Bali is crowned as the world’s best destination 2017 by Tripadvisor and its easy to see why. The magnificent orange sunset, remarkable volcanoes, terraced rice fields, lovely waterfalls, sentencing spiritual energy, sacred temples, and unspoiled beaches. Bai offers a variety of things to see and experience. Going to Bali is itself an endless adventure. There are numerous activities that are suitable for every type of travelers. Trekking, surfing, yoga, meditation, nightlife, delicious cuisine, and what not to satisfy your soul.

This Bali Travel guide will help you plan your awesome trip to the Island of Gods. You can also readmy article on Bali- An ultimate travel guide for the first-timer.

I spent half a month in Bali and trust me, there are a lot of places and experiences which I missed. 

Where is Bali?

There are thousands of Islands in the Indonesian archipelago and Bali is the most popular one. Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Bali is 95-mile (around 152 km) wide Island.

It is located to the east of Java (the world’s most populous island in the world) and west of Lombok. It is around 600 miles (965 km) east of Jakarta. the capital of Indonesia. Besides the main island, Nusa Island which includes Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan also comes under Bali.

Tegalang Ruce Terrace Bali Travel Guide

How much money do I need for Bali Trip?

Bali is not much expensive, especially for Europeans and Americans. There are very few developed places left in the world that allow you to explore in a very affordable budget and Bali is one of them. It is the best option if you’re looking for amazing holidays at a reasonable price. However, the total expenses depend on various factors such as your travel style, where you want to go, your plans, number of days, your itineraries, and so on.

My expenses

How long to visit Bali?

According to me, if you want to experience the real taste of Bali, plan your trip for at least two weeks. Bali may seem a time island on a map but it is actually pretty big. It is around 5,800 square km in size. From west Bai to East Bali, the distance is 145 km and from north Bali to South Bali, the distance is 85 km. Yep, that big Bali is.

I spend 14 days in Bali and still missed many beautiful places. However, It totally depends on you. If you don’t have enough time and have a limited budget, you can easily spend a week and can have a great time. Trust me no matter how many days you spend in  Bali, be it a week or a month, Bali will never disappoint you.

When is the best time to visit Bali?

Bali is a tropical paradise, therefore expect a hot and humid climate throughout the year. The best time to visit Bali is in the dry season. Although, it can be visited at any time of the year.

There are only two seasons in Bali.

  • Dry Season
  • Wet Season

Bali in Dry Season

The dry season of Bali starts from May and ends in Sep. The dry summer season is considered to be the busiest season in Bali. The skies are clear, the weather is amazing, and less rain. Bali is mostly crowded in the months of June, July, and August. The weather is dry and the days are sunny during these months. It is a perfect time of the year to get tanned at the beach.

It is also the best season to enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving, trekking, etc.

If you’re an art lover, then you cannot miss the Bali Art festival which held in June or July. In addition to that, the People of Bali also celebrates the Kite festival where they celebrate the traditional art of Balinese kite making. The most prominent festival in Bali, Galungan is also celebrated at this time of the year which represents the victory of Dharma over Adharma.

As I mentioned earlier, the dry season is the busiest time of the year, don’t forget to book ou hotels in advance.

Bali in Wet Season

The wet season is the rainy season and it falls from October to April. During this time of the year, you’ll experience a lot of humidity in the air. Frequent rainfall can restrict various outdoor activities. However, you can enjoy local indoor activities such as take an Indonesian  cooking class, learn Balinese dance, and take a relaxing Balinese spa 

The wet season of Bali is less crowded and you may get hotels or resorts at a very discounted price. When it comes to festivals, the “Bali spirit festival”, one of the largest yoga festivals, happens every year in March or April.

How to reach Bali?

The faster and the cheapest way to reach Bali is by Air. Ngurah International airport, also known as Denpasar airport is the third busiest and best airport in Indonesia. It is located 13km south of Denpasar and has frequent flights from major international cities.

