Welcome to Bali Backpacking, the ultimate guide for backpackers visiting Bali!
Bali is an island in Indonesia, located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.
The island of Bali is a popular tourist destination for both backpackers and people looking for a relaxing vacation. With accommodation ranging from budget homestays to luxury hotels and boutique resorts, Bali caters for travellers on any budget. Since it is relatively close to Perth in Australia, Bali remains a popular spot for Aussies from the Land Down Under.
Bali has miles of beaches on which to soak up the sun’s rays, from long sandy ones in Kuta and Seminyak, to sheltered coves with coral reefs in Uluwatu, to paradise white beaches in Padangbai. But find the time to dust the sand off your feet and venture to the interior of the island, and you’ll find iridescent green rice fields, volcanoes and mountains.
Bali is known for some of the best surf in the world, so it’s not surprising the island attracts surfers from across the globe who come in search of the perfect wave. Whether you’re a beginner looking to stand up on a board for the first time, or an experienced surfer looking to get barrelled on the reef breaks down in the south, Bali has waves every level of surfer.
From story-telling Barong dances to charming temple ceremonies- Bali offers a unique cultural experience. The majority of the Balinese people follow the Hindu religion and this is evident in their everyday practices as well as the many temples scattered across the island. Bali is a very spiritual place, and the artsy town of Ubud is becoming increasingly popular with tourists seeking yoga holidays, spa retreats and traditional healing.
The island is known for its arts and crafts and is a haven for clothing and accessories designers, with a glamorous expat scene. Bali is so very ‘now’ and is becoming increasingly trendy, with luxury hotels, boutique shops, organic delis and ultra-chic sunset bars. A night out in Bali can range from drinking Bintangs by the beach to wild nights out in chaotic Kuta.
If you’re looking for some cheap Asian food, grab some sate chicken from one of the street stalls or snack on Nasi Goreng in one of the many warungs. Sick of rice? No problem. Bali has numerous international restaurants serving all kinds of food from Italian pasta to Japanese sushi. Oh and be prepared to have the best banana milkshakes of your life.
With a tropical climate, Bali offers warm weather all year round which makes it a great destination for holidaymakers looking for sun, sea and pumping surf. What’s more, the Balinese people are extremely friendly and helpful, making it a great place for backpacking.