The 10 Best Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia
Just speaking about Bali evokes thoughts of paradise. Bali is home to amazing beaches, surfing & diving spots, and accommodation options going from resorts to backpackers, and its smiling people make it a great place to interact with a different culture.
Here is a list of 10 of the best things to do in Bali:
10. White water rafting
Feeling adventurous? Get your adrenaline pumping on a white water rafting adventure in Bali! If you visit Bali during the rainy season, high water levels will make for an extra turbulent ride. There are a range of companies offering rafting tours on the island, such as Bamba Experience.
After soaking up the sun and enjoying nature all day, a night in the city will do your soul good. In Ubud’s city center you’ll find plenty of delicious restaurants (you needn’t worry about getting Bali Belly here), chic shopping, traditional souvenir and food stalls, art galleries, temples, and much more. Ubud is known as the cultural heartland of Bali, so of course, you can’t miss it.
Purify yourself in holy waters and watch as the Hindu people go about their prayer rituals. This temple is quite large, delicately designed, and absolutely beautiful, so be prepared to take tons of photos. And don’t forget to wear a sarong!
After you’ve finished your temple visit, Balinese vendors wait outside in a dizzying labyrinth of stalls, selling jewelry, Balinese clothing, backpacks, wooden home décor, and so much more. Try your hand at bartering here!
Luwak coffee, Bali’s prized coffee, is made out of poop. And no, I did not mistype. This Balinese coffee is made out of Asian palm civets’ poop. These little guys eat the raw coffee beans and digest them. Then the beans are cleaned, roasted, and ground up to make coffee, which the Balinese claim is the best in the world. Head to any coffee plantation and give it a try.
When in Bali, it’s customary to make friends with the monkeys. Actually, no. It’s customary to get attacked by them. Either way, go to the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud to feed bananas to evil monkeys and to witness the cutest newborn monkeys clinging to their parents. Put sunglasses, food, and hats in your backpack before entering – those little shits will steal everything you own.
5. Biking through Ubud
Every vacation needs a little culture. Embarking on a bike tour with Bamba Experience allows you to experience the real, raw, and authentic side of Bali, outside of the tourist-ridden cities like Kuta and Sanur. On the tour, you bike around the countryside, through rice fields, to a coffee plantation, and over bumpy village streets. You will also eat two delicious meals: one in a Balinese family compound, and another overlooking Mt. Batur. Without this bike tour, you would never get to see this new, refreshing side of Bali.
A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without visiting a rice field. There, you’ll observe the complex irrigation systems necessary for growing rice, and you’ll also glimpse into the lives of rural Balinese farmers. Be careful while walking along the terraces though, or you could lose your footing and find yourself shin-deep in thick, sticky mud… Just like I did.
Bali is known worldwide for its surf breaks and incredible beaches, so make sure you experience what all of the fuss is about. Near Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a legendary surf spot called Suluban is worth checking out for its steep cliffs, good surf, reggae bars, and of course, its good-looking surfers. The culture in Suluban entirely revolves around surfing, and it is completely different than anything else you’ll experience in Bali. If you’re a fun-loving, easy-going person, you’ll love everything about Suluban.
A visit to Uluwatu should not be missed during a trip to Bali. Here, the deep-blue Indian Ocean kisses Uluwatu’s famous, rugged cliffs, thousands of Bali’s macaque monkeys troll around in search of fruit, and the Uluwatu temple oversees it all, spiritually enlightening thousands of Hindus and tourists alike, every single day.
Getting to know the Balinese people has to be #1 on this list, because without their gracious hospitality, unending kindness, and contagious laughter, trips to Bali wouldn’t be half as good. Not even close. The great surf and unique culture are what lure tourists into Bali, but the Balinese people are surely the reason they come back time and again.
Over to you:
Have you ever visited Bali or another Indonesian island? If you’ve been to Bali, what are your favorite things to do and see there?
Source: Travel Alphas
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