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Fly to Bali to discover a place that even the locals have dubbed the ‘Island of the Gods’. Bali is just one of the almost 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia, but within its shores it has endless contrasts for you to explore. Sandy beaches and rugged coastlines stand alongside volcanic hillsides, lush rainforests and traditional rice paddies.
Book your flight to Bali with Qatar Airways to experience all of these, as well as some of the finest surfing and scuba diving sites that the world has to offer.
Though it measures less than a hundred miles across, Bali is the most visited destination in all of Indonesia. If you are in search of stunning beaches then you’ll find that they are abundant on the island, from the golden sands of Sanur Beach to the volcanic landscape of Balangan.
But there’s much more to a trip to Bali than just relaxing on the beach. The historic Presidential Palace and gardens of Tirta Gangga in Karangesem is considered one of the island’s ‘must sees’ by many. Others will insist that you climb Mount Agung to visit Bali’s holiest monument, the Besakih Temple, also known as ‘the mother temple’. There are also many other ancient religious sites for you to discover, including the impressive island temple of Tanah Lot and the 11th century Pura Kehen.
There are numerous watersports opportunities for you to experience during your trip to Bali, whether you are an adventure enthusiast or a complete novice. Surfing is very popular on the island, and resorts like Kuta and Nusa Lembongan are considered to be among the best surf locations in the world. If you fancy exploring beneath the waves, head to Tulamben to don scuba gear and discover the wreck of the USAT Liberty. Bali has plenty of surfing and diving schools to get the uninitiated up to speed.
The island is also well known for its spas, yoga retreats and other health and wellness locations. A trip to Bali will also give you the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs, such as those of Air Banjar.
The cities of Bali are renowned for their street food carts, or kaki Lima’s, which sell affordable yet traditional dishes such as nasi goreng and mie goreng. Rice is a staple of Balinese cuisine, and you can even trace the food back to its source by visiting some of the island’s ubiquitous paddy fields and terraces.
If you are looking for more of a fine dining experience you’ll also be well catered for in Bali, with plenty of high-quality restaurants serving a fusion of international and local cuisine and using locally sourced ingredients. Fish and seafood dishes are particularly popular, and many restaurants incorporate a distinctly French flavour with many of their dishes.
Travelling to Bali is the perfect antidote if you are tired of shopping for mass-produced goods in chain stores. Many of the major fashion brands are available in the cities, and at much lower prices than might be the case at home.
But the real joy of shopping in Bali comes from discovering locally made items in independent boutiques and on street markets.
Ngurah Rai International Airport (sometimes referred to as Denpasar International Airport) is the main arrivals hub for flights to Bali.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Bali please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 HZ
Plugs: Type C / F
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
International dialing code: +62