All these years it appears it was wrong to believe Bali had nothing to offer those of us who prefer thrills and rushes of blood over beach cocktails and shopping bargains...read more
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bali
A holiday in Bali is the first encounter with Indonesia for many travellers. Of the 17,500 islands that comprise this nation – Bali stands out. Whether you want a beach break, spiritual retreat, jungle trek or nightlife to keep you buzzing for days; Bali delivers. A tour of Bali reveals a destination fringed by a combination of white and black sand beaches, whose tropical waters lure surfers, swimmers, snorkellers and divers from around the world. Coastal accommodation is abundant and whether your pockets are deep, or more often home to lint, there's something to suit you here.
Kuta is a clubbing and social whirl and nearby Seminyak is a luxury hub. Ubud is the cultural and artistic centre of the island. One of Ubud's best-known attractions is Goa Gajah, 'Elephant Cave', which in 1995 was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ibu Oka, one of Bali's most popular restaurants, is here too. Be primed for a literal and spiritual feast here when you're done with the beach. Just don't follow the song and leave your camera in the airport bar; that's the proof – you've been to Bali too.