ULTIMATE BALI HONEYMOON GUIDE (thehoneymoonguide.co)

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Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali is one of the best honeymoon destinations on the planet. Let’s show you why with our Ultimate Bali Honeymoon Guide…

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We’re nothing less than obsessed with a Bali honeymoon, and it’s always one of our top recommendations.

It hits the spot for most types of honeymoon. Beach, adventure, foodie, jungle, private pools, delicious dining, island hopping – a Bali honeymoon has all this and more!

Plus, it’s one of our favourite affordable honeymoon destinations.

If you’re thinking about a Bali honeymoon, you might wonder, is Bali good for honeymoon? How do you get there? How do you get around? What are the best things to do in Bali? What are the best honeymoon hotels in Bali?

Let us help you plan the perfect trip with our Ultimate Bali Honeymoon Guide!

Good To Know About Bali

Time Zone: GMT +8

Language: Indonesian

Capital: Denpasar

Population: 4.5 million on Bali

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah Rp

A few phrases:

Hi: Halo

Thank you: Terima kasih

Goodbye: Selamat tinggal


Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, just north of Australia, between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. There are over 17,000 islands in this archipelagic nation

The population is 280 million, making it the planet’s 4th most populous. The religion is mostly Muslim, although Bali is mainly Hindu.

Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It’s East of Java and west of Lombok.

The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller offshore islands, like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

Best Time To Visit Bali For Honeymoon

Bali and Indonesia have a tropical climate. It doesn’t have four seasons or experience winter. Instead, it experiences monsoon or simply put, rainy season and dry season.

The best time to visit Bali for a honeymoon is from April to October, during the dry season. This is the time of year with the least rainfall and humidity.

While many couples travel during the rainy season from November to January and particularly over the Christmas/New Year period, expect some bouts of showers, including occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms.

How To Get Around Bali

Bali is approx 150km from east to west and 110km from north to south, but the main Bali honeymoon destinations aren’t too far away from each other.

The traffic can be heavy. Whatever time Google Map tells you to get somewhere, double it!

It’s very rare to hire a car in Bali, but many tourists rent mopeds/scooters to get around Bali. You’ll need an international driver’s licence / permit and ensure your travel insurance covers you in the event of an accident.

If you don’t have experience driving a moped or are cautious about driving in Bali (and to be honest we wouldn’t blame you!), we’d recommend using local drivers or taxis instead.

You can use Uber style local ride-sharing apps like Grab. There’s also a competing ride sharing app, GoJek, too. Either is safe to use.

Hiring a driver for the day is inexpensive, while it may not be as quick as a moped, it’s safer and a more leisurely way to travel! Book a 5-star rated driver.

Dining & Drinking In Bali

Bali resorts are usually booked on a bed & breakfast board basis because Bali has an incredible dining scene! Like the rest of Asia, the regional food is delicious.

Warungs are traditional and usually family-run establishments with super affordable Indonesian food. You get incredible value, with dishes only costing a couple of dollars and a must for diving into local cuisine.

Consider doing a cooking school shortly after arrival to immerse yourself in Indonesian cuisine (and also demystify things if you’re not adventurous eaters!).

You’ll also find many other world cuisines to choose from in the major tourist centres too. Plus, there are so many cute vegan and organic cafes with great coffee, particularly around Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud.

Bali is not only a wonderful foodie honemoon destination, but it’s ideal for couples who like a little hedonism. You’ll find plenty of nightclubs and bars and some of the most fun beach clubs on the planet.

Bali Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels

Bali has so many incredible honeymoon resorts, you’re so spoiled for choice!

The hotels and resorts are not all-inclusive and the hotel prices usually include bed & breakfast.

There is a range of accommodation types and room categories, from the world’s most luxurious five-star hotels to villa rentals to budget guesthouses.

The good news is that it’s very affordable. In fact, you get some of the best value in the world in Bali.

If you love luxury (or if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget!), Bali is your perfect honeymoon destination.

Book a suite or villa with your private infinity pool and indulge in that floating breakfast you’ve been dreaming of! Keeping reading and we’ve got some of our favourite Bali honeymoon spots below.

Bali Honeymoon Destinations

Bali is jam-packed full of things to do and sights to see. Whether it’s a day at the spa, a yoga class at sunrise, snorkelling, diving, partying, cultural pursuits, or shopping — the list is endless.

Where to go and where to stay? Let us take you on a tour to help you decide on the perfect Bali honeymoon itinerary!

West Coast Beaches – Seminyak, Legian & Canggu

Most couples will want a stay on the west coast beaches and Seminyak is our top choice to start your Bali honeymoon itinerary.

It’s full of luxury resorts, places to eat and party while still being a little classier than its more rowdy back-packer neighbouring area to the south, Kuta.

You also have Legian between Kuta and Seminyak, and Canggu, which is north of Seminyak.

Canggu has risen in popularity in recent years as it’s a popular spot for digital nomads and surfers. While the beach isn’t as nice as Seminyak, it has a laid back bohemian vibe and has some lovely Bali honeymoon resorts worth considering.

These areas are quite close together. The coastline from Kuta to Canggu is only around 15 kms.

The west coast is more built up because of the proximity to the capital and the airport and so the traffic can be heavy so we’d recommend choosing the beach area you want to spend most of your time in so you don’t have to jump in taxis the whole time.

Seminyak, Legian & Canggu are great Bali honeymoon spots for just relaxing by the beach or pool.

It’s also perfect for dining, shopping, day trips so a good introduction to Bali, albeit busy outside.

It’s a great jump off point for exploring on your Bali honeymoon. Take a day trip to Nusa Penida, learn to surf and spend the day at Potato Head Beach Club.

West Coast Bali Honeymoon Hotels We Love: Hotel Tugu Bali

Lombok & The Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno & Gili Air

Lombok is a large neighbouring island to the east of Bali and a world away!

It’s much quieter than Bali with better beaches like Pink Beach and amazing snorkelling and diving. Plus, it has beautiful hikes where you can swim in hidden waterfalls.

A trip to the ‘hidden Gilis’, Gili Petagan, Bidara, Kapal and Kondo is a must, too. There are some lovely honeymoon resorts on Lombok.

Offshore, on the northwest coast of Lombok, there is a trio of laid-back tropical islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

While you can get to the Gili Islands from Bali, Lombok is a great jump off point to the islands as they’re just off the coast.

The Gili Islands are car-free paradises with more white sand and calm turquoise waters than Bali. They’re super laid back and ideal for snorkelling and diving.

The accommodation is a bit more rustic than in Bali or Lombok.

Gili Trawangan is a party hub and the largest and most developed of the three islands, with a bustling nightlife and beach clubs.

In contrast, Gili Meno is a serene paradise, perfect for those seeking tranquillity and seclusion.

Gili Air is a balance between the two, with a laid-back vibe while still providing a range of activities and dining options.

The Gili Islands are the place to get that insta-worthy shot of a swing in the ocean.

It’s best to take a private fast boat to the Gili Islands from Bali, which take around 3 to 4 hours and they depart from a few spots on the island.

Book your boat transfer early if travelling in high season.

During the rainy season, the seas can get choppy between Bali and Lombok and the Gili Islands and there can be ferry cancellations, so some couples will choose to fly to Lombok instead (airport code: LOP). Occasionally, the seas can be choppy during the dry season, too.

Lombok Honeymoon Hotels We Love: The Oberoi Beach Resort Lombok | Hotel Tugu Lombok