Bali is Known for?
While there's no shortage of
beaches, ones with white sand aren't as common as you’d think –
most are some variation of tan or grey.
Seminyak Beach This wide stretch of sand boasts great surf for both swimmers and surfers. Don't miss sunset.
Balangan Beach This curving white-sand beach is ramshackle in an endearing way and perfect for a snooze or booze.
Padang Padang Beach Great white sands and some of the best surfer-watching you'll find anywhere.
Nusa Lembongan Beaches Little coves of dreamy sand you can walk between, plus fab swimming.
With more than 10,000 temples, Bali has such a variety that you can’t even categorise them.
Pura Luhur Batukau One of Bali’s most important temples is a misty, remote place that's steeped in ancient spirituality.
Pura Taman Ayun A beautiful moated temple with a royal past; part of Unesco's recognition of Bali's rice traditions.
Pura Pusering Jagat One of the famous temples at Pejeng, which date to the 14th-century empire that once flourished here.
Pura Luhur Ulu Watu As important as it is popular, this temple has sweeping views, sunset dance performances and monkeys.
Nightclubs on Bali draw acolytes from across Southeast Asia.
Seminyak Beach clubs where the cocktails somehow taste better when you can hear the surf.
Kuta All raw energy and a mad mix of party-goers enjoying every aspect of Bali hedonism.
Legian Beach bars and beanbags on the sand where the glow of sunset segues into the twinkle of stars.
Echo Beach A necklace of ephemeral beach bars runs along the sand going west; some have raves.
The island’s creative heritage is everywhere you look and there’s nothing manufactured about it. Dance and musical performances are the result of an ever-evolving culture with a legacy that's centuries long.
Dance Rigid choreography and discipline are hallmarks of beautiful, melodic Balinese dance, which no visitor should miss.
Gamelan The ensemble orchestra creates its unforgettable music with bamboo and bronze instruments at performances and celebrations.
Painting Balinese and Western styles merged in the 20th century and the results are often extraordinary. See some of the best in Ubud’s museums.
Offerings Artful and ubiquitous, you'll discover them at your hotel room door and in huge stacks at temples.
Enjoy superb dining on cuisines from around the world, or go local with the subtle flavours of Balinese cuisine.
Seminyak The spot with the greatest variety of top restaurants – on a 10-minute stroll you can wander the world.
Kerobokan The go-to area for the hottest and best restaurants, plus some superb Balinese warungs.
Canggu Bali's liveliest hot spot sees interesting cafes and restaurants opening every week.
Denpasar Local cafes serve exceptional Balinese and Indonesian food in simple surrounds.
Ubud A profusion of creative restaurants and cafes, many organic and healthful, all delicious.
1. Plan your time. Traffic is awful, so keep each day's activities centered around one area.
2. Spend the night in Ubud. If you just go on a day trip, you'll see tourist shops and wonder what the fuss is about. Spend the night, see a dance performance, do some yoga, chill in a cafe.
3. At the beach, don't swim near any water flowing into the ocean. You don't want to know what's in that water.
4. Take time to smell the offerings. Bali's Hindu beliefs are unlike any in the world and are deeply held. Notice and appreciate the little offerings that appear as if by magic all around you.
5. Slow the F down. The Balinese are relaxed, you can be too.
6. Avoid the Tanah Lot sunset cliche. People who endure the traffic and crowds say they'll never do it again.
Bemos are normally a minibus or van with a row of low seats down each side and which carry about 12 people in very cramped conditions. They were once the dominant form of public transport in Bali, but widespread motorbike ownership (which is often cheaper than daily bemo use) has caused the system to wither. Expect to find that getting to many places is both time-consuming and inconvenient. It's uncommon to see visitors on bemos in Bali.
Bemos operate on a standard route for a set (but unwritten) fare. The minimum is about 5000Rp. If you get into an empty bemo, always make it clear that you do not want to charter it.
Terminals & Routes
Most towns have at least one terminal (terminal bis) for all forms of public transport. There are often several terminals in larger towns. Terminals can be confusing, but most bemos and buses have signs, and if you're in doubt, people will usually help you.
To travel from one part of Bali to another, it is often necessary to go via one or more terminals. For example, to get from Sanur to Ubud by bemo, you go to the Kereneng terminal in Denpasar, transfer to the Batubulan terminal, and then take a third bemo to Ubud. This is circuitous and time-consuming, which is why so few visitors take bemos in Bali.
Distances in Bali are relatively short, so you won't have cause to ride on many large buses unless you are transferring between islands or going from one side to another.
Larger minibuses and full-size buses ply the longer routes, particularly on routes linking Denpasar, Singaraja and Gilimanuk. They operate out of the same terminals as bemos. However, with everybody riding motorbikes, there are long delays waiting for buses to fill up at terminals before departing.
Trans-Sarbagita runs large, air-con commuter buses like you find in major cities the world over. It is suited more to locals due to long wait times and unreliable schedules; however, it’s handy if you’re heading along any of the following four routes: the bypass linking Sanur to Nusa Dua; Denpasar to Jimbaran; Tabanan to Bandara; or Mahendradata to Lebih via Sanur.
Tourist buses are economical and convenient ways to get around. You'll see signs offering services in major tourist areas. Typically a tourist bus is an eight- to 20-passenger vehicle. Service is not as quick as with your own car and driver but it's far easier than trying for public bemos and buses.
Kura-Kura Bus This innovative expat-owned tourist-bus service covers important areas of south Bali and Ubud. Buses have wi-fi and run during daylight and early evening, from every 20 minutes to over two hours. Check schedules online or with the app. There are eight lines and the hub is the DFS Galleria duty-free mall.
Car & Motorcycle
Renting a car or motorbike can open up Bali for exploration – and can also leave you counting the minutes until you return it; there can be harrowing driving conditions on the islands at certain times and south Bali traffic is often awful. But it gives you the freedom to explore myriad back roads and lets you set your own schedule.
Around towns and along roads, you can always get a lift by ojek (a motorcycle or motorbike that takes a paying passenger). Formal ojek are less common now that anyone with a motorbike can be a freelance ojek (stand by the side of the road, look like you need a ride and people will stop and offer). They're OK on quiet country roads, but a risky option in the big towns. Ojek are more common on Lombok.
Fares are negotiable, but about 30,000Rp for 5km is fairly standard.
The best taxi company by far is
Blue Bird Taxi, which uses blue vehicles with a light on the
roof bearing a stylised bluebird. Drivers speak reasonable
English and use the meter at all times. Many expats will use no
other firm. Blue Bird has a slick app that summons a taxi to
your location just like Uber. Watch out for myriad fakes – there
are many. Look for 'Blue Bird' over the windscreen and the phone
Taxis are fairly cheap: Kuta to Seminyak can be 80,000Rp.
Avoid any taxis where the driver won't use a meter, even after dark when they claim that only fixed fares apply.
Other taxi scams include lack of change, 'broken' meter, fare-raising detours, and offers for tours, massages, prostitutes etc.
The above information are all from https://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/bali