Known for its iconic volcanic mountains, beautiful sceneries and alluring beaches and coral reefs, the Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most toured places on earth. Considered to be a tropical utopia by many, the island is also famous for its religious sites and its vibrant nightlife. The island is also home to some of the world’s best yoga retreats and places. Characterized by hills, mountains, lagoons, rugged coastlines and lush rice paddies; Bali has a lot to offer.
In addition to its beautiful landscapes, the island is also famed for its people’s profoundly spiritual and unique culture. There is a myriad of activities that tourists can engage in while on a tour of this tropical paradise. Of the many activities, there are eight that are priceless.
Rare dining experience
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Bali is famous for its excellent dining options. The island’s unique collection of restaurants and local eateries are internationally acclaimed. Serving both domestic and international cuisines, the restaurants in Bali offer a unique dining experience.
Bali is home to beautiful resorts some of which are located on cliff tops. These resorts offer tourists with a unique opportunity of enjoying a delicious meal while enjoying Bali’s famous sunsets. Travelers looking for privacy and exclusivity can choose among the various fine dining options available in West Bali. The western part of Bali is the least visited and offers a fairytale-like atmosphere.
A true surfers paradise
The island of Bali is a favorite destination for many professional surfers. Famed for its friendly locals, Bali offers a dynamic environment for surfers. Some of the island’s famous surfing spots are in Uluwatu and Padang Padang. Other surfing spots include the Kuta Beach and Canggu. During the months of April to September the trade winds that blow offshore create a persistent wave for professional surfers.
Inspired by Hinduism, the main religion in Bali, the island’s unique and diverse culture is beautiful and colorful. There are various Hindu temples throughout the island where tourists can get a glimpse of Bali’s unique culture and vibrant arts. Furthermore, there are many festivals that showcase different aspects of the Balinese culture. These festivals range from rites of passage, wedding ceremonies, and special cultural and religious gatherings.
Annual art festivals are also common in Bali, and so are local craft stores where tourists can get to sample different cultural souvenirs. The island is also home to a wide array of museums that showcase different art pieces from the island.
The Volcanic Mt. Batur is another Bali’s famous attraction. Trekking to the top of the mountain is an adventurous activity that culminates in a stunning view of the spectacular Bali sunrise. The trek trail takes tourists through different landscapes which start before dawn. Ultimately, the trail leads to the top of the mountain that offers scenic views of the rice paddies below and the Bali landscape.
A mixture of Hindu and Javanese, Bali art pieces are world renowned for their uniqueness, intricate details, and beauty. Tourists can get beautiful handcrafted art pieces from local markets at affordable prices. The island has many artists who are experts in crafting a broad range of art pieces from paintings, carvings to jewelry pieces. Some of the islands famous art markets include the Sukawati art market and Ubud art market.
Haven for yogis
Hinduism being the islands dominant religion has inspired the growth of yoga. Today, the island is a preferred destination for many yogis. Bali offers a unique balance between privacy and a burgeoning society of yogis, and the extraordinary devotion of the Balinese people resonates with the teachings of yoga. Additionally, the island’s environment is ideal for tranquil getaways. Bali is home to numerous yoga establishments catering to the needs of different yogis.
Almost all who have visited the island agree that a tour would not be complete without a visit to one of the island’s magical temples. These temples are open to the public and feature beautiful architecture mixed with colorful festivals and rituals. These temples have become a symbol of the island’s charm and beauty. Some of the famous temples include the Uluwatu Temple, the Tanah Lot temple, Goa Gajah temple, Ulun Danu temple, and Tirta Empul temple.
Bali’s landscape features beautiful rice paddies, volcanic mountains, and amazing waterfalls. The waterfalls of Bali are hidden and inaccessible making them ideal for adventurous tourists who want to explore the island. Moreover, the waterfalls offer privacy and tranquility since tourists do not frequent them.
Bali is known for many things; however, a tour of the island is never complete unless it includes the above-listed activities. These activities are the island’s hallmark and have helped rubber stamp Bali’s popularity as a tourist destination.