What You Need to Know About Bali
We've put all the important information you need to know about Bali before you go here in one place, plus some fun tips on how to make the most of your time on our favorite tropical island!
Top 10 Things To Do in Bali
1. Join a yoga class
There are heaps of amazing yoga studios dotted all over Bali, but head to Ubud for the real deal!
2. Have a sunset cocktail at one of the many beach bars
Canggu is probably our favorite place for this - check out Old Man’s, Finn’s Beach Club, The Lawn and many more!
3. Get a traditional Balinese massage
This is a MUST when you’re in Bali - the home of relaxation! There are so many incredible spas to choose from but our favorite is Prana Spa in Seminyak.
4. Shop at the Ubud Markets
Come here for beautiful handmade items such as bags, shoes, clothing and art. And remember, you can haggle - get practicing that poker face!
5. Snorkel with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida
This is without a doubt, one of the best things you can experience in Bali! Swim alongside these gentle giants and make some amazing memories!
6. Try surfing
Bali isn’t known as surfer’s paradise for nothing! It’s one of the top surf destinations in the world, with waves suitable for all levels. Definitely give it a go, you might discover a new passion!
7. Eat Nasi Campur
Nasi Campur is served at most of the local warungs and it’s basically white rice (nasi) topped with a variety of local dishes (you can choose as many as you like) including things like fried tofu/tempe, fried egg, curried vegetables, fresh fish and of course sambal, which is a sauce made from crushed chillies - and yes, it’s spicy so be careful!
8. Wash & bathe an elephant
Visit an elephant sanctuary (ethical, of course) and get the chance to wash, bathe and play with these beautiful animals in the tropical jungle of Bali.
9. Give water sports a go
Take advantage of the beach and experience some water sports - jet skiing, paddle boarding or even parasailing! There’s something for the adrenaline junkies out there.
Take a ride on a famous Bali jungle swing and get a ton of great pictures for your instagram!
Planning Your Bali Visit
How long should I stay in Bali?
Around 2 weeks is a good amount of time to see all of the main areas of the island and spend a few days at each as well as have some relaxation time! Although, you can never spend too much time in Bali in our opinion!
Ngurah Rai International Airport is the main airport in Bali, located 13 km south of Denpasar. Taxis are easily accessible from here. To get an official airport taxi (recommended), look for signs to the pre-pay taxi counter located just outside the arrivals gate, where you will state your destination and pay for your taxi before being directed to your waiting taxi driver. Seminyak is approximately a 30 minute drive from the airport, Ubud is approximately 45 minutes and Canggu approximately 1 hour.
Where to stay
The most popular areas to stay in Bali are Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud. All of these are good locations for getting around to see popular attractions, although Ubud is slightly further north. As Bali is quite a small island, it is easy to go between these places. You may even want to spend a few nights in each!
How to get around
Taxis are easily accessible in all of the main tourist areas of Bali, they are also extremely affordable. You may want to download the apps ‘Grab’ or ‘GoJek’ which are Bali’s version of ‘Uber’ and make getting a taxi or scooter super easy. However, do note that taxi’s from these apps are not allowed in all areas of Bali as these large companies do take some profit away from local taxi drivers, so you may prefer to stick with independent local taxi drivers. Another popular option is to rent a scooter to drive yourself around, this can be super fun but be sure to wear a helmet and be really careful!
Where to eat
In all of the main tourist areas(Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud) you’ll find heaps of great cafes and restaurants. While you’re here be sure to try some of the smaller local warungs (small family-owned restaurants) which serve traditional local dishes. Wherever you go, you will always find Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Mie Goreng (fried noodles) on the menu as these are Indonesian staples. They’ll also usually cost you around $1-2 for a generous serving!
Where to shop
Local markets are a great place to pick up some souvenirs. Some of our favorites include: Ubud Local Market, Love Anchor Bazaar in Canggu and the Seminyak Square Markets.
Good to Know
Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: Central Indonesia Time Zone (GMT+8)
Country code: +62
Dry season: May - November
Wet season: December - April