Bali as a destination has a vast number of opportunities to offer, from its beaches to rice fields, to volcanic mountains, to coral reefs and nightlife. It is a paradise for travellers throughout the year, however, summer in Bali has its own charms. Choosing to spend a summer, exploring the island could make for one of the happiest memories of your life. Along with the attractions, Bali is also full of lovely and hospitable people. The warmth of the sun on your skin and the tranquil climate will always leave you wanting for more.
Celebration in Bali never stops. The place embodies not only night parties and clubs but also is a celebration of life, food, music, and culture. Exploring a place requires investment, both in terms of money and time. Bali during summer gives you the maximum value for your investment. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner or family, there's plenty for you to enjoy in Bali.
Places to explore in Bali, during the summer
1. Nusa Dua:
Nusa Dua is home to four white-sand beaches in Bali, is one of the most popular places to visit during the summer season. Largely known for its water sports like parasailing, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and diving, the place is packed with luxury. It is also one of the very few beaches in the world to have an 18 hole golf course for travellers and locals to enjoy.
2. Crystal Bay and Jimbaran Beach:
The best beaches for a relaxing and calming holiday spot. The two beaches are hidden in the nooks of Bali and therefore, less travelled. You can sit back and engage in sunbathing while enjoying sea-food delicacies or go surfing and deep-sea diving in the ocean. The isolation also makes it perfect for a romantic get-away.
3. Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan:
Collectively, the two lakes are referred to as the ‘twin lakes’. They are one of three volcanic lakes in north Bali. It is an ideal escape from Bali’s hot weather. The lake also facilitates a jungle trek, allowing travellers to explore the nearby rainforests and view exotic birds and native giant ficus trees. The place also has a couple of local restaurants for travellers.
4. Banyumala Twin Waterfall:
Two Waterfalls separated by a rock, the Banyumala Twin waterfall is a lesser-known waterfall from the island of Bali. Contrary to other trails, this waterfall has a natural trail between a bamboo forest. However, this also makes it a little difficult to locate. It is an ultimate spot for nature lovers. The waterfalls also create a large pool with crystal-clear water at the bottom, which one can jump into and freshen up after a long trek.
5. Mount Batur:
One of the most prominent volcanic peaks of the island of Bali, Mount Batur is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is the most popular attraction amongst tourists for hiking and spotting beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It is so well-known that many travel companies now provide detailed and guided trekking itineraries for Mount Batur.
Kuta Beach is well-known for its bars, resorts and eateries. You can explore Bali’s nightlife in Kuta attending regular beach parties that are organized here. Kuta’s parties generally attract younger crowds. It is focused on mega-drinks, ultra-cheap clubs and music. The locals are regular at these parties. Karaoke and local music are an important part of Kuta’s parties. There are also after house spots and street food to enjoy after the parties are over.
Seminyak and its beaches is another well-known spot for party-goers and tourists. The nightlife here, however, is more refined and luxurious. Many music and food festivals take place on a regular basis, featuring international DJs and musicians. The clubs are expensive with fine drinks and beautiful venues overlooking the sea. You can also enjoy numerous infinity pools, exhibitions and installations that take place here throughout the year. More than night clubs, you’ll find beach clubs in Seminyak. The place has many restaurants with delectable Balinese food. It also houses sophisticated beach resorts and clubs and thus, the major inflow here are tourists and travellers looking for a good time.
8. Candidasa- Lempuyang Temple:
Housing virgin beaches, Candidasa is home to unexplored nooks and crannies of Bali. It also has numerous hikes and walks for travellers who are looking for a peaceful and tranquil vacation alone or with a partner. There are also multiple camping spots near the Lempuyang temple, for travellers to spend the night under the stars in the lap of nature.
9. Valley of the Kings- ‘Pura Gunung Kawi’:
This shrine or temple, dedicated to Balinese royalty is located in a ravine between rice fields. There are cliffs flanking the river Pakerisan flowing through the ravine. The cliffs also have stone carvings of kings and queens. It is believed that the Balinese royalty honoured were allegedly cremated here.
10. Stairway to Heaven:
The stairway to heaven is one of the most important religious places in Bali. It is one of six temples dedicated to ‘Sang Hyang Widi Ulasa’ or the Supreme God. There are 1700 steps cut into each side of the mountain, which is an hour and a half climb to the top. Travellers can view the scenic beauty from the top, alluding to being amongst the clouds and hence the name. The temple is also one of nine directional temples of Bali that are believed to protect the native Balinese from ‘evil spirits’.
11. King of the Swingers- Bali Treetop Adventure:
One of the most exciting activities for kids to do is climb trees in the world-renowned jungles of Bali. The activity has 7 circuits and 72 obstacle courses. This is not only confined to children but adults interested in exploring Bali from treetops and do not mind getting sweaty and dirty. This activity can also prove to be a bonding time between parents and their children.
12. Waterbom Bali:
Waterbom Bali is one of the most renowned waterparks in Bali as well as the world. During the Summer months, this place experiences a large influx of both locals and tourists. This attraction is another great one for travellers with kids to beat the Bali heat. There are various rides and attractions within the park for both children and adults to enjoy. Moreover, after an excruciating day, you can enjoy food and drinks at swim-up bars and restaurants in the park.
Shopping is an important experience in Bali. The local markets and upscale boutiques have so much to offer. Surf gear can be found in almost all cities of Bali, due to the large beach and surfing culture. New fusion shops selling surf gear and cafes have been recently emerging in Bali. Handmade home decor like chiselled chairs, tribal rugs, antique art and ceramics are also some of the most popular products among tourists to take back from Bali. Lastly, an errand to a local market will get you touristy trinkets like dyed kimonos, crochet slips and great quality shoes at a reasonable price.