Situated in the middle of the world’s largest archipelago, Bali is Indonesia’s most well-known island. Its rich traditions, colorful ceremonies, and unique culture make it stand out from its neighbors, but the Island of the Gods also offers a wide range of accommodation and activities, all within an easy distance. Here, you can find everything from basic home-stays run by friendly Balinese families to luxurious, privately-serviced beachfront villas.
Bali is also undoubtedly one of the world's most well-known tourism treasures. Balinese never fail to welcome visitors with warm and genuine smiles. Visitors leave Bali not only with a new-found appreciation for Bali's beaches, wonderful spas, delicious food, affordable hotels and restaurants, its unique heritage.... but many are coming back regularly also because of Bali's pleasant weather and warm climate.
What to do on Bali,
Whatever your interest, Bali has something for you. With so many choices on offer travelers’ only problem is figuring out what to do and how to do it.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
World-class snorkeling and diving is available in a number of locations around the island, from the protected natural reserves of Menjangan, to the shipwreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben, to the more challenging waters of Nusa Penida, where manta rays and the rare mola mola are sighted regularly.
Bali is also known as a mecca for surfers, with a wide range of waves on offer. Beginners can give the sport a try at the forgiving sandy beach breaks of Kuta, while the size and power of waves like Uluwatu, in the Bukit region, provide a challenge for even the most experienced wave riders.
Nature, Trekking, Hiking, Rafting
Fans of trekking and mountain biking can take a trip up to the mountains around Kintamani or Munduk, exploring trails, waterfalls, and rice fields in cool comfort, or perhaps enjoying whitewater rafting on a range of rivers in the area.
Explore a unique Culture
Bali’s Hindu culture is unique to the island, and permeates all aspects of everyday life. Ceremonies are held almost every, celebrating the cycles of the moon, holidays, birth, marriage, coming of age, and passing away. Traditional clothing is still commonly worn, and visitors are often surprised by the canang sari offerings to Gods and demons that are found everywhere on sidewalks, shrines, stores, and homes. Traditional dances and plays are regularly performed for locals and visitors alike, to the accompanying sound of the gamelan orchestra. Balinese culture is part of life everywhere on the island, but has found a center in Ubud, which, despite being one of the world’s most livable places, is still run according to traditional village principles. Here, rituals, traditional medicine, and magic are still a part of everyday life, and those wishing to explore their spiritual side can find meditation programs and yoga classes that will help them achieve inner peace.
Great Hotels, Fun, Party, Shopping
In contrast, the Southern region of Bali is a perfect home for hedonistic fun, with Kuta a center for visiting party animals drawn by the hundreds of bars and nightclubs on offer. A stone’s throw north, the Seminyak area offers more refined nightlife options, with popular bands and DJs performing regularly, as well as a host of dining choices run by the renowned international chefs who have made Bali their home. During the day, a range of boutiques sell designs by local and global designers, whose cutting edge fashions at reasonable prices attract travelers from all over the world. Tired travelers can pamper themselves with highly affordable massages and spa treatments, or simply relax on a white-sand beach with a cocktail and watch the waves come in.
Bali is a great place for kids and families too. Bali's Zoo, Bird Park, Elephant Park, Waterbom, Botanic Garden, National Park...the list is almost endless.
Water sport is big in Bali. From Chartering big yachts, smaller boats, jet skis or having fun with water skiing, paragliding, whatever you are looking for, Bali has got it and usually rather inexpensive.
Yes, Bali is a paradise!
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