The first thought at the mention of Bali is that of shimmering blue waters, pristine white sandy beaches, and the beautiful tropical weather. This is hardly a surprise given Bali’s world wide reputation as one of the best beach vacation spots. However, Bali has a whole lot more to offer than just the picture perfect beaches.
In particular, Bali is a treasure trove of cultural delights, gastronomical adventures, and natural wonders, making it the ideal getaway for those who crave much more than beach time. Let us, then, take a look at some of the best things to do in Bali.
Come Face to Face With Wonders of the Deep
Those who love nothing more than some out of the ordinary adventure will love the top notch scuba diving and snorkeling experience in Bali. Whether you are an experienced diver or a novice, Bali has something for everyone. Novices and learners can enjoy the diving sites at Amed and Padang Bai. Advanced and experienced divers can challenge themselves at sites such as Candidasa and Nusa Penida. There are also various recognized diving courses for all levels at truly affordable rates. The best part, of course, is coming face to face with the splendid ocean life, rich with colorful corals and mysterious sea creatures. There’s no doubt about it, it’s one of the best activities in Bali.
Quad Bike Tour
Here is another fun thing to do in Bali; an off road adventure that thrills as well showcases the lesser seen parts of the island. Bali Island ATV is an Australian owned an operated company where high standards of safety and customer care come top of the list. The Bali bike tours take you from their base in Beautiful Yeh Gangga along the black sand beach where you’ll feel miles away from the busy tourist beaches in other parts of Bali. You’ll you get to see the villages and their traditional ways of life and experience endless rice paddies, seeing areas of the island little visited by most travelers. The quad bikes are fully automatic and easy to ride and can be ridden solo or tandem, making this a great adventure for young and old alike.
Eating well will be on the agenda when you visit Bali. The local dishes are delicious, and brilliant restaurants and cafes offer just about any type of food you can think of, from anywhere in the world. Combine great food, delectable drinks with a fun atmosphere and you have all the ingredients for a brilliant night out. Don’t miss out on an evening at Sea Vu Play, where an evening of nautically themed fun awaits. As you step on board, order a drink from one of the crew at the ship shaped bar. Take a seat under a palm tree and choose your food – will it be the seaside classic fish and chips, or a shared plate for all? Don’t head to shore too quickly though, relax and hang around after you’ve eaten and have enjoy the vibe accompanied by some beats being laid down by a great DJ – Sea VU Play is also a leading venue for nightlife in Bali
Indulge Yourself With a Stay at a Luxury Villa
Holidays are of course meant to pamper and rejuvenate yourself. And nothing does it better than than staying in the lap of luxury, where you cocoon yourself from the world outside. In Bali, there are a host of options to choose from and luxury villas offer the very best in opulence, grandeur, and privacy. These villas come equipped with lush gardens, extravagant pools, dining settings, and some of the most stunning panoramic views. Hu’u Villas lead the way for Bali Seminyak villas. Located in the popular Petitenget area of Seminyak are a boutique complex of one, two, and three bedroomed villas. Each villa offers a private pool, air conditioned living areas and spacious luxurious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Contemporary style meets tropical living to provide you with the ultimate holiday home.
Rejuvenate Body and Soul at a Spa
Among the many outstanding activities and things to do in Bali, a visit to an exotic spa has to rank somewhere at the top. After a hard night of partying or day at the beach, there is nothing more inviting than cleansing your system from the inside out at a luxurious spa in Bali. The tropical island, of course, is dotted with several internationally acclaimed spas, and top of the list comes AMO Spa. AMO Spa started life with a simple concept – to provide the very best manicures and pedicures on the island. Since then they’ve grown and now offer a full range of hair salon, beauty and massage treatments. For pure indulgence, experience their simultaneous treatments, where a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists will spoil you with a number of different treatments at the same time.
There’s a magical atmosphere in Bali – quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s hard to know what exactly makes it, but for sure the tropical weather, friendly people, beautiful beaches and scenery, fascinating culture and great options for accommodation, food and drinks all play their part. Whatever the magical recipe may be, it tends to bring out the romantic side in many, so what better place to have a honeymoon? Bali Villas and More are Bali honeymoon experts and have a range of bespoke honeymoon packages at stunning locations around the island, including Seminyak villas. Celebrate the start of your married life together, with a honeymoon package that includes romantic meals in your villa, complimentary massages and more.
One of thing visitors immediately note about Bali is how culturally different it is from the rest of the Indonesia. Visitors can book any of the several top notch cultural tour operators to take them on a revealing and enriching journey. Visitors can discover the unique Hindu heritage of the island, starting with the magnificent temples. But that is not all as you will also get to see the villages up close, the local craftsmen and artwork, and local cuisines, and experience the native Balinese lifestyle first hand. A worthwhile adventure in and of itself.
Ubud is considered the cultural capital of Bali. Still boasting its own royal family, there’s a thriving arts seen and you’ll see arts markets and shops, and artists’ studios all over town. Another big attraction is the Monkey Forest, where a troupe of grey monkeys roam their forest home, among the tall trees and sculptures – and of course visitors who feed them bananas which you can buy from the stalls in the forest. Ubud has also become famous as a yoga destination. There are a host of yoga studios all over town busy schedules of classes being taught by world class practitioners, so you’ll always be able to find one at the right level for you. Or alternatively, there are many providers of Bali yoga retreats where you can combine staying in glorious surroundings with daily yoga sessions and time amongst like minded people.
Climb a Volcano
Turn away from the beach, and look inland and you’ll see a rugged sky line dominated by Bali’s volcanoes. Mount Agung is the tallest, and also the most sacred of them all – Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple – sits proudly on its slopes. Mount Batur is one of the most popular for trekking. A number of villages and lake sit within this ancient caldera and the views are simply sensational. If you’re feeling active, start early and make the trip to the summit to see sunrise – a truly magical experience.
Visit the Gili Islands
Imagine picture perfect tropical islands where warm turquoise waters lap onto golden sand beaches, backed by palm trees. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit the gili islands – a popular place to relax on the beach by day, or if the mood takes you party under the stars by night. Lying just off the coast of Lombok, the best option to get there is a fast boat to Gili. The Patagonia Xpress offers daily departures from Bali, stopping at Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Bangsal on Lombok before making the return journey to Bali.
Stay in a Luxury Hotel
We’ve already mention luxury villas, but the 5 star hotels in Bali are also second to none. Be it a beach front paradise or on a hill top lover looking a luscious green jungle ravine in the hills surrounding Ubud, you’ll fid boutique hotels and international brands offering you the friendliest yet most professional service imaginable, matched by strikingly beautiful hotels that have been designed with your every need in mind.