The Asian Island of Flowers
Backpacking in Bali
A backpacking holiday, and Bali go hand-in-hand, and Kuta tends to be a good choice for backpackers searching for cheap lodging in Bali, and in some villages, there are often places to stay, and is always best to ask for the kepala desa (the village chief). Accommodation varies from sleeping in a pavilion to a family compound but can be as cheap as 25,000 Rupiah per person per night or payment can even be in the form of a gift. Staying in a Losman or ‘inn’ is also another cheap alternative when on a Bali backpacking holiday, with prices starting at only 50,000 to 150,000 Rupiah per night, as hostels are limited, and there is only campsite on the whole of the island. A backpacking holiday in Bali is also ideal for those who are visiting either Indonesia or Australia as the island make an ideal stop over destination with a difference.
Beach in Bali
Bali is the perfect destination for a beach holiday, and the beaches in Bali are of the main highlights on any visit to the island. Kuta beach is the most popular beach and offers visitors fine sands and buzzing nightlife, whilst also being well-known for surfing, a vibrant shopping scene as well as a large amount of hotels and restaurants. Lying on the northern coastline of Bali, Lovina beach is the place to go for if visitors want to explore what lies beneath the ocean waves and discover the island's best coral reefs by either snorkelling and scuba dining. This part of the island is also the most likely place to see the wonderful sight of wild dolphins whilst on a beach holiday in Bali. Sanur beach on the other hand is ideal for those looking for the more relaxed Bali beach holiday, and meander through the many markets, whilst stopping off at one of the cafés to watch the world go by. Oh, and surprisingly, the hottest months are February, March, and April.
Camping in Bali
For those travelling on a shoestring budget, a camping holiday in Bali is one of the cheapest forms of vacation and accommodation, along with the ‘inns’ or Losmans. Camping facilities are however limited on the island with only one campsite in Western Bali at the headquarters of the Taman Nasional Bali Barat at Cekik, which is really only worth staying at if visiting this national park, and for those wanting to trek in the mountains. It is worth taking into consideration for those wishing to go on a camping holiday in Bali, that temperatures in the region are very hot and humid, and with accommodation being very cheap in Bali, it may be worth spending the extra to stay in somewhere that will be more comfortable to sleep in or have air conditioning which does make all the difference in the Bali climate.
Corporate Weekend in Bali
Bali is the ultimate reward for staff and makes an unforgettable corporate weekend getaway. With the endless beaches, sunshine, and spectacular scenery, a corporate weekend holiday in Bali will get pulses racing and employees to perform better in a very competitive global market. There are numerous activities on offer, ranging from horse riding, trekking and cycling on land to scuba diving, sailing and fishing on the seas of the Indian Ocean. Golf is the all important sport for striking business deals, and Bali offers a high standard of courses including the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which was designed to championship standard by legendary golfer Greg Norman. A corporate weekend holiday in Bali simply has it all.
Couples Holiday in Bali
For the ultimate romantic break or couples holiday in Bali, the island has it all, and is a popular choice for those who want to spend time together. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, or it may be just a simple walk along the Kuta or Sanar beach, a stroll arm in arm whilst meandering through the markets or sampling the local cuisine whilst watching the world go sedately by. Bali is a renowned place to relax and enjoy each other’s company. For the more active couple, there is plenty to do, from horseriding to scuba diving to hiking and exploring the temples or art galleries, Bali is an ideal destination for a couples holiday.
Culture and Arts in Bali
For those who want a culture and arts holiday, Bali should feature highly on most wish lists. There are many art galleries on the island thanks to foreign artists, who often have a great interest in authentic Balinese art. Ubud is the main centre for Balinese work, which can be found in the Neka Art Museum, the Antonio Blanco Gallery, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Le Mayeur Museum is another of the galleries which is a worth a visit and is located within the Sanur area of Bali, close to the beachfront, where its entrance is lined by fine carvings. Temples are also in abundance on the island for visitors who have an interest in Asian architecture, and want to have a further insight into the Balinese culture and way of life. A culture and arts holiday in Bali will not disappoint.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Bali
A cycling holiday in Bali is ideal for those who enjoy touring a new destination using only pedal power, and for visitors who want to go on day trips. In Bali there are numerous rental companies offering bikes for hire in addition to businesses which offer cycle tours. The best place to hire a bike in Bali whilst on a Bali cycling holiday is in Ubud in the south of the island, and visitors can expect to pay between 20,000 to 30,000 Rupiah per day.
