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What You Should Know More About Sightseeing in Bali
Though Bali is cool and comfortable across the year, the popular tourist’s season lies in the summer months – from April to October. This is the time of the year when the western coast of the Islands receives the best waves in the world, making it delightful. Whether you are just looking to see the magical ocean or get down and surf on it, this is the time. Other months in Bali sees rainfall and creates a different kind of experience. While this too attracts many tourists, it is also a deterrent if you want to put on your best dress and plan a romantic hike with your partner.
It’s a magical island that offers natural and cultural treasures. In Bali, you will be able to hop between numerous kinds of adventures, be it island tours, surfing the waves or just spend some spiritual times in one of the exotic temples around. Your discovery of Bali can take a lifetime but here are some places you cannot miss on your first trip:
Bali is a magical adventure full of hidden adventures. There is something for every kind of traveler. Whether you want to explore the forest and get deep into the mysteries of nature or be among the people and get to know their culture, there’s so many ways you can do so. At Bali, here are some things that have been attracting tourists for a long time now:
The minimum number of days you should spend in Bali will depend on the kind of vacation you are looking for. If you just looking to get cozy with your partner with a little island hopping, cruises and exotic dinners and spas, a week would be enough. However, if you are planning to ad treks, water sports and other activities to the itinerary, the longer you stay, the better it is. At Bali, no amount of time spent would be enough. However, it’s your budget and trip needs that come first. We recommend a minimum stay of one week, excluding your flight from your home city. Having a good tour package is an added cherry to the cake!
An epicenter of tourism, Bali receives tourists all round the year. The island is however larger than you would think and the more the budget you are planning, the better it is. Things are a little less expensive in northern Bali but you will be able to find budget deals everywhere. However, there would be a lot of search you will have to, sometimes asking around for accommodation when you should really be throwing your luggage in a room and head to the sea! It is best to look for a cheap deal on the internet before being a part of the Bali experience. It does save you the time and trouble of research.
Like any tropical island, the flora and fauna in Bali can easily take you by surprise. From huge banyan trees to mangroves and bamboo forests, there a huge diversity here. Several varieties of wild flowers occur across the islands and is a outdoor lover’s delight.
When it comes to fauna, Bali offers several exotic species. Though, it no longer hosts wild species of tigers and elephants, you will be able to search several varieties of apes, lizards, reptiles, mammals, and more.
One of the most exotic birds found here is the Cendrawasih, the “Bird of Gods”.
Sprawling for several kilometers, the town of Ubud is one of the most popular destination in Bali. Once you have entered Bali, you will be able to take a bemo (minivan) to get to Ubud in the cheapest way. You can also hire a taxi, an Uber, bus, or self drive to Ubud. The town of Ubud is centrally located and surrounded by villages and natural miracles all around.
Mount Batur or Gunung Batur is located North West to Mount Agung in Bali on the southern side of the mountain is the Caldera Lake. Mount Batur hosts an active volcano and the eruption is visible across the year. In fact, it is one of the most forceful eruptions on this planet. Mount Batur is also believed to be one of the most sacred mountains by the locals and several adventure tourists take on the fairly physical Mount Batur trek. The peak is about 1000 meters above sea level and takes about two hours to reach on foot.
Seminyak is one of the fashionable beaches in Bali. Hosting several luxury resorts, fine restaurants and a number of high end boutiques, Seminyak is a popular haunt among luxury tourists and honeymooners. This is the place you would want to be if you are planning to bid adieu to golden sunsets and immediately be able to hop into a pumping night life! Some of the clubs in Seminyak has gathered international following. Seminyak is a beach town in Southern Bali and you can get there by public/private taxis, buses, shuttles, and even ride from the airport. From the Bali International Airport, it’s just 10 kilometers.
Located on the south western tip of Bali, Uluwatu is home to the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and is also the fourth ranked surfing destination in the world. The closest airport to Uluwatu is the Bali International Airport in Denpasar, north of Uluwatu. Surfers from across the world visit Uluwatu across the year for the most challenging fun. from Denpasar, it’s just 30 kilometers to Uluwatu. You can get a range of options in transportation, from local shared taxis and public buses to private cabs.
