Considering Bali is such a little island in comparison to some, you might not think that there’s much to see or do there. If this is how you’re thinking, then boy are you wrong about Bali.
It’s not all about the obvious beaches and temples that you’ll be able to find around pretty much every single corner. It’s about the rich culture, the amazing food, the nightlife, the happy people… our list could go on. So many people head to Bali and spend their days on the beach, by the pool, or just wondering around the streets. But if you want to do it the right way, you’re going to have to dive headfirst into what Bali has to offer you. It’s not expensive to do so, and the memories you’re going to be able to make in return will be far more worth it. So, if you’re planning a trip there, or perhaps you have one booked at the minute, then this is the article for you. Have a read on to find out more!
The Things To Watch Out For
We don’t want to seem as though we’re starting this article off a bit negative, because that definitely isn’t our intention. But if you want to do Bali the right way, you need to know the things that you’ve got to watch out for. You wouldn’t believe the amount of tourists that head to Bali each year and find themselves caught out because they weren’t prepared. So, not to sound like the Mom here, but sunscreen is essential. Bali can be quite a cloudy country, but the sun comes out quicker than it went in. So, just because the sun is in for a few minutes and out for a few, it can be easy to think you won’t get burnt. A lot of the time it is just crazily sunny, and the heat from the sun is so intense that you’ll be running for the sea. So, even if you think you don’t burn easily, take a high factor sunscreen… because it will burn you. You’re around 8 degrees from the equator, which means the sun’s intensity is so strong. The amount of people you see walking around looking like a lobster is rather amusing.. .until you become that lobster! Hydrate plenty as well. It is such a humid country, and the power of the sun burning your skin makes the sweat more than you would like to. Even at night time, the humidity is high enough to leave you walking around uncomfortably warm, so always have a bottle of water with you.
The second warning is the taxies. They will try and charge you an absolute fortune if you go with the wrong type of taxi. The only taxis you can trust is the private drivers that work with the hotel you’re staying at, or a company called Bluebird taxis. There’s lots of them, but there’s also lots of fakes. Some cars will be blue and say Bluebiro on them, or Bluetaxi group. Those are the ones that will take you miles out of the way just to charge you a fortune, and won’t even have a meter. Always take your time to find a proper Bluebird taxi, they’ll also have their website on the side of the taxi. Get in any other, and you’ll be paying up to 5x more than you should be doing!
The Things To Do
It was only right to start by giving you a few words of warning because we promise you that not knowing both of them could ruin your holiday. There are a few more other warnings to be had, which can be found here. But, let’s move on to the good side of things, the things that you’re going to be able to do when you’re there. One thing we think you should do is have a little practice on a scooter in your home country, and get yourself an international driver’s license. Renting a scooter is one of the best ways to see Bali, and one of the coolest things you can do. But the roads are manic, so you need your practice before you even enter the country! Scooter or no scooter, you have to visit some of the iconic sights, and they involve the temples. Tanah lot at sunset, or Uluwatu temple, is one of the most incredible views you will have. It’s peaceful, tranquil, and just so mesmerising to see such beautiful temples with the backdrop of the sun setting. If you head to Ubud, Campuhan Ridge Walk is also a great thing for you to do. Go early morning and it won’t be too hot, but the views will still be incredible. Learning how to surf is also a must. The lessons are so cheap, and you get a good few hours in the ocean trying to learn. Whether you do or not is no problem, it’s so much fun to try!
The Locations To Stay
Pretty much every location that you’ll stay in Bali is going to beautiful, and you’ll have a different experience everywhere you go. If you head to Ubud, it might be full of tourists, but it is somewhat calmer than Kuta and Seminyak. In either locations, you can find luxury villas in Bali that will give you the ultimate experience of relaxation that the country should give you overall. You’ll be happy to know that you don’t actually have to spend much on accommodation either. Our advice would be to book your flights and accommodation separately. You could then spend a few nights in Kuta, a few in Seminyak, a few in Uluwatu, and a few in Ubud. That way you’ll be having the ultimate Bali experience, and experiencing luxury accommodation all over!
Experience The Culture
Finally, really try and immerse yourself in the culture, because we promise it is so rich. The main religion in Bali is Hindu, and what a beautiful religion it is. You’ll find small offerings outside pretty much every shop, inside every private driver car, and offering stands outside most bigger shops and buildings. You’ll also learn that although the people don’t have much, they’re ever so happy. It’s good to take some time to learn about the culture, the religion, and the way of life if you want the true Bali experience.