Well-geared mountain bikes make steep climbs easier, but for those who want to take the strain out of the ride, there are buses and bemos to take visitors to higher altitudes. However,
A cycling holiday in Bali is not for the fainthearted. It is worth bearing in mind that there can be heavy rains showers, high humidity and steep mountain climbs.
Disabled Needs in Bali
Bali has limited facilities for those travelling on holiday with disabled people, and Bali’s Ngurah International Airport offers standard disabled assistance including lifts and ramps. Wheelchairs are also available on request. For accommodation whilst on a holiday for disabled people in Bali, the only hotels which cater for this type of traveller are the large chains found to the south of the island, and in Ubud. Before making a reservation with a specific hotel, it is recommended that visitors checking which facilities are available.
Bali is however a prime destination for those who are visually impaired as Balinese music is played in many places on the island, and the exotic fauna provides rich tropical smells and is therefore highly enjoyable for those with limited or no sight.
Family Holiday in Bali
Being a very popular tourist destination in Asia, there is a huge range of activities to keep the whole family entertained on holiday in Bali. For those who want to simply relax and get away from it all, adults and children alike can relax on the sandy beaches and enjoy the calm and warm waters, whether its swimming, scuba diving or snorkelling. For those who want to explore what the region has to offer whilst on a family holiday in Bali, hiking, cycling, fishing and golf are just a few of the activities available. Waterbom Park in Kuta which features numerous swimming pools and water slides and the new Taman Burung Bird Park which showcases the fabulous tropical birds of Indonesia, with more than 250 species are also popular with families, and well worth a visit.
Gay and Lesbian in Bali
Bali is an ideal destination for a gay and lesbian holiday is very welcoming towards this type of visitor, and should have no trouble whilst on the island. The practice is not illegal and physical contact between same sex couples is not frowned upon. Whilst there is no exclusively gay area, Kuta is popular with homosexual men on a gay and lesbian holiday in Bali. The island also has its own gay tour operator, Gaya Dewata, based in Denpasar. Hotels are generally accepting of homosexuality and are pleased to offer double rooms for same sex couples. This is worth checking for in advance of making a reservation as this can vary between venues.
Golf Activity Holiday in Bali
A golf holiday in Bali will not disappoint. There are three major courses on the island, each unique in character and the nature of its challenges. Bali Golf and Country Club is a stunning 18-hole course set amidst tropical palms and coconut groves, and is conveniently located within the Nusa Dua area which offers world-class hotel accommodation. Superior facilities include villa accommodation, swimming pool and spa. Bali's most impressive course is the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which is part of an integrated resort that covers 101 hectares of prime land including a 5-star hotel, spa and exclusive residential villas. The course was designed to championship standard by legendary golfer Greg Norman, and incorporates sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the sacred Hindu sea temple of Tanah Lot on the 7th hole and has lush rice terraces incorporated into the green giving a real Balinese touch. Nirwana is the only course in Bali that has a Course Marshall and a team of all-female caddies that come from the surrounding local villages.
Hen Destination in Bali
Although Bali is not considered to be a prime destination for a hen party, the island is however well-geared up for celebrating the hen’s last few days of freedom. For those that just want to relax and be pampered during a hen celebration in Bali, there are numerous beaches to choose from with Sanur and Kuta being the most popular as they also offer watersports activities and plenty of eateries. Away from the high-end hotels, there are plenty of spa and other treatments to choose from with a massage in a local salon costing only 40,000 to 60,000 Rupiah in a local salon which presents excellent value. Getting around the island is easy with cheap transport available, and once the sun goes down, there is an active nightlife scene in the south of the island in Kuta. For hen parties in Bali who want something a bit more sedate, Sanur beach is the place to head for.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Bali
For those looking for a hiking or trekking holiday in Bali, there are numerous possibilities for the keen rambler in Bali, and it is great way to go off of the beaten track, and to explore the interior of the island. Although remote wilderness treks are not offered due to the high population density, there are organised trips which explore the local villages and allow visitors to meander through the padi fields. There are other treks in the Batur area, where holidaymakers can walk close to the volcanoes near Bedugul and Taman Nasional Bali Barat in the western part of the island. For those looking for a challenge during a Bali hiking holiday, one of the toughest climbs is up the 3142m high Gunung Agung. It is recommended that visitors wear waterproof clothing when hiking in the Central Mountains.
