Bali Travel Guide: What to See, Beach, Island & Hotel

Last Updated: July 14,2020

Bali at a Glance - A Province of Indonesia

Name of the countryRepublic of IndonesiaMajor ReligionHinduism
LanguagesIndonesian (official)              
Balinese (native)              
Area
5,780 km2


Population4,362,000 (2019)


CurrencyIndonesian rupiah (Rp) (IDR)
AirportNgurah Rai International Airport(DPS)               
Time zoneUTC+7 to +9 (various)
Flag
100px-Flag_of_Bali.svg.pngCalling Code+62
Cost of arm
100px-Coat_of_arms_of_Bali.svg.pngMother MountainMount Agung
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Subak                
Borobudur Temple              
Komodo National Park           
Temperature30 °C (86 °F)
Traditional festivalsHindu New Year              
Cremation or odalan (temple festival)              
Largest city
Denpasar

Best Time to Visit Bali

Bali experiences only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Therefore you can expect a tropical, warm and humid climate all year around. Throughout the year, daytime temperatures hovered between 14℃ (57℉) and 25℃ (77℉).

Dry season is the best time to visit Bali, which is normally starts from May to October. During these months, you don't need to worry about the sudden rain destroying your outdoor activities. And the humidity is low through the whole summer.

However, the best months also means to more expensive flights and hotel, even more in advance booking. If you don't mind, come to Bali during April, May, June and September, just before and after peak season. So that you're able to avoid the crowd, enjoy 30-50% lower prices while still slightly less humid.

Bali Accommodation

Bali's hotels and resorts offer incredible comfort and value, beach and view, all deserve every minute of your travel. For most visitors, The Tuban, Kuta and Legian area owns the most resort options because it is the most developed part of Bali. These three areas attracts the most visitors by far.

Places to Visit in Bali

  • Kuta Beach - watch sunset

  • Ulun Danu Temple - one of the quietest and most serene temple

  • Tanah Lot Temple - a Hindu temple that sits atop a large and scenic rock formation.

  • Ubud Palace - cultural heartland of Bali

  • Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang - see the Gates of Heaven

  • Paddy fields of Tabanan - lush rich paddies

  • Monkey Forest - a Hindu temple complex in Ubud where you will see over 500 monkeys

  • Tirta Empul - The waters here are said to be sacred.

  • Bali Zoo day/night safari - tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and a range of colorful birds

  • Uluwatu Temple - on the side of a cliff overlooking the sea from 70 meters above

  • Mount Batur - trekked up a volcano!

  • Ayung River - the most exciting white-water rafting

  • Jalan Legian - the main nightlife hub of Bali

  • Waterbom water park - a great place for families

  • Menjangan National Marine Park - a good place to discover underwater delights and sea creatures

  • Bali Marine and Safari Park - a collection of the best flora and fauna in Indonesia

  • Batubulan village - see the prettiest stone carvings in Bali

  • Sekumpul Waterfall - a stunning waterfall hidden in a lush valley

  • The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre - learn to know how to rescue turtles

  • Bali Provincial State Museum - the oldest museum in Bali with over 10,000 exhibits

  • Pasar Badung - a four-floors shopping complex on the scenic banks of the Badung River

How Many Days to Stay & Sample Itinerary

Bali Wellness and Spirituality Tour
6 days Ubud - Nusa Dua
6 days | From $ 759
5 reviews
Romantic Honeymoon Escape to Bali
8 days Ubud - Seminyak
8 days | From $ 1599
11 reviews
Bali Cultural Family Adventure
8 days Nusa Dua - Ubud
8 days | From $ 1299
6 reviews
Bali Instagram Tour
5 days Seminyak
5 days | From $ 629
7 reviews
Classic Bali
6 days Ubud - Kuta
6 days | From $ 599
10 reviews
Bali Experience
10 days Sanur - Ubud - Seminyak
10 days | From $ 1299
8 reviews
Bali Round Trip
8 days Nusa Dua - Seminyak
8 days | From $ 759
11 reviews
Discovery Bali
9 days Nusa Dua - Ubud - Kuta
9 days | From $ 899
12 reviews

Bali Visa

Bali Visa requirement is based on your passport/nationality. More than 160 countries do not require visas, including United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, etc. See list in Bali Visa article.

Travel Tips

  • You have to pack a sarong for temple visiting. Those temples in Bali have strict clothing manner. Briefly, both men and women must wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants or just cover a local sarong around you, so that covering the legs and arms

  • You can't drink tap water. Drink only bottled water in Bali. Bali's tap water can only drink after being boiled. It is best not to add ice to your drink unless in a reputable hotel, restaurant or bar.

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