Bali has been rockin’ n’ rollin’ big time of late with visitor numbers to the island increasing beyond all expectations. Now is a great time to visit with so much on offer for the traveller. The weather is perfect with sunny days and cool breezes off the ocean.
Not only that, Bali and its beautiful people are glowing. Everywhere you go in the countryside the jungles are lush-green and the padi fields aglow with colour. There is so much to see and do that at times one is spoilt for choice and fitting it all in for the period you are on the island. Right now is the right time to visit Bali. Airlines are offering fabulous deals and it is their competitiveness that is a winner for all of us.
Cheaper than Ever to Visit: With the US Dollar in decline it has made most major currency rates rise to great value; especially for Australian travellers. More Rupiah for your hard-earned means more to spend! One thing to note, when changing money at a money-changers only use those that are authorised. The others offer a high rate of exchange and that’s a sure sign you will pay a hefty commission. So, get out there and spend, and…enjoy!
Good Shopping: In Bali this and can be overwhelming, especially for first-timers. It seems that everywhere you go all the vendors have virtually the same products for sale but, at different prices. Besides local markets there are several shopping centres and handicraft outlets for you to visit and enjoy. Always make sure you bargain ther price. Unfortunately this is not allowed in the major shopping centres as the prices are harga pas or fixed price.
Good Range of Accommodation: There are hotels all over Bali in one form or another, but the greatest concentrations are in the main tourist cities in the south of the island. When searching for a hotel in Bali it’s first very important to make sure that’s what you are, in fact, looking for. The great thing about Bali is that no matter what your budget there is a place for you. Of course those with the money have on offer a great selection of luxurious hotels and resorts spread around the island.
Amazing Culture: The numerous facets of Balinese culture are truly amazing. Religion plays a dominant role in the lives of the Balinese and is an integral part and includes every aspect from birth to death, life-cycle and daily rituals. Balinese Hinduism is animistic at core. It lacks the traditional Hindu emphasis on cycles of rebirth and reincarnation, but instead is concerned with a myriad of local and ancestral spirits. Visitors to Bali will be immediately aware of the strength of the local culture and its Hindu based religion.
Jumping Off Point Base: Bali is ideally located within the archipelago of Indonesia to afford tourists the opportunity to visit other regions such as East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan and Java. In fact, there are virtually flights going to most of the islands from the domestic terminal making it possible to add a few days experiencing another culture. There are so many other islands that you will find interesting and, they are all reached easily by local air carriers such as Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Air, Lion Air and many more. So, if you are in Bali and want to experience a different culture or just want a couple of days in another part of Bali, do so because you won’t regret it.
Travel is Easy: Around town there are many taxi companies and the best being Blue Bird, which has light blue cars. They can also take you around up country for a price but you can find better. Perama Tours are one of the best and affordable companies to get anywhere you want on the island. Or, if you like, rent a car or a motorbike. Everywhere you walk along the tourist areas you will be offered a Bemo for rent. This is one good way of getting around but bargain the price.
Best Food: Travellers to Bali are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to food. There are a multitude of international restaurants serving all manner of scrumptious food. In reality, tourists never have to veer too far away from relatively safe eating, that is, unless they wish to immerse their palate in the savoury foods that Indonesia has to offer. In this case you will find a superb array of foods from around the archipelago in various places. My favourite place is Jimbaran Bay for a seafood feast. Definitely must be on your list of things to do.
Adventure Tourism: There is a virtual plethora of adventurous things to do in Bali besides the great surfing. On offer are kayaking, canyoning, deep-sea fishing, water rafting and paragliding. There are several reputable companies that organise these activities. If these are a tad too adventurous for you then take a leisurely cycle ride in the countryside or a camel ride along the pristine beaches. Climbing a volcano is another popular activity but it is highly advisable that you obtain the use of a local guide for this venture.
Diving Paradise: Among the reasons why Bali has a few dozen scuba diving companies is that they are set up for all skill levels, from the absolute beginner to the lifelong expert looking to combine some diving with an unforgettable trip to an island paradise. The crystal clear waters off the coast afford some spectacular view of coral and a range of colourful fish that will astound you. Also on Bali you will a few great