Spiritual retreat, family-friendly getaway, surfers’ paradise, nightlife hotspot, resort nirvana: welcome to one of the world’s favourite islands.
Island of the Gods
In a place where white-sand beaches provide the backdrop for some of the world’s most luxurious five-star resorts, lush rainforest cascades down the sides of sweeping rice fields, and grandiose temples sit dramatically on the edge of towering cliffs, this diverse island is so much more than just a flop-and-drop destination.
While relaxation is always on the agenda in Bali, many travel to this Indonesian gem to immerse themselves in the island’s culture, taste the exotic local delicacies sold by street hawkers or catch some waves on one of the many surf beaches. The beach towns of Seminyak and Legian attract visitors for their beautiful coastline, stylish bars like Potato Head and Cocoon Beach Club, chic boutique shopping and vibrant restaurants that serve cuisine from around the world. For those looking for a slower pace, Nusa Dua is known for its five-star resorts and stunning beaches, while the rainforest town of Ubud is dotted with waterfalls, rice fields, Hindu temples and a monkey forest. Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, Bali is the place to be.
Best Time to Visit Bali
The real question should be, is there ever a bad time to visit Bali? Thanks to the island’s close proximity to the equator, Bali offers travellers a sun-soaked holiday spot every day of the year.
The best time to visit Bali really depends on your budget, personal preference and the activities you want to experience while you’re there.
April, May, June, September and October are great months to visit Bali as they’re just outside of the high season window, which means you’ll still get to enjoy the dry season (with slightly less humidity), while avoiding the crowds and higher price tags.
Weather & Temperature
You can expect beautiful year-round weather in Bali. The island boasts a warm year-round climate with average temperatures ranging between 25 – 28 degrees Celsius. While temperatures are consistently warm, Bali does operate on a two-season cycle: dry season and wet season.
Dry Season: May – October
Advantages: This time of the year is great for less rainfall, less humidity, the best surfing and diving conditions, and is the optimal time to visit for those wanting to make the most of outdoor activities including trekking, volcano climbing and cycling.
Disadvantages: As Bali’s busiest season you should expect crowds, queuing for attractions and the prices for accommodation and airfares tend to be higher than usual.
Wet Season: November – April
Advantages: The wet season is considered the ‘low season’ and that means popular areas will be less crowded, accommodation and airfares tend to be cheaper, and you’ll still experience beautiful warm weather with temperatures remaining around 31 degrees Celsius. This is a great time to travel for those looking to spend days indulging in spa treatments or for adventurers who want to try their hand at canyoning and rafting.
Disadvantages: You won’t encounter rain every single day of the wet season, but you should be prepared for sporadic overcast days peppered with the occasional heavy downpour or thunderstorms which can last several hours.
Attractions & Things to Do
From catching some of the world’s best surf breaks at Bali’s best beaches, to encounters with cheeky monkeys in the Ubud forest, there’s so much to see and do in Bali. High rollers can treat themselves to once-in-a-lifetime luxury experiences, nature lovers can explore Bali’s last wild frontier, couples can craft the ultimate romance itinerary and families will find endless options to keep every member happy. Just make sure to use our Bali guide to find the perfect region for you.
Best Restaurants & Places to Eat
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining in Bali. From the best beachside eateries in Sanur to family-friendly Bali restaurants, and even the five best restaurants in Bali as recommended by our destination insider, there’s sure to be something that appeals to every tastebud.
Ladies should dress modestly whilst visiting religious site such as temples. Trousers and floaty skirts are more appropriate for decency as well as the heat.
Visa: Do I Need One?
When travelling internationally, a visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each travellers responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes.
Australians visiting Indonesia for 30 days or less do not require a visa, however you must have a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining.
Please ensure that you have a current passport before travelling. Your passport needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. It should also have at least two blank pages left for passport stamps.
Allow plenty of time if you need to send your passport to the Passport Office for renewal, particularly prior to peak travel periods.
All travellers, especially honeymooners, should ensure that names in passports are those given out on the booking form. Airline tickets must be booked in the same name that appears on your passport.
It is useful to carry photo ID with you at all times, so get several good quality photocopies. This also makes replacing a lost passport easier.
Government Travel Advice
The safety of our travellers is the utmost importance. With your safety in mind, we monitor world events very closely, however we recommend visiting the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smart Traveller website to stay informed.