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22 September 2016
A fabulous country with great friendly Balinese – this is the limelight of my trip to Bali for five days, my company had arranged for a five day sightseeing tour abroad, and this is when we all immedia...
22 September 2016
Bali is indeed a great vacation destination! I went over here along with my husband on our honeymoon, initially I was bit afraid to take up a cycling tour as you need lot of energy to cycle in and arou...
22 September 2016
Well that now I am back from my Bali 6D/5N cycling tour, I have only two words to say – enchantment incarnate! Even though this trip can be a great trip for couples or friends, I feel it is ideal for f...
22 September 2016
Bali is paradise on Earth! But to enjoy this place you surely need to make sure that you hire the proper channel of tourism, I went alone for a four day sightseeing trip to Bali, got the booking done o...
31 January 2019
The best attractions in Bali were in the North Bali with Gitgit waterfall, Lovina Beach, Bajrabodhi Vihara, etc. We visited many other temples, and old palaces. And of course, the natural beauty of Bal...
31 January 2019
Such an excellent trip. Bali is a haven for nature lovers as well as adventure lovers. The Jet Ski and Parasailing activities were incredible. We got a guidance class before the activity and the instru...
31 January 2019
When I went to Bali with my wife a few months ago, it was so awesome. Not so crowded yet with all the shops and attractions opened. But it was raining at times. The cruise was the best part of the pack...
31 January 2019
A must-visit place. There was no reason I could find not to fall in love with Bali. From its culture, to the history to its present condition, everything will make us surprised. Jaw-dropping natural at...
31 January 2019
I would recommend this package for all people out there. All the activities including the cruise were extremely nice. It was a wonderful experience with lots of memories. We visited Pura Ulun Danu Bera...
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Visa on arrival is offered in Bali for Indian passport holders. Visa on arrival is acceptable in Bali but limits your stay for a maximum of 30 days. You can seek to extend your visa or another 30 days by paying a fee of US$35. There are many travel agents around the airport who would be helpful in getting your Visa extended.
Getting a visa on arrival is, however, a pretty straightforward process in Bali and you won’t have to wait for too much to step into the country.
The local currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah wherein 1 Indian Rupee amounts to 206.39 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Several hotels will however accept payment in US$ too.
The local language is Balinese. However, you will be able to well converse in English at most places around the country.
The most popular season to visit Bali is during the months of May, June, and July. This is when Bali is the coolest. After July, Bali gets annual rainfalls and won’t be too suitable for day trips. Other times of the year are too hot. However, you will always get high humidity regardless of the time you visit Bali.
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While even a lifetime won’t seem enough to explore the beautiful Balinese Islands, you can hope to make a decent vacation in two weeks. This includes being a part of all major activities, visiting all popular places and being a part of the Balinese culture and celebrations. If you are taking a honeymoon, a week of stay should be enough. However, if you want to exploe the country fully, as a traveler, use your 30 days of visa!
Bali is quite humid all round the year. The days are always hot with the sun shining at its best! The average temperature during the day is about 26 degree Celsius. Nights are more comfortable but still humid. You will want to pack your bags likewise.
You won’t need to carry too much on your trip to Bali and even if you have forgotten something, you will most likely be able to buy it locally. Being one of the most frequented islands, you are never far from supplies, whatever it may be. This also gives you the advantage of being able to carry a lighter bag.
Overall, your Bali packing should be about:
Bali is one of the least expensive countries to explore. You can hope to make a budget trip under INR20,000 for a week and inclusive of stay, food and transports. The overall trip cost will depend on the kind of vacation you are looking for. Staying in cities like Seminyak wil cost you more but you will have access to all things luxurious. However, if you have a tight budget, you can find really cheap accommodations in places like Ubud.
The same goes for transportation and food. Going by public transport would be the cheapest option but you would be limited by timing and route flexibility. At the same time, you can also hire a bicycle at a very cheap rate to go around the country.
Bali is full of natural and outdoor escapades. If you have been looking to challenge yourself, there are many ways you can feel the adrenaline rush in your blood!
