So you’ve heard so much about Bali – so many people rave about their holidays on this amazing Indonesian island – but you’re still scratching your head. What’s all the hype about?
Some say Bali only has beaches, bars and parties. Some say Bali is too overrated.
Did you know Bali has spectacular canyons, waterfalls, sea temples and caves? Have you heard of all the unique water villas, cliffside wonders you can stay on? Do you know how vibrant are the arts in Bali?
Here, we’ll show you why we think Bali is so much more than you think!
The unending list of stunning beaches is probably the most obvious reason to visit this tropical paradise in the Indonesian archipelago. Each beach has its own charm, from soft white sand and limestone cliffs to extreme water sports and diving.
From the mainstream Kuta and luxurious Nusa Dua neighborhoods to hidden, remote beaches away from the crowds, there’s a beach for everyone, every need and every mood.
Endless spectacular geological wonders unknown to most
We’re sure you have heard all about the crowded Kuta beach.
But do you know that apart from that, Bali has a multitude of undiscovered extraordinary sights, perfect for those who want to venture off the well-worn tourist trail?
From the secret canyon of Sukawati, Bukit Teletubbies on Nusa Penida to the Melasti beach, you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of these spectacular geological wonders.
Live on a giant treehouse, in a safari lodge, and on the edge of a cliff
Only in Bali: You can stay in unique accommodation like these. African-style safari lodge? A massive bamboo house? You name it. Bali has it all.
Variety is the spice of life and if you’re a self-confessed foodie, Bali is the answer. Not only is Indonesian food incredibly tasty, vibrant and full of flavour, it’s also cheap as chips.
Eat like a local at a Warung (local diner) on the beach with a fresh coconut or fine-dine in Seminyak – whatever calls. If you’re a Bali beginner try beef rendang, nasi goreng, nasi campur, chicken satay and Gado Gado.
Good to know: Say no to ice-cubes and try to only drink bottled water.
Infinity pools that spill from the edge of the cliffs into the ocean
Did you know that Bali houses infinity pools that are lauded as one of the best in the world?
From million-dollar clifftop villas to nature lovers’ jungle retreats, Bali never fail to impress.
Captivating Cultural Scene
Bali’s beauty goes way deeper than its beautiful appearances. The island is also home to many traditional cultural traditions that are still practiced.
The Balinese hold many ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year, many of which can be enjoyed by curious tourists, from the Omed-Omedan kissing festival to the monster parade before the day of silence (Nyepi). Tourists can also enjoy Bali’s culture through music, dance and architecture.
Go for retail therapy!
Bali is not just synonymous with beautiful water villas and celebrity weddings, but also a paradise for furniture and homeware shoppers!
For the ladies, there are so many upscale boutique shops you can find in Seminyak and Ubud, you run the risk of bringing another luggage home!
Meet the locals
The Balinese community are a friendly bunch. Learn a few catch phrases, like ‘Apa Kabar’ (How are you) and “Selamat Pagi” (Good Morning). The bits and bobs of the local language will completely enhance your experience.
Good to know: Try to barter like a local. The truth is, most travellers will get an overly inflated price (especially at the markets). The standard rule is that you usually go 1/3 and work your way from there.
Every Kind of Natural Beauty
Beyond stunning beaches and magical temples, Bali has virtually every kind of natural beauty.
Glorious mountainous areas with lush greenery, scenic lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, iconic rice fields, flower gardens, gushing sacred rivers and secret canyons all make up the island’s landscape.
World class snorkelling & diving
You don’t visit Bali without dabbling in some world-class diving & snorkelling. Whether you want to pick up a new skill or test your level of endurance – this is the place to do it.
Good to know: Indonesia has 6 of the world’s 7 species of turtles. Gili T and Gili Meno both have green turtle conservation centres that are committed to the survival and well-being of turtles in the area – one of the reasons why there are so many around the islands!