Bali

Bali Travel Guide

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Courtesy of Anantara Resorts and Spas

Lapped the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bali is but one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, yet even among its colorful neighbors—and even after decades of tourism development—it stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty. It is part of the Coral Triangle, which has the highest diversity of marine species, making the coral reefs that surround the island a spectacular sight. Despite the island’s small size, its population holds most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. It’s known for surfing, ancient temples and palaces, but also has active volcanoes and wild jungles. It has white sand beaches in the south, and striking black sand in the north and west. The island’s mysticism and its spiritual and eclectic culture are sure to get you hooked when you travel to Bali. Travel + Leisure’s Bali travel guide will help you make the perfect trip to visit Bali for adventures in ancient and natural wonders.

What Not to Miss in Bali

• Nasi Ayam Kedewatan restaurant
 • Ubud and the Monkey Sanctuary
 • Pura Tanah Lot
 • Hotel Tugu Bali
 • Kuta Beach
 • Museum Puri Lukisan
 • Mozaic restaurant

When to Go to Bali

The rainy season lasts from October til March with monsoon level downpours, not the best time for tourism. High season, which is Easter week and Chinese New Year, generally runs higher hotel rates during the beginning of September. The best time to find deals for Bali travel is between September and December, and the best time to visit during the dry season is April through October.

DON'T MISS

  • Sunset visit to the 11th Century Uluwatu Temple perched high above the Indian Ocean.

  • A sunrise trek to the summit of Mount Batur. If you’re intrepid, fit, and don’t mind getting up in the middle of the night to go, you’ll be rewarded with some of the island’s most spectacular views.

  • An early morning ride along Seminyak Beach with horses from Umalas Stables.

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