First time to Bali? Let's get acquainted with the Island of the Gods
First time to Bali? Let's get acquainted with the Island of the Gods
Bali is a global destination, attracting people from all over the world for vacations
6 Aug 2021

Bali is a global destination, attracting people from all over for holidays as well as being a destination for expats. They come for the beaches, the surf, the jungle, the natural setting, and the people who are very spiritual, creative, and also warm and welcoming.

Bali at a glance

Bali's landscapes are full of natural beauty / THOMAS HAUPT/AGE FOTOSTOCK
Bali's landscapes are full of natural beauty / THOMAS HAUPT/AGE FOTOSTOCK

Bali welcomes you with its open energy and exotic atmosphere. There are empty beaches, temple dances, and endless terraced rice fields. Bali is like a foggy road lit by the moonlight, and this makes Bali full of nightlife. Vehicles that you often encounter on the streets are scooters. Bali is full of creativity. get ready to enjoy the mesmerizing rhythm of gamelan playing, public cremation parades, offshore coral reefs and cliffside Hindu temples.

Surfing in Bali

Surfing is a popular activity in Bali / Fotostock
Surfing is a popular activity in Bali / Fotostock

Bali's beaches range from white sands and tropical turquoise bays on the east coast to wider beaches and world-class surfing on the south and west coasts. Surfing is what put Bali on the tourist map. The right time to surf is May and October. You will find less crowded surf spots in Uluwatu. To the south of the island and Canggu, there are also views of thriving rice fields and white sand. West Bali National Park is a protected coastline on the far west coast where the beaches are empty and perfect for diving.

The Beauty of Nature, Peaks and Valleys in Bali

Nature in Bali is full of inland forests, rice fields, and mountains.
Nature in Bali is full of inland forests, rice fields, and mountains.

The natural beauty of Bali will open your mind. The best outback natural location is Ubud, a city full of creativity and artists surrounded by rice fields like Jatiluwih. Famous mountains are Mount Batur, Mount Batukau, or Mount Agung, the three volcanoes that dominate Ubud's northern skyline, all of which can be climbed in a day.

Culinary in Bali

Culinary in Bali is an obligation. / CHUA WEE BOO
Culinary in Bali is an obligation. / CHUA WEE BOO

When in Bali, wherever you go, the aroma of Balinese cuisine will waft from every end of the road. In Balinese culture, every food must have six tastes: sweet, sour, spicy, salty, bitter and astringent. There are countless cafes and restaurants in the tourist hubs of South Bali and Ubud, but if you step into a warung (local restaurant) then nasi campur Bali is a good way to sample local food. It's a plate of cheap rice and four or five other dishes—including a small portion of pork or chicken, tempeh or tofu, boiled vegetables, and a hard-boiled egg. On the beach, try the marinated and grilled fish over smoldering coconut husks.

Harmony is the hallmark of Bali

Harmony is the hallmark of Bali / IRYNA RASKO
Harmony is the hallmark of Bali / IRYNA RASKO

Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia, and spiritual life is based on the principles of Tri Hita Karana, which says the purpose of life is to cultivate harmony with God, harmony in society, and harmony with nature through a series of ritual offerings. Most of the rituals take place at the family gate and at the gate where locals gather, meditate and pray before being blessed and sprinkled with holy water by a Hindu priest. Gamelan music, temple dances, and even important crafts such as mask making, stone carving, and wood carving are dedicated to pleasing the Gods.

Important Information before going to Bali

Rice fields in Bali / NELLIE DEBRUYN
Rice fields in Bali / NELLIE DEBRUYN

Most visitors choose to visit Bali during the dry season of June–September. The months of May and October, will offer less crowds, good weather, and cheaper hotel rooms. In Bali, getting around is simple. You can book a car with a private driver for around IDR 500,000 - 800,000 per day. The local Balinese are fluent in two languages, Indonesian and Balinese. A large number can also speak English. The currency of Bali is Rupiah. Feel free to tip 10–20% on food and drink, even if taxes and services are included in the bill. Electricity is 220 volts and a two pin socket.