Surrounded by sandy beaches, covered in dramatic volcanic landscapes, and adrift in a sea full of colourful marine life; Bali is a paradise for nature lovers. It's a spiritual place with Hindu temples and a fascinating ancient history, and much of the island is traditional and untouched which appeals to visiting backpackers. However, there are also large, modern resorts on some areas of the island, and certain towns are famous as party spots, with huge clubs and dancing until dawn. Things to see
Kuta Beach is one of Bali's original tourist spots, and with white sand and turquoise seas, it's easy to see why it quickly became a popular spot. On this long stretch of sand you'll find bars blasting music, surf shops, and people offering boat trips or horse rides. It's safe to say it's not a quiet beach, but it's a great spot for a walk or swim. At night, Kuta Beach becomes a party spot, with bonfires lit, and parties spilling out onto the sands. At Ubud Monkey Forest, you can see some of the species that make up the diverse nature of the island. Made up of a grand Hindu temple, and a preserved area of dense forest, you can wander around and enjoy the calm, cool atmosphere of the forest while spotting playful monkeys, exotic reptiles, and colourful birds. The Beachwalk Bali is one of the island's newest shopping centres, and offers upmarket, designer shopping in a sleek, air-conditioned mall. You'll find brands here from around the world, as well as upmarket restaurants set around the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Hotels in
Bali attracts a huge number of tourists, from backpackers to those seeking luxury spa breaks. However, it's the midrange hotels in Bali that are usually the most popular, offering clean, comfortable rooms close to the most popular tourist spots. Rooms usually have a traditional Balinese look, but have modern facilities such as free WiFi and air conditioning, as well as amenities such as private bathrooms, free bottled water, and hair dryers. If you're close to the beach then you'll often have a private balcony or terrace with views. Most 3-star hotels have basic, practical facilities such as bike rentals, gardens, and luggage storage, and may offer a free breakfast as part of your nightly rate. Where to stay
Kuta is the main tourist resort on Bali, and it's especially popular with Australians, including backpackers, for whom it's a cheap, colourful paradise. From huge malls to markets selling cheap t-shirts, it's a handy spot for shopping, and there's a wide selection of restaurants from upmarket offerings in large hotels, to burger bars with tables on the beach. This is also the place where you'll find a lot of cheaper Bali hotels, so it tends to be popular with those on a shoestring budget. Kuta is perhaps best known as a party spot, and at night the party seems to be happening on every street and along the beach, with clubs open until the small hours. How to get to Bali
The main arrival point for Bali is Ngurah Rai International Airport, and most flights arrive from across Asia and Australasia. Set in the south of the island, it's just a short taxi ride to many of the island's most popular resorts, with pre-paid cabs available at the terminal. If you're going further afield, then there are buses to most mid to large sized towns, usually with a stop close to the centre. Another cheap way to get around is by Bemo, a shared, open-air minibus that are usually the best way to get round to smaller towns.