Best time to go: April – September is dry season but to be honest there´s never a bad time to go to Bali
Journey Time: 2hr 40 mins from Singapore
Duration: anything from a 3 day long weekend to a week
When you live in Europe, you think of Bali as a place for honeymoons and holidays of a lifetime.
When you live in Singapore, it’s a favorite getaway for a quick weekend. That’s not to say it is any less amazing. It just means you get to explore it a bit more often.
We went for Chinese New Year in 2016 but I´d been a few times with friends before that. With volcanoes to trek, beaches to explore and temples to visit, there’s always something to keep you busy. And whether you want to party the night away at the clubs of Kuta; escape for a yoga retreat in Ubud or chill out with family and friends in Seminyak or Canggu, there really is something for everyone.
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There’s also a special vibe about Bali that is addictive. It may be a cliche but the stresses of work, family and home life really do seem to disappear as soon as you land on the tarmac of Ngurah Rai airport. Which is one of the many reasons that keeps you going back for more and more.
Where to stay in Bali…
Most of the main resort towns of Bali can be found on the east coast – a 30 minute drive from the airport and there are three very different options: Kuta (known for its wild nightlife and a favorite for groups of young holiday makers); Seminyak (more chilled with boutique shops, trendy bars) and Canggu (less well known but up and coming. Also best for surfing).
Unfortunately, we visited in February, which is when strong winds and powerful currents bring huge amounts of trash on shore. It typically happens between December and March – depressing from an environmental perspective but also not what you want when looking for a beach escape. Luckily there are enough other beaches around Bali which are unaffected so check out our Top 3 Bali beaches for recommendations.
Of course there are other areas you can opt to stay – Nusa Dua, Sanur and Uluwatu are probably the best options – and if we were going at that time of year again, we’d definitely go for one of those.
Getting a taxi in Bali isn’t a problem in Bali. There are literally hundreds of them driving around flashing their lights at you for a fare.
Getting them to turn on the metre is another matter and can take a bit of persuading. Sometimes you just have to give in agree a fare upfront. If exploring the island, hire a driver for a day for only 400,000 Rupiah (US$30). It gives you the freedom to go where you want and stay for as long as you want, plus the drivers will help you explore local Bali life and uncover a few hidden gems.
We also decided to hire a moto to do some exploring on our own. Motos are definitely not for the faint hearted but one of the benefits is they let you cut through the traffic jams and once out of town, they can be a great way to have some freedom to properly explore the island.