The name Bali alone evokes a sense of exotic beauty and of a tropical paradise. The little island is only one of thousands that compose the Indonesian archipelago, but its breath-taking natural features, mesmerising temples and rich local culture have the won the hearts and minds of travellers, many of whom choose never to leave. Famous for stunning beaches, coral reefs, temples, yoga retreats and tropical jungle, Bali is the total package. It is a destination with unrivalled beauty and enough adventure sports, cultural sites and aquatic activities to keep even the most active travellers on their toes.

The southern part of the island is where you will find the popular tourist areas and a host of sandy white beaches. Kuta is a lively beachside city with lots of bars where there is always a party going on. Clean, safe and always alive with tourists, Kuta beach is definitely the most popular and well-developed beach in Bali.

Then there is Ubud, the uncontested centre for Balinese culture. Ubud is home to numerous Hindu temples, such as the provocative Pura Taman Saraswati Temple with its lush water gardens, ancient monuments like those of Gunung Kawi, the Monkey Sanctuary, and the opportunities to watch locals perform traditional Balinese dances and delicious Balinese food. Ubud offers visitors insight into the intricate complexities of Balinese culture and the spiritual side of Bali. Ubud is also a wonderful place to bike, hike and practice yoga; you’ll find its beauty simply sublime.

Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are other popular resort towns that offer world-class dining, fantastic shopping and calmer, more family-friendly atmospheres.

Visitors with an adventurous streak can enjoy paragliding, treetop zip-lining, horseback riding, bungee jumping and jungle trekking among other exciting activities. Bali wouldn’t be the same without its incredible surf and phenomenal dive spots. Avid divers will want to explore the diverse marine life in the Coral Triangle and the sunken wreck of the US Liberty cargo ship. Discover more about Bali here

Bali is home to some of the most expensive resorts on the planet, complete with Balinese spa services and romantic over-the-water bungalows. But if you don’t want to break the bank there are plenty of rustic beachfront backpackers and quaint guesthouses for next to nothing.

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Overview

The Indonesian island of Bali is a holidaymaker’s dream. Surrounded by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean, this small island is a place of breath-taking natural beauty, with dramatic volcanic mountains, white sandy beaches, and exotic jungles. Bali’s iconic, layers of rice terraces can be seen all over the island, with their impossibly bright green crops. The island is especially popular with surfers, as it is famous for amazing waves, a laid-back atmosphere, and stunning beaches. It’s also popular for what lies beneath the waves, with divers from all around the world visiting Bali’s beautiful coral reefs to discover their rich marine life.

Bali is the only predominantly Hindu island among the 17,500 Muslim Indonesian islands, and is full of sites of religious importance, such as the spectacular Uluwatu Temple. The island is famous for it’s ancient spiritual way of life and many visitors come to spend time and reflect in this peaceful place, perhaps learning to meditate or practise yoga. Bali is also a great place for fun-loving visitors, with the southern towns of Kuta and Seminyak being particularly lively and popular with clubbers.

Adventure-lovers are drawn to Bali’s wild, natural habitats. The peak of Mount Batur makes a spectacular hiking trip, and the jungles are teeming with wildlife, from monkeys to colourful exotic birds. The town of Ubud is the best place to discover Bali’s cultural heritage, and when you’re ready for a rest there are more luxurious spas on this small island than you could ever hope to visit.

Key Facts

  • Currency: IDR: Indonesian Rupiah
    Language: Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 17 hours
    Time zone: GMT +08

Great For

Natural beauty: From lush jungles, to dramatic volcanoes, to paradise beaches; Bali is beautiful in every imaginable way. Sunsets, waterfalls, tropical flowers - this truly is one of the world’s most magical islands.
Traditional culture: Bali is steeped in unique tradition and culture, with temples, rituals and native dances to discover at every corner.
Relaxation: Stunning beaches aside, Bali is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The island has many retreats and spas with yoga, meditation and traditional massages on the menu.
Surfing and diving: Surf culture is a massive part of Bali life. With world-class waves, amazing beaches and warm waters it’s no wonder. It’s also a great place for scuba diving, with some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, teeming with marine life such as reef sharks and manta rays.

Tirta Gangga

Located in the north east of the island, this royal water garden, whose name means ‘water of the Ganges’, is a tranquil and beautiful place to visit. Lush gardens are spread over three acres and several tiers, with fountains, pools and water sculptures of mythical creatures. Beyond, the striking rice paddies make a spectacular vista. A calming and relaxing place to explore.
Address: Jl. Abang-Amlapura, Karangasem 80852, Indonesia
Opening hours: Open daily 6am – 6pm.
Entry cost: IDR 20,000 (approx. £1)
Official website: http://www.tirtagangga.nl/

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

These cheeky creatures are a big part of Balinese life. And nowhere more so than in Ubud’s monkey forest sanctuary. Believed to protect the forest, there are thought to be around 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys living in these tropical trees. The forest is a wonderful place to spot, and meet these friendly creatures. There is also a beautiful Hindu temple in the forest, and some lovely souvenir shops in the area. 
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: Open daily 8.30am – 6pm
Entry cost: Adult admission IDR 40,000, Children IDR 30,000.
Official website: http://monkeyforestubud.com/#_=_

Menjangan Island

The stunningly unspoilt Menjangan Island lies just 10km off Bali’s north-western coast. Part of the West Bali National Park Conservation Area, you can find pristine white sands, clear blue waters, and one of the world’s most distinctive coral reefs here. An amazing place to dive and snorkel, Manjangan marine life includes sea turtles, batfish, reef sharks, jackfish, tuna, and angelfish. The coral has intriguing caves to explore, and an old wooden shipwreck, 45 metres below the waves. A beautiful destination for a day trip.
Address: Sumber Klampok, Gerokgak, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur

The Mount Batur volcano is considered by Hindu believers to be a sacred peak, and it is certainly one of the most breath-taking places in the world to watch the sun rise. Hire a guide to take you to the summit in time for daybreak, and enjoy the spectacular views over the crater, the island below, and the stunning Lake Batur. Well worth the trek and the early start!
Address: Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Theatre

This popular theatre offers visitors a spectacular performance of traditional Balinese dance, music, and storytelling, with state of the art sound and lighting effects. Telling the legends of the Balinese Goddess, more than 180 dancers and musicians create an exhilarating experience for theatre-goers and a fascinating insight into Bali’s rich culture.
Address: Jl. Bali Safari Marine Park, off of Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra. Km. 19.8, Indonesia
Opening hours: Shows Tuesdays to Sundays 2.30pm-3.30pm
Official website: http://www.balitheatre.com/en#_=_

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