A village located on the western coast of Bali, along the Gunung Batur Mountains, Kintamani is known for its “Rites of Peace”, a 1000 year old belief and the Kintamani Dogs. It’s close to Mount Batur, the active volcanic mountain of Bali.
Mount Abang in Kintamani offers amazing trekking and birding adventures. It’s a perfect hiking trail through forests, waterfalls and wilderness. It is the second highest peak in Bali and can be topped within 3 hours and is a must do for outdoor lovers.
A peninsula in southern Bali, Nusa Dua is particularly famous for its tranquil and private beaches. If you are looking for some lone and romantic time with your partner, head on to the Nusa Dua beach. Several facilities along the coast will ensure that you will not be too far from civilization too. 40 kilometers from Denpasar, Nusa Dua can be easily reached by private car and public transport. Uluwatu is 20 minutes from Nusa Dua while Jimbaran is 15 minutes.
One of the most exciting things to do in Bali is paying a visit to all the weirdly abandoned places. While some will give the chills, some will just make you feel like that the world has come to an end and you are among the few survivors! One of such places in Nusa Dua is an abandoned plane that many wonder about. You will find a Boeing 737 abandoned right in the middle of the town of Kuta, wedged between houses and the image even appears on Google Maps! There are several rumors to how the plane came to the place but many believe that it was abandoned by its owner who had bought it to be turned into a home. Today, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.
A small town in South Bali, Jimbaran was a tiny fishing village of the past but is now home to several high end beach resorts, restaurants, cafes ad massage centers. It’s a perfect place if you are looking for high end accommodations and luxury experience of Bali. A pleasant white beach, it’s a perfect opportunity for honeymooners.
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:
If you are looking to be a part of the traditional Barong and Keris dance festival in Indonesia, Ubud is where you would want to go. The Barong dance again comes in several forms, one of the most popular being the Barong Ket. It’s a dance form wherein dancers dress like animals and decorate themselves from animal products. A glowing costume makes this dance even more special. Both Barong and Keris Dances are organized round the year and it is highly likely that one is happening in the evening you are at Bali.
Bali is one of the most sought after romantic destinations across the globe. The weather is fairly cool and pleasant all round the year, making it even more popular among honeymooners and couples in love. When you are in Bali with your partner, you cannot miss a visit to:
Bali has a very happening nightlife. There are several upscale clubs, ranging from sports bars to dance clubs and pubs. Once the sun sets on the golden beaches, the night destinations get loose and they become the hotspot after dark. A visit to a nightclub is mandatory if you want to come back with a complete Bali experience.
Bali is for everyone. From cheap hostels to five star hotels and resorts, there’s everything available and in plenty. The prices of accommodation will however differ depending on the part of Bali you wish to stay in. You will be able to find losmen, hostels, resorts, villas, home stays, private rentals, camps/tents.
Renting a bike or a car in Bali is the most advisable and popular means of traveling the islands. Rentals are available everywhere and you can also hope to strike a good bargain. The only thing you need is a valid driver’s licenses and a few copies of your photographs.
Taxis are the most preferred option if you want to go hopping around the islands. Flagging one of them is easy and there are plenty rides available everywhere within the perimeter of the city. Starting fare for taxis are about IDR 7,500 and this can increase depending on the distance you travel. Typically, for every kilometer on road, you pay about IDR 5,000 (US$ 40 cents). Buses too can take you between places but finding one isn’t as easy. Buses run on strict schedules and will also be a problem for any traveler looking to cover the islands.
A helicopter tour will be an amazing way to check out the Balinese Islands. If you can, do it, because the view cannot get better! You can take in a bird’s eye view of the smoking volcanoes, stepped rice fields, long stretch of pristine beaches, enchanting lighthouses, cliffs, old temples, surf breaks and highland lakes. The price of joy tours that covers the Kuta and Legian beaches is about IDR 4,571,250 pr person. This is the basic package but you can always choose to customize your tour. The duration of a basic helicopter tour is about 60 minutes.
