Bali Holiday Guide

Bali offers laid back luxury and adventure with world-class restaurants and bars. From its famous surf beaches to the majestic rice paddies inland, you can spend a day in Bali trekking a mountain at dawn, white water rafting down a jungle river, lounging next to the pool at your private villa, before dining at the restaurant of an award-winning chef.

Bali is

…fun in the sun with a side dish of Gourmet Traveller-style dining.

Best Time to Visit Bali

Being just 375kms south of the equator, Bali offers year-round long hot days and balmy nights. Dry season is May to October and monsoon season lasts from October to April. But even in the wet season you will enjoy humid days, for the most part sunny, with some cooling rains. The best weather is in May, June and July when flight and accommodation prices will rise. There is also a spike in prices from Christmas into January. Average daily temperatures in the beach areas are 27 to 30 degrees and in mountain areas, like Ubud, average 21 to 27 degrees with even cooler weather at night.

Getting To Bali

From Australia : Direct flights from Perth to Bali take under 4 hours; Melbourne and Sydney under seven hours.
From Singapore: 3 hours.
From Europe: 16 hours

Travel from Bali Airport

Most villas offer an inclusive airport transport service. However if you are taking a taxi only one taxi company operates out of Denpasar Airport – the Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi. Costs are fixed to certain distances and destinations. The taxi drivers at the airport wear blue-patterned shirts and if you are offered help by anyone else to lift bags etc you may have to pay them. To get a taxi go to the taxi counter at the airport and give them your hotel name. You will be assigned a driver and given a voucher. Payment is made at destination.

Visas for Bali

A 30-day tourist is required and available on arrival at Denpasar Airport for a cost of US$25. Other currencies are accepted.

Bali Villa Guide

Most villas offer daily housekeeping. Less expensive villas do not include chef, breakfast, or security so check with us if these are among your requirements. Almost all villas are able to organise pool fences, high chairs, cots and extra beds.

Top Things to do Bali

  • Learn to surf at Seminyak.
  • Sunrise trekking at Mount Batur.
  • Ride an elephant or watch them paint at Toro.
  • Strike a yoga pose or learn to cook among the rice paddies of Ubud.
  • Horse ride through villages and beside beaches in Canggyu or Yea Gangga at sunset.
  • Take a dirt bike through the wilderness of Pupuan.
  • Eat your way around Bali’s top restaurants in a food safari.
  • Watch the dolphins at dawn off Lovina Beach.
  • Visit Bali’s secret beaches; the prettiest and most untouched seaside in Bali.
  • Take a white water rafting tour through the Top things to do: Learn to surf at Seminyak.
  • Sunrise trekking at Mount Batur.
  • Ride an elephant or watch them paint at Toro.
  • Strike a yoga pose or learn to cook among the rice paddies of Ubud.
  • Horse ride through villages and beside beaches in Canggyu or Yea Gangga at sunset.
  • Take a dirt bike through the wilderness of Pupuan.
  • Eat your way around Bali’s top restaurants in a food safari.
  • Watch the dolphins at dawn off Lovina Beach.
  • Visit Bali’s secret beaches; the prettiest and most untouched seaside in Bali.
  • Take a white water rafting tour through the stunning scenery of the Ayung River.
  • Pray at the spectacular Balinese Sea Temple with its mischievous monkey caretakers on the cliffs overlooking Uluwatu.

Day Trips from Bali

Borobudur – on the neighbouring island of Java to see World Heritage site of Buddhist stupas and temple complex. Lembongan Island – where you can cycle, kayak and snorkel or walk on the seafloor to hand feed the fish at Marine Walk. Asli – for a local Balinese dining and cultural tour. Lombok island – a 30-minute plane ride away to explore Bali’s quieter sister.

Recommended For

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Surfers
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Hens
  • Bucks

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