Bali Travel Guide

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Bali, an introduction

Bali

Bali, the most beautiful island in Indonesia and for most foreigners often the only Indonesian island they see, offers something for everybody. From beaches, to mountains, shopping centers and clubs Bali has it all. Bali, or the Island of Gods, is always busy by many visitors both domestic and international. Most of its citizens work in the tourism sector. And although it’s a hugely popular destination for foreigners, Bali cherishes its traditions and there are many traditional events you can see while in Bali.


Bali History

It is believed the first population in Bali was immigrant from Asia coming to the island around 3000-2500 BC. Stone tools found in Cekik village point to this. Since the Hindu religion and Indian culture came to Bali, the pre-historical era of Bali is mostly gone. After the 1st century Balinese culture has been developing rapidly.

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Bali on the map



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things to see

Things to see

Beaches are of course were Bali is famous for, Kuta Beach especially. Be sure to see the beautiful sunset here. At Lovina Beach you can see hundreds of friendly and cute dolphins. And you can visit the Safari Park to see lots of animals in their habitat.

things to do

Things to do

Bali is one of the few places in the world were it is difficult to be bored. There are so many things you can do the list is pretty much endless. At Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa on the southern side of Bali you rent a jetski, banana boat, go parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving etc. Clubbing and drinking in Kuta. Diving at Amed (east Bali), National Parks to explore and mountains to hike, Bali has it all.

things to eat

Things to eat

Authentic Balinese food is often spicy. For example Ayam or Bebek Betutu, which is made of chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) filled with spices and roasted in a hole in the ground on burning husks. Preparing Betutu takes a full day and you have to order it in advance. If you have the chance, be sure to try it.

Another spicy dish is Jenggo Rice. Jenggo rice is pretty much like Kucing rice in Yogyakarta with different side dishes like fried noodle and chicken breast. The last but not least is Sate Lilit which is made of grilled meat, chicken or duck, mixed with various spices.

Things to see and do near Bali

Airport at Bali

Bali is served by the Ngurah Rai Airport.

Bali's airport Ngurah Rai is located 13 km south of Denpasar and only 2.5 km from Kuta. It is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian National Hero who died in a puputan (fight to the death) against the Dutch at Marga during the Indonesian Revolution in 1946. The airport has undergone some major renovations lately significantly improving the congestion and facilities.

Entering the city from the airport

Some hotels organize free transfers from the airport, but there are plenty of other options available.

Taxies: go to the ticketing booth, on the right side just after the exit, buy a fixed-fare ticket and a driver will be assigned to you. When you are on a budget, you can flag down a taxi from outside the airport. If you are a girl, or traveling alone do take a Blue Bird Taxis as they are safe and reliable.

Alternatively, you can walk outside the airport to the main street where you can flag down a bemo (local minivan). Most of the bemos in this area will be heading to Kuta and be prepared for a hot, crowded journey. Especially at night, transport options are limited, but the distance to Kuta is just a few kilometers so you could even walk it. Be sure to have a map though because you need to make a few turns but the road is busy and well lit.