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A small corner of tropical paradise, where Hindu temples alternate with expanses of rice fields and kilometers of white sand beaches. This is Bali, or rather an idealization that does not always correspond to the truth. The reality of this small Indonesian island is much more complex than it seems, and the changes it has undergone over time are many and evident in the eyes of those who know it well.

Bali is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago and in 2015 alone welcomed more than 4 million foreign tourists, a portion that already constitutes 41% of the annual tourists of all Indonesia according to statistics compiled by the central office of the Balinese tourism.

Of the many tourists who travel to Bali to enjoy its natural beauty and indulge in a spiritual break, there are those who stay for well over a couple of weeks. In fact, there are many expats who permanently reside in Bali and who have started their own businesses, also taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a quality standard of living at much more affordable prices than Western ones. According to the Bali tourist office, the main European nationalities present in Bali are English and French, followed by German and Italian.

We spoke to two members of the large Italian community residing in Bali, M. and B., who consider the island their physical and spiritual refuge. B. arrived in 1981, aboard a small shaky plane, attracted by the enthusiastic stories of friends, and since she set foot on the island she has never been able to part with it. Here he built houses and opened three clothing, accessories and furniture shops in the busiest area of the island, Seminyak. Even M. was immediately bewitched by what she defines as “magical energies” of Bali, and she chose this strip of land in the middle of the Indian Ocean to build a Vedic house where she can dedicate herself to meditation and spend time with her Dear. People like them know Bali almost like the local inhabitants, and they know how to describe us, sometimes with a hint of nostalgia in their voice, how they have seen the island change over time.

Upon his arrival 38 years ago, B. remembers an island scented with cloves and a warm welcome. The buildings were no taller than coconut trees, connected by a few roads and surrounded by rice fields and expanses of AlaN, the tough and elongated grass used to build the roofs of houses. There were also very few cars and the main means of transport was the bicycle. The change that strikes her most is the radical decrease in available “living” space.

Today the view of the sky is obscured by tangles of electric wires and tall buildings, B. tells us, and the streets multiply and branch off, congested by the typical traffic of large cities. Hotels and private villas follow one another without interruption, attached to each other, and every free centimetre is now used by local owners to build and rent at ever-higher prices. M. also remembers a very different situation from today when he arrived in 2001 when the cows grazed outside his garden and he could only get to his door by passing through expanses of dry rice fields. However, according to both, although the lifestyle and business management of the Balinese have changed in many ways, some aspects of the local identity remain unchanged. The rites and ceremonies established by the Balinese calendar characterize a fixed and priority commitment to any other for the local community.

In recent years Bali has become one of the most famous islands of the Indonesian archipelago and has attracted an unstoppable flow of tourists, which in 2017 were 5 million more than in 2009 according to the Bali tourism office.

Despite the influx of foreigners and small and large investors to Bali, the Indonesian government seems to be trying to preserve the land in the hands of the original owners.

An agrarian law passed in 1960, “hakpakai”, still regulates the management of land and establishes that “only Indonesian citizens can own the land” (Article 9). Article 21 then explicitly states that “foreigners cannot be the nominal owners of the land.” Those who build a house or hotel in Bali today can therefore rent a portion of land from the Balinese owners for a well-defined period but have no right to become the owner. A very common “trick” among foreign buyers is to pass for an Indonesian “figurehead” to buy the land permanently and become the owners. Contracts normally last from 25 to 30 years and payment is made all at once when the contract is signed, which can then be renewed for an unlimited number of years. But today the prices increased exponentially, and the value of the land is estimated on centimetres rather than meters in order to maximize rental income. B. remembers that her first house, built on a total of 34 areas (the equivalent of 3400 square meters) had cost her approximately 7000 dollars, while today she would have to renovate her rent of the land, which counts half of the original area. to cost at least $ 100,000 a year. According to B. from such an exponential increase in prices also derives different management of the free space available compared to the past. While large private houses previously stood in spacious areas and enjoyed large gardens, expensive rents have prompted buyers to concentrate the construction of villas and large hotels on ever-smaller areas. Investors who have come to Bali to invest in this sector come from all over the world: Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China but also from Indonesia itself. This type of business owner is flanked by those who invest in activities in the catering sector and in the trade of artefacts and pieces of furniture, taking advantage of the affordable prices of raw materials and the availability of skilled labour to work them.

