For many visitors, Bali is the ultimate tropical destination with idyllic beaches, lush green forests, and fragrant rice fields that seem to cascade down the hills. Yet there is more to Bali than its natural attractions. The warm hospitality of the people and the rich cultural diversity of this beautiful island of Indonesia greatly add to its exotic appeal.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean in the south and the Bali Sea in the north, Bali is blessed with exquisite beaches, which are perfect to soak up the sun and indulge in water sports during the day or take in the beauty of the setting sun in the evening.
Bali is also a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Take up the challenge of misty treks amidst active volcanoes or snorkel and dive the crystal clear waters of the northern coast from Amed to Pemuteran. Walk through the tranquil valley of Gunung Kawi to see some of Bali’s most ancient monuments or simply laze away the days doing nothing in Lovina without noticing the time slipping away.
Often referred to as the ‘Island with the thousand gods’, Bali charms visitors with its mystical temple ceremonies marked with traditional dance and drama that throw light on the Balinese culture and beliefs. Centuries old shrines set amidst the deep dark forests invite you to seek nature’s serenity and experience its healing touch. Rituals and prayers are an integral part of Balinese life and you can witness these during the mesmerizing temple ceremonies that take place through out the year.
These are some of the most obvious qualities of Bali. A visit to this most friendly island in Indonesia means that you can treat the body and senses to hedonistic massages, indulge your taste buds to a sumptuous cuisine and dance away the hours on starlit beaches. Visit Bali and discover why this small island—you can drive around the entire coast in one day— has such a towering reputation for being one of the world’s most amazing tourist destinations.
Bali holds true to its reputation for being the ‘last paradise on earth.’ Resplendent with spectacular natural attractions, wildlife parks, scintillating waterfalls, and beautiful temples, Bali promises adventure both on water and land, immense shopping opportunities, and an exciting nightlife. The warm all-encompassing culture and the gracious people make the stay all the more pleasant.
Gitgit Waterfall: This spectacular waterfall, near Singaraja town, is a major picnic spot in Bali. See the water gush down the 40 meters high Gitgit Waterfall and take a dip in its crystal clear pool.
Banjar Hot Springs: These hot water springs in Banjar are believed to have healing powers. The curative powers may be subject to debate but one thing is for sure – these springs in their beautiful surroundings are sure to rejuvenate and refresh the mind.
Gunung Agung: The trek up the mountain is a must for the adventurous. The climb is challenging but the spectacular views are worth each step you take. You can also opt for a leisurely walk along the woods through the shortest route from Selat or Muncan up to Gunung Agung Mountain. April through October is the best time to take up this challenge.
Wildlife Parks: The Bali Bird Park houses not only birds from Bali and Indonesia but also from far off places such as Latin and South America. Besides, if you are lucky you could spot the Bali Starling, the world’s rarest bird. Then there is the Butterfly Park where you can admire a vast variety of brilliantly colored butterflies fluttering around intricately landscaped gardens. The Rimba Reptile Park is also is well worth a visit.