Rice Fields of Bali
Pura Ulun Danu temple on a lake Beratan
Beach Vacations in Indonesia
A relatively small island forming part of the archipelago of Indonesia and arguably known as the country’s jewel. Bali is endowed with natural beauty and its rich culture where amazing man-made and natural wonders are dotted throughout the island. Such wonders include majestic volcanoes that soar to the sky, stunning emerald rice fields that cling on hillsides, lush tropical rainforests and rivers, amazing beaches, of which some offers world-class surfing facilities, serene temples and artistic excellence that can be found in the town of Ubud.
Bali has a wide range of tourist offerings that are spread over different areas, catering to both international and domestic visitors alike. On the southern west coast of Bali, Kuta is most famous to tourists, especially amongst the younger travelers, for its active nightlife and beach. Just north of Kuta, Legian offers the same easy access to shops, food and beverage outlets as Kuta, but is ideal for travelers that prefer less hustle and bustle. Seminyak, which is north from Kuta and Legian, is a more upmarket area that offers luxury accommodation and high-end restaurants and bars. It is also an area known for its upscale spas and boutique shopping experiences.
Ubud, which is found in the centre of Bali, is most known as the hub for arts and crafts. The town and nearby villages consists of several artists’ workshops and galleries. It is also a place where one can enjoy spa and wellness treatments in the area’s serene natural environment.
Lastly but not least, further down south Nusa Dua offers an exclusive beachfront enclave set within a groomed tropical environment. Facilities such as an 18-hole championship golf course, international capacity convention centres and outdoor amphitheatre for special events can be found here.
Bali has recently became a favourite destination amongst South Africans and flight routes have become more common. You can fly to Bali via Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai or Doha. The most direct flight from South Africa would be Singapore Airlines via Singapore.
Your full-day True Bali Tour begins at the village of Belulang. Try making coconut leaf baskets, roasting and grinding coffee beans in the traditional way, planting rice in a field and visiting a valley temple.
Take a half-day Balinese Cooking Class. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of Balinese cakes, black rice pudding and tender sweet rice flour dumplings in palm sugar coconut sauce before the class begins. Learn how to buy the freshest ingredients and the many secrets and flavours of Bali.
On the Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance full-day tour, watch the traditional Barong dance. Visit the 11th century Elephant Cave and go on to Kintamani for views of Mt. Batur, an active volcano.
The Bali Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot half-day tour allows you to walk through the traditional Balinese terraced rice fields. Admire the elaborate stone entrance gate at the temple of Taman Ayun and check out the monkeys in the towering trees of Monkey Forest.
Hike up the Agung volcano, the holy mountain of Bali and enjoy fantastic views from the top. It's a tough hike but absolutely worth the effort.
Visit the Besakih Temple, also known as Bali's Mother Temple. Sitting on the slopes of Mount Agung, its a unique complex of 86 temples surrounded by scenic rice paddies, mountains and streams.
enjoy beverages at the Rock Bar. Located at the Ayana Resort, it sits at the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. The sunset is spectacular and will take your breath away.
Enjoy seafood in Jimbaran. Once a quaint little fishing village, the town has gained acclaim for its succulent seafood and opulent resorts.
Bali Safari and Marine Park offers a fun family day out. It is home to over 60 species housed in large enclousures that mimic their natural habitats. Ride on a safari bus to see the animals, including the komodo dragons.
Kuta is popular with surfers looking for good waves. It is also a great place to party and have a good time. From the Hard Rock Cafe to the local pub, the internationa; DJ's, live Balinese music and dance performers, Kuta is the place to be for fun.
The island enjoys a tropical climate, which means it is generally warm and sunny year-round, but the main seasonal diference falls between the wet and dry seasons. Bali's wet season is from November to March, which is a little hotter and more humid with short, but heavy rainshowers during the day. The rainfall does little to impact the tours and activities. The dry season from April to October and is considered to be the best time to visit bali, though it is also a lot busier during this time.
South African Passport Holders require visas for Indonesia. Visas can be obtained on arrival in Indonesia for up to 30 day stay. Visa Charge US$35 (as of Nov 15)
Hotels & Resorts in Bali:
4* Holiday Inn Benoa
Located on Bali's most playful beach providing a modern and fresh beachside experience.
4* Bali Mandira Resort
Legian Kuta, South Bali
A classic Balinese oceanfront paradise in the Legian Kuta Beach area, close to shopping, markets & entertainment.
4* Mercure Resort Sanur
Sanur, South Bali
Surrounded by 5 hectares of tropical gardens on the beachfront of Bali's most beautiful, white sandy beaches
4* Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Kuta, South Bali
Right in the heart of the shopping and entertainement district on the shores of Bali's famed Kuta Beach
5* The Royal Pita Maha
Ubud, Central Bali
Blessed with uninterupted views of tropical greenery and embracing the spirituality charged landscape of Ubud.
5* W Retreat & Spa Bali
Seminyak, South Bali
Iconic, innovative and influential - the resort features contemporary luxury matched with W's signature touches.
Places of Interest
Besakih, Bali's mother temple
Kerta Gosa (Hall of Justice)
Tanah Lot, the famous sea temple
Bali Barat National Park
Stone & wood carvings
Masks & silver jewellery
*Available at shopping malls & art markets