For the more adventurous traveller who wants to have the comfort and luxuries of a hotel stay spending much of the time in touristic areas or simply on the beach, but wants the option to be able to venture into the heart of town to really be part of the local lifestyle, Bali may be a good choice to plan some vacation time around. It is a place where beaches are gorgeous but depending on the time of travel, you may encounter a rainy season that includes monsoons and high humidity. But don’t let the weather scare you off from discovering the world. Bali is a popular destination for travellers, so if it’s not the weather you worry about, it will be the traffic jams trying to book your spot if you travel during the high travel season!
Bali is one of the 17,500 islands of the Indonesian archipelago that make up the Republic of Indonesia. Measuring less than 140 kilometres by 90 kilometres, the island of Bali is also one of its 33 provinces. It is further divided into the nine regencies of Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangesem, Badung, Denpasar, Gianyar, Klungkung, and Bangli. The landscape of the island is mostly mountainous, particularly in the interior where a mountain range running east-west divides the island. Some of its peaks are still active volcanoes, namely Mount Agung, the tallest of them all.
The climate is a consistent sunny throughout the year but there is a tropical monsoon season to be aware of that occurs between the months of October and March. The rest of the months are more pleasant with lower humidity and the driest time being from June through to September, but it is also this time when the heavy tourist traffic starts to set in. Generally speaking, the temperature ranges from 20 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius 365- days a year, but if you happen to be in areas of higher elevation, you should pack a sweater as the evenings can cool to a chill.
Getting to Bali is not as much a chore these days as there are more and more direct international flights flying into and around Bali along with more domestic flights in Indonesia itself. If your flight is direct, you will land at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Indonesia’s third busiest airport. With Bali located in between the islands of Java and Lombok, you can expect to catch regular passenger ferries from there to Bali as well. Some cruise ships also stop off at Bali. You can drive in from Java but unless you are daring enough to sit behind the wheel of a car in a country where traffic rules are few and far between, it might be best to avoid driving altogether or hire a driver.
In the east part of Bali in the regency Karangasem you can take in the pleasant and peaceful sight of the cool springs, the fountains and the lush greenery of Tirta Gangga, a water garden designed to be a resting place by a member of the Royal Family of Karangasem. For more serenity by the water, there are many breath-taking waterfalls in Bali including Yeh Mampeh, Nungnung and Gigit waterfalls.
Visit the Tirta Empul Temple built in 960 B.C. around springs and special bathing pools and learn about the spiritual healing powers of the waters; turn to the power of prayers at the Samuan Tiga Temple, and see the biggest temple of all the temples – the Pura Besakih Temple Complex just at the base of Mount Agung. These are just three of the many temples to see, not to mention that we haven’t even begun to explore the many astounding beaches, the museums, the art, culture nor the dining experiences that can be had!
Start doing your research to learn about the ups and downs of travel to Indonesia and then plan you trip.