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Bali Travel Guide To Exploring Bali

Traveling to Bali is popular among all types of international travellers. Bali is a small island located in Indonesia between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

Bali offers beautiful beaches, historic temples, hikes up to an active volcano, exciting wildlife, shopping and more.

Checkout our travel tips to Bali and our travel guide to Bali before going.

With a melting pot of culture, Bali diversity is a huge part of what makes it so incredible.

Basics Before Visiting Bali

Getting a Bali Visa

There are 3 types of visas for visitors to Bali. The Visa on Arrival for Bali Indonesia, also referred to as VoA. It’s the main visa for most tourists to enter Indonesia.

It has nothing to do with the newly introduced Free Visa Facility where citizens from more than 140 countries can enter Indonesia for free for tourist purposes, if they do not stay longer than 30 days.

The three main visas types for visitors:

Visa in Advance – Visitors can apply for a visa before they arrive in Indonesia. Typically, this is a visitor’s visa, which is valid for 30 or 60 days. Contact your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate to determine processing fees and times. Note: this is the only way to obtain a 60-day visitor visa, even if you qualify for Visa on Arrival (VOA).

Visa on Arrival – Citizens of most countries may apply for a 30-day visa when they arrive at major airports and harbours. The cost is US$35 be sure to have the exact amount in US currency. VOA renewals for 30 days are possible.

Visa Free – Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day visa for free upon arrival. But note that this visa cannot be extended.

If need more information on visa requirements if planning on going to Bali, you can visit their nearest embassy or visit this website.

https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html

Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is cheap and more than likely you will never need to use it but you will have the peace of mind if something did happen, you are covered in case of an emergency.

Tipping

As a tourist you are not expected to tip in Bali. You will notice that hotels, bars and restaurants charge around 10% tax and 5% service charge on top of the prices quoted.

On the other hand, Bali is still a relatively poor country. It has seen a great increase in prosperity over the last 10 years though your average worker in a bar, restaurant or hotel still gets paid very low.

Climate

Bali has a tropical climate and stays hot throughout the year will average temperatures ranging from 28º C to 33º C, with little seasonal variation.

The Wet Season is between the months of October – April, while the Dry Season between the months of November – March.

Where To Stay in Bali

Bali is reasonably priced but this depends on the standard of hotel or hostel. A basic hotel room prices can start from $10 per night. And a hostel sharing with others can be as low as $5 per night.

Alternatively, if you’re on a budget, check out Airbnb where you can rent a room or apartment from a local! Here are $30 travel credits for your first Airbnb booking!

Safely, Pickpockets and Scams

Bali is generally a safe place to visit. Anyway, you should always be careful about yourself and your belongings while traveling.

Pickpockets Warning Sign - Bali Travel Guide
Pickpocket Warning

Like any other country, Bali has its scams, bag snatching and pickpockets. You should be careful. Pickpocketing is a major problem in Bali. Remember to report a crime it. Also, the police may try and charge you a reporting fee.

It’s helpful to check the hotel or hostel reviews on booking.com, Agoda and TripAdvisor before booking it. As there may have been incidents of things been stolen from hotel. Check that there is a safe and bring your own lock.

Denpasar

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. Not many people spend much time in Denpasar. However, it is good for shopping and doing a small bit of exploring.

It may not describe Bali as a tropical paradise but still this city with its distinct ambiance offers unique experience to visitors.

Things See and Do in Denpasar

Denpasar has a lot to offer from markets, restaurants, shopping, temples and museums. Here are a few things to see and do in Denpasar.

Read more about things to do in Denpasar here.

Visit Shark Island

This is a must-visit place for those who like a marine adventure. From its name, we can tell that place is filled by sharks. Here you can interact with the sharks.

This a fun place for all ages primarily for kids. So, if you travel with your family this place should not be missed. There is a 3 hour tour that visitors can join.

And there are many fun activities done during the tour such as feeding sharks, visit the turtle conservation nearby and swimming with the sharks.

There is also an education center that will be useful for our kids. More importantly, all the activities are safe to do even for visitors who cannot swim.

Visit Bajra Sandhi Monument

This monument is probably not the top site in Bali but it is worth visiting when you are in Denpasar. It is located right in the hub of Denpasar.

You will like the architectural design of the monument because it has some unique characteristics.

Bajra Sandhi Monument Denpasar Bali
Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar Bali

It preserves the cultural value of Bali. The monument was built thirty years ago in 1987. Visitors can learn about the history, spirit and the journey of Balinese people in the past through more than thirty dioramas showing historical stories.

