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4. Gili Air: The best beaches and a relaxed pace of lifeMarie Vanderwoodsen
Parasailing, Surfing and Snorkeling
We went parasailing in Nusa Dua which was so thrilling! It was only a few minutes but such a rush and well worth it. We also went snorkeling in Padang Bai, that was really fun and a good place to go if you cant make it out to the Gili Islands for snorkeling. There was a lot of trash where the waves were crashing which was really sad to see, but once you swam out it was very clear and the fish were not shy at all! We surfed in Seminyak and Kuta, I preferred Kuta since it was deeper you could ride out the waves longer! All of these activities can be done in many places around Bali, but that’s just where ended up doing them!Rose Zilber
Where To Stay In Bali?
from Canggu (thanks to an amazing shortcut trough the rice fields), Petitenget or Seminyak. It’s not too far from Kuta if I want to party there but far enough to avoid most of the tourist crowds. Not that I don’t like tourists, I’m often one myself, but too many of them can quickly get on my nerves.Leonore Tarpin
Jimbaran Kuta This is the main tourist area of the island. This is the place to go if you want to book (cheap) tours or if you want to buy something like clothes, sarong, surfboard, souvenirs etc., or if you are looking for a party. Otherwise I recommend not to stay here. Even though it is a tourist area there is still some decent food to be found especially in small alleyways between Poppies I, II and Jalan Benesari. If you have been a long time away from home and especially if you are Scandinavian, Alleycats serves some pretty good köttbullars (meatballs) in Poppies II. It is also a popular place for pre-drinks so it is usually pretty packed on Friday and Saturday evenings.Helena
Uluwatu Temple is located in South Kuta region and is known as one of the six major temples and Balinese spiritual pillars. There you can observe how wild waves of Indian ocean break into rocky coast and gigantic walls of the temple. The best time to visit there is early morning to catch a sunrise or evening time to watch spectacular view of a sunset. In the territory of the temple, you will see natural parks with wild monkeys in their natural habitat, Hindu monks, and Balinese Kecak dance ( Fire dance ) performers. Entrance fee is around 3$ per person and additional 9$ if you wish to enjoy dance performance.aikerim.orken
Things to do and places to visit
As you may know, all people are different, some like beaches and sun while others for example like snow and skiing. There are different opinions about Bali too, some people does not like it because of the partying and some people love it there because of the variety of places you can visit and things you could do. The ones who think Bali is too touristic and trashy have usually only been to Kuta, which hosts most of the parties on the island. So it is true, a lot of people tend to go to Bali to party but there are just as many who travels there to find inner peace by practicing yoga in the heart of Ubud, a village in the middle of the island. You should basically take your time to travel around the whole island while you are there so you can experience the beauty of the different places. Below are some places I really think people should visit while there.linnea-olsson
13 things you have to do in Bali
As with most Asian countries Bali is full of markets selling the most beautiful clothing, jewellry and trinkets. You can spend hours wandering the stalls especially in the slightly larger towns such as Ubud and Kuta. The best part is how incredibly cheap most of the items are, haggling can help you pay what you think is a reasonable price, but don’t forget the Balinese people are trying to make a living too, so don’t push your luck.Holli McCarthy
Kuta Although it might be full of tourists, the popular beachside town of Kuta is deserving of at least a day while you’re in Bali, since it’s the best place to find cheap markets and experience Bali’s popular tourist beaches and infamous nightlife.Tiyana Jovanovic
So was it. This year me and my mother bought two airplane tickets for Bali. Things you need to know about the island BE AWARE AT MONEY CHANGERS, THEY CAN STEAL!!! If you are afraid of dogs don’t go to Bali: there are lots of wild dogs on the streets Do not think that something is cheap, you can find yourself without money in a week In the temples you must not show your knees If you want to eat cheap, good and typical balinese food eat in a Warung: tax free, homemade street restaurant Balinese people are very kind, they like to talk about their culture Respect their religion You have to see the Barong dance: a typical balinese dance Please: visit the batik factory, you will not be disappointed The day lasts exactly 12 hours, from 6AM until 6PM, so if you want to do things, wake up early! Bintang beer, best beer in Bali so far Kuta Kuta was the first village we visited in Bali, since it was the closest to the airport. We stayed in a hotel whose name I can not remember, and it was awful. Be aware if you book a hotel via internet, they could put fake pictures of the hotel on the site.agnese-gobbi
Bali: the first step of my journey
On January 1st 2015, was the first step of my journey all around the world. After a long flight of about 32 hours with two layovers from Quebec in Canada to Kuta in Bali (Indonesia), I was more than happy to feel the sun on my skin meanwhile in Canada it was really cold and snowy. The weather in Bali is very tropical. I was there in January and February which is winter season for me normally. However, let me tell you that as a French Canadian, this was not winter! More than 30 degrees everyday, I could not complain. The first hotel that I have been was the App Inn hotel on Poppies Lane one. What a great hotel! To relax after my flight I wanted a very nice hotel and App Inn was the right choice. Two beautiful pools, very nice modern bedroom with Air conditioning (yes you need it when you are used to -40 degrees), lovely staff and a very good location! For 40$ per night you have a princess room!Marie
Or perhaps a few drinks with your feet in the sand?
Or if you are not one for a massage, how about heading down to the beach to sit at one of the ‘beach bars’ – typically a couple of eskies on the beach with countless plastic chairs. Kick off your shoes, burry your feet in the sand and start ordering away! It will cost you about $2/drink. Shopping can be done all from your plastic beach chair! Anything from clothes, jewellery, watches, sunglasses, sarongs, cigarettes, make up and toys. If you happen to be in Bali at the right time of the year they do turtle releases on Kuta beach also. Children have priority. You get your little turtle in a rectangle plastic Chinese container, carry it close to the water and release them along a line drawn in the sand. The gorgeous little turtles then make their way into the water whilst everyone cheers them along. It’s a magical experience.Addicted2Travelling
One of Bali’s main assets is the wide variety of natural attractions, it has the loveliest beaches, huge areas of charming green forests, enormous mountains, and a lot more. KutaOmar El Zomor
Where The Adventure Began –
In all we spent 9 days in Bali, 1 night in Denpasar, 3 days in Ubud, 5 days on the Gilli islands and 1 night in Kuta before flying out to Singapore.Amy Driver
What can i do in Bali?
If you are in Kuta on the main road of Jl Legian street, you’ll notice how many bike rentals you can find.They’ll always try to ask you 20 AUD Australians dollars (around 200.000 rupees) instead 15 AUD (which is much closer to the right price). You can haggle the price down really easily. For the Gasoline you can find peddlers everywhere. You will see them because they are next to the roads selling gasoline inside of Absolute vodka bottles. The price should not be over 90 AUD cents (9.000 rupees).Michael Petrolini
Bali: more than just Bintangs
After previously travelling to some far-fetched and adventurous locations upon announcing to my family and friends that my next travel destination would be Bali I was met with more than a few sceptical raised eyebrows. Australians have been travelling to nearby Bali for years, but its stereotypical association with bear guts and Bintang drinking in Kuta had called my usual hippy style of travel in to question. Well I am pleased to tell all my like-minded travellers that I absolutely ADORED Bali, so much so that I returned twice within six months. Many Australians are heading back to Bali after a lull in tourism and for good reason, the Balinese are so good at responding to what tourists want. Within the same street, you can order a traditional Indonesian meal for $2, or you can order the poached eggs on toast with smashed avo and fetta that is so familiar to you.Sarah Carroll
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