Bali Travel Guide

Author: Crystal
Author: Crystal

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Where Culture Meets Adventure - Our 2023 Travel Guide for Bali

If you’re in the mood for a travel adventure in South East Asia that combines breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural experiences, and plenty of opportunities for relaxation, then Bali should definitely be on your radar. This Indonesian vacation destination has something for everyone, whether you’re a beach lover, a culture enthusiast, or a nature explorer. Within this travel guide we’ll show you some things that make Bali so special!

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Getting There

Getting to Bali from Australia is relatively easy, with multiple airlines offering direct flights from major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth Airports to Bali’s Denpasar International Airport. 

Once you arrive at the airport, you can easily find transport options such as taxis, private cars, or airport shuttles to take you to your resort.

How to get to and travel around Bali:

Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS): Located in Denpasar, this is Bali’s main international airport and the most commonly used gateway to the island. It serves both domestic and international flights, with numerous airlines connecting Bali to destinations around the world.

I Gusti Ngurah Rai Domestic Airport (TBB): This is a domestic airport located in the northern part of Bali, serving primarily as a hub for domestic flights within Indonesia. It is situated in the Buleleng Regency and offers flights to various destinations within the country.

Prices will vary please check with your travel agent or the company you plan to fly with.

Public buses are available, but they might not be the most convenient option for tourists as they can be infrequent and have limited routes.

Public buses are the cheapest option, with fares typically ranging from $0.20 to $0.70 AUD for short trips.

Boats and ferries are used for travelling to nearby islands and between Bali’s various coastal areas.

Boat and ferry fares for island-hopping or trips to nearby islands can vary, starting from around $2 to $7 AUD or more, depending on the distance and destination.

Tourist shuttles or minibusses operate on popular routes, transporting travellers between major tourist destinations with fixed schedules.

Tourist shuttle services usually charge around $3.5 to $7 AUD for transfers between major tourist areas.

Metered taxis and ride-hailing services like Grab or Gojek are readily available in Bali, providing a convenient and comfortable way to travel around the island. They are ideal for quick point-to-point trips and offer fixed pricing.

Metered taxis and ride-hailing services like Grab or Gojek have starting fares of around $0.50 to $0.70 AUD and charge around $0.40 to $0.55 AUD per kilometer.

Bemos are small minivans or buses used for short-distance travel within local areas. They are a budget-friendly option but can be crowded and may not follow fixed schedules.

Bemos are the most affordable local transport option, with fares ranging from $0.35 to $1.4 AUD for short distances.

Motorbike rentals are popular among tourists for short-distance travel. Bali’s traffic can be challenging, so make sure to wear helmets and exercise caution while riding.

Motorbike rentals can cost around $3.5 to $5.5 AUD per day, depending on the type of motorbike and the rental duration.

Keep in mind that prices may change, and it’s always a good idea to check the latest information or inquire with local transportation providers for the most current rates.

Indonesian Currency

Currency

The currency used in Bali, Indonesia, is the Indonesian Rupiah, abbreviated as IDR.

In Bali, cash is commonly used for everyday transactions, including shopping, dining, and transportation. However, in more touristy areas and upscale establishments, credit cards are often accepted. Atm’s are also available through out Bali.

Shopping in Bali

Shopping

Oh the is nothing better than shopping in Bali, from the markets to the villages there is really something for everybody!

Traditional Markets (Pasar)

Bali's traditional markets, such as Ubud Market and Sukawati Market, are bustling hubs of activity where you can find a vast array of goods.

Art and Antiques

Bali is renowned for its art scene, and you'll discover numerous art galleries and antique shops throughout the island.

Seminyak Square and Beachwalk Mall

If you prefer a more modern shopping experience, Seminyak Square and Beachwalk Mall in Kuta offer air-conditioned shopping with a mix of international and local brands.

Handicraft Villages

Bali is home to various handicraft villages specializing in specific crafts. Visiting these villages allows you to witness artisans at work and purchase authentic, locally made products.

Local Snacks and Spices

Don't forget to explore local grocery markets to discover Bali's unique spices, coffee, tea, and snacks. These make excellent gifts or souvenirs to bring back home.

The Highlights:

Visiting Bali for the first time promises an unforgettable journey filled with diverse experiences. Begin by embracing the island’s cultural allure at Uluwatu Temple, where the dramatic cliffside setting and enchanting Kecak dance performances at sunset create a mesmerizing introduction. 

Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple

Transition to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where you can immerse yourself in art at the Ubud Monkey Forest and take serene walks along the Campuhan Ridge. Not far from Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces unveil Bali’s picturesque terraced landscapes, offering a glimpse into its rich agricultural heritage.

Tegallalang Rice terraces
Tegallalang Rice terraces

For spiritual immersion, explore Bali’s water temples, with Pura Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring offering a chance to partake in traditional purification rituals. Adventure-seekers can conquer the pre-dawn hike up Mount Batur for a breathtaking sunrise vista. Bali’s beaches, from the vibrant Seminyak to the tranquil Sanur and Nusa Dua, beckon with their beauty and vibrant beachfront scenes. 

Be sure to savour Balinese cuisine, indulge in traditional massages, shop at local markets, and embrace the island’s rich cultural traditions through dance performances and temple visits. Whether it’s exploring natural wonders, embarking on adventures, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Bali’s first-time highlights promise a journey of discovery and delight.

