Bali, the Beautiful

Travel to bali holiday

After a very brief visit to the small island of Bali in Indonesia, I am left with favourable impressions and a high opinion of the place. Bali is the ultimate tourist destination for a variety of reasons and highly recommended for South-Africans that are travelling overseas for the first time.

Affordable

Firstly, it’s affordable. One of our Rands equates to 1000 of their rupees, which means that the conversion maths is easy. I had complete meals, alcoholic drinks included, for an average of R150 per meal, and my three-star accommodation cost me R660 per night with breakfast included. Sure, I could have stayed a lot more expensively, but I wanted to stay as cheaply as possible and did so for R330 in clean, quiet, comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation.

Safe

Bali is safe for travellers. I walked the streets, woman alone, at night. I lost my cell phone (and got it back) and not once did I feel intimidated or harassed. Many taxi drivers offer you transport. When you say “no, thanks”  they leave you alone. I would recommend that you have yourself driven around by people experienced with the traffic in Bali, as the amount of traffic and their driving style is something to get used too. Public transport is affordable and very easy to come by. Do not take drugs to Bali, and don’t expect to use any while you are there as their punishment for drug peddlers, pushers and users are extreme.

Water activities

If you are a water baby, there are many water activities to participate in. From parasailing, snorkelling, boat tripping and fishing, to walking on the seabed with a bowl of air around your head.  Of course, you can laze on the beach and have the occasional swim in the ocean.

Sightseeing

There is simply too much to do in Bali, from shopping malls and outdoor markets to visiting rice paddies, monkey forests, temples, beaches, coffee and cocoa plantations, museums, zoos, wood carveries, silver and gold jewellery shops and restaurants.

Every city has a distinctly different ‘feel’ to it, although their culture permeates through everything and their temples are everywhere. Sanur felt like a laid-back beach resort for the retired, Ubud like an eclectic town for the artistic and Seminyak like an upscale hip-and-happening place for the young and rich. Each place offers something different, and it really is up to the traveller to decide what they are interested in and would like to do.There is always the option of fine dining and doing as little else as possible.

Food

Their food is delicious. If it is ‘foreign’ a description of its contents can be found on the menu. But none of it is ‘weird’ or outlandish, and many restaurants are really geared to cater for western tastes. The only real exotic items are the fruits like Salak, Durian and Dragon fruit, which are also delicious although I found the salak a bit dry.

Language

Everybody in Bali can speak English, so getting around is simple and easy. Apart from being polite and helpful, the Balinese are extremely friendly, although reserved. They speak quietly and do not make a lot of noise.

In general

Bali is a wonderful destination. This quiet and peaceful island (apart from the traffic) has birdsong, beaches, mountains, huge trees and beautiful, short and charming people. Apart from growing food and fruit, I really felt that everything they did was geared towards the comfort and pleasure of the tourist. The people of Bali really go out of their way to be welcoming and friendly, and I can assure you that if the opportunity presents itself, you should go there!