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Bali Travel Guide
Holidays to Bali are synonymous with beautiful beaches and palm-fringed lagoons. Bali is an exotic paradise, a picturesque vision of green rice fields and plantations, set against the backdrop of volcanoes, lush forests and sandy beaches. It is Indonesia's number one holiday destination. A tropical paradise with a rich and intriguing culture, Bali attracts travellers in search of an idyllic, romantic holiday destination.
Known as the 'Island of the Gods' what makes Bali so distinctive is the prevalence of Balinese Hinduism. Scattered around the island are thousands of Hindu temples and places of worship. For visitors to Bali, the Islanders’ religious beliefs are evident in their ceremonies, in the offerings of flowers and food that decorate the roadsides, the charms hung inside taxis and the numerous festivals that occur throughout the year.
Thanks to the patronage of the Ubud royal family art is an important part of daily life in Bali and every village has its artists. Bali has been a popular artist enclave with western artists since the 1920s Ubud in particular, has been a cultural centre for centuries and is famous for its traditional Balinese paintings. Here visitors to Bali will find streets lined with art and crafts shops and can see performances featuring traditional Balinese dance and music.
With its fine beach, the popular resort of Kuta is the most visited holiday destination in Bali, but there are numerous other beach resorts around the island. If you want to avoid the main holiday resorts head to the east coast at Candidasa, Sanur, and the fishing village of Padang Bai; Lovina on the northern coast is also worth considering. There are several good diving sites and reef snorkelling close by.
Things To Do In Bali
Located in the cool uplands, away from the beach resorts, the artisan village of Ubud is the island’s charming cultural centre. The best way to savour the sights is with a leisurely cycle. This is an opportunity to experience Bali at its most traditional. Ubud is famous for its arts and crafts so it is a great opportunity to pick up unique handmade souvenirs.
A popular tourist attraction near Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The sanctuary is inhabited by a group of over 600 long-tailed Balinese macaques. These cheeky grey haired monkeys are nothing like the innocent-looking doe-eyed creatures pictured in the tourist brochures. Mind your possessions, they will happily sit on your shoulders but will also skilfully pick your pockets.
An elephant ride through the jungle is an unforgettable experience. A visit to the Elephant Safari Park and Sanctuary in Taro is a must. Set in more than 2 hectares of exotic landscaped botanical gardens The Sanctuary is an official member of the World Zoo Association, and meets international standards for animal care. Acclaimed as the world's best elephant park, a holiday to Bali is not complete without a visit. Spend some quality time interacting with these amazing, intelligent animals before setting off on your trek. Watch the elephants wallowing in the lake and hosing each other with their trunks and, best of all, marvel at them dipping brushes into pots of paint and producing elephant art!
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) stands 1,717 metres and is one of Bali’s sacred peaks. It attracts tourists for both its promise of beauty and adventure. Mount Batur is an active volcano and brave tourists can hike to the top in two hours. The opportunity to see the sun rise over Lake Batur and Gunung Abung/Gunung is definitely worth the early start. Remember it can be cold at the summit as you wait for sunrise, so wrap up and don’t forget your camera!
Bali – Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
Bali is a honeymoon destination plucked straight out of a dream. A honeymoon to Bali is centred around the beaches, they really do stretch as far as the eye can see and the water is always warm. The best beaches are in the south of the island. Head to Kuta for its lively nightlife or Seminyak for world-class restaurants and shops. Both boast white sandy beaches which are perfect for a spot of sunbathing or water sports. Why not explore underwater worlds on a snorkelling or diving tour at the Bali Diving Academy?
For an all-inclusive honeymoon to Bali try the beachfront Meliá Bali, nestled in hectares of lush tropical gardens. The Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is on the beach in the upmarket resort of Seminyak. Seminyak is an excellent spot for surfing. The resort is also close to Double Six Beach and Kuta Beach.
Best Time To Visit Bali
Bali is close to the Equator so it doesn’t have four distinct seasons like countries further north, such as Ireland. The daily year-round high is 31°C. The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season (April through October) when six to eight hours of glorious sunshine is guaranteed every day. The rainy season (November to March) is in no way a washout. The warm rain comes in short monsoon bursts of about an hour so before you know it, it’s dry again and you can return to your hammock or sunbed on the beach.
Holiday To Bali - Offers
The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Bali. Our travel experts have all visited Bali and Indonesia and have personal experience of the resorts, accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday offers and all-inclusive honeymoon packages to Bali choose from. Why not call us today and get your romantic beach getaway to Bali started!