There is a Bali for every traveler: the romantic, the adventurer, the soul-searcher, and the surfer. That’s because Bali tourist destinations offer a wide array of settings, from the upscale beach resorts of Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Seminyak to the rice paddies-meets-jungle of the spa-centric interior near Ubud. These popular Bali destinations all have one thing in common, however, and that is the innate hospitality of the Balinese people. In addition to exemplary service, there’s a spiritual and artisanal ambience that prevails on this island that’s home to thousands of Balinese Hindu temples and myriad small villages filled with skilled woodcarvers and jewelry makers. It is an abundance of talent that will have you buying an extra suitcase to take your souvenir treasures home.
Bali wedding destinations combine beautiful scenery with the island’s unique forms of music and dance. Imagine a beachfront Bali wedding venue at sunset accented with gently fluttering ceremonial parasols, exotic flower bouquets and dreamy lanterns. Many couples opt to incorporate seductive Balinese gamelan music and exquisite costumed dance as well. The island’s vivid colors and captivating culture add a sophisticated overlay to even traditional western wedding ceremonies.
When it comes to Bali honeymoon destinations, couples can opt for a traditional Balinese beachfront villa with a romantic private plunge pool or a serene bungalow set beside a rushing river in the rice-paddy-rich interior near Ubud. Many couples choose both, splitting their time between these two very different romantic realms as they discover the range of alluring settings Bali offers. Adventurous honeymooners can whitewater raft or surf. Culture-loving newlyweds can take cooking classes, shop for handcrafted furnishings for their new home, wander amid the monuments of the Sacred Monkey Forest, or partake in a Balinese Hindu karma cleansing ceremony to begin their life together in a unique way. And after all the activity, honeymooners can relax during a romantic couples spa treatment incorporating fragrant natural ingredients from around the island. Bali isn’t just a destination — it’s a sensory experience you’ll replay in your mind for years to come.
5 Reasons to Take a Vacation to Bali
1. AN ISLAND RICH IN CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Centuries-old temples and shrines are scattered around this island paradise. You can find archeological sites hidden among the white-sand beaches and lush forests and hillsides. See examples of Balinese mural paintings gracing temple walls and view a range of artifacts from through-out Bali’s history at Art Centre in the capital city of Denpasar. Royal tombs and ancient palaces are sure to intrigue and excite you. This island of Indonesia is full of authentic architecture and residents who preserve the deep spirituality, culture, and magic of Bali.
2. WORLD FAMOUS BEACHES
The Indonesian archipelago is nestled in the wonderfully temperate waters of the Indian Ocean. Here you will find perfect surf and warm rays of sun. Peaceful Bays and postcard worthy coastlines are at every turn and ready to be explored. Kuta is known to be the home of the best beaches in Bali and is dotted with hotels, restaurants, and local shopping outposts. For a more serene experience, many beaches have palm-lined with pristine white sand and sparkling blue water. The beaches of Bali vary from vibrant and bustling to isolated and tranquil. Whatever your travel style may be, you are sure to have an amazing beach experience.
3. A FIRST-CLASS CENTER OF FINE ARTS
Balinese art ranges from painting and carving to music and dance. Art can be seen everywhere throughout the cities and landscapes of the island. Ubud is Bali’s art hub and has many museums and galleries, as well as being the home of many famous artists. Any art lover will feel at home in this exotic and inspiring global city. The capital city is another attraction for those interested in fine art with its museums offering an amazing display of historic and modern art.
4. LUXURIOUS PRIVATE RESORTS TO INDULGE YOUR SENSES
Whether you are looking for a private island villa or a lavish hotel suite, Bali has accommodations to create your own version of paradise. There are old, classic resorts and new, modern properties. Hidden away gems offer private pools, private gardens, private beaches, and anything else you may desire. Enjoy spa treatments, golf, tennis courts, five-star restaurants and scenes of lotus ponds and natural beauty.
5. “BORN OF FIRE AND WATER” BALI OFFERS A SPECTACULARLY DIVERSE LANDSCAPE
Beyond its beautiful beaches, Bali is made up of rainforests, volcanoes, and elaborate terraces of rice paddies and gardens. Mischievous monkeys inhabit many of the forests along with other exotic wildlife. Emerald green rice terraces blanket the mountainsides and make stunning backdrops for photographs. The small size of the island makes it possible to experience all of these landscapes in one unforgettable trip.
- Bali is one of the 17,550 islands of the Indonesian archipelago located in the between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean
- The capital city is Denpasar, also the home of Ngurah Rai International Airport
- The small size of the islands makes transportation between cities and towns relatively easy
HOW TO GET THERE
- Many airlines offer direct flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Denpasar (DPS) and flight time is between 16 and 17 hours
- There are also many direct flight connections from Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, London, and many other South East Asian countries
GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND
- The popular areas of Kuta, Legian, Sanur, and Nusa Dua are 15 to 30 minutes by car from the international airport in Denpasar
- Ubud is 50 to 60 minutes by car from the international airport
- Local transportation is provided by car ranging from taxi to upscale limousine
The time difference from Los Angeles, USA to Denpasar, Bali is +15:00 hours (e.g. 12:00am in Los Angeles, it is 3:00 pm in Bali).
ENTRY AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
The visa requirements for Bali often vary so it is important to check before you departure. You can get information from your nearest Indonesian embassy.
