After vacationing in Bali for many years now I’ve come to notice there are certain types of travellers that Bali seems to attract, and hey, I’ve been most of them myself at one time or another. So for a little bit of fun, here’s my take on the 5 types of Bali travellers and where on the island to spot them 😉
1. The Yoga Enthusiast
If you’re idea of the perfect getaway includes performing the downward-facing dog whilst listening to the tranquil sounds of the rain forest then look no further. Bali is fast becoming a popular destination for yoga-based vacations with many yoga enthusiasts coming to the island to dive into the world of calm, relaxation and self-discovery.
The yoga enthusiast is often seen dressed in their yoga entire or Balinese harem pants, a yoga mat in hand and, if not in the middle of warrior pose, strolling the streets of Ubud.
Many yoga retreats in Bali are located in the Ubud region, north of Kuta and Seminyak. Although the area is becoming increasingly busy there are still pockets of serenity nestled amongst the rice fields, the perfect location for a yoga class.
If you’re interested in trying a yoga class or planning a complete yoga retreat experience on your next bali vacation try The Yoga Barn or Bali Spirit studios.
Where to ‘Eat, Pray, Love’: Ubud
2. The Party Animal
Cheap Alcohol and no lockout curfews? Check. Check.
If you like to party you would love Bali, especially Kuta. Jalan Legian is solely dedicated to the party scene with clubs and bars spanning each side of the street. Here you will find popular joints like Sky Garden, The Bounty and Paddy’s nightclub with music blazing until the early hours of the morning every single day (there are no such thing as weekdays and weekends in Bali). I’ve had of the best nights out in Kuta whilst travelling in my early 20s and if you’re careful and use your common sense you’re definitely in for a crazy fun time!
As Bali is a popular destination for Australian school leavers for their last hoo-rah with friends (commonly known as “schoolies”), it’s no surprise it has a reputation of being a cheap party island notorious for drunk Aussies abusing alcohol and recreational drugs. This is by no means a reflection on all Australians, but these hooligans sure don’t help our reputation. So if you’re a young Aussie going to Bali with your mates for a cheap holiday of partying…for god’s sake, don’t act like a damn idiot.
Party central: Kuta and Seminyak
3. The Adventure Lover
Although not as renowned as some other destinations known for their extreme sports, Bali is still a hot spot for the Adventure Lover. Whether it be white water rafting down the Melangit river, parasailing in Nusa Dua or cliff diving in Nusa Ceningan, thrill seekers and adventurers can easily get their fix!
Adam organised for us to go white water rafting on our last Bali trip which was an awesome experience! There are many companies that organise these packages and most can be arranged prior to arriving in Bali (although it’s just as easy to book once you’re here at one of the information stalls in town). Be sure to read reviews on TripAdvisor prior to booking as some places are better than others.
Whilst in Nusa Dua we also saw many people engaging in water sport activities such as jet skiing, flying fish and parasailing. Don’t be afraid to bargain with the locals to negotiate a good price and be sure to take pictures of jet skis so you won’t be scammed into paying for damages that were there prior to your use!
Daredevil dwellings: Ubud, Nusa Dua and Neighbouring Islands
4. The Luxury Vacationer
Sipping cocktails by the pool, enjoying an exquisite meal at a 5-star restaurant and golfing on the well-manicured greens? If that sounds like your kind of holiday, you must be the Luxury Vacationer. Bali is the perfect place to splurge on the finer things in life, particularly because your dollar will stretch much further than it would elsewhere (gotta love that exchange rate!). With so many 5-star all-inclusive resorts on the island, it’s also the perfect honeymoon destination!
Luxury Vacationers are usually seen south of Kuta where the majority of the renowned 5-star resorts are located. Unlike most other Bali travellers, the Luxury Vacationer will rarely be seen wearing a Bintang beer singlet.
Out of the two of us, I’d say I’m more of the Luxury Vacationer in the relationship and luckily enough we got to enjoy a few 5-star experiences during out last Bali trip. Even if you don’t want to fork out the money to stay at one of these breath-taking resorts, we suggest spending a day exploring them (like we did!). Some memorable places we saw were the Laguna, Ayana and St Regis.
I’m a celebrity..take me here!: Nusa Dua and Jimbaran
5. The Thrifty Backpacker
If you’re trying to make every dollar count and prefer to ‘live like a local’ then you might be the Thrifty Backpacker! Like many places in Southeast Asia, Bali is a backpacker’s dream with its abundance of hostels and cheap food alternatives. Also, Indonesia in general is home to some of the world’s friendliest people so it’s not hard to find a local willing to show you around, Bali style!
Bali is such a fascinating island on its own that you don’t need a lot to have a good time. Just roaming the streets and exploring through the landscapes is sure to satisfy your wanderlust! If “Thrifty Backpacker” were in the dictionary it would have a picture of Adam’s face next to it! On our last Bali trip we spent many days walking along the beach, window shopping in the mall and hunting down kaki limas (locals selling bakso and other yummy foods in portable street stalls). Speaking of food, Warungs and “Masakan Padang” are all over the island. Here you will find delicious authentic Indonesian food for next to nothing (Adam usually paid $2 AUD for a big plate of assorted delicacies). You can identify these places by the plates of food on display in the window – just stay away from the meat options if you have a sensitive stomach!
Bottom line – If you’re on a budget, Bali can be your best friend.
See more for less: Kuta, Canggu and Denpasar
So there you have it, whatever kind of traveller you are, Bali has options to suit everyone.
Which Bali traveller are you? Let us know in the comments section below!