Bali Travel Preparation
Bali, nicknamed “The Island of the Gods”, is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Asia in recent times. It attracts ten million travelers a year. Are you preparing your trip to Bali? You came to the right article for your Bali travel preparation.
Honeymoon, family trip or solo trip, holidays in Bali are within everyone’s reach! Going to Bali means filling up with smiles, serenity, and above all it is the promise of a great trip… To discover this jewel of Indonesia, this article explains how to prepare a trip to Bali.
Choosing the right time to plan a vacation in Bali, Indonesia
In Bali, it is hot and humid all year round.
Avoid high season in Bali
It is a certainty, you have the irresistible desire to live your next dream vacation in Bali.
Succumb to the charm of the Island of the Gods, small in size, but big in the positive energy it exudes. It is a very zen destination where it is good to take the time to live. Discover magnificent landscapes of verdant rice terraces, lush forests, waterfalls, volcanic reliefs and mythical Hindu temples. Beautiful fine sandy beaches await you, bordered by the Indian Ocean whose seabed you can also explore, rich in colorful flora and fauna.
Let yourself be carried away by this omnipresent and authentic Hindu fervor and discover the Balinese culture in depth, carried by the kindness of its inhabitants.
First of all, you need to know the ideal season to go there.
When to travel to Bali?
The best time to go is during the summer in Europe (June to August). However, we really advise against it. This is, in fact, the most touristic period in Bali. Millions of vacationers come from all over the planet to explore the Island of the Gods. Consequently, the prices, at this time, are therefore higher and the tourist places are crowded with tourists. But, if you like big crowds of people, go ahead!
Nevertheless, these months are still the most popular… If you absolutely want to go in summer, opt for the month of June, which is apparently the least “busy” of this season.
From experience, we advise you to visit Bali in May or October. For having traveled to Indonesia at this time, it really is the perfect time. It is first of all cheaper (air ticket), and above all, much less populated. You will be more easily in direct contact with the local population.
Seasons in Bali
The climate therefore has 2 seasons:
- The dry season (May to November)
- The rainy season (November to May)
The temperature variations remain low between the two seasons because it is between 23 and 32 degrees all year round.
The best time to go to Bali is therefore the dry season, from May to November.
During the rainy season, it does not rain continuously, but it rains regularly and above all, the humidity level is high. Be aware that it is not the monsoon, as in other Asian countries.
To see as few tourists as possible? Absolutely avoid July and August, because it is a period of mass tourism.
To have favorable weather? we advise you to leave during the dry period from May to November.
To feel the heat less? July is the coolest month of the year (around 23°C or 73.4°F).
Evaluate the length of stay for your trip to Bali
After determining your ideal season, it is still important to assess the length of your stay.
In addition to your budget, several elements must be taken into account.
From east to west, Bali is approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) in length and has an area of 5,630 km² (2173 mi²). Finally, you understood, the Island of the Gods is not that big.
The ideal length of stay
A stay of 15 days to 4 weeks will therefore allow you to go around Bali.
It seems preferable to avoid a stay of less than 15 days so as not to have the impression of “running nonstop”. Take your time and remember, indeed, that you are in vacation mode…
For the luckiest, staying a month there seems to be the perfect length of time for a real immersion in Balinese land.
Regardless of the duration, avoid multiplying the steps. Be aware that, even if the island is small, travel to Bali takes longer than at home. In addition, road traffic is very dense depending on the sectors of the Island. It is, in fact, not uncommon to spend an hour in traffic jams to cover 15 kilometres (9 miles)…
This remains an important detail to take into account for your future stay.
Find plane tickets to go to the Island of the Gods
As we know, airline tickets are usually the biggest part of a travel budget. We advise you to book 5 to 6 months in advance to take advantage of the best rates.
To date, there is no direct flight between Europe, USA and the international airport of arrival Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar. You will need to make at least one stopover in a major international capital. Count between 17 and 25 hours of flight in total. The country of stopover will therefore depend on the airline you choose for your trip to Indonesia.
Airlines connecting Bali
From Paris, Sydney, Melbourne many of them offer flights all year round to Bali:
From Europe: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Aeroflot, Thai Airways, China Southern, Korean Air, Oman Air, Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways.
