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Bali’s 11 Incredible Beach Retreat!

Thinking beaches? Think Bali!

The salty air, the crystal clear water, the bewildering aura of the beaches in Bali is what makes it so peculiar. Sandy and I visited a lot of beaches in Bali and there ain’t one which failed to surprise us. From the moment we landed in Bali to the moment we visited Kelingking beach, we couldn’t help but fall in love. The best part about beaches in Bali is that it provides a safe haven for those looking for peace and tranquility to get away from their mundane life.

Let me take you guys through 11 of the best beaches in Bali that Sandy and I visited on our last trip.

Hopefully, these might help you too!

SANUR BEACH

 

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Sanur beach greets you with super gorgeous Jukung fishing boats! Sanur’s friendly and serene aura has been and continues to attract tourists from all over the world. We were extremely mesmerised by the sunset sky. It was the most magical moment we experienced in Bali. I can assure you, just being at Sanur beach is worth your time, but if you’re still looking for activities then you can hire bicycles to go around the beach. This beach in Bali is also know for its underwater activities.

 

PADANG PADANG BEACH

 

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You may remember Padang Padang from Julia Roberts movie – Eat, Pray, Love. Yep, it’s the same beach. Famously known as the Surfer’s Paradise, Padang Padang is abuzz with tourists taking their surfboards out on an adventure. Apart from surfing, travellers are also seen relaxing at this tiny beach indulging in local beach food and Bintang.

 

KELINGKING BEACH

 

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This exceptionally gorgeous beach is located on one of Bali’s prettiest Island – Nusa Penida. Famous after it’s exquisite shape and the view, KelingKing beach proudly sits on every travellers bucket list.

Getting down to the beach is one hell of a task and must be attempted only if you have a brave heart. Climbing off the Kelingking beach is definitely on my bucket-list.

 

KUTA BEACH

 

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Famously known as the ‘Sunset Beach’, Kuta is one of the prettiest beaches of Bali.

Once you get past the huge shopping complex, you will be greeted by the big blue sea. Travellers find Kuta beach to be a perfect spot to indulge in shopping & watch the sunset. The variety of delicious cuisines to choose from will definitely leave you baffled.

 

BROKEN BEACH

 

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The Broken Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches of Bali in Nusa Penida. Although driving to the beach is a nerve-wrecking task, but the tranquility from atop is worth every skipped heart beat.

After all the adventure at the broken beach, if you’re lucky enough; you might get a pretty sight of the dolphins.

 

GREEN BOWL BEACH

 

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Tucked away into a cliff in the village of Ungasan, this beach works as the perfect relaxant from the daily hustle and bustle of mundane living. Famous for surfing, tourists also wallow into snorkeling during low tides. This beach has been blessed with two limestone caves that let you lounge after the fun activities.

 

SEMINYAK BEACH

 

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Known for its happening nightlife, this beach is home to the most opulent brands and resorts. Although a bit heavy on your pocket, this is the ‘it place’ for the party animal in you.

Activities like paragliding make this beach even more exciting for travelers. Moreover there’re cooking classes too for travelers keen on learning how to cook Balinese. Overall, Seminyak Beach in Bali keeps you on your toes.

 

TANAH LOT BEACH

 

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Named after the well-known Hindu Tanah Lot Temple which is surrounded by sea water, this beach is famous for its serenity.

You might see a few travelers treat themselves of surfing but the Tanah Lot beach mostly attracts meditators due to its soothing and sacred ambience.

 

MELASTI BEACH

 

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Melasti is one of the less populated beaches of Bali. It is a perfect destination to get away from the loud tourists. Melasti beach has clean blue waters that provide a beautiful swimming experience. Karma cafe will satiate your taste buds while the crystal blue water refreshes you. We indulged in delicious margarita pizza. It was one of the best evenings we spent in Bali.

 

SULUBAN BEACH

 

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It is amongst the most peculiar beaches of Bali. The Hidden Beach as the name suggests does not welcome you with a regular entrance. Visitors have to climb down a good amount of steps and then pass through a couple of caves to get to a view of the spectacular beach. Overshadowed by a hanging cliff, it might not serve well for sunbathers but these cliffs sure set you in the perfect mood for a bornfire party by the beach.

 

JIMBARAN BEACH

 

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Jimbaran beach stretches on the Southwestern coast of Bali. This new found beach is particularly famous amongst surfers and hippies as the tender the correct amount of privacy. Jimbaran beach is famous for dinner by the sunset.

 

Planning a trip to Bali? Don’t miss out on these gorgeous beaches in Bali.

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Make the best out of your Bali trip. Here’s how!

Most of us would want to hire a travel agent instead of taking the effort of planning a trip from the scratch. I would rather do the latter. It’s so much more fun. On my recent trip to Bali, Sandy and I planned the entire trip from the scratch. This might seem like a lot of effort, but trust us it’s not. A little planning will result into an exciting trip to your most favourite destination.

Read on to become a profession in planning a trip to Bali:

#1 Start 3 to 6 months in advance

Spontaneous plans are fun, but expensive. Planning a trip ensures you stick to your budget and don’t go bankrupt traveling to your most favourite destination – Bali. The first step towards planning a Bali trip is to ensure you start early. Chances are you might get your airline tickets cheaper than what it would be a month before your vacation!

 

#2 Zero down on your vacation dates

A lot depends on your vacation dates – your flight tickets, your hotel bookings, your application for leave. Consider these things when you’re deciding your Bali vacation dates – is there a family occasion, will there be any office work?, will there be any reason why you shouldn’t book these dates? If everything is clear, congratulations, you’ve decided your vacation dates!

