With its spectacular beaches, atmospheric temples, and unfettered nature, Bali is a wonderful and very welcoming destination. Even so, there are some things that tourists should steer clear of. Below, we list what not to do in Bali.
- Forget to carry sunscreen and hats.
Bali enjoys tropical climates all year round, and it can get pretty warm during the day. So, make sure you pack your favourite sunscreen and hats. You could also pick up a conical local hat to keep you shaded from the sun! Finally, do carry an umbrella if travelling in the rainy season, which is between October and April.
- Dress immodestly while visiting temples.
Don’t wear sleeveless clothing or shorts and skirts above the knee while visiting temples or you may be denied entry. Carry a sarong and scarf to be safe.
- Spend your entire trip by the sea.
It can be tempting to spend all your time in Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Sanur but Bali is more than its gorgeous coastline. Do make time to visit the volcanic Mount Batur in Kintamani and the terraced rice fields and lake temples of Ubud.
- Waste time bargaining at shops.
Shopping in Bali is already pretty cheap, and shopkeepers don’t take well to excessive bargaining from tourists.
- Be too wary of local cuisine.
Don’t be scared of trying Balinese food – it’s delicious, and also cost-effective. Our top favourites include beef rendang, oxtail soup, satay, and siomay, which is an Indonesian version of the dimsum. Also do try nasi uduk, which is a complete meal with chicken, rice, tempe, omelette, and crackers.
- Make your vacation only a few days long.
Bali is much larger than people imagine, and very diverse in terms of attractions. If it’s your first time on the island, make sure your trip is at least a week long. You’ll want to cover the coastal towns like Nusa Dua and Kuta, as well as forested regions like Ubud for the culture and nature.
- Book a one-way ticket.
Indonesia’s airport regulations require you to have a return ticket home or a ticket out of the country at the very least. Otherwise, you may be denied entry into Bali.
- Visit in December and January.
Bali’s rainy season lasts for six months but the wettest months tend to be December and January. A little rain is not a bad thing, perhaps romantic even, but travelling in incessant downpours is no fun. Pick a different time of year. Also, many water sports are not possible in stormy weather.
- Rely on public transport.
Bali’s public transport network is sketchy to say the least. You could rent your own car but many of the routes are not marked on navigation devices. Couples may choose to brave it on two-wheelers but the safest option is to take taxis and go on booked tours for longer excursions.
- Be careless about your belongings.
Robberies are not uncommon in Bali, so be very careful with your belongings, especially in crowded areas. It might not be a bad idea to get travel insurance so that you can be recompensed for lost items.These aren’t really rules but some general guidelines of things not to do in Bali.