As the world’s leading Indonesian tourist destination, Bali’s breathtaking natural beauty and deeply spiritual culture stake a serious claim as paradise on earth. World-class surfing and diving, ancient temples and palaces, verdant rice terraces, barren volcanic hillsides, pristine jungles, and the island’s distinctive Hindu culture are all on display for visitors to enjoy.
Bali is a kaleidoscope of highlights and experiences with something to offer the broadest spectrum of tourists from young back-packers to the super-rich. For surfers, the best time to visit is from June to August when huge swells roll into the famous surf spots of Kuta and Seminyak. For those wanting to explore the inland volcanoes and pristine jungles, the drier months of July and August are ideal.
In addition to water sports and awe-inspiring scenery, visitors can enjoy a wide range of cultural, historical, and natural tours. One of the most popular attractions is the thousands of ancient temples scattered around the island. Balinese Hindu culture is a seamless confluence of Indian culture and local beliefs and traditions.
The most popular districts see a lot of traffic and can be very busy during peak season, but it is easy to find less-frequented areas with plenty to do. When hailing a taxi, look for the bright blue ‘Bluebird Taxis’ – they are reputable metered drivers. They also have an app which you can download and use on your phone. Another great option is to hire a driver who will also act as your guide for a reasonable rate.