From Australia: Qantas, Jet Star, Virgin Australia, Garuda Indonesia.
Read also: International Direct Flights to Bali
For a stay at one place
You can use different sites, flight comparators (Google Flight, Expedia, etc) to know the right time to buy your tickets. Then, I prefer to advise you to consult the websites of the airlines directly to make your reservation.
The more intermediaries or stops there are, the more problems it poses for travelers in the event of flight delays and missed connections. This situation is not uncommon in long-haul flights…
Price range and tip
As an indication, the prices of a roundtrip plane ticket for Bali will vary between 700 € in low season and up to more than € 1300 per person from Europe (economy class). From Australia is around AU$ 600 in economy class.
From experience, if you’re flying from Europe (Paris for example) the most economical but also the most practical solution remains to opt for a Paris-CDG Singapore. You will thus have the shortest flight time to reach Bali and one of the best airlines in the world. Then take an Air Asia flight to connect Singapore to Denpasar. This very safe low-cost airline offers regular flights and very competitive prices.
To find a cheap flight, we give you a tip:
For example, consider simply taking a multi-destination ticket. Indeed, it is more economical to book a Paris-Singapore flight and a second Singapore-Bali ticket than a single Paris-Bali ticket…
Note that you can also, depending on your budget, take advantage of a 3 to 4 day stopover in Singapore before arriving in Bali. This allows you to discover the greenest megalopolis in the world and also, to better manage jet lag in order to arrive in great shape on the Island of the Gods…
Read also: International Direct Flights to Bali
How to choose accommodation in Bali?
An essential question in the organization of a trip, it is one of the keys to a successful stay. Here are different accommodation options so that you can enjoy a holiday according to your desires and your budget.
- Homestays: homestay accommodation in basic comfort, in total immersion, for around €15
- Youth hostels (sleeping in dormitories and shared kitchens). Perfect for meeting other travellers within € 20.
- Guesthouse often run by Balinese. A night from € 35.
- Villa rentals. Popular when traveling with family, in a group, there is something for everyone. Minimum budget of € 90 for a villa with 1 bedroom or € 220 for 2 bedrooms for example.
- Hotels: there is a choice for all budgets. From € 45 per night up to more than € 1000.
- Resorts, located by the sea, they remain the most luxurious and expensive accommodation. Count minimum € 220 per night.
Opt for the stay or the circuit in Bali?
For a circuit around the island
The circuit remains the most suitable solution for exploring the Island of the Gods.
You can thus, step by step, explore Balinese life.
Arriving in Bali from the South, here are some must-see places to visit:
- The Bukit peninsula in the far south, go to the Uluwatu temple which overlooks the ocean with a breathtaking view. Area popular with surfers
- Jimbaran in the South and its very typical Fish market
- Tanah Lot, south-west side between sea, rice fields and temple
- Direction Ubud, in the center, the cultural life of the Island of the Gods and magnificent rice fields nearby
- To the north, take the height to Munduk, mountain, waterfalls, beautiful quiet stopover for nature lovers.
- To the northeast, discover Amed, a quiet little fishing village and renowned snorkeling spot
- On the south-east side, go through the oldest seaside resort that is Sanur. Far from the tumult of the South coast, a particular charm reigns here…
- Staying your entire stay in one place is theoretically entirely possible. Yet, in practice, you inevitably risk missing the magic of Balinese life. The points of attraction being located at different places on the Island of the Gods, the hours spent in transport are likely to take up an important part of your schedule.
Nevertheless, if you want to choose this option, we advise you to go to the heart of Bali, that is to say to Ubud, in the center of the island. Thanks to this strategic location, you will be able to radiate on several centers of interest of the Island. Or choose Seminyak, if you like Bali’s bar scene and happening nightlife.
Getting around Bali: 4 options
You will have to remember one essential thing, here, we drive on the left (like in Australia or UK).
The traffic is very dense, especially around towns and particularly in the South of the Island! The rules of the road are not respected, and it is not uncommon to see animals crossing when they want… In short, welcome to South East Asia!
