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Bali Points of Interest
Whether you are looking to explore the fascinating local culture, richly entwined with Bali’s unique form Hinduism, climb a volcano, scuba dive the coral reefs, or simply sunbathe on the gorgeous beaches, Bali undeniably has a something to offer every visitor with the many Bali points of interest.
With such a rich portfolio of attractions, this island will definitely delight you. Some of the top-rated Bali attractions include:
Pura Tanah Lot is among the most iconic attractions in Bali thanks to its remarkable sea-side setting. Located on a rocky islet encompassed by powerful crashing waves, this temple is an important aspect of the Balinese religion and is among the most sacred places on the island. It is located about 20 kilometers to the north of Kuta and is a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike seeking to enjoy the remarkable evening sunset views.
It was established back in the 16th century and is perceived to have been founded by a priest by the name Nirartha. Although foreigners are not allowed to step into the temple, you can nonetheless walk across to the base of it during low tides. It is amazing to wander along the surrounding paths soaking up the remarkable setting and taking pictures. After you have viewed the various shrines and temples, there are a host of cafes and restaurants where you can also sample, Kopi luwak, the famous civet coffee.
Next on the list is the incredible Bali-based peak, the Mount Batur. Deep in the predawn darkness, you will find numerous Bali visitors trekking up to the famous Mount Batur summit. At 1700 meters above sea level, this summit is the ideal spot to enjoy the incredible scenes of the sun peaking above the mist-shrouded highlands, the caldera just below and the thick lush vegetation. It is an active volcano that is based in Kintamani district- less than an hour’s drive away from Ubud.
Hiking atop the mountain to view the spectacular sunrise has for a considerably long time graced the long list of things to do in Bali. This hike, which occurs along properly-marked trails, is quite easy and often takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. Here, guided trips are often inclusive of a picnic breakfast, comprising eggs prepared using the steam from this volcano. When the day is clear, the view is impeccable, stretching across the massive Batur caldera, the stunning Batur Lake (a source of Bali’s irrigation water through the ancient subak communal irrigation system), and the adjacent mountain range.
Presiding over dramatically plummeting sea cliffs atop one of the finest surf sports in Bali is the Uluwatu Temple also known as the Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It is among the most famous and iconic monuments all thanks to its incredible cliff top setting. According to the Balinese language, ;Ulu’ represents ‘end of a land’ while ‘Watu’ represents ‘rock’. This is a fitting description especially considering the setting of this particular temple as is on the Bukit Peninsula, which is along the southwest tip of the island. Similar to Tanah Lot, the best time to be here is at sunset when the sea and the sky alike, are glowing in the light of the afternoon.
According to archeological evidence, the temple is thought to be of megalithic origin and dates back to the 10th century. The Balinese believe the temple protects the mainland from evil sea spirits. What’s more, the area is frequented by monkeys that dwell in the nearby forest close to the temple’s entrance. They are believed to guard it against bad influences; be sure to watch-out and also ensure your belongings are properly safeguarded.
The temple also features remarkable snaking pathways that lead from its entrance down through numerous incredible viewpoints. The inner temple is not open to outsiders but the incredible setting, as well as the beautiful Kecak dance performance which occurs on a daily basis, makes it all the more worthwhile to visit.
Heading inland and just a few minutes’ walks south of Ubud’s town Centre is a wonderful spot known as the Monkey Forest, Ubud. This forest, also called the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, happens to be among the most prominent tourist attractions in Bali and a definite must see for all photographers and animal lovers. Aside from the exiting view of numerous grey-haired and long-tailed macaques that have made here their home, the reminiscent jungle surrounding where the monkeys roam also makes this place a beauty to behold.
Paved ways usher you into the thick forests comprising giant nutmeg and banyan trees, where ancient temples and moss-covered statues loom through dense foliage inspiring an incredible mystical feel. This forest is an ideal representation of the symphonic co-existence between animals and humans. The site is also a conservation area for rare plants and also serves as a research centre investigating macaque behavior, in particular, their distinct social interaction.
In the forest’s southwest side lies one of three temples located within the forest known as the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, a 14th-century establishment and a common meeting place for the monkeys where they swing and clamber over walls. To the northwest lies the Pura Beji, a historic bathing temple that nestles just close to a cool stream making a stunning backdrop where anyone can delight in the entertaining monkey antics. While on a visit here, it is advised that you ensure that your belongings are secured and also avoid direct contact and smiling with the monkeys since they can interpret it as aggression.
Finally, one more outstanding site in Bali is the Waterbom Bali. It is a distinct action-packed waterpark with an interest for virtually every family member, that has been voted Asia’s Number 1 waterpark. It is located in Kuta and offers multiple exciting and fun activities. Kids, in particular, can splash in their massive swimming pools, zoom down the multiple twisting water rides and slides, or for something a little more serene, drift down the Lazy River.
Parents can have a relaxing time courtesy of reflexology sessions, a soothing spa therapy, or enjoy a pedicure or manicure. The cafes and restaurant here cater to multiple diet provisions, and with its landscaped grounds featuring gorgeous tropical gardens, and huge, shady trees, it offers the perfect day out for all the family.
Adventure Tours in Tropical Paradise
Speed along a deserted beach on an ATV quad bike, go off-road motor biking on the slopes of a volcano or through the jungle, white water rafting on the Ayung River, or scuba diving amongst some of the most diverse marine life anywhere on the planet. Bali is a great place for adventure, and you’ll find the very best adventure tours right here!
Discover Bali’s Amazing Culture
Bali has a rich cultural history, that remains alive and vibrant today, as Hindu religious practices are woven into daily life. Take a cultural tour to discover more about the traditional ways of life on the Island of the Gods as well as seeing more of the beautiful landscape of the island. Visit temples, palaces and artisans at work for an unforgettable day out in Bali.
Great Days Out for all the Family
Bali is a fantastic place for all the family. Get up close and personal with the inhabitants of the Monkey Forest, or tackle the obstacles high in the trees of the Tree Tops Adventure Park. Enjoy a fun filled day on the rides and slides of Waterbom Park – the Number 1 waterpark in Asia. The Marine and Safari Park are also firm family favourites. Book your tours with us for the family holiday of a lifetime.
Bali’s Best Nature Tours
Discover the stunning scenery of Kintamani and Mount Batur and the mesmerising beauty of the terraced rice paddies at Tegallalang. Cycle through rural Bali, getting up close and personal with both the people and the landscape or take a tour to discover the majesty of hidden waterfalls.
Theme Parks for All
Spend the day at Bali Wake Park – Bali’s only cable tow wake boarding park, and also home to Aqua Land – Asia’s largest inflatable floating obstacle course! A day at Waterbom Bali is always a great day out for all the family or combine fun with caring for the animals at the award winning Elephant Safari Park.
Get Wet and Wild in Bali
Hit the waves for the first time and learn to surf, or charter a boat and head off in search of uncrowded waves. Discover the thrill of wind power as you head off kite surfing, enjoy a banana boat ride or speed around Benoa on a Jet Ski. Head underwater on a scuba diving adventure and discover one of the richest and most diverse marine environments on the planet.