10 Things to Know Before Travelling to Bali for the First Time

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason! This beautiful island has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking for a quiet beach getaway or an action-packed adventure, Bali is sure to please. If it’s your first time travelling to Bali, there are a few things you need to know before you go.


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In this post, we will discuss 10 things that every first-time Bali traveller should know. Read on for advice from seasoned travellers and find out what you need to know before your trip!

10 Things Every First-time Bali Traveller Should Know

1. The best time to visit Bali is from April to October

Bali is a tropical island, so the weather is warm and humid year-round. The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During this time, you can expect sunny skies and little rain. The wet season runs from November to March, and while you can still enjoy the island during this time, you may experience some rain and thunderstorms.

2. No public transportation network

Bali doesn’t have public transport network like what you’re used to in the cities. The most popular way to get around is by hiring a scooter or motorbike. Ride apps like Grab/Gojek are frowned upon by the taxi operators so they may not be the best option at popular spots. We recommend using the Bluebird taxi app to get trusty metered service when you’re getting around or going with recommendations from where you’re staying.

The traffic in Bali can be quite chaotic for first-time visitors so renting a scooter or motorbike might not be the safest option to get around on your own.

3. Bali is a Hindu island

Bali is a Hindu island, and Balinese culture is very different from Western culture. It’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Bali is also home to more than 10,000 temples across the island.

4. Popular tourist spots

Bali is a large island with many different areas to explore. The most popular tourist areas are located in the south, near Kuta and Seminyak. These areas are known for their beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vacation, there are also plenty of options in the north and east of the island.


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5. Tipping in Bali

Tipping is not required in Bali, but it is always appreciated. If you have enjoyed the service, feel free to leave a small tip.

6. Do not drink the tap water

The tap water in Bali is not safe to drink. Be sure to only drink bottled water, and avoid ice cubes in your drinks unless you’re sure they’ve been made with bottled water. Opt to bring a water filter or check if your hostel provides free drinking water.

7. Have an offline map 

While you can use Google Maps in Bali, the internet coverage can be wonky at times. To be safe, make sure you have an offline map of the island that you can access without data. This will come in handy if you get lost or need to find your way back to your hotel. Pro tip: Be sure to download both the Google offline maps of Bali as well as the

8. Check the menu for added tax and service tax

When dining out in Bali, remember to check the menu for added tax and service tax, they are usually indicated at the top or bottom of the menu. These taxes are not always included and it can turn out to be a bill shock for budget travellers.

9. Eat at the local Warungs

No trip to Bali would be completed without eating at the local Warungs, the Balinese equivalent of small, street-side eateries which serve up excellent local cuisine. Warungs offer large amounts of local dishes either to be ordered from a menu or from a buffet-style whereby you can pick and choose as much as you like and pay per item or per spoonful.

10. How to avoid the crowd in Bali

The peak season in Bali is from June to August. This is when the island is busiest with tourists, so you can expect higher prices and more crowds. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, try to visit during the shoulder season or wet season. Secondly, venture off the beaten path and explore some of the less touristy areas of the island. And lastly, get up early and start your day before the crowds arrive. By following these tips, you can avoid the worst of the crowds and have a more enjoyable trip.


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