Building speculation has upset the island’s economy, which is now strictly dependent on tourism and the performance of the international market. The majority of locals do not seem to be ill-disposed towards those who buy and build on their land and have found a way to take advantage of the changes to improve their standard of living. The development of the tourism sector has opened up new professional opportunities: maids, night guards, handymen, cooks and masseurs at home are now more in demand by both ex-pats and tourists, diversifying the job market.

The island has been enriched on average: according to Indonesia: Strategic Vision for Agriculture and Rural Development, a publication signed by the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture, Bali, from 1997 to 2002 saw the number of inhabitants decrease drastically below the threshold of poverty: on the island is 8.25% of the population, a figure substantially different from the average in Indonesia, where 21.1% of the population lives in poverty.

However, there are also many Balinese who have taken antagonistic positions towards invasive projects, usually promoted by the central government and by wealthy Indonesian entrepreneurs.

Proof of this is the demonstrations in opposition to the Benoa Bay reclamation project (200 hectares of mangroves, 5 rivers and villages), drawn up in 1994 by PT Bali Benoa Marina and designed to create a tourist megastructure, intended to include luxury resorts, shopping mall complexes, an amusement park and a golf course. The civil alliance “ForBali” has highlighted the environmental damage and the threats of flooding for the villages near the area that this project would entail. In July 2015, around 1,500 people demonstrated outside the Bali governor’s office. The project is stalled for the moment and the final decision will be up to Jakarta.

The advent of tourism and the boom in investments inevitably changed the corporate structure and lifestyle of the Balinese. The agricultural sector is giving more and more space to that of services linked to tourism, where the new generations of Balinese are looking for work opportunities, often abandoning the land and rice fields cultivated by families for decades to go and live in the city. The lifestyle of the local populations remains frugal, even if they benefit from a few more services – including access to electricity and motorized means of transport. The use of families to live in the same house survives as well as the observance of religious rites, the glue that unifies Balinese society and keeps its cultural identity alive.

The cultural and religious singularity of Bali distinguishes it from all the other islands of the Indonesian archipelago, being the only one to practice Hinduism. The potential for investment in an ever-growing tourism sector, combined with the devaluation of the rupee following the Asian financial crisis in 1998, attracted foreign and regional capital to the island, and consequently, Indonesian workers seeking employment.

In addition to the large investments of wealthy Indonesians, in fact, many young Indonesians come to Bali from Java, Sumatra and neighbouring islands to work as workers or open small businesses in the tourism sector, such as surf schools and beach shacks. J.’s story in Bali begins just like that. Originally from Sumatra, after spending a few years working in Jakarta, which he defines chaotic, he moved to Bali with a group of friends and has been living there for the past 10 years, returning home only once a year to celebrate Ramadan with their family. Initially, he worked in an art shop and then, once he learned to surf and speak English, he rented a portion of the beach where he could have sunbeds and give surf lessons for a fee to tourists. When we ask him if the crowds of foreigners who come to Bali annoy him, he laughs amused and claims that all Balinese like tourists because they bring money and fun. When we mention HakPakai and ask him if he finds a right law, he claims to agree with this provision, because Bali cannot become “Chinese” like Singapore and lose its typicality.

People like B. and M. have a very different perception of the island, who while still considering it unique and special, are aware that the gentrification it has suffered as a result of tourism has stripped it of many of its beauties. However, the Balinese cannot be mistaken as impotent inhabitants who passively suffer the effects of tourism and globalization in a broader sense, being “infected” by external influences, but it would be too simplistic and almost paternalistic a vision. It is right for people to participate in the development that directly affects it, and to benefit from it. The local population has in fact been able to manage a phenomenon of immigration of people and capital of enormous magnitude, which has invested its small island with an overwhelming force and transform it into an economic, but also a social one, without compromising the cultural core of the island. And perhaps this is precisely where Bali’s greatest strength lies, destined to always remain so despite the extra layers of concrete and smog that are accumulating.

When organizing a trip, there always comes a time for a thousand doubts. You begin to wonder if you are going to a dangerous land, such as Bali in August, what are the foods that are best not to eat, the rules of conduct for a “good traveller” and, in general, what are the risks and difficulties. Here, if you are in this phase of organizing your holiday in Bali, listen to us: leave fears and worries out of your suitcase, and you will live a memorable travel experience.

How to organize a holiday in Bali without errors

If you want to plan everything in the best possible way, just follow the many practical tips you will find on our website, or contact us for any curiosity and last-minute questions. Last but not least: try not to make some of the mistakes most common to the majority of Bali tourists, and you will be able to enjoy your holiday and save yourself unpleasant surprises.

