Fantastic beaches, lush green fields and plantations, dense jungle, magnificent temples and palaces - Bali welcomes you as a small but diverse island paradise in the Indian Ocean. The south of the island, which belongs to Indonesia, captivates with its white sand and waves that make every surfer rave about. In the east a fascinating underwater world is waiting to be discovered. Imposing volcanoes and waterfalls greet you in the north and the interior is home to small artist villages and impressive temples. Bathe in the holy water of hot springs, hike through centuries-old rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover the diverse culture of the Balinese. Let yourself be enchanted by the island of the gods.
Of all the volcanoes on Bali, Batur, in the northeast of the island, is the most active. However, you can not only admire it from a distance, but even explore it on foot. Especially spectacular are hikes in the early morning hours, at the end of which you can see the sun rise above the clouds. In one of the two craters of Batur is the lake of the same name, which is one of the largest and deepest crater lakes in the world.
The Balinese climate as well as the volcanic soils offer the best conditions for rice cultivation. No wonder that the landscape is characterized by endless rice terraces. The terraces near Tegalalang, north of Ubud, are a picturesque example of the centuries-old Balinese way of cultivation. It is best to come here in the morning and marvel at the reflecting water surfaces or lush green fields, depending on the growth phase of the rice.
Paradise beaches await you in Sanur, in the south of Bali. Walk or cycle along the beach promenade, swim in the shallow water and look forward to impressive sunrises here. Even though Sanur has long been a popular tourist destination, the small town has retained its typical Balinese flair and it is quieter than in other coastal towns. Water sports fans can also go surfing, kayaking or kite surfing here.
Pura Tanah Lot Temple is located on a rocky point on the southwest coast of Bali, surrounded by water. Along with six other sea temples, it is part of a regular chain of these structures, which are supposed to keep demons from the ocean away from the island. Travelers are not allowed to visit the inside of the temple, but one has a beautiful view of Tanah Lot from the beach or the visitor terrace. Especially at sunset, the sight of this particular temple is spectacular.
Monkeys are considered sacred in Bali and can therefore frolic unmolested and free on the island. The Monkey Forest near the town of Ubud is a Hindu temple complex that is home to over 600 monkeys alone. These are, due to the locals who follow their faith in the temples and the travelers accustomed to people and very tame. Take photos of the cute animals here against the picturesque backdrop. Again, it's worth coming early in the morning when there aren't as many visitors strolling the grounds yet.
The Hindu-Buddhist temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Pura Pratan for short, is located on the western shore of Lake Bratan. It is one of the most beautiful and important water temples in Bali and was built in honor of the water goddess Dewi Danu. Sacrificial ceremonies were once held here to ensure that farmers throughout Bali received enough water. The temple complex consists of a picturesque garden with countless shrines and buildings that you can discover during a walk. Less
Beach lovers will definitely get their money's worth in Bali. Relax in the white sand while enjoying a fresh coconut or refresh yourself in the crystal clear water of small bays. The south coast of Bali awaits you with miles of sandy beaches, in Nusa Dua and Sanur, for example, too strong waves are kept away by offshore reefs, so that even children can swim here without worry. The underwater world of Bali is also breathtaking. Along the east coast, but also in the northwest, a colorful animal and plant world is waiting to be discovered by you while diving and snorkeling.
There is also a lot to discover for those who are more attracted to land. Imposing temple complexes in the sea, with floating gardens, sacred springs or being home to hundreds of monkeys have earned Bali the nickname Island of a Thousand Temples. Hiking through gentle mountains, picturesque rice terraces and dense jungle you will get to know the original Bali. You can get a taste of high altitude on tours to volcanoes like Batur. Less
On Bali you can expect a tropical climate with temperatures between 75°F and 86°F. The water around the island has a pleasant 82 °F all year round. From April to October is the dry season on Bali and therefore also the best time for a trip to the Indonesian island. But also the rainy season from October to March has its advantages. Due to the refreshing showers during these months, the forests and fields are particularly green and lush. Compared to other Asian countries, the rainy season here is also very moderate and the air clears up quickly thanks to fresh sea breezes. Neypi Day, the Balinese New Year, is the most important holiday on Bali. The Hindu "Day of Silence" is supposed to drive the evil spirits from the island. Therefore, no noise or fire is allowed on this day. There are also no excursions or transfers. Another national celebration is Idul Fitri, the festival of breaking the fast. There may be restrictions during several days around the festivities.