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One step onto the famed island of Bali and you may think you’ve arrived in paradise. Home to dazzlingly white beaches, topaz waters, floating temples, and an eclectic culture mixing Hindu, Buddhist, and indigenous influences, Bali is truly one of the brightest gems of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. But in a sun-drenched wonderland of surfers and shrines, our local expertise of the island will give you an edge—we’ll avoid the tourist traps and offer an insider’s take on this culturally and environmentally rich bucket-list destination.

From the sumptuous massages of seaside spas to the haunting sounds of a Gamelan orchestra, a tailor-made Bali holiday is guaranteed to delight, inspire, and leave you begging for more.

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Just a casual stroll down a random street in Bali is cause for wonderment: beautiful flower offerings to the gods brighten every doorstep, ornate shrines grace the street corners, and the mouthwatering smell of grilled satay wafts in the air. Outside the urban areas, a brilliant world of lush jungle, smoldering volcanoes, and aqua waters teaming with neon-hued fish beckon to nature lovers and adventurers. Whether you’re looking for a family rafting trip in Bali or a romantic dinner cruise for two on your personalized Bali honeymoon, our local Travel Specialists can arrange the perfect tailor-made Bali tour for you. The only danger in exploring Bali is that you may never want to leave.


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  • It has been a wonderful holiday and the guides you gave us were great! Thanks for all your help and we hope to contact Backyard Travel again in the near future for another adventure.

    Ms. Carolyn Wood (Indonesia, Jan 2015)

  • Amazing service . Thanks Olivia and Chika. Professional, organized, generous, helpful, kind, interesting, knowledgable. What more can we ask for?

    Mr. Tamar Eres (Indonesia, Sept 2014)

  • Your organization of our tour was fantastic, the staff was always nice and helpful, we loved everything and all the activities. Overall from 1 to 10, I give you 10 on everything.

    Mr. Marcos Cauduro Rojas (Indonesia, April 2014)

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Some Questions

about our Tours of Bali & Indonesia

Well-informed travel affords the best experiences. Browse through our Indonesia and Bali FAQs for logistical tips as well as cuisine recommendations and must-see highlights.

Yes, you do, but most nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival, which are available at most international airports in Indonesia including Bali, Jakarta, Medan, and Padang, as well as most international seaports. Visas for Indonesia on arrival cost US$35 and are good for a single entry lasting 30 days. For further information, contact our Indonesia-based Travel Specialist.

As an archipelago nation of more than 8,000 inhabited islands (that number jumps up to 17,000 when you count uninhabited islands!), Indonesia is home to many different topographies and microclimates. However, the Indonesian archipelago straddles the equator and temperatures generally range between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (high 70s to 90s Fahrenheit) year-round.

Weather in Indonesia is dry from June to September. The monsoon season, which starts in December and lasts until March, brings heavy but short downpours. Indonesian highland areas are cooler than the beaches and can get chilly at night. When you travel to Indonesia, it’s best to bring comfortable, casual, lightweight clothing in natural fabrics. But if you’re traveling to higher altitudes during the winter months, bring warmer clothes.

We recommend visiting Bali, Java, Sumatra, and Lombok during the dry months of June to September. If you’re thinking of heading east, towards Papua or Maluku, for example, May and June are your choicest months. July and August are peak season in Indonesia, however, which increases the price of services and accommodations. Keep this in mind if you’d like to avoid big costs and crowds. You can also contact one of our Bali-based Travel Specialists, whose hyper-local knowledge of the islands can help you plan a customized trip to Indonesia any time of year.

Indonesia is not just about the sun seekers and surfers at Bali’s famous Kuta Beach. A dizzying array of sights, activities, and experiences await you in this country’s many thousands of islands! If you want to avoid the tourist madness pervading Indonesia’s hotspots, you’ll be wowed by the peace, tranquility, and pristine beaches of the smaller islands, such as Lombok and rustic Sulawesi. Snorkelers and divers might appreciate the original “Spice Islands” of Maluku, where the turquoise waters teem with bright schools of fish.

Whether you’re seeking wildlife encounters in Sumatra, great diving and snorkeling, a volcano trek in Java, a guided Yogyakarta walking tour, tropical culinary adventures, or just some simple relaxation, we welcome you to use the in-depth knowledge of our Indonesia Travel Specialists to get you away from the crowds and in touch with new experiences.

