When you’ve got some time off and the itch to wade in a blue lagoon, charge a few waves in the Indian Ocean or monkey around with fellow primates, it’s Bali or bust! Located just east of Java, this Indonesian island offers the right mix of high-adrenaline action and low-tide laziness. To best prepare for the big trip, squeeze into your togs and spend a couple days lying completely flat, turning over occasionally and breaking for fruity drinks every few hours. You’ve got this.
You may leave home with 99 problems, but beach hotels in Bali ain’t one of them, which is kind of the point. As a resort island, Bali is home to loads of waterfront and hillside hotels, especially around the southern towns of North and South Kuta, as well as Denpasar and along the northern coastline. If you’re in the mood for a whirlwind tour, book Indonesia accommodation on other islands, too.
Things to Do in Bali
The “B” in “Bali” stands for “beaches”—“budgie smugglers,” too, actually. On the northwest coast, the village of Pemuteran is a diver’s dream, with bright coral reefs and diverse marine life. If you’d rather meet creatures with cute smiles and opposable thumbs, skip the snorkelling and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. To stretch out on a pristine patch of sand, spread your towel at Nusa Dua, southeast of Kuta, where the water is calm and crystal blue. While you’re in the southern region of the island, check the events at the Bali Convention Centre, where you can take in a traditional dance show or join a festival. Art lovers and foodies will find their happy place between ornate temple tours and outdoor bazaars, like Gianyar Night Market near Ubud. After an evening spent grazing at the markets, hit up a neon-lit nightclub before crashing in one of the nearby Bali hotels. Get your sleep, so you can be fresh-faced for a morning hike to Tirta Gangga, a water palace in Karangasem. Repeat: There’s a water palace.
Getting To & Around Bali
Touch down at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar on Bali’s southern coast. Hail a cab or pick up one of lastminute.com.au’s swanky car hire options for the most efficient commute to sights and Bali accommodation. Public buses service popular neighbourhoods, so if you want the local Bali experience, catch a ride.
Best Time to Visit Bali
October through March can see a bit of monsoon season, but think “warm spa steam room” rather than “grey and gloomy.” If you want a lush rainforest experience minus the rain, visit during the drier months between April and September, which also happen to be the least crowded. As you look for opportunities to let your freak flag fly in Bali, plan around the lunar New Year celebrations in March to the Bali Arts Festival in June as well as several other annual celebrations in Bali.
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