Honeymoon in Bali
The warm blue sea, and the tropical surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon holiday in Bali, and to enjoy the very first days as a new couple. Whether to pamper your palate with some delicious coastal cuisines or whether to indulge your senses amidst the sun drenched beaches, stunning scenery, architecture or art, Bali has everything to make a honeymoon a truly memorable experience. Bali will never let newlyweds get bored. For those visitors wanting an added touch of adventure, the island offers a wide range of activities including scuba diving, surfing, hiking and sailing. Bali is a truly romantic destination for a honeymoon holiday, and offers the perfect compromise between relaxing and exploring one of the richest cultures of Asia. We recommend you don't book your honeymoon in peak season if you prefer to have the island more to yourself, without the party crowds and backpackers.
Naturism in Bali
There are limited opportunities for those wanting to enjoy a clothes free or naturist holiday in Bali. One of the clothing-optional places in Bali, is "Bali au Naturel", a beach resort in Northern Bali, far away from the hustle and bustle of vibrant and cosmopolitan Kuta. The resort has two large swimming pools, and Bali au Naturel caters for travellers who are in search of clothing-optional luxury, and simply wish to relax in exclusive tropical and peaceful surroundings, with beautiful landscaped gardens. Unfortunately outside of the resorts, there are no nudist beaches for those who want to mingle with other naturists whilst on holiday in Bali.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Bali
Bali is an ideal destination for those travelling alone as locals are very friendly which makes it easy to socialise and meet likeminded people. The island also caters for those wanting the single life in Bali, by offering cheaper accommodation than the cost for those travelling in pairs. For those seeking the ultimate party holiday in Bali, and an active nightlife, visitors should head to the south of the island to Kuta and Seminyak where there are numerous bars and nightclubs. For visitors looking for a more relaxed affair, Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua are quieter areas and better placed for holidaymakers who wish to grab a drink and watch the sunset.
Shopping Holiday in Bali
Bali is literally a shopper’s paradise, with a large range of items on offer ranging from clothes to leather goods. Tailor-made clothing is available and leather goods are cheap to buy. On a shopping holiday in Bali, Kuta Square is the place to go for, and boasts a well stocked Matahari department store and lots of designer outlets such as Armani and Calvin Klein at much cheaper prices than other countries.
Although there has been an increase in the number of air-conditioned shops with fixed prices including the major surfing labels, but there are still plenty of small street front places on a shopping holiday in Bali offering more authentic and locally made products ranging including woodcarvings. Sterling silver jewellery is also good value. It is worth avoiding silversmiths if on a tour as the guide takes commission, and items are generally not of such good quality. Bargaining is commonplace during a Bali shopping holiday when buying away from the larger stores, and it is advised that visitors start at around one to two thirds of the original asking price.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Bali
For those wishing to hit the ocean waves whilst on a sailing holiday in Bali, there are numerous charters and boat tours available. Two of these are the Glass Bottom Boat to explore the colourful fish of the Benoa Sea and the Bali Dolphin Tour which allows visitors to see dolphins in the wild habitat of the Indian Ocean. For those wanting the more exclusive experience whilst on a sailing holiday in Bali, there are private yacht charters available which include a tour on a catamaran to Komodo Island and other destinations, and for the more romantic and once in a lifetime experience, sunset cruises can make a sailing holiday in Bali that much more memorable.t
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Bali
A scuba diving holiday in Bali is a truly memorable experience thanks to the island boasting many impressive diving sites. The best time of year for diving as the sea tends to be calmer, is the dry season which lasts from April to October. Many of the dive sites are close to the islands shores and there is a myriad of tropical fish and corals to explore, and divers will see marine life such as dolphins, rays, turtles, sperm and blue whales, or sea snakes. The main diving areas in Bali on the east coast are at Padang Bai and Candi Dasa and further north at Tulamben and Amed. One of the most popular sites is the wreck of the US Liberty warship at Tulamben. The hull is encrusted with coral and the fish have become relatively tame due to the large numbers of divers here.
