A little piece of paradise…
Bali is renowned as a blissful beach paradise and with good reason. Standing in an archipelago of around 17,000 islands, Bali is fringed with beautiful stretches of white or volcanic black sand. Its interior is lush and fertile, and dotted with rice paddies. Days spent in Bali can be as mellow or as manic as you like. Some choose to indulge in hedonistic pleasures such as massages or spa treatments. Others trek into the interior and explore the radiant Hindu temples. Divide your time between sunbathing, surfing and diving. When the sun sets the towns and villages have their own distinct flavour. In places such as Amed and Pemuteran holidaymakers enjoy a cold Bingtang beer in laid-back bars. While in lively Kuta the clubbing crowd get ready to party through the night. Bali has it all.
Bali’s reputation as a beach paradise is well deserved. The Balinese people are truly hospitable, the Indonesian food is delicious and the beaches are extremely beautiful. Surfers, divers and beach-lovers will love Bali, as will those looking for total rest and relaxation.
When to Go?
The best month to visit Bali is May when the wet season has just ended, and before the crowds arrive. The wet season runs from October to April, and the dry season from May to September. The busiest times in Bali are mid-June to mid-September, Christmas and New Year. The wet season often brings daily rain and overcast days, especially from December to February.
How to get there?
There are no direct flights to Bali but plenty of indirect flights to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), also known as Denpasar International Airport. Flights are most expensive around Christmas/New Year and July/August. The airport is located between Kuta and Jimbaran. Taxis are available at the airport, either at the pre-pay airport taxi counter or outside the airport where passengers can hire a slightly cheaper Blue Bird taxi.
Go and see a Barong Dance. The one-hour long religious dance is fascinating and if you can get a seat near the front of the performance, you’ll get a really good look at the dancers’ wonderful facial expressions. Visit Mount Batur (Kintamani), the second largest active volcano in Bali, which last erupted in 1927. Enjoy breathtaking views beside the lake, along with a decent restaurant. Enjoy a Balinese massage - they’re inexpensive and will leave you feeling fantastic.