I am so excited about this post!! I just got back from Bali and it blew me away! My mom and I were looking for a relaxing place for a mother-daughter adventure, and Bali seemed perfect. I’ve heard so many great things about Bali and had very high expectations, but they were exceeded. Here is my ultimate Bali travel guide!!
If you are planning a trip to Bali or want to go there in the future, here are some things to know:
- Weather: Bali is a great place to come any time as it’s warm year round, but the best months to avoid the daily rain is April, May, June and September. While we were there, it rained every day which I actually loved. There is no bad time to come to Bali!
- Language: Official language is Indonesian, but most Balinese know English thank goodness!!
- Visa: We were confused about this – if you are going to Bali for more than 30 days you do need a Visa, but if not, you are good!
Where to Stay/Healers
We stayed at the Como Shambahala Estate in Ubud, which was absolutely incredible. This hotel is an all around wellness resort, and the most relaxing place I’ve ever been. They have so many spa treatments, group and private classes, and activities to choose from. When we arrived, we met with an Aravedic medicine and Chinese medicine doctor who planned our week of treatments based on our past medical/emotional history. We got massages every day, acupuncture, colonic treatments for my stomach issues, and met with different healers. Bali is known for its healers, so we knew we had to experience them.
One thing I didn’t expect from the healers was how much it would hurt. Some people might wonder why you would put yourself in pain, but it’s completely worth it to release energy and feel better. When the healers touch and massage you, they feel exactly where the energy is blocked. When energy is blocked, it can can cause many different issues so it’s very important to release it. We saw many different healers and they all said the exact same thing: there was energy blocked in my stomach and head. This makes sense because I’ve had stomach issues since the day I’ve been born, and I also have anxiety. With these healers and treatments, we are home now feeling so relaxed and refreshed.
What To Do
My favorite thing we did in Bali was going to the Tirta Empul Temple. The most famous part of this temple is called the “Jaba Tengah,” which is a huge pool with over 30 different water spouts. The Balinese people believe that the water in this pool is Holy and that each spout cleanses you of something different, such as jealousy, anger, etc. You definitely will need a guide or else you will have no idea the meaning behind each spout. Our guide was extremely helpful as he guided us to each spout and explaining what it was cleansing us of as we put our heads under the water. I loved this because I felt so immersed in the Balinese culture.
Another thing I loved was the Bali Swing. It was SO fun and not too scary! It was such a cool way to see the beauty of Bali.
We definitely didn’t have enough time to do everything Bali has to offer! Next time we go, I would love to stay by the ocean and experience the surfing and scuba diving! Here are some other ideas for what to do in Bali:
- Yoga – Yoga isn’t my favorite so we didn’t do much, but going to The Yoga Barn would be the ultimate spot for any yogis!
- Shopping – the markets all around town are so cute!! You can definitely bargain the price, as they are already low to begin with.
- Explore the rice fields- The Balinese eat rice with every meal so it would be so cool to see how it’s made! I’ve done this in Thailand and I would definitely recommend it!
- Dreamland Beach: I would LOVE to come here – the ocean water in Asia is so clear and bluer than any other beach I’ve ever been to!
- Gili Islands: a remote island with no motorized vehicles and amazing diving!
- Hike at Mt.Batur: If you hike this in the early morning, you will see the most beautiful sunrise. Definitely book a guide for this one!
- Explore Canggu: This is a village that has tons of access to many different beaches – I’ve heard the Old Man’s Beach Bar cafe is a must!
Thanks so much for reading!! I hope this was helpful if you are ever wanting to go to Bali in the future!