This place offers visitors complete facilities such as large parking areas, clean public toilets, food stalls, shuttle bus and many others.

Enjoy The Bali Provincial State Museum

These days probably many visitors are no longer interested to visit museums because most of them think that these places are boring. In fact, not all museums are uninteresting.

Bali Provincial State Museum in Denpasar Bali
Bali Provincial State Museum in Denpasar Bali

The Bali Provincial Public State Museum which is located in heart of Denpasar is an interesting place to visit especially for those who like to learn culture, history and traditions.

The architectural design of the building is also interesting. There are beautiful stone carvings reflecting Balinese history adorning the museum.

Outside the museum, there is a tropical garden decorated by statues where visitors can take a short walk enjoying the surrounding.

Read more about things to do in Denpasar here.

Kuta

Today, Kuta is one of the popular spots on Bali mainly cause of its nightlife. Kuta is always crowded with domestic or international tourists.

Things See and Do in Kuta

Kuta has a lot to offer from markets, restaurants, shopping, beaches and partying. Here are a few things to see and do in Kuta.

Read more about things to do in Kuta here.

Learn To Surf

Surfing is the most obvious as well as exciting thing to do here. Kuta Beach is quite well-known as a place for surfing.

You will see several people riding the waves with their surfing board.

Go Surfing
Go Surfing

The waves in this area is quite mild, which is perfect for beginners to try their skill. Have no skill to surf yet?

Don’t let this reason to stop you. There is a facilies available for people to learn how to surf in Kuta.

Go to Waterbom Bali

Need some more actions going on for your vacation in Kuta Bali? Then come to Waterbom Bali. This is one place you certainly would not want to miss, especially when you are traveling your kids.

Splash Waterpark Bali
Splash Waterpark Bali

It is one of the largest water parks you can find in the island. In this park, there are plenty of various rides such as Twin Racers, Superbowl, Python, Lazy River and many more.

The facilities and services here are very complete. If you are hungry, you can go to their cafe, food court or even pool bar.

Watch the Sunset

Bali is also popular as a spot to view breathtaking sunset. There are outdoor bars that offers you a magnificent scenery of the sea.

Sunset at Kuta Beach Bali
Sunset at Kuta Beach Bali

The view is more outstanding during sunset and you can enjoy it while making yourself in comfort with some tasty drinks.

Giant Sea Turtle Statue

Bali is a good place to educate yourself about sea turtles. And, you can learn about it in Giant Sea Turtle Statue. It is located right beside the office of Kuta Beach Task Force.

Giant Sea Turtle In Kuta Bali
Giant Sea Turtle In Kuta Bali

The purpose of this facility is to increase the number of sea turtle, which are decreasing from time to time. Here, you can directly see the process of how the staff take care of all the sea turtles. It is even possible to witness a sea turtle hatching from the egg.

Furthermore, you may also have the opportunity to release the sea turtle babies back to the ocean.

Read more about things to do in Kuta here.

Sanur

Unlike Kuta which is always crowded, Sanur is a lot more peaceful and understated. And, there are plenty of things to do in Sanur with your family and friends.

Things See and Do in Sanur

Sanur has a lot to offer mainly water activities but there is also from restaurants, temples and beaches. Here are a few things to see and do in Sanur.

Read more about things to do in Sanur here.

Relaxing at Sanur Beach

As we have mentioned before, compared to Kuta, Sanur is a lot more peaceful. There are not as many people around the beach. Hence, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view.

Sanur Beach in Bali
Sanur Beach in Bali

Since there are a few beaches in Sanur, you can choose the one that suits you the most. Depending on which place you choose, you might find some restaurants nearby to get food and drinks (or simply use the toilet).

Swinging at Dream Island Bali

Some of you might have heard about the sea swings in Gili. Now you can enjoy the same thing at Sanur. It is in Mertasari at Dream Island Bali to be exact.

Naturally, the swings are not the only special thing in this place. The beach itself is quite popular for swimming with its beautiful scenery.

Spooky Time at Taman Festival

Do you like something scary? Then try to visit Taman Festival. This is supposed to be a large recreational park. Unfortunately, the construction was stopped and abandoned.

Taman Festival in Sanur Bali
Taman Festival in Sanur Bali

As time goes by, it is turning into an old building and its condition is getting worse. There is no roof at all and the walls are full of murals.

It seems the building can collapse anytime soon. The local people consider this park as a “Ghost Town”.

Besides the rumour about ghosts, there is also another story that said there might be one crocodile left in the building.

Thus, you might want to stay away from crocodile cage as well as an old pond filled with black filthy water.

