G’day faithful followers. Something I like to try to do every year is take the opportunity to go overseas and explore a new place. For 2014 I decided to go back to somewhere I’d been before and headed back to Indonesia to explore some more of Bali, while having a bit more of a relaxed holiday before another hectic year. It’s been interesting to see how much Bali (in particular Kuta and Seminyak) has changed over the last few years.
I had a few places I really wanted to check out, and hopefully get some amazing photos. Unfortunately being the raining season in Bali, the weather changes extremely quickly so plans had to change and adapt quickly as well. Feel free to check out some of the photos below (a link to the full gallery is at the bottom of the page). I’ve also put some tips for traveling to Bali at the end of this post.
The sun sets over surfers on Bali’s Kuta Beach.
Kuta Beach’s Beachwalk Mall at Night
One of the residents of Ubud’s Monkey Forest.
The Rice Terraces of Tegalalang
Sanur Beach on Bali’s East Coast.
Enjoying the Sunset over Kuta Beach.
A Storm interrupts the sunset over Tanah Lot.
Time to Relax?
Welcome to Dreamland Beach
Uluwatu Cliffs at Uluwatu Temple
Wisnu Statue in Garuda Wisnu Kencana (or GWK) Cultural Park
Sunset over Legian Beach
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Tips for Traveling to Bali
- There is an arrival and departure tax to pay when arriving and leaving Bali/Indonesia. The arrival tax is $25 US Dollars, which you can pay in Australian Dollars or Indonesian Rupiah, however the amount of people I go stuck behind didn’t have any money to pay it was astounding. The departure tax is 150000 Indonesia Rupiah, make sure you save some money for that when you leave. Update! – I’ve been told by a friend that as of July 2014 these taxes have been increased.
- The best way to get around Bali is to rent a scooter, but the roads are crazy and I have a history of being accident prone so I tend to stick to 4 wheels. The next best option is to get a driver, they are pretty easy to find in the main tourist areas, the driver I use is Putu (check out his website here), he’s always helpful and very informative. Drivers are reasonably priced, should the about $50 to $60 for a full day.
- Bali has 2 seasons, dry and wet. The peak of the dry season is June through to September and the peak of the wet season is December through to April. The wet season isn’t constant rain, but storms and rain develop quickly, usually leaving and quickly as they arrived.
- Not everyone in Bali is trying to rip you off, but they will try to make an extra couple of dollars out of naive tourists. Use taxi’s with a taximeter, it’s always cheaper. Always haggle at markets, use the first day to just walk away to see how low the price will go (it always gets cheaper as you leave). When it comes to Money changers only use ones in proper shops, if it looks dodgy it probably is (actually goes for everything in Bali).
- As of January 2014 Bali’s Denpasar Airport new International Terminal is open. However there are still large sections still under construction and lacking a lot of facilities. My advise would be to get something to eat prior to entering the Check In area. It looks like there are a few shops and restaurants still being built but once you enter Check In area there isn’t much in the way of food options at the moment. This may be resolved over the next few months.
That’s enough about my Bali trip, If you would like to know more or would like to ask me a question, get in touch with me via social media – Twitter,Facebook or Google+. Alternatively head over to my Contact Me page. Feel free to share this post with any of your friends heading to Bali soon.