HalalBooking guide to halal-friendly holidays in Bali
Welcome to the great Indonesian island on every scale. Bali's natural landscape consists of waterfalls, coral reefs, paradisiacal beaches, green forested mountains and rice fields. The culture and creative spark of the Balinese people brings it all together and adds vibe. Every type of tourist will find an attraction to gravitate towards; be it the delicious cuisine, the galleries and art, the natural beauty or the daring water sports.
Bali is an island where you can have a fulfilling holiday and experience the Balinese lifestyle on a budget. Enigmatic and captivating with an all round glow, the tropical vibe and fusion of flavours leaves you wanderlust for more of the same. Catch the sunrise and sunsets, relax with a good book, refresh and rejuvenate. The shopaholics will enjoy shopping at the traditional markets or the high-end designer stores. Design your holiday accordingly and combine your trip with relaxation or adventure. Bali is the perfect exotic halal holiday destination for your next getaway.
Practical information before visiting Bali
Flights to Bali are available from most major airports worldwide, although there are currently no direct international flights. Bali's main airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), is only 13 km from the capital, Denpasar. From the airport to your hotel you can take a taxi which takes only 40 minutes or a bus which takes about an hour and 40 minutes but is much cheaper than a taxi.
Bali has two main seasons: a rainy season and a dry season. The best time to travel is between April and October, the island's dry season. The cheapest months to fly are May and June and the most expensive is July as many travel to Bali during this month to attend the festivals.
Bali for the halal-conscious traveller
As a remote destination, Bali appeals to the Muslim traveler as a halal-friendly holiday destination that offers plenty of privacy no matter your group size. You can choose to stay in luxury hotels with all 5 star amenities for yourself without fear of being overlooked - ideal for the Muslim woman. Not only is it remote, but the island's beauty is something else entirely, and you'll be amazed by the orbit of nature around you.
Although the Balinese are predominantly Hindu, the number of Muslim residents is increasing, as are Muslim tourists. Located in Klungkung district, Gelgel village is worth mentioning, it is considered to be the first Muslim village in Bali and is about 60 km from Denpasar. The local Muslim community built the Nurul Huda Mosque, which is said to be around 200 years old. There are many mosques in different villages where all religions coexist harmoniously. The mosques are all unique and appealing in their architecture and give you a piece of tranquillity on this paradise island.
Sites to visit in Bali
Monkey Forest, Ubud
Visit the Monkey Forest over 1,049 monkeys in Ubud. Make your way through this nature reserve among the bushes and bristles, in an environment that the whole family will enjoy. Deep in the moss and groves you can explore the ancient sacred temples of Bali - a mystery dating back to the 14th century. Fun and adventure can be found under the leaves of the banyan trees.
Mount Batur, Bangli Regency
Take an adventurous trek up the active volcano of Mount Batur. Start the adventure from Toya Bungkah village which lasts about 3 hours. Guides are available for those who are worried about climbing the mountain solo. There is also a caldera lake which formed around 27,000 years ago - a bit of natural history that will intrigue you.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Kabupaten Gianyar
Maybe everyone has seen the Instagram-worthy sight of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. The rice field is made up of waves of hills - a traditional Balinese irrigation system. The village is made up mainly of farmers and picturesque views. Take a jungle swing and try to speed through the zip lines.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Kabupaten Gianyar
Take a peaceful stroll to this stunning and iconic waterfall in Bali! In summer you will see many tourists and locals diving and swimming with their families and children. Combine the beauty of nature with family fun for everyone on your halal holiday in Bali. There is also a restaurant and a shop nearby.
Padang Padang Beach, Padang
One of Bali's most famous beaches, Padang Padang Beach is also known as Pantai Labuan Sait. This amazing and long stretch of beach can be reached by stairs and through huge rocks - a unique portal to this beautiful area of Bali. Popular with surfers, the beach hosts many surfing events and is also made up of tide pools and secluded beaches.
Besakih Temple, Kabupaten Karangasem
The Besakih Temple in Bali, also called "Mother Temple", consists of around 86 temples and is the most important temple of Balinese Hinduism. Climb the steps leading to the temple on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano and admire the flora and shrubs on either side. The long walk to this temple with its Balinese architecture on the clouds is a mystical and unique experience that you will never forget.
Halal food and restaurants in Bali
There is no shortage of halal food in Bali for your halal holiday experience - most restaurants serve vegetarian or halal food which is clearly marked on their menus. Bali's cuisine is diverse and you'll find a range of dishes tempting to try, where Asian flavours and innovative dishes go hand in hand.
Try the Balinese Lilit Satay - skewers of meat or fish marinated in coconut milk, lemongrass, chilli peppers, kaffir lime and watch the fusion of flavours come alive. For dessert, try Pisang Goreng aka fried banana with palm sugar syrup and ice cream.
The classic Indonesian noodles will be available in restaurants and street vendors including vegetarian options.
The world's most expensive coffee also comes from Bali, and in honour of that, you can opt for a tea and coffee tour. An afternoon visiting plantations and tasting the different varieties is indeed an unforgettable experience on a halal holiday that will stay with you forever.
Halal-friendly properties in Bali
HalalBooking offers a selection of over 60 Muslim-friendly hotels, villas and resorts in Bali. Use our halal friendly filters to find your perfect property. Most hotels are fully equipped with halal-friendly relaxation facilities, including private wellness and spa facilities, secluded pools and even outdoor pools to soak up the atmosphere. Create memories you won't forget with stays that include halal dining and non-alcoholic experiences.