FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN BALI
Those looking for a paradise beach will find what they are looking for in Bali.
With one stop directly to the sun
There are no direct flights to Finland from Bali, but with one or two stopovers you can fly to Denpasar with several different airlines. The trip is easily folded via Qatar, for example, on Qatar Airways .
Flights cost from around € 500 and up, and travel time depends on the length of the stopover. The fastest flight from Helsinki to Denpasar is in less than 20 hours, but the average flight time is about 25 hours. You can also fly to Bali via Jakarta , which also has a bus-ferry connection to Bali.
Bali Airport is located about 13 km from Denpasar, just outside Kuta. From the airport, the hotel is best reached by taxi or bus.
Accommodation at an affordable price
The price level of accommodation in Bali is cheap in Finnish, and a five-star hotel, for example, costs about one hundred euros per night at its cheapest. The cheapest accommodation can cost five euros a night, and Bali has everything in between. As prices fluctuate, so does the level of accommodation. The star rating or the hotel’s own website may not tell the whole truth, so it’s wise to research Customer Reviews carefully before making a reservation.
A double room in a three-star hotel costs an average of 30 euros per night. If you are traveling during the peak tourist season, ie during the summer months, it is recommended to book accommodation in advance. In all likelihood, space can also be found on site when booking, but if you want a secure overnight stay, make a reservation before you travel.
By rental car or motorbike around the island
Bali’s public transport is mainly powered by local buses as well as bemos , or minibuses. Bemot are especially good on short trips. Taxis are also a viable option and the surrounding islands can be reached by ferries.
Renting a car, motorbike or bicycle should be considered, especially if you want to explore the island on your own. Especially the unfamiliar should be careful in traffic. You should also check the condition of the rental vehicle. Balinese traffic is chaotic, and requires a Finnish tourist to get used to it first. It is worth considering carefully whether your own driving skills and nerves are sufficient for driving in local traffic. Namely, renting a car with its drivers is also a good option – it works at a surprisingly low price for a few hours or even for a whole day at a time.
ATTRACTIONS OF BALI
Bali’s island destinations are easily accessible by boat.
Beach holidays for many tastes
Bali tourism is largely concentrated on Kutan Beach as well as other beach resorts in the southern parts of the island. Kuta, and the adjacent Legian, the number one attraction is the beach, which offers excellent opportunities for, among other things, surfing. However, sea currents can be very strong.
Kuta has the best nightlife in Bali, numerous restaurants and bars, cheap accommodation and shopping. There are also lots of good restaurants and bars in nearby Seminyak, but also good quality accommodation. However, for those looking for a peaceful holiday, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak may not be the most suitable destinations in Bali.
Good destinations for those looking for a quieter beach holiday are Sanur or Nusa Dua. Sanur is especially suitable for families with children and Nusa Dua for those who do not long for the original Balinese culture, but lounging in the sun.
Balinese culture in Ubud
For those looking for original Balinese culture, Ubud and the surrounding area are great destinations. Here you will find plenty of traditional crafts and other shopping opportunities, and the tourist can also see enchanting Balinese dance and music performances. Ubud also has several magnificent palaces, temples and museums. Ubud is located inland in the mountains, so the air is a little cooler than on the coast. There are also many small Balinese villages around Ubud that are worth visiting.
Quieter in Bali Amed
Located on the east coast of Bali, Amed offers the traveler a bit more peaceful. There is no mass tourism in the south with nightclubs and chain restaurants. Beautiful lush landscapes and peaceful roads hide authentic local life.
The Amed area has a great diving setting and access to underwater wrecks. Active holidaymakers should also try rafting. Amed also has two Finnish-owned hotels: Santai, which consists of relaxed bungalows, and The Griya, which offers luxury accommodation.
In Amed, it is worth renting a moped or car, as there is a distance between places of interest. Some hotels may offer connecting buses to their guests.
Stunning views from Gunung Baturi
Also in the inland mountainous area are the Gunung Batur volcanic crater and the crater lake. Gunung Baturi has stunning views provided the weather is clear. You can climb the mountain on guided hikes, which, however, can become surprisingly expensive. Due to the magnificent views of the mountain, it is not necessary to climb the mountain, but you can also admire the landscape from, for example, Penelokan or the surroundings of the lake.