Bali Attractions and Things to do

Hi Travel Buddies,

As you know, we are going Bali next month for 10 days.  When we shared this with our friends around us, 9 out of 10 of them will ask with a surprise tone, “10 days so long?  Are you sure you are going to stay in Bali for 10 days?  What can you do in Bali?”  So what are the attractions and things to do in Bali?

We also had the same impression initially when we plan for this trip because of most of our friends who have been to Bali normally went for at most a 5-day trip.  Nevertheless, we went ahead to book our air tickets for a 10-day trip as we have been looking forward to take a longer holiday break from work this year.  However, the more we read about Bali and by now, we thought 10 days is a little too short for us! 😛

Before we can share more about Bali which we guess can only do so after we return next month, we decided to give you some ideas of what you can do in Bali so that you can plan your holiday trips during this period and hopefully you can book your vacation in time to take advantage of the many travel promotions coming up from now till NATAS Fair this weekend.

Firstly, we wanted to find out how big is Bali.  Bali is at least 3 times bigger than Singapore.  Bali can be divided into:

South Bali – This is the place where most travellers will start and end up.  Most will fly in to Ngurah Rai International Airport at the capital Denpasar.

Main attractions and things to do include:

Catch the beautiful sunset at Kuta beaches, surfing beaches and water sports at Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, watch dramatic sunset at sea temples at Tanah Lot and Pura Luhur Uluwatu, enjoy fresh and delicious seafood at Jimbaran, great bargain shopping at Kuta and Seminyak for finest dining and more sophisticated shopping.

Central Bali – Get away from the busy tourist crowd and travel to Ubud, the cultural heartland.

Main attractions and things to do include:

Enjoy the strolling the art galleries, walk through beautiful rice paddy fields, enjoy authentic bali cuisines, cultural dance performances and shopping at Ubud market.  Explore further to Gunung Batur, Lake Batur, hot springs and surroundings if you have time.  One popular trek is to see sunrise from Gunung Batur.

East Bali – Wild volcanic, black beaches and famous all mighty Gunung Agung, the highest active volcano.

Main attractions and things to do include:

Diving and snorkeling at Tulamben, popular dive site because of the famous shipwreck off the beach, explore Bali’s most beautiful river valleys at Sidemen, climb Gunung Agung and chill out at some of Bali’s best luxury resorts at Candidasa.

North Bali – Not many tourists go so far if you arrive Bali for the first time.  The biggest attraction is Lovina beach and Yen Sanih, famous for its fresh-water springs.

Main attractions and things to do include:

Lovina is one of the famous ‘black’ beaches in Bali, made up of washed-out grey and black volcanic sand and one popular activity is sunrise boat trips to see dolphins.  Relax at the cheapest hot springs at Air Panas Banjar.

 West Bali – Very few tourists because attractions are more remote and widespread.

Main attractions and things to do include:

The furthest that we will probably cover is the Tabanan Region and one attraction not to be missed is Jatiluwih, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008, famous for the breathtaking and panoramic large stretches of rice terraces.

After reading so much about Bali, we can understand now why our Indonesian friend said Bali is more famous than Indonesia and visitors keep going back to Bali.  We really look forward to visit this unique and beautiful place. 🙂


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