The exotic Indonesian island of Bali has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re backpacking on a budget or travelling in luxury, Bali is certain to offer the thrills and experiences that you’re after. Here are a few ways to make the most out of your trip.
Hit the beaches
Bali’s main attraction is its beaches. It has strips for every type of beachgoer including the lively Kuta Beach, the Instagrammable Nusa Dua and the chilled-out surfer hotspot Geger Beach. Those wanting to get away from the crowds meanwhile are best heading to White Sand Beach. There are plenty of Bali villas situated on the beachfront that could be worth renting out. Those on a budget meanwhile can find many cheaper hotels that are a five minute walk from the coast.
The marine wildlife that populates the shores of Bali makes it a popular destinations for divers. If you’ve got your PADI license, feel free to try some scuba diving off the shore. Otherwise, you can always go snorkelling. Turtles, manta rays and mola mola are just some of the exotic aquatic creatures you could be lucky enough to spot.
Explore the temples
Those wanting some history can explore the various temples situated around Bali. Uluwatu is one of the postcard favourites, situated on a clifftop over the sea – this is definitely one of the most scenic temples and is best visited during the evening when the sun is setting. Besakih meanwhile is a complex of temples situated up in the mountains – you may want to make a day out of this temple as there’s so much of it to see. Lempuyang meanwhile is one of the island’s oldest temples and involves taking a steep climb of 1,700 steps – the views at the top are worth it.
Taste the food
There are plenty of opportunities in Bali for trying some of the local cuisine. There are restaurants for those that want fine dining and stalls for trying street food. If you find the Indonesian food too spicy, there are many places in which you can try other foods from around the world. There are also plenty of bars and coffee shops along the beachfront for when you fancy a drink or a snack.
Shop til you drop
Another highlight of Bali is its shopping opportunities. The local markets are a treasure trove of various crafts and novelty items. There are also night markets for those that fancy some evening shopping. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for more upmarket shopping, there are a number of boutique stores and designer outlets located around the island. It’s possible to haggle down prices in many of the stores. Although you’ll find most of the shops are relatively cheap compared to those in the west.
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