If you’ve never been to Bali in Indonesia then you owe it to yourself to visit the island which, according to many frequent visitors, is one of the most peaceful and beautiful to be found anywhere on the planet.
It’s also been remarked that the Balinese are among the most gracious and cultured people on earth. As soon as you arrive on Balinese soil prepare to step into an exciting new world of adventure, culture and exploration.When you first get to the airport at Bali, the Ngurah Rai Airport, commonly referred to as Denpasar International Airport, in Southern Bali you’ll notice the calm pace and the broad smiles on everyone you meet.
To best enjoy your trip to the island whether for relaxation or adventure exploration, it’s a good idea to inform yourself of a few essential pieces of useful travel information before you arrive in Bali.
Local Currency in Bali
When exchanging your money for the local currency, you’ll want to ask for larger notes. One-thousand Indonesian rupiahs equal less than one dollar (or 0.116077 USD, as per the currency exchange).
The notes come in 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 versions. Be careful to count the notes carefully when exchanging your foreign currency.
Refuse to be rushed by anyone during your stay since Bali is a long way from home for most visitors take your time dealing with personal finances..
Why Visit Bali in Indonesia?
A trip to Bali is a perfect location for restful recuperation, adventure traveling or a combination of both. The rich indulgent scenery has to be seen in the flesh to be properly appreciated.
The Beaches of Bali
Bali is home to impressive beaches with lush forests and vegetation. The island is a great place to relax or enjoy adventure pursuits. Check out some of the beaches.
In Bali rugged hills, waterfalls and exotic beaches await the intrepid traveler. For those who like to roam long distance Bali is the ideal location, either as part of a single trip or as a multi destination port of call.
Recommended Hotels and Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Bali that cater to a luxury affluent style of visitor on a relaxing vacation but it is equally possible to find inexpensive accommodation and low cost apartments or travel hostels suitable for backpackers, water sports enthusiasts and the like.
Luxury Bali Hotel Accommodation and Resorts
Take a close look at our accommodation selection and recommendations, we have selected some options at each end of the price scale.
Then depending what kind of traveler you are you can book your bed!
Le Grand Bali
A recommended hotel destination in Bali for those wanting some luxury but not too stuffy either.
The hotel Le Grande is a modern and stylish resort hotel with well designed, luxurious and spacious accommodation. Le Grande has 60 suites and 130 deluxe rooms available to visitors ensuring both comfort and style.
Le Grande Suites sits at the very center of the New Kuta locale in Bali and is a great base for relaxing or adventuring. Find out more about staying at the Le Grand Bali.
The Bulgari Resort and Hotel
The 59-villa Bulgari Resort Bali brings the style of two unique regions together and combines traditional Balinese design while preserving the distinctive Bulgari Italian style.
The garden and interior walls are constructed from the finest natural stone with refined bangkiray hardwood in the hotel villas.
The hotel designers at the Bulgari Resort have used natural green colored subakumi stone to clad outdoor showers and swimming pools creating a unique accommodation experience for travelers visiting the hotel. Find out more about this hotel.
The Conrad Hotel Bali
The luxury Conrad Bali hotel is presented within 6.8 hectares of well tended, tropical gardens and crystal clear turquoise lagoons matched with cascading waterfalls and tranquil water pools that gracefully descend onto the hotel’s wide expanse of white sandy beach and protected inlet.
Conrad Bali offers guests a dull range of facilities includes a 33-metre swimming pool, for athletes and exercise aficionados a jogging track with landscaped gardens plus a broad range of water and beach sports.
The Conrad hotel also features a group of floodlit tennis courts to practice your game and a modern Fitness Center and the luxury Jiwa Spa for peaceful relaxation and sensual treatments. Discover more about the Conrad hotel in Bali.
Budget Accommodation for Adventure Travelers
Green Garden Hotel
The Green Garden hotel is one of Bali’s premier budget hotels and offers travelers to the island quality service, great value for money and a prime location suitable for all kinds of activities.
The unique selling point of this hotel is its friendly Balinese hospitality and culture. Find out more about the Green Garden hotel.
The Green Garden Hotel, among the popular family owned and operated run hotels in Bali, offers travelers an accommodation experience that combines comfort with flexibility and affordability.