Popular Locations

Bali is a diverse island with a wide range of popular locations and attractions that cater to different tastes and preferences. From Exploring the island to partying the night away on the beach we have a small list of the most popular locations in Bali and things to do at each location:

Kuta

Kuta is Bali’s bustling beach town, known for its vibrant nightlife, energetic atmosphere, and long sandy beach. It’s a popular destination for surfers and partygoers, offering a mix of water sports, markets, and entertainment venues.

Things to do in Kuta
Distance from Denpasar Airport.

Kuta is located very close to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali. The distance between Kuta and the airport is approximately 5 to 7 kilometers (about 3 to 4 miles), depending on your exact location within Kuta.

Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach

Seminyak

Seminyak is a trendy and upscale beach resort area located on the southwest coast of Bali. Known for its sophisticated charm and cosmopolitan vibe, Seminyak offers a unique blend of luxury, culture, and natural beauty.

Things to do in Seminyak
Distance from Denpasar Airport.

Seminyak is located approximately 10 to 12 kilometers (about 6 to 7.5 miles) north of Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Bali.

Pura Petitenget temple in Seminyak
Pura Petitenget temple in Seminyak

Canggu

Canggu, a trendy coastal town in Bali, offers a blend of beach vibes, surf culture, and laid-back charm.

Things to do in Canggu
Distance from Denpasar Airport.

Canggu is located approximately 20 to 25 kilometers (about 12 to 16 miles) north of Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali.

Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

Ubud

Ubud is a cultural and artistic hub in Bali, offering a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors.

Things to do in Ubud
Distance from Denpasar Airport.

Ubud is located approximately 35 to 40 kilometers (about 22 to 25 miles) north of Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali. 

Monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Candidasa

Candidasa is a peaceful coastal town in East Bali known for its serene beaches, relaxed atmosphere, and cultural attractions.

Things to do in Candidasa

Read our Candidasa Travel Guide for more information!

Distance from Denpasar Airport.

Candidasa is located at a distance of approximately 60 to 70 kilometers (about 37 to 43 miles) from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali

Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Ancient water palace Tirta Gangga with fountains, natural pools, path in fish pond with statues of dancing women in traditional costumes.

Nusa Dua

Is an enclave of luxury resorts and golf courses, Nusa Dua offers a tranquil and upscale escape with pristine beaches.

Things to do in Nusa Dua
Distance from Denpasar Airport.

The distance between Nusa Dua and the airport is approximately 10 to 15 kilometers (approximately 6 to 9 miles), depending on your exact destination within Nusa Dua.

Nusa Dua Beach in Bali
Nusa Dua Beach, Bali

Dining:

Bali’s cuisine is diverse, you’ll find an array of international and fusion cuisine in addition to these, traditional Balinese delights. Be sure to explore local warungs (small eateries), upscale restaurants, and street food vendors to savor the full spectrum of Bali’s culinary offerings.

Local cuisine to try in Bali

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Indonesia's version of fried rice, typically served with a fried egg on top and accompanied by prawn crackers and a choice of protein.

Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng

Fried noodles stir-fried with vegetables, meat, or seafood, and seasoned with sweet soy sauce, garlic, and chili.

Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur

A Balinese mixed rice dish featuring small portions of various sides like grilled meat, vegetables, peanuts, fried-shrimp krupuk, and sambal.

Babi Guling

Babi Guling

A Balinese specialty, this is a whole roasted pig stuffed with traditional herbs and spices, typically reserved for special occasions.

Ayam Betutu

A dish of slow-cooked, spiced chicken or duck, marinated with turmeric and coconut oil, then wrapped in banana leaves and roasted.

Weather in Bali

Weather:

Bali experiences a tropical climate characterized by two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The weather in Bali is influenced by its proximity to the equator, and it remains warm and humid throughout the year. Here’s a breakdown of Bali’s weather seasons:

Weather and seasons in Bali:

  • Rainfall: The wet season in Bali brings frequent and sometimes heavy rainfall. November and December are transitional months with increasing rainfall, and the rain continues through January, February, and March.
  • Temperature: Despite the rain, temperatures during the wet season are still quite warm, with daytime temperatures averaging around 28-30°C (82-86°F).
  • Humidity: Humidity levels are high during this season, contributing to a lush and green landscape.
  • Tourism: The wet season is considered the low tourist season due to the frequent rain. However, it’s a good time for travelers looking for quieter beaches and lush scenery.
  • Rainfall: The dry season in Bali is characterized by very little rainfall, making it the ideal time for outdoor activities and beachgoing.
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures during the dry season range from 30-33°C (86-91°F), making it hot and sunny.
  • Humidity: Humidity levels are lower during this season, making it more comfortable for tourists.
  • Tourism: The dry season is the high tourist season in Bali. It’s the best time for water sports, diving, and exploring the island’s cultural attractions. The beaches are also at their most inviting.

Indonesia Tourist & Visa Information

  • All Australian travellers to Bali MUST HAVE 6 MONTHS VALIDITY on their passport or they will not be allowed to enter the country.

Effective 10 June 2023, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Bali stands as a captivating destination that captures the essence of coastal allure and upscale charm. With its stunning beachfront, world-class beach clubs, and a dining scene that tantalizes the palate, this vibrant resort area offers a perfect blend of relaxation and luxury. 

Whether you’re basking in the sun on Seminyak Beach, sipping cocktails at iconic beach clubs in Kuta, or exploring its cultural and artistic facets, Bali promises an unforgettable experience.

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