Bali is a perfect honeymoon destination. As one of thousands of islands in the Indonesian archipelago. The island is often described as ‘paradise’ and not without good reason —there is no island comparable island! Therefore, if you are looking for a dreamy honeymoon destination, then Bali should definitely be on your shortlist! With forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, ornate Hindu temples, endless white sandy beaches and coral reefs, Bali has something on offer for every honeymoon couple.
Much of Bali’s coastline is fringed by beaches, with the some exceptions, including areas of mangrove forest to the south east of the island. Given the islands volcanic origin, black sand is the norm, but there are also some beaches in the south which have fine-grained white sand. Some of the most popular beaches for swimming include Jimbaran Bay and the majority of the north coast.
The island is part of the Coral Triangle, which has a huge diversity of marine species, making the coral reefs that surround the island a spectacular sight. Because of the rich biodiversity in the waters, snorkeling in Bali does not disappoint. The best snorkeling spots in Bali have calm waters that allow you to take advantage of good visibility to see the most amazing marine life.
Moving inland, Bali is covered by lush green rice paddies, which are the dominant agricultural feature of the island. Some paddies of the most beautiful are terraces which have been sculpted into the island’s landscape. The best examples of these terraced paddies can be found in the centre of the island north of Ubud and in east Bali around Tirta Gangga.
Things to do
The culture of Bali is one of slow pace, the people are very tolerant and welcoming to visitors, however, they are also very modest and polite people so dress modestly and behave modestly.
Bali’s Hindu culture and history is both extraordinary and unique. The temples transform into scenes of great activity and are ornately decorated during festivals and temple anniversaries with traditional dance performances. You’ll find that each of Bali’s temples is unique and that they either face towards the mountains, the sea or towards sunrise. Therefore, if you want to soak up the local culture, you should certainly take some time to visit some of the island’s temples.
There are several hot springs to visit in Bali. On the north coast of the island, near Lovina, is Air Banjar, where stone mouth carvings allow hot water to pass between the pool, which are set in lush green gardens. Another good option is Toya Bungkah, one the shores of Lake Batur, high in the mountains to the north east of the island.
If you’re into water sports, there are lots of amazing scuba diving sites around Bali. One of the most popular sites is the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben.
Another great choice are the serene reefs around Menjangan, in the north west of the island. Other popular water activities for those water babies amongst you include, surfing, yachting and sailing, canoeing and white water rafting.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for somewhere special, but would prefer to save some pennies for the rest of your honeymoon, the 4-Star Sankara Resort in Ubud comes in at around £1,800 for 14 nights at the beginning of July. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor.
When to go
Bali is a fantastic year round destination but the busy seasons are the summer months (Jul-Aug) and Christmas holidays. The temperature is consistent year round but slightly higher during the dry season which is April to September. January to March is the rainy season with high temperatures and tropical showers.