The first thing that comes to mind while talking about Bali is the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”.
There are no other movies, perhaps, that has managed to capture the essence of Bali with more perfection. The island, with several peaks, black sand beaches and lush greenery, gives visitors an almost ethereal experience.
After all, Julia Roberts could finally discover herself after visiting this island!
Puns aside, Bali makes for one of the most popular destinations for couples on their honeymoon trips. So, if you are also planning for a trip to the island with the special person in your life, here is a list that can guide you during your travel.
Let’s take a look!
1. Do You Know About the Visa Process?
The best part about visiting Bali from India is the visa application process – you don’t need one. Assuming that your trip will be of less than 30 days, you won’t need a visa to visit Bali, if you have an Indian passport.
You will get a Visa Exemption Stamp from the immigration counter without any cost. This stamp will allow the officials to track the duration of your stay in the country.
But, if you plan to stay for more than 30 days (and under 60 days), you will need either a visa on arrival or a Social & Cultural Visa B-211. Further, You can check this guide to know more about Bali Visa for Indians.
2. Set Your Budget
As far as affordability is considered, Bali is one of the cheapest destinations for travelling internationally.
As per the current exchange rate, 1 Indonesian Rupiah = 0.0051 INR
Here’s your budget break-up for Bali –
- Around Rs. 22,000 for flights per person, if you manage to get your tickets on the cheaper side.
- Your visa is free.
- Bali has too many choices when it comes to accommodation. If you are lucky, you can manage to get a conveniently-located hotel with all the facilities for about Rs. 800-Rs. 1,000 per night.
- Transport is also extremely convenient with taxis costing you a meagre Rs.25 for each trip. So the total transport cost during your entire stay will come somewhere around Rs. 5,000.
- When it comes to food, you can enjoy a filling meal of the local delicacies easily at around Rs.100-Rs.200.
So, if you calculate the total costs, the entire trip will cost you somewhere around Rs. 35,000/person, if you don’t go too overboard with your expenses.
To make it easier, you can opt for a forex travel card and load it with Indonesian Rupiah to stave off the necessity of carrying cash for the entirety of your trip!
3. Have You Purchased Your Travel Insurance?
International travel insurance is not mandatory to enter Indonesia, but this is one of the most important documents which ensure that you are protected against any unforeseen risks that can arise during your international trip.
There are several instances that are covered under this policy, like –
- Loss or theft of baggage.
- Travel scams.
- Emergency medical expenses (includes hospitalisation).
- Accidental treatments and evacuation costs.
- Loss of belongings like license, phone, passport, bank card, etc.
The insurance policy will also help you to avail cash if you need it during your trip. So make sure you avail this policy before your trip commences.
4. Plan the Activities During Your Stay
There are too many places to visit and too many things to do when it comes to exploring Bali.
Make the most of your stay by including the things listed below –
- Experience the exhilaration of riding a Bali swing.
- Trek to Mount Batur.
- Explore the Marine Park and Bali Safari.
- Visit the Tanah Lot Temple.
- Explore the waters of the Goa Gajah temple.
- Visit the Tegellalang Rice Terraces.
- Marvel at the Tukad Cepung waterfall.
- Spend the day relaxing at any of the numbers of spas.
- Watch the Devdan show.
With these, make it a point to check-out the plethora of adventure sports around the beaches of Bali. Your travel insurance cover will surely come in handy then!
Let us now come to one of the most vital parts of any tour – food!
Balinese is one of the most popular among Southeast Asian cuisines. So, don’t hesitate to dig into the numerous local delicacies like –
- Mie Goreng.
- Pisang Goreng.
- Nasi Goreng.
- Nasi Campur.
- Gado-Gado, etc.
Just dig into any of these because the flavours are DELICIOUS!
6. What Clothes to Pack?
When it comes to packing for Bali, make sure you pack comfortable clothes. The weather in Bali, typically, is quite warm. So, it is best to pack ample summery, cotton clothes (throw in a good number of swimsuits for good measure) and you are good to go!
Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes, though.
With this travel guide, make your Bali trip worth remembering!