Known as the Island of the Gods, with its natural beauty ranging from volcanoes, rice fields with terraced terraces, Bali exudes a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Not only that, Bali is also known as a paradise for surfers! The richness of Balinese culture which is full of exotic dances and traditional ceremonies, to the work of art. Bali also has luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. As long as you are exploring the island of Bali, you can find many temples with quite intricate ethnic carvings.
Crafts of the Gods
There are thousands of souvenir shops in Bali, from Denpasar to Ubud, you will easily find many interesting items to bring home. Friends can bring a variety of souvenirs from Bali, from snacks, drinks that are mouthwatering, to special handicrafts such as Balinese Tenun.
If you are thinking of bringing home souvenirs, the Sukowati souvenir market should not be missed. The number of unique handicrafts that you will find there might make you confused to make choices.
Most of the star hotels in Bali are located near the beach. Even some of these hotels have private beaches, where you will get a more exclusive experience. You can find these hotels in popular locations such as Kuta, Sanur and Seminyak.
Kuta has a wide variety of boutiques and shops selling a variety of unique items. Starting from brightly colored t-shirts, surfing clothes, flip-flops to unique knick-knacks you can find there. If you want to buy dry food or drink ingredients, Balinese coffee is one of the most aromatic coffees. You may also be interested in therapeutic scented essential oils that can provide a more comfortable relaxing experience.
Enjoy a different atmosphere
Since Bali is located 8 degrees south of the equator, you will experience a tropical climate that is warm and humid all year round. In Bali there are two main seasons that you can experience naturally: the dry season and the rainy season. For those who are looking for cool mountain air, visit the central part of the island of Bali which has several peaks with an altitude exceeding 3000 meters above sea level. Rainfall in this area is more than in coastal areas.
Beaches with white sand are certainly a favorite destination for family holidays in Bali. There are various water sports that you can try. Starting from the thrill of parasailing, jet skiing, swimming, or maybe you just want to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the beach atmosphere.
One of the most famous beaches in Bali is Kuta Beach. You can find a variety of hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes along the Kuta Beach road. At night, you can hear the music beat along this street.
Also enjoy a quieter night at Jimbaran Beach which is famous as a place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood. Five-star international hotels, luxurious accommodation, and fine dining restaurants can be found in Seminyak Enchantment Buddy. When visiting the Sanur Beach area, there are many choices of hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile, the Nusa Dua area is filled with private beaches in front of super luxury hotels.
Fulfill your Sea Vitamin needs
Surfers really love the waves on Nusa Lembongan near Nusa Penida. These islands can be reached by boat for 45 minutes from Nusa Dua or Sanur.
You can find Manta Point and Malibu Point on the southwest coast of Nusa Penida where divers can swim with trevally fish, large rays, and even sharks. Kelingking Beach, Atuh Beach and Broken Beach are some of the most famous spots on the island of Nusa Penida.
The best dive sites can be found on Menjangan Island. Rich in coral reefs, remaining anchors, garden eels and caves that are ready to be explored. Located in the west of Bali Island, here you can enjoy a rare sight of deer swimming near the beach. Pemuteran, is also known as a location for diving and coral reef conservation.
You can also explore the West Bali National Park, where you can interact more closely with the richness of Balinese flora and fauna, one of which is the Bali Starling.
Bali also offers world-class white water rafting which can be felt by wading the Ayung river which is located near Ubud. If you like cycling, Ubud and its surroundings are also cities with beautiful views and suitable for cycling. Uluwatu Selatan also has a cycling route that is good enough for a variety of atmosphere.
Pump up your adrenaline!
For friends, the charm of mountain climbers, Mount Agung will be very interesting to climb. The hike can be started from behind the temple or through Sebudi Village. However, make sure that you have asked permission from the temple administrators! This is because the local authorities in Bali forbid anyone from being in a higher position than the temple, especially during religious ceremonies.
Mount Batur can also be a destination for Friends of the charm for adventure. You will be spoiled with a beautiful view because of its position that directly faces the calm Lake Batur in Kintamani.
The Kecak dance is performed dramatically in an open space located on a cliff, near Uluwatu Temple. Feel the unforgettable moment as the sun slowly sets on the horizon accompanied by the most iconic Balinese art performances. The Kecak dance tells the story of the Ramayana, where Prince Rama’s wife, Sinta, is kidnapped by the giant, Rahwana.
Pamper Your Eyes and Soul
After a long day of adventure, Sobat Pesona, rest your body and soul in perfect relaxation through Balinese spas that can be found all over Bali. The products used in the Balinese spa are made with high quality local ingredients which make them suitable as souvenirs too.
Modes of transportation
There are many modes of transportation that can help you to travel in Bali. Various half day tour packages, up to a full day are always available at the hotel desk. You can also easily find a travel agent or tour operator, or a car and driver who is ready to be your guide. Just tell the destination and the route you want to go to and negotiate the price.
The most important thing when traveling in Bali is patience! While the traffic system in densely populated areas makes sense (depending on conditions), it can also change during rush hour. The ceremony procession often takes the whole way so that you can get stuck behind the procession. Don’t forget to be patient and enjoy the colorful experience!
Heading to Bali
If you choose air transportation to go to Bali, you should choose the destination for Ngurah Rai International Airport. International and national flights are available around the clock and ready to take visitors to the Island of the Gods.
However, Ngurah Rai Airport is scheduled to close during Nyepi Day every year for 24 hours. During Nyepi, all parts of Bali perform sacred rituals that make all activities on the island stop for one full day.
You can access public transportation in Bali through travel and bus companies. If you want to try a longer road trip, make sure Sobat Pesona is ready to ride for a long time.
From the capital city of Jakarta, the road trip will take 30 hours to several days. It all depends on whether you also want to stop and enjoy the cities you are traveling through.
You can also access Bali by ferry from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. In Lombok, you can go on an adventure amidst the beauty of Mount Rinjani and also the amazing beaches on the Gili Islands.
From Java Island, you can also reach Bali by ferry from Banyuwangi, East Java. This city is known by the slogan “the Sunrise of Java”. Here, you can experience an exciting journey to Ijen Crater and witness the beautiful “blue fire” of Ijen Crater.