Bali, Indonesia

Bali Summer Sale

Bali Summer Sale

Indo’s Isle of the Gods

Bali has long been the fodder of travel brochures, as befits such a seriously enticing place and the Bali summer sale is one you don’t want to miss.  From the spiked, smoke-belching volcanos of the north to the cliff-backed bays of the Bukit Peninsula in the south, it ranges past verdant rice paddies and misty jungles where macaques swing on the vines. Hip towns like Canggu and Kuta bring spice to the mix – think chic beach bars and rollicking bamboo shacks. There are earthy warung eateries serving peanut-topped satay, and beautiful Bali vacation rentals that are adorned with Hindu carvings and fronted with glimmering pools. There’s loads to love about the legendary Isle of the Gods.

Riding the waves of adventure in Bali

Wax the board and ready the rash vest because Bali is one of the world’s surfing meccas. You can carve tubes at Bingin Beach or join the beginners on the curling breakers of Kuta. Alternatively, just sit with an ice-cold Bintang beer and watch the masterful locals whiz and twirl on the swells. Other sorts of adventures are everywhere. Book Bali vacation rentals in Ubud to hop between mystical temples and bike through terraced rice paddies. Head north and there are sunrise treks up the cone of Mount Batur and cultural encounters with ancient Aga villages.

 

Temples abound in Bali

What sets Bali apart from the other 17,500 islands of Indonesia is its religion. This speck on the map is predominantly Hindu, not Muslim. That’s the reason it’s peppered with such enchanting temples and shrines, and why incense smokes on the sidewalks. To see some of the most amazing spots for worship, head down to the Uluwatu Temple. It clings to a precipitous cliff face and hosts the iconic Kecak Fire Dance in the evening. Even more dramatic is the island-top temple of Tanah Lot. Its pagoda pokes up from the Bali Sea, accessed by paths cut straight into the rock face.

 

When’s surf up in Bali?

Bali is just a whisker south of the equator, and humid, hot and tropical all year round. It follows a 2-season pattern that sees the rains come between November and March, and daily highs hover around the 90s, no matter the month. The upshot is that most travelers seek out their surf shacks for the summertime, between June and August, when there are hardly any downpours and the sea is warm and clear. For a great deal on cheap Bali vacation rentals, you could consider a trip in March or April, before the crowds descend and rates increase.

 

Bali is a natural jewel

There’s a reason that Bali has become a byword for tropical paradise.  Like a veritable Hawaii of Southeast Asia, it ranges from smoking volcanic peaks that soar to over 3,000 meters to black-sand beaches, where the waves of the Bali Sea spray their salt wash against carved cliffs. Talking of beaches, the south coast is the place to go for them. Nusa Dua has stretches of yellow sand, while Bukit and Legian have long lengths of wave-washed shore that’s great for surfers. Inland are also jungles and rice paddies, all inhabited by monkeys and snakes and buffaloes.

 

Ubud – the soul of Bali

If the beaches of the south are Bali’s body, Ubud is its soul. Prepare to be amazed as you delve into the jungles and wander between this ancient town’s Hindu carvings. Smoke twists and turns from incense sticks on the streets, bazaars brimming with coffee beans and sarongs spill into the courtyards and there are art galleries everywhere. You’ll sleep in Ubud vacation rentals that perch above impossibly green rice paddies or stay in opulent Balinese villas with pools shaded by forests through which monkeys swing. You’ll dine on peanut satay sticks in earthy warung kitchens and explore rock-carved temples that are 1,000s of years old.

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