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Bali, nicknamed the Island of the Gods, is one of the smallest and most beautiful islands in the Indonesian archipelago. The strength of the island is that no matter what kind of holiday you are looking for, you will find happiness; pristine beaches, nature, lively cities, cultural pursuits, surfing, diving, luxury resorts… there really is something for everyone!
Things to know before flying to Bali
rish citizens travelling to Indonesia for tourism purposes can enter the country without a visa for up to 30 days at Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Remember: your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.
If you are travelling for purposes other than tourism you should apply for a visa online before you travel, or get a visa valid for up to 30 days on arrival at a cost of US$35 (approximately €30).
Flights from Ireland
The cheapest flights from Ireland to Bali will cost around €420. Several airlines serve Ngurah Rai International Airport, outside of the city of Denpasar. The average travel time is 17 hours and 35 minutes. The cheapest time to fly to Bali from Ireland is usually in November, at the start of the Monsoon season.
The climate in Bali
One of the biggest reasons people travel to Bali is its tropical climate, meaning that the weather will remain consistent for most of the year, with temperatures between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius.
Bali doesn’t have definitive seasons like we’re used to in the UK, but rather the monsoon season from November to March,when the island sees heavy rainfall. Conversely, the dry season is during April to October, where there are few days of rainfall and less humidity. These months are ideal for a holiday to Bali, when you can go snorkeling, diving and hiking.
The Best things to do in Bali
Bali’s Best Beaches
Kuta Beach: Close to Bali’s airport is the city of Kuta. Its beach is one of the most raucous spots for a party on the white sands until sunrise. Speaking of which, the sunsets here are worth the trip alone -, particularly during December. Sure, it’s not the hidden treasure you might be looking for but it’s great to join the crowd for a night or two!
Seminyak Beach: On Bali’s west coast lies Seminyak Beach. This somewhat upscale beach is home to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts. Here you’ll also find plenty of boutique shops and high-end restaurants. Set up a bean bag and let the day drinking begin!
Nusa Dua Beach: If you’re travelling with the little ones, you will probably want to avoid Bali’s more hedonistic spots. Nusa Dua in the south part of the island is a great option. Along with powder-white sands and immaculate lawns, you’ll find the all-inclusive hotels and plenty of resorts with kids’ clubs. It’s a great spot for watersports and kid-friendly restaurants.
Jimbaran Beach: Jimbaran Beach on Bali’s southwestern coast will provide you with a truly delicious seafood meal. In fact, a meal in a local restaurant is a quintessential part of visiting this side of the island! What makes this beach special is the unbroken coral reef so you can go surfing with greater ease.
Bedugal and Ulun Danu Temple
One of Bali’s most well-known landscapes is the water temple of Ulun Danu in Bedugal. This Hindu temple on the shores of Bratan Lake is dedicated to the Goddess of Water. To reach this stunning site, you can travel to Ubud and take a scooter or arrange a day trip.
Mount Batur is found in North Bali. This stunning sight features a hude caldera and summit that lies over 1700m above sea level. The best way to enjoy this spectacular volcano is by rising two hours before dawn and begin your ascent to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sun rise. Pure magic.
No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to the famous Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. After paying a small entry fee, you will be free to explore the forest where the Balinese long tailed monkeys roam free! Hold onto your belongings…
Off the Southeast coast Bali is the paradisaic island os Nusa Lembongan. This island is perfect for a day or snorkelling and diving – as you can see multicoloured fish, manta rays and sea turtles.
Tegalalang Rice Fields
20 minutes from Ubud are the stunningly green rice fields of Tegalalang. You can walk throuhg a path and through the fields winding levels and take in the incredible sights!
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