This tiny island is a hub of activity and creativity, a place of both great spirituality and a spot to simply kick back and relax
Bali’s rice terraces, secluded beaches, perfect waves, colourful marine life, towering volcanoes and fascinating Hindu culture mean it serves up something for just about everyone. Soak up the sun or ride the swell off the beaches of Canggu, Nusa Dua or Uluwatu. Breathe deeply and connect with your inner self while doing Vrksasana yoga poses in Ubud or plunge into the hot spring at the foot of Batur Mountain in Kintamani. Go diving and be amazed at the corals, sea turtles and even pelagic fish around Tulamben, Nusa Penida or Menjangan Island. And, of course, don’t miss the chance to catch a magical sunset while sipping cocktails on the beach in Kuta or Seminyak.
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When to go
Located on the equator, Bali enjoys sunshine just about all year round, especially in the coastal areas. The rainy season from October to March means it tends to rain for just a few hours a day, though cloudy skies may last longer. Temperatures dip as you head towards the mountains of central Bali.
The annual Kite Festival takes place in July. And all year long, you’re likely to stumble on Balinese Hindu religious ceremonies, held to celebrate almost every aspect of life – if you’re lucky, you might even witness the famed Ngaben/Pelebon cremation ceremony, which tends to involve thousands of people.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Bali from Singapore, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns* and Brisbane. There are also flights linking Bali to other cities in Australia and New Zealand.
*Direct flights between Cairns and Bali are due to commence on 29 March 2015, and are subject to government and regulatory approval.
Find cheap flights to Bali
Aside from the Sarbagita bus and several privately owned shuttle buses, there’s no reliable public transportation in Bali. The most convenient way to get around is to hire a private car and driver, the fee for which is charged by the day (for 8-10 hours). You can also rent a scooter and motor around like a true local for just IDR50,000 per day.
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx IDR70,000-90,000