Bali is a tropical paradise with a population of approximately 3.8 million people. Most Balinese are Hindu and assume a spiritual approach to life, reflected in the island’s nearly 20,000 temples.

The highland area around the town of Ubud is known for its lush landscapes and artistic traditions, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music. Shopping is incredible in the stone-carving village of Batubulan, the wood-carving village of Celuk, and the gold and silver jewellery centre of Mas. You can also immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby attractions such as Batur Temple, Bali Bird Park and Bali Reptile Park.

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal highlights in Bali

Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT +8 hours

  • Language(s) spoken

    Although there are 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago, Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Bali. English is widely spoken in the tourist centres as well as some knowledge of other languages.

  • Electrical system

    Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters are available and can be obtained through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Working hours

    Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Banks and government offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Passport requirements

    To enter Indonesia, you will need to furnish a passport that remains valid at least six months after your date of arrival and includes two consecutive blank pages. Check with your local Indonesian government representative for visa requirements.

New Year's Day 1 January
Birthday of Prohpet Muhammad 3 January
Chinese New Year 19 February
Nyepi 21 March
Good Friday 3 April
Labour Day 1 May
Ascension of Jesus Christ 14 May
Ascension of Prophet Muhammad 16 May
Vesak 2 June
Lebaran 16–21 July
Indonesian Independence Day 17 August
Idul Adha 24 September
Islamic New Year 14 October
Christmas Day 25 December