All of the various things that people can do in Bali will charm its visitors and keep them coming back for more. Bali is a one of a kind place that is not only a very sacred place but also a very fun haven as well.
Bali, in case you haven’t heard, or have not had the opportunity to visit, is a gorgeous Indonesian island located in the South Pacific. It is a popular tourist destination for Americans, as well as Australians, Chinese, Japanese, and New Zealanders. In fact, nearly 80% of the province’s economy comes from tourism.
The island is surrounded by beautiful blue waters full of coral reefs and marine life. Inland, there are countless temples and other religious sites, both ancient and new, to accommodate the various practicing religions on the island. Less than 15% of the native population are followers of religions other than Bali Hinduism.
Whatever your interest or age, or whether you’re visiting with your family or going alone, you will surely discover physical and emotional satisfaction by taking a trip to this amazing island. Even if you are just visiting it for a brief time, you can indulge yourself in various activities, stay healthy, and discover the customs and traditions of the island.
Below are some of the best of the best activities you should do when visiting Bali, the Island of Gods:
This is by far the most jaw-dropping waterfall found in Bali. It is found outside common tourist destinations in the area, so only a few people actually visit the site. The Sekumpul Waterfalls are far off the beaten track.
You will have to hike 40 minutes to reach the area, but the journey through the Bali rainforest is absolutely worth it.
At the base of the waterfall, prepare yourself to experience the power of the waterfall, get your reward with a cool shower, and see a majestic rainbow if the sun is brightly shining on the water in just the right way.
Tegalalang is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. It is teeming with visitors, but there is no doubt it is one of the best spots on the island. Tegalalang boasts of its gorgeous natural valley, which has been plowed to form rice paddies. The best times to visit the village are during the hours of sunrise and sunset.
This might seem scary for some people, but having an overnight stay with a local family is one of the top things to do when you are in Bali. Experience first-hand the customs of Balinese families, and how they go through with their daily lives, help them perform their traditions, and eat their tasty food cooked right in front of you. After staying with a Balinese family, you might not want to leave the culture or the island.
Yes, Nusa Penida owns one of Bali’s most mind-blowing sceneries, but no, the place does not actually have a real dinosaur’s head. The island is now a very progressive area when it comes to tourism. It all began a few years ago, when a person uploaded a photo of the place on social media which suddenly went viral.
Today, the Nusa Penida attraction is one you should not miss when you are in Bali. You will need to take a 50-minute boat ride from Sanur to get to the area, and experience the extraordinary views of Nusa Penida.
Dinosaur Head is a curved feature in the island’s rocky coast that resembles a T-rex head reaching out into the ocean, trying to eat something. In the fold of the dinosaur’s throat is a small, sandy beach called Kelingking Secret Point Beach. It is a great spot for swimming and laying out in the sun.
Nusa Penida is improving its infrastructure in terms of accommodations and roads, but it is still a great place for nature watching and hiking. This island, a little south of Bali, is also home to numerous mountains and caves.
Once you arrive, you can explore the Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave. Inside the cave is a shrine for locals to go and pray. Visiting the cave may lead you to walking in on one of these prayer sessions, so please be respectful and quiet if you do. Let them worship as you would hope to be allowed to back home.
Bali is an island that is frequented by people who love to surf. Kuta is a haven for surfing beginners, where you can learn, and try to ride the waves. Spots in Uluwatu are for the more professional surfers because of its wild waves. For all the beach lovers out there, go grab some surfing boards, get an instructor, and you are good to go.
Canggu is definitely a paradise for all the food lovers out there. Local delicacies, western fusion, and the best coffees and cakes are found here. Combine it with a little surfing lesson and you will think twice about going home.
The Gili Islands are found outside the main island of Bali, and lots of tourists travel to these islands to experience nature. The islands here are the ones you think of when you are imagining a vacation in the tropics. There are no concrete roads on the island, so the way to explore the place is by cycling or renting a horse. Snorkeling with the fish and turtles is a common activity in Gili. Turtles are everywhere on the island so grab that snorkel and dive in.
Bali has a number of sea temples, the most famous of which is the Tanah Lot Temple. The temple honors the sea spirits living in the ocean surrounding Bali. It was built atop a natural stone structure surrounded by plant life that has since grown over and around the temple.
Although you can step into the ocean waters, swimming is probably not a good idea. The surrounding rocks make it dangerous with the wrong tide, and especially so when the waves come crashing in. Just be careful when hanging out at the base of this temple.
Bali hosts a thick rainforest full of beauty and some amazing sights. One such area of the forest is the Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, or the Ubud Monkey Forest. Troops of crab-eating macaques inhabit the forest, giving it the name “Monkey Forest.” These long-tailed monkeys exist side by side with ancient Bali culture, as the forest is a place of spirituality for the locals, and with research endeavors to study the monkeys, the forest, and other scientific interests.
So, as you can see, Bali has a lot to offer, both inland and around the waters of the Pacific Ocean. If you have never considered this island province for your holiday getaway, and if you enjoy the idea of a vacation in the tropics with a lot of local Asian culture, then Bali is definitely the place for you! Book your flight into Denpasar, capital of Bali, and get started on an amazing trip to the Island of Gods!