In recent years, Bali has jumped to the top of many peoples’ “must visit” list. It’s for good reason that over 1 million Australians, and 3.6 million other nationalities visited Bali last year.
Bali offers a peek into a completely different world than most visitors are used to. With its lush rainforests, beautifully preserved temples, and white sand beaches, it’s like being on a different planet.
With the increased demand to travel to this exotic locale, you can easily find Bali holiday packages online or through your local travel agent. Bali is a true gem of a holiday location and has something for everyone.
Pristine white beaches have long been associated with honeymoons and romantic getaways. If you’re looking for a secluded slice of beach heaven, head to Gunung Payung, a beach off the beaten path.
For something more active, try taking a helicopter ride over the island or going on a horseback ride on the beach.
There are plenty of romantic dining options. Try a picnic on Asah Hill to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean, eat dinner in a cave with Samabe Resort, or dine by the light of 100 candles at Swept Away Restaurant.
People have flocked to Bali seeking out traditional Balinese massage and healing practices.
At the Maya Ubud Spa on the Petanu River, you can get the boreh treatment which detoxifies your body using cloves and cinnamon.
For a cultural and relaxing experience, opt for a traditional Balinese massage. You can learn how to give this massage (and receive one) at Jari Menari’s Dancing Fingers School.
If you have more of an open mind, you can visit a traditional Balinese healer. Some of their go-to healing methods include body painting, meditation, and spitting.
Bali is certainly not lacking for temples.
For ocean-view temples, try Tanah Lot or Uluwatu Temple. Tanah Lot is a Hindi temple that looks like it’s about to be swept away by the ocean, and Uluwatu Temple is located high on a cliff, providing you with spectacular panoramic views.
If you’re traveling through Ubud, stop by Goa Gajah and Puri Saren Agung. Goa Gajah was built as a meditation site in the 9th century, and Puri Saren Agung is a glowing example of Balinese architecture.
There are tons of chances to interact with animals when you visit Bali.
If you’re an elephant lover, you need to check out the Bali Zoo. When you visit, you can learn how to play with, car for, and command the resident elephants.
Maybe you stopped in Ubud to visit the temples. If so, take a hike through Ubud’s monkey forest. Those little guys won’t be shy about asking you for a piggyback ride.
For those of you who need to do that one crazy thing that none of your friends have done, try luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world. It gets its name because the green coffee beans go through a luwak’s digestive system which helps ferment the beans and impart flavour. It’s fun to say you’ve drunk ‘poop’ coffee and watch your friends’ expression!