Bali travel tips – what you need to know before you go
Bali, a beautiful island in Indonesia, is a popular tourist destination due to its beaches, coral reefs, forest volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies and people. The huge popularity of Bali had given a boost to its tourism industry. Around 80% of its economy is related to tourism, from leisure activities to hotels and restaurants. Tourism is the largest industry in terms of income.
The temperature in Bali remains moderate throughout the year as Bali enjoys a tropical climate.
Before you travel to Bali Indonesia you should know it has two seasons, wet and dry. a dry season (May to September) and a wet season (October to April)
7 Bali Travel Tips
Whether you’re planning the adventure of a lifetime or a week of relaxation, here are seven Bali travel tips to help you make the most of your visit.
Tip #1. Head west for waves, east for snorkelling
Surfing in Bali is more than just a sport, it’s a lifestyle! Featuring some of the most epic breaks in the world in Uluwatu, it’s every surfer’s dream to ride the big one in.
Over one million Australians travel to Bali Indonesia every year to relax, surf big waves and take in the good vibes.
If you prefer calmer waters, head to the east to find beaches great for snorkelling and scuba diving. Snorkelling gear is readily available pretty much everywhere.
Tip #2. Learn to bargain
Don’t accept the first price! Negotiate everything – how to bargain a price down in Bali
In Bali, you’ll find there is often one price for locals and another one for tourists.
The first price is usually the “tourist price” (and it can be two-three times more than what the Balinese vendors are actually willing to accept). They aren’t afraid to shoot up the prices in main tourist areas especially when they can tell that you are a newbie. There is always room for manoeuvre, even things that looked like the fixed price – hotels, tours.
It’s ok to bargain. It might be strange for us, but bargaining is part of the shopping culture there. But do it in a friendlier way. The friendlier you are with them, the more they see you as a friend and you’ll get a better deal.
Tip #3. Be vigilant with money
Use ATMs as much as possible and try to avoid money-changers, as they can undercut you. If you have no other option, do your own calculations and double-check theirs. Notes are large and some changers play on tourists’ confusion, giving you less than you’ve agreed on.
Tip #4. Embrace the moped
Typically when you think of an island, you’d expect to be able to walk or ride a bike everywhere. Not Bali! The popular Indonesian island is actually massive and covers an area of 5,700 square kilometres.
With breathtaking forested volcanic mountains, miles and miles of beaches and coral reefs and iconic rice paddies, Bali has become known as one of the most beautiful places on earth. When you are visiting this Indonesian island, you will want to know about your transportation options to ensure you have a great and enjoyable time during your trip.
While initially daunting, particularly in jam-packed city centres, mopeds are cheap to rent and give you the freedom to explore the island’s more out-of-the-way attractions.
Be aware that your travel insurance company may not cover you for injury while riding a moped, so check your policy, wear a helmet and check the person you are riding with (if a passenger) has a license.
Also make sure to check the tank, as they’re often left empty by the previous rider. If you do run low, petrol is easily purchased (usually in vodka bottles) from almost every roadside shop. And don’t forget to ask for a helmet.
Tip #5.Watch a fire dance at Uluwatu
The dances and dramatic performances of Balinese are an important part of Balinese religion and culture. These dances and performances are included in every ritual in Bali. They signify the devotion of the locals to the gods.
Traditional dances are performed everywhere, but none in so spectacular a location as the ancient clifftop temple of Uluwatu, on the tip of the southern Bukit Peninsula.
Tip #6. Or just eat everything
While many amazing restaurants are available all over the island, the one that immediately caught our eye was the buffet-style dining. Food is displayed in windows at “Warungs” all across the island.
From the traditional famed babi guling (a whole spit-roast pig) to Japanese, Chinese, Thai and American fusion cuisine, there’s always something to fill your belly in Bali.
Try the Potato Head Beach Club in high-end Seminyak for some multicultural dining in an unusual horseshoe-shaped building, or head to Gili Trawangan for the night market, where you can sample grilled king prawns straight from the ocean.
Make sure to order the Indonesian staple gado gado, a salad of boiled vegetables and eggs, at least once on your trip.
Tip #7. Relax
There is such a wide range of activities on offer in Bali, that it can be overwhelming. Whether your stay is long or short, let the Balinese spirit in: chill out, breathe and enjoy the ride.
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