There is not much left uncovered about Bali. The island is extremely popular all over the world as a heavenly holiday destination. Some even say that more people know more about Bali than about Indonesia.
The island is blessed with fertile land, lush green forests, and beautiful beaches. The ultimate tourist destination is located at the southern tip of the island, near Denpasar, the capital of the island. Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Sanur are just some internationally popular beaches along its southern coast.
But Bali is more than just white beaches in Badung and Denpasar. This Land of Gods is rich in cultural heritage as reflected in many colorful ceremonies and art crafts. It also boast best hotels and accommodation on the planet. Here are some type of destinations you can expect in Bali.
Beautiful Beaches Along the Coastline
As previously said, Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and several other beaches don’t need introduction at all. But Bali is more than just white sandy beaches with magnificent view. It has all kind of beaches; some are rocky, some with green hills, and some are the most ideal for watching sunsets.
There are beaches with caves like Gunung Payung and Uluwatu, beaches with black sand like Soka and Amed, Extremely Private beaches like Karma Kandara, and many more. Whatever you are looking for a beach, be sure that Bali has it all.
Rich Cultural and Religious Heritage
Bali is also known as Island of Hinduism as most of the residence are observing Hindu. There are lots of religious monuments dotted all around the Island. Not only shrines and temples, Balinese life is closely connected to the nature, so they prefer preserve most of natural wonders around them.
Shrines like Pura Besakih, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, or Pura Tanah Lot are already popular among tourists. There are also religious palace and parks such as Istana Tirta Gangga, Desa Penglipuran, or Taman Air Suasada. Balinese also do many ceremonies almost daily.
Parks and Recreation
Having natural beautiful landscapes doesn’t make Bali stop growing as a tourist destination. Lots of parks and monument are being built around the island. Man-made attractions in the island ranges from exotic parks to huge monuments.
You can find zoos, petting zoos, bird parks, cultural parks and many other similar attractions in many places. Monuments such as Puputan Monument, Bali Bomb Memorial, and the new Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
Colorful Diving Spots
Diving is probably an underrated attraction here. It’s true that Bali’s underwater is not as rich as Indonesia’s coral wonders, but they are great if you are already at the island. Menjangan Island offer spectacular shallow coral reef under its calm waters, ideal for snorkeling too.
Nusa Penida dan Lembongan is where you go to watch Mola-mola, Manta Rays and other migratory fish. Tulamben is a unique diving spot where you can see coral reef flourishing on the USAT Liberty shipwreck.
How to Get There and What to do in Bali
Easiest way to get to Bali is of course by air. Ngurah Rai International Airport connects Bali with many countries around the world. Bali is accessible via land from Java although the car should take a ferry at Banyuwangi. By sea, you can reach Bali from Java and Lombok.
Once you get there, there are many options of transportations you can pick. You can ask a travel agency for a tour package or you can simply rent a car or motorcycle to get around. Be aware that the traffic congestion in Bali can be pretty bad during certain periods of the year.