Bali and Beyond Holidays

The sprawling Indonesian archipelago encompasses more than 17,000 paradise islands and offers travellers a variety of memorable adventures and experiences, be that lazing on a blissful beach or two, searching for dragons, exploring culturally-significant landmarks or admiring awesome volcanic scenery.

Those that crave the beach life will find a rich assortment of sands on Bali. The southern shores entice with family-friendly Sanur, exclusive Nusa Dua and the fun-filled watersports of Benoa. Further east is tranquil Candidasa with its volcanic sands, while on the north west coast is Menjangan which lies within the unspoiled West Bali National Park.

Just a hop inland from Bali’s southern beaches is Ubud, which as the island’s cultural and artistic heart, oozes creativity. Craft shops and galleries crowd the central marketplace, while in the surrounding countryside spectacular rice terraces overlook river valleys and intricately carved temples are concealed within lush forests.

Travel across the Lombok Strait to neighbouring Lombok for secluded beaches, great dive spots, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and an active volcano, Mount Rinjani. Lombok is also gateway to the celebrated Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air - three exquisite droplets of white sands encircled by teeming coral reefs.

Beyond the beaches, Java is the heart of the nation and jam-packed with smoking volcanoes, mesmerising temples and pea-green paddy fields. At its centre is Yogyakarta, a distinctive town and fascinating stronghold for tradition and culture. Other highlights include the majestic Borobudur temple complex and watching the sun rise over the lunar-like landscapes of the volcanic Bromo region.

At Rinca Island wildlife watchers are also in for a treat. Part of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park it’s one of very few places to spot ferocious Komodo dragons in the wild.

Consider also combining a stay in Bali, or one of its neighbouring islands, with other Far East or Middle Eastern destinations.

    Why visit Bali and Beyond?
  • Sun-kissed shores for beach lovers
  • Superb surfing, snorkelling and diving
  • Mighty volcanoes & vivid rice terraces
  • Temples, culture & colourful ceremonies
  • Arts and crafts in Ubud
  • Wild Komodo dragons
  • Island hopping


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Where to stay in Bali and Beyond

Java

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Ubud

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Lombok

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Gili Islands

Gili Islands

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Essential facts about Bali and Beyond
Local Time

GMT + 8 hours

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah

Travel information

There are no non-stop flights between the UK and Bali, travel is usually via Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur and the total travelling time including a 90 minute stop is approximately 17 hours. Lombok is 2 hours from Bali by ferry or a short 35 minute flight. Gili Meno is around 30 minutes by boat from Lombok. Flights to Java from Bali are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to Jakarta; 1 hour 10 minutes to Yogyakarta and 40 minutes to Surabaya.

Best time to go

While April to October is considered the best time, there is never a bad time to travel to Bali, Lombok or Java, as it’s generally warm throughout the year. Although more rain tends to fall from November to March, it’s usually a short, tropical downpour.