Bali

A favourite tropical destination for tourists, Bali shines the brightest out of the thousands of islands in Indonesia. The reason why this green paradise is so popular amongst travellers lies in the fact that it has something to offer everybody: culture, adventure, entertainment and relaxation all come together on the Indonesian island. Poetically dubbed the “Island of Gods”, Bali is a place of surreal beauty which captivates the hearts of all who visit with its magical atmosphere.

One thing everyone who visits Bali is impressed with is how friendly and warm the locals are. In fact, the Balinese are known for going out of their way to make tourists feel at home on the island, and will always be sincerely happy to engage in conversation. What’s more, the island houses a myriad of traditions which have been preserved over time. Visitors curious to experience the colourful celebrations and ceremonies held by the Balinese all through the year can take part in the Day of Silence (Nyepi) or marvel at the Omed-Omedan kissing festival.

Another one of Bali’s distinctive traits is its peacefulness: locals and tourists come together in a truly inspirational spiritual environment where everyone can de-stress and connect with nature.  It is no surprise that the numerous beautiful temples peppered throughout the island are a pillar of Balinese culture. A must visit for all travellers, Bali’s temples offer both aesthetic and religious value, as well as great cultural insights. These places of worship vary from awe-inspiring grant temples high in the mountains to breath-taking sea shrines which overlook the ocean.

Bali’s natural beauty extends far beyond the majestic temples and picturesque beaches. Visitors can venture through the scenic lakes and lush greenery of the island’s glorious mountains, explore the soaring volcanoes and iconic rice fields, and discover the secret canyons and sacred caves entwined in Bali’s landscape. A must-see natural wonder are the gorgeous waterfalls scattered around the island; the Gigit Waterfalls, which span over 40 metres and plunge into an exquisite pool, are a particular favourite with tourists.

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  1. Soak in some extraordinary pools. One of the most astonishing things about Bali is how affordable luxurious accommodation is. Whether you are looking to stay at a 5 star resort or a stunning guesthouse, you would likely have access to an amazing pool surrounded by lush vegetation and the island’s iconic rice fields.
  2. Experience the island through its grains. According to many visitors, the real spirit of Bali lies where the rice grows. Found almost everywhere on the island, the terraced rice fields were hand carved and have been the main method of agriculture to the Balinese people for nearly 2000 years. Visiting one of the many rice paddies and taking a hike through their picturesque greenness or watching the sun rise over the fields is a must-do.
  3. Feast on fresh food. Fresh, healthy food can be found at every corner in Bali: on colourful organic produce stands, juice bars and in vegan cafes serving fruit bowls filled with acai, chia seeds, goji berries and dragon fruit. In addition to the organic and vegan food served in many restaurants, the island also offers distinctive traditional meals which can take the form of both fine dining and street food.
  4. Get involved in some monkey business. The island of Bali is a great place to see monkeys up close, and take fun selfies with them to share with friends on social media. Just make sure you don’t invade their personal space too much, as they won’t like it!
  5. Watch the sun set. The idyllic beaches are the perfect spot for relaxing with a drink in hand and enjoying the stunning sunset views. Each of the beaches has its own distinct charm, from the luxurious feel of the popular Kuta and Nusa Dua beaches to the more remote, hidden beach locations, everyone can find their ideal spot to watch the sun disappear into the ocean.

 

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