With its incredible capacity to be a playground for the rich and famous as well as a haven for backpackers, Bali has something to offer to everyone. Learn about its paddy fields and sylvan landscapes, sandy shores and stunning temples with this Bali travel guide and you’ll know exactly why this beautiful strip of paradise is called Island of the Gods.
If you would like a taste of the real deal, the best time to visit Bali is during the island's many festivals and events. June, July and August host the iconic Bali Kites Festival while the Chinese New Year usually occurs in the months of January or February. We would also recommend visiting Bali during the ten day Galungan festival, arguably the most important in Bali's calendar.
The island is blessed with a pleasantly warm climate that is divided into two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season between April and September is most popular among tourists because of largely sunny and cool weather. The wet season is less pleasant because of high humidity, rough seas and rains that put a dampener on travel plans.
No trip to Bali will be complete without a visit to Tanah Lot. Located in Tabanan, a short drive from the Balinese capital Denpasar, the temple sits on a large rock on the ocean. The temple was built in the 16th century and is dedicated to Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the god of the sea. The temple is a cultural icon in Indonesia and should be a part of your Bali Travel Planning.
Kuta is the quintessential resort town and one of Bali’s oldest tourist hubs. The busy town has an array of cafes, restaurants, shops, bars and thriving clubs that cater the every budget and taste. Kuta offers bang for your buck with luxuries spas, fancy hotels, sprawling malls and excellent restaurants. Make sure to visit the Beachwalk Shopping Center for some al fresco shopping with your Bali tour package. Our Bali Travel Guide also recommends a visit to Kuta Beach, the most famous in the region with coral reefs in the shallow waters and incredible surfing opportunities.
Ubud is located in the interior of the island with acres of terraced paddy fields, lush vegetation and swaying palm trees. The cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is known for its yoga schools, temples and artisans. Enjoy meditation, adventure, healing, yoga, exploration and authentic Balinese dining experiences. Every Bali travel guide is sure to mention Ubud’s world renowned wood working industry that produces some of the most exquisite pieces of art you will ever see.
One of the most picturesque spots on the island, Kintamani is a magnet for day-trippers from across Bali. The picturesque Lake Batur and Kintamani Volcano are the two biggest attractions in the region. Popular among trekkers, the Kintamani Volcano offers spectacular views of the Balinese countryside and the emerald green Lake Batur below.
Add a trip to the Bali Safari and Marine Park while you are in Ubud. The park is one of the most visited attractions on the island. Spread across 40 acres, it is home to over 60 species that live in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. An essential part of any Bali travel planning, the Bali Safari and Marine Park promises a fun day for families and solo travellers as you tour the park on a safari bus and spot tigers, orangutans, elephants, giraffes and zebras.
A Bali travel guide favourite, Tanjung Benoa is the water sports mecca of Bali. The beach is perfect for jet-skiing, glass bottom boat tours, island hopping, diving, fly fishing, and sea walking. The most family friendly beach on the island, Tanjung Benoa is also a great place to scuba dive, parasail, ride a banana boat and sea walk. And if you’d like a break from the fun on the beach grab a scooter and head to the Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple. One of the oldest Chinese temples of the island, Caow Eng Bio is hard to miss with its distinctive red tiled roof and elaborate carvings.
A popular activity recommended by most Bali travel guides is a trek in Kintamani. Hike up the mountain at dawn to see the most magical sunrise you have ever seen. A short walk from the mountain leaves you at Lake Batur. A picturesque expanse of blue green water, the crater-lake draws tourists and locals alike. We also recommend visiting the hot springs by the lake that is said to have medicinal, curative properties. You could also visit the isolated Balinese village of Trunyan that is known for its peculiar open air cemetery.
A highlight of every Bali travel guide, this one is one of the most Instagram worthy spots on the island. Found in the cultural enclave of Ubud, Bali Swing is just that; a swing. It lets you swing over a valley of palm tress and a river gushing through, feeling like a cross between Tarzan and Lara Croft.