How to do Bali Right: Tips for the First Time Travellers
Bali…The mere sound of that name brings into one’s mind lush tropics with pristine beaches where you could laze all day sipping on delicious cocktails…Now that’s the life! For many seasoned travellers it’s the beach haven they escape to for a capital time of chilling, but for most, it’s a dream destination they’ve been planning on going for years. If you’re one of these and have finally decided to make your dream a reality here are some tips for you to do Bali right on your first time!
1. Best Time To Go
There are many reasons why Bali is such a holiday paradise. One of these is its amazing weather. Beautiful Bali enjoys a tropical and warm climate that’s reliable all year around. Its average temperature ranges between 26°c and 28°c. The best time to visit the island is during the peak season that’s between July and August. Other recommended times to visit Bali is during the time of Easter, Christmas and New Year holidays.
If you want to escape the crowds of tourists, the off-peak season is the time to visit. The off-peak season in Bali is in the months of May, June, and September. During this time, you will experience great dry season weather even in the chilly mountain resorts like Bedugul and Ubud. Bali deals and promotions are also at their best during this time and you will be able to find discounts on accommodation rates as much as 30% to 50%! If you’re really keen on watersports, the best time to visit Bali is in April and October when the surfs up and the sun shines bright!
2. Where to Stay
Finding a good place to settle down wouldn’t be a problem with the wide number of accommodation options available. You need to first decide on a budget and style that suits you. If you’re a backpacker you can find plenty of comfortable accommodation options ranging from cheap guesthouses to hostels that cost about 120,000–200,000 IDR per night. If you’re staying here for a long time and want to experience Bali like a local, you can stay at a “terima kost”. Basically translating into ‘room for rent’, terima kost’ are very basic rooms that are available for monthly rent. Sometimes a terima kost can be with a local family.
But of course, a vacation is the time to totally relax right, so why not indulge yourself a little? Bali is home to some of the world’s most luxurious and fabulous of resorts and these are spread around some of the best destinations like Seminyak, Kuta, and Ubud, to name a few. If you’re choosing a luxury resort for accommodation in Bali make sure it’s an all inclusive one like the COMO Uma Ubud; so that you’re bound to get the most out of your hotel stay. This is because, resorts like the above, offer everything from plush accommodation to dining and the best of all tours and excursions such as jungle treks, sightseeing, and even Balinese cooking lessons!
3. What to See & Do
There are some who think that Bali is a tiny little island with nothing but the beaches as an attraction. Do not be fooled, this is false; Bali has so much more to offer! Okay dropping the drama, Bali is actually a really cool place that has something to offer to all kinds of travellers be it the beach lovers or the adventure junkies.
Let’s start with the beaches. The best beaches in Bali can be found are the Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Nusa Dua, Canggu, Sanur, Jimbaran and Tanjur Benoa beaches. While these are the most popular of all, there are a few beaches that hidden ones that are none the less in beauty and tranquillity. These include Nyang Nyang, Gunung Payung, and Bias Tugal, to name a few. Some of Bali’s other attractions feature the iconic rice paddies of Ubud, the Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot Temple and much, much more!