Bali, the Island of the Gods, is just as magical as it sounds. With numerous hidden waterfalls, sacred temples and spectacular water palaces, not to mention the beautiful beaches where you can relax to your heart’s content, this Indonesian getaway is visited by millions of tourists each year, with over 5 million in the year of 2017. The affordable prices, luxury resorts, plenty of available activities on water as well as on land and simply the charm of the local culture that is present literally everywhere never fail to sweep first-timers off their feet – and many return to experience even more of Bali. If you are already intrigued, read on to learn about some of the best things you can do and see on this magical island in the waters of Southeast Asia.
The vast wilderness
Most people first think of surf paradises and crowded beaches when they think of this island, but it’s actually a diverse landscape that boasts dense rainforests that are home to vivid wildlife. While only a small portion of the once expansive vegetation remain, it is essential that we appreciate this piece of natural history. Go on a walking tour in search of hidden waterfalls and you will be charmed by nature and the crisp air, not to mention the sight and sound of the plunging water that will make you feel like you are in another world. While this adventure will require some fitness on your side, regardless of which waterfalls you opt to visit, your breath will be taken away.
The blue waters
Bali boasts a tropical climate ideal for holidays almost all year round. With the average temperature being just a little below 30°C, you can rest assured that you will get the perfect tan. However, make sure you steer clear of the rainy season that lasts from November to March. During the rest of the year, the beaches are filled with tourists. Among the many beaches, each offers something different. Padang Padang Beach is perfect for those wanting to spend a quiet time, taking photos, similarly to Green Bowl Beach that is one of the more secluded ones along the Bali coastline. Those looking to hit the waves at one of the popular destinations such as Seminyak, Canggu or Nusa Dua can seek luxury accommodation in one of the many Bali Villa Escapes villas that will provide a little paradise in themselves. And for the more adventurous type, finding the way to White Sand Beach might be a perfect day trip.
Under the waves
It has already been mentioned what a diverse fauna inhabits the forests of this island, however, the same is true for the world under the waves. So, going snorkeling when in Bali is certainly a must. One of the best spots to try this activity is without doubt Amed Beach. It has shallow, vivid coral reefs all kinds of colorful underwater creatures inhabit. You can spot several artificial reefs and even some shipwrecks, with tropical fish, sea turtles, rays and numerous species of corals. Besides Amed, Blue Lagoon is another renowned snorkeling spot with crystal clear water and no flow. You might come across species such as the impressive lionfish or the cute clownfish that everyone loves so much! It is certainly an unforgettable experience, so don’t miss out on it.
Bali is a highly spiritual place, which is best portrayed by the thousands of temples (called “pura”) that can be found all around the island. So, an experience that should be on your Bali to-do list is visiting some of these temples to appreciate the culture and marvel at their beauty. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Besakih temples, however, it is worth mentioning Pura Taman Saraswati, Lempuyang, and many others too. Granted, you will come across a few temples and shrines wherever you go on this island, so make sure you always have your sarong and sash with you so that you can enter respectfully, covering your legs. If you don’t have these pieces of clothing, you can also rent them in Bali.
Bali is also one of the top destinations for yogis and those who simply enjoy this activity, especially the region of Ubud. There are numerous opportunities to practice yoga on this island, so you should try a class or two even if you don’t normally do this. You can go small and go to just one or two sessions to experience the local ways of this activity. On the other hand, you can also indulge in a whole yoga-infused holiday were you to choose one of the renowned yoga retreats that are luxury resorts and yoga centers at the same time. They also offer different kinds of spa and beauty treatments, as well as meditation classes, so you will feel like a new person at the end of your holiday.
The magical island of Bali is popular for a good reason. It offers you relaxation, unforgettable experiences, rejuvenation and memories of a lifetime. Regardless of what you’re looking for, you will not regret traveling to the Island of the Gods.