Travel To Beautiful Bali On Your Next Vacation
Bali is special. So special that it seems to be at the very top of far too many bucket lists, and this fact has not done Bali any favors. We aren't going to tell you to not go to, Bali because it is one of our favorite places on the planet and everyone should have those experiences that only Bali can offer.
Having been here several times, we can assure you that it is not a great place to be when it is overrun with tourists, and it is the very best place to be when you are there at the right time. We urge you to consider your tolerance for crowded places and traffic jams if you plan on going in high season. We also think that the usual places people want to go are the ones you may want to avoid.
If you have been to Bali, you already know that this is a place you can't stay away from. It is, for so many, our happy place. You should go because it is simply good for your soul and you will fall in love with just about everything here.
At the right time, Bali is everything you could want and more. Lush, beautiful, tropical, serene, intriguing, cultural, full of lovely people, and that is just the beginning of this island's ambiance and allure.
People flock to Bali for many reasons. Of course, the beaches are amazing and the mountains are too. There are beautiful lakes, hidden waterfalls, peaceful temples, and so many wonderful accommodations for every sort of budget, it boggles the mind trying to choose.
We think the hospitality in Bali is among the best in the world. We know that you will find it to be the same. Bali is also the perfect place for going somewhere alone, or with your significant other, and even groups of family and friends.
Whether you are seeking adventure or lazy days, you will not be let down. If wellness is on your agenda, Bali is extremely equipped to meet your needs. No matter your purpose, here is a place that you can decompress and enjoy the peaceful nature of this wonderfully sublime island.
Bali's Culture and Getting Off The Beaten Path
Bali is a treasure trove for travelers. For us, the highlight of Bali is its wonderfully unique culture and friendly people. No matter where you are, you will notice the politeness of the people. Expressing anger is a taboo in Indonesia and for those who openly express anger, all respect will be lost. Disagreements and dissatisfaction are expressed in an amicable way and this refreshing way of life makes the entire country seem quite peaceful.
Bali is distinct from the other islands in Indonesia. While there are other religions practiced here, the predominant one is Balinese Hinduism or Agama Hindu Dharma. This is a distinct form of Hinduism that incorporates local animism, ancestor worship, and a reverence for Bodhisattva or Buddhist saints. All throughout Bali, you can see the deep-rooted connection that the Balinese have to their religion in the architecture, the dress, and the décor, inside and out. You will feel the spirituality this truly magical island exudes, no matter your own beliefs.
Getting off the beaten path as much as often as you can will pay off in spades. Once you are outside of the more congested areas and in the rural countryside, you can experience Bali as it is meant to be.
One of our favorite places to stay is Sideman in the Karangasem Regency. Surrounded by beautiful working rice terraces, this laid-back village is a great place to base for a few days. Ride bicycles around the village, wander amongst the rice terraces and experience that serendipity that Bali is so famous for.
Sideman is also convenient for visiting some of Bali's more popular sites like the Besakih Temple and Mt. Agung. The popular resort areas like Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, and Kuta are much further away and from there it would take up most of a day to visit. The Mahagiri rice terraces are also not too far away from Sideman and this is one of Bali's most picturesque yet much less touristed.
West Bali National Park
Located on the Prapat Agung Peninsula, this amazing park is often overlooked because it is about as far as you can get from the busy hub on the other side of the island. In the West Bali National Park, you will find diverse scenery with lush green forests, a strikingly beautiful mountain range, a dry savanna, and thick mangroves, all wrapped up in amazing stretches of beach with incredible azure waters.
There are over 160 species of birds here including the exquisite and critically endangered Bali Starling (Bali Myna) that this park was partly created to conserve. Just off the coast is Menjangan Island, which is an excellent diving location and is part of the marine reserve here. The beaches are stunning and there is a beautiful little temple here that shouldn't be missed.
There are so many more Bali highlights that we could devote an entire website to it. We are very passionate about Bali, as well as the rest of Indonesia and would love to assist with the trip of your dreams to this incredible island country.
Visiting during one of Bali's numerous holidays and festivals and countless temple celebrations at any one of their over 4500, is the best way to experience the Balinese culture.
Knowing the when, where and why to go is an important consideration for your travels. Stand out festivals include Galungan and Kuningan. Twice a year, using the 210-day Balinese calendar, Galungan is an island wide feast that takes place over several days. This holiday honors the creator of the universe and celebrates the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma) and is one of the most incredible to witness. The last day of the festival is Kuningan.
If you have the rare opportunity to be around when a Ngaben is occuring, prepare to be awe-struck by this important cremation ritual. Far too in-depth to review here, learning more about the Balinese culture and religion will only enhance your visit and will help you to understand this unique corner of the world.
Bali's natural environments are plentiful and stunning. High in the mountains and another perfect place to experience the real Bali, we cannot recommend Munduk enough.
There are many great places to take leisurely strolls with amazing views all the way to the coast, and at sunset the vistas are even more spectacular. You can hike to waterfalls, bicycle mostly un-trafficked roads and witness the traditional methods used by the Balinese in agriculture.
There are rice terraces, fields of flowers and coffee plantations which add to the idyllic rural vibe here. Part of the village runs along the edge of Tamblingan Lake and we never tired of having our unbelievably delicious Balinese breakfast while enjoying the sunrises here.
Munduk is also a great base for seeing the famous Ulun Danu Beratan Temple which opens at 7am making it possible to beat the hordes of tour busses delivering far too many tourists going for the obligatory Instagram photos in the area.
The gate of the Handara golf course must be one of the most ridiculous reasons some people are specifically going to Bali for. Yet, it is beautiful and if you are there early, you might get your shot without having to stand in line.
We would be remiss to not mention Ubud as this is mecca for many people coming to Bali. Blessed to have first been here before the building boom, it is always a little sad when coming back here because it has changed so much. The good news is that it is still possible to love Ubud and we still do!
Taking a walk along the Campuhan Ridge is the best way to escape the insane traffic in Ubud. There are many places to see when staying close to Ubud. Not far, from are Pura Gunung Kawi, and the Tirta Empul Water Temple. Both are worth visiting and we suggest going early in the morning to avoid crowds.
One of the best things about Ubud is the amazing food. Some of the best restaurants on the planet are here and the local food is amazing. Bali is truly is one of the places you must go to at least once in your lifetime, and we hope that you discover your Bali and share our love for this incredible destination.
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The Best Times To Go To Bali
Bali's weather is pleasant throughout the year, even in the rainy season. So, the "when to go" question is an interesting one as there are a couple of strange things happening in the trends. We made a visual on this and you can find that in the image gallery further down this page. While the numbers are going up every year, the numbers are shifting in some months.
July, August, and September are definitely the busiest times of the year and we would avoid these months completely. Other busy times are Christmas, New Years, and the Easter holidays. So if you plan outside of the holidays you should be okay there.
Currently, November seems to be the ideal month to be in Bali. The average rainfall isn't as much as January and February and the temperatures are the same as any other time.
If you are planning on visiting Bali for cultural experiences, the good news is that there is always something going on here. You will typically find a multitude of options and narrowing down what to do will be tough.
For divers, April and October are great months to go outside of the busy season and this is still a good time to see the famous Mola Mola, which is a vulnerable species.
For surfers, the off-season also has great surfing on the east side of the island which it is also less touristy though more suitable for experienced surfers.
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