Where Is Bali?
Profile for Bali, Indonesia - Things to Do and How to Get There
Bali is the most famous of Indonesia's 17,000 islands and has been a tourist favorite for decades. Popular for its pristine beaches and green landscapes dotted with volcanoes, Bali attracts over 2.5 million foreign tourists per year!
Exactly Where Is Bali?
Bali, Indonesia, is a 95-mile-wide island located in the Indian Ocean, only two miles east of the tip of Java and west of Lombok and Flores. Bali is a part of the Indonesian archipelago known as the Lesser Sunda Islands north of Western Australia.
Why Is Bali so Famous?
Bali is considered one of the most romantic islands in the world and is a top honeymoon destination in Asia. Unlike the rest of Indonesia which is predominantly Islamic, Bali is Hindu; beautiful temples are spread throughout the island, lending a feeling of spirituality. The volcanic soil provides a lush landscape of rice terraces, flowers, and rainforest canopy.
Numerous artists have relocated to Bali to enjoy the inexplicable vibe that permeates the fresh air. Despite the explosion of development ranging from upscale hotels to golf courses, Bali still retains much of its original magic. Unfortunately, an estimated 80% of international visitors to Indonesia see only Bali before returning home.
Things to Do in Bali
- Try Surfing: Bali has been drawing in surfers since the 1930s. The lack of a reef and abundance of surf schools make Kuta Beach one of the most popular places in the world to try your luck on a board. Read more about the surfing in Bali.
- Visit Ubud: Once Bali's green little hippie escape, Ubud's reputation has spread widely and so has its development -- much the same fate that Pai in Thailand is suffering. Even still, the verdant rice fields, boutique shops, and scores of spas and holistic healing centers still lure the crowds away from the beaches. See 10 things to do in Ubud.
- Enjoy the Beaches: From the raging party scene in Kuta where cheap accommodation can be found for US $10 per night to more upscale and sophisticated resorts in South Bali, there's a beach to suit all interests on the island.
- See the Interior: Crystalline volcanic lakes and tiny villages clinging to the slopes of smoldering active volcanoes provide plenty of eye candy in the lush interior of the island. Fortunately, Bali is small enough that day trips can be made to explore the rainforests without the need for an overnight.
Flights to Bali
Denpasar International Airport (airport code: DPS), officially Ngurah Rai International Airport, is Indonesia's second-busiest airport, just behind Jakarta. The airport serves as a hub for Garuda, Merpati, and Indonesia AirAsia -- three major airlines with flights servicing all of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Only one mile from Kuta and the tourist beaches in South Bali, Denpasar boasts direct international flights to China, Amsterdam, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taipei, and Russia.
The Best Times to Visit Bali
The weather in Bali is pleasantly warm year around, but monsoon rains in the winter months can put a real damper on beach days. Expect heavy rain between December and March. Bali is driest and busiest during the summer months between June and August. Hordes of college students from Australia tend to invade Bali's south beaches for their school breaks at the beginning of April and in late June.
