Bali. Just the utterance of that name evokes vibrant imagery of beaches and forested mountains. It also evokes a longing for these places and the sense of peace surrounding this magnificent place. The Indonesian paradise is a popular destination among South African travellers; it’s the perfect place to make memories and find your balance.
A flight to Bali from Johannesburg can involve one or two stopovers with flight times beginning at 14 hours. The number of stop overs and total travel time tends to depend on how much you’re willing to spend and with which airline you fly. If you book early enough, you can find flights for less than R10 000 per person (return). Most airlines land in Ngurah Rai airport (formerly Denpasar airport) in the South of Bali and there is plenty of public transport that can take you to the popular resorts.
South Africans do not need visas to enter Indonesia. However, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of arrival. In general, the weather in Bali is warm all year round.
When visiting Bali, remember to respect the local customs and religions. If you are visiting temples ensure you dress appropriately; if the road has been cut off for a religious ceremony, don’t get upset. It is also a popular destination so expect a few crowds in the popular tourist spots. While we’re on the “must/must not do”, avoid drinking water straight from the tap; rather buy bottled water.
Now, onto the variety of this beautiful destination.
For those interested in art and spirituality
Explore art and nature, along with cultural and spiritual attractions during your time in Bali. While relaxing on the beach and taking in the island’s sheer beauty is most-enticing, it is only one of many things to do in Bali.
Explore Tanah Lot temple, one of a number of temples in Bali, which is located on a rock formation off the coast of the island. This spiritual place is both photogenic and magical; much like the rest of the island. While it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali, it also has significance for the Balinese; it is one of the most respected sea temples. At low tide you can walk across to the temple but at high tide you will need the assistance of a boat.
For families and couples
With a number of fantastic activities in Bali, family travel should be plenty of fun. Take your children to explore the wildlife of the island at various parks and reserves, take a surf lesson, and enjoy snorkelling at one of the beautiful beaches.
Wellness in Bali
With a stay at the Club Med Bali resort, you can learn to fly at the Flying Trapeze Academy; learn archery; practice yoga; and refine your skills at a number of other sports to help keep you fit. Relax on the beach or make use of the Mandara Spa by embarking on a spa journey; choose from relaxation and beauty treatments including Balinese massages, facials, traditional body scrubs, and aromatherapy. As with all Club Med resorts, all your food, drinks, and entertainment are included in your stay.
For lovers of adventure and the outdoors
Get your adrenaline pumping and explore the great Balinese outdoors with activities such as, white water rafting down Ayung River; cycling; mountain climbing, surfing, and off-road tours.
If you would like to shop or buy local, visit places like the Ubud Art Market where you can purchase locally-made scarves, shirts, art, and various hand-crafted items.
Visit Bali Safari and Marine Park where you can see wild animals through day or night safaris, purchase the Jungle Hopper package, and experience the Agung Show. The Jungle Hopper package includes various animal shows, access to the aquarium, and access to the water park. The Agung Show includes over 100 dancers showcasing Bali’s history and rich culture.
Surfers will revel in delight on Senggigi – an area which is very well known for its beautiful west-facing beaches. How about a new kind of adventure in the form of taking a drive down to the southern end of the island to Kuta? For the surfing newbies, you’ll be pleased to know that while you’re checking out the surf breaks, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up some tips from the locals with a surf lesson at one of the pristine beaches or on a reef break where the fishermen paddle you out to the waves – no jet skis here!
Whether you’re in search of relaxation, adventure, fun, or just a really good family or couple holiday, Bali has got you covered.