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Bali travel guide

Bintangs and beaches. Dancing and downward dogs. Temples and towns. Bali is all this and more.

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head to Bali - a place you can truly unwind. Wake up on a tropical paradise with palm-fringed beaches, explore dramatic landscapes and lush jungles, and soak up the culture and atmosphere of the vibrant towns, and serene temples! Just picture it: hopping on a scooter for a daytime adventure then chilling out on a serene beach, watching the sunset, Bintang beer in hand. Bali is bliss.

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.

bali currency


Name: Indonesian Rupiah
Code: IDR
Symbol: Rp.

time in bali

Time Zones

Indonesian Central Time Zone
(GMT +8)

Where to visit in Bali

Bali is a beach lover's paradise; colourful bean bags and live music invite sundowners to Seminyak, Kuta is all about surfing and parties, and Nusa Dua is all for the luxurious lifestyle. If you want to unwind, practice yoga, witness a local ceremony or enjoy Balinese cuisine overlooking rolling rice terraces, head to Ubud or hop from island to island for amazing surfs, diving, snorkelling and tropical delights. It's no surprise Bali holiday's are at the top of most traveller's agendas...

Kuta Beach

Nusa Dua


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.

bali transport


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.

bali hostels


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.

bali hotels


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

Bali weather: 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




















Things to do in Bali

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Bali & Indonesia adventure tours

Classic Bali & sailing adventure
Classic Bali & sailing adventure | 14 days
This 14-day adventure combines the cultural and natural highlights of this unbelievably picturesque part of Indonesia with a week spent cruising the Gili Islands aboard a supercool catamaran.
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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.
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Bali sunset
Bali on a shoestring | 9 days
The magical reputation of Bali doesn’t have to be held up by incredible water temples or surfing opportunities alone – this chill paradise also has plenty of inland and cultural highlights that will draw you in. This 9-day itinerary will let you explore rice paddies, bar hop along the beach, and immerse yourself in local culture at a traditional guesthouse.
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Where is Bali?

Bali is an Indonesian island most famous amongst sunseekers and backpackers as a go-to destination. It's placed between Java and Lombok in the Java Sea, and the capital city, Denpasar, is only a short 1.5 hour flight from Darwin. The ideal gateway to other Asia destinations.

How to travel 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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