Bali is the small island offering beaches, partying surfing and Hindu culture, set amidst the massive Muslim Indonesian archipelago.
Things to do in Bali
- Kuta – Party and surfing central.
- Ubud – Stunning ricefield paddies surround this arty town near Bali’s centre.
- Gili Islands – whilst actually off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are easily reached by boat from Bali.
- Temples – Most of Bali’s temples are Hindu, but there are some Buddist temples and remains. Ulu Watu near Kuta is impressive as is Gunung Kawi near Ubud.
Getting around Bali
Local bemo mini-buses are the regular form of transport around the island. You can pretty much flag one down anywhere and jump on. Large backpacks can be a problem and tourists are notoriously overcharged.
There are several reputable and popular tourist bus companies. Perama are good and offer professional reliable services to all of Bali’s popular destinations, including the Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok, to which they run their own direct boat service.
You can rent a car/mini-bus and driver for around IRP200,000 for 6 hours. Long distance trips will cost more because of fuel.
Scooters are the best ways of exploring Bali. They cost around IRP40,000 per day plus fuel which is very cheap. You need a International Driving Permit , so get one before you leave home. Driving without one attracts a hefty fine, if you get stopped.