With its chain of sandy beaches, majestic volcanoes and lush rice paddies, Bali is paradise-by-numbers, but don’t write it off as merely a beach resort – there’s an incredible variety of things to see and do on the island. From pilates on the beach to riding an elephant through the jungle, or watching the sunset from a sacred temple; here’s how to spend one week in Bali.
Bali might be most famous for its high-end beach resorts and luxury spa retreats, but the island is also a top choice for those on a budget, with plenty of low-price accommodation, cheap street food and bicycle rental at just a few dollars a day. Whether you’re planning a budget break, running low on funds after an action-filled vacation or just want to make the most of all the island has to offer – here are some ideas for free things to do in Bali.
With dramatic hues of red and orange set against shimmering waters and powder white sands, few places come as close to paradise as Bali at sunset and the small island is full of scenic viewpoints. Whether you prefer strolling hand-in-hand along a deserted beach, sipping cocktails at a lively beach bar or seeking a spiritual awakening at a Buddhist temple, here are 5 of Bali’s best sunset spots.
With its pristine, white-sand beaches and glorious temples, set against a backdrop of lush rice paddies and looming volcanoes, there are few places on earth like Bali and for many travelers, visiting the small island is a highlight of their trip to Indonesia. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or hoping for a spiritual experience inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir ‘Eat Pray Love’ – here are 8 ideas for unforgettable experiences to have in Bali.
With beautiful beaches, idyllic weather, friendly people and ample natural beauty, the laid back island of Bali often comes to mind when you think about the perfect relaxing getaway. To really unwind on this island paradise, head to one of Bali’s best spas for some pampering.
If there’s one thing Bali is more famous for than beaches and surfing, it’s handmade batiks. These distinctive, brightly hued fabrics are known the world over by quilters, crafters and fashionistas, and the art of making them began in Bali. If you’re curious about Bali’s famous fabrics, set aside time for a visit to Gianyar, home of Bali’s batik industry.
Bali, a small tropical paradise in the heart of Indonesia, has an allure that’s hard to resist. In a small, easily navigable area, you’ll find white and black sand beaches, towering volcanoes, hot springs, rice terraces, clifftop temples and lush jungles. Despite all that, the island is perhaps best known for its surfing. If you’re ever wanted to try, or if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll love surfing in Bali.
As a major cultural capital of Indonesia, Bali has become famous the world over for its art and textiles. While the island isn’t usually associated with museums, there are some excellent ones, both in and around Ubud and further afield. Here’s a look at our favorite museums of Bali.
For those looking for high-octane celebrations on New Year’s, the Kuta, Legian and Seminyak beach strip of Bali is the place to be. Each area offers events on a sliding scale of extravagance. The Kuta bar strip, running perpendicular to the beach, will boast the regular clubs and bars all vying to outdo each other with drink specials and low cover charges.
Singaraja, Bali’s former capital and current second-largest city after Denpasar, has a feel quite unlike anywhere else on the island, with wide streets and Dutch colonial buildings. It’s a city most visitors to the island paradise pass right through, but if you take the time to explore, you’ll find plenty to see and do.