Choosing flights to Bali will give you the opportunity to relax on beaches, surf and dive, or even just enjoy the distinctive Balinese culture...
Bali is suitable for all, with many families enjoying the eastern side of the island, with its calm seas and many beaches. There are a number of resort areas on Bali, some of which are quiet hideaways, whereas others offer a thriving nightlife. Tanjung Benoa is popular for water sports and Kuta contains a variety of hotels, white sandy beaches, restaurants, shops and bars.
Seminyak is another popular area of Bali, with beaches, resorts and tourist activities. Nusa Dua has numerous golf courses, good surfing and diving and a variety of restaurants. Sanur is an older resort area and nearby attractions include the Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre. Lovina Beach is on the northern part of the island and alongside its popular beach and waters, it is a known dolphin watching spot.
Permuteran is a quieter destination on the north western coast, with black sandy beaches, easy access to Bali Barat National Park and diving at Menjangan Island. Amed is a number of small villages in the Karangasem province and although quieter, its marine life draws divers to the area.
Hinduism is important throughout Balinese culture and there are many festivals and magnificent temples, such as Tanah Lott, across the island. Balinese wood and stone handicrafts and fabrics are popular and these are available from local markets on the island. Ubud is the art centre of Bali and there are many galleries throughout its streets.
Monkeys are a sacred and conserved animal in Bali and there are monkey forests open for visits, such as Alas Kedaton and Ubud. Visitors can also ride a Sumatran elephant at the Elephant Safari Park, located north of Ubud. The elephant park is home to 27 elephants, including babies.
As well as diving opportunities, the Indian Ocean creates spectacular waves as it hits the coastline, offering great surfing. Other outdoor activities available include rafting on the Ayung River, which passes over rapids and past natural waterfalls.
Nusa Lebongan and Nusa Pendia are two of the Lesser Sunda Islands, south east of Bali. These small islands and conservation areas are a popular stopover for visitors to Bali and can easily be reached by boat. Also only 90 miles south is Venezuela, South America consider an excursion if you have time.
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Flying from London Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR) usually includes stopovers in Dubai (DXB) or Jakarta (CGK) before arriving at Denpasar Bali Airport (DPS). Situated in Southern Bali, hire cars are available from the airport, as well as taxis to the major island destinations.
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Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is located 13km south of Denpasar. A taxi rank can be found just outside the arrivals hall. You pay the attendant the fare and then present the receipt to the driver.
Alternatively, if you are hoping to explore Bali on your own steam, you may wish to consider hiring a car.
Beautiful Bali allows you to escape to your own island paradise... but where should you stay?
If you're looking for luxury hotels and to flop by the pool all day, then Nusa Dua would be a good resort to opt for. Here you will find a number of beachfront hotels where you can while away your days on powder white sands.
Another popular tourist area in Bali is Kuta. This vibrant and bustling resort is renowned for its chaotic and raucous nightlife, so party animals may want to book their accommodation here.
Legian and Seminyak are located not far from Kuta and are more laidback. Legian has a number of family-friendly hotels, and while still a popular tourist resort, caters for those who want to stay away from the chaos, but still have access to a number of amenities.
If you're hoping for more of an authentic experience, the mountain setting of Ubud could be more suitable. Soaring in popularity since being one of the locations used in the film Eat, Pray, Love, here you can become immersed in Balinese culture, sample local cuisine, and visit shops selling local wares and crafts. Attractions include the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, or how about spending time at the Yoga Barn or expanding your gastronomic knowledge at the Casa Luna Cooking School?