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Giving your Bali vacations a different spin...
Probably 98% of the travelers spend their time in Bali at a nice resort and go on 1 or 2 day trip around the island. Nothing wrong with that if you are in need of a relaxing holiday.
But then again, why travel so far only to miss out on the great things of Bali? Believe me, experiencing new things, going to places you've never seen before and taking in the beauty of a country has just an relaxing affect as hanging around the pool or lying on the beach.
We have listed a couple of different examples on how you can spend your holiday in Bail. It can be as active or relaxed as you wish....
For some we have also added a few easy insights on how to enjoy Bali in a more sustainable way. You don't need to plan your whole holiday based on these ideas, but it at least gives you an idea of all the options Bali has to offer.
Have a look. Who knows, you might be discovering lots of different beaches, stroll through the rice fields, learn about organic gardening, join Balinese arts and crafts courses or even help children with their English.
Plan on going green all the way during your holiday in Bali? There are many amazing eco-friendly accommodations to choose from that offer wonderful experiences. Accommodation is usually built entirely from natural products such as bamboo, rattan or recycled wood. It is refreshing to see how these accommodations have been able to create a beautiful place that is also environementally friendly.
Once there you can join various activities such as hiking, yoga lessons, cooking classes and workshops in villages. You will experience Bali differently and are sure to fall in love again with this amazing island.
Bali is a wonderful place for kids. Kids will have a blast following trails through the jungle and joining creative workshops. They will not miss the TV or Playstation when being triggered to go exploring and having fun outside. The kids will have lots of fun while learning some new things at the same time.
The majority of the eco accommodations in Bali are prefect for kids, however be aware that if you look at exclusive villas or retreats there might be a minimum age policy. Don't be offended, there is usually a good reason for this. It might be too boring for children to hang out there.....
If you don't decide to book at one of the eco hotels there are enough fun things to do when traveling with kids. Surfing, tree climbing and joining art courses to name a few....
Despite being located in a developing country Bali can be as expensive if you want it to be. But if you are on a low budget then luckily this island still has enough to offer. There are great and characterfull budget accommodations that are sustainable at the same time, enabling you to experience something genuine while supporting the local Balinese as well.
You don't have to pay all that much for a unique stay. Meme Surung Munduk Bali
Just think of the home stays located in Munduk where the owners of the accommodation live in the Balinese living compound next door. And not to forget the many local warung (restaurants) where food is still prepared as it should be: with a local taste for a local price.
When traveling on a budget you won't miss out on the things that Bali has to offer, yet you will more likely experience more of it. Check out our list of free things to do or tips when traveling on a tight budget.
In need for a real beach holiday? No touring around, visiting sites everyday and hiking up mountains? Then Bali is the perfect place too, as this tropical island is mainly famous for its different kinds of beaches. You can find stunning surf beaches, beaches located in tiny bays, white sanded beaches, volcanic beaches and beaches that are a must for those who want to go diving and snorkeling.
Have the beach all to yourself at Balian Beach West Bali
Each beach has its own atmosphere, type of crowd and character so make sure you experience at least a couple of them. Stay for example a couple of nights in Candidasa and enjoy the beaches in East Bali followed by a couple of days along the Northern beaches.
The majority of beach lovers head straight to Kuta, Seminyak or Sanur beach without heading to other beaches. But it would be a shame to miss out on the stunning white beaches or emerald waters in the East, amazing underwater world in the North-West and the tropical feeling in the little bays and cliff beaches in the Southern tip of Bali, wouldn't it?
A real tropical feeling at Padang Padang, also known for its surfing
If you always wanted to learn something but never found the time, then learning on your holiday is the perfect opportunity. Balinese art courses have been popular for many years now. At many locations on the island you can learn the fine art of batik making, paint as the Balinese do or even learn to play the Gamalan.
But today there is a even longer list of courses to choose from such as cooking courses, yoga courses, massage courses, creating perfume, making jewelry and much more. You'll be surprised how much knowledge and skills you will be taking home with you after just one holiday in Bali.
Plan to do more then lie at the pool or at the beach? In Bali you can enjoy the beautiful nature and see great sights while going hiking and mountain biking. For those who want to go diving, snorkeling and surfing then this is the place to be too.
There are lots of dive operators in Padangbai, and snorkeling trips are easily arranged too
The best areas for hiking and mountain biking are Central and East Bali where you can find amazing rice fields, lakes, traditional villages, historical sights, temples and most importantly mountains. Other active things to do in that will take you off the beaten track are for instance canyoning and wild water rafting.
If you are more attracted to the ocean, Bali is blessed with a beautiful underwater world and beaches which are terrific for surfing. So if you want to get your PADI or any other dive certificate then you will find a lot of diving companies who offer PADI courses.
Surfer in Uluwatu Bali
For those who prefer to catch the waves but still don't know how, then check out the large choice of surf camps. These camps offer packages that not only include surf lessons but accommodation too. They are usually located at a specific beach, particularly at Kuta and Legian beach but during the camp they will take you to other great beaches too. The perfect way to start surfing.
Do you want to feel mentally and physically fit after a holiday? Why not join one of the many health oriented retreats. There are many ways to get in shape or to improve your health and with the large choice in Bali you are sure to find one that suits you best.
Join a unique boot camp at Ayung Sari Indah and train in the forest,
rice fields and plantations
There are resorts and restaurants offering detox programmes focused on cleansing your body through change of diet and exercises. But you can also head to the mountains for some serious training at one of the boot camps or book yourself a stay at a yoga retreat. These retreats will have you bursting with energy before you head back home.
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The beaches in the east of Bali are quite diverse. Some are volcanic black while others are stunning white. Divers and snorkelers have enough site to choose from too.Read more
Meet the famous cheeky monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest. They can be mischief but cute at the same time. Wander around through the forest down to the river stream.Read more
Rijsttafel is a big treat and must be shared with at least somebody else, preferably with a group. Dozen of different dishes are served at the same and you can try them all.Read more
Now and then people send us inspiring emails and this generates even more enthusiasm to share all of the things we know about this lovely island in the hope that you can plan your tropical holiday properly and have as such a great time as we always have. Hope to see you there!
When I wrote the mail I never really expected a reply. I might have expected a computer generated but never a personally written one. The information you provided is invaluable, thank you so very much. I have been using your website as a bible through Bali. Through your recommendation, I will be heading to Ubud then follow the sightseeing route to the coast of Candidasa.
WOW...what an awesome website. I could only dream that there would be a website like this for all our travel destinations! You guys have done an fabulous job and now, I am sooo excited about our upcoming trip to Bali. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure Bali was the place for us considering some of the travel warnings (we are Americans). But I can tell from your experiences that the Bali people are so very kind and peaceful.
hi and congratulations on the blog it s brilliant and helpful....we are going to Bali in September with my family (including 2 little girls) so we need to have nice spaceous rooms garden and pool access rooms preferably in Semikyak but not too far from it all...I hope you can recommend a great place thats not full of Australian crowds as we like meeting people from other countries.
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