Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island known for its pristine beaches, rice paddies, waterfalls, and forested volcanoes. It provides a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life where you can sit back and relax with relaxing incense, Balinese music and nothing but good vibes.
Kuta beach is popular among tourists and locals. There are many restaurants to choose from along the coast road including one of our favourites, Rosso Vivo Dine & Lounge, which offers laid-back poolside dining from day to night and some of the best fruit juices and cocktails we’ve ever had.
You will find locally hand-crafted goods in abundance in the markets on the streets of Kuta and Ubud selling a variety of clothing, bags, accessories, buddhist ornaments, and dreamcatchers, among other things.
There are many temples to explore in and around both Kuta and Ubud offering an insight into Balinese history and culture. Check out our 7 Stunning Photos of the Locals Worship at Balinese Temples, 3 Must-see Temples in Bali and Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Ubud, Bali for more.
Both tourists and locals flood the beach each evening to catch the golden sunset. There are many cafés and restaurants offering beach front seating where you can enjoy a dinner by sunset.
The Gili Islands are a trio of idyllic islands located off the Northwestern shore of Lombok. Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands and is popular among groups, followed by Gili Air, then Gili Meno, which are both popular for couples and travellers seeking a quiet retreat.
Boats run on a daily basis from Padang Bai in Bali to the Gili Islands. A bus trip is required from Kuta/Ubud to Padang Bai and there are many local tour operators providing a package deal of return bus and ferry so make sure you shop around for a good price. Like everything else in Bali, the trip is inexpensive and you are expected to bargain for a lower price.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant on the island which makes it super easy to stay healthy. Fruit juices and smoothies are a great start to any morning and are ideal to keep energised and hydrated throughout the day.
The locals throughout Bali and the Gili Islands are some of the most friendly we have come across throughout our travels.
On the Gili Islands, there is no motorised transport, which is great for the preservation of such natural beauty.
Instead, there are many horse and carriages around the island, however, we wouldn’t want to support this and recommend hiring a bicycle instead. The islands are small enough with flat roads so you can easily cycle around. Plus, it is more fun and will keep you in good shape so you can enjoy all the delicious local foods.
The islands are highly popular among divers and you can even become PADI qualified here. We recommend Blue Marlin on Gili Air, which is where we achieved our Open Water Diving Certificate.
If diving isn’t for you, there are many restaurants along the beach front on all three islands serving local dishes from day to night. You will also find local boutiques on Gili Trawangan and regular Yoga classes on all three islands.
Bali is one of our favourite places because of the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Both the island of Bali and the Gili Islands are a great place to unwind, relax, and have fun.