Bali holidays provide a fusion of experiences for you to embrace. From the white sandy paradise beaches of Kutu and Seminyak to the majestic volcanic peaks, rice paddies and monkey forest in Ubud, your holiday in Bali has something for all your family, whatever their age.
Nestled among the thousands of Indonesian islands in the Indian Ocean, Bali is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Whether you’re enjoying the crystal clear waters, dramatic volcanic peaks or twinkling lakes, you’ll soon notice that your holiday in Bali has a staggering vista at every turn. For such a small island Bali’s natural diversity is off the charts. Add to this the interesting Balinese culture, unique architecture and excellent food, it’s no wonder that Bali is nowadays on every discerning traveller’s radar.
Discovering the Balinese culture with its mix of gentle Hinduism and committed hippie communities is all part of what makes visiting Bali such a unique experience. Be marvelled by the multitude of wondrous temples, the hippie boutique shops and healing centres, and the seriously chilled way of life. Your holiday in Bali promises to relax, restore and rejuvenate your soul.
Adventure holidays in Bali
Surfers have flocked to the island of Bali to catch some waves here since the 1930s. Kutu Beach in the south is a great spot if you’re a beginner to surfing, as there is a myriad of surf schools and calm sea conditions. If you’re more of a pro and more advanced surfer then we recommend you head to Uluwatu Beach for a more challenging and diverse surf. When you go snorkelling or diving you will delight at Bali’s colourful and fascinating marine life. Swim with majestic mantas and the legendary mola-molas at Nusa Peruda, or enjoy wall diving and exploring the old USAT Liberty wreck in Amed.
With no direct flights from the UK, Bali is the ideal destination for a multi-centre holiday. Why not team your holiday to Bali with a stop in Dubai? Or perhaps you fancy pairing Bali with a stay in Singapore or Bangkok? Almost anything is possible, so call our Destination Specialists today who will help you create your dream holiday to Bali.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Bali holiday package. These can be tailored for couples, families or solo travellers, so call our Destination Specialists to discuss your options.
Ubud and Candidasa Multi Centre
Bali And Lombok Holidays
Our favorite hotels
Our selection of hotels in Balis is incredibly diverse and have been hand-selected by our experts. Whether you want to stay in a clifftop villa or in a magnificent suite, we can find the best Bali accommodation to suit your particular needs and tastes.
Grand Hyatt Bali
The Samaya Ubud
Bulgari Resort Bali
We could talk all day about Bali: its enticing satay skewers, its frangipani-filled spas and its blissful Seminyak sunsets. It’s not surprising so many people return from here feeling re-energised. We’ve no doubt you’ll feel the same affinity when you visit this idyllic Hindu province. The vision of enchanting temples and remarkable rice fields will be etched in your memory long after your return.
Some of Asia’s most spectacular temples can be seen in Bali. The Ulun Danu Temple can be found in one of Indonesia’s beautiful mountainous regions. This striking water temple complex is a formidable structure comprised of numerous distinctive buildings. Visit the Hindu Tanah Lot Temple on the west coast of Bali and admire its unique position, perched on a cliff in the sea. Alternatively, the Goa Lawah Temple is home to resident bats and dates back to the 11th century.
Combine beaches and jungles
Bali isn't just about beaches, although there are plenty of beautiful ones to be found. Head inland to Ubud in the centre of the island and enjoy lush green landscapes, verdant river valleys and playful wild monkeys. No trip to Bali would be complete without exploring both landscapes and if you have the time we recommend spending at least 2 or 3 nights in Ubud. Many of the hotels here have amazing valley views and the only sound you'll hear is the humming of the crickets and the calling of the birds - the perfect jungle retreat.
Watch a cultural performance
Bali's rich spiritual and cultural heritage is both fascinating and endearing. Many hotels offer Balinese cultural shows, usually performed on an evening while you dine on local Indonesian cuisine. The cultural performances consist of various dances including the popular Barong dance which depicts the fight between good and evil with dancers in incredibly ornate outfits backed by a gamelan orchestra.
Bali is renowned for its health and well being. In all resorts you will find an abundance of spa's with talented therapists offering a huge array of treatments for a fraction of the price you can expect to pay here in the UK. In addition to spa's there are plenty of wellness retreats on the island and you will find that most hotels also offer yoga classes. Across Bali you will find restaurants serving healthy cuisine including the popular 'acai bowl' breakfast which is basically a thick smoothie topped with oatmeal and fruit served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
The calm seas of Bali play host to an array of colourful marine life, where adventurous swimmers can get up close to some wonderful varieties of fish. Enthralling snorkelling and scuba diving sites are easy to find in Bali, with places like Nusa Lembongan and Manta Point home to rays, turtles and fish, as well as shipwrecks and clear waters.
There is perhaps no better way to spend your time in Bali than with an island hopping experience. Both Lombok and the Gili Islands can be combined with a holiday in Bali. Begin your adventure on the exotic beaches of Bali, before jumping on a speedboat or boarding a short flight to Lombok, where relaxation and tranquillity can be found along the beautiful hiking trails or on pristine beaches. A final speedboat ride will take you to snorkelling and diving ventures in the Gili Islands.
Best time to visit Bali
You can enjoy Bali all year round, with hot and sunny average temperatures of 28°C to 30°C. The best time to go to Bali is between June and September, when the island has the least rainfall.
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No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to The Sacred Ubud’s Monkey Forest. Not only is it the perfect place to experience up-close encounters with Bali’s mystical monkeys, but also there are three mysterious temples hidden within the forest to explore.
If you like hiking then you can enjoy trekking the Campuhan Ridge Walk with its sweeping hilltop views. This six-mile walk passes rice paddies, dense jungle and charming tea houses along the way. It’s a truly amazing hike that offers you a completely fresh perspective of Bali.
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Bali holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Discover our favourites Bali festivals below.
Usaba Sambah Festival
Every June, the Balinese honour the gods of their ancestors with the month-long festival of Usaba Sambah. The main event is the Perang Pandan contest, which is a war dance performed by men and boys dressed in traditional Balinese clothing. Holding a spiky pandan leaf in one hand and a circular shield in the other, the young men fight a battle to honour the God of War. Other highlights of this age-old traditional festival include the Sabatan Biu or Banana War, the Sacred Swings ritual and the coconut event.
Ubud Food Festival
If you’re a food enthusiast then you might like to plan your Bali holidays to coincide with the Ubud Food Festival, which happens every year at the end of April. With Indonesia’s diverse cuisine as the main star of the show, it is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting culinary events. You can take delight in discovering the extraordinary local produce, as well as cooking demonstrations from some of Bali’s most innovative chefs.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Bali holidays. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.
Balinese dishes often involve plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish or meat, and a generous helping of spice.
Balinese cuisine draws its influence from Indonesian cooking but also from Chinese and Indian cuisine, and Baliniese food is a wonderful melody of dishes that always pack a serious punch in the flavour department.
Lawar is a wonderful blend of crunchy vegetables, grated coconut and minced meat all seasoned with a heady dose of herbs and spices. Each village has its own version and this dish is a definite must-try during your Bali holidays!
Sate lembat is Bali’s version of satay, which involves seasoned chicken or pork that has been skewered and barbecued over hot coals. Sate lebat is served similarly to satay, as a classic meat-on-a-stick dish, and is a delicious aromatic mix of ground meat, spices and coconut.
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