Planning Your Honeymoon in Bali
After the wedding, plenty of couples just want to relax. But, you and your fiance are not that type of couple. No, you chose Bali for your honeymoon for a reason, and that reason is adventure. Here are just a few travel tips to consider before you leave.
When to Go
You probably aren’t going to move your wedding date once you have booked your venue and sent out invitations just so you can honeymoon during the best season. But, if you have any leeway at all—or, if you’re willing to push the honeymoon back a few months—plan your trip between May and September. This is the dry season, so the weather will be much more cooperative for your honeymoon adventure. October through April is the the rainy season, so if you can’t change your dates, be sure to pack the appropriate gear. You also may want to avoid July and August because that’s the high season for domestic tourists, according to Lonely Planet.
Where to Stay
The island is pretty small—about 54 miles wide and 62 miles long—meaning you can drive the entire coast in one day. Because of that, it’s easy to choose one city to be your central hub and adventure out on day trips whenever you please. Or, you can cover most of the island in a week or two by staying only a few nights in each destination. For reference, the Kuta region is the largest tourist beach resort area, quite possibly because the Ngurah Rai International Airport is nearby. Just south of Kuta, the Bukit Peninsula is also popular for its rugged coast, important temples and secret beach coves. When searching for accommodations, use major booking websites such as Booking.com, Airbnb or Hostelworld.com. Don’t worry, despite the latter’s name, many accommodations offer private rooms, which are more suitable for adventurous newlyweds.
What to Pack
Obviously you will need several swimming suits, but you’ll want to pack clothes and accessories for going out as well. Bali has an intoxicating nightlife with a variety of surfer dive bars and classy clubs. However, when you’re not on the water, make sure to cover up in order to respect the local culture. Since many small hotels and guesthouses don’t have Internet, leave the majority of your electronics at home. Instead of bringing your smartphone, tablet and laptop, just use your smartphone to take pictures and other basic things. Make sure it has a large screen to capture the gorgeous scenery and plenty of pictures of you and your spouse. Then, connect to the public Wi-Fi at restaurants, Internet hotspots or tourist information offices to upload any pictures and check in with social media. If you forget to pack an electrical adapter, they are inexpensive in many local shops.
What to Do
Bali is sprinkled with ancient Hindu temples, rice terraces, fragrant flowers, flavorful food and amazing beaches. Some temples to visit include Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Taman Ayun, Pura Masceti and Pura Luhur Batukaru. If you travel a bit inland, visit the culture-rich city of Ubud, which is known for being perched on the slopes at the bottom of a mountain. While you’re there, sights worth seeing include the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and the Neka Art Museum. There also are plenty of picturesque walks through Ubud, especially along the Ayung River gorge. After a walk along the ravines, enjoy being pampered at one of the city’s multiple spas or take a class at the Yoga Barn.