If you’re traveling from India, Denpasar airport has frequent flights from major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

If you book your ticket with Air Asia, you can get a flight at a very affordable price as compared to Malaysian Airlines. Furthermore,e the flight to Bali are not direct flights, they have a layover in Singapore, Bangkok, or Kuala Lumpur.

How to get around in Bali?

Bali is not that huge, however, because of lots of traffic going from one place to another can be hectic. Especially, if you’re traveling to North Bali from South Bali, or from West Bali to East Bali.

For instance, Driving from Ubud, central Bali to Lovina, North Bali can take around 3-3.5 hrs drive depending upon the traffic.

There are several ways to get around in Bali:

1. Take Shuttle Buses

One of the most affordable options to get around in Bali. Shuttle buses route is Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Legian, Jimbaran and Sanur, You can easily buy the tickets from Kura-Kura ticket booth or on the bus itself.

2. Rent a Bike

If you’re super confident about your riding skill then you can hire a bike. They are easily available and are one of the cheapest modes of transportation in Bali. It will cost you around IDR 40,000 per day. For the longer distance, hire a taxi. Make sure, you have an international driving license and always wear a helmet.

3. Hire a Taxi

Bluebird taxis are the most popular and trustworthy taxi service in Bali. You can book your taxi via their app and pay them with the credit card. Bluebird taxis go by the meter and above all, they are safe and secure.

4. Use Go Jek or Grab App

Go Jek and Grab are the popular ride-hailing apps in Bali. To book your ride, install their apps, and you’re done. They are inexpensive and easily available, In Go Jek, you get a ride in scooter whereas Grab is just like Uber.

5. Rent a Car with the Driver

As we wanted to move at our own pace, we decided to rent a car with the driver. For 10 hours they charge IDR 5,50,000. However, you can also hire a car and drive by yourself. We booked our car with resorts where we stayed.

What is Bali’s essential Information?

Bali Visa Information

You don’t need a tourist visa o travel Bali. Indonesia offers a free visa to 169 countries including India. You can travel o Bali for 30 days without any visa, For that, you just show the valid return ticket, a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, and an adequate amount for your expenses during your stay in Bali. After providing all the documents, you’ll get a visa exemption stamp at your passport from the immigration counter.

On the contrary, if you want to travel Bali for up to 60 days, you can get a visa on arrival for which you have to pay and amount of INR 2493 per person. The validity of the visa on arrival will be of 30 days. However, you can extend it for another 30 days by paying an additional amount of INR 3205.

Bali Currency

The official currency of Bali is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). It comes in the denomination of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, and 1000000 and can be very confusing. Make sure you always carry cash n your pocket because a lot of places don’t accept credit cards. However, there are some high-end restaurants, cafes, hotels, and boutiques which accept credit card with 2-3% of the surcharge.

There are a lot of ATm’s available on almost every street in Bali. But it will be difficult for you to find ATMs in the countryside.

Currency Exchange and Scams in Bali

You can easily exchange your money into rupiah at the airport itself or at authorized money changers, For that, you will always have to pay the commission fee and the exchange rates are not that good. As Kuta and Seminyak are the touristy areas, a lot of currency scam happens here. Hence, always go to authorized money changers that have a camera installed in it.

Electricity in Bali

Bali uses a two-pin plug and the electricity runs at 220 V. You can bring the adaptor from your country or you can buy here as well at a very affordable price. There are many hotels, resorts or villa can provide you the adaptor if you ask them.

Internet in Bali

The Internet in Bali is very strong and reliable. You’ll find wifi in almost every cafes, restaurant, and bar. Furthermore, the Mobile connection is also affordable and fast in Bali.

What to Expect from Bali Culture and Tradition?

Language in Bali

The official language of Bali is Balinese and Indonesia. People who live in North Bali, Ubud, and in the countryside of Bali speak their local language Balinese. On the other hand, people who live in Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu speak Indonesian Bhasa. It’s always a good idea to learn basic words.

Hello- “Swastyastu” in Balinese and “Halo” in Indonesian.

Thank you- “Sukshma” in Balinese and “Terima Kasih” in Indonesian.

You’re Welcome- “Rahajeng Rauh” in Balinese and “Kembali” in Indonesian

I’m Sorry- “Ampura in Bali, “Maaf” in Indonesian.

