You’ve probably figured out that there’s a lot of room in our hearts and calendars for one of the absolute best locations that our globe has to offer: that’s right, Bali. This Indonesian island is as close as it gets to having it all – how about an incredibly rich culture and equally fantastic food; the most gorgeous beaches and waterfalls you’ve ever seen; and deep, dense jungles to explore? Add friendly locals to that, and you can see why we love it!
Depending on where you are, this paradise island might be far away, and you’ll want to do a little planning before you go. You don’t have to, but here are some tips on what to do, where to stay, and when to go – just in case! Enjoy!
Pro Tip: Beware; you might get addicted and want to stay forever. It is a real possibility. Other than that, watch out for monsoon season unless you don’t mind some rain!
Apart from everywhere, you mean? We do actually have some places that we have an even softer spot for than all the others: Ubud and Canggu. They’re the best. Guys, please go so that you can experience them for yourselves!
This town is simply outstanding. You can find anything you’ll need to make your stay the time of your life: delicious food (duh), souvenirs like jewelry and carvings, the best yoga – and the art, the art! There are galleries and museums, and the creations are seemingly omnipresent; you’ll see something beautiful wherever you look. For real. Don’t miss the Balinese dancing, either. It’s stunningly fascinating. Oh, and there’s the Monkey Forest, where the little creatures might (read: will) try to nick your belongings – totally worth a visit, though.
Canggu is like Ubud (i.e. pretty damn fantastic), but for surfers, and anyone who wants to be near the sandy beaches. Which I suppose is most of us? Here you can get surf lessons, hang out at all the beach clubs, and get wet at the waterpark – are you brave enough to go on the highest one (five whole stories tall)? Or perhaps you prefer some yoga so good that you’ll discover muscles you’ve never noticed before, as well as reach a state of deep relaxation – is that what Nirvana is? It’s either that or one of the smoothie bowls.
Pro Tip: Look into renting a house – imagine having your own swimming pool!
There are many fascinating and beautiful places around, so you’re definitely going to have to use some form of transportation at some point. And by some point, we mean all the time – that’s how fun it is to get around in Bali!
A car, a motorbike, or a scooter (some part of which will be broken) – the best thing about renting is that you can drive anywhere, at your own pace, and you’ll save money in the long run! Imagine swooshing through the rice fields, wind in your face, while sensing fragments of mouthwatering aromas from delicious food and scents of the tropical flowers – that’s why we recommend two wheels. And don’t worry if your licence doesn’t say motorbike one it; no one cares!
If you’ve never driven any kind of vehicle in your life (or just don’t want to leave your rental on its own when exploring other islands), some drivers will take you around the island. Being driven around is rather sweet, of course, but unless you’ve perfected the art of haggling, you might end up paying quite a lot of money. But, the drivers do scooters too, which is both cheaper and more fun!
Can we just write down ‘everything’ in caps, to save us all some time? No? You’re right; telling you all about our favorite places is more fun! There are quite a few, so you’d better have a pen and some paper to take notes!
More than once, I’ve pinched myself to check if I’m dreaming while standing underneath one of the tropical waterfalls – they’re that extraordinary. Rocks covered in jungle, with a misty shower of white water finding the quickest way down the side, making you feel like the tiniest ant – all while splashing around in the water below. That’s what they’re like. But times a hundred and still so, so much better than you’d even imagine. Oh, and photos of them will make your Insta feed implode.
These almost unreal constructions can be found all over the island, and each and every one of them will make your senses overload with their intricate details and exquisite decorations! Sometimes locals will be about, offering you a tour, which is well worth the couple of bucks they ask for in return. There’s also a temple (Tanah Lot Temple) that sits on a rock in the ocean – amazing!
You remember we said that Canggu is the surfer’s paradise, right? Well, it is. You’ll find some decent waves within walking distance of the town, and the locals are more than happy to help you out if you’ve never surfed before. If you have and want something more challenging, then head to Uluwatu – there are cliffs, corals, and the best waves, and if you’re still a beginner, it’s a great place to watch some surfing!
We mentioned it before, but all the surrounding islands deserve some more attention! To get there, you need to go on a boat – which is an adventure worth experiencing in itself! If you want to do some diving, you’d better check out the Gili islands (there are three of them), and if you’re not satisfied with your Insta feed implosion just yet, try Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida islands – there are manta rays and an underwater buddha there as well!
It’s everywhere, and possibly one of the best places for yoga in the world. Whether you’re a hardcore yogi or not, Bali is the perfect location for some tropical paradise fun, especially for beginners! Do you have any more questions? Cool, fire away!