You are preparing your trip to Bali and you hesitate to choose your means of transport on the spot. Here are the different possibilities:
- Car rental with a driver guide: ideal for getting around safely; possibility of adapting to part or all of your stay.
- The scooter if you are already a seasoned driver. Ideal for traveling around twenty kilometers from your stopover location. You will thus have a feeling of freedom of not depending on anyone to move around.
Classic car rental, underdeveloped and not recommended given the state of the roads, very limited insurance, anarchic traffic and the resulting stress.
The taxi to move easily in the South of Bali, but beware of “fantasy” rates. Favor “Blue Bird Group” taxis with a good reputation on the island. Color sky blue, they are recognizable with the mention “Blue Bird Group” indicated on the windshield.
The International Driving Licence or Permit to drive
Nevertheless, concerning the scooter, as for the car rental, it remains essential to obtain, before your departure, the International Driving Permit.
For this, plan to ask well in advance, your international driving licence.
We’ll say it again, driving in Indonesia and the highway code are completely different. We recommend the greatest caution on the roads in Bali. Many traffic accidents involve tourists on two-wheelers.
Health Bali Travel Prepartion
Should I get vaccinated before traveling to Bali?
Indonesia is not a dangerous country, and there is no compulsory vaccine to go to Bali. Lucky for me because I have needle phobia! However, mosquito bites can cause disease (it’s rare) and we advise you to be up to date with your vaccinations, and to have had the vaccine against hepatitis A and B, DT Polio before travel to bali. If you want to stay in Indonesia for a long time, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tuberculosis and typhoid. A short visit to your doctor before leaving can allow you to see if you are up to date with your vaccines. Once there, you will be careful to clean your wounds and cuts if there are any (especially with corals) to prevent them from becoming infected.
And if, unfortunately, you are injured, stung, bitten or scratched by an animal, take no risk and rush to the hospital. They will give you the appropriate vaccines or treatments. You can never be too careful.
Preparing for a trip to Bali: the stage of activities and visits
This is a very important step in preparing for your trip. Beaches, volcanoes, surfing, hiking, diving… The Island of the Gods is full of many facets and any traveler can therefore find what they are looking for.
Indeed, the tourist activity being perfectly developed, you will have the possibility of discovering very many diverse and varied activities.
Hiking in Bali
The Island of the Gods, with its diversity of landscape, therefore lends itself completely to this activity. You will of course need a minimum of physical condition to practice.
We will talk about both day or half-day hiking, as well as treks over one or more days. Rest assured, there is something for all tastes and all levels.
In any case, you will discover extraordinary landscapes and the connection to nature will be guaranteed.
From the simple hike of a few hours in the Balinese rice fields, from the family walk in the tropical forest to find a waterfall, to the night ascent of a volcano with a local guide, prepare yourself to experience strong moments in emotions…
Go canyoning on the Island of the Gods
Do you want thrills between hiking, climbing and white water sports?
Canyoning seems made for you, whether you are a beginner or an expert, different circuits are available to everyone. Challenge the adventurer in you!
The majority of the canyons are mainly located in the North of the Island of the Gods:
- The Egar canyon is suitable for everyone (children from 8 years old).
- In the Mengandang Valley, the Shakti Canyon is designed for people without prior experience.
- For a more advanced Adventure for an intermediate level, the Samba canyon
- The Maya Dewa canyon for a confirmed level
- Aimed at experts, the Tamata Canyon is set against a unique backdrop of incredible waterfalls
Finally, the canyon in the Aling Gorge for the more adventurous and athletic. Mystical landscape in the heart of the Balinese jungle and on a spectacular volcanic terrain.
Other sensational activities in Bali
For lovers of outdoor sports activities, there is plenty to choose from.
In the East of Bali, for example, let yourself be tempted by rafting on the rapids of the Telaga Waja river, in the shadow of the impressive Agung volcano, with breathtaking landscapes in a still underdeveloped region.
Beautiful sensations in the heart of lush nature. FYI, you have to walk down to reach the river, but you have the option of using a zip line.
