Bali – Land of History, Beauty, Culture and Beaches!
Bali, in my mind, has always been about the beaches. Whenever I fantasize about lying on some white sandy beach with a soft breeze whispering in my ears and the roar of the waves in the background, I know where I am: Bali!
Being in Bali, however, is a whole other experience! It’s more than just glorious beaches and emerald seas: Bali is vivid color, exotic culture, divine food, flowing rivers, crater lakes, historic temples, active volcanoes and much, much, more: It’s Southeast Asia, at its finest!
One of the seventeen thousand islands dotting the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is unique not only in terms of its vivid history, but also its cultural diversity and amazing range of things to see and do! Bali is made up of different sections. There’s South Bali, Central Bali, West Bali, North Bali, East Bali and then there are the Southeastern Islands off the shores of Bali that are famous for the diving opportunities and underwater life!
South Bali is home to Kuta city and Seminyak, two of the popular cities with tourists who adore Kuta Beach! However, if you’re more an art aficionado or history buff, you might appreciate staying in the Central Bali towns, such as Ubud and Bedugul, where you have access to Bali’s cultural center. Central Bali is also ideal for mountain climbers; since Bali’s central mountain range is right here! North Bali is also for history lovers and those who’re in Bali to have a tranquil time: Bali’s old capital city is to be seen, as are its black beaches. As for those who’ve come to Bali not only for the beaches but also to get a glimpse of its rich culture and exotic tropical forests, East Bali, with its sunny people, relaxed coastal villages and the mighty Mountain Agung, is the place to be!
What to See in Bali
If you’re in Bali, here’s what you really should check out!
- The Temples: Bali is famous for its temples! The island boasts more than 200 temples of varying ages, some of which are from the last millennium! Some beautiful and historic temples to check out include the Besakih Temple on Mount Agung, the Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple), the Tanah Lot and some other directional temples such as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Pura Ulun Danu Batur and Pura Pasar Agung.
- The Dances! If you’re in Bali, you must catch at least one of the famous song and dance dramas. Some of the famous performances include the Barong (lion dance), the Calonarang, the Kecak and the Legong Keraton, which is the most famous of dance performances in Bali!
- The Festivals: Funerals, yes, you read that right: funerals are a sort of festival where the departed are sent off to their heavenly abode amidst pomp, color and ceremony! Important festivals in the year that you should try to incorporate into your trip include Galungan and Nyepi (New Year).
- The Art: One of Bali’s key cities, Ubud, is well known for being the island’s artistic center, and is a must visit with its variety of museums, workshops and galleries showcasing both local and contemporary selections.
What to Do in Bali
- Enjoy the beaches! The whole of the Bali coastline is covered by beaches with black sand on the north, white sand on the south! If you’re in Bali to enjoy the heavenly weather, the tropical paradise elements and the glorious warm waters, opt for the South Bali beach resorts and have the time of your life! A word to the wise: be careful of the swimming markers. The safest beach for swimming in Bali is the Jimbaran Bay.
- Take A Helicopter Ride: If you’d like to see the glory of Bali in its entirety, why not splash out and take a helicopter ride! From the skies, enjoy the wild scenery of Bali’s exotic beaches, rice terraces, rugged Mt. Agung and the beautiful temples Besakih, Ulu Watu and Tanah Lot!
- Go Diving: Bali has plenty of awesome diving spots, some of which are the wreck of USAT Liberty at Tulamben, the Menjangan Island reefs, the Nusa Penida (for more experienced divers) and the coral bommies in Padang Bai!
- Get a massage: Bali is famous for its hotsprings and spas, where you can relax in utmost tranquility and get a Balinese Massage!
- Go surfing: Bali has always had a draw for surfers. Kuta, Canggu, Nusa Lembogan and Legian are ideal for beginners and amateurs, while Bukit Peninsula is ideal for those wishing to ride the big ones!
- Get married! Bali is a well-known destination where couples can get married on the beach with the waves pounding the surf, and the sun shining overhead! There’s a definite air for romance!
Where to Eat in Bali
If you’re a food aficionado, you’re in the right place. Bali has a distinct cuisine with French overtones that is bound to please your palate! If you’re in Bali, don’t forget to have local delicacies such as, Lawar and Sate Lilit. Some hot-spots for mouthwatering delights include restaurants such as Sip, Ko, Sardine, Warang, Rock bar, Bumbu Bali, Nan Xiang, Ku Di Ta, Metis, Mozaic, Sarong and Made’s Warung!
Where to Stay in Bali
Bali offers all types of accommodation: so whether you’re a backpacker looking for a beach hut or a trendy tourist looking to relax in a five-star resort, you’re in luck! Here are some of Bali’s awesome hotels:
- Intercontinental Bali Resort – Perfect location in Jimbaran Bay. Expensive, serene, beautiful!
- Holiday Inn Resort Baluna – Tranquil seclusion in South Kuta
- Amanas Villas – Nestled right on Seminyak’s food street, this hotel is ideal for you!
Photos of Bali
Check out these user submitted photos of Bali below:
Nightlife in Bali
While some parts of Bali are night-quiet, the key cities rock with a vibrancy that will have you partying all night. To enjoy the eclectic Bali nightlife, try out these spots:
- In Seminyak: Bacio Club, Double Six Club, Kudos Bar & Lounge, Space Bar/Lounge/Club
- In Kuta: Hard Rock Café
- In Tuban: BuGils Bali and Musro Bali
When to Visit Bali
Bali can be quite crowded around July, August and December. If you plan well, you can avoid the crowds AND enjoy good rates on hotels in off-peak seasons!
- Beautiful beaches, cultural diversity, awesome food, perfect weather: Need I say more?
- Some cities such as Kuta are overcrowded and have conmen. Beware!
- The island has been attacked twice in the last decade by terrorists. However, it is still paradisiacal!
Why not head to Bali for your next hols? If you’re looking for the perfect place to make the perfect memories, Bali in Indonesia may be your best bet! To organize your trip to Bali, start off here!