Traveller Tales from Bali
22 September 2016
A very interesting five day Bali tour – Yes! You have heard it right, we went as a gang of five – me and my college mates, every year we guys plan for a week tour to some amazing places, this year one of my friend wanted to visit Bali – exotic Bali as it is called. The tour covered some of the best places in Bali like Kintamani, Ubud and Tanah. Literally our guide was able to cover many places in these five days including rice terraces, elephant safari, royal temple, holy spring temple, monkey forest, coffee plantation. The rich aroma from this plantation tree is still lingering inside me. Actually I am writing this review mainly to say my view regarding the stay over here, I never expected that Bali would have such marvelous hotels, inns, motels and villa. We basically took for rent one of the villas and the reception that we received here was sumptuous, we explored the rice fields which was excellent and one of its kind. It is heard that these farms are famous for subak system of traditional irrigation in Bali. One of my friends is an agricultural engineer and he was explaining us the benefits of all these things. It is really a matter of pride to see that this small place is not only rich in culture and heritage but it is also contributing a lot to the economic system of the country. On the way we came across many villages like Ubud, Celuk, and Mas. These places are known for wood carvings, art work and gold jewel making. I have also shared some pictures that have been taken from the high road side location that covers the hills, mountains, beaches and more. Overall we learnt loads from this amazing trip to Bali in five day.
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 immediately nodded our head for Bali when one my colleague hinted that this is a wonderful place on Earth, so immediately without any second thought our team hired the travel agents for Bali. It was like a dream destination spot for me and my team never expected such a type of output from a foreign state like this. Such a small place but there is many things in store from Bali. What inspired me more in this place apart from sightseeing is the culture of the country, it is simply out of the world experience, as they say big things come in small packages, even though this was a small tour package we were able to cover many things under one roof. The Elephant safari was somehow missed out as we lacked time, but no regrets I am planning to go again next year with my family personally. Some of the best places that I recommend over here are Legian and Sanur. And Guys don’t miss out the rich rice farming vegetation and coffee plantation at Bali. If you plan and jot down the main landmarks you can very well get a chance to cover it all. A little bit of planning is enough to enjoy such a place. Note – if you don’t research and visit there are chances that you will miss out seeing important attractions at Bali. Bali is completely safe for couples and family, so I recommend this tour for people who want some privacy in their trip. A final word – my review is incomplete if I don’t mention my tour to the volcano. Splendid tour!
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 around Bali, but the organizers gave us lot of rest time so that we could refresh. Well speaking about the trip – great and fabulous. Cycling to the terraced rice fields and visiting the adjacent landmarks and villages were more than memorable. Jatiluwih is known for its famous rice paddies and I am happy that I saw that for real, well speaking about the real fun – the water rides, the sporting activities and the bonfire were charming. Food was good and we were offered plenty of activities to indulge in. The guides were supportive and had good communication skill. Suggestions – Carry comfy footwear, sunglasses and a good camera (Guys you have loads to capture at Bali). It was an amazing and pleasant stay at the Pacung mountain resort (nice resort experience – I ll write about this a review separately) Well guys if you are planning to take this trip I advise you to take few days of stretching exercise in prior so that you can enjoy to the core!
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 family vacation too. I took up this trip with my wife and we got that full-to-full enjoyment. The itinerary and the procedures were explained to us well in advance to us by our team and so it was easy for us to stick to it. The whole way cycling to Volcano at Batur and then cycling to Pacung - Mengwi – Ubud was a bit tiresome (but if you have stamina you can very well manage it). Still the night halt at the hotels and the resorts gave us the needed break and took off the tiredness’. My wife loved the cycling to the rice fields and the nearby village. The folk dancers danced well to the local music and we should admit that we got an exhilarating experience, well all that being said, the trip was above average with prices being at par with the services. Lastly I would like to wind this review by saying that I recommend this trip for sure.
