A Bali honeymoon means an ultimate adventure to kick off your lives together. Exploring ancient temples, surfing some of the world’s best waves, discovering beautiful waterfalls and relaxing on white sand beaches are just some of the activities that draw honeymooners to Bali each year. Bali is known as the Island of the Gods, for its temples, processions and flower offerings to the deities everywhere.
If you love outdoors activities, surfing on the beaches and hiking in the inland rainforest and highlands will delight you. For variety, a visit to the iconic Tegallalang rice field is a must during your stay. A rice field is self-sustaining and a virtually perfect system of eco-farming and Bali’s rice fields have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This site makes for some jaw-dropping and stunningly beautiful photographs for you and your new spouse to remember your trip by.
If tranquility and relaxation are what you’re looking for, you’ll find that too in Bali. Boasting one of the world’s highest densities of spas Bali has more than 1,200 spread across the island. Treating yourselves to massages is a must for any Bali honeymoon, especially the Traditional Balinese massage which is characterized by long, slightly firm strokes focused on pressure points. Also, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the many yoga classes on offer throughout Bali. Whether you and your honey are beginners or master-yogis there is a class for you.
Cuisine is also at the heart of Balinese culture. The picturesque village of Ubud in the heart of Bali offers culinary delights, and it’s the ultimate wellness destination on the island. Downtown Ubud is abundant with vegetarian, vegan, organic and raw food cafes (or warungs) and restaurants, with an emphasis on locally grown organic fruits and vegetables. For the non-vegans out there the Balinese version of chicken satay, or Balinese roasted pork are both a must try. Also great is that Bali offers great romantic settings, with a wide variety of outdoor restaurants decorated with natural elements and beautiful atmospheres.
Getting around is easy, because there are many options for private day-trips that will take you to the rice fields, waterfalls, temples and local markets in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from, from bed and breakfasts and private villas to serene ecolodges and luxury hotels.
At a Glance
- Bali is actually four islands. While Bali is the name of the island, it is also a province that includes a handful of smaller islands: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan – a cluster of much smaller islands just a 20 minute boat ride away from Sanur port.
- Bali has two active volcanoes: Mount Agung and Mount Batur. Mount Agung is considered the most sacred spot on the island. Standing at 3,142 meters, it is the highest point on the island.
- Bali is famous for its beaches and nightlife in the towns of Kuta, Seminyak, Kerobokan, and Legian, clustered along the southwestern coastline. Although gorgeous white sand beaches are what typically come to mind, Bali also hosts a number of black sand beaches due to volcanic activity on the island.
- The small island of Nusa Lembongan is perfect for a quiet day together. The white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters offer ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving, or just walking hand in hand.
- The highlands of Ubud are the heart of Bali with temples, rice paddies and celebrations. Ubud is also the best place to catch a performance of traditional Balinese dance, accompanied by a gamelan orchestra.
- Shop for unique handicrafts, jewelry, woodwork and traditional ikat fabrics at open air markets and boutique stores. The Sunday markets at Canggu are popular for food stalls, handicrafts and clothes.
- A word of caution: Don’t be lured by an elephant riding excursion in Bali. Elephant riding is unethical and harmful to the elephants. If you are looking for an experience to see wildlife we recommend diving or snorkeling to see the undersea life abundant in Bali’s waters.
- Romance is everywhere in Bali. It’s no surprise that the ‘Love’ section of the book and film Eat, Pray, Love is set in Bali. This is the place to discover your love for one another as well as a fascinating and welcoming culture.
- The peninsula of Uluwatu is one of the most popular spots for destination weddings, with secluded beaches, a laid-back feel and the excitement of the Kecak fire dance.
- Hike up a volcano! Mount Batur in the heart of Bali is an active volcano and you’ll be enthralled by the beauty of the crater lake and the surrounding hot springs and rainforest.
- Spend a day at the spa, where you’ll be indulged with strawberries and champagne, and a rose petal bath.
- Visit the Git Git waterfalls and take a cooling shower, then head for the beach at Lovina village to meet some friendly dolphins.
- The three Gili islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air – are popular destinations for a Bali honeymoon. The sandy beaches and palm trees make the perfect setting for water adventures like swimming with the sea turtles and exploring the underwater shipwreck at Gili Trawangan.
- GETTING THERE: Travelers will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in the capital, Denpasar. The best way to get to your accommodations from the airport is to book a Bali Airport Private Transfer, which will help you avoid confusion on arrival. Flight time is around 24 hours from most US airports.
- GETTING AROUND: Public transport in Bali consists of taxis and minibuses, known as bemo. Rental cars and scooters are available, but keep in mind that driving can be difficult because of the traffic. A taxi or a private car hire for the day is the best way to get around and see everything safely.
- WEATHER: Bali’s wet season runs from October to April, and the dry season is from May to September. Temperatures are warm and even throughout the year, averaging around 86F.
- WHEN TO GO: The dry season from May to September is the popular tourist season, but it can also get crowded. The wet season is not a bad choice either, as it doesn’t actually rain all day but only for a couple of hours in the mornings and afternoons. If you are planning your visit for March be sure to check what day the Nyepi (Day of Silence) holiday falls on. The festival is dedicated to prayer and meditation, and everything shuts down for the day, including the beaches and streets.
- LANGUAGE: Bahasa Indonesia is the country’s official language however most Balinese residents speak three languages: Balinese, Indonesian and English.
- DRESS: Be sure to pack appropriate attire for a visit to a temple. It is necessary to wear a long sarong or other apparel that covers your legs and shoulders.
- CURRENCY: The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and cafes but everywhere else you will need cash. ATMs can be found in the more populated areas of the island, but it’s a good idea to carry some cash when traveling in the countryside.