Never Ending Bali

Bali is the best island in the world. This is not just a tourism advertisement but it’s true a real award given to this beautiful island. So, visiting this island for a holiday will be a real fun traveling yet memorable. Bali is the most popular island of over 13.000 islands in Indonesia archipelago. Located in the eastern of Java and western of Lombok, this island lied by approximately 4 millions people.

Despite recent tragic events which have affected the visiting of tourist volume, for travelers, Bali remains a wonderful destination to visit. There are places for everyone either who wants to find such noise and commotion or peace and quite. Surfers can find great waves in many spectacular beaches, honeymooners can find peaceful and romantic getaway, even executives can find meeting rooms to refresh business strategy. No wonder lots of people call Bali as amazing paradise. With the reputation as the best island in the world, Bali attracts almost 1 million visitors a year from all over the world. The mixed of friendly people, amazing cultures and nature, have made Bali a unique island which can be experienced yet a remedy for tired soul.

Places of interest

What to do? Where to go? Bali has abundant of attractions to enjoy, from the highland to the coastline.

Ubud, about a hour north of Denpasar is surrounded by most of things that bring people to Bali; scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and unique luxury hotel. Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali and is most fascinating at festival times, but it is grand and impressive whenever you go there. Kintamani Volcano, where you can see awesome magnificence picturesque hillside located around Lake Batur where Peneloken provides the first spectacular view of this crater lake, set in a vast volcano caldera. Watching sunrise would be an unforgettable experience by a climb to the summit of Mount Batur, still an active volcano.

The island of Bali is blessed to be surrounded with the line of beautiful beaches. Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Dreamland, Nusa Penida, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Lovina, Tulamben are the places to go. Just pick up a getaway that suits your mood for Bali has many beautiful beaches.

Bali has world class scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, coral viewing and many beach sports for those who like to get wet. You can take diving short course or various packages to experience diving in Bali and discover the beauty of Bali underwater. Bali’s great dive spots are around Nusa Lembongan, Sanur, Amed, Gili Tepekong, Menjangan Island and Tulamben. Surfing spots are near Uluwatu and along Bali’s West coast North of Canggu. Amateurs or professional surfers love Bali beaches great waves and has yearly agenda for International surfing competition.

Accommodation

Tourism industry in Bali was started since 1970th which attract many tours operators and airlines companies to bring their clients to enjoy this beautiful island. Bali has the range of accommodation to stay from budget hotels to luxuries 5 stars hotels, resorts and villas.

If you are looking for exciting island night life, an unparalleled range of shopping choices and restaurants from every continent, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak will please you. Somewhat a bit quieter and generally a bit up market is Sanur about 20 minutes north of the airport by highway. The largest enclave of luxury resort hotels is in Nusa Dua, a district on eastern of Bukit Peninsula. Another tourism are is Jimbaran Bay which the bay itself forms a backdrop to a broad sweeping crescent of beach that is one of Bali’s best. About one hour north of Denpasar in higher land, lies Ubud which has developed quite reputation as a place to experience “the real Bali”. Here also a romantic place for the honeymooners.

Cuisine

As a truly international destination attracting visitors from all over the world, Bali has a huge variety of cafes and restaurants, serving both Indonesian and international food. Be sure to experience Indonesian dishes nasi goreng (fried rice) and mie goreng (fried noodles). Don’t forget wonderful seafood. Jimbaran Bay is one of relaxing dining places with cafés along the beach to enjoy local lobster or calamari.

When to go

To get the real fun traveling to Bali just check out the seasons. Along the year Bali is hot and humid, the wet season runs from October to April (well…does global warning affect this terms?) and is marked by heavy, short rainstorm after which the air is fresher. In lower lands temperature range from 21° to 33° and in higher altitudes the condition is cooler.

Kuta Beach – Bali

Planning a holiday can be a great time – sifting through hotel listings, amping yourself up about all the exciting tours and attractions you are going to visit, mentally browsing all your potential holiday snaps. For my trip to Bali, I didn’t follow this path so much.. I had some free time, no plans and a backpack, and the only thing I could find that would mix well with this combination was a last minute, one way ticket for a week.. or two.. or a day.. really however long I felt like being there.

I ended up staying almost two weeks, and I would have stayed longer if I hadn’t a job I needed to return for. Bali is so diverse, catering to everyone from the extreme holiday planners to the spontaneous last minute arrivals.

Bali is a beautiful Island in Indonesia, surrounded by idyllic beaches and filled with much of the buzz you would find in Asia – Kuta beach and it’s surrounding areas are known for their bustling markets, sizzling late night street food, all night pumping night clubs and a real holiday atmosphere. Backpackers partying it up on the main streets of Kuta beach feel just as at home here as the upmarket holiday seekers who want a private villa and ridiculously low priced daily massages.

