Indonesia is the tropical getaway you always wanted but didn't have on your radar. The beauty of Indonesia is that this massive archipelago offers something for every type of traveler. Heal your mind and body at wellness retreats. Go on rugged treks in the great outdoors...or go glamping! Stay in luxury enclaves with stretches of private beach. View seaside and mountaintop temples, and more. Culture, food, extraordinary scenery — Indonesia offers so much beauty and excitement that you'll want to explore this extraordinary counry, and its many islands, year after year.
Frequently asked questions
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- Where Are Bali's Airports?
Bali has one main airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport — also known as Denpasar International Airport or I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is located in southern Bali, 8 miles (13 km) south of Denpasar. It is about a 20-minute drive from popular tourist areas such as Seminyak and Kuta, and approximately one hour south of Ubud.
- Where Are the Nicest Beaches?
Bali is known for it’s beautiful beaches. The nicest and best of them are scattered around the island, and sometimes take a bit of work to reach - but are worth the trip. There are many popular beaches that all have their charms, and you could spend a lot of time exploring them all. Here are five beach gems worth visiting:
In the northeast, Amed has black sand beaches, a quiet atmosphere, and good snorkeling.
In the far south on the Bukit Peninsula, Nyang Nyang Beach is a long stretch of white sand and turquoise water that you may have all to yourself.
Green Bowl Beach has golden sands, shady caves, and plenty of places to swim.
Karma Beach is accessed by a funicular and has a beach club along with spectacular views.
Jimbaran has calm waters perfect for children and delicious fresh seafood barbecues on the beach.
- Where is the Best Surfing?
Bali is home to some of the world’s best surfing. Far southern Bali’s Bukit Peninsula has an embarrassment of riches in surf breaks - Uluwatu, Impossibles, Bingin, Padang Padang, and Dreamland. Medewi, in undeveloped southwestern Bali, has a world famous left-hand point break. Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu in southern Bali also have tasty waves. No matter your skill level, there’s a great wave to surf in Bali.
- Are National Parks and Reserves Safe?
Bali has only one major national park and reserve, West Bali National Park. It is considered safe, Only a small percentage of the total area of the park is open to visitors, and a guide recommended by the national park office is required to trek the official park trails. In the marine areas, chartered dive, snorkel, or boat trips must be taken with officially recognized operators. All visit is by permit, which is often included within the cost. While visiting the park, as long as you stay within the official limits and follow instructions from your guide or tour operator, your visit should be safe and uneventful. Remember to stay hydrated, and protect yourself against excessive sun exposure and mosquitos.
- Can I Expect to See Wildlife in Bali?
Yes, you will see wildlife in Bali. Indonesia’s unique island ecosystem supports the world’s third highest level of biodiversity. It is also part of the Coral Triangle hosting the world’s largest area of marine biodiversity. What type of wildlife you see depends on where you go and the time of year. Bali is a birdwatching paradise. 280 species of bird frequent the island, including the endangered Bali Starling. There are two different species of monkey - the grey macaques and the Javan langur. Grey macaques can be found in Ubud’s Monkey Forest Sanctuary, at Uluwatu Temple, and West Bali National Park. The park hosts a great variety of wildlife on land and sea.
Bali is home to many species of lizards and snakes. You will certainly encounter small, harmless geckos or tokays wherever you go. Snakes are less commonly seen and include big animals like pythons and king cobras.
The oceans around Bali are brimming with lively coral reefs filled with colorful fish, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, and other marine life.
If you don’t have time to explore, there are wildlife parks such as Bali Bird Park, Rimba Reptile Park, or Elephant Safari Park.
- Where is the Best Fishing?
Some of the best fishing in Bali can be found around the island of Nusa Penida to the south. Fishing charters can be booked from Tanjung Benoa. The waters around Nusa Penida hold a bounty of fish such as marlin, giant trevally, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, sailfish, ruby snapper, and amberjack. In northern Bali, Lovina is also known as a great fishing location for mahi-mahi.
- Are Bali's Parks and Reserves Well-Developed?
There are ranger stations and a park office where you may speak to a ranger and purchase a permit. Other than that, West Bali National Park and the surrounding areas are minimally developed. There are no concessions or accommodations available. Nearby villages have amenities, but not as many as areas like Kuta or Denpasar. It’s best to come prepared with water, snacks, and gear for your visit.
- Where are Bali's Top Activities?
There are beautiful beaches for swimming and world-class surfing, as well as watersports and fishing. Outdoor activities include trekking up volcanoes or in national parks, whitewater rafting, and exploring the cultural heritage of rice fields. Experience the culture of Bali through art museums in Denpasar and Ubud, and shopping for traditional handicrafts at Ubud Market. Beautiful temples dot the shoreline or sit high on mountains, or hold architecturally marvelous water features. See wildlife in the monkey forest or at the bird, reptile, or elephant parks. There’s something for everyone on the Island of the Gods.