Bali is one of the main tourist places in Indonesia, it saw a rise in tourism from the year 1980. Its main economy comprises 80% of the tourism-related businesses. Bali is known for its distinctly developed arts which include traditional and modern dance, sculpturing, music, leathermaking, and metalworking. Bali is the only Hindu-Majority province in the whole of Indonesia so Indians prefer this location more.
If you plan to visit Bali, there are some things which you cannot miss and include some cultural treasures, exotic places, etc. Stay with us and we will take you to those places with us, wondering how? Read this article till the end so let’s begin with the famous places. At the end of the article, we will share some money-saving tips and frequently asked questions.
Here are some places you should not miss when visiting Bali followed by recommended things:
Tanah Lot Temple
Also, know as The symbolic sea temple of Bali, Tanah Lot is a beauty in itself. It is located on the top of a rock which is surrounded by water over all four sides, the sea waves keep crashing with the base of the rock. The temple looks gorgeous during the day with the blue ocean around it but the time of sunset steals the show. This might be the most beautiful place you’ll ever see during sunset.
It pays its respect to the guardian spirits of the sea and is counted among Bali’s key sea Temples. The surroundings of temples are crowded with smaller shrines and tourist-related leisures such as shops, cultural parks where regular dance performances are shown on a daily basis. The onshore site also consists of restaurants where you can treasure the sunset dinner to your memories. It is mainly open from 7 am to 7 pm always.
Uluwatu is another temple in Bali which is located on a high cliff. You can take great sea shots from the cliff and sometimes spot grey long-tailed macaques that live in the surrounding forest. You can wait for sunsets during the afternoon or book a spot at the open-air amphitheatre where Kecak fire dance is performed with a beautiful sunset as a Background. It is an internationally-known surf spot, the waves below cliff are the reason for it. You can visit it any day from early 9 am to 6 pm.
Surfing in Bali
Surfing is Bali’s one of the best highlights that helped to make its name as an international tourist place and also our TOP 10’s list ;). It all began in 1930 on the southern side where the rolling waves and quiet beaches made it popular wave riders destination as we know it today. A lot of people come here to surf, these crowds are full of Pros as well as beginners who want a piece of the action. Balis is a great place to surf with a number of surfing schools and of course surfing favoured waters.
Apart from surfing there are other adventurous things you can try in Bali which include paragliding, hiking, mountain cycling, horseback riding, jungle trekking, and even treetop zip-lining.
Visit the Spa
If you want to release your bunch load of tension and want to relax, Bali is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Balinese Massage is one of the most relaxing massage in the world. There are a lot of Balinese spa treatment centers. Prices in these centers vary. But be prepared to pay at least 20$.
Party in Kuta
This is the Hub of partying in Bali. Here local vendors can sell you faux brand rip-offs etc. Kuta is full of bars and hotels which sell to the younger crowd, if you are into partying this is the place for you.
Watch the Monkeys
Bali has a forest called as Ubud Forest which is basically a nature reserve and sacred area with temples. Its very family friendly place. It is good to look at long tailed macaques playing with each other. The entry fee is around 6$.
Apart from monkeys there are some countries that will take you to an excursion of 2 hours for watching dolphins. You will hear about these companies in every hotel.
Some other things to do in Bali
- Watching Buffalo races
There is a chance that after spending a few fabulous days in Bali you’ll have seen water buffalo working in various fields. In Negara locals race buffaloes and as Negara is out of the way you should plan your accommodation for the night before.
- Visit the Mother temple
On the sacred mountain of Agung, an active volcano, Pura Besakih temple is located. The climb takes hours and most people take this as a tour.
- Stretch it out
There are a lot of yoga centers spread all over Bali. These centers offer both single classes and multi-day retreats. If you need to relax and relieve your stress these are the places to do it.
Top 10 Resorts in Bali
- Six Senses Laamu
- LUX, North Male Atoll
- Baglioni Resort Maldives
- Baros Maldives
- Huvafen Fushi
- Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
- One & Only Reethi Rah
- Milaidhoo Island Maldives
- Velassaru Maldives
- The Nautilus Maldives
Pictures of few resorts
Bali Travel Costs
Cheap Hotels and guesthouses usually cost around 7$-15$. Most of the hotels don’t provide private room, now if u want a budget room it can cost you around 22$-50$. These rooms have Wi-Fi and an included breakfast. if you want to further lavish your stay you can accommodate hotels with private pools for 30$. Airbnb is also available here with cheap prices. If you are looking for some real luxury Bali also has some expensive hotels that charge ~980$ per night.
Local food in Bali is very cheap, usually below 0.75$. A basic meal in local category will cost you around 1.10$. Western food is somewhat expensive but still affordable. Its advisable to stick to local food as imported foods like chicken, beef, cheese and wine are very expensive and will cost you a lot.
Here is a chart that will give you an idea of the expenditure.
(Remember some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. It’s an average!)
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Budget Saving Tips in Bali
- Eat the local food: You can pick tasty and cheap food at a very less price.
- Bargain: Nothing in Bali is of genuine price so bargain hard and bargain often.
- Head to the north side of Bali which is much cheaper than the southern part.
- Use Uber as it’s way cheaper than taxis and way more comfortable than buses.
- Save money on drinks by buying at Happy hours or at local shops instead of buying from bars.
- Bring a reusable bottle as Bali has a waste problem you are saving both money as well as the environment.