Welcome to Bali: Indonesia’s Tropical Island Getaway
From the awakening sunrises of the east to the scenic sunsets of the west, Bali is best known for its beautiful beaches offering both exciting and relaxing ways to enjoy life under the sun. As one of the most popular destinations on the island, South Bali offers miles of pearly white beaches where both visitors and locals spend their days swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, sunbathing and flying kites high in the sky; while the lively streets of Kuta and Legian offer some of the best in shopping and nightlife entertainment, as well as a wide range of accommodations for taking breaks in between. From fashion boutiques and unique shops to casual bars and wild nightclubs, the streets of South Bali are full of life by the break of day and well into the wee hours of the night. The areas of Central and North Bali are popular destinations for those who enjoy adventurous journeys through nature.
From east to west, a path of both extinct and active volcanic mountains sets the scene for invigorating hikes among towering trees, blooming plant life, and beautiful waterfalls, with the peaks of the highest mountaintops offering breathtaking views of the island. Bali’s infamous string of volcanoes is also the contributing factor in the creation of the glistening black sand beaches that spread across the northern coast, where such quiet villages as Amed offer the best areas for snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. Culture plays one of the most important roles in the island’s way of life. The Balinese hold a strong passion for the arts which is depicted through the beautiful painting, intricately carved wooden handcrafts, and other unique arts and crafts featured in dozens of art shops, markets, and galleries across the entire island. The Balinese also express themselves through dance performances, ceremonies and festivals which can be experienced during a number of tours; while the Pandan Harum Dance Stage found in East Bali’s village of Candidasa features fascinating Balinese dance performances every Tuesday and Friday night.
The tropical climate of Bali consists of only two seasons: wet and dry. The rainy season lasts from October through April, which makes the rest of the year the best times for visits as the humidity is low and the skies are clear. Temperatures are quite consistent throughout the year with highs around 330C (910F) by day and lows around 230C (730F) by night.