Barong Dance, Bali
Welcome to paradise! Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago. An island forged by volcanic activity, Bali is rich with art, culture and thriving biodiversity. Though this tiny island offers a laid back beach lifestyle, it doesn’t skimp on the thrills either. Bali is one of the most visitor-friendly locations in the world and from top dollar resorts to tiny beach cabins there are accommodations and attractions to suit any budget. While you are visiting this little bit of heaven, be sure not to miss these tours.
Taman Ayun to Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, Bali
Start out at the Royal Family Temple of Taman Ayun in Mengwi Village, about 18km north of Denpasar. This classically Balinese tiered temple was erected in the 1600s and remains a symbol of the Mengwi Kingdom. Take a quiet morning stroll through the gardens and enjoy a reflective moment at the many still ponds. Just west of Taman Ayun lies Kukuh Village, the home of Alas Kedaton or ‘Monkey Forest.” Have lunch with the forests 500 simian residents at the Alas Kedaton temple here. Finally, head down the road to catch sunset at the Tanah Lot Temple. This dramatic temple, which juts out from the water on a rocky islet, has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. Tanah Lot Temple is one of the Seven Sea Temples constructed around the coast of Bali to honor the gods of the sea.
The Ubud district is the epicenter of Bali’s rich art culture. To the outsider, Ubud might seem like one large city, but in fact Ubud is a collection of 14 villages, each with its own flavor and artistic offering. Start off at the Ubud Royal Palace in the heart of the district. Then, work your way out to the outer villages of Campuan and Kedewatan for a taste of Balinese woodcarving and leather crafts.
Kuta Beach to Batu Belig Beach
Kuta Beach, Bali
If you are lucky enough to come to Bali, you can’t miss out on Kuta Beach. This seaside resort town has become increasingly popular with tourists – and for good reason. Start at Kuta and head down the coast through Legian, Seminyak and Kerobokan beaches, stopping at your leisure to get a flavor for each locale. Be cautious while swimming, the tide can be strong and the surf can be a little rough. Relax on the white sand beaches, spotted with Hindu offerings and take in the evening. Finish your western coast beach tour at Batu Belig and end your day with Bali’s vibrant night life.
If you are planning to visit Bali, you are in for a tropical treat. Bali is a colorful oasis of delicate art, lush forests, dramatic volcanoes and sandy beaches. From it’s mystical temples to it’s modern night life, Bali is a gem for families, adventure travelers or couples. Conveniently located only an hour by plane from Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta), Bali is visitor friendly and accessible year round.