Although many people use Denpasar as a launching pad to other Bali destinations, this bustling, multicultural spot has plenty of its own charms to offer. Though incredible natural beauty is a highlight of this location, some of the most exciting attractions are the numerous spiritual and cultural structures, such as the Pura Agung Jagatnata temple, and the Bali Museum. You may need to plan ahead to find cheap flights to Denpasar, as many tourists fly into this city on their way to other nearby locales.
Best time to go to Denpasar
The peak season in Denpasar falls from June to September. These months are beautifully warm, and drier than normal. The fantastic climate of this period makes this a great time to play in the sparkling white sands and tantalizingly warm waters of the nearby Sanur and Kuta beaches. Flights to Denpasar are at their most expensive during these months, so it is a good idea to book in advance.
Though generally mild, the months of April and May do see some rain showers, and because of this, tourism tends to die down. If you do not mind getting caught in an occasional storm, this is a marvelous time to visit the Taman Wedhi Budaya gallery or shop the Pasar Badung market without all the hassle of crowds.
When the wet season hits the city from October to March, flights and accommodation become fantastically inexpensive. While most tourists prefer to avoid the humid, rainy climate, those who like the moisture will have the opportunity to peacefully mingle with the locals at the Bhineka Jaya Cafe, or lounge at the Genesis Hotel and Spa in solitude.
Denpasar Airport and Transfer Information
Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Distance: 13km south of Denpasar
Taxis and car rentals are the two best options for ground transport. Though these methods can be expensive in other destinations, they are surprisingly reasonable in this city. Also, they are relatively quick, only taking about 30 minutes to arrive. The local bus service is available at a cheaper rate, but can take up to an hour to arrive in the city.