Ahh Bali. Gorgeous beaches, incredible nightlife, and of course the lovely Balinese people. While this Indonesian Island is a haven for backpackers, it’s also extremely popular for families and honeymooners, with something here for everyone.
Flights depart Los Angeles daily, with prices ranging from $1500 to $2500 return. Fly with a stopover in Brisbane with V Australia or take a Singapore Airlines flight which will stop in Singapore before flying on to Denpasar airport.
Grab a cab from the airport, and save a few dollars by exiting the airport and walking out to the road before flagging one down. Make sure the taxi driver puts the meter on.
Where to Stay:
Backpackers and those looking to party will want to stay in Kuta, which is the center of it all. While Kuta is overcrowded and traffic can be a nightmare, here you’ll find a plethora of restaurants and bars, although this isn’t the place to bring the kids.
Just outside of Kuta you’ll find Legian, and further down the beach is Seminyak. Legian is good for couples who want to be close to everything but a little further from all the partying, while Seminyak is excellent for families.
Anyone who’s watched Eat Pray Love will be familiar with Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. In Ubud you won’t find beaches and bars. Instead you’ll find yoga classes and retreats, and a chance to explore the cultural side of Bali. Ubud is surrounded by rice paddies and lush forests, and is a haven for writers, artists and yogis.
In the north, surrounded by black sand beaches and made up of seven different villages, you’ll find laidback Lovina. This is the place to stay if you’re after relaxed nightlife, snorkeling, hot springs, and gorgeous green gardens. Here you can truly wind down, far away from the tourist center of Kuta.
What to do:
Bali is full of things to do, so make sure you take advantage of a cheap massage before getting up close and personal with some cheeky monkeys in Monkey Forest. In Ubud you can explore the market, learn how to meditate, take a cooking class, or wander through the museums.
The adventurous can go scuba diving from the North or East Coast, or whitewater rafting down the Telaga Waja. Take a bike tour for a chance to see some of the countryside, or hire a scooter (just make sure you wear a helmet as the driving is crazy). Kids will love the Bali Safari and Marine Park, while adults will enjoy bartering with the locals at the markets before grabbing a drink and lying on the beach.
In Bali you will never be short of things to do, whether you’re after a relaxing holiday, a fun-filled adventure, or a cultural experience.