THE BEST TIME

1. Choose carefully the period of your holiday in Bali.

We will never stop repeating it: choosing when to come to Bali should be one of your priorities when you start planning your holidays. On the island, the days are sunny most of the year, but there are months of the year when the climate becomes less humid, rainy and muggy. And don’t think that it is enough to come on holiday to Bali in August to solve the problems: every season has its pros and cons, like anywhere in the world.

Between May and August Bali is the most pleasant and favorable period to visit the island, a period that coincides – obviously – with the high season. The months between October and April are instead characterized by occasional rains and covered skies: certainly, this does not affect the beauty of the places to visit and the possibility of going to the beach and returning home with an enviable tan. Finally, don’t forget to check the dates of the most important cultural events on the island, such as the Bali Kites Festival and Nyepi, the famous “Day of Silence” and New Year on the Balinese calendar.

THE CLIMATE MONTH BY MONTH

RAIN SEASON

THE SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

TRAVEL LIGHT

2. Don’t overdo the luggage.

This is a common mistake when travelling, especially to exotic destinations like Bali. Don’t stuff your suitcase with too many clothes or shoes, as you probably won’t be wearing them. The island is ideal for comfortable and simple clothing, and if you need an additional change of shirts, shorts or sandals, shopping in Bali will be fun and at a low cost.

WHAT TO PACK

Also remember that light luggage also means more space for gifts: a visit to the local crafts district and thousands of souvenir shops will help you fill the empty space left in your suitcase. Don’t forget to negotiate the price of your purchases, this will also be part of your travel experience.

EXCHANGE AND RUPIE WITHDRAWAL

3. Change the money on arrival.

There is no need to change euros into Indonesian rupiahs already in Italy: exchange rates in Bali are better. ATMs are quite common and most hotels and tourist restaurants accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. Homestays, guesthouses and small local restaurants will most likely ask for cash payment.

In any case, at the arrivals of Denpasar airport, you will find an ATM: we suggest you take advantage of it immediately, so you will have enough liquidity to pay for your taxi and basic needs. If it does not work, change a few tens of euros at the exchange office, but just the strictly necessary for the first day because you know, in all airports the exchange rates are always not very advantageous.

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BEWARE OF SCAMS

Small note: when you visit an exchange desk, always check the money IMMEDIATELY AFTER the exchange. Beware of small unofficial exchange rates that you find on the street: they attract customers with very favourable rates, but often reserve large scams. Make sure you always count your changeover last and do so before you leave the store. To avoid unpleasant inconveniences, go to authorized exchanges that do not require any fees.

MOVING IN BALI

4. Watch out for traffic!

Never take the information you find on the Internet for certain (even those of Google Maps): traffic varies a lot year after year, and also according to months.

If you rent a scooter, remember to always carry your international driving license with you and wear a helmet: the police constantly check tourists and, in addition to this, it is a matter of your personal safety and compliance with the law.

BALI BY SCOOTER

With the increase in tourism in recent years, traffic in Bali has become truly remarkable: most of the roads are quite narrow and often clogged with cars, especially in the Canggu, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Kerobokan area. Always ask the hotel staff for information on the roads and an estimate of the time needed, so as to identify the most suitable times for travel. during your Bali vacation

TRAVEL SAFE

5. Activate insurance.

NO, don’t even think about it as a joke. You cannot leave without having taken out adequate health insurance!

In Bali, there are no longer cases of travellers seeking help through Facebook or crowdfunding sites to cover hospital expenses after, for example, a car accident or surfing.

Mind you, it’s not about wanting to be alarmist or creating panic: this island is an extremely safe and pleasant place. However, dealing with traffic is not an easy task, especially on a moped, and the driving style in Asia is very different from what we are used to. Why risk ruining your holiday, when with a small individual investment you can protect yourself and sleep peacefully?

WHERE TO STAY

6. Don’t always stay in the same place.

Going on vacation to Bali doesn’t have to mean staying only in Ubud, Kuta or Seminyak. There are many places to visit, including remote areas such as the central highlands, the unknown east coast and the quiet north of the island.

Choosing to stay overnight only in one place will keep you away from discovering really interesting places!

WHERE TO SLEEP?