This accommodation principle truly makes for a home away from home.
The Island Hotel
Situated just a short stroll away to the famous Double 6 beach. The Island Hotel in Bali is surrounded by great restaurants, night clubs and late night bars. There is also a fantastic shopping district is right on your doorstep to pick up some great souvenirs of your stay in Bali.
This hostel is actually described as the first boutique hostel on the island.
Travelers to Bali can enjoy the best of both worlds at the Island Hotel, experience a chilled out culture and and enjoy an excellent base for adventure activities such as hiking or diving. Find out more about the Island Hotel.
Nick’s Homestay pitches travelers with real Balinese families in Ubud. The homestay design is in the style of the houses of Balinesse holy priest.
Travelers to Nicks’s Homestay really can feel that they belong to part of Balinese culture and the people. Nick’s Homestay welcomes guests from all over the world.
This style of budget accommodation is a great way for travelers to appreciate the culture of Bali and feel at home in Ubud. Learn more about staying at Nick’s Homestay.
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Most people who have traveled to Bali soon start to wish that they had packed a little less in their suitcase, as they inevitably end up leaving the country with much more in the way of purchased apparel.
Shopping Opportunities in Bali
Shopping for men’s, women’s and children’s clothes is almost as much fun as shopping for souvenirs.
The quality is good, as are the prices. And there are many styles and sizes to choose from.
The Balinese are especially fond of children, so you’ll find plenty of attire and some designer fashions for little ones.
You will not need fancy clothes, as the island is lacking the sort of locale where one would wear evening wear or dress shoes.
Bring open-toed sandals which are easy to walk in. You might also want to bring a pair of sneakers or rugged hiking shoes if you are walking or hiking else good beachwear will do the trick.
Hiking Adventure in Bali
Many hiking associations consider Bali one of the top destinations for the island’s breathtaking scenery which is truly awe inspiring.
If you have arrived in Bali to go hiking make sure it is the dry season ideally. The best time to go hiking to the top of the mountains is during the dry season because the trails are not so slippery and wet.
Furthermore if you have gone hiking for the views of the scenery it is more likely that the there are no clouds or mist so the views from high up the hills and slopes are much clearer.
There are plenty of remote winding village paths, crystal clear lakes for fishing and even diving plus jaw dropping coastlines, craters and paddies or rice fields, as well as rocky heights where you’ll glimpse gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
Water Sports and Marine Activities
Bali is a remarkable place for adrenaline fueled water sports, visitors to the island can enjoy beach side water sports or more aggressive surfing and scuba diving amidst the corals and rocky inlets that surround the coastline.
A warm climate and clear crystal waters make water sports in Bali an obvious choice for adventure activities.
What About the Weather?
What about the weather indeed, the most important question for many! There is high humidity and there are usually refreshing scattered thunderstorms that clear the air.
If you’re not accustomed to temperature in the high eighties, you may feel compelled to rush into your hotel room and turn on the air conditioning.
Before it you that, rather than turning the a/c on full-blast, consider turning it down a few notches below what the temperature is outside.
That will be more than enough to cool you down, and, remember, you will be going in and out. Your own body thermometer will soon adjust.
Using Electrical Items
What sort of electrical outlets do hotels use? Most use 220 V, 50 cycles. You will need to bring appliances with the prongs that are the dual round ones.
If you are female and a good hair dryer is essential packing then you want to make certain that it works!
There is a well-known supermarket in Bali named “Matahari’s” which carries adaptors, if you find yourself in need of one. (Ask the person at the front desk of your hotel where the nearest “Matahari’s” store is.)
Eating Out and Local Cuisine in Bali
Meals in Indonesia include plenty of scintillating curries, tummy filing black eyed peas and egg plants, cooling cucumbers, and redolent mustards.
Dishes often contain coconut milk and fragrant fruits like pineapples and papayas. Spices are used liberally. Rice is a staple part of the diet. You’ll find the food flavorful, rich and healthy. Enjoy the cuisine!
Create a Trip to Bali in Indonesia
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Our travel planner is free to use for group travel and you can be meeting other travelers hoping to journey to Bali in next to no time at all.
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