Bali is a wonderful place to go for a holiday with all the amazing sights to see and things to do. There are monkeys and temples in the jungle, amazing beaches, lots of shopping opportunities and the longest waterslides you’ll find anywhere in the world, to name just a few. But is Bali right for Botox treatment? If you choose an Australian cosmetic surgeon for your Botox, you can be sure they have had the proper training. You can’t always be sure of this when you go to Bali – or Thailand – for treatment.
Now, this is the kind of nitty-gritty travel information that you don’t find every day. When flying in and out of Bali (or anywhere else in Indonesia) to and from your luxury villa vacation, here’s some low-down on airport taxes. They’re mostly too small to make a serious dent in your budget, but they’re still of concern to the student traveler and whatnot.
Incidentally, have you noticed how essential airports are to Indonesia? Yeah, all those islands, and they can’t just blow out a bridge in between everywhere, you know. Yeah, that’s what does it. We wouldn’t be surprised if a monopoly forms in Indonesia someday among the airports.
Eco-tourists looking for a unique nature experience would be wise to consider a visit to West Bali National Park, located on the western-most tip of the island of Bali. Here’s just of one many sites offering guided tours.
West Bali National Park has everything you could hope for in a tropical park. It is home to no less than four dormant volcanoes, mangroves, monsoon forests, dozens of birds including the snowy-white endangered Bali Starling, megabats, leopard cats, the crested serpent eagle, and dozens more exotic species besides. There are also a host of endangered species of flora here. Naturally, your tour guide will advise you in pursuing the most unobtrusive methods of visiting.
Match your preferred type of vacation here with these five Balinese tourist destinations:
Cultural – The heart of Balinese culture is definitely Ubud. It’s like the Paris of Bali; it’s alive with museums and theaters, and it’s the heart of arts and crafts culture in all of Bali. Originally, this descends from a tradition where citizens would create crafts, useful items, and objects of art as tribute to the king under their old feudal system.
Romantic – This is a tough call, because there’s so many places to choose from in this sun-soaked tropical jewel. But we could recommend Jimbaran. It’s a quaint fishing village by the sea, which features a small number of seafood restaurants and tiki-type cafes. It’s renowned for its spectacular sunsets.
Luxurious – Perhaps you want a more civilized experience without so much a feeling of “roughing it”? Seminyak is your answer! It’s about as upscale and swanky as Bali gets, filled with luxury villa rentals, spas, upscale shopping districts, and frou-frou cocktail bars that serve a fruit salad on the rim of a drink in a coconut shell.
While aiming for the biggest city isn’t the principle aim of most tourists visiting Bali, it’s still good to know just a few things about it. Just in case you have to run through it anyway.
Denpasar is a major metropolitan area in the south point of Bali. It has a population topping 700,000 at last count, and heading for 1 million soon. There’s another 2 million in the surrounding suburbs. Denpasar has everything you’d expect in a major metroplitan area: malls, markets, restaurants, and an airport. And traffic. It’s also home to the Bali Museum, although many other museums in Ubud and such get more of the spotlight.
Climate-wise, Denpasar is as tropical temperature as the rest of the island. Its average temperatures run from 23 to 32 Celsius (74 – 90 F) with rainy season from November through March.
Travelers to luxury villas in Bali love to soak up the local culture and lore, and nothing is so authentically Balinesian as their famous civet-cat coffee. Produced on Sumatra, Java, and Bali, these Sumatran beans are incredibly expensive, but also highly sought after. Because they’re made from civet-cat poop.
No, wait, come back here! You see, civet cats eat coffee beans, which are actually the “seed” in the middle of a kind of berry. As the beans pass through the digestive tract of the civet cat, its enzymes break down peptides and amino acids in the beans – this makes them less acidic and more mellow. The beans are then collected and washed, sun-dried, and light-roasted. They sell for $160 per pound, but coffee fanciers staying in Bali might find a bargain from a local producer.
Any young student should take advantage of that opportune time of their early 20s to travel the world and see the sights. It broadens the mind, stimulates the intellect, and gives you some great stories to tell in your advancing years. And Bali provides one of the best experiences of all.
- General Student Info – Actually, it’s also good basics for anybody to know.
- A post about a nurse’s student exchange program – Just one example of the opportunities there are out there.
Divers worldwide, both amateur and professional, rank Bali as a sublime world-class diving destination. Miles of unspoiled beaches, amazing diverse coral reefs, an unimaginable menagerie of tropical sea life, and the clearest, most crystal-blue water of the mighty Pacific. Oh, did we mention that even the weather’s perfect for it nearly year-round? Whether scuba or snorkel, Bali is Neptune’s gift to divers.
The concentration of best locations are on the east side of the island of Bali, near either the small south-east islands (Lembongan, Ceningan, Penida), or Tulamben to the north-east. But really, you almost can’t go wrong anywhere around Bali. We recommend staying at a beachside luxury villa, many of which cater to the diving enthusiast. The peninsula of Nusa Dua is also popular. Here, we’ll try to give you a YouTube tour of just some of the awesome diving experiences you could have around this jewel of the Pacific.
The Indonesian island of Bali has been one of the most-visited places in the world, and their tourism industry has only shown more expansion and become a more valuable part of their economy as time goes on. But, as anybody who has lived near a popular tourist destination can tell you, all that activity can take a toll on an area. You can help ensure that Bali will continue to welcome visitors by following a few tips:
Be patient and respectful with the locals.
Balinese culture, being relatively isolated, is far different from any other region. It has a heavy spiritual influence, and that spiritualism is usually Hindu, which has its own morals and values. At the same time, the pace may be more hectic because of the cultural attitude of “rame”, which basically means “everybody act like bees in a beehive”. At the same time, the pace can seem slower, because everybody seems more interested in socializing than getting any work done. And then there’s the street vendors and touts, who can be annoyingly persistent. The thing to do is to not take any of this personally, and just try to adjust to the pace around you. You’ll never get anywhere by acting like a bossy Westerner and trying to push people around.
What could possibly make snorkeling of the coast of a tropical paradise into the clear, sparking, sapphire waters of the Pacific even more fun? How about a whole shipwreck to explore? Bali Villa Rent gives an account of snorkeling amid the shipwreck remains. This is a historic site off the coast of Tulamben, on the north-east coast of the island of Bali.
The shipwreck is that of the U.S. Liberty, a United States aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War II, 1942. Today it rests a mere six meters underwater, easily accessible by divers, and has now partly merged with a corral reef. Scuttlebutt around the diving community says that October and November are the best times to dive the wreck, which is located a mere few minutes’ swim from shore.
Whether your Bali vacation destination is a bustling, major city like Denpasar or Ubud or a quieter, remote locale, getting around town will be a necessity. While Bali, being a relatively small island, doesn’t have things like railways or major freeways, it is a very well-civilized culture in most places with paved roads and traffic laws, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
- Buses and shuttles – The most common form of transportation, Bali buses are run by the Perama bus company and have stations in most major tourist locations. There is also the newer Trans Sarbagita bus company, set up in 2011 by the Balinese government. Shuttles are also available from most villas and tourist areas, and are cheap and reliable.