Recognized as one of the main tourist hotspots in Indonesia, the island of Bali attracts millions of people from around the globe every year. From diving into high quality reef sites to immersing yourself in the rich and artistic Bali culture, there are tons of activities for you and your family. But with the array of things to do, it can be difficult to manage your time and maximize the trip. Here are 5 tips you can get the best experience from your travel to Bali.

Know What Activities You Want To Do
If you are a surfer, spots like Canggu and Uluwatu may be the perfect places to stay in. They host a variety of fun and exhilarating water sports and there are all-inclusive, affordable resorts you can spend the night at. On the other hand, if you prefer the busy city lifestyle, go for spots like Kuta, which hold several shopping districts, luxury hotels, and retail businesses. Different areas of the island cater to different types of tourists and knowing what you are most interested in beforehand will allow you to focus on the areas that best complement your interests.

Pre-Book Your Transportation
Pre-booking a driver is by far the most efficient and convenient way to travel around Bali, not to mention more comfortable and cost-effective. Taxi cabs are indeed accessible yet they often charge premium since they pay a hefty fee for their airport privilege. You can arrange private transportation via email or social media from back home. This allows you to haggle a fixed rate without getting an angry driver pick you up from a long, stressful airplane ride.

Choose the Right Supplies
Regardless if you are staying in a 5-star hotel or an economic homestay, there are situations you should be prepared for when traveling to Bali. To be safe, chug on bottled water. It’s cheap, is sold everywhere, and the safest way to hydrate while in a foreign place. Bali even sells stainless steel flasks for water refills so you don’t have to keep buying bottled water during your stay. Make sure to have an insect repellent within reach as the island has its fair share of critters flying and crawling around.

Choose a Good Base 
When booking your Bali accommodation, be sure to choose a location that isn’t always congested with traffic or other tourists. It can be chaotic and stressful if you find yourself in the center of the tourist hub. Consult a travel guide or ask around forums and message boards online about places that have the geographic features you are looking for.

Do Some Research
To avoid stress and conflict, make sure to do some research regarding the cultural and legal ways of the Bali people. For starters, dress appropriately prior entering any temple in Bali. People entering any temple are expected to have shirts covering their shoulders and upper arms. A sarong and a temple scarf are wrapped around the waist and legs. Most public areas also enforce a strict “no smoking” policy, such as restaurants, temples, and hotels.