Bali

From uber cool beachclubs to streets overflowing with chic restaurants, bars, boutique shops, spas and private pool villas you’re guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime.

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Bali Travel Guide

Home to beautiful beaches, stunning coral reefs, Insta-worthy rice paddies and grand volcanic mountains, Bali caters for every traveller. Relax in a private pool villa, unwind with a cocktail at one of the hot beach clubs, catch a wave at one of their surf beaches, explore inland rainforests, local villages and so much more!

When To Go & Weather

Bali experiences a warm and balmy climate year-round with temperatures ranging between 25 to 32 degrees.

Dry Season lasts from April through to September, and Wet Season is typically from October to March.

The most popular time to visit is from July through to August, as well as the Easter, Christmas and New Year holiday periods. This is when Bali is the busiest and airfare and accommodation prices are at their peak.

Nyepi is a day of silence during the Balinese New Year celebration period in March. The entire island comes to a halt during Nyepi, with shops and even Denpasar airport, closed the entire day. Travellers should plan holidays around this period.

Money

The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency of Bali. When exchanging money in Bali, go to banks, exchange counters at the airport and accredited operators.

ATMs are widely available across the whole island. Make sure to check with your bank about any foreign ATM withdrawal fees.

Credit cards are accepted at most large and expensive hotels, restaurants and shops.

Language

Most Balinese speak 2 or more languages: Balinese, which is the native language of Bali, Indonesian, and in many cases, English, due to the number of tourists frequenting the island.

As a tourist, you should have no problem getting around speaking English.

Etiquette

Here are some etiquette rules to remember when in Bali:

■ Pointing your finger at someone is considered rude in Bali. If you want to call someone, make sure to have your fingers pointed downward.

■ The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Balinese culture. Do not touch the head of a Balinese person.

■ There’s a time and place for bikinis, bintangs and singlets! Respect the local culture when visiting religious events and destinations such as temples. Travellers are to cover up their legs and shoulders.

Passports & Visas

Australian's can visit Indonesia for up to 30 days without a visa. Travellers intending to stay for longer than 30 days can apply for a visa from an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia, or on arrival.

When visiting Indonesia, you are required to hold a current passport with at least six months validity.

For more details, please refer to the Australian Government's Smart Traveller Website.

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Top Bali Experiences

Whether you’re traveling as a couple, family or solo, looking for relaxation, adventure or culture, Bali has something for you.

Beaches

Bali Beaches

Bali boasts some seriously beautiful beaches, and if you’ve got time we suggest exploring as many as you can! Kuta and Legian are popular with surfers and have some cool beach clubs where you can quench your thirst after catching a few waves. Step it up a notch in the hip area of Legian where you’ll find world famous beach clubs like Mrs Sippy and Potato Head where a live DJ and sunset cocktails are daily rituals. For pure white sand and calmer waters check out hot spot Nusa Dua and its neighbour, Tanjung Benoa.

Watersports

Bali Watersports

If you love watersports, you'll love Bali. There are plenty of beautiful places to snorkel, jet ski, parasail, waterski, wakeboard and scuba dive. Stay local or be adventurous and head out to one of Bali’s famous islands, like Nusa Lembongan.

Bali Swings

Bali Swings

Soar high above Bali's lush jungles, lakes and rice terraces at one of many swings across Bali. Perfect for adrenaline junkies and those chasing some cool insta pics!

Water Parks

Bali Water Parks

If you're travelling to Bali with kids, stay cool and spend a day at one of its famous water parks. Waterbom is Bali's biggest and most popular, with over a dozen waterslides and fun water games for all ages.

Mount Agung

Bali Mount Agung

Hiking Mount Agung, Bali's tallest mountain can be challenging, but those who do are rewarded with stunning views of Bali. Many hiking tours typically start in the early morning hours so you can take in the breath-taking views at the summit as dawn breaks.

Waterfalls

Bali Waterfalls

Hidden in Bali's lush rainforests are stunning waterfalls, such as the 40m Gitgit Waterfalls. Perfect for those who love trekking through nature and want to be rewarded with cool waters and beautiful views at the end.

Monkey Forest

Bali Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a temple and nature reserve. You can get up and close to the 600+ monkeys which call the place home. Just be sure to hide your mobile and favourite hat, there are a few furry pick pocketers around.

Shopping

Bali Shopping

Shopaholics will not be disappointed, in fact they’re most likely to suffer from exhaustion after exploring the endless rows of streets offering bespoke homewares, beautiful jewellery, international and luxury fashion as well as authentic Bali wares.

Traditional Villages

Bali Traditional Villages

While we love the hip scene of Bali, it’s great to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle on a private tour through local villages and beautiful rural areas. Meet local families who’ll give you a glimpse into their daily lives and rituals.

Temples

Bali Temples

Often set against exotic backdrops like cliffs and lakes, Bali's ancient temples make for inspiring and beautiful photos. Tanah Lot Temple is beautiful at sunset as is the famous Uluwatu Temple built on cliffs rising a spectacular 70 metres above sea level.

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