Eat, stay, love
Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert headed to Bali for the 'love' part of her spiritual journey, but holiday here and we think it's the island itself that'll be most likely to steal your heart.
The first big draw is the beaches, coming in all shapes and sizes. The north and west coasts are home to dramatic black-sand spots, the east is a surfer's paradise, and in the south you'll find stretches of golden grains. Then there's the scenery. The island is volcanic, so you can expect soaring hills and striking dark cliffs, plus the interior is blanketed in lush jungle and bottle-green rice paddies.
Culture is another plus point. Thousands of fascinating temples (known as pura) are scattered all over Bali, often with flower petal offerings decorating the paths outside. Traditional art forms are still practised across the island, including batik painting, wood carving and dancing.
Flight time from the UK to Bali is around 16 hours.
Situated close to the equator, Bali has a tropical climate with two distinctive dry and rainy seasons. The rainy seasons last from around November to February. April to June is a lovely time to visit Bali; it’s dry, temperatures hover around 27°C and there’s less humidity than in July and August.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Indonesia for 30 days or less.
Tipping isn’t required in Bali as a service charge will generally be added to your bill at restaurants and hotels, so there is no need to leave a tip as well. However, if you wanted to leave a tip for excellent service, aim for 10,000 to 20,000 rupiah for drivers, porters and wait staff (although try to hand it to them directly rather than leaving it on the table).
The official language of Bali is Indonesian. English is widely spoken too.
No vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Bali, however all routine immunisations need to be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.