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5 Things You Must Do in Bali
A trip to Bali is like taking a trip to your wildest island dreams. The best part? A trip to Bali can be experienced to its fullest on any budget! There is a wide range of free and inexpensive options when it comes to exploring the Indonesian island. Getting there is the hardest part, but once you’re there, you will be thrilled at all Bali has to offer.
Visit the Temples
How can you come to the ‘Island of the Gods’ and not visit one of its sacred temples? Supposedly there are more than 200,000 Hindu temples scattered all across Bali which explains its nickname of ‘Island of the Gods’. From inland temples in the most sacred Tirta Empul to temples that sit on the outer most edge of the country like the Uluwata Temple there is something for everyone.
Upon visiting the Tirta Empul visitors can participate in Melukat, a purification ritual of the island and get a sample of real Bali tradition.
The Tanah Lot Temple said to be home to the guardian spirits of the sea which is little surprise as it is perched on the top of ginormous rock with waves crashing into its base. As it paints a traditional picturesque Bali landscape, the temple is among Bali’s most important sea temples and deserves a visit. Some of the most dramatic (and best) sunsets are caught here on this island gem.
Enjoy the Catch of the Day
Fresh seafood is encouraged to be enjoyed on Jimbaran Beach in Bali! Jimbaran Beach sits just north of the island’s Bukit peninsula and offers 17 different seafood cafes along its coastline. ‘Pantai Muaya’, the name given to the area where there are the various seafood cafes, is open from afternoon until late in the night served on candlelit tabletops on the sand.
Surfs Up, Bali Style
What’s a day spent on the water without ending it with a refreshing Bintang beer? The popular Bingtan pilsner beer has 5% alcohol content and is enjoyed all over the island. Bingtang literally means ‘star’ in Indonesian which explains its appearance.
Work up a thirst for a Bingtan by riding some of Bali’s waves. While surfing is a bit intimidating for some travelers, other popular options like paddleboarding, water yoga, and Muay Thai are available on Canggu beach, an area in the south of Bali.
If you’re up for the challenge of a surf lesson visit Kuta, the island’s first ‘surfer’s beach’. Here surfboards can be rented out for up to 25,000 rupiah an hour, though this is variable and mostly negotiable. Nonetheless, there are many surf schools lining the iconic beach.
Find Your Favorite Beach Spot
Bali is home to some of the best beaches in the world, but we challenge you to find your favorite! There is a strip of beach clubs on Seminyak that tends to be popular with international travelers, though Kuta Beach is always a good choice as well. Kuta Beach attracts thousands of visitors each year!
Candidasa changed its name from Teluk Kehen (Kehen Bay) since it’s been busy with tourism. The area is home to five-star resorts and restaurants right off a peaceful coast. It also has a great location on the east side of the island where there is a lot of exotic cultural highlights and historical sites nearby. Candidasa is located in the Samuh neighborhood of the Bugbug Village.
Visit Local Art Markets
Are you fulfilling some ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fantasy? Well, this is the spot to do it as this is the market Julia Roberts came to in the movie! The Ubud Art Market is locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ and is located just opposite of the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. The market is open daily and offers many handmade goodies and souvenirs from local villages. The villages that contribute are Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan, and Peliatan.
Tourist Visa Bali
Traveling to Bali has a lot of question marks surrounding it in regards to visas, but for tourists looking to enjoy 30 days or less in Bali are in luck. U.S. citizens who want to travel to Bali are accepted with their passports. A Free Visa is then given. The Free Visa, or known as an entry stamp, allows free entry in Bali up to 30 days with no extension.
Visa on Arrival costs $35 and is valid for 30 days, but this visa has the ability to be extended once for 30 more days. This visa type is also referred to as a VoA.
The day of arrival counts as one day regardless of the time of entry. Your U.S. passport must be valid for 6 months after the date of your intended departure and have one empty page for a visa/stamp from Bali. If you need a passport or visa, contact us today.