Religion

Even though the majority of the population in Indonesia is Muslims with 3% of the world’s total Muslim, Bali, on the other hand, has Hindus in the majority. Approximately 83.5% of the population in Bali follows Balinese Hindusim which is a blend of local beliefs and Hindu opinion. Others are Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.

Balinese people still trust the magic world of gods, spirits, and demon. They still respect their culture & tradition and take pride in this. You can easily understand how deeply they believe in their culture by looking at the number of temples in Bali. There are over 20,000 temples in Bali and it’s mandatory to wear a sarong for both men and women to enter into the temple. Therefore,

Always carry a sarong when you take a trip to the temple. Although they provide sarong outside every temple for free, however, it’s good to carry one.

You’ll see rituals, ceremonies, and sacred offerings wherever you go. Moreover, they have protected their original tradition for thousands of years.

Religion Bali Travel Guide

Canang Sari

Canang Sari is a type of offering they offer in front of their shop, temples, house, and ground. This is their ritual. This their way of thanking god. So, wherever you see something like this, do not step on that.

Balinese Dance

Balinese people magnificently represent their culture and tradition with music and dance. Their dance will make you amazed. The most popular form of Balinese dance is Kecak dance which takes place at a clifftop amphitheater in Uluwatu Temple. Book your tickets early as it gets very busy. it starts at sunset, primarily around 6 pm.

balinese dance bali travel guide

Where to Stay in Bali?

No doubt Bali is a true paradise. Deciding where to stay can really be a confusing part. Each area of Bali offers a whole new experience than others. Therefore, I would recommend staying at least two different areas to experience the magical beauty of Bali.

There is this place Ubud or Tabanan, where you’ll get to experience the real essence of Bali and then there is another place, Kuta, Seminyak where you’ll get the touristy vibes.

Furthermore, There are a lot of accommodation options available from gorgeous luxury resorts to a stunning private villa and from mid-range beautiful hotels to affordable backpacker hotels.

Airbnb is yet another one of the most popular options available in Bali.

we stayed at 4 different places of Bali which include Ubud, Singaraja, Tabanan, Tampkasiring, and Kuta, all booked from Airbnb.

Here a list of Airbnb’s which are my personal recommendation:

1. Ubud

Ubud Bali Travel guide

2. Sanglung Villa, Singaraja

We booked our stay in Sanglung Villa, Singaraja, North Bali. Sanglung Villa is the most stunning resort I have ever visited with amazing hospitality. The view is just stunning from the villa. We stayed there for 4 nights and 5 days and it was our best 5 days in Bali. It was just peaceful to be up there. Although the price was on a higher side, however, it was worth the very penny.

They also offer car rental services with driver.

Sanglung Villa, Singaraja Bali Travel guide

3. Bamboo House, Tabanan Village

Bamboo House Tabanan Village Bali Travel guide

4. Bubble House, Tampaskring

Bubble house tampaskring Bali Travel guide

What are the Bali Attraction and Experiences?

What to see and experience in North Bali?

1. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Bali is home of thousands to an ancient temple and Ulun Danu Bratan temple is one of them. Built-in the 17th century, Ulun Danu Bratan temple is one of the most famous temples in Bali. Therefore, you’ll get to see a lot of tourists all around the year, The temple is located in Lake Bratan fro about 1200 meters above the sea level.

Ulun Danu Bratan temple gas the most stunning view of natural beauty in North Bali. Once you’re here, take a walk around the grounds and explore the beauty of the peaceful areas.

Ulun Danu Bratan temple Bali Travel guide

 

Ulun Danu Bratan temple Bali Travel guide

Entrance Fee- IDR 50,000

Car Parking- IDR 5,000

Bike Parking- IDR 2,000

Opening Hours- 7 am – 7 pm

2. Air Panas Banjar Hot Springs

Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring is nestled in the mountains of Banjar village and is 5 km southwest of Lovina Beach. Here you’ll get to experience a Balinese culture by bathing with the locals. The locals believed that the water of Air Panas Banjar Hot spring is holy water. The temperature of the water is 38 degrees which makes it very relaxing, It is the best place to chill, relax and allow water to give you a massage, The whole experience is just different and unique.