This is why it is a good idea to plan an itinerary by evaluating the location of the hotel with EXTREME CARE, especially based on the required travel times. In this way, you will not waste precious time in transfers and you can explore different areas of the island. Three or four nights per stage is more than enough to guarantee coverage of all areas, trust me.

STAY CONNECTED

7. Sim card and local Wi-Fi

You will find Wi-Fi in almost every hotel and restaurant. If you need to ensure a good connection quality, when you book the hotel we suggest that you always send a speedtest screenshot and read the reviews about it on Booking or Airbnb.

Many facilities are even equipped with fast ADSL or fibre optic, but many others are not. Do you want to be on the safe side? Choose a coworking nearby.

Beyond Wi-Fi, while exploring you may need to check out an itinerary on Google Maps or check the most up-to-date exchange rate before deciding whether or not to change your euros. We, therefore, recommend that you buy a local SIM with a data package.

The cost of a prepaid card with 2 GB of traffic varies, depending on the operator, from 70,000 IDR (about 5 euros) to 100,000 IDR (about 8 euros) and you can buy it already at the airport or at the points of sale of the various telephone operators. or even in supermarkets. A truly negligible investment, which will be able to greatly simplify your holiday. Just know that the maximum validity of the SIM will be thirty days: foreigners cannot register with sim cards with a longer duration.

NEGOTIATIONS

8. Treat the price, but with respect.

Shopping and bargaining can be a fun part of your Bali holiday, among art markets and stalls. The advice is to start the negotiation by proposing half (or even a third!) Of the price offered at the beginning and continue upwards, always politely, without being offensive or too harsh. Don’t go overboard in bringing the price down: a handful of euros doesn’t mean much to you, but for many Balinese, it doesn’t.

Follow your instinct to understand when it is better to stop and accept the price proposed by the seller, especially if you are still on a figure that differs by a few tens of thousands of rupees (1-2 euros) from the amount you had set: you will be thrilled with your deal and you will have made the merchant happy too for making a sale.

RESPECT

9. Vacation in Bali, yes, but with respect

Each place of worship has rules and restrictions to be respected.

To visit the temples in Bali, a very simple dress code is applied: a sarong and a sash around the waist, which most of the time will be delivered to you at the entrance of the temple for free or with a small donation to rent them.

When there are prayers going on, it might be tempting to take a picture of the scene or walk around the devotees: well, know that it is considered very rude, although it is unlikely that anyone will prevent you. There are some areas in temples where access is prohibited because they are dedicated only to prayers and ceremonies: if you want to know if you can take pictures, always ask your guide, a local or the temple priest.

Best 12 place in bali

  1. Lovina Beach

This very long beach is located on the northwestern coast of the Indonesian island and is located 5 kilometres west of Singaraja, the seat of the Buleleng regency.

Here you can sunbathe, enjoy the sea and, with a little luck, spot some dolphins cracking the surface of the water and waves.

It is not for nothing that the dolphins are the symbol of the city of Lovina or rather of the group of villages that make up this city.

What makes it different from other cities?

The black sand that differentiates it from the usual beaches and gives a truly unique glimpse of the shore. It is dark sand due to the presence of the GunungAgung volcano, called by the local inhabitants: “The navel of the world”.

However, if you love natural landscapes and adventure, 10 kilometres from Lovina you can visit the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, among which the Gitgit waterfall stands out, and go canoeing.

  • Places to visit in eastern Bali

Leaving the long black beach and the dolphins of Lovina we can go down along the east coast in search of other unmissable places.Here you can find:Amed, Candi Dasa, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

Amed

Moving east we meet the city of Amed, which also has beaches of grey volcanic sand, tending to black.

The best-known beaches?

Jemeluk

Lipah

Among the dark sand of these shores, you can find a quiet and peaceful place and a soothing peace. If you want to disconnect from the chaos of the city, this is ideal.

Black beach of Amed, in Bali.

  • Candi Dasa

Also on the east coast, you can find the seaside town of Candi Dasa located on the edge of a freshwater lagoon. It too reaches the sea with its shores in front of which three islets stand out: GiliMimpang, GiliTepekong and GiliBiaha.

Candi Dasa is still a place unknown to most and therefore is a guarantee of tranquillity. However, just enjoying the sun on the beach can be a reductive way to spend your days in this city.

