THINGS TO DO IN BALI – THE ISLAND OF GODS
Geography of Bali
Things To Do In Bali
Visit Temples of Bali
Bali is home to a majority of Hindus in Indonesia. Temples built centuries ago can be seen in Bali. With beautiful architectures, these temples are located near to the coast and offer photographers to click some spectacular shots. Some of the famous temples in Bali are Uluwatu temple (located in a cliff in the south-west tip), Besakih temple (located in the east Bali), Tanah Lot temple (west Bali), Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (lakefront temple), Taman Ayun temple (Ubud), Saraswathi temple (Ubud), Temple Of Lempuyang Luhur (East Bali).
Bali Safari and Marine Park
Serene Beaches of Bali
The island offers some of the best beaches in the world. Some of the beaches in Bali are Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu in the South Bali and has white sands. The Lovina beach is located in the North Bali in the Singaraja which is less frequented by the tourists. Black sands are found on this beach. Dolphin tours are available from Lovina beach. Tourists can pay and go for Dolphin tour just 1km from Lovina beach in Balinese boats. Tourists who wish a peaceful holiday, proceed to North Bali as the South Bali are crowded. It takes approximately 2 hours from the Bali airport to reach Singaraja.
A must see in the list of things to do in Bali is the stage performance, Devdan Show, Treasure of the Archipelago in Bali’s Nusa Dua theatre. The 90 minutes show leaves you stunned. It explains the different islands of the Indonesian archipelago. The show is combined with music and dances and keeps everyone engaged all through the show. The show performs 4 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday) at 19:30 hours. You can book the tickets 3 months in advance. 4 categories of tickets available. VIP, A category, B category and C category, ranging from USD 40 to USD 115. You can enjoy 10% – 15% discount when you go in groups of 3 and above.
Water sports are one of the main activities or things to do in Bali. Available water sports are Surfing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Sea Walk, Banana Boat, Flying Fish, Kite Surfing etc.
Dine in style on board the dinner cruise and watch the setting sun in the middle of the sea. You can choose from the variety of cruises available like Dinner cruise, evening cruise, day cruise etc. Enjoy musical and dance events on board.
Rice is the staple food consumed with vegetables, meat, and seafood along with spices. Balinese cuisine is influenced by the Indian and Chinese cuisine. You can even attend a cooking class in Bali and learn the method of cooking the Balinese dishes and taste it on your own. Do not miss it to add to the things to do in Bali list.
Where to stay in Bali?
You have many options for accommodation to choose from. Hotels, Homestays, Bed & Holiday Rentals etc. If you wish to have more activities, you can stay in South Bali and if you want a more secluded place, you can stay in North Bali. Here are some recommendations for the hotels.
- All Seasons Legian Bali
- Swiss Belinn Legian
- Eden Hotel Kuta Bali
- Junjungan Ubud Hotel and Spa
- Maison Aurelia Sanur, Bali – by Preference
- Amnaya Resort Kuta
- Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort
- Klumpu Bali Resort
- Visesa Ubud Resort
Apart from these hotels and resorts, you can opt for holiday rentals where you can get good deals for a long stay. You will get homes with a kitchenette and you can cook on your own by procuring the raw materials from the nearby markets.
Connectivity & Transportation
Bali is well connected. Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar Bali airport is the International airport located in Kuta region. Bali is well connected with America, Europe, Australia and most Asian countries. Speedboats are used for the inter-island transfers. Cab services are the best mode of transportation in Bali. Blue Bird taxis are common in South Bali. With Uber in action, you get cheaper rides across the island. Coach travel can be preferred to travel from South Bali to North Bali as it will be more comfortable and cheaper.
Bali located near to the equator experiences tropical climate throughout the year. The monsoon in Bali starts from October and prevails till March. During this period the tourist crowd will be less, hotels giving huge discounts except during Christmas and New Year season.
The local currency of Bali is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). USD is accepted on the island. The rate of exchange is 1 USD = 13505.00 IDR. Credit cards are used widely in the standard hotels, restaurants, and stores with a surcharge. It is better to have some cash for the local expenses like the taxi, small eateries etc. ATMs are available in many places. Check with your bank for the withdrawal charges while planning.
Things to do in Bali – What should not be missed?
When creating the list of things to do in Bali, you should not miss Gili Islands which is nearby Bali. The Gili islands are a group of islands “Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air”. Whats special in these small islands? Motorised vehicles are banned in the islands. Cidomo, a small horse cart is used for transfers of tourists in the Gili Islands. The cart is usually decorated and colorful. Go for snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing in the turquoise sea.
Though being a part of Lombok, Indonesia, these islands are famous among the divers which is rich in its marine life. There are cheap hotels and guesthouses available in Gili islands. Visit sea turtle hatcheries, enjoy wakeboarding, parasailing, and kayaking. Shop for souvenirs, bargain for the best prices. The initial price quoted is not the final price you pay.
Plan your 2018 trip in advance and make use of the promotion fares offered by the airlines and save more. Happy traveling!!
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