An international holiday doesn’t always have to be a splurge-frenzy. In Bali, visitors will find that indulging in luxury, finding exciting activities, and living like a local can be done for cheap or even for free! With these tips from Skyscanner, you can get the best of Bali without spending a rupiah.
Surfing the best of Bali
Jimbaran Bay is the perfect shorebreak for beginners and intermediates. On your average day, you won’t run into too many crowds in the water - if anyone is there, it’ll be other friendly long-boarders or other adventurers tackling the SUP will be sharing the water.
If any area could be called the homebase for Balinese surfing, it’s Ulus, or Uluwatu. Here, you’ll find a wide left-hand reef break. At times the swell will be large, so we recommend saving Ulus for the more practised surfers. Also on the Bukit Peninsula lies Padang Padang, another iconic surf beach. Advanced surfers come here for the long left-hand barrels during big swells.
Walk the Campuhan Ridge Walk is one of the most stunning walks in Bali, where you walk along a palm-lined ridge that overlooks valleys on both sides. Unlike the perfectly-kept rice terraces around Ubud, Campuhan Ridge offers an untamed experience. The area is home to tens of different species of birds like egrets, Java Kingfishers, white herons, sparrows, and black-winged starlings. Packing a pair of binoculars or a zoom lens is recommended. Butterflies also call the area home. The walk starts behind Karsa Kafe, and you can do an out-and-back walk, turning whenever you like. Alternatively, complete a full loop where you head back on Jalan Sanggingan, a road filled with art galleries and restaurants.
Conservationists in Bali have created an exciting underwater snorkelling park in Pemuteran called the Biorock. Here, intricate steel structures have been placed on the sea bed to encourage coral growth. Beautiful statues of Garuda and Vishnu, Buddhas, and sea creatures are now encrusted with sponges, corals, anemones, and juvenile reef fish. It's exciting to see how much a coral reef can recover after decades of damage caused by bleaching, pollution, and dynamite fishing!
Charly's Chocolate Factory
The cacao beans of Bali take centre stage at Jasri Beach in Candidasa, East Bali. Not only will you get to taste homemade chocolate, you’ll get to relive a bit of your childhood by playing around a “pirate’s ship” and swing from huge coconut palms. The bamboo huts of the factory are as fun and funky as the chocolate is delicious!
Blowholes at Nusa Dua
Watch the Indian Ocean force its way through a crack in the rock cliffs at Nusa Dua for an up-close-and-personal look at nature’s awesome power. This is a great activity on a hot day, since the swell can get pretty large and splash around. Don’t be afraid to hold onto the handrail!