The tropical island of Bali isn’t all beaches, spa resorts and pulsing nightlife. It also offers plenty of chances to get back to nature and explore its stunning natural beauty and rich culture.
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and a popular destination for day trips among tourists who wish to soak up the island’s scenic beauty and unique culture. The Sacred Monkey Forest, rice terraces, art and craft markets and cultural performance are just some of the attractions here. Ubud is also home to luxurious villas and a range of hotel-style accommodation at all budgets.
Uluwatu on the southern tip of Bali is a great place to relax and unwind. Its gorgeous sunsets and pristine beaches are a draw for surfers, but the area is also famous for its Kecak fire dance and Uluwatu Temple. This area is also home to luxury hotels and villas as well as a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Bali’s central highlands are a scenic retreat from the blazing tropical heat. Bedugul is a tranquil lake town home to serene lakes, misty forests and breathtaking natural scenery. Visitors here can visit the glistening Lake Beratan, a temple dedicated to Dewi Danu, and the spectacular Sekumpul Waterfall.
Guests at the nearby Green Village can learn about local agriculture and sustainable living at this remarkable community that has been built using bamboo. They can also take part in a cooking class or go on a guided tour to understand the process of making Balinese chocolate.
It is also possible to watch dolphins in their natural habitat at Lovina, while those looking for a little adventure can join an excursion to the famous Mount Batur Volcano where they can witness the power of a live volcano eruption. Those interested in nature can also visit the Aling Aling Waterfalls, a picturesque waterfall complex consisting of 7 secret waterfalls with each one having a unique side-by-side waterfall top.
Gianyar is a lesser known area that is worth a visit as it offers a more authentic Bali experience. It is home to a few great waterfalls as well as Bali Zoo. It is easy to get to other areas of the island from here.
If you plan to spend more than three weeks in Bali, it is best to stay in two different regions of the island to have a varied experience. The best time to visit is November to March, during which the weather is dry and sunny. July and August tend to be the busiest months, so book your accommodations early if you are visiting then.
Before you travel to Bali, make sure that you have the required vaccinations. Vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Tetanus are recommended. It is also a good idea to carry mosquito spray as the island has lots of mosquitoes. In addition, it is a good idea to get a travel insurance policy to cover any unforeseen expenses and accidents. Tourist areas in Bali