Bali is a popular tourist destination which attracting visitors from all over the world. Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and lying just eight degrees south of the equator, this tropical island is one of the most picturesque places on earth. Warm and friendly locals add to the charm of the island and their relatively good understanding of English helps in making ‘the home of gods’ not only the best, but also the easiest holiday destination in Indonesia.
Home to over four million people, travelers flock to the island to sample its delicious food, stunning natural beuty and historic sites. Supreme white beaches, great surf and romantic sunsets make the coastline popular, but the islands history of the inland is what makes Bali truly stand out from other islands in the region. This blend of beach relaxation and historical intrigue is what really separates Bali from the rest and its diversity has seen its popularity rocket in the last 30-40 years. Tourism successes does bring the crowds however, so it is wise to plan your holiday to avoid being caught in the tourist traps which unsurprisingly can frequent the island. A great idea is to base yourself in private accommodation, rather than in a hotel complex or resort. On top of the freedom and privacy these private rental apartments and villas provide, they also serve to better immerse travelers in less commercialized areas of the island.
Find authentic accommodation in Bali- Rent apartments or beach-side villas and tailor your holiday to suit you.
A visit to Bali will be an intense and rewarding cultural experience. Wimdu gives you the chance to tap into this by giving you access to the most authentic apartments and villas in Bali. Privately owned by Balinese locals, apartments and villa rentals are not therefore bona fide Balinese residences but ensure money remains in local rather than multinational hands. Your friendly hosts will be able to give you suggestions for the best things to see and do in Bali. All of this combined will allow you to immerse yourself fully into to the wonderful Balinese culture which will no doubt make your adventure here one to remember. Select accommodation to suit your holiday needs, for those looking to relax holiday villas on the beaches. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday, a villa on the beach might be more appealing. However if you want to go in search of authenticity take one of Bali’s more traditional villas in the forest and experience a more localized view of the island. If you prefer the hustle and bustle of town centers then have a look for apartments to rent in Kuta.
Did you know ?
- Bali is just one of over 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia
- Bali is home to the world’s most expensive coffee. Kopi Luwak is sourced after an Asian Palm Civert has passed the coffee beans through its digestive system, thus alleviating the coffee’s bitter smell. A cup will cost around $100US when sold in western countries.
- While Bali springs up great images of white sandy beaches you will also find plenty of beaches with dark black sand, due to the volcanic nature of the island.
- Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands in 1945 and is divide into 30 provinces, of which Bali is one.
- Bali is the only island throughout Indonesia where Hinduism is primarily practice.
Things to see and do
Among its many attractions are the warm weather, the beautiful beaches, the variety of landscapes and the fascinating and colorful culture. When you visit here you will see why many describe it as true paradise and this is reflected in the many travel awards it has won over the years. For a taste of the stunning landscapes here, visit Kintamani where the active volcano of Mount Batur lies. You will be rewarded by breathtaking mountain scenery, glorious fields of fruit, and of course the thrill of seeing an active volcano! Many wonderful temples are found on Bali, demonstrating the huge part Hinduism plays on the island. Apart from them being particularly beautiful, each has its own fascinating history behind it. Of particular note is Uluwatu Temple which is situated on a cliff face and gives you an incredible view of the Indian Ocean. Explore the temple and find out the fascinating meaning as to why most of the temples have been built on cliff faces. After this, you might like to top your day off by witnessing the magical sunset which can viewed from the temple.
If you are looking to relax in a beautiful spa amongst lush surroundings, you have come to the right place! Bali has several hot springs to enjoy including Air Banjar where hot water passes through the pools which are nestled in amongst beautiful gardens. You would be hard pressed to find a more relaxing place! Finally, one of the best things to do in Bali is to simply wander through the villages and see what you can find. Along the way you will find many colorful religious offerings, an endless array of markets and you may even stumble across one of the many fascinating cultural ceremonies here which are not to be missed.
For those wishing to leave the comfort of their villa’s pool and explore Bali’s delights need to plan their days well. Traffic in the major residential areas such as Ubud and Kuta can get pretty hectic, so whilst renting a car is still the best way to see the whole island, it may be a good idea to look into taking other modes of transport when visiting these areas. Bus company Perama serves budget travelers well in Bali and offers a very cheap and reliable service across the island. First time visitors are also recommended to take a car rental with a driver. Cheaper than taxi’s and more efficient than public transport, this service is great with those who are unsure on the daunting task of tackling Bali’s notoriously difficult roads where lack of formal rules often confuse visitors.