Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. It’s a place of incredible beauty — from sandy beaches to lush rice terraces and ancient temples. Its rich culture is a fascinating meld of Hindu, Chinese and Indian influences.

Located 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali’s climate is tropical and warm year round with two distinctive seasons: dry season (April to October) and wet season (November to March).

The best time to visit Bali depends on your personal preferences. If you’re planning a beach holiday, it’s usually best to come in the dry season. The water is calmer, temperatures are cooler, and hotel rates are lower. But the rainy season has its charms, too. It’s greener and less humid than the dry season, and some of the island’s most stunning natural attractions are more accessible.

You can explore the whole island on a bike, or rent a moto to get around more easily. Especially in the north of Bali, such as Uluwatu and Canggu, the roads are paved, and it’s safe for beginners to ride a motorbike. Renting a motorbike is cheap and convenient. Just remember to wear a helmet, and don’t forget to bring suncream and sunglasses!

Try the local food like satay or sate (grilled meat skewers), nasi campur (white rice with a bunch of side dishes) and Babi Guling (spit-roasted pig). If you’re not sure about trying some of the more adventurous foods, it’s always possible to eat at the many cafes or restaurants offering Western-style cuisine.

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