Things to do and places of interest in Bali
Bali is known as a scuba paradise, and there are more than 100 dive centres ready to teach you the undersea ways. Be sure to check out Amed, where you can explore the Japanese shipwreck underwater. Also, Bali is known for having the maximum number of spas in the world, so book your appointment for a luxury treatment.
Want to learn to surf?
Visit Kuta, Legian or Seminyak Beach for surfing lessons and beginner-ready waves. Some of the temples you must definitely visit include Tanah Lot, Besakih, and Uluwatu. When visiting a temple, you must wear a sarong and sash. You can hire one, and men and women must cover their legs with a sarong to respect Balinese culture.
Tips and Tricks for visiting Bali
Remember the Day of Silence
The Day of Silence may limit you on flights to Bali (or exits). Known as Nyepi, it is a Hindu celebration to commemorate the Saka New Year. On this day, there is no check-in or check-out allowed in hotels, and all major airports are shutdown.
Always Be Cautious in the Water
Bali has breathtaking beaches, but night swimming is not encouraged due to harsh rip tides and currents. Also, weather and wind conditions can make sea conditions change quickly.
Trash and Debris
Everything you throw in the garbage stays on the island or is washed into the sea. So, be cautious about what you throw away.
Always Use Bottled Water
While plastic water bottles do create waste, it is best to drink bottled water only, and brush your teeth with it too. Also, local eateries do serve bottled water, so make sure you ask for it.
Be Aware of Hawkers and Touts
Hawkers and touts often approach tourists, and hassle you to purchase their items, especially in areas like Ji Legian, Kuta Beach, and the Gunung Batur areas.
Some Areas Prone to Flooding
If you have a hotel on the beach from Tuban to Melasti (in Kuta), ask for a room that is not on the ground level. Occasionally, water will flood every one to two hours in front of the hotels, and it can reach knee-height.
USD, AUS, and EUR are accepted and can be exchanged in most locations. Traveller’s cheques are rarely accepted today, and the payments are made in IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). Even if a hotel indicates USD rates, the IDR payments are what they accept when you check-in.