Bali Guide to the Island of Gods
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Temples & Culture Guide
Bali is so much more than beaches, surfing, party, restaurants, rice fields, diving, shopping…even though that’s already a lot. When you come to Bali you will dive into a unique and vibrant culture that is beautiful and fascinating. Visit our BaliDotCom Culture Guide with listings of temples, dances, traditional villages, museums and many more cultural treasures for you to discover. Click here
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What to expect
Bali offers everything for everyone - it's mindblowing
Situated in the middle of the world’s largest archipelago, Bali is Indonesia’s most well-known island. Its rich traditions, colorful ceremonies, and unique culture make it stand out from its neighbors, but the Island of the Gods also offers a wide range of accommodation and activities, all within an easy distance.
Here, you can find everything from basic home-stays run by friendly Balinese families to luxurious, privately-serviced beachfront villas. World-class snorkeling and diving is available in a number of locations around the island, from the protected natural reserves of Menjangan, to the shipwreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben, to the more challenging waters of Nusa Penida, where manta rays and the rare mola mola are sighted regularly. Bali is also known as a mecca for surfers, with a wide range of waves on offer. Beginners can give the sport a try at the forgiving sandy beach breaks of Kuta, while the size and power of waves like Uluwatu, in the Bukit region, provide a challenge for even the most experienced wave riders.
Fans of trekking and mountain biking can take a trip up to the mountains around Kintamani or Munduk, exploring trails, waterfalls, and rice fields in cool comfort, or perhaps enjoying whitewater rafting on a range of rivers in the area. Bali’s Hindu culture is unique to the island, and permeates all aspects of everyday life. Ceremonies are held almost every, celebrating the cycles of the moon, holidays, birth, marriage, coming of age, and passing away. Traditional clothing is still commonly worn, and visitors are often surprised by the canang sari offerings to Gods and demons that are found everywhere on sidewalks, shrines, stores, and homes.
Traditional dances and plays are regularly performed for locals and visitors alike, to the accompanying sound of the gamelan orchestra. Balinese culture is part of life everywhere on the island, but has found a center in Ubud, which, despite being one of the world’s most liveable places, is still run according to traditional village principles. Here, rituals, traditional medicine, and magic are still a part of everyday life, and those wishing to explore their spiritual side can find meditation programs and yoga classes that will help them achieve inner peace.
In contrast, the Southern region of Bali is a perfect home for hedonistic fun, with Kuta a center for visiting party animals drawn by the hundreds of bars and nightclubs on offer. A stone’s throw north, the Seminyak area offers more refined nightlife options, with popular bands and DJs performing regularly, as well as a host of dining choices run by the renowned international chefs who have made Bali their home. During the day, a range of boutiques sell designs by local and global designers, whose cutting edge fashions at reasonable prices attract travelers from all over the world. Tired travelers can pamper themselves with highly affordable massages and spa treatments, or simply relax on a white-sand beach with a cocktail and watch the waves come in. Whatever your interest, Bali has something for you. With so many choices on offer, travelers’ only problem is figuring out what to do and how to do it. Let us do the worrying for you. As your one-stop travel experts, we know how to guide you through the perfect vacation!
The island of Bali in Indonesia is year after year voted by the readers of all major travel magazines as one of the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world.
Bali is constantly changing. It’s dynamic. It’s organic. There is rapid development of Bali’s economy, local and international tourism. However, Bali has managed to maintain its uniqueness and magic over the decades, and keeps enchanting visitors from all over the world. Many of whom return regularly. Hotels and Resorts are usually wonderfully decorated and Bali’s love for art and serenity has influenced hotel, restaurant and shop owners, creating a unique atmosphere that touches the heart of millions every year.
Bali offers an incredible wide variety of attractions and there are countless reasons why one should come to the Island of the Gods, and enjoy an unforgettable holiday. The welcoming nature of the Balinese, the incredible value for money ratio for almost anything the island has to offer (particularly hotels and resorts, restaurants, private villas, and spas) the unique, vibrant and alive culture, the physical beauty of the island, and the year-round pleasant climate make Bali a place regarded by many visitors as the “Ultimate Island Holiday Destination”.
The number of choices is mind blowing – Any Style, any Budget
You can find everything your heart desires – Bali is perfect for backpackers traveling on a shoestring-budget, and for super luxury holiday seekers looking for a private villa with cook, driver and spectacular views. The amount of choices at hand can be quite overwhelming – even for the seasoned traveler. You might look for one of the best surfing experience Indonesia has to offer? Or you seek a relaxing, luxurious time out? You look to discover a different culture authentically? Stay in the best hotels and resorts and pay little? Get pampered in the best spas in Asia or get relaxing foot massages in one of the many small and really cheap spas that are scattered all over the island? All is there!
Where to stay on Bali
Bali is not easy to grasp in the beginning. There is simply too much to discover and all areas are different. Have a look at our Bali Area Guide on where to stay and then filter our partner hotel list accordingly. There are thousands of hotels you can choose from. And more resorts and small guesthouses are coming up. Plus, there many private villas that can be a great alternative for smaller groups or families.
Check out our partner’s hotel listing for hotels & villas – but make sure you use the filters and the map view, this helps a great deal to narrow down your choices.
Safety & Health
Although there is crime, like in any other tourist destination in the world, the friendly people and the overall safety guarantee visitors a totally relaxing stay. Balinese strongly believe in Karma, which makes it hard for them to cross the line of doing harm to others. There is pick-pocketing, ATM scams, cheating money changers and this sort of stuff. These crimes are mostly committed by Indonesians coming from other islands and particularly ATM cam is conducted by people from Eastern european countries. If you respect some basic rules you will not get into trouble and you can roam around on this beautiful Indonesian Island without problems and enjoy a lifestyle atmosphere that incredibly beautiful.
Bali can show an ugly face when it comes to excessive alcohol consumption and any encounter with illegal drugs. Getting in touch with drugs on Bali can put you into jail straight away. If you get totally drunk in shabby bars, drive under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, spend time with girls who charge for their company, or decide to be careless with your belongings in a dodgy place, then Bali can indeed become a nightmare. Criminal energy is probably the highest around Kuta area.