No matter whether you’re looking for a spiritual adventure, quiet relaxation or an active holiday filled with fun, Bali is a perfect destination for friends, couples, families and solo travellers alike. With beautiful beaches, temples filled with history and amazing opportunities to get your adrenaline levels up, it has everything you could dream of. Read on to find out why this island is worth visiting.
Relaxation infused with culture
Bali is certainly well-known for being an amazing destination for people who are interested in yoga, meditation and other eastern practices. If you are one of those people, don’t miss out on joining a yoga class or two in one of the most renowned yoga retreats on the island, be it next to a beach or in the lush jungle, surrounded by serene nature.
If you are interested in learning about the local culture, you should know that the island is not lacking in temples – there are about 20,000 of them which means you absolutely must explore some of them. Tanah Lot Temple located on a solitary rock on the beach is a must-see sight at sunset, Uluwatu Temple is a cliffside wonder, while Besakih Temple is the largest temple on the island and a sight to behold. Just don’t forget to bring a sarong and a sash on your travels, since you will need them to enter the temples!
Breathtaking natural landscapes
While many regard Bali as a generic tourist hotspot, it has a completely different side to it as well which people sometimes forget about. Spectacular mountain ranges, sandy beaches and lush rainforests are there for nature lovers who want to recharge their batteries with the help of Mother Nature and the amazing views it provides.
You can see diverse sceneries, from the still active Mount Batur volcano through interesting rice terraces in Ubud and Tabanan and breathtaking, hidden waterfalls such as the one in Sukawati to beautiful beaches that surround this island, which will all give you unforgettable memories of the scenic landscapes on this island.
Water adventures at your doorstep
Another thing this dream destination is rich in is endless opportunities for various exciting activities. If you’re on a family vacation, a destination you must not miss is the Waterbom waterpark in Kuta, where you can try out a wide range of fun water slides and other features that are sure to get your blood pumping. If, on the other hand, you want to get moving and test yourself at surfing, choose a Canggu accommodation near Echo Beach and you’ll be just a stone’s throw from your next water adventure.
In Bali, you can even get a taste of some more extreme water activities such as trying out a water jetpack which will fly you ten meters into the air, or you can go white water rafting on the Ayung River if you’re in for a fast experience. For a real underwater adventure, you can go wreck diving in Tulamben and explore one of the most famous shipwrecks in the world.
Amazing wildlife in the water and out
Animal lovers will also have the time of their life in Bali. There are numerous diving and snorkelling opportunities where you can explore interesting underwater creatures such as colourful fish species, the manta ray, the famous mola mola, cute pygmy seahorses and even sharks! If you’d rather stay dry, on the other hand, you can try to spot dolphins in Lovina, where they can be observed in the morning hours. Furthermore, you can take a trip to the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre to get up-close with these beautiful creatures and learn about what you can do to protect them.
To get to know what animals inhabit the dry land here, must-visit spots include the Ubud Monkey Forest, the Bali Safari and Marine Park and the Bali Bird Park. In the monkey forest, you can see these fur balls as they are playing in their natural habitat, in the Bali Safari and Marine Park, you can see over 100 species of animals through a safari-like experience, while to see a wide variety of unusual bird species native to Indonesia, you can visit the Bali Bird Park.
It’s not a coincidence Bali is often referred to as the “Island of Gods”. With its natural wonders, rich culture and the amazing array of things you can do, this tourist hotspot should be on everyone’s travel list. Regardless of whether you are looking to explore the culture or the aquatic fauna, you will be greeted with great hospitality and you will feel welcome wherever you go. So pack your bags now, book your tickets and plunge into this paradise on Earth.
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