If you’re dreaming of a Bali elopement, you’ve come to the right place. Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and over the past few years, it’s boomed in popularity amongst tourists. Within this guide, I included everything you need to know about how to plan your own Bali elopement!
How to Get a Marriage License in Bali
Getting a marriage license in Bali is easier than you think. However, it’s important to note that in Indonesia, you and your partner must practice the same religion, and you must have a religious ceremony in order for your marriage to be legal.
If you are not religious, you can only have a symbolic ceremony.
If you and your partner practice the same religion, you can get married in your home country before having a civil ceremony in Bali. Note that you will need to show a Certificate of Marriage Solemnization before being able to have a civil ceremony.
Check out this article to get a better understanding of the religious laws in Indonesia.
I personally recommend having a symbolic ceremony in Bali. It will save you time, money, and a headache. To get more information about getting married in Bali as a foreigner, check out this article.
The Best Places to Elope in Bali
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are one of the most popular attractions, and certainly one of the best places to elope in Bali. The area is massive, making it possible to find a more secluded spot for your intimate elopement. Even if you decide against it for your ceremony, this is a must-see place during your trip.
Mount Batur is an active volcano on the north west part of the island. There are numerous hikes around Batur, and there’s even a beautiful lake as well. This is one of the best spots in all of Bali to watch the sunrise.
NungNung Waterfall is an absolutely incredible waterfall in Bali, and definitely one of the best places to elope. There are over 500 steps to walk on the way down which can certainly be challenging when making your way back up, but if you’re looking for a more secluded waterfall for your elopement, NungNung Falls is perfect for you.
Tibumana Waterfall is another quiet waterfall in Ubud. There is a ton of area around the falls for pictures. It’s the perfect spot to elope if you want something more foresty.
The Kelingking Beach overlook (and beach itself) are some of the most breathtaking places for your Bali elopement. However, the hike down to the actual beach (and the way up) are pretty dangerous and scary. I personally recommend sticking to the lookout!
Gunung Abang is a stunning mountain peak that offers beautiful views of nearby peaks and lakes. This area is very quiet and perfect for an intimate Bali elopement. The hike up to the beach is 4.5 miles roundtrip.
The Best Season to Elope in Bali
Bali only has two seasons: the wet season and the dry season.
The wet season lasts from November-April and comes with very little to no tourists due to the high rain, temperature, and humidity. If you want cheaper prices, less traffic, and roaring waterfalls, I highly recommend visiting during this time, though be sure to have a backup plan just in case!
The dry season lasts from April-October, but this is peak travel season, meaning the prices and amount of visitors skyrocket, as well as the insane traffic.
If you’re looking for that perfect in-between time to elope, I highly recommend eloping during the months of April, May, September, and October.
The Coolest Places to Stay for Your Bali Elopement
Bali is known for having some epic Airbnbs at an extremely affordable rate. You can also find some incredible 5-star resorts as well. Here are just a handful of my all-time favorite places to stay in Bali.
Loft Style Villa with Pool and Ricefield View – This is one of my all-time favorite Airbnbs ever! This beautifully designed space has a private pool, multiple rooms, and plenty of natural light for those beautiful getting-ready images!
Cozy Boutique Villa – This outdoor space is another beautiful area for pictures or a ceremony. It’s surrounded with lush tropical greenery, has a private pool, and is one of the best places to stay on a budget.
Refurbished Villa Surrounded by Palm Trees – This villa is a plant-lovers paradise! For as little as $17 a night, you can enjoy a beautiful private room and bathroom with a shared kitchen and outdoor pool.
Private Villas of Bali – Private Villas of Bali is a luxury villa hotel located right on the beach in the southern part of Bali. Nothing will beat views like this!
Villa DelMar Bali – Villa DelMar Bali is another super luxury space located right on the beach. The villas comes with large spaces, private pools, and tons of amenities.
5 Things to Know About Bali
#1: There’s a ton of traffic. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get from location to location. Their road system is congested and all over the place!
#2: It’s normal to barter. Bartering almost everything in Bali is totally normal. Keep in mind that taxi drivers will often try to charge you more since you’re a tourist, but don’t let them!
#3: Don’t be afraid to splurge. Bali is extremely cheap, so splurge a bit on your lodging and excursions! It’s so worth it!
#4: Bring a good pair of shoes. A lot of people walk in Bali, and in order to see some beautiful sights, like waterfalls, you’ll want a good pair of shoes.
#5: Don’t drink the water. It’s unsafe and can make you very sick. Buy bottled water instead.
Bali Elopement Activities
- Visit the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary to get close with wildlife
- Take a trip to Bali’s waterpark, Waterbom for a day of fun
- Check out the local farmer’s market
- Learn more about the history of Bali’s endless temples
- Have a picnic at a nearby beach
- Try some incredible gelato at Gusto Gelato & Cafe
- Go waterfall chasing
- During sunset, catch a Kecak Fire Dance at the Uluwatu Temple
Bali Elopement Packages
- 8 hours – 3 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Bali
- A personalized elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
- Personalized elopement location recommendations
- Vendor, lodging, and activity recommendations
- Assistance and information to help you with permits, licenses, etc.
- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
- Customized elopement timelines
- Optional complimentary officiant services
- Online gallery with full resolution images and printing rights
- 24-48 hour sneak peeks to share with the world
- Travel fees to anywhere in Bali are already included
- Starting at $10,500
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