Bali & Indonesia

Travel guide

Dramatic landscapes, vibrant towns, tranquil temples, palm-fringed beaches...and the much beloved Bintang beer! Fall in love with Bali, a tropical paradise that offers much more than just a relaxing beach escape. Hire a scooter for an adventurous ride and explore this lush green island, its smouldering volcanoes, serene temples and rich island culture.


Bali Fast Facts


Languages Spoken

Balinese or simply Bali is the most widely spoken language but most of the island's population also speak Indonesian.



Name: Indonesian Rupiah
Code: IDR
Symbol: Rp.


Time Zones

Indonesian Central Time Zone
(GMT +8)

Top Places in Bali & Indonesia

Bali is a beach lover's paradise, colourful bean bags and live music invite to sundowners in Seminyak, Kuta is all about surfing and parties and Nusa Dua lets you bathe in luxury. If you want to unwind, practice yoga, witness a local ceremony and enjoy Balinese cuisine overlooking rolling rice terraces, head to Ubud or hop from island to island for amazing surfs, diving, snorkelling and tropical delights.

Kuta Beach


Nusa Dua

Gili's & Lombok

Bali Travel Costs


Local beers including the iconic Bintang Lager cost between £1 and £3. Expect to pay a bit more in Seminyak's swanky bars or if you want imported beer.


You can find meals for as little as £1-5 in Bali or treat yourself to seafront dining in Seminyak where you can expect to pay £5-10 per meal. The less touristy the restaurant, the cheaper (and often better) the meal.

Taxi Ride

Taxis cost around £0.70 per mile so it's an easy and cheap mode of transport. From £40 per day you can even hire a driver t give you a private tour of the island.



Transport is cheap in Bali whether you chose to travel by bus, car or ojek (motorbike or scooter). Many drivers are used to bargaining so the rates depend a little on your bargaining skills. Heading to the islands? Fast boats to Gili and Lombok cost between £15 and £30.



Dorm rooms in hostels aren't all that common in Bali but good if you want to travel Bali on the cheap costs. Expect to pay between £6 and £10 and if you want some privacy you can get a single room from around £18 per night.



A room in a 3* hotel can set you back somewhere between £35 and £55.

When is the best time to visit Bali?

If you want blazing sunshine and hot temperatures, head to Bali during the dry season between June and October. May and November are cheaper and less busy but you may experience warm showers (mostly at night) whereas the wet season sees a high humidity and tropical rainfall - this is the ideal time if you want to see Bali in it's lushest state as the rainforest flourishes and the waterfalls roar.
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Explore the Islands beyond Bali...






The Gili Islands




















Adventure tours in Bali & Indonesia

Bali & Indonesia adventure tours

Bali Intro | 9 days
For the ultimate introduction to Bali and the Gili Islands, choose Bali Intro. Experience Kuta's nightlife before hitting the bars in Gili Trawangan, see the sunset at Uluwatu, learn to surf and visit ancient temples and rolling rice paddies in Lovina and discover spiritual Ubud. This 12-day tour shows you the best of Bali and the Gili Islands.

From £605

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Classic Bali & Lombok | 14 days
Although these two islands are just across the sea from each other, they remain worlds apart in contrasting cultures. On this epic adventure, you’ll explore active volcanoes, hike through stepped rice paddies, discover beautiful Hindu temples, snorkel and sunbathe to your heart’s content and peruse local markets as you travel the length and breadth of this tropical paradise.

From £1,229

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Bali sunset
Bali Island Hopper | 8 days
From Bali to Gili Trawangan to Lombok- this island hopping adventure is the perfect beach escape. Surf, drink and dance in Seminyak, snorkel with sea turtles in the Gili Islands, sample Indonesian cuisine and unwind with cocktails on white beaches.

From £859

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How to travel the Bali on a budget

Bali is the perfect place if you are travelling on a budget as the cost of transport, taxis, hostels, drinks and meals are so much lower than in the UK so you can easily get around the island, stay in your favourite places, enjoy local cuisine and make the most of the nightlife. 

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