Although Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands, Bali stands out among all. The “Island of the Gods” is certainly a befitting nickname for Bali due to its richness in culture and mythical legends. Beyond that, the island has a treasure trove of experiences for travelers to try their hand at. Here are seven things you need to do if you plan on traveling to the paradisiacal island of Bali.
1. Have dinner at Jimbaran Bay
If you are a romantic at heart, Bali’s Jimbaran Bay is the perfect place for you to indulge yourself. Jimbaran boasts a magnificent sunset upon a white sandy beach, where a stretch of fantastic restaurants offer a luxurious – yet blissfully rustic – experience of candlelight dinner and fresh seafood.
2. Visit Tanah Lot Temple
The Temple of Tanah Lot, which was built to worship the Hindu sea god Varuna, is a glorious sight to behold. Sitting on a rock with waves crashing at the bottom, the temple has an atmosphere of serenity, especially when few visitors are around. At sunset, the views along the cliffy shoreline are breathtaking. You may want to visit when the locals celebrate Odalan, where they pray at the temple and perform sacred rituals to commemorate the “birth” of the temple.
3. Relax at Sanur Beach
Sanur Beach is perfect for you when you just want to kick back and enjoy the idyllic life that Bali has to offer. Whether it is sunbathing, strolling or cycling along the coast, the beach has something for everyone. This makes Sanur Beach one of the most family-friendly destinations in Bali. If you go early enough, you may even get to enjoy the stunning sunrise at the beach.
4. Hike at Mount Batur
If you think that Bali is only good for its beaches, Mount Batur will surely prove you wrong. Mount Batur is an active volcano popular for its sunrise trek in the Bangli region of Bali. The hike may not be easy, but it will be worth it once you reach the summit and peer down on the clear lake waters below.
5. Enjoy the view at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is the most well-known rice field in Ubud, Bali – for good reason. Its photogenic stairs of rice paddies basked in the golden glow of sunshine, with palm trees growing across the area, is the very definition of a “tropical paradise”. Although most people go there for the photos, the rice field is an amazing place for a slow and relaxing day.
6. Dive at Nusa Penida
Those who love scuba diving must go to Nusa Penida, one of the small islands off the mainland that is reachable by the public boat (jukung) from Sanur. At Nusa Penida, you will get the opportunity to encounter manta rays, Mola Mola, as well as coral reefs and other exotic fish.
7. Party it up in Kuta
For those who are young, wild and free, Bali’s vibrant nightlife scene will give you the experience of a lifetime. When the sun goes down, clubs in Kuta come alive with the most bangin’ music and drinks to entertain you till the break of dawn.
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