Surrounded by crystal clear waters and golden sands, Bali is one of the top destinations for tourists everywhere. Also known as the Island of the Gods, the Indonesian island is sprinkled with beautiful temples, intriguing caves, waterfalls and museums. If you are in for a history and culture lesson, mixed with a little bit of adventure and sun-bathing, then this is the place for you. What makes Bali the perfect vacation destination is exactly the multitude of activities it has to offer and anybody who visited Bali will tell you it has something for everyone. Follow this guide to plan the best Balinese adventure:
Prepare for the Balinese Weather
The weather in Bali is mostly hot, so packing light, breathable clothes is a must. The tropical weather splits the year into two seasons, a rainy one, lasting from October to mid-March and a dry one. While the temperatures are still pretty high, if you decide to visit the island during the rainy season, you might want to pack a few layers, as the inland areas and the mountains can get a bit chilly and don’t forget to bring a raincoat or poncho. During the dry season, the temperatures can get a bit high. Pack light, loose clothes, made out of breathable materials, such as cotton. If you plan on staying at one of the Bali Indonesia hotels 5 star resorts, a fancier summer dress and some flat sandals are perfect for some evening drinks by the pool. Don’t forget a bathing suit and a hat, if you plan to enjoy the beaches and maybe do a little surfing. If you are in for a bit of adventure, bring your hiking boots, backpack and a light jacket and head to the northern highlands. While the Balinese are very welcoming with tourists and don’t impose any dress code, visiting temples and religious sites does have some rules. Wear clothes that cover your arms, shoulders and knees. Search the local shops for a traditional kebaya or kain, especially if you plan to attend a local ceremony. A kebaya is an embroidered sheer blouse made out of cotton that women wear to cover their upper body part. A kain is work by both men and women and is an ankle-length scarf wrapped around your waist like a skirt.
Search for New Adventures
When it comes to tourist attractions, Bali has everything for everyone. Religious temples, volcanoes, beautiful surf beaches, mesmerizing waterfalls or five-star spas, you name it, Bali has it.
Whether you are into surfing or simply looking for a place to sunbathe and read a good book, Bali has a beach for everyone. Take the adventure a bit further and dive into the beautiful waters to swim with sea turtles or watch the dolphins. If you are looking to spend a say at the beach with your family, the Nusa Dua Beach is the perfect option for you. The beach has white sands, clear water and a variety of restaurants and shopping places you can choose from. For the surfers, Echo Beach, with its black sands and eclectic vibes, is the perfect option to ride the waves and meet new people.
If you are in for a little adventure, Bali has some options that are sure to give you a boost of adrenaline. Waterfalls, like Sekumpul, believed to be the most beautiful waterfall on the island, or Aling-Aling, with its natural, 35-meter-long water slide are sure to take your breath away.
If you find yourself in the city of Ubud, make sure to visit the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Hundreds of macaque monkeys are roaming free, jumping, swinging and climbing on your shoulders. Make sure to buy a bunch of bananas, to befriend the cheeky creatures and snap a few pictures with your new best friends.
The Bali Safari and Marine Park covers 40 hectares of land and is home to over 60 species of animals, all roaming free in the park that mimics their natural habitat. Take a safari bus and watch the elephants, cuddle with orangutans and check out the Indian white tigers. Don’t forget to head to the Funzone to try one of the amusement rides also.
Explore the Balinese Culture
The Balinese are known for their fascinating culture and traditions. No trip to Bali is complete without watching the Kecak Fire Dance performed by over 100 men at the Uluwatu Temple, who get together at sunset to tell a story through singing and dancing. Head to the Ubud Palace for another dance performed by the beautiful Balinese girls wearing ceremonial outfits.
Don’t forget to keep an eye open for custom gifts you can buy from the locals. Paintings, clothes, unique accessories, the Balinese artisans have everything. Just stop by the shops and you will most definitely find some one-of-a-kind souvenirs to bring home with you.
Plan a healing day at some of the best spas in the world and enjoy a Balinese massage, a hair mask and some yoga. The best time to plan this is at the very start of your trip, to make sure you begin the Balinese adventure with a relaxed body and mind. After a day at a Balinese spa, you are guaranteed to forget the hectic city life. After all, that’s why you are here, right?
No trip to Bali would be complete without visiting the stunning Hindu temples. Pura Tanah Lot is a sea temple overlooking the ocean, perfect for a breathtaking sunset view. Other suggestions include the Besakih Temple, that looks like a gateway to Paradise and the Ulun Danu Beratan, beautifully floating in the middle of a lake.
Like the Balinese culture, the food in Bali is vibrant and colorful. Whether you choose to dine at a prestigious restaurant or grab a quick bite on the streets, the rich flavors are sure to amaze you. One of the most famous Indonesian foods is Sate, which is basically meat on skewers and can be found either at restaurants or at the street food vendors.