Why visit Bali?

The People

Serene, always smiling and inherently welcoming, the Balinese are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. It’s easy to strike up conversation, and not uncommon to be invited into a home. Deeply proud of their customs and traditions, they appreciate visitors’ efforts to respect them.



Wayang Kulit

The shadow puppet plays are an ancient form of storytelling that depict scenes from myths and epic Hindu legends like the Ramayana. Intricate models dance behind a screen to traditional music, and performances can be found all over the island.




Rich in spices, rice, meat and vegetables, Balinese cuisine is distinct from other Indonesian islands, with many Chinese and Indian influences. Street food is both popular and delicious, and the island is home to many cookery schools. You’ll also find little food offerings for the gods at temples everywhere.




For such a small island, the variety of the terrain is astounding. From the towering presence of the often smouldering Gunung Agung and the moonscapes surrounding its smaller siblings, Gunung Abang and Gunung Batur in the east, to the fertile plains of rice paddies grazed by water buffaloes, lakes, rapids and monkey forests in the heart, and to the mangroves of the north, it’s beguilingly beautiful.



Come for the surf along the southwest coast, or sunsets in a quiet coves in the west – the beaches in Bali are as varied as the island itself. Lined with black volcanic or golden sand, there are party beaches, secret castaway bays and stretches where you can watch fisherman land their catch first thing in the morning.



The island is literally littered with ancient temples. Some are grand complexes with dramatic backdrops, whilst others are a simple shrine, where worshipping and ceremonies are performed every day. Be sure to respect local customs and wear the correct clothing.