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Bali Holidays

Bali holidays provide a fusion of experiences for you to embrace. From the white sandy paradise beaches of Kutu and Seminyak to the majestic volcanic peaks, rice paddies and monkey forest in Ubud, your holiday in Bali has something for all your family, whatever their age.

Nestled among the thousands of Indonesian islands in the Indian Ocean, Bali is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Whether you’re enjoying the crystal clear waters, dramatic volcanic peaks or twinkling lakes, you’ll soon notice that your holiday in Bali has a staggering vista at every turn. For such a small island Bali’s natural diversity is off the charts. Add to this the interesting Balinese culture, unique architecture and excellent food, it’s no wonder that Bali is nowadays on every discerning traveller’s radar.

Discovering the Balinese culture with its mix of gentle Hinduism and committed hippie communities is all part of what makes visiting Bali such a unique experience. Be marvelled by the multitude of wondrous temples, the hippie boutique shops and healing centres, and the seriously chilled way of life. Your holiday in Bali promises to relax, restore and rejuvenate your soul.

Adventure holidays in Bali

Surfers have flocked to the island of Bali to catch some waves here since the 1930s. Kutu Beach in the south is a great spot if you’re a beginner to surfing, as there is a myriad of surf schools and calm sea conditions. If you’re more of a pro and more advanced surfer then we recommend you head to Uluwatu Beach for a more challenging and diverse surf. When you go snorkelling or diving you will delight at Bali’s colourful and fascinating marine life. Swim with majestic mantas and the legendary mola-molas at Nusa Peruda, or enjoy wall diving and exploring the old USAT Liberty wreck in Amed.

With no direct flights from the UK, Bali is the ideal destination for a multi-centred holiday. Why not team your holiday to Bali with a stop in Dubai? Or perhaps you fancy pairing Bali with a stay in Singapore or Bangkok? Almost anything is possible, so call our Destination Specialists today who will help you create your dream holiday to Bali.

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy close encounters with the wild monkeys and the three jungle temples at the Sacred Monkey Forest
  • Visit Besakih Temple - the largest and one of the most important Hindu temples in Bali
  • Enjoy a day trip to explore Bali’s green rice fields, boutique shops and holistic healing centres at the hippie town of Ubud
  • Swim with majestic manta rays in the beautiful azure waters of Nusa Penida
  • Learn to surf at some of Bali’s best beaches, such as Kuta Beach or Seminyak

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Grand Hyatt Bali

Nusa Dua

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Guide Price

 €1,759  pp

Grand Hyatt Bali

The Samaya Seminyak

Seminyak

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Guide Price

 €2,689  pp

The Samaya Seminyak
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The Laguna - A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

Nusa Dua

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Guide Price

 €1,789  pp

The Laguna - A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
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The Oberoi Bali

Bali

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The Oberoi Bali

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Flights are indirect from Ireland via several Middle Eastern or Far Eastern cities

Currency

IDR - Indonesian Rupiah

Visa Information

Irish Passport holders are no longer required to obtain a visa on arrival to enter Bali for tourist stays up to 30 days.

Language

Indonesian, but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No specific vaccinations required, but we do recommend that you should be up to date with routine vaccinations. For full details, please contact your GP.

We could talk all day about Bali: its enticing satay skewers, its frangipani-filled spas and its blissful Seminyak sunsets. It’s not surprising so many people return from here feeling re-energised. We’ve no doubt you’ll feel the same affinity when you visit this idyllic Hindu province. The vision of enchanting temples and remarkable rice fields will be etched in your memory long after your return.

  • This is a photo of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali

    Explore Bali's beautiful temples

    Ulun Danu Temple: Also known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, this Hindu water temple complex is one of Bali's most famous sights and is located in the mountainous area of Bedugul. The temple is comprised of several buildings, the most iconic of which consists of a tall tower punctuated by several horizontal 'roofs' descending in size as they reach the peak of the tower. Tanah Lot Temple: Pura Tanah Lot, meaning 'Land in the Sea' in Balinese is a rock formation with temple situated just off the west coast of Bali and has played a part in Balinese mythology since the 16th century. This popular tourist and cultural attraction is especially enjoyable to see at sunset.

  • Sacred monkey forest

    Combine beaches and jungles

    Bali isn't just about beaches, although there are plenty of beautiful ones to be found. Head inland to Ubud in the centre of the island and enjoy lush green landscapes, verdant river valleys and playful wild monkeys. No trip to Bali would be complete without exploring both landscapes and if you have the time we recommend spending at least 2 or 3 nights in Ubud. Many of the hotels here have amazing valley views and the only sound you'll hear is the humming of the crickets and the calling of the birds - the perfect jungle retreat.

