Top Things to See and Do
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is the sanctuary for Balinese long tailed monkeys, located within the village of Padangtegal. The habitat holds around 700 monkeys and at least 115 species of trees within the forest. The forest is also home to three temples, making this sanctuary an important spiritual, economical, conversational and educational place.
Bali is home to some of the best macro diving spots in the world. The abundance of coral reefs, manta rays and mola-molas make Bali a diver's paradise. There are a range of diving options within Bali to suit the beginners and the experienced as well as a variety of tours or solo experiences.
Considered Bali's most famous beach, Kuta Beach is a buzzing place filled with accommodation, dining and shopping scenes. Kuta Beach is popular with young tourists, offering cheap prices and a thriving nightlife. The beach is also popular among surfers and beach lovers.
Known as Bali's most luxurious destination, Seminyak is home to a number of restaurants, clubs, boutiques and galleries. Seminyak also offers some of the best sunsets and shows of Balinese culture. It has a laid back atmosphere and provides the perfect destination to spend your holiday.
Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali's most famous landmarks, this historical Hindu temple and iconic pilgrimage site is built on a dramatic rock formation in the sea. Located around 20km from the capital, Tanah Lot Temple dates back to the 15th century. However, now the site is commercialized with restaurants, shops and market stalls.
Ubud Art Market
Located in the center of Ubud village, the Ubud Art Market is a warren of market stalls filled with wood carvings, clothing, trinkets and souvenirs. The market is open everyday and is the perfect place to test your bargaining skills.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Famous for its beautiful scenes, Tegallaland Rice Terraces form the three most splendid terraced landscapes in the Ubud region. The site offers stunning scenic lookouts over the rice fields and surrounding green landscapes, which provide incredible photo opportunities.
This sacred mountain is located in Batur village and is an active volcano. The two hour trek to the summit is best hiked in the early morning to get a glimpse of the sunrise. The top provides incredible views so don't forget your camera!
Bali should be on every surfers to do list, whether you're an experienced rider or a newbie, there are surfing spots to suit everyone. The west coast of the island and Bukit peninsula are the best surf spots in the dry season, when the biggest swells hit. Surf camps are also popular throughout the island.
Goa Gajah, also known as the elephant cave, is located near Ubud and is an archaeological site of historical significance. Within the walls of the site visitors can explore rock wall carvings, bathing pools, fountains and meditation caves.
Spa's are widely found throughout Bali offering a range of traditional treatments and Balinese products. A number of retreats and wellness centers are also available making Bali a top destination for spa-goers.
This beach resort town consists of a string of coastal villages all providing a low-key and relaxing atmosphere. The area is known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs and dolphins. Snorkeling and dolphin day trips are popular activities from Lovina.
Last Updated: 19 October 2018
All travelers to Bali must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least six months after your date of arrival. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day visa for free upon arrival. But note that this visa cannot be extended.
The best way to get around Bali is either by taxi, bemo, bicycle or boat. Travelling at your own leisure by car or motorbike is also an option however be aware of the busy traffic and unfavorable driving conditions
The currency in Bali is Rupiah (RP). ATM's are common throughout Bali and credit cards are excepted at more expensive establishments. Bargaining is recommended while shopping, especially at the local markets.
Tipping in Bali is not expected, however if the service is good it is appropriate to leave a small gratuity.
230V 50Hz. 2 pin socket and round plug (An adapter is required).
Most mid-range to top end hotels add 21% to the final bill for tax and service, known as plus plus. At budget accommodation, this is usually included in the price.
Last Updated: 19 October 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
May is the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of 28°C and the coldest is January at 26°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is January with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C.