|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1338||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 1047||From Toronto to Denpasar|
C$ 900 - C$ 1919
29 - 32 °C
1 - 191 mm
When to fly to Bali
Most travellers take cheap flights to Bali during the dry season (June through September) and for Christmas. Of the dry season months, July and August are the most popular and this is when school is out and tour groups take trips around the island. The weather is hot, but not as humid as during the wet season.
The wet season (October to March) is generally considered the low season, but travellers who don’t mind the humidity can benefit from lower fares and fewer crowds. It doesn’t rain steadily throughout these months, usually the rains start to fall in December and January.
The jewel of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, Bali lies between Java and Lombok.
Visitors arriving in Bali are struck by its natural beauty, with landscapes ranging from rugged shorelines to glistening, sun-swept beaches. These idyllic scenes are nestled alongside rows of towering volcanic summits which provide a unique and fittingly primeval backdrop for culture vultures who want to immerse themselves in 4,000 years of Balinese history.
As the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia, the island’s ceremonies and festivals are unequalled anywhere else in the region. For example, the celebrations leading up to the Hindu New Year, Nyepi, when the streets of Bali are awash with beautifully made effigies (ogoh-ogoh monsters) proudly held aloft by locals clad in full ceremonial dress.
Bali’s shimmering beaches and glittering nightlife make it a magnet for young travellers eager to party.
Away from the nonstop partying, Bali is a haven for those seeking spiritual refreshment. This is the Island of the Gods after all. The Balinese look away from the beaches to the Gunung Agung volcano and the mountain ranges that dominate the island’s landscape, where the gods are said to live, to feed their souls.
Flights to Bali from Canada can range from 21h-40h. Shorter flights are generally possible when flying from the western provinces, like from Vancouver or Calgary, as opposed to from Toronto or Montreal, which are more likely to have stopovers in the U.S. and Europe.
Direct flights are not available when flying from Canada to Bali, unfortunately. Your best chance for a shorter flight is to travel from a major Canadian city with an international airport, such as Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.
Often, you’ll be routed to such hub cities as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, or Detroit in the U.S., London in the UK, Paris, Munich, or Frankfort in Europe, and Singapore, Hong Kong, or Tokyo in Asia before arriving in Bali. Common airlines that you can expect to fly from your connecting city include Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia, and Philippine Airlines.
Remember that Bali flight deals flying out of Calgary and Vancouver, however, provide you with a better chance at a shorter flight, and you’ll possibly only have to make one stopover in an Asian city before arriving in Bali.
Bali is home to one international airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, located in south Bali, Indonesia. From here, you can easily access any one of Bali’s most popular cities. If you’re staying in Ubud, it takes about an hours’ drive from the airport, and a taxi will cost you about C$20 or so. A bus from Denpasar to Ubud is also a possibility, and will only C$5, though can take much longer than a taxi in some instances. To Kuta, it is only 4.8km from Denpasar. You have the same travel options, taxis and buses, and both modes of transport should only take about 15-20 minutes.
Bali is famous for its incredible natural scenery, boasting mountains, rice paddies, and incredible beaches alike. Pura Tanah Lot is Bali’s most popular temple, providing a peaceful and historic respite atop a rocky inlet. Mount Batur, in Kintamani District, is an active volcano that you can visit for one a guided tour or solo hike if preferred. Ubud Monkey Forest is the famous monkey sanctuary set inside a lush jungle. Explore and see cute monkeys in their natural habitat, as well as three awe-inspiring temples.
Canadian citizens need a valid passport to visit Bali. If you intend to stay in Bali for 30 days, Canadian citizens and others need to get a visa. This can actually be done once arriving in Denpasar Airport, and not in advance. It costs about C$25 and allows you to stay in Bali for an entire 30 days.
Bali’s climate is tropical monsoon with daytime temperatures hovering between 20 and 33 degrees. The wet season runs from October to March. Travellers taking cheap flights to Bali between these months should expect heavy showers and high humidity. The summer months (June through September) are the dry months, the days are hot but humidity is not a factor.
Travellers arriving on cheap flights to Bali will discover there are several ways of getting around the island. Bemos (small vans with a set routine) and buses are cheap if a little on the slow side. Taxis – chartered or metered – are convenient and inexpensive compared to other countries. Renting a car, motorbike or bicycle offers most independence. The most traditional mode of transport is a dokar (a horse and cart).