Every visitor must have:
- A passport that is valid for at least six months before the date of arrival with at least 2 blank pages
- A return/onward ticket
- Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay
It is recommended that travelers get a Visa in Advance, usually a visitor’s visa for either 30 or 60 days. A Visa on Arrival may be obtained by citizens of certain countries, including USA, and may be received at a special lane at immigration in the airport. For stays of 7 days or less the cost is US$10 and up to 30 days the cost is US$25, payable by credit card and most major currencies. Upon arrival in Bali all travelers with approved visas will be issued a tourist card that will be handed back upon exit from the country.
There are no medical requirements to enter Bali. Visitors arriving from countries that may be infected with yellow fever may be screened before being granted entry. Although it is not required, it is recommended that travelers have up to date vaccinations for typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and tetanus immunizations.
Although it is sunny and warm all year long the rainy season in Bali is October to April and the dry season runs from May to September. The tropical monsoon climate makes it humid with frequent rain showers. Day time temperatures range from 68- 93 degrees Fahrenheit while evenings can be fairly cool, especially in the dry season.
The official language of Bali is Balinese, a Malayo-Polynesian language. Most citizens of Bali also know the Indonesian language and many also know English.
CURRENCY AND TIPPING
The currency used is the Indonesian Rupiah. 10,000 Rp is equivalent to roughly 1.00 US dollar. Most banks and hotels, as well as the airport, can change US dollars and other major currencies to Rupiahs. ATMS are available that accept most major bank cards, however amount of rupiahs issued varies by machine, as does withdrawal and transaction fees. Most major credit cards are accepted at higher end hotels, restaurants and stores. Be aware that credit card fraud and theft are common problems in Indonesia.
Tipping is not expected but is always welcomed. Some high-end restaurants and hotels will automatically add between 15% and 20% gratuity. It is customary for travelers to tip between 5% and 10% to hard working waiters, taxi drivers, housekeeping staff, and tour guides, as they earn very little and work long hours. It is also appropriate to round up taxi bills to the nearest thousand.
Most local establishments are open during daylight hours, usually 6am to 6pm. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY
Water: Do not drink tap water in Bali unless properly boiled. Always drink bottled water which is available everywhere.
Electricity: Currents are either 110 volts or 220 volts. It is recommended that you bring a universal adaptor to ensure that all your small electronics operate properly.
INTERNET AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Some hotels, especially high-end properties, offer internet access. It may also be available in some tourist centers. Most cafes and restaurants also have Wi-Fi access.
The country code for Indonesia is 62. Most hotels charge significantly for telephone services so it is recommended that you use the public pay-telephones around the island instead to make international calls. You may also wish to obtain an international pre-paid Sim card to insert into your cell phone while in Bali.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO PACK
- Light clothes made of breathable fabrics
- Swim suits
- Brimmed hat
- Tropical strength insect repellant
Bali is an amazing location for a wedding, vow-renewal ceremony, or any romantic occasion. The island emanates beauty and exoticism that will provide breathtaking photographs and timeless memories for you and your loved one. There are many resorts on the island that have wedding planners and wedding facilities. To make your ceremony legally binding, plan ahead to adhere to the following requirements and contact your Consulate in Bali for more information.
Eligibility and Requirements to marry in Bali
- The couple must declare a religion and must be of the same religion. The Civil Registry Office can record marriages of persons of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic. If one person is of a different religion then they must provide a written declaration of change of religion.
- Persons of non-Islamic faith must file with the Civil Registry Office in the regency where their accommodations are. This includes a “Notice of Intention to Marry” and a “Letter of No Impediment” which can be obtained from the consulate of your origin country.
- “Notice of Intention to Marry” requires from both partners, a certificate of the religious marriage, valid passport, certified birth certificate, certified certificates regarding termination of all previous marriages, four photographs of the couple side by side, and the “Letter of No Impediment”.
- Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required, with valid passports.
Honeymoon wedding registry:
Islands in the Sun offer a honeymoon wedding registry as a convenient alternative to the traditional bridal registry. Talk to one of our specialists to set up your free registry!
How it works:
- Add items to your registry with your dedicated honeymoon planner
- Inform your friends and family about the trip
- Guests contact us to purchase from your registry
- Collect wedding gifts
- Have the honeymoon of your dreams!
There are many attractions and activities in Bali that should not be missed. The beaches and art centers are must see stops on any Balinese itinerary. Enjoy great shopping ranging from local art and crafts to designer brand names, taste delicious authentic Balinese cuisine and visit the numerous temples and historical sites that give Bali its unique and magical spirit.
UBUD SACRED MONKEY FOREST
This nature reserve and temple complex is home to hundreds of monkeys and many tree species. It is a sacred site and contains a bathing temple and a ceremonial temple. This is a popular destination for tourists who enjoy seeing the monkeys and other tropical animals roam around in their natural jungle environment.
JATILUWIH RICE TERRACE
Some of these rice paddies are over 2,000 years old. They are lush and emerald-green in color and are as beautiful as Bali’s beaches. Most of these terraced fields are tended by generations of family famers and are kept in pristine condition.
This is the largest and most-holy of the Balinese temples. The “Mother Temple” as it is known, is over 1000 years old and is dedicated to several Hindu Gods. This temple complex has a beautiful mountain backdrop that makes it a striking scene.
ELEPHANT SAFARI PARK, TARO
Considered the best elephant park in the world, this park in Taro is a great way to spend the day. You can feed, touch, and ride the elephants through scenic jungles. You can also visit the park’s museum and lake-front restaurant
This is not your average water park. While adventurous slides and rides can be enjoyed by both children and adults, many visitors wish to relax pool-side while enjoying the swim-up bar, or take in a massage or spa treatment. This attraction has something for everyone.
This majestic temple rises out of the ocean and was built in the 16th century. Sitting atop a large rock and surrounded by the sea, this temple is breathtaking and a must-see for any visitor.