Where to Stay in Bali
Recommended Hotels and Villas in Bali
Top Area in Bali
Canggu (52) | Denpasar (26) | Jembrana (2) | Jimbaran (56) | Karangasem (19) | Klungkung (13) | Kuta (165) | Legian (50) | Nusa Dua (79) | Nusa Lembongan (23) | Sanur (63) | Seminyak (214) | Singaraja (20) | Tabanan (20) | Ubud (117) | Uluwatu (60) |
Hotels near Canggu Beach
FRii Bali Echo Beach Hotel | Rade Guest House @ Subak Sari | Zoe Villa Canggu Bali | Plataran Canggu Bali Resort and Spa | Echo Beach Resort | Regali Villa Canggu | The Kirana Hotel Resto and Spa | D'Wina Villa Canggu | Kubudiuma Villas | Villa Saba | Lv8 Resort Hotel | Tugu Bali Hotel | Koa D Surfer Boutique Hotel | Villa Kedis Canggu | The Bali Dream Villa and Resort Echo Beach Canggu | Aberu Villas |
Hotels near Kuta Beach
Alaya Resort Kuta - Score 9.2 from $70 | Bintang Kuta Bali - Score 8.8 from $47 | Kuta Paradiso Hotel - Score 8.4 from $83 | Kuta Beach Club - Score 8.6 from $45 | Bali Dynasty Resort - Score 8.4 from $144 | Ramada Bintang Bali Resort - Score 8.0 from $124 | Kuta Station Hotel & Spa - Score 8.0 from $28 | Grand Inna Kuta - Score 8.2 Rate from $ 85 Jl. Pantai Kuta No.1 | Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort - Score 8.6 Rate from $ 90 Jl. Pantai Kuta | Ramayana Resort and Spa - Score 8.8 Rate from $ 75 Jl. Bakung Sari | Bali Garden Beach Resort - Score 8.4 Rate from $ 85 Jl. Kartika Plaza | Kuta Seaview Boutique Resorts - Score 8.8 Rate from $ 95 Jl. Pantai Kuta | Rama Beach Resort and Villas - Score 8.6 Rate from $ 80 Jl. Jenggala | Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali - Score 9.2 Rate from $ 90 Jl. | Bali Rani Hotel - Score 8.0 Rate from $60 Jl. Kartika Plaza | Grand Istana Rama Hotel - Score 8.0 Rate from $ 40 Jl. Pantai Kuta | Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel - Score 8.8 Rate from $ 175 Jl. Kartika Plaza | The Rani Hotel & Spa - Score 8.2 Rate from $ 45 Jl. Kartika Plaza
Hotels near Seminyak Beach
The Legian Bali Hotel - Score 9.6 | The Apartments Umalas - Score 9.6 | The Oberoi Bali - Score 9.6 | The Samaya Seminyak Villas - Score 9.6 | Uma Sapna Villa - Score 9.2 | W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak - Score 9.2 | Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali - Score 9.2 | The Buah Bali Villas - Score 9.2 | Bale Gede Villas - Score 9.2 | The Light Exclusive Villas and Spa - Score 9.0 | Villa Diana Bali - Score 8.8 | Dash Hotel Seminyak - Score 8.6 | Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak Score 8.8| HARRIS Hotel Seminyak - Score 8.6 |
Hotels in Ubud
Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Spa by L'Occitane | Viceroy Bali Luxury Villas | Maya Ubud Resort and Spa | The Ubud Village Resort & Spa | Wapa di Ume Resort & Spa | Alila Ubud Hotel | Amandari Resort | Kamandalu Ubud Resort | Payogan Villa Resort & Spa | Anumana Ubud Hotel | Anulekha Resort and Villa | Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant & Villas| Bali Spirit Hotel & Spa | The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa | Alaya Resort Ubud | Arma Museum Resort & Villas | Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali | Padma Resort Ubud |Suarti Boutique Village |
Hotels near Sanur Beach
Griya Santrian a Beach Resort - 4 stars | Segara Village Hotel - 4 stars | Puri Santrian Beach Resort & Spa - 4 stars | Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel - 4 stars | Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel - 5 stars | Respati Beach Hotel - 3 stars | Mercure Resort Sanur - 4 stars | Besakih Beach Hotel - 3 stars | Prama Sanur Beach Bali - 5 stars | Inna Sindhu Beach Resort and Hotel -4 stars | Maya Sanur Resort & Spa - 5 stars | Tandjung Sari Hotel - 4 stars | Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali - 5 stars | Ananda Beach Hotel - 1 star | Sanur Seaview Hotel - 2 stars |
Hotels near Uluwatu Beach
