With its deep spiritual essence and rich cultural heritage, holidays to Bali are all about exploration. Discover terraced rice paddies at dawn, explore monkey-crowded forests and visit holy water temples blanketed in flowers.
Sunseekers, surf Bali’s legendary waves and dive with manta rays and turtles. Spiritual yogis, discover enlightenment in Ubud. And partygoers, head to Kuta for carousing local nightlife.
Book a trip to Bali if you’re looking for an adventure, looking to find yourself, or just want some gentle downtime.
Here’s everything you need to know about travelling to Bali to find your bliss:
Trips to Bali from South Africa are an affordable holiday option for travellers looking to combine a relaxing beach escape with unique Asian culture.
When to go:
The best time to book a trip to Bali is between April and September. Bali is best avoided during the rainy season, which falls between October and March.
Flights from South Africa can take between 14 and 18 hours, with many airlines offering flights via the Middle East.
Couples and honeymooners on holiday in Bali will enjoy the island’s alluring romance, while families with active teenagers will appreciate Bali’s abundance of watersports and beachside fun.
What to do when you’re there:
Bali is a shopper’s paradise, so be sure to take extra spending money and haggle for the best price at market stalls as this practice is part of the culture. Discover Bali’s excellent cuisine and eat out at local restaurants. Head to the local bars or buy drinks at the supermarkets instead of at hotels where prices are often double. Treat yourself to affordable daily spa treatments at local spas and salons or even on the beach. For an authentic experience of Balinese culture, sign up for a cooking class with the locals.
Spend at least 10 nights in Bali to immerse yourself in the local culture. Book activities on arrival as local packages tend to be more cost-effective. If you’re looking for uncrowded beaches, head to Seminyak. Palm-fringed beaches can be found in the south and black sand beaches in the north.
Whatever your reasons for booking a Bali holiday package from South Africa, the island’s slow pace and light touch is seductive. Like the locals, who daily return to their family temple to leave beautiful floral offerings, you’ll want to return to Bali’s undeniable magic as often as possible.