The enchanting Indonesian island of Bali is many people's dream holiday destination, yet despite its popularity, it has managed to retain a laid-back charm. With its golden beaches, lush tropical jungles, twisting mountain trails, spectacular temples, and a deeply spiritual culture, Bali has plenty to offer the visitor. Whether you are seeking adventure, a cultural experience, a family beach holiday, or a thrilling surfing trip, a holiday to Bali may be just what you are looking for.
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Bali -The Island of the Gods
Religion plays an important role in Balinese culture with Hinduism the most followed faith with an abundance of shrines and temples. Every home has its own shrine, and many houses are built to look like temples. As you explore the island you will see offerings of flowers, fruit or rice and smell the fragrance from burning incense. If your visit coincides with many of Bali’s religious festivals, you can expect to see a celebration of music and dance by beautifully dressed people as they make their way to their temples.
There are many temples worthy of a visit. Besakih, standing 3,000 feet high on the slopes of the Agung volcano, is a magnificent and mystical World Heritage site. Tanah Lot, on its rocky outcrop rising out of the sea, is one of seven sea-temples forming a ring around the coastline. The serene Ulun Danu BeratunTemple is perfectly reflected in its surrounding lake, giving the appearance it is floating.
The Best Beaches in Bali
Bali has many gorgeous beaches around its stunning coastline. The popular beaches of Kuta and Legian can get crowded, but we know where there are plenty of pristine, quiet and somewhat secret beaches. Perasi Beach, in the east of the country, is only accessible by a bumpy track and PadangPadang was made famous in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. You may prefer the wonderful beach at Jimbaran, a fishing village on the southwest coast. Many of our Bali hotels are located beachside.
Water Sports in Bali
Bali has gained fame as a surfer's paradise. One of the best beaches for surfing, with huge waves, is just below the Uluwatu Temple in the Bukit Peninsula. Echo Beach at Canggu, just north of Seminyak is also a popular place for surfers.
Scuba diving in Bali is also world-class -- you can dive with huge manta rays of Nusa Penida, a little island off the south-east coast, and the USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben Bay in the far north-east is one of the world's most accessible wreck-dives.
Shopping in Bali
Bali has always been a popular destination for shoppers with leather goods, silverware, Kintamani coffee and printed fabrics some of the popular purchases. No visit to Bali would be complete without a visit to the beautiful town of Ubud. Regarded as the heart of Bali, the focus of its spiritual energies has made it a centre for culture and attracts artists who are inspired by the remains of ancient Bali kingdoms found throughout the town. Ubud abounds with gorgeous art galleries and market stalls full of handcrafted goods.
Bali’s Natural World
Bali’s lush interior is perfect for nature lovers. The dramatic black volcanic landscape contrasts with the verdant green rice terraces. On the west of the island, the West Bali National Park is a place where you can hike along jungle trails and find yourself transported into the heart of nature.
At Lovina in the northwest, you can enjoy dolphin-sighting boat trips at dawn. The sacred Monkey Forest is home to Balinese long-tailed macaques, and wandering through the forest you can explore ancient Hindu temples, including the mysterious Temple of the Dead. Families enjoy a visit to the Bali Bird Park, with thousands of brilliantly coloured tropical birds. Nearby the Reptile Park has a diverse range of species roaming through the tropical gardens and ponds, including pythons, turtles, crocodiles and the giant Komodo dragon.
Whether you are visiting Bali for relaxation or adventure, looking for a romantic break or a family holiday, Bali is the ultimate exotic destination. Unlike other beach holiday destinations, Bali is set apart by its natural and spiritual beauty, and its utterly distinctive culture and traditions.