The ‘paradise island’ of Bali in Indonesia is located about 8 degrees south of the equator. It is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Named as “top travel destination” by many, it is also a travel bucket list destination for many world travelers.
The island is covered with beautiful forests and volcanic mountains with rice fields and beautiful beaches with coral reefs. Being part of the Coral Triangle, the area is rich in marine species.
Bali has a fairly humid climate all year round. According to the latest statistics the temperatures average between 20 and 30 °C (86 °F). The months of October to April are normally the monsoon months with significant rain. The rest of the year (May to November) would be good months to visit as it is seen as the ‘dry season’ in Bali.
Bali is home to the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Subak is the irrigation system you see in the rice paddy fields all over Bali. I would definitely recommend adding a visit to the rice fields, to your itinerary as it is simply one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Why Bali gets a bad rap: If you watch Instagram and social media, you might think Bali is magical, beautiful, and a tourist paradise, which it is… However, during the monsoon months, plastic pollution is said to be a huge problem on many of the beaches. Bali is busy. The reality is, you will not be walking in the middle of city centers to the sound of the jungle with meditation and yoga in mind. The cities and beaches are busy touristy places. So if you’re looking for a tranquil piece of paradise, you have to explore the resorts and places to stay more inland.
The capital of Bali is Denpasar (a busy city with beautiful ancient temples, museums, and many sites of historical and cultural significance), situated about 40 miles (70 km) south of Singaraja. It is the largest city on the island of Bali, and it is the capital of the Badung Kabupaten (regency). Denpasar is also the site where the famous Bali Arts Festival is held annually.
Kuta is a huge tourist attraction according to many internet posts and is known for its beautiful long white sandy beach. This beach does get busy with visitors to the bars and restaurants. Kuta is a place for partying, surfing, eating, and drinking.
More popular resort towns are Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua.
For more info on the towns of Canggu, Katu, Nasu Dua, and Ubud, you can also read our article on Towns to visit in Bali and see what there is to do in each town.
Uluwatu is a region on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia, and is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple. A beautiful region to stay in.
Offering an assortment of tourist attractions, Bali also boasts excellent international and local restaurants. We would recommend that you definitely treat yourself and eat at one of the renowned restaurants or hotels. You’ll find loads of nice restaurants and coffee shops as well.
Ngurah Rai (DPS) is the International Airport of Bali. Also officially known as I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and it is located 13 km south of Denpasar (the capital of Bali).
The people of Bali do speak a basic English (often a 3rd language to many of them) and they are very friendly and willing to help. The Balinese are warm and welcoming people and it is something you will definitely experience on the island.
Here you will have a wide variety of hotels, resorts, and villas, including beautiful spa facilities. You can even experience a family-friendly “home-stay” at one of the Balinese families. Alternatively, you can opt for a luxurious resort or beach hotel.