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The “Island of the Gods” is unlocking! Yes, the resort island of Bali reopens tourism, which is a welcome news for many travelers. Home to 40 lakh people, the island accounts for over 39 percent of tourism in the country – domestic and international included. And now in a much-awaited news, the island is reopening for tourism after 3 long months (already open to domestic tourists since July 31). Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said that the island is carrying out a three-phased opening as planned to restore the economy.
Going forward, we will talk about the detailed aspects of Bali tourism. What guidelines need to be followed, the special experiences in Bali and travel tips in Bali during Covid-19.
Bali Tourism: Safety Guidelines
Although the authorities at Bali have reopened the place, there would be strict rules imposed. The stringent regulations are part of an effort to curb further spread and help guide the tourists for a safe travel experience. Here are a few of them:
- You will have to produce a negative COVID-19 health certificate at the airport.
- Before arriving in Bali, travellers should install the LOVEBALI application directly from the government’s official website. The app helps tourists in reporting issues and complaints while in Bali.
- Travelers will have to follow strict health protocols which maintain social distancing, temperature checks and wearing masks.
- You will also be asked to activate your phone GPS while on the island at all times.
The gleaming white-sand beaches and popular shopping areas on the island were deserted back in April. But with the economy slowly opening up, the land of famed rice terraces, ancient villages and beaches will come to life. To know about the special experiences that only Bali can provide, read on!
5 Special Experiences In Bali
Bali is truly a mesmerizing place. Bali reopening tourism will unlock some magical experiences that will be as memorable as ever. Here are a few of them:
1. Visit To The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a magical place with serene views all round. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the Bedugul mountains. The peace and tranquility offered by the surroundings is immense.
2. Discover The Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
A land like Bali is considered charming. Why indeed? One of the reasons are the UNESCO classified Jatiluwih Rice Terraces which are a unique rice farming lands rightly popular as Bali’s tourism gems. The subak system of rice-field irrigation is what can be witnessed in the hilly region.
3. The Waterbom Bali
A land of beaches is surely what describes Bali! But enter the Waterbom Bali, an electrifying water park with water rides for all ages. Coupled with the availability of restaurants, a food court and a bar makes it truly special and memorable. If you are traveling with family, a visit to Waterbom Bali is highly recommended.
4. Learn The Mepantigan Martial Arts
It’s just martial arts, so why learn it in Bali? Because it’s fun and you learn this special style in the mud. Yes, it might get dirt all over your body but this is one of the most purifying experiences you can have while exploring Bali. The technique involves learning Balinese martial art with a fire dance, drama and music.
5. Drive To The Car Temple
Another unique experience in Bali is to head to a 200 meter limestone cliff. What’s there? The famous Pura Paluang Temple which could be the most unusual temples in Bali is located. There are ancient car statues perched on the pelinggih! The story follows ancient beliefs and traditions of Bali but surely there is no other place in the world that offers this.
What’s Not To Be Missed In Bali
There are some experiences which definitely make up for a supreme Balinese trip. Without them, the trip does remain a bit hollow but not to worry as here are a few experiences that need not be missed:
1. Visit To The Waterfalls
With some 30 or more waterfalls in the mountains regions, Bali is a heaven for nature lovers. With tons of waterfalls in the area, a visit and rather a bath in the extremely satisfying waters needs to be done.
Waterfalls: Gitgit Waterfall, Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, Tegenungan Waterfall
2. Exciting Water Sports
With lots of beaches at the island, you mustn’t miss enjoying the array of water sports activities in the region. The list of water sports to be enjoyed in Bali is huge including surfing, snorkeling, sea waking, river rafting, subwing, kayaking, free diving and so much more.
Beaches: Seminyak Beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Echo Beach, Jimbaran Bay
3. Exploring The Beautiful Nature
It is highly recommended to explore the nature while visiting Bali. The Tirta Gangga Garden is an exotic water palace which can also be toured. But more importantly it is highly necessary to travel the various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to get a serene and tranquil experience of Bali.
Wildlife: West Bali National Park, Elephant Safari Park, Bali Bird and Reptile Park
4. Village Tours
The villages in Bali are bubbling with life, history and culture that has been preserved from centuries. Be it the farming style, the village architecture, the houses and food – it is an experience that should definitely be a part of the Bali tour experience.
Villages: Ubud, Trunyan, Tenganan, Penglipuran, Celuk, Batu Bulan
Bali Travel Trips
All the experiences that unlock with Bali reopening tourism are subject to a few tips that need to be kept in mind while planning your whole itinerary. Here are a few of them:
- International arrivals in Bali would only start from September 11, 2020
- All natural and cultural tourist destinations including beaches would be open for visitors
- The administration will also open bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and pools but stringent rules of safety must be followed
- Mass events and gatherings at a particular place have been cancelled as of now
- Choose an open restaurant or establishment for eating and drinking
- Do follow all safety protocols during travel and within Bali efficiently
- West Bali National Park, Tambora National Park and Monkey Forest will be open to tourists
So, here were all the guidelines and special experiences that showcase the best of Bali. Being a place highly dependent on tourism, Bali was the worst affected but that time has passed. As the world reopens, so does this island resort! With time, the situation is only going to improve and a trip to Bali is anyway a satisfying experience. So, do let us know in the comments when you plan to travel to Bali and explore the best of this island resort!
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