In fact, you can carry out several fascinating activities such as:Diving and snorkelling, between the coast and the islets that face it;excursions to the GunungAgung;

visit the Goa Lawah temple, believed to be a protection from the dark spirits of the sea. Moreover, in the cave there, many bats love to take refuge;

visit the village of Tenganan, where the native inhabitants are still faithful to the ancient traditions of the place and where therefore you can see a glimpse of the Bali of the past;

visitTirtaGangga, which literally means: water from the Ganges. It is therefore a place of great importance for the Hindu Bali inhabitants.

  • Nusa Penida

We now come to an already better-known destination: the Nusa islands off the east coast of Bali and part of the Songa islands.

It is one of the most scenic and photographed places in Bali, but not yet upset by the tourist phenomenon; indeed, it is said that in Nusa you can see how Bali was 10 years ago.

A woman walks along Nusa Penida beach in Bali.

A woman strolls on the beach in Nusa Penida, Bali. | Photo Credit: AlfianoSutianto for Unsplash.

  • Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is often visited and researched together with Nusa Penida, also because it is part of it.

Also in this place, it is possible to do activities such as snorkelling obtaining great satisfaction. It is also possible to enjoy the sea at the famous Dream Beach and Sunset Beach also because they allow you to watch the sunset.

Cities to visit in South Bali

Leaving the black beaches and the pristine islands of the north-eastern areas, we can discover the southern part of the island which is also the most famous and full of attractions.

  • Kuta

The city of Kuta represents the transformation due to tourism and the modern evolution of Bali with its many tourists, the chatter and confusion of the most popular destinations.

The famous tranquillity of the Island of the Gods seems to have escaped this city, which however is a reference point for city life, souvenirs and shopping, especially if you go to the immense Malls of the city.

In one of its bars, you can also try the typical local beer, called Bintang. It is probably a little watered down compared to some of the beers we are used to, but it is cheap and thirst-quenching.Before leaving, try to buy something and negotiate with a local seller, an experience to remember!

Isn’t Kuta known for anything else?

It is actually a well known and appreciated location by tourists from all over the world, in particular, it is loved by surfers for its long constant waves.

  • Ubud

We have arrived in the centre of Bali’s tourism and culture. We are in the symbolic city of the island that brings together many of the most popular attractions.

In fact, in Ubud, you can escape from the noises of Kuta by taking refuge in one of the many Yoga centres located inside the tropical forest. The most famous is the Yoga Barn, where every type of Yoga is practised and which is located between rice fields and wonderful mountains. If you want to relax your body and mind or learn to meditate, you’ve come to the right place.

In addition to yoga retreats and lush nature divided between rice fields and forests, near Ubud are also the plantations of the most expensive coffee on earth: Luwak coffee. The beans in this coffee must be eaten and later expelled by a civet, a local pet similar to a ferret. The result of this process is a coffee that can be drunk and enjoyed in all its flavour.

Finally, Ubudis known for the famous Monkey Forest (Mandala SuciWenaraWana), which extends for 12.4 hectares and welcomes 186 species of trees and plants. Every year it receives about 12,000 visitors who come from all over the world to see mainly the nice but hopelessly thieving, Balinese monkey.

Photos of the garden and Saraswati temple in Ubud, Bali.View of the garden and temple of Saraswati in Ubud, Bali. | Photo Credit: ((brian)) on Visualhunt / CC BY.

  • Lombok

Also with regard to Lombok, we are facing an Island, the most famous of those mentioned, also for its extension: the island of Bali is in fact inserted between Lombok and Java. It can therefore be considered separately from Bali.

Lombok is one of the most known and loved destinations by tourists who greatly appreciate its wonderful white beaches.

9.Seminyak

With Kuta, it stands as the centre of Balinese nightlife and parties. Among its streets, you can find several bars and clubs and many people.

Among the best known in the area, we must necessarily mention the Potato Head, a world famous club.Also, if by chance you want to go and meet Australians but haven’t been able to make a trip to Australia yet, here you can meet a rich group of people from that country of Oceania.

10Jimbaran

In Jimbaran you can find the most romantic village on the Island of the Gods with its long beach of fine sand that gives wonderful pictures at sunset: Jimbaran Bay.In addition, the locality is very suitable for enjoying fish and seafood. If you love fish dishes you must try one of its restaurants.of tourists along Jimbaran beach in Bali.

Tourists along Jimbaran Beach in Bali. | Phoato Credit: Jeniffer, Wai Ting Tan for Pixabay.

