5 Things To Do In Amazing Bali
Bali is a tiny island that lies in between Java and Lombok. It is a magical place and also the most popular island in Indonesia. It has the most perfect blend of beautiful scenery of mountains and beaches along with warm and friendly people. Its unique culture and panorama is something that you will fall in love with completely.
Did I mention that it is all about beaches, temples, food and people. It has a charm that is capable of enticing both the mind and the soul. This is the reason people visit Bali. Here is a the top five things around Bali.
Visit the Beaches
Let’s start in South Bali as the airport is located in the southern part, so you might as well check these out when you arrive. You can hire a car to go around if you are comfortable to be driving in absolute chaos, otherwise hire a driver like I do. Much more enjoyable and comfortable way to travel. Southern Bali comprises of places like Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. Kuta beach is the busiest, most touristiest beach of Bali. This is because it is the best surfing site of the area. On the other hand Legian attracts less tourists as such prices of goods and services are generally cheaper than in Kuta. Seminyak beach is to be found along the same stretch, it is more of an upmarket area though. It just goes to show, that no matter what your budget is like there are plenty to choose from to suit it here.
Continuing on the beaches, check out Nusa Dua (my favourite), and Jimbaran while you are at it. Jimabran beach is known to be one of the best beaches of Bali. It has some luxurious resorts and hotels. It is just few minutes away from Denpasar. You will find cliffs around that area and fine white sand, too.
There are plenty of places at any of these beaches to enjoy a massage, have a bevy or two, and enjoy foods from various places and styles around the world. Whatever you do though, make sure that you watch a sunset from one of these beaches, they are beautiful.
Visit Ubud, the Cultural Town
Ubud is a town that is the heart of cultural Bali. It is far away from the noisy bustle of Kuta. You can go around the entire town on foot and you would not even need the help of a map. Ubud is known for its traditional crafts and dancers. You can find several places with hand made beauties for a fair price. Or even get your own design created!
Ubud is surrounded by rice paddies and Hindu temples. You can find the Tirta Empul temple complex, intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi with its rock-cut shrines in this area.
And if Culture is not your thing, you can always visit the Ubud Monkey Forest!
Visit the Temples
Your visit to Bali will be incomplete if you do not visit Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is also known as the Bedugul Lake Temple and is a Hindu Temple built in the Beratan Lake with four mountains as its backdrop. It is a major Shivaite and water temple. This temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. It is a very important water temple as it provides all water for Central Bali.
Tanah Lot on the other hand is a temple that has been built over a large offshore rock. This is one of the holiest Hindu temples in Bali, it is a pilgrimage location, and a place of worship for the sea gods.
This temple has been part of Balinese mythology for centuries. Be careful not to fall in the water off it as venomous sea snakes are said to be guarding the island.
Go on a Boat trip for Dolphin Sighting
While you are here, you must check out Lovina.
It is very relaxed, low-rise, low-budget – yet has so much to offer! That is if you are willing to be with yourself and nature as that is what this place has. At its best.
This is the best place for dolphin sighting. You will have to jump on a boat for this, but there are plenty to choose from. It is best to visit the place at dawn and you will feel a warm glow of serenity as you see the dolphins jumping around carefree.
Go to the Waterbom Park!
With all the site seeing and discovery you will be ready to let your hair down and have an awesome time chilling in the ‘rapids’ or sliding down the plenty of water slides.
It is great that they have secure lockers for your belongings. Balinese huts to base yourself in through the day and waterproof armbands for your purchases, so you don’t have to carry cash. And if having fun in the sun proves too much, they have masseurs on hand to slow the pace down a little.