Paragliding will allow you to discover, from the air, the superb coastal landscapes of Bali. The best place to practice is in the far south, on the Uluwatu peninsula where you fly over the sacred temple of the sea with a breathtaking view of the ocean.
Thrill seekers? Descend the turbulent rapids of the Ayung River with inflatable kayaks in the heart of the Balinese bamboo jungle, near Ubud. Read also: Best Rafting Spots in Bali | Places and Guide to do Raftings
Beach activities and water sports
The most beautiful beaches in Bali
The Island of the Gods is full of beautiful paradisiacal beaches, some of which, due to their location, allow you to swim in the calm of the ocean.
On the east coast of Bali, head for Amed Beach with its large pebble beach and black sand of volcanic origin. Mount Agung in the background offers a superb panorama. In addition to swimming in a calm sea, discover this ideal spot for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
“Blue Lagoon Beach” is one of the secret beaches in the east of the island of Bali qualified as paradise. The beach is in the northeast of “Padangbai”, surrounded by green and rocky hills on each side. Rare white sand beach in Bali.
Sanur Beach, a family seaside resort renowned for its calm bathing water, sheltered from the waves. It is located east of the isthmus of the island of Bali, bordered by fine volcanic sand.
Surfing, king sport in Bali
If there is one popular sporting activity on the Island of the Gods, it is surfing. The “neighboring” Australians often come, for a few days, to indulge in this passion.
Bali has some of the best surfing beaches in the world, and for the best waves head to the Bukit Peninsula in the far south of the island.
If you are a wave lover, you will find surf clubs accessible for all levels everywhere.
Scuba diving and snorkeling
With its warm waters and numerous coral reefs, Bali lends itself perfectly to both activities. They are practiced especially in the North East of the island, in the fishing village of Amed.
The most accessible activity for a few euros, snorkeling is practiced without much equipment with mask, snorkel and water shoes. The area contains underwater wonders just a stone’s throw from the beach. Perfect for observing corals and tropical fish.
The most famous dive takes you to the wreck of a cargo ship that sank in the ocean more than 60 years ago.
Other activities to do at sea
There are other activities at sea to discover on the Island of the Gods. Sea fishing with the locals on the typical boats, diving with the Dolphins in the early morning off Lovina Beach, parasailing, Jet-Skiing, Fly Board, stand-up paddle. A whole choice of activities allowing you to discover Bali under different facets.
Cultural activities in Bali
Balinese culture is rich and unique. We discover her expressing herself through art, clothes, music, dance, food and language. The best way to explore the local culture? Study it through a number of activities: Balinese dance lessons, cooking lessons, fruit carving lessons or the lesson of offerings to the Gods.
Try the unmissable Batik painting course and experience part of the world’s cultural heritage. This Batik painting lives at the heart of Indonesian culture. It is also recognized as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.
Where to eat on the Island of the Gods?
In Indonesia in general and in Bali in particular, the cuisine appears colourful, varied and spicy. It’s a real exotic journey for the taste buds, and this, for just a few euros. Rice remains the staple food that corresponds to our “bread”. Examples of traditional dishes include nasi goreng, babi guling, satay skewers.
As is often the case in Southeast Asia, street food can be found on every street corner of the island. As many street vendors as there are specialties according to the different regions. You can also treat yourself in the warungs, small restaurants run by locals.
For a complete immersion, we recommend a few nights with locals in order to fully immerse yourself in the Balinese way of life. This remains the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Sharing, authenticity, benevolence, the assurance of fantastic memories in contact with the Balinese.
The budget to plan for a stay in Bali
The exact budget for your stay in Bali will depend above all on your way of traveling. Indeed, depending on the duration of the stay, the number of stages, the type of accommodation, the choice of activities, variables come into play.
Based on an average budget, here is a low season estimate:
- € 30 to 70 per night in classic accommodation
- € 20 to 40 per night in a guesthouse with locals
- Street-food meals, from € 2 and 5. € 10 to 20 in a restaurant
- € 40 per day the rental car with guide
- about € 700 the plane ticket.
- High season: multiply the prices by 2 except for the always inexpensive food.
