The beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia is one of the world's most desirable destinations. It's a tropical paradise with traditional villages, magical temples and awesome volcanoes. The charm of Bali is what attracts people from around the globe. It's a beautiful island with fantastic palm-fringed beaches and dramatic seaside cliffs. It's not surprising that so many holidaymakers fall in love with Bali. During your vacation spend a day in the Ubud Monkey Forest or explore Mount Batur. There's also the Neka Art Museum, Bali Safari and Marine Park.
Best Bali seasons
Bali is an all year round travel destination. The island has only minimal temperature fluctuations (22°-32°C). The best time to travel is from April-October, the dry season. Rainy season is from November to March with short daily showers.
Bali also has numerous holidays and festivals like the Nyepi, the Bali New Year which is the first day of the new moon in March.
Bali - before you set off
British citizens can travel to the island for 30 days without a visa if entering and leaving the country from the some airports, such as Ngurah Rai Airport Bali (see Foreign Office website). Visas are required by British nationals from overseas etc., and all travellers must ensure 6 months passport validity. Evidence of onward travel is also needed.
There are no mandatory vaccines however Hepatitis A, Typhus, Diphtheria and Tetanus are recommended.
Safety - long prison sentences or even the death penalty may be the consequence for possession, sale and consumption of drugs.
Bali has hazardous road traffic so take care when hiring mopeds or motorbikes. Unfortunately there are many accidents and sometimes theft.
Avoid drinking the tap water and peel, wash, cook fruit and vegetables well - this can help prevent stomach upsets. The cost of living here is cheap, expect to pay around 5,000 IDR for a simple meal.
Local Bali information
Transport airport to the city centre: Kuta is 2 km from the airport (path). Some hotels do have a pick up service for guests and package tourists, check when making a reservation. You can also take a taxi. However, these are expensive so negotiate a price - the cheapest is the "Blue Bird".
When it comes to accommodation, hotel guest houses are from about Rp 60,000 per night. Public transport is cheap. Bemo (minibus) is the cheapest. Kuta has cheap bus services - the "Kura-Kura" buses. Taxis will cost more but are still far cheaper than in the UK, remember to negotiate the fare before setting off.