The island of Bali is a true wonder with a unique spiritual connection that is hard to find anywhere else. This is reflected in the local culture that celebrates itself with drama, dance and music. The natural beauty of the landscape is also captivating with sacred caves, lush forests and beaches along with serene waterfalls, volcanoes and scenic lakes. There are also plenty of opportunities for adventure lovers with hiking, rafting and skydiving on offer. Bali also has a great selection of traditional crafts with wood carvings, paintings and rattan bags a popular choice.

Foodies will love the delicious cuisine that is a mix of influences from Indonesia, India and China. It is easy to sample local dishes at the many warungs (restaurants) that can be found across the island. A must try is nasi goreng and mie goreng which are both fried rice dishes, or if you’re feeling more adventurous you can order babi guling which consists of roasted pig served with spicy peanut sauce.

The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season from April to October. The weather is warm and tropical with little humidity but be aware that there are some rainy days too. If you want to avoid crowds and high prices then visit in the off-season between November and March. The island is well-served with hotels and villas, some of which have a stunning beachfront location. Those wanting to get away from it all can stay in rural areas such as Ubud and Sanur.

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