Bali is a very popular Indonesian tourist destination. It is a dream of everyone to visit to enjoy its beauty. Tourism atmosphere in Bali is very strong. Bali is never quiet of tourist, almost everyday you can see many tourists, except on Nyepi Day.
Have you ever been to Bali? It is rare for people who never been to Bali. However, if you are the one who never been to Bali, you will think that when having vacation in Bali will be easier with a travel agent. Do you know that you can save much more money by having tour without travel agent? These are the traveling tips to Bali without a travel agent.
Arranging Itinerary to Bali
- When Should We Have Been to Bali?
In Bali, we know: solid season visit (high season) and the season is not dense traffic (low season). Consider it carefully; if you come to Bali in high season, the island will be so crowded. It is better to go when the low season comes.
It is also better to visit Bali in dry season, so the agenda as long as there is not interrupted by rain. Because almost tourist destinations in Bali are in the open space, so when it rains, it will trouble you.
Visit during low season is also very beneficial, because there is often a promo, both for air tickets and hotels. The situation will be inversely proportional to the current solid season visits. Ticket, hotel and car rental will soar dramatically. Increase reached between 25% to 50%. The streets in Bali also almost certainly will be jammed. So much of our time is wasted on the streets.
Solid time excursions in Bali usually occurs in the summer school holidays (around the month of June-July), the long holiday Eid al-Fitr, in August (the holiday season foreign nationals), and December to early January, when the New Year comes.
- Where Should We Stay in Bali?
There a lots of hotel choices in Bali. Choose one depends on your budgets and needs. Some of popular hotels are located in Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud and Kuta. Seminyak is favorite spot for international tourists. Kuta is a common spot for both Indonesian or foreign tourist. If you want to be more exclusive, go to Sanur area. However, if you are kind of artistic person, Ubud is the best choice. If you are backpacker, hotels around Poppies region are recommended. Staying at hotel near beach will be nice, you only need to walk enjoy the sea shore.
- Airport to Hotel Transportation in Bali
The best thing is riding the airport taxi. However the taxi doesn’t use metered calculation, but based on the region. If you want other alternative, you can use the shuttle equipped by the hotel. If you arrive at Ngurah Rai airport too early, it is better for you to rent a car, including the driver and fuel fee. You can explore the Bali area before going to hotel. It saves much more time and money.
- Car and Motorcycle Rental in Bali
The best idea to explore Bali is actually by foot. Walking down the street and the beach of Bali will give you a perfect experience of sea vacation. It is also more practical and inexpensive. However, some people cannot walk in a longer time, then it is advised to rent a motorbike. Only with Rp. 70.000, you can rent a motorbike and enjoy the beauty of Seminyak, Ubud and Kuta.
If you want to see Bali farther, then a motorbike is not enough. Moreover if you go in a group, you really need to rent a car. The rate is about Rp. 400.000-500.000 per 10 hours.
- Develop the Daily Itinerary when Traveling to Bali without Travel Agent
Assuming you will roam the favorite tourist spots in Bali, the general guidelines following lines can be used as a reference. With the estimated time it takes about 10-12 hours using the car rental. Here’s an example of the daily itenerary:
Starting from pick-up at 08:30. You can see the Barong Dance performances at Batubulan. Barong Dance that will begin at 10:00 WITA. Kintamani is located at the edge of Mount Batur, a beautiful place with a view of Mount Batur and the lake in the middle. It is approximately 2 hours drive from the Kuta/Denpasar.
Pura Tirta Empul and Tampaksiring are 2 destinations which are located in one place. Pura Tirta Empul is one of the most exotic places in Bali that you must visit. You can visit Sukawati art market before going back to hotel.
Starting from pick-up at 08:30. You can visit these places; Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi, see terraces in Jatiluwih, Ulun Danu Bank westerlies Lake Bedugul, lunch can be done here, Eka Karya Botanical Garden Bedugul, Pura Alas Kedaton, a sacred place that is inhabited by hundreds of monkeysm, Pura Tanah Lot is the most fun to be enjoyed in the afternoon, see Kecak dance.
At Ubud, you can enjoy Barong and Keris dance, a visit to the village center of gold and silver craft in Celuk, Batuan Village, painting crafts center. But if you’re not a fan of painting, these destinations can be skipped. After that, you can go to rice terraces in Tegallalang (terraced rice fields), visit Agro Tourism Bali Kopi Luwak, monkey Forest with hundreds of long-tailed macaques, Puri Saren Palace which is home to the beautiful Balinese ornaments are the residence of the King of Ubud and Desa Ubud Art Market. If you do not have time to Sukawati Art Market, Ubud Art Market Village is sufficient to represent. The situation is not much different. It is located just opposite the Puri Saren Palace.
At the journey of Uluwatu, you can visit the Tanjung Benoa beach. Here is an ideal spot for water sport activities. You can enjoy the water like parasailing, banana boat, flying fish, jet ski and others. After that, visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) and enjoy lunch there. From GWK, you can continue to visit Uluwatu. Here usually also held Kecak dance after sunset. Enjoy the sunset and sea food at Jimbaran beach.
- Do Water Sports
Water sports are must activities to do in Bali. You can do the water sports in Tanjung Benoa. You can do banana boat, parasailing, flying fish, jetski, snorkeling, sea walker and also riding the boat with glass bottom to see the turtle island. You also can go to Ayung River or Telaga Waja to do rafting.
- Culinary Tourism in Bali
Bali is also rich of culinary repertoire. Tasting the special Bali culinary is a mandatory things. You can find many food and drinks; however, not all the items are halal. Be careful. You can ask the driver to show you the places that sell halal food.
Ok friends, hopefully these traveling tips to Bali without a travel agent can be a useful reference for you and your family. Have a good vacation!