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    Watch a cultural performance

    Bali's rich spiritual and cultural heritage is both fascinating and endearing. Many hotels offer Balinese cultural shows, usually performed on an evening while you dine on local Indonesian cuisine. The cultural performances consist of various dances including the popular Barong dance which depicts the fight between good and evil with dancers in incredibly ornate outfits backed by a gamelan orchestra.

  • this is a photo of the Ocean Spa at Candi Beach Resort and Spa, Bali

    Pamper Yourself

    Bali is renowned for its health and well being. In all resorts you will find an abundance of spa's with talented therapists offering a huge array of treatments for a fraction of the price you can expect to pay here in the UK. In addition to spa's there are plenty of wellness retreats on the island and you will find that most hotels also offer yoga classes. Across Bali you will find restaurants serving healthy cuisine including the popular 'acai bowl' breakfast which is basically a thick smoothie topped with oatmeal and fruit served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon.

Bali

You can enjoy Bali all year round, with hot and sunny average temperatures of 28°C to 30°C. The best time to go to Bali is between June and September, when the island has the least rainfall.

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Average weather in January

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30ºC
350mm

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30ºC
294mm

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30ºC
200mm

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30ºC
94mm

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29ºC
70mm

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29ºC
63mm

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28ºC
50mm

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28ºC
24mm

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29ºC
30mm

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30ºC
90mm

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30ºC
160mm

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30ºC
300mm
  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

    No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to The Sacred Ubud’s Monkey Forest. Not only is it the perfect place to experience up-close encounters with Bali’s mystical monkeys, but also there are three mysterious temples hidden within the forest to explore. 

  • Emma, Destination Manager

    Emma

    Destination Manager

    If you like hiking then you can enjoy trekking the Campuhan Ridge Walk with its sweeping hilltop views. This six-mile walk passes rice paddies, dense jungle and charming tea houses along the way. It’s a truly amazing hike that offers you a completely fresh perspective of Bali.

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Bali holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Discover our favourites Bali festivals below.

  • Usaba Sambah Festival

    Every June, the Balinese honour the gods of their ancestors with the month-long festival of Usaba Sambah. The main event is the Perang Pandan contest, which is a war dance performed by men and boys dressed in traditional Balinese clothing. Holding a spiky pandan leaf in one hand and a circular shield in the other, the young men fight a battle to honour the God of War. Other highlights of this age-old traditional festival include the Sabatan Biu or Banana War, the Sacred Swings ritual and the coconut event. 

  • Ubud Food Festival

    If you’re a food enthusiast then you might like to plan your Bali holidays to coincide with the Ubud Food Festival, which happens every year at the end of April. With Indonesia’s diverse cuisine as the main star of the show, it is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting culinary events. You can take delight in discovering the extraordinary local produce, as well as cooking demonstrations from some of Bali’s most innovative chefs.

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Bali holidays. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.

Balinese dishes often involve plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish or meat, and a generous helping of spice.

Balinese cuisine draws its influence from Indonesian cooking but also from Chinese and Indian cuisine, and Baliniese food is a wonderful melody of dishes that always pack a serious punch in the flavour department.

  • Lawar

    Lawar is a wonderful blend of crunchy vegetables, grated coconut and minced meat all seasoned with a heady dose of herbs and spices. Each village has its own version and this dish is a definite must-try during your Bali holidays!

  • Sate Lembat

    Sate lembat is Bali’s version of satay, which involves seasoned chicken or pork that has been skewered and barbecued over hot coals. Sate lebat is served similarly to satay, as a classic meat-on-a-stick dish, and is a delicious aromatic mix of ground meat, spices and coconut. 

Our Bali destinations

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Bali

Sanur

Sanur
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Bali

Ubud

Ubud
Beach

Bali

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua
Surfer in Seminyak

Bali

Seminyak

Seminyak
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Bali

Lovina

Lovina
Jimbaran Beach Sunset, Bali

Bali

Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay
Bali Beach

Bali

Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa
Beach

Bali

Candidasa

Candidasa
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Bali

Legian

Legian

Bali

Kuta

Kuta

Types of Bali holidays

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Bali Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The beaches in Bali are very varied. Nusa Dua and Sanur beaches are palm-fringed, white sandy beaches occupied by hotels and resorts, while Uluwatu Beach boasts dramatic cliff scenery. Eastern and Northern Bali beaches such as Lovina and Amed boast an off-grid feel and striking volcanic black sand. 

The Tanah Lot Temple is located on a small islet off Bali’s southwest coast, at the end of Jalan Raya Tanah Lot in Beraban village, Kediri. It’s around a 45–60-minute drive from Kuta and Seminyak, and a 75-minute drive from Ubud. It’s possible to take an organised tour or taxi here.

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