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Bali is the most favourable Indonesian destination for Kiwis, it is clear why, it has the fun in the sun retreat feeling, surf, beaches, diving and impeccable resorts. Everything that makes for a perfect holiday for any relaxation seeker. But Bali is more than just another holiday spot for many, it is the essence and the people that amplify the memorable Bali holiday experience that many return for. Bali is unique, not just unique because it’s of a magical, mystical island full of eastern culture, this Indonesian island has some of the most extraordinary architecture and historical buildings you will see in your life, along with an incredible realm of energy, if you holiday in Bali these three words “Bali is unique” will ring true. Connect with Bali through the lavish pleasures of Seminyak, get lost in the chaos that is Kuta district. Go surfing at one of the top beaches in Bali as recommended by our Inspire page. It’s not until you get to Ubud you will discover the heart of Bali, here the culture is most accessible, the mesmerising monuments and a chance to witness incredible steps of rice fields as you look out from a hill top.
The culture in Bali is so solidified it will inspire an almost spiritual sense, with its authenticity Balinese culture is like an art. Majestic statues and traditional Balinese buildings will be one of the first things any first time Bali holiday goer will notice. Make sure you experience the traditional travellers Bali itinerary, see some beaches and get a massage in some of the most beautiful resort spas with the most incredible views you will see in your life. Don’t forget to extract some of that true Bali essence, your time in Bali will offer colourful ceremonies, beautiful temples, and countless encounters with the local animals when you add some of that essence to your itinerary. Find comfort in your Bali adventure check our guide to Bali sightseeing from Inspire.
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The best time for you to visit Bali is during dry season: the months of April, May, June and September. Just before and just after high season, the weather conditions around this time are very pleasant. If you enjoy taking part in some water sport activities, these months provide you with clear water and less crowds. The room and villa prices around this time can be a lot cheaper.
Bali experiences tropical, warm and humid climate all year round. There are two distinctive seasons; dry season from May until September, and the wet season, from October to April. The average year-round temperatures in Bali is close to 31°C and a humidity level of around 85%.
If you have the desire to connect with traditional Bali, you may be tempted to try Lawar. If you’re going to consume any local Balinese dish make it this one. The tasty dish is created from a combination of vegetables, coconut and minced meat mixed with rich Balinese herbs and spices. On the island you will discover a number of different takes on this authentic dish.
Uluwatu Sea Temple, or Pura Lahur Uluwatu is one of most spectacular temples on the island believed to be one of Bali’s spiritual pillars. It is renowned for its exceptional location, the temple lives on the edge of an eighty metre cliff above the waves. Here you can experience the ultimate Balinese sunset and encounter Kecak Fire Dance performances.
Splash out in Asia’s most impressive water park, Waterbom Bali, definitely worthy of a day out with the family. The perfect adventure for everyone, the thrill seekers will love the sheer number of exhilarating world-class slides, but, for the younger more reserved guests might be more suited to the splash playground and extensive Lazy River.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is an unusual place of worship, with masses of mischievous monkeys living in and around the sacred temples and lush greenery. Definitely good value to visit and interact with the hordes of Balinese long-tailed monkeys. Be wary that the monkeys will keep an eye out on passing tourist in hopes of handouts! Monkeys aside, the peaceful forest and its mossy temples are beautiful.
Read our Inspire articles to take with you on your Bali journey
Auckland (AKL) to Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) 11h 50m
Wellington (WLG) to Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) 10h 55m
Christchurch (CHC) Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) 11h 5m
Bali’s traffic is busy! You have all forms of transport, while you’re learning to dance through the chaos, Bali has alternative ways to let you get through traffic quickly and cost effectively. Get around town on an Ojek; simply a motorcycle taxi, people will stop voluntarily if you stand on the side of the road. Travelling in Bali is efficient in a Bemo, they have 2 rows down each side of the vehicle maximising the carriage amount. There are forms of formal public transport the KURA_KURA bus takes you around the main areas of the island, tickets are well priced - like everything else in Bali.
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