You’ll also see a lot id souvenir shops and restaurants as well.

Air Panas Banjar Hot Springs bali travel guide

Entry Fee- 10,000

Opening Hours- 9 am – 5 pm

3. Gitgit Waterfall

Located about 300 meters above sea level, the Gitgit waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Bali. Gitgit waterfall is nestled in the heart of lush green trees and clove plantation. Situated in Gitgit village in Singaraja, this gorgeous waterfall is around 70 km from the capital city, Denpasar.

From Nov to March, during the rainy season, the waterfall becomes strongest and magnificent. As Gitgit waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali, the place gets really busy and crowded during the day.

Entry Fee- IDR 20,000

Opening Hours- 7 am

Parking Fee- Free

4. Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul waterfall is locally known as Air Terjun Sekumpul and is located in the northern parts of Bali. There is three entrance to Sekumpul waterfall and the entrance fees of all three are different. The three entrances are View Only entrance, Medium Trekkkig Entrance, and Long Trekking entrance.

In addition to that, the entrance fee has been recently increased and each visitor to Sekumpul waterfalls has to her a guard not only for their safety but also t support local econon=my, to maintain infrastructure, and to respect local customs.

The entrance fee of the three entrance to Sekumpul waterfall are:

  • View Only- The entry fee of “view only” is IDR 20,000 per person and allows you to see Sekumpul Waterfall only.
    Medium Trekking- The “medium trekking” entry fee is IDR 1,25,000 per person including guide, a donation to the local village and a visit to Sekumpul waterfall ad hidden waterfalls.
    Long Trekking- ” long trekking” costs IDR 2,00,000 per person which includes a guide, donation to the local village, a visit of Skumpul waterfall and hidden waterfalls and the triple-falls of Fiji waterfall.

The view of Skumpul waterfalls is just awe-inspiring and a dream place for every photographer.

5. Lovina Beach

Located on the northwestern part of the Island, Lovina beach is one of the primary attractions with numerous outdoor activities in North Bali. This black sand beach is an area consists of small villages from east to west.

Some of the activities you can enjoy here are:

  • Watch the sunrise
  • Take a dolphin sight trip
  • Go for snorkeling and diving

lovina beach bali travel guide

6. Trek to Mount Batur

Witnessing the sunrise on an active volcano which is 1700 meters above sea level is definitely an incredible experience. Mount Batur is located in Kintamani and is one of the most popular and active volcanoes in Bali. Waking up at 2 am and taking an intense hike which usually starts from 4 am to catch the sunrise is all worth it. The hike is for 2 hours and you need a guide to go there. At the top, the locals also serve you the eggs boiled in the volcanoes and bread for breakfast. The sunrise view above Lake Batur is just can’t describe in words. I hope pictures can do justice.

Sunrise at mount batur bali travel guide

Mount batur bali travel guide

What to see and experience in Central Bali?

1. Monkey Forest

Monkey forest is the most primary attraction in Ubud. It is home to around 700 monkeys and over 186 species of various types f trees. This sacred monkey forest is nestled in the village of Padangtegal. The residents of the village see monkey forest as a major spiritual, educational, economic, and conservation center of the village. Apart from monkeys and trees, the fires also have several ancient temples, ponds, Banyan Trees, and flowing streams.

Entry Fee- IDR 8,000

Opening hours- 8 am – 6 pm

2. Tegallalang Rice Terrace

With its incredible beauty, natural lush greenery, and a beautiful view of rice paddies, without a doubt Tegallalang rice terrace is the most popular rice terrace in Bali. The view of rice paddies involves the most innovative irrigation system known as Subak. It is a traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system which according to history has been passed by RSU Markandey, a revered holy man in the 18th century.

This beautiful rice terrace is a 20-minute short drive from the north of Ubud.

