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The beautiful island of Bali

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The ‘paradise island’ of Bali in Indonesia is located about 8 degrees south of the equator.  It is beautiful and definitely worth a visit.  Named as “top travel destination” by many, it is also a travel bucket list destination for many world travelers.

The island is covered with beautiful forests and volcanic mountains with rice fields and beautiful beaches with coral reefs.  Being part of the Coral Triangle, the area is rich in marine species.

What is the best time to visit Bali?

Bali has a fairly humid climate all year round. According to the latest statistics the temperatures average between 20 and 30 °C (86 °F).   The months of October to April are normally the monsoon months with significant rain. The rest of the year (May to November) would be good months to visit as it is seen as the ‘dry season’ in Bali.

While you’re there:

Bali is home to the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Subak is the irrigation system you see in the rice paddy fields all over Bali.  I would definitely recommend adding a visit to the rice fields, to your itinerary as it is simply one of the most beautiful places on earth.

bali rice paddy

Travel Tip(s)

Why Bali gets a bad rap:  If you watch Instagram and social media, you might think Bali is magical, beautiful, and a tourist paradise, which it is…  However, during the monsoon months, plastic pollution is said to be a huge problem on many beaches.  Bali is busy.  The reality is, you will not be walking in the middle of city centers to the sound of the jungle with meditation and yoga in mind.  The cities and beaches are busy touristy places.  So if you’re looking for a tranquil piece of paradise, you have to explore the resorts and places to stay more inland. 

Towns to visit in Bali Indonesia

The capital of Bali is Denpasar (a busy city with beautiful ancient temples, museums, and many sites of historical and cultural significance), situated about 40 miles (70 km) south of Singaraja. It is the largest city on the island of Bali, and it is the capital of the Badung Kabupaten (regency). Denpasar is also the site where the famous Bali Arts Festival is held annually.

  • Event Dates :  Usually in early April each year.
  • Venue :  Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre
  • Address :  Jl. Nusa Indah No.1, Panjer, Denpasar

Kuta is a huge tourist attraction according to many internet posts and is known for its beautiful long white sandy beach.  This beach does get busy with visitors to the bars and restaurants.  Kuta is a place for partying, surfing, eating, and drinking.

More popular resort towns are Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua.

For more info on the towns of Canggu, Katu, Nasu Dua, and Ubud, you can also read our article on Towns to visit in Bali and see what there is to do in each town.

Uluwatu is a region on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia, and is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple.  A beautiful region to stay in.

Photos above: Tanah Lot in Bali

Restaurants and food in Bali

Offering an assortment of tourist attractions, Bali also boasts excellent international and local restaurants.  We would recommend that you definitely treat yourself and eat at one of the renowned restaurants or hotels.  You’ll find loads of nice restaurants and coffee shops as well.

bali sunrise

Must see places in Bali and things to do in Bali

  • Visit religious sites such as the amazing Uluwatu Cliff-side temple. When visiting temples in Bali it would be good to dress accordingly and show respect to the Balinese culture.  Appropriate clothes to wear to temples in Bali would be a long Sarong or scarf tied on your waist.  Be sure to cover by wearing a t-shirt.
  • Go to Tanah Lot a rock formation that is home to the ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot.  Obviously a popular tourist attraction and photo opportunity. 
  • Tirta Empul Temple in Manukaya is famous for its holy spring water and baths
  • Climb the more than 1700 steps up to the Lempuyang Temple (also called the “Gateway to heaven”) and experience a beautiful sunrise.
  • The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats, so it would be a perfect opportunity to experience this escape.
  • For a family trip, consider visiting an animal park or an outdoor experience in their incredible nature
  • An option would also be to visit a volcano for a beautiful sunrise.
  • A guided tour is always a good idea as you get a lot of extra information from the guides.
  • Visit the botanic gardens and hot spring baths.
  • Experience the Bali Swing in Ubud
  • The picturesque Ulun Danu Beratan temple in Beratan Lake is definitely a beautiful photo opportunity and a must-see.
  • Attend a traditional show or Balinese traditional ceremony
  • Remember a visit to the rice fields.
Photos above: Ulun Dani in Bali

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Nearest airport

Ngurah Rai (DPS) is the International Airport of Bali.  Also officially known as I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and it is located 13 km south of Denpasar (the capital of Bali).

A culture of tourism in Bali Indonesia

The people of Bali do speak a basic English (often a 3rd language to many of them) and they are very friendly and willing to help.  The Balinese are warm and welcoming people and it is something you will definitely experience on the island.

Fun Facts about Bali

  • The film Eat, Pray, Love was filmed in Ubud and Padang-Padang beach in Bali.
  • Each year the Indonesian International Film Festival is held in Bali.

Where to stay in Bali

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali offers 5-star accommodation

…in Bali Indonesia

Here you will have a wide variety of hotels, resorts, and villas, including beautiful spa facilities.  You can even experience a family-friendly “home-stay” at one of the Balinese families.  Alternatively, you can opt for a luxurious resort or beach hotel.

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