Visit the Blanjong Temple

If you want to do more than relax at the beach, then there is no better spot than Blanjong Temple. At this temple, you will be able to see the Blanjong Pillar. This is the oldest artifact ever known in Bali dated from 914AD.

This pillar is basically a Sanskrit inscription which has not been translated. It was believed to be a monument of victory fashioned during the first king of Bali, Sri Kesari Warmadewa.

Of course, this pillar is not the only thing to see in the temple. There are other relics as well like the sandstone statues of the Hindu Lord Ganesh and some animals.

You may visit this national cultural heritage site on Danau Poso Street.

Read more about things to do in Sanur here.

Ubud

Ubud is a laid-back place which full of culture and nature tranquility. Most people visit Ubud to join a yoga class, indulge in relaxing spa or walking through rice fields.

Things See and Do in Ubud

However, behind the quiet ambiance and tranquility, there are wonderful things to do in Ubud which you cannot find in other places on the island.

Read more about things to do in Ubud here.

Visit a Few Museums

Ubud is famous for the capital of culture of Bali as most art galleries are concentrated in the town. If you are an art lover, a museum visit is something not to be missed.

Museum Rudana Museum
Museum Rudana Museum in Ubud

Here are the lists of the museum to visit in Ubud.

  • Museum Rudana – the Rudana Museum has wide collections of vivid traditional paintings and also antique pieces of art. Surrounded by green rice fields, the museum belongs to a Balinese politician named Nyoman Rudana. Besides art exhibitions, the museum also provides gallery where visitors can buy the Balinese artwork.
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art – shortened as ARMA, this museum is a combination of cultural center and gallery. The place exhibits the work of Anak Agung Gede Rai in one building and in another building displays various kinds of artworks.
  • Peruse Neka Art Museum – this museum is considered as one of the best museums on the island for having a huge collection of mixed modern arts and ancient pieces.
  • Blanco Renaissance Museum – the museum was once in the house and studio of the Don Antonio Blanco. You can find wide array collection of poetry pieces, collages, paintings, and even lithographs. The house tour is also allowed it is one of the best spots for photography in Ubud.
  • Museum Puri Lukisan – this museum is one of the best museums of modern arts scene and non-religious art in Ubud. There are wide ranges of artwork exhibitions which come in English explanations.

Join a Yoga Class

Ubud is full of the spiritual world. There is nothing better to enjoy its tranquility than join yoga class.

There are numbers of Yoga studio you can join whether you are a beginner or expert.

Yoga class Ubud Bali
Yoga

If you want to stay a little bit longer, you can also join Yoga retreat and indulge in your spirituality.

Try a Cooking Class

Art and cooking class is a popular activity in Ubud. Art class includes jewellery making, batik making, paintings and much more.

While cooking class usually includes Balinese cuisine cooking class, Indonesian cuisine, vegetarian food and even international fusion cuisine.

The cooking class normally includes a market visit and hands-on cooking.

Read more about things to do in Ubud here.

Seminyak

Seminyak is the home for high-end accommodation, world-class restaurants, shopping boutiques, beach clubs and rooftop bars.

Located in the same coastline as Kuta Beach, however, Seminyak is less crowded and touristy.

Read more about things to do in Seminyak here.

Things See and Do in Seminyak

There are many reasons to come to Seminyak especially for the good waves, magical sunset and also amazing beach clubs, bars and cafes.

If you are also thinking to visit Seminyak. Here is a few things to do in Seminyak.

Take Surfing Lessons

Similar to the neighbour Kuta Beach, Seminyak is also famous for the good waves. Many surfers all over the world come to beach to tame the wave.

No worries if you are in the beginner level because there are surfing class to sign up.

Go Surfing
Go Surfing

You can opt for surfing class with professional instructor but expect the price to be a bit expensive.

If you do not wish to surf, you can try pedalling which is also a popular activity in Seminyak.

Visit The Pura Petitenget Temple

Most of temples or Pura in Bali are open for public visit. The place is great for self-reflection even though you are not Balinese.

The quiet ambience of the Pura gives you time to think about life, count your blessing and get rid of negativity.

Pura petitenget in Seminyak
Pura Petitenget in Seminyak

The famous pura in Seminyak area is Pura Petitenget and Pura Masceti. If you are lucky, you can also see some ceremonies as well.

Read more about things to do in Seminyak here.


Wrapping Up

Finally, as you can see, there is a good range of things to visit, explore, discover in Bali. All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Bali has to offer.

I’d love to know if this guide on the Bali Travel Guide Blog To Exploring Bali has helped you. And that’s it for now! Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are more places of interest worth a visit.

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