Here are some of the things that you can choose from:
Top opportunities for extreme sports in Bali include:
The best beaches in Bali for water sports are:
Cycling in Bali involves making steep climbs, peddling across the dense jungles, sailing through the beaches and getting back in touch with nature. There are a lot of places that you can explore by cycling and includes temples, volcanoes, villages and rice fields. One of the best park of the journey is the Tegalalang Rice Fields.
Whether you are alone or traveling with your partner, it would be a peaceful experience that you would treasure for a lifetime. Renting a cycle is easy and is also the safest and cheapest means to get around the country.
If you are planning to learn surfing, there are several beaches that offer low waves and the perfect stage for practice. There are several kinds of course available and with experience instructors and gears. The west coast of Bali, especially Kuta is where you would want to learn to surf. The surfing scene is prevalent all round the year.
However, for average and safe waves, it is recommended that you hit the ocean in the months of June and July. During the rainy season, the swell can get unmanageable for inexperienced surfers.
Apart from the rainy season, between August and December, Mount Batur would be a great experience all round the year. However, it is also recommended that you check the weather prediction for the day you plan the trek. the total height of the mountain is 1717 meters and it would take about 30-45 minutes for an average person to make the climb.
Bali offers a range of river rafting opportunities for both learners and professional adventurers. Regardless of your experience, river rafting is a convenient safe activity as you will always be accompanied by trained instructors and you would always be required to wear special gears to meet eventualities.
The top places for river rafting include:
The best time to go river rafting is in the month of June and July when the waters are relatively safe. However, if you have been looking for more adrenaline rush, monsoons would be a very exciting opportunity. This would be the months between August and December when it rains.
The Buffalo Race or the Mekepunk Races happen every year between July and October and on most Sundays across the island country. It is necessary that you check out the weekly calendar as the races don’t happen every week. The event is a major ritual in Jimbaran, West Bali and features hundreds of paired buffalos team up together with their jockeys handing the controls.
The fastest in each of the races will take part in the big annual event, also known as the Jimbaran Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup. Checking out the buffalo race is free of charge but there is always a degree of risk being close to the powerful racing animals.
It is one of the newest water sports inclusions across Bali and is seriously exciting and exhilarating. It a modified form of jet skiing wherein you can feel like the iron man going up into the air! Learning to fly board is easy and you can go up to 5 meters in the air but jetting water into the sea.
Professional fly boarders can go up to 10 meters! The top beaches to fly boarding include Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta and Tanjung Benoa. The minimum age for fly boarding is 14 years.
The road distance from Bali City to Mahana Point is about 56 kilometers. It is the only place in Bali where you can seek to do a cliff jump.
One of the most extreme of sports, cliff jumping requires true guts! For those pursuing the adrenaline rush, Mahana Point can be a great experience. The jump is pretty straight forward and it is highly recommended that you jump during the sunset. It’s an amazing experience. The cliff is about 7 meters high but it is necessary that you wait for the high tide before the jump. Low tides can risk serious injuries.
Cave Diving in Bali is one of the most unique ways to check out the incredible marine life of the Indian Ocean.
The top cave diving sports include:
Cave diving is recommended for professionals or divers with prior scuba experience. Regardless of your scuba skills and experience, you will always be accompanied by an experienced instructor and are also required to wear all safety equipment necessary for the dive. This also goes on to make the dive completely safe.
Free diving is both a highly challenging and exciting experience. Its diving underwater without any oxygen apparatus. The dive depends on how long you can hold your breath under water. The most popular spot for free dicing is the Tulamben shipwreck, located in East Bali. With plenty of colorful coral reefs around, it’s an out worldly experience. Most free diving is level 1 course, wherein you will have to be accompanied by an instructor.
You can expect to pay about US$260 for a 2 day course.
Kite surfing is modified form of board surfing but you are attached to a parasailing kite that is propelled by the wind. Using the rope, you can change directions and ride the wave at top speeds in the direction of the wind. It’s a surface water sport that calls for enthralling adventure.
