Whether you’re looking to experience the distinctive culture of Bali, scuba dive in its coral reefs or sunbathe on a broad stretch of beach, Bali has something for every type of traveller. But it’s important to do your research and not just follow the crowds. This way, you’ll support a more diverse array of local businesses and help to make the island even more special for future visitors.
If you want to get off the beaten track, head to Ubud. Here you’ll find a laid-back side of the island with beautiful beaches, black and white sands and an authentic local vibe. Located far away from the tourist hubs of Kuta and Seminyak, this area hasn’t experienced the same surge in popularity that the rest of the island has, so you can enjoy its natural beauty without any of the crowds.
Another highlight of Ubud is its stunning landscapes. You can find endless rice fields, soaring volcanoes, temples and waterfalls. The Balinese people also have a deep connection with art and you’ll see this everywhere you go, from the intricately carved temples to elaborate masks and paintings.
To get around, take a metered taxi – these are blue cars and you can spot them by the name “Bluebird”. Avoid rip-offs by making sure the driver turns on the meter before accepting your ride. If they refuse, cancel the ride and choose a different taxi. Alternatively, you can also rent a scooter if you want to explore the island at your own pace.