I absolutely love Bali, I first visited the Indonesian island around 4 years ago on a short break from Australia and I have gone back most years since. At first, I thought that Bali was just for those who love to party, something I was more than happy with I might add, as things turned out, this is an island with far more to offer than late night drinking, dancing and general festivities than meets the eye. If you are looking for somewhere exciting to explore then Bali is the place, relax quietly in a beach club Bali is the place and if you want to party the night away? You’ve guessed it, Bali. If you want to explore during your time on the island, here are some of the things that I recommend that you do.
Surfing in Kuta
Whether you are a proficient surfer or you have never rode a wave in your life, Kuta is the best place to go on the island for the ultimate surfing experience. Out beach is probably the most famous in Bali and the majority of that stems from the busy surf scene happening here. There are some of the best waves in Asia for you to ride and beginners can take lessons from the range of surf schools which reside near the beach.
Ulun Danu Temple
One of the most notable things about the whole of Indonesia is the the collection of ornate temples and here in Bali, the Ulun Danu temple is the one which rightfully grabs the headlines. This building sits right on top of the Baratan Lake in Bedugul, and was constructed as a dedication to the goddess who presides over the lake. Few temples that you find float on a small island like this one does and visiting it is a great experience, a far cry from the craziness happening on other areas of the island.
Widely considered as the true cultural center of Bali, Ubud offers visitors a truly traditionally experience. The setting of this town to begin with, is absolutely breathtaking, sat in between rice paddies and lush valleys. Ubud is generally considered as the epicenter of Balian art and here you will find a handful of art museums which show off the evolution of the island’s artistic design. Wander the streets, visit the museums and buy yourself some unique pieces of art to take home.
Just outside of Ubud you will find the enchanting Monkey Forest, a Hindu temple complex which over 500 monkeys call home. There are 3 temples in total throughout the complex, set amongst ruins in the area and the monkeys that live here are considered sacred animals. You can engage with the monkeys if you like and there are plenty of bananas for sale if you want to feed them. Be warned however, these monkeys are well known for their slight of hand and you must keep your possessions well secured so that they can’t get their hands on them.
Bali is a fascinating place to discover and whilst the party may be good here, there is much more to Bali than just late nights and hangovers.