Bali: a tropical paradise of wild beaches, sacred temples, and unforgettable adventures
Located in southern Indonesia, lies the picturesque island of Bali. With its diverse landscapes, pearly-white beaches and uniquely spiritual culture, Bali is an award-winning travel destination. Home to a population of over 4 million people, this island welcomes visitors from around the globe all year round. Popular attractions include Uluwatu Temple and the volcanic wonder of Mount Agung.
Cheap flights to Bali are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to discover the sacred culture and sheer beauty of this fascinating island! Bali is home to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), a 35-minute drive from the capital city, Denpasar.
Popular flights to Bali
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Bali
Bali is home to a myriad of ancient Hindu temples scattered around the island’s unique villages. The exquisite temple designs are not only decorative, but also deeply spiritual.
Bali boasts picturesque landscapes of volcanic mountains, rice terraces, rugged coastlines and powdery beaches. Discover its beautiful scenery on foot, horseback, or as you paraglide over the islands.
With so many tours on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice of what to see first! River raft down rapids, mountain bike through the rice paddies and visit the island’s incredible zoos and water parks.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
The best time to visit this island paradise is between April and June, and September to October. These months are just before and after the summer high season when temperatures are pleasantly warm, humidity levels are lower and you can save up to 50% on hotel accommodation! The city is much more relaxed, restaurants are less crowded and the clear waters are optimal for scuba diving. Enjoy a day trip to the temples, water parks and forests at your own pace.
The island is busiest during the toasty months of July-August and December-January, when throngs of tourists flock to the pearly-white beaches. Should you choose to visit during these peak times, be sure to book accommodation well in advance.
Weather & Climate in Bali
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With its diverse landscape of volcanic mountains, lush rainforests, rice terraces, rugged coastlines and shimmering beaches, Bali is an island wonder like no other.
Famed for its yoga and meditation retreats, the spirituality and vibrant culture surrounding the island is evident in its ornate temples, intriguing museums and monuments. The island is hugged by a pristine coastline of buttermilk beaches fringed with coconut palms, while the teal waters are the perfect playground for swimming and diving. The majestic landscapes of Mount Agung and Mount Batur are a hiker’s dream, as you make your way to the lofty peaks towering above the cotton clouds.
Bali is a heavenly spa paradise, where the relaxing treatments and hot springs will unwind and rejuvenate your senses. Indulge in some retail therapy as you peruse the island’s arts and crafts, sampling some of the finest spices and coffee to souvenir.
Adventure-lovers will be in their element with the plethora of activities and sightseeing beckoning around every corner. From hiking through rice fields and horse riding in the hills of Ubud, to bungee jumping over the beaches in Seminjak and scuba diving off the coral reefs, Bali will leave you feeling amazed and inspired.
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South African passport holders do not require a visa when travelling to Bali, or anywhere else in Indonesia for stays up to 30 days. Ensure your passport has two blank pages for entry stamps and has a validity of at least six months. Leave ample time for processing.
The South African Embassy is located in Jakarta.
Address: Wisma GKBI, Suite 705, 7th floor Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28 Jakarta 10210
Phone: +62 21 2991 2500
Bali is a tropical paradise, however, as with most Asian destinations, health and safety standards are not always up to scratch. There are a few things to be aware of when visiting Bali:
Petty theft and robbery has seen a recent surge, particularly in the south beach areas and Ubud. Thieves typically drive alongside unsuspecting tourists and snatch bags and valuables before speeding off. Don’t leave valuables lying around your hotel room – store passports and money in the hotel safe, and lock doors and windows when you leave.
Avoid ordering suspect ‘local’ liquor. Chances are, cheap drinks have been spiked or laced with thinning chemicals, so if you’re paying 10,000 Rupiah for a cocktail, it’s probably not the real deal. Bali has stringent drug laws so if you get offered anything, just walk away. Watch out for the island’s sneaky monkeys who will stop at nothing to steal food and objects right out of your hand.
Although there are no required vaccinations for entering Bali, it is highly recommended to be vaccinated against typhoid, Hepatitis A and rabies (due to stray dogs and monkeys on the island). Dengue fever is a health hazard so make sure you’re protected against mosquitoes.
As one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, accommodation in Bali is as diverse as its attractions, and you’ll definitely find something to your taste and budget!
South Bali is the most popular boasting an array of temples, coconut-infused beaches and warm, crystal waters for the perfect diving experience. The chic town of Seminyak will dazzle with its high-end boutiques, luxurious spas and refined nightlife. World-famous Kuta Beach is just a stone’s throw away. The offshore islands of Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan are just a hop away, for a day of spectacular diving. South Bali has great options for backpackers and beach bungalows.
For an authentic experience of Bali, consider staying in Ubud or Gianyar in Central Bali – the cultural heart of the island. Expect to find 5-star resorts, private villas and spa sanctuaries.
For a quiet, picturesque retreat, Lovina boasts unspoilt stretches of black sand and delightful hot springs. Peruse the markets and pick up some crafts and hand-make trinkets, before exploring the balmy beaches and old city streets.
East Bali is a discovery of serene coastal villages, from where the majestic peak of Mount Batur towers over the town.
Getting around the island is fairly easy, with many options at your disposal. Walking conditions are not always ideal due to poor roads and occasional flooding. Simply tell your hotel where you want to go and they will assist you with the best available options.
The Perama bus company is a backpacker’s friend, as a cheap and reliable way of getting around the island. Metered taxis are widely available in southern Bali, but a little harder to spot further afield. If you’re planning a day trip, consider hiring a taxi driver for the day which often works out cheaper than renting a car.
Travel like a local and hop into a bemo (minivan) to shuttle around. Scooter and motorbike rentals are fairly common, and is a wonderful, scenic way to see the island. Beware of hazardous traffic, particularly over festival periods. Driving a motorbike requires a valid driver’s licence and IDP, and helmets must be worn at all times.
For the more laid-back traveller, rent a bicycle and get an intimate feel of the island’s tranquil surroundings and spiritual spaces.