What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear Bali? Intriguing paradise? Romantic getaway? Spa oasis? Mystical ceremonies? The list could probably go on and on.
Bali – the famous ‘Island of Gods’ is located about 8 degrees south of the equator, sandwiched between the islands of Java and Lombok in central Indonesia. UTC +8 and conveniently connected with major hubs in Australia and Asia, such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Perth. Just have US$25 ready for your visa-on-arrival and soon your journey can start.
The climate is tropical, yet pleasant all year round: 31 degrees Celsius on average, twisted with a fresh sea breeze in coastal areas, while higher regions have lower temperatures around the 27C mark. The summer goes from April to September and the rainy season respectively from October to March.
Bali boasts a compelling mix of attractions; Exotic rice paddies, historic Hindu temples and sacred volcanoes rub shoulders with a large variety of activities, such as surfing, rafting, trekking and diving.
And that is what makes the island so special: its diversity. Ubud in central Bali is a perfect hideaway for those looking for lush greenery, yoga retreats and art. Did you know that Balinese have a century old culture which is based on spirituality, blended with religion, tradition and art? Even an old saying says that every Balinese is an artist. Explore the remarkable black volcanic sand beaches in northern Bali around the towns of Lovina and Singaraja or visit contemporary restaurants and bars in Seminyak in the south. How about a trip to Padang-Padang, the famous beach with its rocks and limestone cave used as location for the blockbuster ‘Eat, Pray & Love’, starring Julia Roberts? Bali’s road system makes it convenient to reach all those places within a short period of time and wherever you go, you will be immediately greeted with a Balinese smile.
Still thinking of high hotel costs? Well you can enjoy totally free stylish accommodation by arranging a home swap in Bali. It's a excellent option enabling you to enjoy an affordable holiday but without compromising any of the comforts. Imagine: you can stay in Bali in a luxury villa, your new neighbours invite you to one of their colourful ceremonies, your children become friends with the local kids and you might even learn secret food recipes. Home swapping gives you oppertunities to experience something priceless no hotel could give you. Tempted?
Visit the Home Base Holidays site (www.homebase-hols.com) where you can list your own house and start looking for like-minded Balinese who would like to visit your place at the same time.
SELAMAT DATANG DI BALI (Welcome to Bali)!
Insider Tip: Experience Bali during Nyepi or also known as ‘Silent Day’ in March. Balinese will first celebrate a carnival-like parade on the streets, followed by Nyepi the next day, a day of complete silence. Bali is the only place where even the airport will be shut down for 24 hours on that day. Nyepi symbolizes the Saka new-year.
Interested in home swaps in Bali? Check out this tempting Home Base Holidays offer:
Idyllic Balinese setting: spacious villa in extensive tropical gardens by river; rice terraces and temples close by. Large open veranda/living room overlooks swimming pool.
View this home swap in Bali