 

Tegallalang Rice Terrace bali travel guide

Entry Fee- IDR 15,000

Opening hours- 8 am – 6 pm

3. Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

The biggest rice terrace in Bali Jatiluwih rice terrace is nestled beside the hillside of Mount Batukaru. The picturesque beauty of Mount Batukaru from the Jatiluwih rice terrace makes the view even more splendid and breathtaking.

Locate in the village of Jatiluwih, Tabanan regency, Jatiluwih rice terrace comprises of 600 hectares of rice fields. Unlike the Tegallalang rice terrace, the Jatiluwih tie terrace is less crowded and you can easily explore this place without any hassle.

It takes around 1.5 hours to reach the Jatiluwih rice terrace from Ubud.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace bali travel guide

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace bali travel guide

Entry Fee- IDR 40,000

Opening hours- 8:30 am – 6 pm

4. Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee plantation

Locate in the Tampaksiring residency, Aian Kusum Sri coffee plantation is a must-visit place in Bali if you’re a coffee lover. Here you’ll get to experience the Balinese coffee, flavored coffee, and one of the most expensive coffees in the world, “Kopi Luwak Coffee”. They also show the proceeds of making Luak Coffee. They will give you 10 different types of coffee and tea to taste with an awesome view of natural beauty.

They also have a store where you can purchase tea, coffee, chocolates, spices, perfumes, etc. Don’t forget t enjoy the famous Bali swing adventure.

Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee plantation bali travel guide

5. Tegenungan Waterfall

No trip of Bali is complete without visiting Bali’s magnificent waterfalls. Tegenungan waterfall is located just 12 km away from the Monkey forest. It is one of the most visited waterfalls in Bali. Therefore, you can expect a little crowd at this place. However, because of its mesmerizing beauty, this place is worth a visit.

Entrance Fee- IDR 15,000

Opening hours- 6:30 am – 6:30 pm

What to see and experience in South Bali?

1. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is one of the most sacred, largest, holiest, and iconic Hindu temples in Bali. It is also known as the Pura Tanah lot Temple. It is also considered to be one f the most photographed temple on the Island. Located on the coastal side of Beraban countryside, Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” which perfectly fits for the temple.

The temple was built in the 16th century to spread Hinduism and is strongly situated on a rock in the sea. You’ll find a lot of souvenir shops, restaurants at the onshore site.

Tanah Lot bali travel guide

Tanah Lot bali travel guide

Entrance Fee- IDR 60,000

Opening hours- 7 am – 7 pm

2. Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple

Nestled at the edge of 230 feet cliff with a dramatic view of the Indian Ocean, Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple.

The temple is called a sixth key temple as it has direction on its own. Located in Pecatu village in the South Kuta, Uluwatu Temple is the symbol of spiritual belief for Balinese people. To enter, it is mandatory for all the visitors to wear a sarong.

The famous Kecak dance which represents the story of Ramayan also takes place in the Uluwatu temple. It starts at 6 pm and ends at 7 pm.

Make sure you book your ticket early because it really gets crowded.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple bali travel guide

Entry Fee for the temple- IDR 50,000

Opening hours for the temple- 9 am – 6 pm

Entry fee for Kecak Dance- IDR 1,00,000

3. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park or GWK is situated at Ungasan, Badung. This park is dedicated to God Visnu and his mythological bird who became his companion, “Garuda”. The area is about 60 hectares and is situated at an altitude of 263 meters above sea level.

Inside the park, you’ll see a monumental statue of Garuda Wisnu which stands about 276 meters above sea level. There is a statue of his companion Garuda bird as well. In addition to that. there are lotus pond, Garuda Cinema, and Wisnu Plaza where various traditional Balinese arts take place.

Entry Fee- IDR 1,25,000

Opening hours- 8 am – 9 pm

4. South Bali Beaches

One of the best south Bali beaches is Seminyak beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Jimbaran Bay beach, Sanur beach. Balangan beach, Legian beach, and Kuta beach. Spend some quality time at one of the beaches or just head over to watch the spectacular view of the sunset.

