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Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry

Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

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Bali Pure Adventure

This ultimate Pure Break itinerary has a strong focus on taking you on a journey of how this beautiful country uses sustainable initiatives and how you ...
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£1450
/ person
duration
11 days
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Discover Authentic Indonesia

Discover Indonesia unique landscape, cultures and historical diversity with this unforgettable journey from Java to Bali. Through a journey that explores a myriad of Hindu and ...
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£1660
/ person
duration
13 days
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Bali Family Adventure

Travel to a wildly exotic location with your loved ones which and have unforgettable experiences whilst journeying together as a family. This tour around Indonesia will ...
from
£1195
/ person
duration
12 days
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Bali Adventure

Explore the natural wonders of Bali on this 8 day adventure. You’ll find yourself exploring dense jungles, hiking to hot-springs, photographing nature and ...
from
£910
/ person
duration
8 days
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Honeymoon Discovery of Bali

Take a romantic break away from daily life and the bustle of city trips with a spectacular and exotic getaway to the Bali, perfectly suited to ...
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£755
/ person
duration
7 days

Bali Culture Week in Indonesia, Ubud

Get ready for an action packed week full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions to learn about Balinese culture and getting to know the rest of the ...
from
£350
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Teaching English Volunteer Programme in Indonesia, Ubud

On this teaching program, in the beautiful setting of Pejeng you will have the opportunity to teach children a variety of subjects in English. The week ...
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£300
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Yoga and Meditation in Indonesia, Ubud

Many people travel the world to experience Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation. In fact, they take this a ...
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£450
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Kindergarten Project in Indonesia, Ubud

Work in local kindergartens in Ubud’s surroundings by teaching the children basic English in an informal and fun way! Our program is set in over ...
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£300
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Construction and Renovation Project in Indonesia, Ubud

If you like to participate in construction activities to make a positive difference in the lives of communities, this is the ideal program for you! This ...
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£300
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Adventure Week in Indonesia, Ubud

We highly recommend the Bali Adventure program on your Bali trip! The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this ...
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£500
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Beach Break in Indonesia, Sanur

A popular add-on package to our existing list of programs is the Bali Beach Holiday at Sanur beach. Sanur presents you with quiet and idyllic ...
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£700
/ person
durations start from
7 days

Bali Turtle Conservation Project in Indonesia, Nusa Penida

The Turtle Conservation project is located on the charming island of Nusa Penida. Work alongside a local team and help protect the endangered sea turtles of ...
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£450
/ person
durations start from
7 days

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Quick Facts

Name

Republic of Indonesia

Population

261 million

Capital

Jakarta

Language

Indonesian (official)

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Time Zone

UTC +8

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Climate

Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees Celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until march, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Culture

Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. A good example of this are the small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) found in every house, restaurants, stall and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India, for example.

Gastronomy

The food in Bali is very different than that of the rest of Indonesia due to ingredients such as pork (not eaten by the rest of Indonesia’s large Muslim population). Notable dishes include Babi guling, a ceremonial dish, which is roast suckling pig served with rice, Bebek betutu, duck topped with herbs and roasted banana leaves, Lawal, a range of Balinese salads, usually served with chopped vegetables, meat, coconut and spices, and Uruatan, spicy sausages.

Transportation

By Bus
Perama buses is the most famous company that will transport you around Bali and other parts of Indonesia. Another popular company is Trans Sarbagita, which are comfortable and air conditioned and stop on bus stops on road curbs. We highly recommend booking at least one day in advance to make sure there is a seat for you. Moreover, there are shuttle buses (called “Bemos”) between Bali’s most popular destinations.

By Taxi
Taxis are a common way to get around. Blue Bird/Bali Taksi are regarded as one of the most reliable companies. Taxis are metered and the drivers are often able to speak good enough English to understand you. They also have waiting service, which means they will wait for you while you go sightseeing and take you back home (for an extra charge, of course), if you wish to.

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