Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and with good reasons, this Island is also known as 'Island Of Gods'. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Bali has also topped Trip Advisor's best destination list for 2017.
For those unaware, the tourism-drawing Indonesian island offers much more than you can imagine. Bali has so much to offer, not only in terms of out-and-out fun but also in culture and traditions. The clean beaches, loaded shacks, and a paradise-like atmosphere are just the basics. To ensure that you get the best of the Bali Island, here is a list of best experiences that you must pen down in your checklist while planning a vacation in Bali
1. Meet the dolphins at Lovina Beach
Lovina is a very famous beach located in the north part of Bali. You can enjoy early morning dolphin show here and believe us; there is nothing that can be compared to the feeling of watching a school of dolphins complimented by the most amazing sunrise. Just make it there at the break of the dawn, possibly at 5 in the morning to add the beauty of sunrise with the playful dolphins. Other than watching this mesmerizing view, you can also enjoy your breakfast at the beach while listening to live music.
Not just the tourists come to see the dolphin pod play in the waters but also the locals come to this beach regularly. On your trip to Bali, compromising a little with your sleep to watch the dolphin show will be worthwhile.
2. A Splash in Nusa Dua’s Water Sports Arena
Clean waters, a variety of exquisite fish and tanned people welcoming you to Bali’s hub for water sports- Nusa Dua. Activities like paragliding, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling will fulfill your basic criterion for water sports, and a glass-bottom boat ride will enable you to look closely at the beautiful patterned fish in Bali’s waters. Moreover, the same glass-bottom boat will take you to a little Turtle Island wherein you will get to hold some not-so-light turtles, snakes, and even hawks!
But the best out of them all is, without a doubt, the Sea Walker. This marine-life exploration activity enables you to walk on the seabed in a simple headgear without going through the anxieties of underwater breathing as are evident in snorkeling or scuba diving. You can touch and feed the fish with your own hands and to top it all- a personal photographer accompanies you down under! All this makes it one of the Bali’s most popular water sports.
Moreover, the Nusa Dua island offers a host of other unique and novel water sports such as jetpacks and jet bikes, parasailing, paddle surfing, wakeboarding, flyboarding and many more. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to trying out adventurous water sports in Nusa Dua.
Read more about the adventure sports in Bali.
3. The magical cascade- The Gitgit waterfall
Located in the serene hamlet of Gitgit, the gushing waterfall creating a beautiful scene to mesmerize its visitors. Gitgit waterfall is one of the most famous attractions of Bali surrounded by the green woods of Bali, full of tranquillity and serendipity. A short lead you can take to this cascade where you can take a dip in the pool below the water falling from the height of 35 meters.
It is one of the easily accessible and most popular tourist stops. In fact, there are several refreshment stops along the way. Also, you will find several opportunities for retail therapy in various art shops. If you are fortunate enough, you can even spot monkeys playing on the branches of the trees and relishing the cool waters of the Gitgit waterfall.
4. Head to Mount Batur for the surreal sunrise
Located at an elevation of 1717 m above the sea level, Mount Batur is a sacred mountain surrounded by a lake and other peaks to beautify the landscape. Moreover, it is a holy mountain if Hindu traditions are to be believed which makes its way on everyone’s itinerary who is visiting Bali. The best suited time for the trek is early in the morning, possibly at 3-4 in the morning so that you can climb up just in time to witness the most spectacular sunrise ever. The mountain is surrounded by the pixie dust of clouds, and the temperature takes a drop while the sun rises from behind the peaks leaving the hues of colours in the sky.
Since it is a morning trekking destination you will need to headstart your day at least at 4 am. Compromising a little on your sleep to say good morning to the first rays of sunset is going to be worth it.
Also read about other treks in Bali
5. The romantic escapade to Gili Island The Gili Islands
located on the Northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia, it is the group of three small islets Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, each one of them extremely beautiful and tranquil in their very own way. The beauty of the islands is carefully crafted, and it has been very well kept alive by Indonesia which doesn’t fail to leave a mark on its tourists and travellers. Owing to its distant location from the main island, Gili is not that overcrowded and is visited by few who are looking for a peaceful, romantic and luxurious getaway. And to keep the romance intact, the islands offer the perfect blend of vintage charm along with the modern amenities. The distinctive feature of this island is that there are no motor vehicles on the island. The only means of transport is horse carts which are limited in number. You can make your stay at the beach resorts on the Gili meant for romantic couples and enjoy the nightlife as well.
6. The infinite rice terraces of Ubud.
As far as your eyes can see, stretches the rice fields of Ubud, which are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The paddy fields are known for its terrace farming which locals not only see as their means of livelihood but they are also a landscape that tourists shouldn’t miss. The infinite green fields stretching across the vast span of land with the backdrop of the mountain ranges and volcanoes. You can take a cycle tour and as well enjoy strolling around in the paddy fields of Ubud.
The terraced landscapes of the Tegallang rice terraces are one of the famous tourist sites in Bali. Painters and nature lovers primarily visit this place. One can even find numerous cafes and art kiosks around the place.