When we were in Kuta, we spend our evenings watching the most remarkable orange sunset at Seminyak beach. Although Bali beaches are very crowded, however, you’ll always find a quiet spot somewhere.

beach in bali bali travel guide

Bali Cuisine

When it comes to food, there are a variety of food options available in Bali. Bali is an island with a diverse culture which can be seen in their food as well. From north to south, east to west, they have different varieties of food.

In addition to that, there are a lot of restaurants serving Indian food, Italian food, Mexican food, and so on. But I would highly recommend you to try their local authentic cuisine.

food in bali bali travel guide

 

food in bali bali travel guide

Some of the local authentic Balinese food to try are:

1. Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur is one of the favorite food among locals and tourists. It is rice served with meat or fish and vegetables. It is served at many warungs and restaurants. You have it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even at dinner.

2. Nasi Goreng

One of the most popular food in Bali. Nasi Goreng is the fried rice served with vegetables and a choice of chicken or shrimp. Besides lunch and dinner, you can see Nasi Goreng at the breakfast menu of most of the restaurants.

3. Mie Goreng

Much like Nasi Goreng, instead of fried rice, it is served with fried noodles, vegetables, and choice of chicken or shrimp.

4. State Lilit

It is a marinated, skewered, grilled meat served with spicy sauce, veggies, and coconut milk.

5. Sayur Urab

It is a mixed Bali vegetable that includes long green beans, sprouts, and grated coconut bay leaves.

Bali is famous for its tropical fruits, palm sugar, coconut, and much more. Therefore, Bali will never disappoint you in satisfying your sugar cravings.

Here are some traditional Balinese desserts to try:

1. Pisang Goreng

Also known as banana fritters, Pisang Goreng is a fried banana served with honey or palm sugar syrup.

2. Jaja Bendu

It is a traditional cake made up of sticky rice, grated coconut, and Balinese sugar.

3. Bubur Sumsum

Burbur Sumsum is a traditional dessert made up of rice flour, pandan leaf, and coconut milk served with a sauce made up of brown sugar.

4. Kelepon

It is made up of glutinous rice and filled with coconut sugar.

Where to eat in Bali?

  • Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen, Seminyak
  • Chandi, Seminyak
  •  Bossman, Seminyak
  • Sesitefields Cafe
  • Clear Cafe, Ubud
  • Murni’s Warung, Ubud
  • The seed of Life, Ubud
  • Ganesha Ek Sanskriti
  • Queen’s Tandoor, Seminyak
  • Atithi, Kuta
  • Bale Udang, Kuta
  • La Favela, Seminyak
  • La Laguna, Canggu
  • Mozaic, Ubud
  • The elephant, Ubud

Shopping in Bali

Bali is a paradise for every hopping lovers. They can buy almost anything and that too at affordable prices. Bali has something for every kind of shoppers. From the colorful local street markets to high-end malls, Bali offers everything.

shopping in bali, bali travel guide

Here a list of things which you can consider buying from Bali:

1. Handicrafts- If you love the vintage collection

2. Chocolates- Bali offers varieties of chocolates. They even have chili flavored chocolates.

3. Retail- If you love high-end brands

4. Dream Catcher- You know how trendy these are and gives a perfect Bohemian look

5. Jewelry- Bali’s handmade jewelry are best

6. Beachwear- For outdoor beach activities and they are super affordable

7. Streetwear- They are super cheap but you should know the skills of bargaining

8. Souvenier- For your loved ones

9. Bags- Bali bags are a must-have if you’re fond of bags.

10. Organic skincare products- who doesn’t love pampering

Markets in Bali

1. Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art market is the most visited market in Bali. It is popular for handicraft items such as dream catchers, woven bags, coaster, hats, handmade Jholas, etc.

2. Krishna Oleh Oleh Khas Bali

Here you’ll get everything under one roof such as handicrafts items, clothes, accessories, key chains, sandals, beachwear, and many more. The prices are fixed, however, I find it super affordable.

3. Kuta Art Market

It is a beach side street market. You’ll get Balinese masks, decorative items, clothes, fridge magnet, and so on.

