What to do in Bali

Bali, Indonesia

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Holiday hotspot extraordinaire, the Indonesian island of Bali offers a dream destination for visitors. The island resembles Paradise Lost with beaches inlaid into a rocky coastline with emerald forests and mountain peaks accentuating the natural beauty of the setting. The shimmering waters of the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean only add to the attractiveness of Bali.

Bali’s attractions are not just limited to the seas and its wide range of activities. Travellers can visit an elephant safari park, go trekking or cycling, and even enjoy scintillating white water rafting trips in heavenly locations. Bali enjoys the honorary moniker of Island of the Gods and boasts an estimated 1,000 historic temples including the gravity-defying, clifftop Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple.

Bali’s collection of beaches and seaside resorts is probably its greatest asset and the reason the island has been one of the most popular hotspots in the Southern Hemisphere since the dawn of the age of the jet aeroplane. The most popular beaches are on the west coast and the Bukit Peninsula in the far south. Balangan, Seminyak and surf-centre Bali at Uluwatu are the flagships of the portfolio.

These beaches are at their best during the annual dry season between April and October. The seas are fairly calm and winds not too strong so that sun seekers can soak up the rays. Sanur is east of the Bukit Peninsula and an all-year destination. In east Bali, Mt Agung is the most prominent landmark and an active volcano. In this area, Amed and Jasri beaches comprise black sands which are a striking contrast to Bali’s other golden beaches.

There is no shortage of activities for Bali visitors to try their hands at. Bali is rated one of the top global locations for surfing and its name has become as synonymous as Hawaii’s when mentioning the sport. The Bukit Peninsula is the top spot for experienced surfers while novices should probably stay around the southeast coast.

Bali is a mecca for divers too and has plenty of great sites for both beginners and experienced divers. Menjangan Island’s reefs and the USAT Liberty shipwreck are just two of the many dive destinations in the locality. Inland, Ubud is noted for its white-water rafting and canyoning.

Other activities include jungle treks, rides at the elephant safari park Bali, mountain and downhill cycling, and paragliding. There are two bungy-jump locations in Seminyak and Kuta. One is at the same location as a top nightclub. Horseback riding is also an option for those residing close to Seminyak. Bali is fast evolving into a premier golf destination with courses at Bali National Golf Club and Nirwana Bali Golf Club rated as two of Asia’s finest.

Bali’s cultural side is certain to satisfy visitors with interesting temples and traditional performing arts. Tirtha Empul, Pura Taman and Uluwatu are a trio of the most visited temples on Bali. The water in the pond at Tirtha Empul is said to be sacred and is a major draw for religious tourists. The 10-day-long Galungan Festival is one of many held every year which celebrate Bali’s fascinating heritage.

Rafting in Bali: White Water, Big Adventure

Posted on 19 July 2016


Bali. Just the mention of it conjures up images of sybaritic days on the beach, languid massages, and cool Bintangs or fruity cocktails in the shade. I found a different side of Bali when I tried out white water rafting at Sobek, north of Ubud.

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