Why Bali Has to Be on Your Upcoming Travel Plans
Bali has long been a top tropical destination, and it got even more enticing when it was featured in Eat, Pray, Love. It's a favorite for yoga retreats and teacher training, but there's a lot more to Bali than what you think. One of the biggest perks is that it's relatively quiet compared to other tropical locales. You'll want to get around by car to give yourself the option to explore the gorgeous destination (and not depend on taxis or public transportation which can be limiting or expensive if you really like to discover the heart of a destination). Fortunately, car rentals are relatively affordable here and will also give you the freedom to maximize your time in Bali.
Here are just a few reasons Bali might be your next travel destination must:
The Balinese tradition of Kecak dancing was created in the 1930s and is now a staple of any trip. It’s named for the “cak” sound you’ll hear throughout the performance, and is based on the Hindu story of Ramayana. Performances take place all over the island, so it’s easy to find one that’s convenient for you.
Monkey Forest is home to a Hindu temple and it’s one of the most popular attractions in Ubud. Here, 500 monkeys call the area home and you can also take a look at three unique temples from the 14th century. This is a nature preserve, so you can also count on beautiful scenery. Bananas are available for purchase at the entrance, and it’s a once in a lifetime experience for visitors of all ages.
Muck diving awaits
You’ll find Padang Bai along the eastern coast, and it’s known for its incredible diving. There are seven sites in the area to choose from, and a quick boat ride will take you to the ultimate diving experiences. You can even get your PADI certification here, and muck diving is a way to explore the underwater world of Bali. You'll be able to see the famed pygmy seahorses up close and might even see some (safe) sharks. From the blue-ringed octopi to the beautiful coral gardens, it's often what's below the surface in Bali that will really make memories.
Silver shopping in Celuk
If you want to take a part of Bali home with you, head to the Sukawati village of Celuk. It’s just 30 minutes from the bustling town of Ubud, and it can easily be made into a day trip. You’ll want to discover all the gems along Jalan Raya Celuk Street, where you’ll find a number of silver studios. It’s easy to fall in love with the ornate designs and silverware. Here, you can shop for traditional items to commemorate your time in Bali—and you can also commission or customize just about anything.
Surf at Kuta Beach
Surfers flock to the island, and one of the best places to either try it out yourself or watch the pros is at the famed Kuta Beach. You’ll find it close to a sand bar that helps create waves that are rolling and pristine for the sport. There are no reefs in the area and it’s easy to rent a board—or even take a lesson. It’s also a gorgeous spot for sunrises and sunsets. It might be one of the more well-known areas of Bali, but that’s because it’s a must to really enjoy the spirit of the tropics.
Try out a jet pack
There’s no better (or more exciting) way to make your time in Bali than with a jet pack at TanjungBenoa. It’s the ultimate in water sports and lets you soar above the water. A jet pack session is only around 20 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to squeeze in all the other activities on your list. This experience will also let you see Bali in an entirely new way. It’s safe, easy, and an alternative to some more traditional forms of water sports. For adrenaline junkies, this is a must.
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