Add your souvenir purchases. The average budget for a person traveling to Bali is 35 euros (excluding airfare and personal expenses). For 15 days of vacation, count on a provisional budget of 525 euros on site.
Practical and useful information
- The island of Bali, located in Indonesia, is 13,000 kilometers (8077 miles) from Paris. Or from Sydney to Bali is 4 641 km (2883 miles)
- Unlike the rest of the Muslim country, Bali is Hindu. Read also: Religion in Bali: Cultures of Indonesia – Unity in Diversity
- You will need a Visa, free on arrival, for a stay of less than 30 days. All you have to do is present your passport, which is still valid for 6 months after the scheduled date of return, and includes at least one blank page.
- They speak Bahasa Indonesia, called Indonesian. You will hear English spoken in some hotels, restaurants, and shops.
- Count 6 hours of time difference in summer and 7 hours in winter with France.
- The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah or Rupiah: IDR. The current price for € 1 euro = IDR 16 700 or AUD 1 = IDR 10 500.
- Credit cards are accepted and ATM are present in most major cities.
Preparing LGBT Travelers for a Trip to Bali
As a popular travel destination, Bali welcomes visitors from all walks of life, including members of the LGBT community. However, it’s important to be aware of local laws and customs in order to have a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some tips for preparing LGBT travelers for a trip to Bali:
Be aware of local laws, While homosexuality is not illegal in Bali or Indonesia
The country is still quite conservative and there is not yet widespread acceptance of the LGBT community. It’s important to be mindful of public displays of affection and to respect local customs and traditions.
Choose LGBT-friendly accommodations
Bali offers a variety of accommodations, but not all are LGBT-friendly. Consider booking a stay at a hotel or resort that openly welcomes LGBT guests or that has a reputation for being inclusive, like ours for example.
Connect with the local LGBT community
Bali has a small but active LGBT community, and connecting with local LGBT organizations or groups can provide a sense of community and support during your trip. For example:
- The Gaya Dewata Foundation (YGD): Link: http://www.gayadewata.com/english
- Utopia Asia. Link: https://www.utopia-asia.com/indobali.htm
Research LGBT-friendly activities
Bali offers a range of activities, from cultural experiences to outdoor adventures. However, not all activities may be LGBT-friendly. Research activities in advance and opt for those that are known to be inclusive and welcoming.
By taking these steps to prepare for a trip to Bali, LGBT travelers can have a safe and enjoyable experience while exploring all that this beautiful island has to offer.
What should I put in my suitcase?
We think the first thing we can advise you is not to overload your suitcase. Firstly, it is very hot in Bali, which means that you are going to be in a bathing suit, dress or shorts all the time. So don’t burden yourself with jeans, sweaters and other warm stuff. On the other hand, take a raincoat (or raincoat) if you can. We never know. Second, the cost of living is not high in Bali and the shops are so hot that you will want to shop there. So save space in your suitcase before traveling to Bali to fill it on the spot. Good idea no?
We also advise you to bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent bought in pharmacies in your country. Believe us, you will need it in Bali and the quality of the product is important. If you can (and if you want of course!), take a pair of flip-flop/flippers, a mask and a snorkel. Exploring the seabed is an activity that you can practice on all coasts. And there is nothing more relaxing in our opinion.
On the other hand, if you hesitate between a suitcase and a backpack, we recommend a good backpack, easy to transport on a scooter and on a hike. Bigger and more practical, it is our solution to also put more things in it.
That’s it friends, the article is coming to an end! Do not hesitate if you have any questions, we will be happy to explain other things to you.
Leave us a little comment to tell us if you think about all this before traveling to Bali too? See you soon!
Preparing for a trip to Bali
Preparing for a trip to Bali will require some planning. After reading this article, a lot of questions must have arisen, so you should normally know where to start.
You will immerse yourself in the development of future vacations on the Island of the Gods and all this energy deployed remains the first step towards this dream trip that you so crave… The energy spent on this project will be returned to you a hundredfold. times on site. Bali has so much to offer you.
Let yourself be taken to this magical and extraordinary destination. Once there, be ready to open your eyes wide.
The benevolent smile of the Balinese will do the rest.
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