If you have wanted to do kite surfing in Bali, the popular beaches would include:
Water tubing, also known as bumper tubing or simply tubing, is an adventure sport where the participant rides in the inner circumference of the tube while it is dragged across a water surface.
The best places to water tubing in Bali include:
Paragliding is an amazing way to get the birds eye view of the picturesque Balinese Islands above the blue Indian ocean. As the wind hits your face, you are transformed into a different world altogether.
Paragliding opportunities are available in:
While rock climbing in Bali is still in its infancy, there are a few places where you can choose to harness your climbing ropes. The limestone sea cliffs around Pecatu are the most challenging of rock faces to climb. However, if you are inexperienced, you would probably want to check out the controlled indoor climbing arena in Seminyak.
When rock climbing, it is important that you:
Popular places offering quad biking adventures in Bali include:
The only place to do a bungee jumping in Bali is located inside the grounds of the Double Six Night Club. It’s a 150 feet tower that has been purposefully built across the beach ad gives you an amazing experience. The jump site is one of the most dramatic bungee experience designed in the world.
Reaching the top requires you to get on an elevator and you cannot take the stairs just to check out the view! After all, the view is meant to serve a very adventurous purpose. However, do check the availability of the Bungee before you reach the site. Your hotel in Bali would be able to help you with information.
There are popular submarine ships that allow tourists an experience of the under waters. It’s perfect even for those who don’t know swimming. The decent is usually for a 45 minute and takes you across the colorful reefs of the Indian Ocean. The submarines are purposely built for the comfort of the tourist and you can even seek to sip on a glass of wine while experiencing the magical marine life. Myriads of fishes and other sea creatures in various shapes and colors make for a unique visual treat.
Plunging up to a depth of 15 feet, sea walking is yet another way to experience the sea life around Bali. A sea walking tour takes you into the shallow ocean waters where you can experience coral and myriads of colorful fishes and other marine creatures. Sea walking is safe and open for all. You can actually get deeper into the sea by wearing a sea helmet and come face to face with some of the most exciting creatures inhabiting this planet.
The Seawalking will be accompanied by trained instructors who will make your tour comfortable as you get busy admiring and clicking photos of unseen life forms. Seawalking in Bali doesn’t need prior training and you also don’t need to know swimming. You will actually be walking on the sea floor!
The Elephant Safari Park in Taro, Bali offers the opportunity to hop on the back of elephants and check out the lush natural setting of the jungle. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the pristine environment while getting up and close to the beautiful and gentle giants.
You will also get to see other wild elephants go on with their usual activities around the natural habitat and it would be an exciting experience for all. Further, you can choose to hand feed the giants, take selfies with them and even pet them for a while! The Elephant Safari Park is a hit with both adults and kids!
It is highly recommended that you don’t do alcohol before any kind of adventure activities. Most adventure sports require your full stamina and alcohol increases your blood pressure to a great extent. The results can be fatal. Alcohol consumption in Bali should be strictly reserved for your dinners and when you can allow your body to rehydrate.
The temperature across the day is hot and even if you aren’t planning on doing any adventure activity, alcohol consumption in this highly humid climate can make you dizzy. You don’t want to have a headache when checking out one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Depending on the kind of medical situation you land yourself in, it is necessary that you visit the nearest hospital and clinic. Medical facilities around Bali are pretty good and it shouldn’t take you too much time to reach the nearest one. The BIMC chain of hospitals is one of the most recommended for their prompt services and high end medical facilities.
Getting ill in Bali is easy if you haven’t been taking care of yourself. The climate is hot and humid and there are pretty good chances of contamination if you have been eating and drinking from local shops. While prevention is always better than cure, finding a hospital should be the first course of action when you land yourself in an un-pretty situation.
Bali is a foodies delight. The best thing is that you don’t need to be hardcore seafood over to enjoy the cuisine of Bali. There’s a lot of opportunity even for someone vegetarian or even vegan!
Top dishes to try include:
There are several money exchange facilities available in Bali. However, make sure you are taking the services of an authorized agent. Your best bet is at the airports.