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 online and started off to take a break. It is an absolute place for relaxation and refreshing; I would surely choose this place and suggest it for any people who are longing for adventurous and memorable trip. The places in and around Bali are pleasant, peaceful and rejuvenating. I fell in love with the Kuta Beach, this beach is far better than the beaches I have been before; the organizers gave ample time to sit and relax here. I am not a great foodie but still I enjoyed the typical seafood that was served here at Jimbaran, and I have no words to say about the boat ride, I was allowed to indulge in plenty of water activities ( parasailing, banana boat and so on were unique and absolute fun). It is an awesome place to visit for couples, family and friends. Above all this trip was like a stress buster to me! Enjoyed it full to full!
22 September 2016
WOW TRIP! Some of the highlighting things of the trip are the visit the spring water temple, Balinese coffee plantation and the rice plantation, our last day included visiting the local villages and this showed the living style of the Bali people. If you use the best company for the tour then I am sure that the trip will be a memorable one. Overall I can say that this was an inexpensive and worthy trip. What is worthy to talk is the scenic view of Bali rice fields that are more than amazing! Thumbs up to my organizers for delivering such service!
22 September 2016
One of the best experiences of my life is this Bali trip. I have no words to start or end, but then definitely my trip will become incomplete if I don’t write a review of my memorable trip, Had been on this tour with my office people and each bit of the trip is simply superb, the blue waters of the Indian ocean are still in front of my eyes. The tour guide took all efforts to see that our trip covered the entire itinerary. It is surely a must do trip, the tour unfolds many aspects that I never even wondered would happen in my life.
22 September 2016
I had always wanted to go on a trip that is full of adventure and yet covers the cultural heritage of the country, and this is when I got to know from my colleague about one such place in Asia – Indonesia – Bali. It is really amazing to know that Bali is filled with such rich cultural heritage, spectacular beaches, nature, spirituality, art and above all the rural villages are off the talk. As soon as I heard of all these things, I couldn’t simply resist booking tickets for me and my family. I planned for a five day tour sightseeing trip to Bali. The multitudes of offerings of Bali are simply overwhelming. Bali has many temples and extraordinary sceneries that will keep you mesmerized in it for the entire lifetime. My kids got a real treat the whole way during the travel period as the roads we travelled covered many picturesque terraced rice fields and many more. My little daughter was in fact saying that she never saw all these in her life for real. The memorable part of our Bali sightseeing tour was the rustic villages that the tour agents covered which included – Ubud and Kintamani. The huge range of mountains, lush forests, wet rice fields and the bountiful vegetation of the country is still in fresh in front of my eyes. My son has captured all these beautiful places on his tab and has uploaded in his social media; the responses were simply great and amazing. My wife loved the historical monuments, art galleries and the museum in particular that is filled with the hidden gems of the country. I feel that this place is personally a great destination for family vacation or tours. If you are looking out to capture some memorable moments that you can cherish for lifetime, then this is it – Bali.
22 September 2016
Being a history student what can be more than useful than visiting the famous country Bali. When my parents had arranged for a Bali three day tour, I was more than happy. Bali is a lovely place with beautiful villages, temples, plantation groves, money forest, lakes and more. It is in fact a cluster of many things under one roof. A perfect family holiday destination spot! This is one of the most exciting expeditions that I have ever been before in my life. Our tour started on September 5th (first day) we were dropped in the hotels and we immediately were asked to meet within few hours to head to the Batubulan village, here we enjoyed the Balinese in their best dance form – Barong dance, visited the famous art villages nearby and we halted at the monkey village (great wildlife) this region gave us scope to know about the wildlife and nature of the place. Once we were done with Kintamani region, we went to the Tirta Empul (lovely place); from here we were dropped to our hotels. The second day was a visit to the famous Ayun temple, Ulndanu temple and Bratan lake view. Then we were shown the important plantations and rice terraced fields and again dropped at hotels. The third last day was super fun with visit to Beach and water gaming activity. Though my parents were not able to enjoy much of water sporting games; I and my brother enjoyed to the core. The water games offered here are surely unparalleled to any other water sports in any part of the place. The day ended in a beautiful way with a visit to the Jimbaran bay (don’t miss out the seafood being served here). Only regret is that we were not able to take up the Pandawa beach in this tour.
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