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Planning The Best Holiday To Bali For First Time Visitors

I love planning holidays, it is part of the fun of the holiday to me, yet I know some people hate it and would like to have all the stress taken off their hands. So I am going to share with you today some of the information for planning a holiday in Bali for a first time visitor, to help make your life stress free.

Bali is an Indonesian island with a vibrant diverse landscape. From the most picturesque sandy beaches to lush emerald forests full of temples and curious monkeys, and striking rice terraces on the side of a sheer cliff to hissing volcanoes full of life. It’s an island that’s unforgettable, memorable and amazing.

Where Is It?

Bail is located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2 miles from Java. This small island, only 95 miles wide has its nearest neighbour as the island of Lombok and is 1600 miles from Western Austrailia.

There are no direct flights to Bali from the UK so the quickest route is often at least 17 hours, with stopovers. Singapore Airlines allows you to stop over in Singapore for example and Qatar Airways in Doha, whilst Emirates will allow a stopover in Dubai. Don’t let that put you off though as some airlines will allow you to stop over for free and you get to see a part of another country in the bargain.

When To Go?
Paddy Fields Bali

Paddy fields

Bali is tropical, warm and humid all year round and May, June and September are generally considered to be the best time to travel in terms of weather and to avoid high season. In the dry season May to October the western side creates some of the best wave conditions so if you are a surfer, windsurfer or kitesurfer like Mr W, that’s probably the best time to go.

Is It Safe?
Bali Monkey

A Bali monkey

Many tourists visit Bali, every year and have few incidents however there are some things to take into consideration.

There are a number of volcanoes and there may be a chance of eruption, there is also a risk of Zika virus and petty theft does occur although violent crime is uncommon. There is a risk of terrorist incidents but unfortunately, this is worldwide these days. According to the UK government website on safety in Indonesia and Bali, there are 360,000 UK nationals that visit Bali every year and there are relatively few incidents, but always check your government’s advice for up-to-date information before you travel.

Do You Need Any Vaccinations?
Praying in a temple

Praying in a temple

The recommended vaccinations for Indonesia and Bali include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria. Polio, and MMR) and suggest boosters. as well as considering Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies. Boots pharmacy in the UK has an online travel vaccination checker which will advise you what you need and where to get it.

What About A Visa?

There are 169 countries that can get a 30-day free Indonesian visa but always check your governments’ advice before you travel for entry requirements.

Is There Much To See And Do?
Ubud temple

Ubud temple

There is so much to see and do on this island, so ask yourself what you want from the holiday. Do you want to lie on the beach, do you want to surf or snorkel, do you want to shop, do you want to party or do you want to discover the temples? Three of the main areas that cover these activities are Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud.

Kuta is famous for its beaches and for surfing with excellent waves. It’s also a place to go if you love the nightlife as it has lots of clubs, bars and beach clubs. It is however very popular, can be busy and is not for those wanting a serene stay.

Seminyak lies on the west coast of Bali, only a short drive from the main airport. It is a good place for foodies as it has some of the best restaurants on the island. The shopping is excellent too, and as well as the usual souvenir shops you have designer boutiques and surf shops, something for everyone. It is however commercialised and not to everyone’s taste because of this.

Ubud is where you go to find out about the culture of Bali as its a hub for artists, and craftspeople. Local markets line the streets and you can pick up a bargain if you look around. It’s also known for its ornate serene temples, rice fields and the Ubud monkey forest, a forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques.

Where To Stay?
Bali Villa

A Bali villa

Bali has a large choice of accommodation from budget options to more luxurious choices. If you want a little luxury why not try a villa from a company like Villa Finder? It’s a great way to have some space, especially welcoming if you have kids or you are travelling with family or friends. You get the privacy whilst still being able to keep an eye on the little ones and when you factor in the indulgence of having your own pool, which many have, then it makes a fantastic choice for where to stay.

Villa Finder also go above and beyond to find out what you need from your stay with a quick phone call to you in advance. If you need a car seat, pool toys, an airport pick up or dinner reservation they can organise it for you and they don’t charge for this service, you just pay the provider as normal. It’s a bit like having your own personal concierge at a hotel.

As well as caring for their guests they also seem to care about the environment, as for every booking made they will plant a tree in Bali for you, so if you are looking for a family villa in Seminyak, for example, it’s worth checking them out.

Bali is an amazing holiday destination, and as you can see there is so much to do and see, I hope my guide on how to plan the best holiday in Bali has been helpful for you. Tell me, have you been or would you consider going to Bali?

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  • Annemarie
    June 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I love how you covered essential travel information, pre travel rather than the typical list of just sights. Especially the safety and health factors, such as vaccinations, often aren’t mentioned. Good job!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, after all, you don’t want to be sick on or after your much anticipated holiday.

  • Fiona Maclean
    June 17, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Bali looks amazing and is definitely on my wishlist. I’m all for stopovers too – I used to travel to the USA via Paris deliberately as it was cheaper and gave me a stopover;)

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      We love a stopover to break up the journey but haven’t tried Paris yet. We were thinking of going to the USA via Iceland.

  • Milijana
    June 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I was in Bali in March this year. March is said to be a transition period from the rainy to dry season.
    I had some rain there, but the weather was sunny for most of my time there.
    At the same time, it was snowing back home in Europe, so March in Bali worked for me better.

    Uluwatu and the Bingin beach are my favs in Bali. Have you been there?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      It sounded the best place to be in March, Europe had a cold long winter this year.

  • sherianne
    June 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Your images are beautiful, I wish Bali wasn’t such a difficult trip from California. I would love to explore the temples, hang out of the beaches and watch those adorable monkeys

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      It is quite a long trip from the UK as well, a stopover is definitely needed.

  • Susanna
    June 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I love Bali, it is one of my favorite places. It is such a welcoming and wonderful place to visit! This practical guide for visiting ensures that everyone can have the chance to make the most of their first time. Great to know the visas are so easy to get for many people!

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
    June 19, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Bali looks like such a beautiful destination. I would love to go there and do a little surfing. I (tried) to surf in Sri Lanka but the waves just weren’t cooperating that day. Even when I lived in San Diego, it seemed like only one day in three was worth surfing. There’s always scuba though.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Yep, definitely do some more surfing in some nice warm waters too.

  • Paige
    June 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Bali is one of my favorite places in the world. These are very helpful tips for first-time and return visitors, if you’re looking to go at a slightly different time. I went in May, and you’re right, it was a great time to visit!

  • Anneklien Meanne
    June 20, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Bali is high on my travel list! I love travel planning and itineraries its the best part, i get excited when browsing for hotels and the facilities too. I wish I’ll be transported in Bali right now lounging at the villa with a private pool!

  • carrie
    June 20, 2018 at 2:36 am

    so true that you can have any kind of holiday you want in Bali. sometimes it seems like you can even do beaches, adventures, and temple-spotting all in the same day! I’d definitely add “vicious monkeys” to your list of dangers though — although they’re also covered by “petty theft” (one definitely stole my water bottle).

  • Suruchi Mittal
    June 20, 2018 at 8:26 am

    This is a wonderful complete post on Bali enriched with all small details. Bali is so beautiful and it is on our bucket list too. Hopefully we will visit it soon.