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How to Plan a Trip to Bali: Frequently Asked Questions

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We answer everything that you need to know about how to plan a trip to Bali so you can bask in the beautiful sunshine there without a worry in the world.

Indonesia’s crown jewel, Bali, is a tropical paradise that boasts the best beaches in the world, islands with friendly locals, resorts that rival the fanciest on Earth, and seascapes you need to see to believe. Vacations in Bali show off why the Indonesian island remains a favorite among honeymooners, adventurer travelers, and cultural explorers.

If you have dreamt of the sun-kissed Bali beaches and cultural hotspots serving exquisite Southeast Asian cuisine, you can find what you need to know before you go on a Bali vacation.


  1. Is Bali open to American travelers?
  2. How far in advance should I plan a Bali vacation?
  3. How can a travel specialist help me plan?
  4. What should I do on my trip to Bali?
  5. What is the best time to visit Bali?
  6. Is Bali safe for travel?
  7. Which airports should I look at?
  8. Can Zicasso help me with flights?
  9. Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?
  10. Ready for Your Bali Trip?

Is Bali open to American travelers?

Penglipuran Village in Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Updated entry requirements and helpful information can be found on Where Americans Can Travel Now. Zicasso travel specialists serve 101 countries, and details are included for all of the regions that we serve.

Have questions? Our Traveler Care team can be reached at 1-888-265-9707.

How far in advance should I plan a Bali vacation?

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Travelers should plan ahead of time to ensure a successful stay on the Indonesian island of Bali. Vacations are popular during the dry season and proper preparation will let you explore the island stress-free as you avoid crowds and heightened tourism rates.

From our experience, travelers should plan their trips three months in advance. Booking five to six months in advance is a great idea if you wish to secure the best accommodations for the best prices. Giving yourself ample time to plan will ensure you experience the best of Bali without worry.

These recommendations aside, Zicasso travel specialists are always available to help plan last-minute vacations to Bali.

How can a travel specialist help me plan?

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Zicasso travel specialists can assist you with your travel plans to Bali, helping you find stunning accommodation and great deals for your trip. Your travel expert is also available to provide insight and information on traveling after Covid-19, giving you peace of mind when planning your vacation.

“Is Bali open to American travelers?” “Are tours running between Indonesian islands?” “Will I be able to visit the best beaches in Bali?” “How can I avoid the crowds during my vacation?” “Are the Balinese temples open to visitors?”

We provide you with information to answer all of your travel questions before booking accommodations and tours. Our travel specialists are always available to assist with on-demand questions and emergencies that may arise during your vacation. For example, we can arrange changes to your itinerary or accommodation on the fly.

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What should I do on my trip to Bali?

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Bali, Indonesia

Our travel specialists know the best experiences in Bali and where travelers can go to enjoy a dreamy tropical vacation on the island. Our completely customizable tours consider your travel goals and expectations, and our range of Bali itineraries can influence a surreal stay on the island. No matter where you decide to go and what you decide to do, we will help you navigate the best experiences in Bali as seen below.

  • Surf some of the world’s best surf spots on and around the tropical island, including Padang Padang, Uluwatu, and Medewi
  • Explore the iconic Balinese temples that share insight into the island’s long-standing cultural traditions, including Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, and Tanah Lot
  • Watch the sunset over Bali from gourmet restaurants clinging to the cliffs of the island’s Bukit Peninsula
  • Sway on swings hanging from towering palm trees and explore the emerald Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Capture remarkable wildlife photography and feed the friendly primates living amongst the endemic creatures of Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • Wander through the misty hills to the hidden Sekumpul Waterfall for a day of peace and tranquility amongst Bali’s unspoiled landscape
  • Snorkel and scuba dive Bali’s colorful coral reefs of Seminyak and Nusa Penida to view the magnificent marine life that swims below the water’s crystal-clear surface
  • Partake in a thrilling fire dance show on the Bukit Peninsula to immerse yourself in the local cultural traditions of Bali

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What is the best time to visit Bali?

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The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, during the dry season. During these months, you can enjoy the summer sunshine on Bali’s beaches and will avoid the rainy season.

July and August are particularly popular months for tourism in Bali as they represent the high season. For this reason, you may prefer to travel during April, May, June, and September to avoid the crowds.

Is Bali safe for travel?

Father and daughter in Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a safe island for travelers. Friendly and helpful locals are happy to help travelers navigate the beautiful island and crime is low. As with all international travel, visitors should keep an eye on their belongings as petty theft such as pickpocketing can occur. This is mostly in crowded areas, so remain vigilant when visiting popular beaches and attractions.

Which airports should I look at?

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Ngurah Rai International Airport is the only airport servicing travel to and from Bali. Travelers will arrive at the airport and transfer to their accommodation. You will then return to the airport on your departure date and catch a direct or connecting flight home.

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

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Bali, Indonesia

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

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You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready for Your Bali Trip?

Uluwatu temple in Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

With your biggest questions on Bali answered, you can begin to plan the perfect getaway to the tropical paradise. For inspiration on what to do and where to go when you visit the postcard-perfect Indonesian island, view our sample itineraries from our Bali Vacations & Tours.

These itineraries will give you an idea of what to expect when you explore Bali and you can also learn more about the island when chatting with a Zicasso travel specialist. To contact our team, simply complete a Trip Request or call us at 1-888-265-9707.

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