(Submit Articles) A tropical paradise only a relatively short flight away, Bali has always been a popular beach holiday destination for Australians. Due to school holidays, Easter and Anzac Day there are numerous special deals for package holidays to Bali to be found.
Many airlines are now offering cheap flights to Bali throughout April. The airport is located on the outskirts of Denpasar, Bali's largest city.
Famous for its white sandy beaches, volcanic mountains and unique culture and history, Bali is one of the most popular holiday islands in the world. Along with these things Australians are attracted to Bali by the world class surfing and diving.
The island has a wide appeal, catering for families, partygoers and surfers. In light of this there are loads of deals for cheap hotels in Bali. There is accommodation on the island to suit all budgets, from backpacker digs and guesthouses in Kuta, to more luxurious 5 star complexes in quieter resorts such as Nusa Dua.
Holiday makers who want to a bit of culture can visit the island's numerous Hindu temples, explorers can view the island's rugged landscapes. Sunseekers can lounge around on the South's white sandy beaches, and the younger crowd may also head to the beach resorts for their surfing and nightlife.
Denpasar is very much off the beaten track compared with other parts of the island. However it is bustling with temples and museums, and is also a good place to go shopping. With the nearby airport, and good links to the resorts, it is the main transport hub of the island.
There are ancient temples right across the island, many of them strategically located so as to protect the people from dark forces. Some of the more popular ones include Pura Luhur Uluwatu and Tanah Lot in the south, and the Balinese people's most sacred, Besakih, which lies in the shadow of Mount Agung.
On the south coast lies Kuta, easily the biggest and most developed resort on the island. Its 5km beachfront is widely considered to be the best in Bali. This makes it the main centre for watersports, and the resort is a well known favourite of Australians. It is also one of the liveliest resorts, with plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep holiday makers entertained after dark.
Scuba diving enthusiasts will find great diving spots at Tumlaben and Padang Bai to the east of the , Bali, Menjangan Island to the northwest and Nusa Penida in the South. Bali has some of the world's best coral reefs and there are many reputable diving centres around the island.
For the outdoor types Bali is a great place to explore. As a volcanic island, it is green and lush, and the beaches turn into to countryside covered in paddy fields. These lie at the foot of Bali's mountains, dominated by the huge but dormant Mount Agung. Anyone interested in seeing an easily accessible active volcano can climb the smouldering Mount Batur in less than two hours.
With the holiday season approaching now is a great time to book a holiday to Bali - a true island paradise.
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