Top 10 Things to do in Bali
Fancy some meditation with jungle behind you and crystal clear water below? Maybe a quick family getaway? What about partying like a rockstar during a river cruise? Bali can accommodate all that and more! Whether you’re seeking a peaceful getaway to reconnect with yourself or someone close to you, or want to celebrate a big occasion, Bali holidays can be tailored to your every fairy-tale fantasy.
Top 10 things to do/places to visit during your Bali holidays:
Scuba & Snorkel
Those crystal clear waters don’t surround the island just be ogled at – they are there to be swum in! Learn to dive with a certified PADI instructor or just float around and enjoy spotting cuttle fish, angel fish, cow fish, lion fish and moray living in the coral. You can even check out a shipwreck, even if not a certified diver, at the US Liberty located immediately next to the shore at Tulamben.
From Nusa Dua to Ubud and everywhere in between, traditional Balinese massages and body scrubs will be calling your name. Succumb to the voices and treat yourself to some pampering at a Balinese spa. Indulge in massages, facials or body wraps at a bargain value. If you have booked My Bali holidays you can use your exclusive Wine, Dine and Spa resort credit and not be out of pocket a cent! There’s no shortage of spa options, just finding the time to fit more than one treatment in!
A must-do with kids (or even without!) if you need a break from the temples and beach. This American-style water park has something for everyone and allows visitors discounted rates if they want to visit more than one day of their stay. If you’re staying in Kuta, a quick stroll to Waterbom will occupy at least a day or two of your visit! Well priced, especially by Australian and New Zealand standards, with plenty of food and drink venues and a high degree of supervision and focus on safety.
Local Cooking Class
Traditional Bali cooking classes can be booked directly through your hotel. With a quick stop at the local market to pick up fresh, local ingredients, you will learn to prepare and variety of traditional dishes (and learn how to adapt the recipes to Australia/New Zealand ingredients as well). Many say this is a highlight of their Bali holidays!
A Visit to Ubud
Spend a day exploring the markets and meditative sites of Ubud. Known particularly for its pristine, green surroundings dotted with rice paddies, Ubud has a rich artistic and cultural history, and here is where you will find a concentration of Bali’s art galleries, batik factories, silver jewellery, bamboo crafts and nightly dance performances. Also home to a multitude of spas and yoga retreats, as well as the Ubud Monkey Forest where you can get hands-on with macaque monkeys, adding a night or two in Ubud on top of you during your Bali holidays would be worth your time and money! Even if you can’t stay overnight, make sure you pre-book a day trip to Ubud with your friendly My Bali representative and spend a day away from the hot sun and crowded beaches along Bali’s coast.
Hike Gunung Batur
If you want to feel on top of the world, the best way to do that is climbing a mountain. A tall mountain. One that offers spectacular sunrise views and truly makes you deserve the massage you’ve already booked for later in the afternoon. Perhaps even one that boasts itself as an active volcano! A hike that can be completed one your own or with the assistance of a guide, heading to the lookout point of Gunung Batur shows the island of Bali at your feet and all around you, and is suited for anyone with a moderate/high level of fitness.
Websites specifically targeted to surfing in Bali abound, which is because the tiny island is so well situated that it gets forceful Southern Ocean swells from the Antarctic while maintaining a temperate water temperature due to its proximity to the equator. This means that along the south-western and south-eastern coasts there are a multitude of surf breaks – and you won’t freeze as you ride them. Go find your favourite!
Get Eye-to-Eye with Komodo Dragons
Bali remains one of the few remaining places on the planet to see these odd, prehistoric creatures. It’s possible to book a 1- or 2-day tour Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to visit these large lizards in their natural habitat. You can’t find them on the island of Bali, but a short plane ride can get you where you need to be.
Say Your Prayers in a Balinese Temple
Uluatu, Tanah Lot, Besakih – those are just the first three temples that come to mind when Bali is mentioned, but there are smaller, less visited temple in every corner of each city. Uluatu and Tanah Lot are important water temples, while Besakih is known as the “mother temple” at the base of Mt. Agung, and one of the most popular temples on the island. Use one of your My Bali vouchers to book a private car and driver to visit their favourite spiritual locations or take your time strolling through those mentioned above.
Go Back in Time in a Local Village
Step off the beaten path and spend a day living like the locals. Easily organised at the front desk of your hotel, village visits are a cultural eye-opener to traditional, cultural past and present of the Balinese people. You can learn how to make an offering at a temple, be shown how to prepare a simple local dish, share your food with a villager or weave yourself a coconut leaf hat (which won’t be allowed back into Australia for customs reasons). You will feel enriched and peaceful at the end of this extraordinary day.