Bali is a gorgeous province in the country of Indonesia. Famed with a second name of the ‘Island of Gods; the city is known for its breathtaking beauty and majestic natural phenomena. The sparking coral reefs, rolling hills and mountains, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and unlimited ways to where the most of the newly married couples find it as their heaven of love and consider them as “Adam and Eve”. Bali is amongst the best honeymoon destinations of the world. Bali and its beaches are known for its extraordinary beauties and the couples can spend their island vacations in this fine romantic getaways. The beaches are found with both white and black sands and indeed the beach vacations will be a great affair as the couples will find their honeymoon holidays spend in the city where they can enjoy historical architecture, natural bliss, nightlife, food and luxurious amenities in the all-inclusive honeymoon hotels and resorts.
Indonesia has a number of places to go on and number of things to do, but one of the most thrilling parts is going up close and personal to the volcanoes present in this island. The section of Indonesia that stretches from the island chains from East Java, Bali, and Lombok to Rinca have some of the most beautiful topography filled with semi active volcanoes. But Volcanoes are not the only attractions here; Bali is also the land of the world’s largest reptile, the great Komodo Dragons. The world heritage site of Borobudur is a beautiful temple that lies amidst these volcanic peaks. Ascend to the peaks of the active volcanoes of Mount Welirang and Mount Arjuna and then head pout to the mount Burno for a spectacular sunrise hike. As the sun goes up you will witness an array of hues of Orange and yellow with the Sun shining bright in the middle. Head out to the Rinca Island for a sight of the magnificent yet intimidating komodo dragons. In between you can also go to the Mount Rinjani (3726m), which is Indonesia’s second largest volcano which is semi active. Climb up to the ridge from where you can see the lava melting down in the mouth of the mountain. What could be better than this for an adventure Junkie.
The island of Bali is surrounded with crystal clean blue water and pure white sand and filled with numerous surprises. But the real treasure lies beneath the water surrounding this sand. Head out to the beach and indulge in some snorkeling and explore the treasure below the surface of the sea. The bright and colorful fishes and other organism will leave you mesmerized. You can also take a small boat and have a tour of the small and serene islands spread all around. Bali not only offers you the numerous activities that can be done on beach like paragliding and parasailing and also offers adventures like scuba diving and parasailing. It will be an experience which you will not forget soon.
Bali is predominantly a land filled with beautiful and mystical centuries old temples. These temples can be found all over the island, set up in calmness away from the noise of the city you can surely get a peaceful time at these temples. Visit the majestic Besikih temple which is located on the slope of mount Agung and is also called the “mother of temples”. Located at an altitude of 1000mts above the sea level it is the largest temple in Bali and is surrounded by breathtaking and scenic rice paddies, hills, mountains, streams, and more. Other than the majestic Besikih temple you can also take a look at the Tanah Lot temple and the Ulwatu temple both surrounded by the blue sea and green mountains. We recommend visiting the temple not only for the architecture and culture of Bali but also for the reason that they are constructed on some of the best natural sites located on the island.
If you are an art buff then Bali is the place for you, it is the center of the art found in this region of the world. Bali has a culture which is mixed and constitutes a part of Hinduism and Buddhism which can be seen in its various art forms. Shop for souvenirs in the Ubud Art Market locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ which is located across the royal palace and is one of the center points of Ubud. It is surrounded by the art producing villages of Bali and here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods.
The islands of Bali are well known for its beautiful and traditional dance performances throughout the world. These dance forms are, mostly based on stories related to the mythology of Balinese culture; most of them tells the story of the epic Hindu literature “The Ramayana”. There are many events which happen all around the island involving the performance of the traditional dances so it won’t be tough to get a look at these enchanting dances. Meanwhile you can also get a private dance performance by contacting any of the dancing groups spread over the island. If you are staying in Bali for a longer period of time then you can also get yourself trained with these dance forms as there are many dancing schools here. Apart from the dances, the Wayang Kulit – a traditional shadow puppet play is also a start attraction. A highly skilled puppeteer controls hundreds of puppets, speaks with a different voice for each character, and controls the musicians. The stories come from the spirit world and are full of symbolism and myth and the plays can go on for several hours.
Even though Bali is a place popular with tourists and has its share of high end restaurants and eateries but nothing can beat the authenticity of the traditional home cooked Balinese meal. Search for the local eateries that are popular with the locals as that is where you will get the authentic Balinese food. Don’t miss tucking into mouthwatering local favorites like Babi Guling (spit-roasted pig), Ayam Betutu (slow-cooked spiced chicken in banana leaves) and Sate Lilit (spiced mince on lemongrass sticks). Also you can also take a cooking class if you want to carry these flavors back with you.And meanwhile gorge into the famous street food of Bali such as Martabak, (Pancakes with both sweet and savory fillings) and sweet dishes such as the Burbur Sumsum.
Bali is a naturally gifted land, surrounded by blue sea from all around it is filled with amazing wildlife and natural beauty. Visit the various wildlife parks located around the island. Get up close and personal with the most mischievous animal on the planet the monkey which are spread all over the island but holds a special place in the hearts of the people here. There are three monkey parks located in Bali, the Ubud monkey forest, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest in Tabanan and the Uluwatu Monkey Forest. Hop onto an elephant’s back in the Elephant Safari park located at the North of Ubud or scout for a number of colorful birds at the Bali bird Park where there are more than 250 species of birds located. Apart from these there are a number of other parks located in Bali such as the Rimba reptile park, Bali safari and Marine Park, Turtle conservation and education centre and the beautiful Bali butterfly park. Bali has a diverse wildlife which can be experienced at both luxury and with the real feel of going into the wild. It’s up to you how you want to do it.
Bali is filled with surprises, once you start to get the hang of the place you will get to know about a lot of places that are hidden from the usual tourists and offers one of the best Balinese experiences. Visit some of the beautiful and enchanting waterfalls located on the island filled with nature’s beauty. Some of the most wonderful waterfalls of the island are the Gitgit waterfalls, Munduk and the Toya Bungkah. Soak into the water of one of these waterfalls which is filled with full of surprises. Apart from the waterfalls you can also have a dip in one of the many hot water springs located all around. The water of these hot springs are said to contain medical properties and heal people of few ailments. The Banjar Air Panas is actually a series of stone pools filled with naturally heated spring water that pours out of the mouths of stone nagas (snake-like dragons) carved into the walls of the pools. It is one of the most serene places in Bali and is considered to be holy among the locals.
The island of Bali is not only about white sand and exotic beaches but also about its cheerful locals and their beautifully set homelands. Most of the tourism sector is concentrated around the beaches of the island and on the historic relics and the natural beauty of this place. One of the best ways to know more about any place is through its locals. Go out to the villages of the island and interact with the villagers who will fill you with the authentic Balinese experience. Gain an insight into a day in the life of the Balinese people, starting at one of Bali’s most important and ancient temples, Jagasari. Hire a local guide and set out to the oldest village of Bali the village of Jagasari. A guide escorts participants through temples and terraced rice fields rarely seen by tourists.