to link up with other travelers and you can always opt for a private room if dorm rooms aren’t your thing.
Bali Travel Restrictions Due to Covid
International tourism to Bali has been put on a halt since March 2020 by stopping the visa-free regulations, that previously allowed visitors from 160 countries to come to travel Bali without a visa.
There are some exceptions that are made for particular groups. However, the regulations are constantly changing from time to time we suggest you always check Bali’s latest Corona News Updates to find accurate and official announcements from Indonesia’s Immigration Office.
Holders of KITAS, KITAP, and Diplomatic Visas are not affected by the travel restriction. Other types of visa holders should consult with Indonesia’s embassy or their visa Agents
There is not a direct flight to Bali. All foreign visitors should go through Jakarta International Airport
Tourists are required to take another PCR/ SWAB TEST after arrival