11. Denpasar

In Denpasar, you can find one of Bali’s two international airports and synthesis of cultural and seaside attractions.Sanur beach, for example, is one of the most beautiful in Bali, especially at dawn.As for cultural destinations, you can choose between the spirituality of the PuraBlanjong temple or the history of the Bali Museum.Well, we have seen the most interesting destinations for a possible trip to Bali, but now let’s see in detail what activities you can do on this island.

What to do in Bali?

In Bali, you can visit several Hindu temples (in fact the island has a high number of Hindus in one country, Indonesia, where the main religion is Muslim) and heavenly beaches, or you can go surfing …

What else?

What to do if it rains?

In the unfortunate event that you encounter rainy days, fear not: there are still a lot of activities you can do in Bali.

Firstly, there are many museums to visit such as the Bali Museum, but also the Neka Museum, the museum PuriLukisan and the Rudana Museum in Ubud.

Also, if you were in Kuta, you could go shopping in one of the large malls there.

In any case, the advice is to choose a period for your trip that does not overlap with the rainy season. And to find out in detail the best time to go to Bali, we recommend reading our dedicated article.

12.Excursions in Bali

In Bali, you can also dedicate yourself to trekking, especially in the northern area of the country where the GunungAgung volcano stands.

Alternatively, also from Ubud, there are several routes that take you to fascinating places such as the Sacred Springs of TirtaEmpul, the Temple of Gunung Kawi and the Terrace of Tegalalang.

A man and a woman bathe in the pools of the Sacred Springs of TirtaEmpul, in Bali.

A man and a woman bathe in the pools of the Sacred Springs of TirtaEmpul, in Bali. | Photo Credit: ArtemBeliaikin for Pexels.

Temples in Bali

In each paragraph, a different name of a temple appears, so we have chosen to make some order in this one. Also because, for those who want, a fantastic itinerary can be organized on the island of Bali to discover the most important temples.

Below we list the most famous:

PuraBesakih. It is a temple complex at the base of Mount GunungAgung. Called “mother temple” by the Balinese, it is still the site of various ceremonies. Many of its buildings date back to 2,000 years ago.

PuraLuhur Ulu Watu or Uluwatu Temple, in the Bukit Peninsula. The most famous and evocative temple: it is in fact placed overlooking the sea on the edge of the cliff and offers a breathtaking ocean view. Around sunset, the mystical aura of the place increases thanks to the Kecak dance that is often danced in the temple.

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. The most important Shaivist temple in Bali, located in an equally evocative place as the Ulu Watu temple: in a caldara within an ancient volcanic crater where Lake Bratan rises.

TirtaEmpul Temple. built about 900 years ago it is very popular with Hindu faithful who come here to purify themselves by immersing themselves in its pools. In fact, the water that feeds them descends from the Sacred Source.

 Tanah Lot Temple or Temple of the Sea. This religious structure is dedicated to the marine gods of Bali and also enjoys a unique position: it was built on a rocky island facing the southern coast of Bali and can only be reached on foot, at low tide. Alternatively, the temple is isolated.

Finally, even if it is not a sacred temple, we want to mention another monument of great charm, capable of attracting tourists from all over: the Gates of Heaven.

You can find it on the PuraLempuyang site and you can reach it by heating 1,700 steps: out of breath will be inevitable, but the landscape and the charm of the place pay off properly.

Panoramic view of the Uluwatu temple in Bali.

Panoramic view of the Uluwatu theme in Bali. | Photo Credit: Jeff Pioquinto, SJ for Visualhunt / CC BY.

Beaches, surfing, snorkelling and lots of seasDo you want to enjoy the sea of Bali in all its aspects?Then plan your trip with a particular focus on Bali’s most beautiful islands and beaches.

Between Lombok, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, the black beach of Lovina and Amed, there are beaches to visit, but for surfing and snorkelling there are some favourite places.

Kuta in particular, with its long and steady waves, is the perfect destination if you want to surf the Bali sea. And in case this experience is with you, remember that you cannot miss this place: you can meet many people with the same passion for surfing as you.

The islands, on the other hand, are the best places to dive to enjoy the underwater beauties of the Island of the Gods. A special mention, however, goes to Nusa Lembongan, which cannot be missed in case you are thinking of snorkeling in Bali.

The evening? Bali by Night

What to do the black or the night in Bali? Can you find parties or life in the evening on such a quiet island?

Unlike what one might think, yes, especially in the cities of Kuta and Seminyak. In these cities you can find parties and cocktails of all kinds on the city streets and on the beaches.

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