Stag Destination in Bali
Bali is not considered to be one of the prime or most popular destinations for a stag party, but does however offer all of the essential ingredients to celebrate the groom’s last few days of freedom. There is a large range of accommodation to suit all budgets on a stag party in Bali, ranging from the family run Losmans right up to the five-star resorts. The south of the island is more well-known for its active nightlife where bars and nightclubs are aplenty, and Bali also offers stag groups the chance to relax on one of the stunning beaches and catch some rays or participate in outdoor activities including surfing for which Bali is renowned, golf, horse riding and scuba diving.
Touring - Driving holiday in Bali
There is no better way to explore the rich natural diversity of the region than by embarking on a driving holiday in Bali. Imagine witnessing and observing every corner of villages, paddy rice fields, hilly landscapes and white sandy beaches throughout the roads of Bali from your air-conditioned car seat. Visitors can stop for regularly whilst on a touring and driving holiday in Bali whenever they want in order to discover the beauty that radiates from the countryside. While planning to enjoy the beauty of the Island of Paradise it is a great way to make it the convenience and comfort of holidaymakers during a touring and driving holiday.
Well-being and Spa in Bali
Bali is an ideal destination for those seeking a well-being and spa holiday, and is true paradise for spa lovers. Numerous treatments are widely available, and the Balinese lulur body scrub with herbs and spices is particularly popular. Balinese massage is usually done with oil and involves long, Swedish-style strokes and contrary to exorbitant Western massage fees, Balinese massage is incredible value for people’s wallets, and visitors should definitely indulge in a spot of pampering as it is not expensive to do so. Whilst on a spa holiday in Bali, holidaymakers should expect to budget around 40,000 to 60,000 Rupiah for a one hour full body massage in a local salons, whereas the two-hour mandi lulur, which incorporates a body scrub and hydrating yogurt body mask in addition to the massage, will cost near to 100,000 Rupiah. High end hotels which offer similar kinds of treatment charge considerably more for these services, and therefore it is worth shopping around.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Bali
For a wine tasting holiday in Bali, opportunities are limited, but the island does produce its own wine which competes with others on the international stage, courtesy of Hatten Wines, Bali’s first and only true winery located in the north of the island. The winery, which was established in 1994, now boasts over 1500 clients, ranging from small hotels to 5-star resorts. Hatten Wines, which sold around 40,000 cases of wine in 2008, has a shop close to the busiest roundabout in Bali, Simpang Siur. This retail outlet is a popular choice for guests to enjoy the tasting of all the Hatten Wines and Two Islands products, which can be sampled in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere whilst on a Bali wine tasting holiday.
Winter Sun in Bali
A winter sun holiday in Bali is an ideal way to escape the rainy and cold days of winter, and escape to a paradise island which boasts, sea, sunshine and plenty of surfing. Bali is just below the equator, so its days are a consistent 12 hours long and the temperatures always hover in the 80s Fahrenheit (upper 20s to low 30s Celsius). Although the rainy season lasts from October to April in the winter season, rain usually comes in short, violent bursts that last an hour or so, and the humidity is at its crushing worst during this period. Remember that it gets a bit nippy at night up in the mountains, but a light cardigan will certainly keep you happy! FYI - The hottest months are February, March, and April! With temperatures still hovering around 30 degrees centigrade with sea temperatures to match, a winter sun holiday in Bali provides the opportunity to escape the crowds and pick up deals on accommodation and flights. October is one of the best times to go as rainfall is still low, but it is important to bear in mind that although the temperatures are still hot, rainfall is at its heaviest between the months of December through to February, which limits the amount of outdoor activity which is a main focus whilst on the island on a Bali winter sun holiday.