‘There’s no denying that Bali is an idyllic island and a holiday destination for many. It’s also just one of the many islands in Indonesia, and the perfect starting point if you love island hopping…’
Bali, though, has got to be the most popular island, drawing in large crowds due to its dreamy beaches, jungle-covered volcanoes, rice terraces and vibrant culture.
Now, if you’ve never been to Bali, here are a few tips for your island-hopping adventures.
You’re going to sweat
Forget the heavy jackets and jeans. Bali is hot all year round, so pack light cotton fabrics and open shoes. You might even find yourself living in your swimming costumes. May to July is the best time to visit but it’s still going to be hot!
Culture is everything, everywhere
Bali is overflowing with vibrant festivals, ancient culture and rituals. Everywhere you turn, you’ll come across small offerings outside shops and plenty of temples all over the place. No matter where you look, there is sure to be a ceremony, a sacred offering or a ritual going on. The Balinese are extremely proud of their religion and culture and everybody gets involved. Spend a little time at Bali villas, and you’ll quickly realise that its rich culture also keeps people coming back to this amazing island holiday after holiday.
Don’t forget your sarong
If you plan on visiting any temples or religious sites, make sure you take a sarong and sash. You can always rent them, though, or buy them cheaply. Men and women both need to cover their legs below the knee, so a sarong is perfect, while the sash must be worn around your waist.
You’re going to love the drinks
Bali knows how to make those cocktails! You’ll find some of the best in the local restaurants, beach clubs and bars. Best of all, they are incredibly cheap. Beer is very affordable, too. Just be cautious of inexpensive bootlegged alcohol and stay away from any drinks that seem way too cheap, especially by Bali standards.
Shopping is incredible
The markets in Bali are a lot of fun for first-time island hoppers, and you’re totally expected to haggle. But, shopping in Bali is also rather sophisticated, particularly in areas like Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak and Legian. In these areas, you will find sensational boutiques and high-end jewellery and homeware stores. There are also plenty of antiques to be found.
Try to visit Kuta
Kuta is full of tourists, it’s packed to the brim, but it’s still worth a fleeting visit. But you’ll really want to spend the majority of your time in the real Bali.
Be sure to try the coffee
Bali used to be a desert for coffee lovers, but it’s definitely not like that anymore. There are several incredible coffee shops, especially in Ubud, Canggu and Seminyak. Most also offer free Wi-Fi if you’re a digital nomad!
Don’t forget your helmet
Plenty of tourists like to hire motorbikes and then cruise around without helmets. Don’t be like them! Falling off hurts a lot more when you don’t have the right protective gear. Other than Bluebird taxis, there’s no public transport in Bali, so if you hire a bike, don’t forget the helmet.
We hope these tips will help you have an incredible island hopping holiday.