Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, and there is a good reason why. It blends spectacular mountain scenery and stunning tropical beaches with warm and friendly people, a vibrant culture and fantastic, affordable resorts. Here’s a brief overview of the main areas worth exploring.
There’s never a bad time to visit Bali! It is climatically comfortable throughout the year, though you can expect certain levels of humidity. Dry season lasts from April until October. This is also the peak tourist season.
Pay a visit to Tirta Gangga, a former royal palace (about 5 kilometres from Karangasem). It is noted for its water palace with eleven tiered fountains, beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. You can also head west to see Pura Besakih, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali.
East Bali is also famous for its rice paddy terraces, lush forests, volcanoes, sweeping bays and wild black sand beaches with crashing waves. Admire the Gunung Agung, a 3142m volcano, which has a perfect conical shape. In Tulamben you can explore the amazing marine life living around the USS Liberty Shipwreck - the most famous dive site in Bali! In the east coast you can also dive in the underwater gallery at Jemeluk Bay.
How to get there:
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In Ubud we recommend you to stay at great value 4* Yuliati House with good reviews. Just 5 minutes’ drive from Ubud Art Market and Ubud Royal Palace, the property comes with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Monkey Forest Ubud is a 10-minute drive away.
What to do:
If you’re a true explorer, Bali is perfect destination for you. You can hike the rugged coastlines, lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides. Nature lovers should visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre on Serangan island of Bali. Menjangan, Lombok and Gili Islands are perfect places for diving and snorkelling. You can kayak through the mangrove maze in the West Bali National Park, ride a horse through the rice fields and beaches or experience Bali’s countryside on a bike.
You should definitely tour Bali’s sister islands. Try catamaran sailing trip to Lembongan and snorkel in its crystal clear waters, take a surf class or bodyboarding class with fun local instructors. Spot dolphins along the coastline on an exhilarating ocean cruise. Go paragliding or canyoning and try white-water rafting down the Ayung River. If you are a photo hunter, visit the dam on a river Tukad Unda in Klungkung (25 km from Ubud). The locals use it to bath and wash their clothes. Children play here splashing water from the buckets.
Early morning climb a sacred Mount Batur and enjoy an unforgettable sunrise from the summit of an active volcano. In the evening you can watch fireflies and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Join a cooking class, visit a local market and learn how to prepare delicious Indonesian and Balinese favourites. Visit local spa and combine a yoga class with a massage. Experience Bali’s nightlife, attend the Bali Arts Festival (June/July) and see a traditional Balinese Legong dance performance.