Bali made us speechless. The island has it all – stunning landscapes, a rich culture, perfect waves and giant manta rays! Here’s what you can do on Bali. In just 60 seconds.
It went all too fast? You want the details? No problem. Here are our recommendations in order of appearance:
00:00 Tegalalang Rice Terrace
You find some of the most beautiful rice terraces of the island just outside of Ubud. A must-see!
00:08 Mount Batur (on the left) and Mount Agung (on the right, covered in clouds)
Those two still active volcanos define the landscape and the religious life of Bali. The Agung is both the highest point and the holiest place on the island.
00:10 Buyan Lake, Candi Tebing Tegallinggah, Handara Golf Resort Bali
Bali isn’t short on stunning views. The crater lakes Buyan, Tamblingan and Beratan are a beautiful sight. Also worth stopping by: The impressive Handara Golf Resort and the hidden ancient ashram Tebing Tegallinggah. It’s not easy to find, but tour operators like the highly recommended Matangi Tours (www.traditionalbalitours.com) can take you there.
00:12 Getting around
…is not always easy on Bali. Renting a scooter (4-6 Dollars/day) is still the best option to move around, but always wear a helmet and be very alert all the time. The traffic is mad!
00:15 Kroya Waterfall
The waterfalls around the most famous and beautiful Aling-Aling make for a fun day trip. You can slide down the Kroya Waterfall and jump into water basins from different platforms
00:17 White Water Rafting on the Ayung River, Bali and meet&greet with elephants
Adrenaline junkies should go on a scenic and fun rafting trip with Bali Adventure Tours. The company with a very good reputation also runs the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge where you can get up close with those wonderful animals.
00:22 Temple hopping
There are actually over 10 000 temples on Bali! Tanah Lot Temple, Bali sits on top of a cliff and the magnificent water temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan can be found on the Bratan Lake. The Pura Goa Lawah houses thousands of bats and the most romantic temple scenery offers the Ulu Watu.
00:33 Surfing on Nusa Lembongan
Some of the best waves can be found on the tiny island in the Southeast, Nusa Lembongan. To surf at Lacerations, get a boat out with the guys from Nusa Islands Surf School (www.nusaislands.com) who also offer lessons for beginners.
00:37 Canggu area
Kuta and Seminyak in the South is the party zone of the island. Canggu a bit further up north is the surf epicentre, and with the surfer crowd came organic cafés, smoothies bars and chill-out areas. A great place to cure your hangover.
00:39 Traditional cuisine
You will never starve on Bali. And the indonesian/balinese cuisine is delicious. Nasi Campur is kind of a national dish, the indonesian idea of tapas.
The cultural and artistic centre of the island is worth to spend several days in. You can spend hours at the fascinating and bustling art market – and spend millions of rupia.
00:44 Turtle Hatchery Project “Proyek Penyu”
1992 Chris Brown, the owner of Reef Seen Aquatics (www.reefseenbali.com) in Pemuteran started this project to protect local sea turtles. For a donation you can then release them into the wild.
00:46 Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud
Your chance for a zillion photos with monkeys. There are more feral monkey in this forest than you can count. Hold on to your bags and your food – unless you want to give away one or two bananas.
00:50 Menjangan Island Bali
The Marine National Park in the Northwest has a stunning array of marine life. One of the best dive and snorkel sites of the island! Dives or snorkel tours can best be booked in Pemuteran Village. We recommend the guys from Funtastic Dive.
00:54 Manta Point, Nusa Penida, Bali
One of the best dives we ever had. Manta Point is a cleaning station for manta rays and their beauty and elegance is mind-boggling. Bali Hai Diving (www.balihaidiving.com) is one of the most renowned companies on Nusa Lembongan and offers trips to the best sites around the neighbour island.
00:58 Pemuteran Beach
Due to its volcanic sand not as pretty as the beaches in the south, but therefore far less crowded and very peaceful. A welcome change to places like Kuta.
01:00 Bedugul Traditional Market
The pretty fruit and spice market in Bedugul offers all that your stomach could want. And the prices are among the cheapest on the island.
01:02 Hindu Blessing Ceremony
A very special experience at Matangi Tours (see above) is a meeting with the youngest Brahman archpriest of the island and get blessed in this traditional Hindu ceremony in Sidemen.
01:04 Pura Kehen, Bangli
This temple located in Bangli, Bali, Indonesia is one of the most important ones on the island, known for its beautiful ceremonies.