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A Brief History of Bali
Booking cheap flights to Bali from Newcastle is the perfect way to experience its history and culture. People have been calling the Indonesian island of Bali home for thousands of years. While the oldest tools and artefacts that have been found date back about 3000 years, anthropologists believe Bali has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Some of the first interactions the Balinese people had with outside cultures was when Indians came to the island in the 8th century AD. Along with aspects of their culture and products to trade, they brought Hinduism – the religion that still shapes much of Bali’s culture today. Shortly after, dynasties began to form in Indonesia, with Bali recognising Sri Kesari as their first monarch. The Balinese had their first encounter with Europeans in the 16th century when Portuguese explorers visited in 1512 and when the Dutch arrived in 1597. These foreign cultures left Bali for a number of years until the Dutch returned in the mid-1800s hoping to colonise the island. At this time, Bali had been split into nine different kingdoms, and the Dutch were able to conquer two of the kingdoms in northern Bali. Over the next several decades, Dutch intervention in Indonesia continued, and by 1908, Bali was officially part of the Dutch East Indies. Following World War II, the Dutch started to release their grip on Bali, and granted independence to Indonesia in 1949. During the past several decades, Bali has exploded as one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Asia. While the island has modernised, the locals still love to embrace its history – something that you will witness reminders of all over the island when you book tickets to Bali from Newcastle.
Top Experiences for Visitors
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Head inland from Bali’s beaches and coastline, and you can witness rice fields as far as the eye can see. There are lots of rice terraces throughout Bali, with one of the most famous being the Tegallalang Rice Terraces outside of Ubud. When you have Newcastle to Bali flights, you can walk through the rice field and see tiers of bright green rice fields and palm trees stacked on top of each other. The vibrant shades of green throughout the Tegallalang Rice Terraces make the views absolutely stunning. Be aware that the rice terraces can get muddy, so wear shoes or sandals that you don’t mind getting a little dirty!
Seminyak Beach Clubs
While the beaches of southwestern Bali are gorgeous, try to visit a couple of beach clubs as well when you book Newcastle to Bali return flights. You’ll find lots of beach clubs in Bali, but some of the most well-known can be found in the coastal town of Seminyak. Located just beside the beach, many of the beach clubs feature an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and lounge chairs where you can enjoy a fresh juice or a cocktail. While some of the tables and lounge chairs with the best views need to be paid for, you can often receive access to certain seating and the pool when you purchase a single drink. Some of the top Seminyak beach clubs to have on your radar when you book cheap flights Newcastle to Bali are Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta Beach Club, and Karma Beach Club.
Get a Massage
If you have never had a professional massage before, what better place to experience one for the first time than Bali when you book Newcastle to Bali flights? With the favourable exchange rate and affordability of Bali, you can get a professional hour-long massage for about $10 AUD. You’ll see spas and massage parlours all over the island once you’ve arrived to Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS), but for an extra special experience, you could visit one that overlooks the beach or a traditional rice field.
Visit the Gili Islands
If you are looking for a change of scenery for a couple of days when you have flights Newcastle to Bali, catch a ferry from eastern Bali to the scenic Gili Islands. With less tourism than much of Bali and no motorised vehicles allowed, the Gili Islands are often compared to Bali from 50 years ago. There are three Gili Islands, each offering a unique experience. Gili Trawangan is the most popular and is bustling with nightlife, restaurants, and activity. Gili Meno is the most secluded of the three, making it the perfect destination for a quiet, romantic getaway. Gili Air is a hybrid of the other two, offering a quieter atmosphere than Gili Trawangan but still with plenty of activity to keep you entertained. The Gili Islands are particularly known for the great snorkelling that is accessible from all three islands.
Ubud Monkey Forest
You will likely spot wild monkeys a few times when you have flights Newcastle to Bali, but for the ultimate monkey experience, head to the Monkey Forest in Ubud. It is a sanctuary that is home to about 600 Balinese Long-Tailed Monkeys. The monkeys are not enclosed in cages, meaning they roam around the sanctuary as they please. You can observe monkeys as they climb through the trees, play with each other, and get into mischief. As the monkeys are used to humans, some of the outgoing and curious ones will come right up to you or even perch themselves on your shoulder!
This active volcano is located in the north of Bali and is a popular day trip destination for visitors with cheap flights to Bali from Newcastle. It can provide some extra adventure when you book Newcastle to Bali flights. Mount Batur is a sacred site in Hinduism, which is the religion that the majority of Balinese people follow. For an incredible view over the surrounding countryside, you can hike to the top. Several tour companies offer sunrise hikes, allowing you to see a golden glow over Bali as the day begins.
Public Transport and How to Get Around
You’ll find several forms of public transportation in the major towns after your cheap flights Newcastle to Bali. A common form of transport are bemos. These minibuses can seat about 12 people and offer local routes in town. The routes can be confusing, but most locals are friendly and will help you figure out how to get where you need to go. Buses are also available, particularly between the major towns across the island and from Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS).
Taxis are widely available in the major towns of Bali, and you can also catch an ojek – a motorbike taxi that can take one passenger. Motorbikes are one of the most popular ways to get around in Bali, and some tourists opt to rent one in order to make their way around. Balinese roads are winding and narrow, so only rent a motorbike if you are experienced in driving one when you have tickets to Bali from Newcastle. Also be sure to educate yourself on Balinese road rules, which differ to the rules in Australia.
While hiring a private driver may sound like a luxury, it is actually an extremely common way for tourists to travel around Bali. A variety of driving companies are available across the island, and you can check with your hotel which local company they would recommend for your trip. A single ride with a private driver will often cost less than a taxi, and you can hire a private driver for a whole day for about $50 to $65 AUD for the group. Private drivers also also get you from Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) to your hotel.