 

#3 Book your return air tickets

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Book your return air tickets from Bali within a week of deciding your dates. Procrastination can turn out to be extremely expensive. Avoid it. Sandy and I decided our Bali dates almost 3 months in advance, but procrastinated buying the tickets. We booked the tickets almost a month before our dates, and we regretted immediately. We purchase unnecessarily expensive tickets to Bali. Nevertheless, we experienced a safe trip with Malindo Air. :)

 

#4 Decide where do you want to go within Bali

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There’s a lot to see in Bali. Deciding the places you want to visit in Bali can help you book your stay easily. A blueprint or day-wise plan can help you plan your trip better and enjoy the most of this beautiful island.

 

#5 Start looking for resorts, villas, hotels or AirBnBs

Once your dates, air tickets, day-wise Bali plan is ready, stay should be your next concern. Start looking out for hotels, villas, resorts or AirBnBs at least 3 months before your trip to Bali. This will help you select only the best stay and at a cheap price. We made all our bookings through booking.com.

 

#6 Zero down on your stay choices

Once you have a clear idea about the places to visit in Bali, it’s time to zero down on your stay choices. By now you will have a clear idea about where will you go in Bali and when. Thus, decide a place that matches your day-wise plan. Google the distance between your hotel and your destinations of the day to avoid booking a far-away hotel.

 

#7 How do you plan to travel – Car, Cab or Bike?

When in Bali, travel is a big concern. Decide beforehand how will you travel within Bali. Most tourists prefer renting a bike, but this might not be a good option considering you’ll be out in the sun at all times. Sandy and I switched between private cabs and bluebirds depending on our distance of travel. Both the transports were extremely comfortable and not very cheap. We recommend private cabs for daily hire and bluebirds for short distances or while shifting hotels.

 

#8 Where do you plan to eat?

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It’s absolutely okay to not know where to eat in Bali. We took it head on and Bali surprised us every now and then. We recommend you visit local markets and eat in whichever restaurant pleases your eye and your pocket. 😉 If you’re a vegetarian, Balinese food is not your best bet. Stick to what you like to avoid having an unpleasant experience in Bali.

 

#9 How much do you plan to spend?

A rough budget of how much are you planning to spend will help ease your spends. We had a basic figure in mind, and we managed to stick to it. A budget will help you decide what is worth spending on and what is not worth your penny. I kept a track of our expenses in Bali to avoid overspending and know where it all went. Moreover, when I look back at the spends sheet it brings back so many pleasant memories!

 

#10 What to pack?

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Do not overpack. When in Bali, comfort should be your sidekick. You will not wear those heels, so don’t pack them! After coming back from my trip, I realised, I didn’t use 70% of my clothes. Thus, understand your needs and pack accordingly. When in Bali, less is merrier! 😉

 

#11 Plan your activities

Your Bali trip will be incomplete without adventurous activities. So, plan them! Want to do snorkelling? Plan it. Where do you want to do? When do you want to do? How can you go about doing it? If you leave this unplanned, half your Bali vacation will go in booking tickets for your activities. To avoid that and enjoy the beauty of Bali, plan ahead.

 

#12 Make copies of your Passport / ID card!

Honestly, we didn’t need them. But, that does not mean you wouldn’t. As visiting Bali does not require any visa, keeping copies of your passport / ID card will help you stay safe. Just keep the copies for the sake of it.

 

Do this and we assure you, you will have the most fulfilling trip to Bali. For any more details about our trip or to get any more queries about Bali answered, comment below! :)

Have a safe trip!

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Things One Needs to Know Before Visiting Bali!

Most of you know that I’m visiting Bali on 17th of July. How? Because I’m pretty vocal about it on my Instagram stories. Hm. That being said, visiting Bali, Indonesia will be my 1st international trip ever!

I’ve travelled exceptionally well within India, but going international is a virgin territory and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve always taken life head on and have barely researched before jumping in a situation. Not a great trait, I agree. But that’s me. Bali, for an extremely strange reason was an exception and I went ahead and read a lot about the place. I also happened to ask some of my friends who have already visited this beautiful destination and were kind enough to guide me.

With such ground breaking thorough research, I’ve become an expert and have managed to type down few things one needs to know before visiting Bali.

N˚1 Busy is the 2nd word for Bali

 

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As the number of people visiting Bali has gone up, Bali is bursting at the seams. Bali is the busiest during the peak season, i.e, July, August and September. Thus, if you’re visiting Bali during this time, well get ready to find yourself amid a crowd. The best way to visiting Bali during the peak season is to book your stay and restaurants in advance, or be prepared to shell out more than required.

 

N˚2 Bali’s real beauty is their local life

 

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Kuta attracts a lot of tourists but the real Balinese experience comes from the rural parts of this island. Want more than burgers and booze, then living the local life in Bali is the way to go.

 

N˚3 Traffic is crazy

 

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So they say. Traffic in Bali can make you pull your hair out. The motorists and crazy / confusing rules can ridiculously increase the travel time in Bali. Thus, when in Bali, travel smart and be safe.

 

N˚4 Get ’em Massages!

 

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You don’t wanna miss out on Balinese massages. It will be a waste of a trip if you do. You can get a 90 minute high class massage with kick ass view for as low as $30! And hey, when in Bali, you deserve the rejuvenation. 😉

 

N˚5 No matter what’s your Budget, Bali is apt!

 

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Bali can be a well within the budget holiday, but don’t be shocked if you spend more than you anticipated. Bali boasts luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars, which you seldom can say no to. So, get ready to spend more than you planned!

N˚6 Say yes to private drivers

 

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Exploring the streets of Bali is best done on a scooty as you can zip through the traffic. But if scooty is not an option for you, then let the private drivers of Bali pamper you. Hiring a private driver will ensure you get to see the lesser-visited tourist spots in Bali.

 

Now that you have your things that you need to know before visiting Bali, go book your tickets! 😛

*Continues packing bags*