In this week’s destination guide we’re focusing on Bali. Bali is a true gem of South East Asia attracting visitors from far and wide, and rightly so! However, Indonesia as a whole has so much to offer, to be sure not to overlook this!
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.
Bali is every traveller’s paradise, there are many things to do & see is difficult to know where to start! Home to beautiful beaches, untouched agriculture such as the famous rice fields, diverse wildlife, impressive nightlife & dining and some of the best diving locations in the world thanks to its clear blue waters.
So whether you want to check in to a 5* cliffside resort, or check in to a party hostel, Bali is a great location to explore in 2018. Here are a few stops I think you should add to your itinerary:
Canggu is a resort village located on the south coast of Bali, its surrounded by terraced rice paddies and known for its great beaches. Offering the perfect combination of great surf, beautiful beaches, great dining options, shopping & buzzing nightlife! Be sure to check out Pretty Poison bar if you want to experience some alternative nightlife! What’s more, just North of Canggu you can find the Tanah Lot Hindu Temple, sitting just offshore on a rocky outcrop.
Top tip: Stay at the 3* Koa D’Surfer hotel. I would highly recommend it, especially because of its rooftop pool & fab service!
Similar to Canggu, but still very much worth a visit! Here you can expect to find lots of restaurants, bars & beach clubs along the impressive beaches! Seminyak is home to many luxury hotels & resorts, affordable spas and great shopping. Here you can expect to find sleek bars & clubs boasting lively sunset scenes.
Top tip: For a great day or night out, head to Potato head beach club – a little pricey but totally worth it!
Home to some of Bali’s best surf & fun nightlife! If you’re looking for luxury, check out one of the many cliffside resorts, restaurants & bars! For some culture, be sure to head to Uluwatu temple! In addition, Uluwatu has been voted the number four surf destination in the world for surfers of all abilities, so if you’re looking to try your hand at surfing, this is the place to do it!
Top tip: If you’re planning on splurging on your trip – do it here. Uluwatu has so many beaut cliffside resorts, as well as cool restaurants and bars including Single Fin, Sundays beach club & cashew tree!
Ubud is conveniently located on mainland Bali and is a great stop for first-timers, here you can experience the traditional culture, Balinese markets, the famous Monkey Forest & picturesque rice padi’s. Ubud is bursting with culture, dotted with Hindu temples & shrines, alongside some of Bali’s most famous landscapes!
Top tip: Stay at Saka Village, it’s centrally located & super cheap! The best bit? You’ll get your own little hut with great facilities and a lovely bathroom!
The Gili’s are a group of 3 tiny islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno & Gili Air, located just off the northwest coast of Lombok island.
A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without taking a trip to the Gili islands or Lombok. If you’re looking to really chill out, head to Gili Air. The Gili islands are a prime location to spot sea turtles whilst snorkelling and diving! Well known for their sandy beaches, palm trees & coral reefs, if pretty easy to see why you have to stop off her! On the smallest island, Gili Meno, sea turtles swim at Turtle Point. On the larger island of the three, Gili T, a sunken ship sits a Wreck point near Mentigi Beach, a must-see for keen divers!
When to visit
Generally, May June and July are considered the best time of year to visit Bali, in terms of weather. However, this might change based on traveller preferences. For surfers visiting between May and October (dry season) the western side of the peninsula is home to some of the world’s best waves! During dry season temperatures can be around 32 degrees, although humidity is relatively low so its comfortable!
Tours are aplenty throughout South East Asia, and Bali is no exception to this! From cultural experiences to fast-paced adventures, you can find it all. Check out Viator for fabulous tours to suit all budgets.
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