At present, there are no direct flights between the United Kingdom and Bali. Only connecting flights are available from major airports in the UK. International airlines like Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, THAI, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Cathay Pacific and others, above mentioned, fly indirectly to Bali from the UK.
Bali experiences an equatorial climate characterized by hot sunny days and frequent showers accompanied by humidity. There is no shortage of tourists from March to April as Bali is a year-round destination. However, the dry season is to be preferred. The weather remains mostly dry from May to September, sometimes extending to the early days of October. With the summer thermometer seldom exceeding 28 °C, spending quality time at the beach is no hassle. Many of the water sports are popularly active during this time, may it be rafting, game fishing, yachting or surfing. Also, clear skies mean that nightlife could be enjoyed to the fullest under moonlight.
Bali lies on a tropical climate belt and thus it is expected to rain here more often. During the rainy season (from late October to late April) it becomes quite difficult to roam around the places freely. Even though the coldest month of January is not so cold by comparison (26 °C) yet rainfall brings chilly winds that are not to the taste of tourists in t-shirts.
Commonly dubbed as Bali airport for ease, the actual name of the airport where cheap flights to Bali land is I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. This airport is a good distance from the capital of Bali, Denpasar. A half an hour drive from the airport gets us to Denpasar city centre. The IATA code of this airport is DPS.
The airport has a themed terminal with a total capacity of 3,175 seated passengers. Waiting passengers are facilitated with an in-house cinema, kids play area, a separate smoking lounge, duty-free shops and a range of restaurants to eat from. The waiting time seems to fly by.
Uluwata: The southernmost point of the Bukit Peninsula is a familiar location in aesthetic circles. On account of it being off the main roads, the beaches are to a large extent unspoiled. With something new and different to see every day, travellers will find themselves engaged in activities like swimming, surfing, deep sea fishing from boats, painting by the waterfront, doing yoga etc. Visiting the Pura Luhur Uluwata Temple could be a very interactive and rewarding experience. Hours spent on Thomas Beach are hours well spent.
Karma Beach: The coastline here has many attractions of lush tropical woodlands, slight elevations commanding the most beautiful of views, beach and waterfront. Taking advantage of the fresh and clean environment, multiple indoor and open-air spas are operating here and there. Ramblers will find shaded walkways canopied by trees and many other interesting spots for impulse photography. Seaside barbecue is a must!
Green Bowl Beach: A serpentine mountainous track leads us from lush thickets to the beach down below - 250 steps to be exact. A good cardio immediately takes everyone to the waterfront which, in itself, is a close rival of Thomas Beach in relative beauty. Being situated off the beaten track, it draws none of the undesirable elements and remains unspoiled. However supplies (boats, beach chairs, beverages) can be bought from nearby stands and villas are available for accommodation. A hundred yards or so from the sandy shore are marine beds of unsurpassed beauty. There is something new every time you pay a visit. This beach is located in the south of Kuta, Ungasan.
Balangan Beach: Lying nestled amongst groves of palm trees and mile upon mile of foliage, whose colours are enriched after each rain spell, this beach makes for a welcoming sight. A day here is 24 hours of condensed happiness; a week is one continuous round of pleasure. Of course with palm trees around one can expect coconuts with straws - something we have come to associate only with travel magazines. But this is the real deal. What is more? This is a white-sand beach! It does not get better than this.
The Elephant Cave: Also goes by the name of ‘Goa Gajah’, this is a well-kept sanctuary from the 9th century. The ‘elephant’ is put in the name to relate the vastness of its caves and the plethora of archaeological relics that it houses. For ages it has served as a sanctuary for meditation and contemplation visited mostly by Buddhist monks from the nearby township of Ubud (only 6 kilometres from Ubud). A series of wall carvings with a beautiful arrangement of fountains adorns this sanctuary today.
New Kuta Green Park: A state-of-the-art amusement park with characteristic water-slides and a wave pool. Paintball has been introduced to a great effect and continues to be the main attraction.
Other Attractions: Terraced plantations at Tegallalang and Jatiluwih, the high grasslands along Campuhan Ridge and agricultural villages like Mayong highlight the main spots for a natural trek tour of the area. The simple lifestyle adapted in the mountains and harvests of rice feature as cultural attractions, which give an exotic touch to one's adventures in these areas. Even the official green areas serve as sanctuaries or galleries, may it be the Agung Rai Museum of Fine Arts with open-air displays of massive sculptures, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Exhibition Park, the Bali Bird Park, or the Bali Safari and Marine Park. For mountaineering, the Mount Batur forms the highest peak of an active volcano, bordered by small lakes on different sides. Some distance from Tabanan City is located yet another attraction - Tanah Lot. Across the beach, and connected by land (during low-tides) and boats, is a boulder-like island with a temple on top. This could be an ideal side trip during your stay in the city or during transit. To experience the Bali's nightlife, the central street of Jalan Legian connects through urban centres of multiple towns and houses a majority of restaurants, clubs and cafes.
The simplest and most convenient means of transport in Bali is to employ a private driver or taxi. Bali is cheap by international standards and renting a car is not that much expensive considering the service it renders. Your driver will take you to places where public transport is not available or limited, secluded beaches for instance. In addition, a scooter makes it a great deal easier to move around and it’s cheaper too. However riders need a licence and proper paperwork that permits them to drive in the country.
Bali is a massive island with a relatively small network of buses. Finding the nearest place to ride from really depends on your choice of hotel and the place that you are headed for. There are visible bus stops in urban areas like Ubud, Padang Bai, Sanur and Kuta but commuters may have to ask their way around in villages and hamlets. Your hotel can get you in touch with a ground operator that may arrange group tours to places of interest. That will save both time and money, to say nothing of safety.
Seeing Bali as Indonesia’s leading tourist destination, it comes as no surprise that it is home to a wide variety of hotels. Luxury resorts catering to high-end customers feature stylish interior layouts, comfortable rooms, fine dining and a cooperative staff. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are definitely provided. Some
The mid-range accommodation options include 3-star hotels and resorts that stand out for their affordability. Popular ones are:
These types of lodges and hotels offer clean rooms, less fancy restaurants and smaller swimming pools but they are available for very affordable rates. They are best for those who are interested in roaming the island solo. Towards the coasts, fishing villages and beaches, tourists are catered by surfer’s bungalows consisting of studio rooms and a living area. When it comes to booking private villas, tourists should realize that they are availing experiences featured in global travelogues, with the boutique category having infinity pools atop fields of greens, valleys and rainforests.