Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands but there is one that stands out from the heap: we speak of Bali, the island of the gods, one of the most exotic, beloved and fascinating destinations in the world. Bali is simply unique, a bit bipolar itself, but absolutely wonderful. If you are planning to visit this corner of Southeast Asia you are in the right place: we will tell you the 10 experiences that you should not stop living in Bali!
10 Experiences That You Have to Live in Bali, Indonesia
1. Escape from Kuta
The first day in Bali was a total disappointment: we were expecting an island totally opposite to what we found in Kuta. Ojo, Kuta has its positive sides: there is a lot of partying, waves to surf, travelers wanting to chat ... but if you want to know the real island of the gods you have to leave piting of this city. Of course, do not do it without first having enjoyed a spectacular sunset with a cool bintang in hand: Selamat Datang di Bali.
2. Jumping from temple to Pura
Balinese Hinduism is a religion that you can only find here, the best way to get to know it is to visit its temples, where you get involved with rituals and offerings (banana leaf boxes full of flowers, coins and even cookies) that the Balinese leave in honor to the Gods. The Balinese temples are simply beautiful, although if we had to choose 5 would be these:
- Tanah Lot: a temple dedicated to the sea goddess located on top of a rock that emerges from the water. When the tide rises it becomes an inaccessible islet.
- Uluwatu: The setting of this temple, placed on top of a cliff that suddenly falls on the waves of the sea, make it one of the most magical places on the island. The Uluwatu temple was built to protect the Balinese from evil spirits. It is best to visit it at sunset.
- Tirta Empul: the water temple, here the Balinese immerse themselves in the sacred fountains to purify themselves.
- Pura Besakih: is the mother temple, the largest and most sacred of the island. It consists of more than 26 temples, shrines and different altars, connected by terraces built on the side of a volcano.
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan: stands on the shores of Lake Bratan and is famous for the typical multi-level roof balines.
3. Learning to Surf
Bali is one of the quintessential surfing paradises, so why not learn to sail the waves on a board in the same mecca of this sport? It is best to do it at dusk, when the sky is dyed deep red and the reflection in the water is absolutely breathtaking. Bali sunsets are among the best in the world!
4. Fall in love with your gastronomy
For us Bali has one of the best gastronomies of Southeast Asia: mee goereng, bakso, cattle-cattle, satay, satay lilit, and our favorites ... bregedel kentang: a few croquetitas of spiced potatoes the rich sea. Also do not forget to try pisang goereng, the delicious fried banana and much better if accompanied by vanilla ice cream, yum!
5. Ubud Monkey Forest
It is called Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary although everyone knows it as the 'Ubud Monket Forest' and represents one of the most curious experiences that you can live on the island. Here, among ancient trees and sacred temples you will encounter a few curious monkeys. They are more than 500 Balinese monkeys and, although they seem friendly and friendly do not neglect, they can become very cheeky and steal anything that catches their attention.
6. Relax in a Balinese Spa
Good news for backpackers: Bali is a perfect place to stick to whims that anywhere else could turn out to be very expensive. The spa are an example. The best place to give yourself an afternoon of pampering? Ubud! In this ancient city you can enjoy massages, take relaxing baths in tubs filled with flower petals and enjoy some beauty treatment in a spa surrounded by jungle, tranquility and nature. Unforgettable!
7. Getting Lost in Rice Paddies
Walking among the rice paddies of Bali is a unique experience: you will never have seen such a intense green, you will seem to step on a landscape painted on a cliff. Our advice is to go to Jatiluwih rice paddies, arguably the most impressive on the island.
8. Discover the submarine Bali
Many arrive in Bali with the mistaken idea that the island of the gods has paradisiacal beaches where they can spend hours and hours making the 'little mermaid'. Not so: Bali is a paradise for surfers but for those looking for beaches with palmeritas and calm waters we advise other islands like the nearby Gili. There are still underwater places worth discovering, we propose two: the first one is Pemuteran, with its Biorock project, where you can dive between corals and goldfish in the north of the island. The second is the American ship sunk by a Japanese torpedo in World War II. It is located in front of Tulambén beach and it is worth to dive to it.
9. Watching the sunrise from a volcano
Sticking a Mr. Madrugón, kicking the slope of Mount Batur and reaching its peak to see one of the most incredible sunrises in your life is something that everyone should do at least once in life. The image of the sun rising in the fog surrounded by volcanoes is simply spectacular.
10. Traveling on a Motorbike in Bali
To live an unforgettable adventure you will only need a backpack, two wheels and many desires: traveling on Bali by motorbike is the best way to really know the island. Moving in this way will give you the possibility to get away from the tourist circuits and discover an island and a friendly, precious and unique people in the world.