Bali is big and there is lots to see and do so the best idea is to figure out what you want from your holiday and then choose what areas you want to stay in. Keep in mind that it is easy and cheap to travel around Bali with a private driver, but traffic can be a bit of a nightmare!
Do not miss the sunsets in Bali- they are truly spectacular. A couple of places that are recommended to see them from are La Luciola (Seminyak), Single Fin (Uluwatu), The Rock Bar (Jimbaran).
Here is a rundown of some amazing areas in Bali…
An area that has it all and is close to the well-known Kuta -but much nicer. Seminyak has shopping dining, nightlife, beaches and some great hotels. This is a very busy area and the beaches are not great so if you are looking for a relaxing beachy holiday then you may want to look at another area. Or just use your hotel as a relaxing retreat. Jalan Oberoi is home to a lot of fantastic restaurants that are on the pricey side for Bali but very well priced in comparison to New Zealand terms of the quality of dining & the design. Make sure that your taxi driver puts on the meter as they will try and charge you more without the meter.
If you like seafood then this is the place to go! Jimbaran is very well known for its seafood and Jimbaran Beach houses a stretch of seafood restaurants that are sitting right on the beach. This area has gorgeous beaches and some great surf spots if you are that way inclined.
If you are looking for a retreat then Ubud is a great place to have a break and the climate is a bit cooler so it may be a welcome relief from the heat. Do not miss out on the spectacular rice paddies and also spend some time in the stores and markets scouting out local artwork & woodcarvings. If you are interested in learning some local cooking then try Paon Bali Cooking Class, the couple who are running are truly lovely. The monkey temple is highly recommended and rather entertaining- watch your belongings though as the monkeys are known to be a bit sticky fingered.
A step back in time! There are no motorised vehicles on the island so all transport is by foot, bike or mini horse drawn cart and it only takes around an hour to get around the island. Gili T has lovely locals, gorgeous beaches and the night markets are fantastic! The snorkelling here is amazing and there is a high chance of spotting a turtle. Be warned that Gili T is known as a bit of a party island but there are spots to get away from it all. If you want a quieter destination it may be worth looking at Gili Meno, Gili Air or Lombok.
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