4. Kumbasari Art Market

Located in Denpasar, Kumbasari Art Market is a 4-storey wholesale market with floors dedicated to handicrafts items, dream catchers, paintings, clothes, etc.

5. Kuta Beachwalk

It is the newest addition to Kuta which resembles high-end shopping malls in Bali. It is complex with numerous shops, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and entertainment facilities.

6. Discovery Shopping Mall

One of the biggest shopping malls in Bali, Discovery shopping mall is a 3-storey mall with various clothing brands such as Adidas, Nike, Marks & Spencer, etc. In addition to that, they have fine dining restaurants as well.

mall in bali, bali travel guide

Nightlife in Bali

Apart from its culture, tradition, delicious cuisine, and ancient temples, Bali is also popular for its nightlife. There are a lot of travelers who visit Bali only to experience the energetic nightlife. Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu are a hub for nightlife parties. You’ll find the best nightclubs in South Bali. In addition to that, you’ll also see very fewer locals in these areas. According to them, Kuta is mini Australia.

These places are very touristy, hence, if you’re someone looking for some calm and serene places, this place isn’t for you. I personally felt, this place was not for me and it was not a real Bali.

Kuta

Kuta nightclubs near Kuta beach are huge party spot. Some of the best nightlife venues are Hard rock cafe, Deejay club, SkuGarden, VH Bali, and Bosche VVIP club.

Seminyak

Seminyak is a blend of expensive nightclubs and affordable ones. Some of the best ones are Charlie Bar, Potato head beach club, Mint, Kudeta, The Orchard Bar, and La Favela.

Legian

In a party mood and looking for some affordable options? Head over to Legian. They have super affordable nightclubs options in Bali. Some of them are Eikon bar and club, Bounty Discotheque, and SkyGarden.

Canggu

Canggu is a heart for Digital Nomads. A perfect place to get detached. Some of the best options are the Deus cafe, Luigi’s Pizza, and Old Maw’s.

What are the must-visit places around Bali?

1. Nusa Penida

As compared to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningam, Nusa Penida is the biggest island among them. Reaching Nusa Penida is very easy by the ferry. It leaves frequently from Sanur everyday.

You must have seen the in the Instagram, the famous coastal cliff shape, which literally looks like a T-rex, up that’ place is Kelingking beach in Nusa Penida. It offers a breathtaking view.

List of places you can visit in Nusa Penida:

  • Atuh Beach- A beautiful sand beach enclosed by amazing rock formations and huge cliffs.
  • Peguyangan Waterfall- It is a perfect blend of incredible coastal cliff views and the culture and tradition of the sacred temple.
  • Manta Bay- On of the popular things you can do in Nusa Penida is swim with giant Manta Rays.
  • Toyapakeh- A perfect spot for snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • Broken Beach- Locally known as Pantai Pasih Uug, the Broken beach is one of the most picturesque beach in Nusa Penida.

2. Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan has become popular among travelers and all thanks to relaxing beach vibes and surf break.

List of places you can visit in Nusa Lembongan:

  • Devil’s tears- The best spot in Nusa Lembongan to enjoy the sunset. It is called Devil’s tears because the wave comes and smashes into the rocky cove with such a force that they blow a mist or “tears” up into the air.
  • Sandy Bay- One of the secluded beach In Nusa Lembongan and is the most luxurious spots for lunch and dinner.
  • Jungut Batu Beach- The longest beach in Nusa Penida, Jugut beach offers an amazing view of the sunset.

3. Lombok

Lombok is a less crowded island and is perfect for people looking for an escape from Bali. WIth stunning marine life, picturesque Mt. Rinjani, and dreamy beaches, Lombok island will never disappoint you.

List of places you can visit in Lombok:

  • Mount Rinjani- It is the second-highest volcano of Indonesia.
  • Senggigi- It is one o the most popular surfing spots among locals and tourists, You’ll find most of the hotels here.
  • Waterfalls- There are numerous waterfalls on this island such as Tiu Teja, Jeruk Manis, Tiu Kelep, Sendang Gile, Benang Stokel, and Benang Kelambu.