Bali is an Island in Indonesia known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is the home for so many religious sites. Here is a complete travel guide you need to know if you want to visit this beautiful island in Indonesia.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS BALI TRAVEL GUIDE
Best Month to Visit Bali
Bali WIFI and Internet
How to Get to Bali from Manila (Philippines)
How to Get to Bali from Bali Airport
Where to Stay in Bali
What to Do in Bali
Places to Visit in Bali
Bali Helpful Tips for First Timers
Planning to visit this Island?
July to August – Peak Season
May to June – A good month for visiting, the annual rains have stopped
April – Dry Season
November to March – Rainy Season
When visiting, I suggest you bring a US dollars with you because Philippine peso has terrible exchange rate. This is based on our experience when we went there. You can also withdraw from ATMs at the airport or in downtown Denpasar. Bali uses Indonesian rupiah (IDR) as currency. Current rate is around PHP 52 = IDR 13,740.87 (USD 1/ SGD 1.37).
BALI WIFI and INTERNET
You can stay connected in Bali by renting a pocket WIFI. You may RENT A WIFI HERE. Where you can connect for 7 days and with at least 5 devices at once. Just pick it at Bali Airport upon the day of your arrival.
You may also buy a simcard in Bali. Just BUY SIMCARD HERE and you may also pick it up at Bali Airport.
HOW TO GET TO BALI FROM MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
Filipinos or Philippine Passport Holders are entitled to a visa-free entry to Indonesia for 30 days.
There are several airlines fly from Manila to Bali, but some of them have a layover at Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have direct flights to Bali from Manila.
You may also book via 12go Asia in advance.
HOW TO GET TO BALI FROM BALI AIRPORT
At Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai Airport) you can take a cab to your hotel or its way cheaper if you book Bali airport transport here.
If you are staying in Ubud, you can arrange a pickup with your hotel, or rent a car. You can book for Bali private car here.
IMPORTANT TO TAKE NOTE: There is a toll fee from airport to downtown Bali. Prepare around IDR 11,000 (PHP 41/ USD 0.82/ SGD 1).
WHERE TO STAY IN BALI
There are so many choices of places to stay in Bali. Nearest place to the airport is within Kuta, Bali yet you may book at Ubud or in other parts of Bali, Indonesia.
When we want to Bali we stayed at Pondok Sari Hotel in Kuta, Bali. They offer a cheaper accommodation with breakfast. You may also enjoy their outdoor swimming pool and beautiful rooms.
(To know more about Pondok Sari click here.)
Or you may book via AGODA. Just search on the drop box below.
WHAT TO DO IN BALI
Bali is rich with so many beautiful places, amazing temples, delicious food and nice people. To enjoy Bali you may:
Visit Ubud part of Bali.
Explore the Northern part of Bali.
Discover more temples on the East side of Bali.
Swim and enjoy the beach on the South part of Bali.
Eat seafood, Balinese lechon and other food.
Shop in their public markets and malls.
Ride a motorcycle and explore the whole Island.
PLACES TO VISIT IN BALI
UBUD BALI SWING
Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
This place is very famous to almost all the tourists who are visiting Bali. Bali Swing is open every day at 8:00AM – 5:00PM. They are accepting cash (USD, IDR) or card (VISA, MasterCard) and the payment is upon arrival.
The BALI SWING ENTRANCE PACKAGE includes photo-shooting points (helicopter, heart rock, stones) with buffet lunch and drinks for 10.00 USD. If it also includes the swings, nests, romantic bed and “lost jungle boat” are not included in the package, the ticket price is 35.00 USD.
I suggest you go there early to be able to explore the whole place and maximize the time. Lines in every photoshoot area may be very long so you have to be patient.
You may also book in advance through KLOOK, just click here.
HOLY WATER TEMPLE (PURA TIRA EMPUL)
Address: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
This temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. It is open from 8:00AM – 4:00PM and the entrance fee for adults is IDR 15,000 while for children is IDR 7,500.
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES
Address: Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
This beautiful and green rice terraces is open from 7:00AM – 5:00PM. Entrance ticket price is IDR 10,000. Tegalalang Rice Terraces is a must visit destination also in Bali. Here you can enjoy the view and take good photos while you’re in the middle if this rice terraces.
LUWAK COFFEE PLANTATION
Address: Jl. Raya Mas, MAS, Kec. Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Luwak Coffee Plantation is open from 8:00Am – 6:00PM. Enjoy the whole farm view, experience how to make coffee and have a taste of their coffees and teas. These are just of what you can expect when you visit this coffee plantation.
They also have a small store inside where you can buy your preferred coffee and tea after the tasting.
Address: Ubud, Kecamatan Gianyar, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Dying to shop for a cheaper finds? This place is a perfect location to visit of you want to buy “pasalubong” for your family, relatives and friends.
Address: Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Address: Canggu Beach, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Address: Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
These beaches are open anytime and you can swim with free. It means there is no entrance fee to pay.
ULUWATU TEMPLE AND KECAK DANCE
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
This temple is open from 8:00AM – 7:00PM and the entrance fee is IDR 20,000. While if you want to experience and dance with the locals for Kecak Dance you have to play IDR 100,000.
MONKEY FOREST UBUD
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Open from 8:30AM – 6:00PM, you may visit this tourist spot and see a numerous number of monkeys. Entrance fee for adults is IDR 50,000 while IDR 40,000 for children.
TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE
Address: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Foreigner: IDR 20,000 (PHP 75 / USD 1.49/ SGD 2)
Indonesian Citizen: IDR 10,000 (PHP 38/ USD 0.75 / SGD 1)
TANAH LOT TEMPLE
Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entrance Fee: IDR 60,000 (PHP 227/USD 4/ SGD 6)
ULUN DANU TEMPLE
Address: Jl. Bedugul – Singaraja, Candikuning, Baturiti, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Entrance Fee: IDR 30,000 (PHP 113/ USD 2/ SGD 3)
BALI HELPFUL TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS
Here are just some of the few things you have to remember when visiting Bali.
Please be careful with your phones and bags. Always be mindful of your things and surroundings while walking.
Always dress and act modestly when visiting temples. A sarong or a scarf is handy to cover up; however, the most-visited ones like Uluwatu usually have them for visitors to borrow.
If you are to enter a house, take off your shoes.
You may see small flowers in front of different establishment. It is important to not step on the offerings at doorsteps and gates which are usually small fragrant parcels made of palm leaves, incense and flowers.
Avoid touching a person’s head. The Balinese believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body.
For a hassle free tour at Bali you may book via a Travel Agency.