Bali is an Indonesian island that is known for being a tropical paradise with a rich history. Whether visitors want to lay on a sandy beach, explore an underwater world full of life and color, or meditate to the sounds of a waterfall, they are sure to find something they enjoy.
Relax on a beach
Warm weather all year long means that most visitors will want to spend a day relaxing on the white sand and going for a swim. There are plenty of beautiful beaches in the south of the island, such as Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran Bay has a long stretch of sand and moderate currents. After a day of enjoying the beach, visitors can head into the nearby village to enjoy a bite to eat.
Enjoy traditional cuisine
Traditional Balinese cuisine is influenced by Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. Fresh produce and meat from the island are combined with spices and rice. Common protein options on the island include pork, chicken, and seafood. Beef is seldom part of Balinese cuisine because Balinese Hindus (as do most Hindus) view cows as a sacred animal.
Take a dive at Crystal Bay
Divers will enjoy going for a dive in the waters of Crystal Bay, which has coral in the shallow waters all year long. Beautiful Mola Mola fish can be found in the deeper waters between August and October. Only experienced divers should try to reach the Mola Mola because Crystal Bay has really strong currents. Watersports Magazine has composed a list of other recommended diving locations around Bali.
Go for a hike in the jungle
Most of central-western Bali is part of the Western Bali National Park. This area has grasslands, rainforests, swamps, and over 300 species of animals and birds. This area is a protected reserve, which means visitors need to be with a guide to walk on the trails. Shorter trails can be walked in under two hours, while longer trails that go through the rainforest take up to eight hours.
Spend time with a native species
Several monkey forests can be found throughout Bali and visitors are more than welcome to mingle with the monkeys! Grey-long tailed macaques can be found in Ubud Monkey Forest, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, and Sangeh Monkey Forest. Guides in the area are always happy to walk tourists through a forest; the monkeys can be unpredictable. In addition to the macaques, it is possible to explore ancient temples within the forests.
Visit a Hindu temple
Bali has over 20,000 temples to visit and explore; visitors to the island are going to want to check out at least one! Besakih Temple is considered the holiest and the largest Hindu temple in Bali. It is actually a complex of 23 different temples. Six parallel ridges composed of terraces, stairs, and courtyards lead ascend towards the main sanctuary in the complex, Pura Penataran Agung.
Explore a waterfall
Hidden in the mountains of Bali are beautiful waterfalls. The easiest waterfall to get to is GitGit Waterfall, which is accessible by road. Those that want to enjoy splashing in a natural pool under a waterfall should head to Tibumana Waterfall. There is a short walk to get to Tibumana Waterfall from the road, but visitors are rewarded with a shallow pool of water that they can wade through.
Trek up a volcano
Hiking up Mount Agung, which is an active volcano and Bali’s highest point, is a favorite for many tourists. Treks up the volcano usually take place before dawn so that hikers can watch the sunrise from the peak, but the shortest route up the mountain is only about 4 hours long. While it isn’t an easy hike, those that reach the top get beautiful views of the island.
Tour a paddy field
Emerald-green rice paddy fields can be found throughout Bali and some locations welcome visitors to take a hike through them. Paddy fields make for beautiful photos and are part of Bali’s culture. The Jatiluwih rice fields are a UNESCO World Heritage site and feature a Balinese irrigation system. Visitors can choose to watch farmers work, engage in rice trekking, or take a cycling tour.
Check out the party scene
While many come to Bali to explore nature, there is still an active party scene for those that want to dance the night away! Locations such as the Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge offer pubs, drinks, live music, and even buffets. Night owls will have plenty of bars and lounges to choose from.
Just so you know…
The Indonesia archipelago is composed of around 17,000 islands. Bali is just the most famous of them! Because of this, it is fairly easy to get around Bali. Public tourist shuttles are available. Those that don’t want to take a shuttle can rent a scooter or hire a private driver.