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Places to Visit in Bali
Warm weather, sandy beaches, and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean are some of the reasons why Bali is a great place to visit, but that’s not all you’ll be signing up for. Bali has much more to offer than just the sun and sand. Of course beach and pool time are some of the things that will make your stay enjoyable, but there are so many fantastic places to visit in Bali that seeing at least some of them really should be on your agenda to make the most of your time on the island.
Bali is visited by people from all walks of life, from vacationers to travelers and even marine researchers. This is because the island is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and grounds with historical and religious significance to the indigenous community. Attractions on the island range from holy temples and monuments to natural features such as the famed Ubud Monkey Forest.
Of land and in the water, some of the major things to see include the stunning collection of marine life, which is supported by the naturally coral-rich habitat. Anything from surfing to diving to parasailing is an activity that can be enjoyed right here on the magical Island of the Gods. So without delay, detailed below are some of the places you should see while in Bali
Nusa Dua mark the epicenter of Bali’s high end tourist activity, with great beaches and top end resorts and hotels. Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan, three smaller island lying a short distance off of Bali are known to be Bali’s center of marine entertainment and play host to some of its most exclusive beaches. The scuba diving here and surfing are world class.
If you’re in Bali for the waves or to explore its unique marine ecosystem, then this is where your trip should begin. All three islands play host to a variety of dive spots and surf locations frequented by surfers from all over the world and the local community. There’s no better place to ride Bali’s intriguing waves than off the shores of the Nusa Islands. And if you or your traveling companions don’t know the first thing about surfing, worry not. You can always get lessons from professional surf schools right there on the beach.
The same applies to scuba divers and underwater explorers in need of either gear rentals or refresher courses. Scuba diving is a popular activity in almost all of Bali, even more so at these scenic islands. Guided tours ensure that your underwater excursions are as epic as they should be and that everyone returns back to shore safe and sound. Be it a fun dive, to experience the underwater world for the first time, or a PADI qualification, there’s a dive school with expert instructors waiting for you.
Rice paddies are part of the stunning landscape of Bali, and can be seen at every turn. Visit the magnificent terraced rice paddies at Tegallalang, or go for a trek through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jatiluwih Rice Paddies, and enjoy the serene clam of this sea of green. Be sure to remember your camera, because the views are almost beyond belief.
Coffee beans are another crop grown on Bali, and a visit to a Coffee Plantation is a great way to follow the story of your coffee from bean to cup. Of particular interest is Luwak Coffee. The coffee bean is processed by a very unique ‘coffee maker’: the civet cat. After eating and passing out the seed, it is then cleaned, roasted, and turned into a unique coffee brew. Apart from sampling the coffee, you’ll also be treated to a view of two of Bali’s mountains, Mt. Batur and Mt. Abang, and an even more stunning vista of Lake Batur and the surrounding ranges.
This region also has plenty of locations for hikes and walks. You can walk through a nearby bamboo forest and explore the local wildlife or cut through a rocky route across Mt. Batur as you head towards the Penglipuran village, a magical little location preserved through time to display some of Bali’s oldest types of architecture. This is a great place to visit if you’re in Bali for its rich history and local attractions.
Ubud Monkey Forest is home to over 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees indigenous to the region. Located in Padangtegal village, Ubud, the 12.5-hectare forest is an interesting place to visit if you’re in Bali for its local flora and fauna. Other than monkeys, the forest is home to hundreds of other animal and bird species which can be viewed during the day. Other than being the island’s biggest sanctuary, the Ubud Monkey Forest plays host to several cultural activities revolving around the temples within the 12.5-hectare sprawl of land.
Obviously, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a great place to view and study the macaque monkey, which is the indigenous resident of this well-kept sanctuary. Scientists and researchers frequently visit this location since it contains some of the purest examples of Bali’s ecosystem. This is because, despite years of study, 75 tree species in the Ubud forest remain unidentified. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a place to come to see the macaque monkey in its natural setting. You may also like to visit for the vibrant cultural festivities that take place here routinely or even to witness the interesting clashes between rival monkey factions in the forest.
Tanjung Benoa Beach is considered Bali’s water sport central. Travelers frequent this location to enjoy various water sports such as parasailing, banana boating, and Jet Ski riding. The beach itself is a marvel, especially since it borders some of the calmest waters you’ll find around the island. This makes it a great spot for water sports of all kind. Lessons and rental equipment are readily available right at the beach for you, so all you need to do is show up and have fun.
Bali is also known as the Island of the Gods, and once you’re here it will soon become obvious why. The rituals are Balinese Hinduism are closely woven into the daily practice of the local population and the island is dotted with magnificent temples. Two of the most famous and most visited are Uluwatu Temple and Tanah Lot Temple.
Uluwatu Temple is perched high on the cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula on the south of the island, and one of seven temples that can be found around the coast of Bali with the function of protecting the island from evil spirits that may try to come on land. Tanah Lot Temple sits on a rocky outcrop just off of the coast and is cut off from the mainland at high tide, again steeped in history, both temples make stunning spots to catch a Bali sunset.
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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.
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