Best time to visit Bali
Peak season in Bali is between June until September and December & January around Christmas and New Year. Rainy season in Bali usually starts in November. The rain peak is at its top in January and February and lasts usually until March, April. If you want to avoid the peak tourist crowds and still have good weather, the best period to travel to Bali is March until May and September until December.
How to get around in Bali
The best way to get around Bali is by renting a motorbike. It’s easy and cheap to rent a bike and gives you the freedom to go wherever you want. But, be sure that you have an international drivers license. Some of the rental companies ask for it and won’t rent you a motorbike if you don’t have an international license. Also if you got stopped by the police you need to wear a helmet and have an international drivers license. If you don’t have one, or both of these things you’ll get a fine. Never give your passport to the police!!
What to pack for Bali
You might think that shorts and a singlet is all you need for Bali. But don’t be mistaken by the colder weather in the mountains of Bali and the rainy afternoons that can occur during some months. Besides that, there are plenty of other things you should keep in mind when packing for Bali. From a rain jacket to clothes you can wear when visiting religious sites. But also hiking shoes or at least off trail sneakers if you decide on doing some hikes in Bali or other activities such as waterfall chasing. Also bring a reusable bottle so you don’t pollute the island with single use plastic water bottles. Other convenient things to pack for Bali are activated charcoal or Imodium in case you get the ‘Bali belly‘, also known as stomach infection. However most of the restaurants in Bali are very hygienic, but if you have a weak stomach you’ll better be prepared. There is no need to bring malaria pills to Bali but mosquito repellent is necessary when you’re walking in the jungle or when you stay close to rice fields.
Expenses in Bali
The costs of living in Bali are reasonable and actually most of the time a very good price – quality ratio. You can find accommodation as cheap as $10 a night for a hostel, and a private room starts at $15 – $20. Real luxury starts from $60 a night for which you can have a beautiful spacious room in a resort, or even a private villa which you can share with friends! Costs for food depends in Bali if you eat local or at some of the hip and healthy cafes. Local food you can get in a Warung starts at $2, while the smoothie bowls and smashed avo toast mostly are around $5. Transport is cheap if you use GoJek or Grab (the Indonesian Uber). Or if you rent a moped for a few days or weeks. You can hire a simple moped for around 60,000 IDR a day which is about $4.