Bali

Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world’s best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure impeccably. A dizzying combination of spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one,  Bali is where people from all over the world come to lose themselves in. The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali’s charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats – there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of ‘The Island of the Gods’.

Bali is a colorful island that lies within the exotic Indonesian archipelago. One among 17,500 islands, Bali’s beauty is unique and incomparable. Known for its fascinating jungles, terraced rice fields, legendary volcanoes, mystical temples and stunning beaches, this island is a welcoming haven for travellers from all over the world. There’s so much to do here – from taking a stroll on the serene Seminyak Beach to getting an authentic Balinese massage to snorkelling or scuba diving in crystal clear waters to visiting the rice terraces of Tegalalang or watching the sunset from the lovely Uluwatu Temple, overlooking the Indian Ocean.The many temples, rituals, crafts and dances are all linked to the ancient Hindu faith. In fact, the city is dotted with huge statues and monuments that portray stories from the epics. Bali’s attractions also include historical sites, museums and art galleries. Balinese food is rich and distinctive, packed with flavours and spice. The people are warm and will always greet you with a smile. The island is mystical and spiritual, leaving visitors with a lasting impression and a sense of calmness.

Top Attractions in Bali

 

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Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. The waves are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian ocean provide a magnificent view. The Pura Luru Uluwatu temple is another important attraction in this area. Situated at the south-western tip of Bukit in Bali, the short strip of beach called Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. Uluwatu comes from the words “ulu” meaning ‘land’s end’ and “watu” meaning rock. The waves here are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean provide a magnificent view. Uluwatu’s beaches are incredibly beautiful, but it is ultimately a surfing destination because of its tricky waves. 

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Nusa Penida Island

The hidden treasure of Indonesia, Nusa Penida is the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands and is relatively less travelled. Located in the Klungkung district, it is a little off the shores of Bali. Despite these qualities, Nusa Penida is largely left unexplored and is awaiting tourists to explore this exotic destination. Pristine white sand beaches like Atuh and Nusa Penida beach draw tourists from around the world. Nusa Penida is larger than its two sister islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, with improving tourist infrastructure. The nature of cliff formation as well as the number of Hindu temples on this island makes it more picturesque. Known for preserving the endangered bird Bali Starling, this island’s famous attractions are Crystal Bay sand beach and sunset panorama.

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Mount Batur

Called “Gunung Batur” in the local language, Mount Batur is an active volcano in Indonesia. At 1717 metres (around 5,600 feet) above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of its surroundings – the majestic Lake Batur, nestled amongst black lava from the last explosion in 2000, and adjacent to this all, beautiful mountains. In 2012, UNESCO announced Mount Batur Caldera, the collapsed top at the top, as a part of the Global Geoparks Network, an effort to preserve the planet’s geological heritage. The volcano is a popular trekking destination amongst tourists and locals alike. Because of its beautiful views and relative ease to climb, Mount Batur is considered a must-visit in Bali.

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Tulamben Beach-Scuba Diving

A coastal village in East Bali, the Tulamben Beach is hugely popular amongst divers. It offers great visibility throughout the year with diving spots that cater to intermediate and advanced divers. With high chances of spotting dolphins, octopus, sunfish and even sea turtles, it’s a wonderful spot for marine photographers too. The USAT Liberty Shipwreek is the main attraction at Tulamben, a coveted spot for scuba diving in Bali. A cargo ship that had been hit by a Japanese submarine torpedo during World War II, it rests 30m (almost 100 feet) deep in the ocean after US and Dutch efforts to tow it to seaport failed. You’ll certainly enjoy swimming through the shipwreck and marvelling at the colourful coral that have made it their home. 

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Kuta Beach

Kuta beach heralded the era of tourism in Bali. A few minutes away from the Bali airport, Kuta attracts hundreds of visitors to its golden sands and surf waves making it one of the busiest and liveliest beaches the country has to offer. A plethora of cheap options for accommodation, food and beach clubs make this ideal for young travellers seeking a fun beach holiday. Kuta Beach is popular for its jaw-dropping sunsets and vibrant nightlife. It is quite deservedly one of the best-known tourist areas of Bali. It is a fun destination that can cater to a mixed bag of travellers. It is continually developing and adding to its popularity. Kuta Beach is clean, well-maintained and safe, despite all the aggressive beach vendors. 

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Ubud Art Market

Located right opposite the Puri Saren Royal Palace, Ubud Art Market is the ideal place to buy something authentic to Bali From ikat woven skirts and woodcarvings to oil lamps and brass statuettes, this market has all kinds of handicrafts. With relatively higher quality and greater varierty of products, this market is popular with both locals and foreigners. As always, bargaining is a must. Located right in the heart of the city, Ubud Art Market is also called the Pasar Seni Ubud. Home to a variety of products and assortments, Ubud Art Market is a traditional market alive with its narrow lanes, sellers, colourful merchandise and buyers who come from across the world. The highlight of visiting the Ubud Market, however, is its local essence that is hard to find in any mall or shopping complexes.

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Besakih Temple

Known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’, Pura Besakih is a majestic Hindu temple complex perched on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali. The complex houses 23 separate temples and is believed to be at least 2000 years old. Sat in the lap of nature, nestled in between rice paddies, hillsides, and streams Besakih Temple adds to the feeling of serenity the temple is known for. The primary deities of this beautiful temple are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. This huge temple complex comprises of around 86 temple shrines. Out of this, there are three main temples which are dedicated to the trinity in Hindu mythology, that is- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Best time to visit Bali

 

The best time to visit Bali is generally during the summer months of June, July, and August when the weather is driest and the days are sunny. Unfortunately, that’s also when the island becomes the most crowded—you won’t be the only one in search of surf, sand, and sun!