Beautiful Bali is considered one of the most enchanted of Indonesia’s many thousands of islands.
Though it is best known for its exquisite beaches and nearby coral reefs as well as its mountains, spas retreats and, of course, its sacred temples, it offers so much for everyone. No matter what your hobby or passion, you’ll be able to indulge it in Bali – at a fair price.
Of course, if you’d rather just enjoy your honeymoon away from people, there are countless private resorts and beaches where you’ll truly feel like the only two people in the world!
To fully enjoy the sunniest of Bali’s many sunny days, you should visit between May and October when you’re almost guaranteed 12 hours of delightful sunshine, which will allow you to enjoy watersports, a little hiking or just some restful sunbathing.
Thankfully, this is also the time of the year when Bali experiences its lowest levels of humidity.
The windy season is, typically, between June and August, which is a great time for photographers as the sky is rarely anything but pure blue.
The rains fall between October and April, with the monsoon season running from December until the end of February.
Naturally, water activities abound in Bali and include everything from parasailing, jet skiing and snorkeling to diving, fishing and glass bottom boat rides.
If you’re keen on visiting Bali’s many temples, here are some of the must-sees:
Besakih is known as Bali’s Mother temple
Tahah is a temple built on a rock in the sea
Pura Luhur Uluwatu sits on the edge of a cliff
Ubud Monkey Forest is a temple set in the jungle, which is heavily populated by Macaque monkeys
You may also enjoy an elephant ride through the jungle, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces or the Ubud Art Market.
For those wanting to do a little walking, the Sanus Beach Walk is relatively easy and enjoyable – and it’s peppered with small shops and beach eateries along the way.
If you’re after authentic local food, be sure to stop by a Warung (food stand). They usually serve their version of nasi ayam and nasi campur, a chicken and rice dish. Just be careful when adding a dash of sambai matah, it’s (very) hot sauce!
Sate lillit is minced meat and vegetables added to coconut, coconut milk and a variety of spices. The mixture is wrapped around a bamboo stick, lemongrass or, sometimes, sugar cane. After it is grilled, you can enjoy it with a dollop of spicy sauce.
Oh, and don’t forget to partake in a little grilled seafood and fish, which are served at most beach-side cafes.
Taxis are readily available and most have meters. There is an official tourist shuttle bus, and they travel Bali’s main road several times a day. The most prominent is the Perama shuttle and tickets are sold at most shops.
The most popular car to rent in Bali is a Suzuki jeep. Insurance is usually included in the price, but you must have an International Driver’s License to hire it (or any car in Bali). If you’re after a rented motorcycle, your International License must state that you are allowed to drive one.
Of course, another option is to hire a car that comes with a driver, but there are no fixed prices, so put your negotiation hat on.
Tegallalang Handicraft Village is just the place to buy your honeymoon souvenirs. The crafts sold there are all made locally and a specialty is carved softwood figures. You’ll find crafts made of sea shells, earthenware, cane, wicker, wood, and glass.
The Bali Collection is an open space shopping center featuring high-end items. In the outside square, you’ll find cafes and lavish spas among the luscious landscaping.
Mall Bali Galeria showcases a variety of exhibitions in the atrium lobby to enjoy while shopping and enjoying typical Balinese delicacies.
Another choice is the Discovery Shopping Mall, which has a panoramic sea view.
Whether you’re visiting Bali on your your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable because you know you’ll be covered should anything (within your policy’s limits, of course) go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness.
Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so be sure to take a copy of your policy with you, but also ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency used in Bali.
Since July 2015, Balinese businesses are not allowed to deal in USD. They price their products/menus in USD but they must receive payment in Rupiahs.
You can change money and travellers cheques at any major bank or authorised money changers.
Just ensure your bills are in good condition, that they’re clean and undamaged with no tears or writing on the bills or they may be rejected.
The only credit cards accepted by most Balinesse businesses are Visa and Mastercard (not American Express), and expect an added 2-3 per cent credit card surcharge.
As an Australian, you’ll need to pay USD$35 for your arrival visa.
Also, be sure to pack all of your travel documents including hotel confirmation, airline tickets, Driver’s License for ID, and your passport. Have printouts or copies of all documents including any travel insurance you may have purchased.
It’s wise to pack lightweight and light-colored clothing including shorts, t-shirts and skirts, along with sandals. These items will allow you to stay cool and comfortable in Bali’s heat. Bring a few casual dress clothes, too, just in case you end up dining a little more formally or at a night club
Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, swimwear and toiletries, as well as extra batteries and cables for your for any gadgets you may be carrying with you.
There is, usually, a 5-10 per cent charge, so you are not expected to tip.
However, you should leave at least a 10 per cent tip if there isn’t a service charge included. If you do want to leave a general tip, it’s always nice to give something directly to the person who has been serving you.
Hotel employees, too, are underpaid so a tip will be appreciated. Again, give the tips directly to the person. If you go to a spa, either at your hotel or elsewhere, you are expected to tip.
It’s not necessary to tip a tour guide. However, this is, of course, up to you.