Bali is one of the most iconic travel destinations on many people’s list, and why? The traditional and modern dance, sculptures, paintings, metalworking, music, and highly developed arts are something to live for. So where is Bali anyway? It is a province in Indonesia, located in the most western part of the Lesser Sunder Islands. It forms part of the Indonesian Archipelago together with other islands, the Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. It is Indonesia’s leading tourist destination and has seen a significant increase in tourists over the past few years. Furthermore, the annual Indonesian International Film Festival is held in Bali, thus attracting tourists from all over the world.
Thinking of taking a vacation in Bali? Here’s what you shouldn’t miss out on:
- Beaches and waves
Bali has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, such as the Diamond beach with white sand and silky blue water; we must not forget the beautiful palm trees that almost look aesthetic. If you are a lover of surfing, the waves at the other islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida would be a definite stop over for you. They are about a 45-minute boat ride away.
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Don’t mistake it to be any rice farm. They have cultivated this rice farm through a traditional form of Balinese cooperative irrigation system that oozes nothing but vibrant culture. The landscape is quite a spectacle for tourists and a famous spot for painters as well.
- The Ubud Monkey forest
There’s a forest, more like a natural sanctuary, home to a whole lot of long-tailed macaques. It is a well-preserved area by the community located near the Ubud town center, which is a walking distance from the location of most of the guesthouses. Besides enjoying the sight of the monkeys swinging by, the forest has a peaceful, breezy cooling path to take a stroll and enjoy the clean air.
- Mount Batur Volcano
Located in Kintamani, Central Bali, Mount Batur is a volcanic mountain that you cannot miss to visit when you take your trip. For those adventurous souls, there is a winding road to take you there, a collection of hot springs in the area that you must chill in and villages for you to visit and interact with the people to learn more about their culture.
- Goa Gajah
Also known as the elephant cave, not that there are any elephants in there, the Goa Gajah rests on a hillside where two streams meet. It is a place for spiritual meditation for you to connect with yourself. It has relics representing various elements of Buddhism and structures revealing Hindu beliefs. There are also several beautiful natural sites, such as rice fields and beautiful streams.
There is so much to see in Bali that no article would ever do it justice. If it is not already in your bucket list, you better add it as soon as yesterday. Don’t worry about planning on the ticket or accommodation; we have The Seven Holiday experts who will put everything together for you. What are you waiting for?