7. Luxury isn’t a distant dream
One of the many reasons for the recommendation is because of the mind-blowing accommodation that Bali has to offer to its visitors. Almost all the hotels there have a view of some of the other beach and has the tropical vibe going on. These places also have stylish sunbeds and infinity pools which stretch out to one or the other shore. You can rent a luxurious villa, the best part; it doesn’t come with a hefty amount. If somewhere on earth the luxury is affordable it is here in Bali, so don’t lose the chance. Wake up to the waves of the sea, grains of sand and spectacular sunrise and make every penny you spend worth it.
8. Indulge in the shopping splurge in Seminyak
Yes, this ‘foreign’ land compels you to explore much of its local street culture. A narrow road comprising of multi-cuisine food joints, apparel stores, vendors with stall-cum-shops selling all kinds of things from sunglasses and bikinis to the DVDs of your favourite movies, from leather bags and boots to paintings, and a lot more. Massage parlours, money changers, 24x7 stores on either side- and of course an old lady on the corner selling her special spiced-Asian fried rice/ noodles complete the description of a typical street in Bali. If you are among those who believe that the best way to enjoy at an alien land is as a local than a tourist, then Bali is sure to make your walk down its street your ‘Walk to Remember.’
The Seminyak market is filled with shops and boutiques selling beautiful clothes and jewellery ALL over the island (yes, unlimited shopping) as well as workshops full of hand carved furniture. Go back home with tons of bags filled with Bali specials. When it comes to shopping the Ubud traditional art market is the place you must certainly take a long halt at. In fact, the south Bali region brims with art gallleries and souvenir stalls where you can shop to your heart's content.
For those who love to marvel over the architectural beauty must see the Ubud Palace. The Ubud Royal Palace is right in front of the traditional art market. One can take time to cherish the beauty of the traditional Balinese houses here.
9. Off to Lembongan Island for adventure
How about starting your day with a fantastic cruise in luxurious catamarans? Lembongan island is famous for its cruise which is approximately 25-30 minutes from Sanur beach. The island is very famous for its water sports. You can try snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking and cave diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs of the Lembongan island. Moreover, you can treat yourself to the luxurious private Bali beach clubs featuring sandy beaches, garden hammocks, and lagoon pools! The broad range of water sports that Bali offers is mostly because of the Indian Ocean which surrounds it.
Also read: Nusa Lembongan- hidden gem in Bali
10. A cultural dive with the traditions of Bali
Balinese are very enthusiastic about their culture, and you will get some insights which will make you believe it. The traditional dances are one of the most prestigious art forms of Bali. You can enjoy the traditional dance shows of Bali in the fine dine restaurants, on the cruise, in the theatre because they like to boast off their culture. The most famous dance forms include Barong, which is considered as the way to pay tribute to the kings who ruled the land and Kecak, the dance inspired from the Ramayana mythology.
11. Marvel the architecture of the famous temples
Bali is home to many religious places. In fact, all around the world, Bali temples have earned a name. You will find many magnificent temples here which are famous not only for their mythological value, but their architecture defines them as well. One of the most famous temples is Pura Taman Ayun Temple. The temple is located amidst the artificial water garden. The Hindu temple is adorned with the charming architecture inspired by Chinese architecture with the blend of Hindu mythology. The most striking feature of the temple is its roof tiers which make it look utterly spectacular. The Uluwatu Temple is one of the spiritual pillars of Bali. The Tanah Lot temple in Bali must undoubtedly be a part of your itinerary. It gains its popularity among tourists because of its offshore setting.
12. Light up your life at night
Bali has an insane nightlife and once you step into one of their parties, you won’t be able to come back as the person who entered it. If you want to shake a leg or groove to your favourite song, then there’s no better place to party than Bali. Bali has numerous rooftop bars, underground clubbing cellars, lively nightclubs etc. All you have to do is pick one and you’re good to go. If you’re a party animal then take your friends along to this destination and make the most of your trip.
Read more about the best nightclubs to visit in Bali.
13. The safari to explore the vivid wildlife
Crowded with the dense woods, Bali is home to some wildlife species. Monkeys here are the amigos of the travellers, you can spot them anywhere, and they will find a friend in you. Apart from this, you can take a tour around the Bali Safari and Marine Park. It is a humanmade zoo where can you spot a variety of animals brought here from the different continents. The experience that you can’t miss here is that of night safari where you can wander around in the park at night to see the true colours of wildlife.
Elephant safari is one of the popular tourist attractions in Bali. And if you want to experience the elephant safari visiting the Bali Elephant safari park is a mandate.
14. Go on a Bali food trail
Crafted with the local spices of Indonesia, the Balinese cuisine is sure to satiate your taste buds from its rich palate. Bali has tasty pigs, fried rice, fried eggs, and noodles to offer to the foodies. And to the vegetarians out there, don’t you worry because Bali has got you covered. Get ready to taste lip-smacking tofu, fresh vegetables, tempeh and red rice in coconut milk. Bali has a huge variety of both non-veg and veg to please its crowd. Don't just try out the dishes, if you have ample amount of time, take up the cooking classes where you can learn to cook the several traditional Balinese dishes.
Not just food, get a little tipsy with the Indonesia's own local beer Bintang Beer. The home-brewed lager is very famous among the locals and more than that it is enjoyed by the tourists.
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