Bali has long been a popular holiday destination for Australian tourists and its resort lifestyle, shops, restaurants and affordable spa treatments and vibrant nightlife have been major attractions. However, for some Australian holidaymakers, these draw cards are also seen as inconveniences. If the bustling coasts of Bali don’t have the same appeal as other more laid-back destinations, then we have some exciting news for you. The absence of tourism over the past two years has brought about a unique change in the atmosphere of a Holidays in Bali. The pace has slowed, the crowds have thinned, and locals have restored a sense of tradition and authenticity to the streets. You’ve never seen Bali like this before and you probably never will. If vacationing in Bali has never really been on your radar, then now is the best time to visit!
It’s cheaper than ever
The reopening deals currently available are some of the best value for money we’ve seen on a Bali vacation. Be quick because it won’t last: hotels will likely increase their rates from June onwards as they get busier. Savvy travelers will take advantage of these incredible reopening deals and book now to travel later in the year. Even though the cost of dining and entertainment in Bali remains very affordable, some businesses may pass on government tax increases to their customers. Bali Vacation Packages that include bonus meals and drinks or resort credits are the best way to avoid price hikes on meals, drinks, spa treatments, activities and more.
It’s more authentic than ever
The difficult times caused by Covid have seen many Balinese workers leave tourist areas and return to their villages. The traditional Balinese culture and the Hindu religion has been very important to them throughout this period and is stronger than ever. Be aware of offers on the street and don’t step on them. It’s also important to remember that the locals have spoken little to no English for the past couple of years so they might be a bit rusty. Your kindness and patience will be rewarded with a taste of the ‘real’ Bali rarely seen in the more crowded tourist areas. Rather than having to wander through some of the more deserted areas of the island, these more authentic experiences are on offer…but not forever. As more and more tourists slowly begin to return to Bali’s shores, this authenticity will slowly be replaced by the bustle that places like Kuta are known for.
It’s more relaxed than ever
While travel is just beginning to return to some sort of normality, the big tourist crowds are yet to return to Bali. That means it’s a far cry from the vacation hotspot it once was, leaving you free to explore and enjoy at your leisure. You won’t have to queue at the bar and you won’t have to fight for position with crowds of flip-flop Aussies trying to get a bargain at the restaurant. markets. Not to mention that service standards will be impeccable, as the local workforce will be delighted to see visitors return once again to support the economy. Remember that the past two years have been a particularly difficult time for the Balinese who depend on tourism and have received no government assistance to survive. Now is the time to give a little more and bargain a little less, so consider tipping your driver and avoid haggling too hard, if at all.
It’s easier than ever
The Bali government has removed quarantine and testing requirements, meaning it’s easier than ever to travel to Bali. Visa on arrival has been reinstated, so getting to Bali now feels a lot like the good old days – minus the swim short-clad jesters that packed the airport terminal. Not to mention that Bali is gearing up for its best weather all year round. If you find yourself anywhere on the east coast of Australia, you’re probably sick of being soggy. Windy Bali is just heading into its dry season, so you’ll be in for a treat with plenty of sunny days, cleaner oceans, and all without the awful humidity. Right now it’s literally the best time to visit bali, with the most pleasant weather by October. However, by October you can be sure that the tourist crowds will also be back. Our best advice is to jump in now for a whole new experience of what a vacation in Bali can be.
Have you considered a trip to Bali since the borders opened?