Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
Prepare to fall in love with Bali, Indonesia’s enchanting island. Known for its beaches, volcanoes, majestic mountains, colourful reefs, and other natural wonders, Bali’s alluring land offers the perfect island escape. Get acquainted with Balinese crafts, dance, rituals, and temples rooted in spirituality as you get in touch with nature and completely de-stress. You’ll be welcomed by the hospitable Balinese community and have a uniquely positive experience. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Down By The Sea
Bali is a surfer’s paradise. Head to the black sands of Echo Beach to catch some waves and take in the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. For expert surfers, Sanur Beach is the place to be. It’s one of Bali’s most popular beach areas, filled with accommodations, restaurants, cafes, and shops. Balangan Beach is ideal for beginner surfers because of its soft waves. There, you may enjoy the beachside cafes, white sands, and a quieter atmosphere. Surrounded by boutique resorts, private villas, white limestone cliffs, and the blue of the Indian Ocean, Bignin beach is also a surfer-favourite and serene spot for sun loungers. At Lovina Beach, you’ll find beautiful black volcanic sand, costal villages, and calm, clear waters.
For a livelier atmosphere, Kuta Beach is your party spot. Kuta is a crowded tourist spot with great surfing, diving, restaurants and bars. Geger Beach is great for swimming because of its calm waters, and has packed sand ideal for running or beach volleyball. At Amed beach, you’ll find fishing boats and coral and underwater life perfect for diving and snorkeling. From hidden treasures to popular hotspots, Bali tops the list for breathtaking beaches.
Indulge Your Senses
Bali is the perfect place to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Say goodbye to stress with yoga classes, traditional therapies, spa treatments, or a simple walk along the beach. Enjoy a massage on the beach or indulge in a luxurious treatment in the spa. Learn about Balinese herbs and healing to treat ailments. Meditate, rejuvenate, and recharge during your stay. Enjoy the warmth of the water at Angseri Hot Springs or opt for an outdoor yoga class in Ubud. A vacation to Bali will have you feeling refreshed and empowered.
Find Your Temple
Discover where the Balinese honour their Hindu culture with inspiring visits to Balinese temples and other holy places. Visit the 9th century Goa Gajah in Ubud, nicknamed Elephant Cave, or the 15th century seaside temple, Tanah Lot. The Hindu-Buddhist water temple on the shores of Lake Bratan, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, is a picturesque and serene spot to reflect. At Tirta Gangaa village and temple, you’ll find a water palace of pools and fountains surrounded by gardens and statues. The 14th century Besakih Temple complex is also worth visiting. For a unique experience, stop by the ancient temple site of Uluwatu- but beware of the wild monkeys, they’re fast and have a reputation for stealing things!
Connect With Mother Nature
The natural landscape of Bali is simply breathtaking. Take the time to explore it. Hike or cycle through the coffee and vanilla plantations, rice fields, rainforests, mountainous terrain, rural countrysides, river valleys, lush tropical jungles, and waterfalls. Climb the active volcano, Mt Batur and appreciate the panoramic views of Bali below. At Bali Barat National Park, spot monkeys, boar, deer, turtles, birds, and more throughout the diverse terrain of mountainous land, rain forests, savannas, coral reefs and sandy beaches.
Ubud is known as the arts and cultural center of Bali. The laid-back town has inspired artists and writers with its beauty. Visit art galleries and museums, enjoy dance and music shows, and explore the local villages which produce one-of-a-kind crafts. Head to the Museum Puri Lukisan to discover Balinese art. The museum also has bookshop, cafe, and beautifully manicured grounds. Food Markets are also a highlight of Bali. Foodies can talk with the vendors, learn recipes of Balinese dishes, and sample the flavourful cuisine. Grab a bite to eat at the Gianyar Night Market and taste delicacies like fried bananas, tofu, and roast pig.
It’s no wonder why Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, found her balance in Bali.
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