Yes, and how! Indonesia is the land of the Komodo Dragon, the ‘Spice Islands,’ and of shipwrecks that sleep under the sea—it’s the stuff of childhood legends! Family travel in Indonesia also offers opportunities to meet orangutans in the wild, learn how to surf in Bali, see the Komodo Dragon, dive to a shipwreck, explore temple ruins, and snorkel your heart out. For the older set, Indonesia will awe and inspire with its vibrant culture, its intriguing history based on ancient trade routes, and some of the most creative and delectable cuisine in Southeast Asia. And did we mention the shipwrecks?

Some aviation safety records may have you thinking twice about flying to this archipelago nation, but we at Backyard Travel only book the safest airlines in Indonesia available. There has also been a major overhaul of the Indonesian aviation industry in the past few years, and safety records have improved.

You can easily find 3G-capable Indonesian SIM cards throughout the country. The four GSM-compatible phone operators are Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, and 3 (pronounced “Tri”). Of these, Telkomsel tends to be the most popular, as its coverage reaches virtually all of Indonesia. However, if you’re not planning on venturing into remote places, XL Axiata and Indosat offer good coverage in the urban centers at cheaper prices.

SIM cards and top-up credits are sold at virtually all phone shops and operator offices throughout the country. You’ll need to register your personal information to activate your local Indonesian phone number.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Indonesia, and you can expect to find currency exchange counters throughout the country. ATMs are ubiquitous in most cities, although they’re not as common in rural or remote areas. If you are traveling into the jungle or away from major tourist destinations, bring Indonesian currency (the Indonesian rupiah) with you just to be safe.

Indonesian food is as diverse as its islands and heavily influenced by its various historic trading roots. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love trying the Indonesian national dishes nasi goreng, an aromatic fried-rice that can be flavored with tamarind or dried fish; gado-gado, a delectable salad of cooked veggies, tofu, and egg topped with peanut-sauce (a great vegetarian option); and satay, succulent meat skewers covered with peanut sauce and often served with rice. If you can’t decide what you want, go for a plate of nasi camupur, as it combines a portion of white rice with many small servings of meats, vegetables, seafood, and satay dishes—a veritable sampler platter of Indonesian cuisine.

If like your meals less adventurous and more familiar, never fear. Bali has some fantastic international options. Keep in mind, however, that remote areas will have fewer options.

While tipping is not expected but always appreciated in Indonesia, it’s customary to tip your tour guides and drivers. As a general guide, we suggest tipping your Indonesian tour guide US$2.50 per person per day and your driver US$2 per person per day. If you loved the job your adventure tour guide did, we recommend tipping him or her US$15 per day for the whole group. In a restaurant, tipping 5–10% of your bill will make wait staff happy.

We are constantly impressed with the wide selection of accommodation in Indonesia, which boasts some of the best hotels in Southeast Asia. Whether your tastes run toward design, boutique, or 5-star, all are on offer in Indonesia. In remote areas, accommodations tend to be more basic, but they can be all the more charming for their rustic locations. Contact one of our Indonesia-based Travel Specialists who will be able to suggest the best accommodations for your preferences.

Before you travel to Indonesia, you should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and polio. These are, for the most part, routine vaccines. Malaria and dengue fever are present in Indonesia, and we do advise taking precautions. It’s also essential to have good medical insurance that covers the cost of an evacuation flight. Check with your government travel advisory on Indonesia for up-to-date information.

Indonesia is home and sanctuary to a vast spectrum of wildlife species. Please treat them and their ecosystems with respect.

If you come across an Indonesian temple festival or local ceremony, by all means feel free to observe, but do so with respect and the proper cultural etiquette. Similarly, because Indonesia is one of most culturally and religiously diverse countries in the world, you should take particular care for any cultural differences you may encounter. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

With a large Muslim population, Indonesia values modesty in dress, especially in women. Cover bare skin from the shoulders to the knees (that means no tank tops, shorts, or miniskirts), especially when entering places of worship. Many temples and religious sites will provide a sarong and waist sash for you to wear as you visit the site. Take off your shoes when entering someone’s home.

