Often referred to as the “Island of Gods,” Bali of Indonesia has topped travel guide TripAdvisor’s best destination list for 2017. Famous for its volcanic mountains, iconic beaches and coral reefs, it has been a traveler favorite for many years.
There are plenty of places to see, amazing things to do and incredible experiences to have in Bali. The innumerable historical sites, temples and spots of natural beauty spread across the Island are sure to overwhelm even the most jaded of travelers. Bali is famous for its perfect beaches and waves, volcanoes, terraced fields, Hindu temples, meditation, yoga and delicious cuisine.
Here is all that you need to know about enjoying the best in Bali.
Bali is a huge island and you need to be always on the move to cover the best of it. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak most popular of the beaches, while Sanur is perfect for those who are looking for calm seas and relaxation.
One of the best ways to go beach hopping in Bali is on two wheels. Rent a motorbike [or scooter] to explore the southwest coast, from Kuta Beach onto Canggu and arrive in Tanah Lot. The following day head northeast, along Sanur, Keramas and White Sand Beaches. You can choose to go further south and explore the beaches along the way from Kuta to Uluwatu.
With beaches and waves all around, surfing should be at the top of your list! Not catching a wave in Bali is the same as going to Rome and not seeing the Pope! Experienced surfers can catch waves all around Bali. The beaches nearby Uluwatu are perfect for surfing, with most of them hidden at the end of long and winding roads. You can also practice your surfing skills at Bingin, Dreamland, Padang, Keramas and Balangan Beaches.
Even beginners should give it a try, as there are plenty of schools in Kuta Beach, one of the best places to learn to surf. The numerous beaches also mean that there is no dearth of perfect spots to watch the sunsets.
Eat Delicious and Healthy
Bali is a gastronomic paradise for vegetarians, vegans and meat lovers alike. Balinese cuisine is a delicious mix of flavors and fresh produce. No matter what you preference is, there is always a restaurant, a small cafe or a family Warung ready to serve your choice of delicious and healthy food.
It goes without saying that fish and seafood are always fresh in Bali! The beef rendang and chicken satay are a sure hit with non vegetarians while vegetarians should definitely try the native dish of tempe with peanut sauce.
Juices made from vegetables with spices like ginger and turmeric are popular in Bali where breakfast is considered serious business. Of course, you’ll always find staples like eggs ‘n’ bacon next to mouthwatering smoothie fruit bowls that taste like heaven in the menu.
Another must do in Bali is to connect with your spirituality. There are choices aplenty: visiting temples, meditation, yoga, trekking the Campuhan Ridge, spa sessions or simply soaking in the local scene.
Of late, Bali has been witness to an increasingly popular trend that promotes healthy living and well-being that involves Yoga. Bali attracts people from the world over for its calming natural settings and exotic locations with an abundance of holistic centers. Some of the best retreats that can be found all over the island are led by reputed local and international yoga masters. No better way to combine leisure with healthy living.
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