Hidden Hills Villas - 5 stars | The Ungasan Clifftop Resort- 5 stars | Banyan Tree Ungasan Hotel - 5 stars | Bulgari Resort Bali - 5 stars | C151 Luxury Villas Dreamland - 5 stars | New Kuta Hotel - 4 stars | Noah Villa and Chapel - 4 stars | Golden Tulip Bay View Hotel & Convention Bali - 4 stars | The Rich Prada Bali - 5 stars | Blue Point Bay Villas & Spa Hotel - 4 stars | The Uluwatu Peak Residence - 4 stars | Sun Island Suites - 4 stars | Mahagiri Villas & Spa Dreamland - 4stars | Suarga Padang Padang- 3 stars | Bulgari Resort Bali - 5 stars | Jimbaran Sea View Villa - 3 stars |
Hotels near Nusa Dua Beach
INAYA Putri Bali Resort | The St. Regis Bali Resort | Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa | The Laguna a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa Nusa Dua Bali | Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali | Goodway Hotel & Resort | Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua | Bali Tropic Resort and Spa | Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa | Sadara Boutique Beach Resort | Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa | Grand Nikko Bali | Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club | Melia Bali Indonesia |
Hotels near Jimbaran Beach
RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA - 5 stars | Gending Kedis Luxury Villas - 5 stars | Lumbini Villas and Spa - 5 stars | Ahimsa Beach - 5 stars | Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay - 5 stars | InterContinental Bali Resort - 5 stars | Fullmoon Villa - 4 stars | Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Beach Club and Spa - 5 stars | Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Hotel - 5 stars | The Jimbaran View - 4 stars | Hotel Puri Bambu - 3 stars | Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa - 4 stars | Watermark Hotel & Spa Bali - 4 stars | Keraton Jimbaran Beach Resort - 4 stars |
Accommodation and hotels in Denpasar
Karana Villa - Score 8.8 | Neo Denpasar - Score 8.6 | The Grand Santhi Hotel - Score 8.3 | The Graha Cakra Bali Hotel - Score 8.1 | Favehotel Tohpati - Score 8.8 | Princess Keisha Bali Hotel - Score 7.8 | B Hotel Bali & Spa - Score 8.3 | Cozy Stay Bali by Avilla Hospitality - Score 7.5 | Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention Center - Score 7.6 | The Banyumas Villa - Score 7.8 | Puri Kekayon Villa - Score 8.0 | Mai Mesaree Villa - Score 7.6 | POP! Hotel Denpasar - Score 8.1 | Mars City Hotel - Score 7.0 |
Accommodation and hotels in Lovina
Bondalem Beach Club - 4 stars | Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa - 4 stars | Matahari Beach Resort & Spa - 5 stars | The Lovina - 4 stars | Taman Sari Bali Resort & Spa - 4 stars | Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel - 4 stars | Padmasari Resort Lovina - 3 stars | Mimpi Resort Menjangan - 4 stars | The Menjangan Resort - 4 stars | Dolphin Beach Bali Villas - 4 stars | Aditya Lovina Beach Resort - 3 stars | Gino Feruci Villa Lovina - 3 stars | Nugraha Lovina Seaview Resort and Spa - 3 stars | Pop Hotel Hardys Singaraja Square - 3 stars |
Accommodation and hotels near Tanah Lot Temple
Villa Helen Balian - 3 Stars | Puri Candikuning Retreat - 3 Stars | Kriyamaha Nyanyi Villas - 4 Stars | Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort - 5 Stars | Amarta Retreat - 4 Stars | The Sanyas Retreat - 3 Stars | The Luku Villa - 3 Stars | WakaGangga Hotel - 4 Stars | Alila Villas Soori - 4 Stars | The Lotus Residence - 5 Stars | Ketapang Estate - 5 Stars | Kaba Kaba Estate- 5 Stars | Villa Atacaya - 4 Stars | Villa Maya Retreat - 4 Stars | Villa Kailasha - 5 Stars | Villa Lalang - 4 Stars |
Accommodation and hotels in Lembongan
Indiana Kenanga Luxury Villa - Score 8.8 | Villa Keluarga - 4 Stars | Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa - 4 Stars | Twin Island Villas - 4 Stars | The Palm Grove Villas - 4 Stars | D Nusa Beach Club & Resort - 4 Stars | Poh Manis Lembongan Bungalow - 3 Stars | Sedok Jineng Villa- 3 Stars | Suka Beach Bungalow - 2 Stars | 353 Degrees North- 5 Stars | The Point Resort Lembongan - 4 Stars | Lembongan Sanctuary Villas - 4 Stars | Lembongan Harmony Villas - 4 Stars |