Shop for locally made products. Indonesia has a long and proud heritage of regional arts and handicrafts, including woodworking, carving, weaving, and puppetry. Plenty of beautiful and fascinating gift ideas will enthrall you, and your support of local artisans will help keep traditional Indonesian crafts alive.

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Sights & Experiences

Our blog articles devoted to Bali’s culture, nature, and local gems will inform and inspire you as you begin to plan your customized Bali vacation. See what sparks your imagination.

 

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What’s Special about Bali?

Our tailored Bali tours let you go beyond the standard tourist fare on this remarkable island. Home to a diverse spectrum of wonders from volcano treks and organic farm visits to premier scuba diving, five-star beach resorts, and dream-like Balinese dances, a bespoke Bali holiday has something for everyone.

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CHARACTER

With their finger on the pulse of Indonesian culture, the Balinese are both urbane and generous. These warm-hearted people are quick to tell a joke and to share the finer points of their customs with you.

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CLIMATE

Warmed by the equatorial sun and cooled by ocean breezes, Bali enjoys pleasant temperatures year-round. The monsoon bring showers from December to March, and the island is at its coolest from June to September.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Bars and nightlife thrive on Bali, while art and culture enjoy a bohemian renaissance in the laid-back city of Ubud. You’ll be spoiled for choice for fantastic dining with Bali’s diverse and inventive cuisine.

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CULTURE

Ancient Hindu customs, Buddhist influences, and indigenous roots come together to create Bali’s devout but vibrant culture. Immerse yourself in a Balinese dance, live gamelan performance, temple festival, or visit to a local artisan’s workshop.

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LANGUAGE

The locals speak Balinese in addition to Bahasa Indonesia, the national language. English is widely spoken in urban areas, and Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian proficiency is also on the rise in tourist areas.

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HISTORY

Delve into 15th-century and older Hindu history at the Besakih Temple Complex, or attend a traditional Balinese dance to be transported to a different time. The Bali Museum in Denpasar exhibits fascinating Balinese artifacts.

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Meet the Indonesia Team

Our Indonesia Travel Specialists bring local perspectives and the wisdom of experience to our bespoke Bali tours. Whether you prefer a cultural excursion through Indonesian art or a tropical beach escape, our team will find the perfect match for you in Bali.

Novi Olivia

Indonesia Travel Specialist

Nature doesn‘t last forever. It needs us to witness it‘s beauty and it‘s hard for me to refuse its seduction, or my urge to see more hidden things.

Unik

Indonesia Travel Specialist

Travelling has taught me many lessons, how people are living, respecting their life and care for each other. There is something magical about travelling.

Andhika Putra

Indonesia Travel Specialist

I draw my inspiration from my dream to see the world. When I lived in the US, I felt that I had got to a whole new world and this encouraged me to keep on exploring new things I love: Culture and food.



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Our advantage lies in having local expertise to create unique, bespoke tours. Whether you’re looking to cruise down Asia’s tranquil rivers, bike the peaceful rural roads, or eat at bustling night markets, Backyard Travel’s in-country Travel Specialists can plan your ideal trip. Send us a message about your ideas, and we'll send you our best suggestions.


 

 

 

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A company's services are best described by genuine unfiltered client feedback. Reviews for Backyard Travel Tours have been compiled from genuine customer feedback in partnership with leading review service, Feefo. A closed invitation only platform, we guarantee every single review is matched to a genuine customer who has travelled through with us. We currently have 27 Client Reviews of Bali, of which 96% had a good or great time with us, and we hope you will be next!

Supportive, well paced tour around Sulawesi

Dealing with Backyard made our trip decisions very easy. They had good offerings, and the ground...

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Eight day tour of Bali, temples and sites of interest

Service rating : Terrific guide and very interesting tour. Bali is an exotic and fascinating...

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Well organised good transport and guides great hotels

Service rating : Everything was well organised however some aspects were disappointing but overall good
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A fantastic tour of Java and Bali

Excellent in every respect - arrangements, staff, reliability, itinerary. Everything ran smoothly, our driver and guide...

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Une prestation de qualité

Service rating : Très bonne agence. Une bonne communication avec la personne en charge de...

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Great experience but poor attentionto detail

Service rating : A tour of North and West Sumatra is a fabulous experience.Our problem was...

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