Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southeast Asia – and indeed, in the world. People from all over the world visit Bali every year, drawn in by its wonderful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and the wide range of affordable accommodation options – such as Bali villas. However, most people don’t make the most of their Bali holiday. They stick to the touristy parts of the island, they miss out on some of its natural beauty, and they don’t get the full Bali experience.
With this in mind, here’s a few of our top tips for making sure that you get the most out of your Bali holiday:
- They Beaches Aren’t As Good As They’re Meant To Be
If you’re coming from Australia, prepare to be disappointed in Bali’s beaches. Let’s face it – Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, and you simply won’t find anything like them in most of Bali. That’s not to say that Bali beaches aren’t good – the weather, beach bars, and wonderful vibes make them more than worth visiting.
- Choose Your Visiting Time Carefully
Bali suffers from an intense rainy season from October to April. The peak of the season is December and January, when it rains heavily almost daily. This can impact your holiday, forcing you to spend a lot more time indoors than you would perhaps like to, and reducing the amount of sights that you get to see. If possible, try and visit during the dry season – June and July are the best.
- Be Careful Driving
If you’re not used to driving in an Asian country, then proceed with caution if you choose to hire a scooter or motorbike to get around on. Bali’s roads are crazy, and you might find yourself in a bit of trouble if you’re not careful. Even if you don’t have to wear a helmet and protective gear, you should – there is a fairly good chance that you will fall off at some point.
- Be Careful With The Water
It’s not advisable to drink the water in Bali. If you do, there’s a fairly good chance that you will end up with ‘Bali belly’, or a very upset stomach. Even if you have to pay for it, you should try and stick to bottled water for drinking and for things like cleaning your teeth.
- Get Out Of The Populated Areas
A lot of people go to Bali, stay in the most touristy areas, and go home with a poor impression of the island. However, the reality is that Bali is a slice of paradise once you get away from the throngs of tourists. Do your best to escape from the cities and explore the hidden secrets of the island as much as you can.
Although Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world – especially for Australian travellers – many travellers leave feeling unfulfilled. You need to try and get out of the city, don’t expect too much from the beaches, and choose the timing of your holiday carefully. Most importantly, head to Bali with an open mind, and enjoy the things you find there – even if there is some cultural shock!