You’ve seen the photographs… ‘take-your-breath-away’ blue oceans, long sandy-beaches, swinging above jungles, strolls alongside rice paddies and the most beautifully decorated smoothie bowls. A Bali getaway is all about living your best life - whether it be relaxing on the beach, exploring the best Bali destinations or just eating your way through the local cuisine.
We’re here to tell you all that you need to know about this tropical paradise. From where to go in Bali and where to stay in Bali to the best time to visit Bali. Our Bali travel guide has it all - you’ll be sipping on smoothies (or cocktails) and snacking on delicious foods while enjoying the view in no time!
First off, where is Bali exactly? Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The province includes the island of Bali along with a few neighbouring islands - including Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Bali is, by far, Indonesia’s main tourist attraction. Attracting tourists from around the world as well as being a base for a large portion of the global digital nomad community.
The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. You can find denominations of IDR 500 to IDR 100,000 in the form of banknotes and IDR 25 to IDR 1,000 in the form of coins. There are plenty of ATMs in Bali and debit/credit cards are generally accepted, with the exception of local restaurants. Cash is generally preferred, though.
A few interesting facts about Bali:
When you start off with looking into where to go in Bali, you will likely start at either Kuta or Seminyak. These are the two main towns and the most touristy. The southern stretch of the island, from the airport northwest via Canggu to Pererenan Beach, is the most popular. Bali’s inland is mostly dominated by volcanoes and the west and northern parts of the island are sparsely populated.
A few of the best places to visit in Bali include:
Other popular beaches in Bali to visit or stay at include Legian beach, Jimbaran Bay, Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa and Sanur Beach.
If you are looking for where to stay in Bali - most first-time travelers will likely head to Ubud, Kuta (for partying), Seminyak (there are a lot of luxury resorts and hotels here) or Canggu.
One of the great things about Bali is despite being fairly small, it has something for everyone. Whether you’re a yogi, a beach bum, an adventure seeker or a surfer - there is a Bali destination for you.
A few of the top things to do in Bali include:
For the adventure seekers, you can go paragliding, hiking, mountain cycling, river rafting or jungle trekking! While those looking for a bit more R&R can book into one of the magnificent spas to experience a few Balinese spa treatments. Nature lovers can get up close and personal with the monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest or perhaps go in search of dolphins on a boat trip.
And after all the partying, activities, watersports, exploring and eating, make sure you take some time to stretch it out and relax at a yoga class. There are plenty of places offering single classes or multi-day yoga retreats. So make sure to take the opportunity to practice yoga in this truly beautiful destination!
Located barely 500 miles south of the equator, Bali has a distinctly tropical climate. The climate is fairly even all year round and can technically be enjoyed 365 days of the year - depending on what type of traveler you are. Typically said, the best time to visit Bali is outside of the monsoon season. The monsoon takes place from around October until April, bringing quite a lot of rain (particularly from December through to March). There are generally fewer tourists around during this period - so if you like to avoid the crowds, then perhaps think about sticking out the monsoon. It is also the cheapest time to go!
Humidity is relatively low and rain is much less frequent during the dry season. The weather from May until October is perfect for outdoor activities like climbing the volcanoes and participating in water sports. Though, it is busier during this time so you may need to book ahead for certain activities.
Overall, the best time of year to visit Bali is between May and September when it’s dry and sunny.
Food in Bali is extremely cheap - which makes it so much enjoyable to try absolutely everything you can. The food is also really good - from traditional local food to some really interesting takes on international dishes. Some of the best restaurants in Bali aren’t necessarily Indonesian restaurants, so while it’s good to try the local cuisine, make sure to also try some of the other popular restaurants.
Below are a few traditional Balinese dishes to try:
Lastly, to finish off our Bali travel guide, we’ve pulled together a few top Bali travel tips to know before you head off on your tropical adventure.
Ready for a Bali getaway? Join us on our women’s only Bali tour. We’ll explore the best of East Bali, Ubud and Seminyak. Visiting palaces, volcanoes, ancient villages, temples, mountains, rice paddies and beaches. And of course, join in on a yoga lesson, cooking class and cultural dance performance.