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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.

What we love about Bali

Monkey Monkey Forest
Ubud's Monkey Forest is home to 500 Balinese long-tailed macaques and also the fab family-run Komaneka Fine Art Gallery.
Girl surfing Canggu
The secret's out about Canggu! Head to this bohemian hideaway for relaxed arty vibes, great surf and modern cafes.
2 leaves Rice Terraces
Explore the rice terraces of Ubud to see how these beautiful formations still play a very important role in the locals' way of life.

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
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Nusa Dua
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Seminyak
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Top tours in Bali

Local food in Bali

Classic Bali & Lombok

Sanur > Munduk > Kintamani > Ubud > Candidasa > Kuta > Senggigi > Gili Trawangan > Sanur

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.
14 days
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Two friends seeing the sun set in Bali

Bali on a shoestring

Kuta > Kubutambahan > Ubud > Gili Trawangan

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.
9 days
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Women relaxing on island in Bali

Classic Bali & sailing adventure

Sanur > Munduk > Kintaman > Ubud > Candidasa > Nusa Lembongan > Lombok Island > Gili Asahan > Nusa Lembongan > Sanur

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.
14 days
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Women doing yoga in the jungle

Wellness Bali

Ubud > Pemuteran > Sanur

Enter the tropical wonderland of Bali, long a beacon to travellers in search of uncovering their spiritual side. Take in the inspiring Munduk waterfalls, soak in a holy bath at Tirta Empul, centre yourself with yoga overlooking the ocean and more.
9 days
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Bali packages

Young women on the beach at sunset

Bali health & fitness escapes

Sometimes you just need to take some time out to focus on yourself, enjoy exploring a new country, and unwind properly - whether that's throwing in some downward dog time, surfing in paradise, or going to town with some HIIT workouts somewhere totally off the radar.
Man on top of a hill overlooking a peninsula

Bali Beach Breaks

Uncover the diverse culture and landscapes of Bali just like Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love is such a winner) with our Bali beach break packages. Know your flights and accommodation is covered in one fell swoop, and then all you have to worry about is which fun activities you want to do: cookery classes, beach lounging, jungle trekking and temple wandering.

Frequently asked questions about travelling in Bali

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.

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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