As one of the most popular holiday choices in South East Asia, the Indonesian island of Bali continues to reign supreme as a firm favourite for travellers worldwide. With its deep-rooted religious values, masses of temple sites, amazing coastal locations and rich culture, this destination always leaves a positive impact on its visitors.
Having travelled to Bali, I can say firsthand that I adored the surroundings and the activities I engaged in to keep me occupied during my visit. The island provides so many options of things to do that I was spoilt of choice. If you’re thinking of visiting Bali in the future and are stuck on what to do during your stay, here are 5 suggestions.
Go on a island tour
Doing a tour is a great way to go around a vast area of the island and visit some gorgeous locations. You can opt for a full or half day tour depending on your preferences.
Tours can be customised and are very affordable if you book with a group. Tours can range from mountain sunrise treks, visiting different temple sites, waterfalls and vast rice fields or visiting different towns and villages.
There are many tour operators within Bali that can cater to your requirements. And with so many available, I recommend haggling the price so you can get a favourable deal.
Visit Gili Islands
Not far off from Bali are the Gili Islands, consisting of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. The islands are very easy to transport to via booking with various boat companies.
As the islands have non-motorised transport, visitors can cycle freely to explore each island or hop onboard a horse cart for a more touristy feel.
The beaches of the Gili Islands are very popular and are a hit for couples and honeymooners. Watching sun sets on the islands and eating at the night food market are a big highlight for visitors.
Engage in water sports
Bali has a lot of facilities for water sports lovers who wish to fling on their wet gear and indulge in their favourite activities.
Whether you love snorkelling, surfing, rafting or diving or would like to learn, the island has many centres near the beaches and coastal parts that provide water sports services for learners and the experienced. These activities can be done in several areas including Sanur, Kuta, Amed, Ubud and Jimbaran.
A visit to Ubud cannot be missed from your trip to Bali. Amid all the hustle and bustle within the centre of the city, there are many stunning sites, amazing food locations and a wealth of activities for you to do there.
You can head to a yoga class, eat some great local dishes, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest and Ubud Palace, have a traditional Balinese massage, book a local cooking class or visit the Ubud arts and crafts market.
Eat a lot of food
A lot of local food in Bali is unbelievably tasty and full of flavour. You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding what to eat for lunch and dinner. A wide range of cuisines including beach side seafood, vegan meals and Indonesian bites are readily available on the island.
Many restaurants and diners can cater to almost any dietary requirements so no real issues in finding an appropriate place to wine and dine. Eating out is very cheap so I highly recommend trying out a lot of different dishes during your visit.
The above ideas are just a small pick from a huge range of things to do whilst on the Indonesian island. You’ll be kept busy or remain relaxed whatever you do when travelling around Bali.