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5 Ways To Have The Best Time In Bali

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5 ways to have the best time in Bali

The tropical island of Bali offers something for everyone. Whether you’re searching for white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters, trekking on volcanoes, or snorkeling and scuba diving on coral reefs, this iconic Indonesian island has it all. In this article, we’ll be looking at 5 ways to truly make the most of your time in Bali and come back from your holiday with a smile on your face and hundreds of unforgettable memories.

 

 

 

  • Take in the temples

Bali is famous for its temples, and there are said to be over 10,000 religious compounds scattered across the island, located not only around tourist hotspots but also hidden in off the beaten track locations. From mountain tops to low-lying coastal regions, each temple has its own legends and stories surrounding it.

The most famous of all is the Tanah Lot, an ancient Hindu shrine located about 20km northwest of Kuta. The temple’s stunning setting against the crashing waves makes for a great shot or just a peaceful view as you soak in the ambience. Other notable temples are Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah), just a few kilometres out of Ubud, and Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a Hindu cultural park on the south coast. Here, you’ll find a statue which will be one of the tallest in the world once it’s complete, providing a fantastic panorama of the Balinese coast.

Many of Bali’s temples are a great place to relax and reflect in peace, quiet, and tranquillity.

When you’re visiting temples, remember that these are religious and dress respectfully and accordingly, covering your shoulders and perhaps your legs too. If you don’t, you may not be allowed to enter the temple!

 

  • Get up close and personal with the island’s animals

Bali is home to a number of beautiful and fascinating native animals, including the orang-utan, the Sumatran tiger, and the world’s biggest lizard – the Komodo dragon. As well as these bigger beasts, there’s a number of monkeys just waiting to get acquainted with you at the monkey forest in Ubud too. Do take care of any warning signs and follow instructions provided by the guides in the area.

Away from land, the coral reefs from Sanur to the Nusa islands are home to a huge number of tropical fish, turtles, and even sharks, which you can see on a diving trip from one of the ethical tour operators on the island. If you don’t want to head out into the sea, there’s also a turtle conservation centre on the island where you can learn more about these magnificent creatures.

To have a truly unforgettable experience in nature, head to the  Bali Barat National park, covering 73 square miles in the northwest of the island. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of flying foxes, leopard cats, and wild boar in their natural habitat.

Do be careful when picking which animal attractions to visit, and do your research first to find a centre which acts ethically. Also, avoid any elephant riding attractions.

 

  • Conquer the island’s volcanoes

One for the adventurous souls, hiking up to the top of Mount Batur (Kintamani) is an excellent natural experience on the island and is a great way to get a panorama of the island. Get an early start to see the sunrise over the huge caldera, as well as a fantastic vista of Lake Batur, located to the southeast of the volcano. Catch a glimpse of locals fishing for their early morning catch in the lake. The lush, green vegetation which grows on the slopes of the volcano and the surrounding hills is also not to be missed.

Prepare for your trek up the following day, or relax on your return at the lakeside in hot springs in Toya Bungkah, where you can soak in curative mineral water and give those tired muscles a reward that they’ve been crying out for.  

Popular stopovers along the route to Mount Batur are the ‘Bali Aga’ villages, set upon the lakeshore. These are the 3 main villages of Batur, Penelokan, and Kintamani, as well as a number of smaller villages too.

 

  • Wander through the rice terraces

Rice is a staple of the Balinese diet, but who would have thought that its production could be so beautiful? One of the most famous, Jatiluwih, is even recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. These examples of Balinese heritage just happen to be some of the most incredible landscapes on the island, and you’ll find it really easy to fill up your camera’s internal storage with your snaps.

The best news is that there’s no best time to come and see the Bali rice fields. Because of succession planting, they retain their lush green throughout the whole year and really turn nature into art.

Some, such as Tegallalang is close to Ubud. However, if you head a little further afield the rewards are immense. Consider visiting the Munduk Rice Fields in North Bali, Sidemen in Karangasem, or Rendang in East Bali, where it’s not only the terraces that are stunning but the backdrop of mountains that they are set against.


  • Book a luxury villa

If you’re doing all these crazy activities and more (such as the jungle swing), you’re going to need some accommodation where you can truly relax and be in complete comfort. Big, plush beds, sofas with flat screen TVs which really make your accommodation feel like a home away from home. How about something with a swimming pool? Or maybe even a jacuzzi? Or perhaps you’d just like to lie in a hammock, letting the world pass you by.

That’s where Welcome Worldwide comes in – with a huge selection of villas on the island to suit all budgets, there’s no better place to start your search for your next holiday in Bali. There’s a wealth of locations too, whether you want to be in the urban centres of Ubud or Kuta, lay beneath the swaying palm trees on the beach, or close to the hiking action in the mountains, there’s really something for everyone. Don’t delay! For more destination guides on Bali, head over to Trip101.

 

 

 

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