Bali is the most popular Indonesian province, as nearly 2.6 million foreigners visited in 2010. There are several reasons to visit this Asian paradise, including its incredible artistic and beautiful natural offerings. BBC Travel agrees, as it has named Bali the No. 2 island destination in the world, trailing only Greece’s island of Santorini. The province of Bali consists almost entirely of the island by the same name. Bali is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and its capital and largest city is Denpasar.
Mount Batur is an active volcano that is surrounded by incredible lush green jungles and areas stained with hardened lava flows. It takes about two hours to climb the mountain, and many time their treks so that the arrival at the summit coincides with the sunrise. Doing so also increases the opportunity to avoid experiencing the cloud cover that usually takes over during the day. More adventurous individuals have other routes to the summit available, including some that can take 10 hours to complete. Those who are less adventurous may simply view the beautiful mountain from afar.
There may be more revered and popular Hindu temples in Bali, but Tanah Lot has got to be the most scenic. Also know as the “land in the sea,” Tanah Lot was built on a limestone cliff just off the coast of Bali in the Indian Ocean. Accessing Tanah Lot, one of 20,000 temples in Bali, may be done by wading out to the temple, or you may simply view the beautiful temple and its setting from the island. Those who decide to view Tanah Lot from the island will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset with the sun setting behind the temple.
Those looking to enjoy the amazing beaches that are available in Bali have plenty of choices, but Kuta Beach should be high on your list. Surfers, especially beginners, will enjoy the easy surfing that is available here as well as the many surfboard rentals and surfing lessons available nearby. The long, sandy beach is also enjoyed by those who simply want to sun bathe and look out on to the water. The town of Kuta is also one of the party destinations of Indonesia and is a good place to visit if you are looking to get a message, perform yoga or visit a spa.
Arts and culture enthusiasts will want to place a visit to the town of Ubud on their to-do list. Its reputation as the center of Bali’s arts and cultural scenes is well deserved. It is also a good destination for those wanting to experience a little more relaxed setting during their visit to Bali. Also, the nearby Sacred Monkey Forest is beautiful and a must-see attraction for those making the trip to Ubud. Nearly 200,000 people visit the popular sanctuary on an annual basis.
There are many reasons to make Bali your next travel destination, and those making the visit will enjoy making trips to these attractions. The Island of the Gods has incredible cultural and artistic offerings as well as beautiful natural settings that everybody is sure to enjoy.
Teresa Shuler is an anthropologist and freelance travel blogger. She’s been to places around the globe but her personal favorites have been her Bali holidays. In particular she recommends Nusa Dua holiday packages.