Jul 16, 2014

Things to do in Bali

Relax in a Villa and enjoy all that Bali has to offer

Nearly one million Australians holiday in Bali every year and this is why. Bali is beautiful, the people are warm and friendly, the culture is vastly different yet familiar, and it’s cheap! Shopping experiences range from local markets to trendy boutiques and the food is delicious.  Bali also offers some of the best waves, adventure activities and nightlife Asia has to offer. When in Bali stay at one of our villas at Bali Villa Escapes.

Surfing in Bali Plus Travel Insurance

Bali may be small in size – you can drive around the entire coast in one long day – but its prominence as a surfing mecca is warranted.  Whether taking a boat trip or exploring the many breaks along the coast line you will not be disappointed.

The easiest and most beginner friendly beach to try your surfing skills is Kuta beach. As a surfing spot, Kuta is appropriate for beginners. The soft tide and average height of the waves make it a good first step for beginners to try out white water surfing. That said, the undertow can get quite strong. A surfing lesson is highly recommended.

For the intermediate surfer, Canggu beach is more challenging.  It is only 30 minutes from Kuta.  There are a variety of beach and reef breaks with a few soft rolling waves to some fast, peaks for the more advanced.  Just note that when the tide is up, it can be a real challenge.

Padang-Padang beach is one of the most challenging yet most popular surfing beaches in Bali. This is a challenging left break and strictly for advanced/professional surfers because of the powerful tubes that break over coral.  Waves generally range between 4-12 feet

Bali surfing is a great reason to buy travel insurance. The waves can be big and the reefs can leave you cut, broken and bruised. Quality travel insurance provides unlimited medical and emergency assistance – just in case.

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Bali Safari is so much more then a zoo, consisting of 4 parks. The Marine Park is a series of aquariums featuring over 40 species of fish, including piranhas, which are fed several times per day. The Safari Park also offers you a ‘jeep’ safari through the habitats of Indonesia, India and Africa observing amazing animals in their natural habitats.  Animals include elephants, lions, tigers and wilder beast to name a few.

Party at Kuta and Seminyak

Kuta region is the centre of Bali’s nightlife. The majority of Bali’s better entertainment places offer everything the travelling party seeker would want with  Happy Hour promotions from 6pm to 9pm. Jalan Legian and Jalan Padma are central and abound with bars and cafes.  Seminyak has the most sophisticated nightlife in Bali with chic bars, clubs and restaurants that will not disappoint.

A Great Place to Eat

You must head to Jimbaran, where warung after warung sets up candelit tables on the sand and serves barbecued seafood freshly plucked from the waters lapping nearby. Select your own fish, prawns and mussels which are served with rice, vegetables and an array of tempting condiments, light or heavy on the chilli.

If you like fine dining Sarong and Sardine are great experiences and both central to Seminyak.

Always be careful of street vendors in Bali.  Many a tourist has suffered bali belly that led to a hospital visit.

Chill out in Ubud

Thinking about taking some time out in Bali, then head for Ubud, where the main pastimes are relaxing, long lunches and yoga. There are many beautiful places for yoga where you can relax in open rooms, giving you a breathtaking view over lush green rice fields.

There are dozens of day spas in Ubud where you can be wrapped in everything from avocado to aloe vera. and other natural treatments. Some spas cater for couples, including side-by-side spas and massage tables.

Take a cooking class in Ubud. Many classes start with a trip to the local food market where the chef points out different spices and vegetables. You then learn to make traditional, mouth watering delicacies which you get to eat at the end of the lesson.

Why Travel Insurance is important when in Bali

Even in a tropical paradise, the unexpected can happen.  And the unexpected can be expensive.  Daily hospitalisation costs in Southeast Asia, including Bali, regularly exceed $800. Medical evacuation from Bali have exceeded $60,000. Recent volcanic eruptions and ash clouds have grounded flights and caused extensive travel delays. Hence, comprehensive travel insurance is a must.  smartraveller.gov.au states, that if you can not afford travel insurance, you can not afford to travel.

Travel Insurance Plus offers quality travel insurance for less than you expect.  You can purchase two weeks cover from $78 which will include unlimited medical and emergency assistance, travel delay, flight cancelations plus much more.

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To learn more about Asia, read our Travelling Asia blog.  Or if you want to stay closer to home we have some great information on New Zealand.

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