Destination guide

Bali – Indo's Isle of the Gods

Bali has long been the fodder of travel brochures, as befits such a seriously enticing place. 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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Bali?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,843 vacation rentals near Bali. From 5,239 Villas to 564 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bali for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bali?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bali. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ubud: 827 vacation rentals
  • Seminyak: 2,366 vacation rentals
  • Canggu: 4,790 vacation rentals
  • Sanur: 238 vacation rentals
  • Uluwatu: 2,225 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bali! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bali?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bali:

  • Ubud: 827 rentals
  • Canggu: 4,790 rentals
  • Uluwatu: 2,225 rentals
  • Kuta: 5,530 rentals
  • Denpasar City: 5,902 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Bali?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bali. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seminyak Square: 6,042 rentals
  • Uluwatu Beach: 5,196 rentals
  • Ubud Monkey Forest: 5,505 rentals
  • Kehen Temple: 1,288 rentals
  • Honorary Consulate of the Netherlands: 6,003 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bali listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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