Ultimate guide (January 2019)
is a popular tourist island in Indonesia. However, the beaches
are not so good here. The main problems are either strong waves, or a long walk to the depth. Therefore Bali beaches can be recommend for surfers only. Island is popular mainly due to a large number of cultural and natural attractions (temples, mountain lakes, etc.), as well as due to a good tourist infrastructure. Many tourists usually go to the neighboring Gili islands
in search of a good beach. Beach: sand. Seabed: sand, stones.  Find hotels in Bali
Coordinates: -8.411584, 115.127169
Lovely beach hotels try to compensate the lack of good beaches in Bali. For example, for $200 per night you can stay in a luxury villa with private pool. Though it is very expensive by the standards of Southeast Asia, but similar villas rental would cost much more in the U.S. or in Europe. Also there are many budget accommodation options on the island. But considering all the above, we strongly recommend not to try to save much when choosing a hotel. Find hotels in Bali
How to get there 
Fly to Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
. Then hire a taxi.
There are many direct flights to Bali from all over the world. However, in many cases it will be cheaper first to fly to Bangkok
, and next fly to Bali by direct route of AirAsia
low cost airline. Find flights to Bali
When to go 
From April to October. Keep in mind that climate of Bali has a distinct rainy season from November to March, and we don't recommended to visit the island during this period.
Water temperature, C
Wind speed, meter/sec
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If the fares are really cheap, I think you should try. While there's a rain somewhere in Bali, it may sun shine on the other side of the island.
And anyway the weather in unpredictable in Bali. It quite be good weather in some dates in the rainy season. But still you should be ready, that it will be raining during a week or even more :)
What is a rainy season in Bali in December-January? What about climate in the neighboring islands? The air fares are cheap for Christmas, so I'm thinking what to do.
If you look for good snorkeling in Bali, I recommend Amex and Menjangan. Tulamben is also good for ship wrecks. But Menjangan is the best!
If you don't have much time, better go to Lombok from Gili. Lombok is very interesting
I love Bali, and I don't want to visit Gili at all.
As for beaches you don't need Bali. Bali is good for temples and for terraces.
Do we need Bali after Gili islands? As I understand Gili beaches are much better. We plan to get to Gili from Lombok island.
See also other islands nearby:
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1620 km to the north-west ↖