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Bali Travel – Top Things to do in Bali

Article by Rebecca Park

When in Bali make sure you don’t miss these Bali highlights:

Uluwatu Temple, perched on the cliff at the southern tip of Bali, is the most popular of the many Hindu temples scattered around the Island. Naturally being a temple, there is a strict dress code although sarongs and clothes can be rented at the entrance. Inside be watchful of the cunning monkeys that love snatching bags and cameras from visitors.

Tanah Lot is the second most popular of the many Hindu temples scattered around the Island. The Hindu sea temple is perched on a rock formation surrounded by crashing waves that can be reached at low tide. The temple provides a perfect foreground to a stunning sunset April to November.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is located in Ubud 20kms north of Denpassar. Explore the three holy temples set in a dense jungle and populated by long-tailed macaques (monkeys). They look cute but don’t feed them as they are wild animals with no table manners. Keep hold of your possessions as they are known to bag snatch!

Beaches – Some of the best surfing beaches in the world can be found on the western side of the island. The eastern side is a wonderful haven for families, with beautiful white sand beaches and gentle seas. Do not swim at a beach if a red flag is planted in the sand.

Surfing is taught by several surf schools teaching beginners and intermediates along the popular stretch of sand and gentle waves between Kuta and Legian beaches, while Seminyak offers intermediates a little more challenge with less crowds.

Waterbom Park is a water park (water slides, pools, tropical garden) a short walk from Kuta Beach, Kuta Square and opposite the Discovery Shopping Mall.

Bali Safari and Marine Park takes visitors through Indian, Indonesian and African wildlife eco-systems. Enjoy the water park, theme park rides, elephant rides, baby animal petting, animal & elephant shows.

Kintamani Volcano Tour is one of the most popular and spectacular sightseeing tours in Bali. Visit the cooler mountainous region of Bali where horticulture in the main activity. The main attraction for visitors is around Lake Batur and the spectacular view of the crater lake set in a vast volcano caldera. A climb to the summit of Mount Batur, still an active volcano, to watch the sunrise is an unforgettable experience for more energetic travellers.

Elephant Safari Park is a wonderful elephant sanctuary where visitors can learn about elephants and go elephant treking around the park.

White water rafting on the Ayung river is a fun and exhilarating experience while passing through rainforest, rapids and cascading waterfalls.

Lembongan Island Reef Cruise offers visitors a full day of water activities in Lembongan Bay. The boat ties up at a large floating pontoon where visitors can experience underwater marine viewing, a water slide, snorkelling, scuba diving, village excursions and a buffet lunch.

Watch the Sunset which is best viewed from the beach. Kuta’s sunset is impressive during December’s solstice when the sun is at its lowest, casting atmospheric shadows and a warm orange glow.

Spa Treatment is a great way to treat yourself and is available at many hotels.

Hot springs are found in several locations around the Island. Air Panjar, a hot springs set among a lush garden, is along the northern coast of the island, near Lovina.

Balinese Cooking Class is a great way to experience Balinese life and culture through learning about its food and cooking style. Learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes.

Lovina, located on Bali’s north coast, has beautiful black volcanic sand beaches and coral reefs making it an ideal location for snorkeling and diving. Another major tourist attraction on the north coast is dolphin watching. Lovina is a much quieter area and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of south Bali with one main street parallel to the ocean where visitors can enjoy good restaurants, bars and live music.

Golf is popular at several international standard golf courses featuring scenic views of Bali’s mountains and coastline.

Scuba Diving and snorkeling are provided by various dive shop operators in Bali running day trips to many interesting scuba diving sites around Bali including Pulau Menjangan which is very popular.

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