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The Greatest Things About the Island of Bali

Updated on October 30, 2015

Beauty in Bali

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While Caribbean destinations often come to mind when we think of islands, there exists a breathtakingly beautiful island on the other side of the world. Bali, located in the Indian ocean, is an Indonesian island that is famous for its stunning scenery, exotic flora and fauna, and dynamic itinerary. It’s a haven for anyone seeking well deserved rest and relaxation and is famous for its serene and calming atmosphere. From the outdoors to the indoors, Bali has something to offer to everyone.

Outdoors in Bali

As with any island, the first thing that may come to mind are the beaches. Bali has dozens of great beaches, each one a little different than the rest. There are beaches for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, fishing, or simply sun bathing. Depending on the area, the snorkeling can be incredible. Snorkeling is a great opportunity to spot some of the colorful marine life. Lion fish, eels, angel fish, blue spotted stingrays, and even turtles can be found off of Bali’s coastline. The many beaches range from rocky and rugged to soft and sandy.

In Bali, there are many ways to get a closer look at the wildlife. Nature tours and parks are home to the astonishing variety of animals that call Bali home. At the Elephant Safari Park you not only get to interact with the endangered Sumatran elephants, but you also get to ride one! Horseback riding, dolphin sightseeing, and diving at Sanur Beach are just a few of the things you may get to experience.

Bali is also home to an active volcano called Mount Batur. With a tour guide, you can hike to the summit while taking in the contrasting beauty of the tropical jungles and rugged mountain peaks. For a glimpse at man-made treasures from the past and present, Bali offers iconic temples that pave the way to a rich discovery of Bali’s traditions and history.

Tanah Lot, Bali
Tanah Lot, Bali | Source

Indoors in Bali

Bali is famous for a peaceful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. The aura and ambience of their top spas, massage parlors, and quiet retreats is hard to beat. There are hundreds of places in Bali to indulge in a self-pampering experience. Whether you enjoy a massage on the beach or a new beauty treatment within the confines of a luxurious resort, the used techniques are designed with ultimate relaxation in mind.

The Bali Botanica Day Spa is a favorite, stunningly located past plush rice fields and captivating scenery. It offers treatments for singles or couples at reasonable prices and a wide variety of treatments.

The food in Bali is never not fresh, and there is a restaurant for every mood. The food in Bali has been influenced by the cultures of different continents, from Europe to Asia, uniting savory flavors into harmonious dishes. Balinese cuisine shares roots with indigenous traditions and is created with extensive use of spices, seasonings, and staples like rice. Balinese foods include sate lilit (spiced mince), babi guling (suckling pig), and bebek betutu (duck).

If food is a true passion of yours, the Casa Luna Cooking School offers classes that explore the cultural influences behind the traditional dishes and a study of the cooking techniques and ingredients. The classes also offer fascinating glimpses into the culinary history of the Balinese and the role of food in their culture.

For those who enjoy a night out, Bali is home to a sparkling nightlife. Its lounges and beach clubs are acclaimed for the current music, tasty menus, and an impressive entertainment scene.

Balinese Cuisine

Nasi Campur Bebek (Duck)
Nasi Campur Bebek (Duck) | Source

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What to Pack for a Trip to Bali

If you’re travelling to Bali, it’s important to think simply when packing. The casual and relaxed atmosphere of the island takes a lot of pressure off when wondering what to bring. Swimsuits are an absolute must, as well as breathable, comfortable tops and bottoms. A dressier option or two is nice for going out for a fancy meal. Comfortable shoes and flip flops for the beach are practical and necessary. It’s also important to pack some modest clothing in the event you visit one of the many temples in Bali.

A Trip to Bali Promises to Be Memorable

These were just a few of the many things to see, do, taste, and experience. The island of Bali is a true gem that invites every guest on a personalized adventure. If you get the chance to visit this sanctuary, be sure to enjoy every moment and cherish every memory.

The people of Bali are warm and welcoming. Here we see a zoo keeper and her parrot, a blue and yellow macaw.
The people of Bali are warm and welcoming. Here we see a zoo keeper and her parrot, a blue and yellow macaw. | Source

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