I began my journey at Kuta beach, known for epic sunsets and frequented by a large amount of Australian tourists who are seeking sun, sand and culture that isn’t too far from home. It is a never-ending hive of activity, and maybe not the ideal destination if you are looking for peace and tranquility (Bali caters exceptionally well to these things, just head over to Seminyak or Ubud). The beach is dotted with vendors peddling everything from a Bintang (the popular local beer) to a Surf board hire, and there is no shortage of entertainment – well into the night.

Street market shopping is something Bali does well – with scooters rushing past you and endless street vendors fighting it out for business, it is not for the faint hearted, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. Down Poppies lanes (both Poppies 1 and poppies 2) you will find a selection of storefronts, selling sarongs, watches, stickers, knock offs and local Balinese trinkets, mixed with local warongs offering a variety of western meals, free wifi, super cheap beers and amazing (and very cheap!) local Nasi Goreng.

If you head outside of Kuta, there are some really special locations to be found. Take a day trip out to Dreamland beach – a multi level bar/restaurant/pool/lounging spot where you can often spot pro surfers down at the breaks, or just grab a cocktail and admire the stunning view from one of the infinity pools.

There are a number of tours that operate outside of Kuta, but will happily come and pick you up from your hotel for the day – so many adventures await you, whether it is a mountain bike tour of the rice paddies, trekking up the local volcano for sunrise, or taking a tasting exploration of the local coffee and cocoa plantations, there really is something for everyone here.

Kuta Tips

Taxis in Kuta: Getting a taxi in Bali can be a challenge – some (but of course,not all) are known for ripping tourists of, taking long routes and not using meters. If you are not familiar with Bali, or do not have a local travelling with you, it is generally recommended to use Bluebird Taxis – they are light blue with a bird in a diamond as the logo. Taxis in Bali tend to be categorized as ‘bluebird’ and ‘everyone else’, so if you are unsure, or wanting a reliable taxi who always uses the meter, try to stick with the bluebird taxis.

Culture in Kuta: Balinese culture and traditions can be quite different from anything you might be used to – keep this in mind when visiting temples and other important sites, there are quite often rules that are very important to the local culture that you follow, such as keeping your arms or legs covered.

Safety: Safety is much the same anywhere foreign that you visit – use money belts to prevent pick pocketing, make sure that your hotel room has a secured to the floor/ground/wall safe for you to use, and don’t leave your drink unattended when you are out and about having fun. Your local government website will have travel advisories for any places they consider a threat, so make sure to have a look at that before you leave, and speak to your doctor about any immunizations you might need.

Honeymoon In Bali: The Island Of Love

Bali is a very well known as a holiday destination for the tourists from around the world. Exotic beaches, beautiful landscapes, and a unique cultural life are the main attractions for tourists in this tropical island which located in Indonesia. This place also a perfect place for honeymooners to start a romantic journey in this paradise island. Exploring natural beauty, enjoying nightlife party, shopping unique handycrafts, and pampering yourself in a private villa with a private pool are the pleasures that Bali offered for honeymoon couple.

There are numbers of beaches offer in Bali. The most famous one is Kuta beach. Kuta Beach is an elongated sandy beach with coconut trees and exquisite sight of sunset on the beach located in south Bali. You can enjoy the massage given by the balinese in this beautiful beach while laying on the sand. You can also try temporary tattoo and get your hair braided at affordable price. This area also known as a party center with affordable clubs and bars.

Another famous beach in south Bali is Legian beach, Seminyak beach, and Sanur beach with less number of tourists. It makes the beaches the perfect place to laze around and feel romantic moment in peace. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, relaxing and watching a magnificent sunset in these exotic tropical beaches together with your partner. Honeymooners can stay at hotels and private villas around the beaches.

Beside the beaches, Bali has another excellence in highland part. One of the most beautiful highland is Ubud. Ubud has a very beautiful greenery landscape with its amazing ricefields and wildlife amongst the lush and green of the tropical island. This area probably more quite than the beach area. If you wish to have a peace, romantic, fresh, green lush surrounding in your honeymoon, this place could be fit your dream. There are several luxury villas in Ubud that offer a private and comfort living for your honeymoon holiday.

One thing you shouldn’t miss when you are in Bali is trying the Balinese massage in spa center. It’s very cheap but it feels luxurious. Pampering your body with their traditional cream, you can feel your head, neck, shoulder, arm, and feet massage that never seems to end. You can choose reflexiology, full body massage or facials for spa treatment. Then you’ll get out with a fresh and comfort body after an hour massage at $20.

Honeymoon in Bali is a complete package for your romantic journey. A cozy private villa, exotic beaches, beautiful lush greenery landscape, unique handycrafts for souvenirs, and the traditional massage are the major things you could enjoy in this paradise island.