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6 Reasons Bali is so Famous and a Must-Visit Destination

It’s almost like every other person on social media has been to Bali or is planning to go there soon. This year, Tripadvisor named Bali as the second most popular destination in 2023 after Dubai in its flagship category.

In fact, there’s a joke that this island of the gods is more popular than Indonesia itself. If you’re wondering why this post explores 6 incredible reasons Bali is among the world’s most popular destinations. 


Bali Has Something for Everyone

What makes Bali so famous is that it’s a hot spot for all types of travelers. Bali has a spot for everyone: honeymooners, digital nomads, yogis and aspiring yoga teachers, partygoers, families, surfers- you name it. 

The digital nomad scene in Bali is growing year after year thanks to its relaxed pace of life and affordable cost of living. If you’re looking for the best place to become a Bali digital nomad, we’d recommend Canggu and Ubud. 

Romantic couples looking for the perfect getaway in Bali often end up in idyllic places like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Java, and Denpasar. For family getaways, Bali has everything from miles of sandy beaches to affordable, family-friendly 5-star hotels and great shopping opportunities.

Balinese Spirituality 

Bali has become a mecca for yogis, spiritual gurus, and wellness seekers. This is explained in Bali’s spirituality, which is deeply rooted in every aspect of everyday life and beliefs.

For instance, Gunung Agun (Mount Agun) is not just a mountain but the sacred “home” of Hindu gods. It turns out Bali is not called the island of the gods for nothing. Everything in Bali, including the houses, temples, and cemeteries, is based on their direction relative to the holy mountain and the direction of the sunrise. 

This island also has sources of “holy” water called toya or tirtha. Holy water is blessed by a holy priest by reciting a mantra and has been used for over 1000 years to purify the soul. 

Today, Bali is home to an endless list of health and wellness retreat centers. Most of these resorts are inspired by ancient healing traditions and are the best place for rejuvenation and restoration. 

Scores Top Marks in Safety 

Bali is a safe destination to visit, although it’s not without its risks and dangers. You must have heard or read about increased safety issues in some parts of Bali post-Covid. Bali has its fair share of petty crimes like pickpocketing, bag-snatching, mugging, and scams like any other hot destination. But even so, violent crime against tourists is not common, although some parts are better avoided, especially at night. 

You may be surprised to learn that natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcano eruptions are your highest risk when visiting Bali. But thanks to technology, most of these dangers are almost always well broadcasted and escape routes documented. Remain vigilant, especially in crowded and less crowded areas, and ask your hotel for tsunami and earthquake preparation procedures. 

It’s Not too Foreign 

Bali may be steeped in cultural and religious traditions. But you don’t need to worry about it being too foreign to the extent of causing homesickness. Despite being an Asian destination, Bali has a strong western influence partly because it was colonized by the Dutch. Its close proximity to Australia has also contributed to this westernization.

Eating local food is a must-try for a truly local experience in Bali. But this island destination has restaurants serving food from all over the world. Whether you’re interested in western-style, Chinese, or African delicacies, chances are you’ll find a joint serving your local food. 

And not just food- some of Bali’s shopping malls are home to high-end designer brands, including Mister Zimi, Auguste Frank, and Alice McCall.

Bali is Budget-Friendly 

Another reason Bali has become so popular is its low cost of living. Despite its popularity, Bali is a cheap destination, meaning you can experience more without breaking the bank.

Take accommodation, for instance. It’s possible to get a decent dorm room with all the basic amenities for as little as $10 per night. If traveling with a family, Bali’s 3,4, and 5-star hotels also tend to be cheaper than what you’d pay in other hot spots like Hawaii. 

Also, eating is super cheap in local warungs (small family-owned eateries). It only becomes expensive if you frequent those western-style high-end restaurants and cafes. Alcohol is also easy to come by, but the prices vary depending on the type (local or imported) and where you’re drinking. 

The Balinese are Super Friendly 

Sociability is a way of life in Bali and Indonesia on the whole. That said, the Balinese are among the most friendly people you’ll ever come across. Most foreigners describe the locals as amiable, welcoming, and hospitable. Simple acts like smiling at foreigners and requesting to take selfies make you feel valued and want to stay longer or visit again. 

On top of that, you’ll find it very easy to communicate with the locals in Bali because most of them speak English. Of course, learning a few local Balinese phrases like Om Swastyastu (hello), suksma (thank you), baik (good), and enak (tasty) will make for a much better experience. 

Nightlife is Vibrant and Exciting 

The Balinese could be spiritual and all that. But they are not prude to letting loose and having a good nighttime. Most people who’ve been to Bali will attest that entertainment on this island is next level. Whether it’s jamming to jazz and rock bands with beers in night clubs or gazing at the starlit sky while chilling at the rooftop bar in Legian, Bali has so much worth going for when it comes to a night of fun. 

Of course, you must beware of Bali’s do’s and don’ts to remain safer. Prostitution is illegal but still a big business because everyone has turned a blind eye. And though the Balinese tend to be patient with foreigners, you’ll get into trouble if you go posing naked on sacred shrines. Lastly, drugs are illegal in Bali and Indonesia in general. Like anywhere else, doing drugs in Bali may land you in prison or hospital or guarantee your deportation. Just say no.

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