I had dreamed of visiting Bali for many years, and because I had an extended family of Balinese friends in Los-Angeles, I felt connected. The island is so peaceful and the smiles are constant.
Haha! that quote describes me technically because I have visited Bali through pictures, word of mouth and personal research. There’s just something that resonates within you by just the virtual views. Definitely, a place I’ll love to experience.
A Quick Look
Taking a cue from my research, Bali is an island in Indonesia and the most popular with the largest Hindu population. It is characterized by beaches, volcanic landscapes, surfs, cultural attractions, rice paddies and well-known for the Balinese hospitality.
The famous areas in Bali are kuta, seminyak, Jimbaran, sanur, and Nusa dua. Additionally, statistics prove that 80% of the economy is made up of tourism related businesses which is a really good feat.
Five Things to Note
1. New Policy: This is a major consideration.
The Indonesian government introduced a new policy for foreigners. This is to stop processing of visas locally. That is, the visa application will be collected and sent to Indonesia for processing. So if you’re planning to travel soon, you should submit applications on time so a decision can be made early. Also, make sure that your documents are genuine.
2. Internet: I know we like free things sometimes as Nigerians. As expected, going to the abroad means free wifi but in Bali, the WiFi isn’t always free. You may have to purchase something either in a cafe or restaurant to gain access sometimes.
3. Best times to visit: The preferable times to visit Bali are June – September. This is because it is warm during that period and you have the option of visiting the country side and beaches.
4. Staple dish: Rice. Rice. Rice. It is also a sign of prosperity.
5. Accommodation: Choosing the right hotel is essential. Make certain that your choice of hotel is in sync with the adventures you’ve planned throughout your visit.
* fun fact: the Balinese has two calendar systems. The regular 12 months and 6 months, 35 days system.
Now that we know, let’s get planning!
(Thanks for reading)
*Disclaimer: this is a research and not from personal experience.
Pictures from (@ayanaresort & @mauro.simeone) on instagram.