Bali isn’t all about a slower pace of life – there are an abundance of activities for adventure-lovers to get involved with. And, at the end of a tiring day, you’ll appreciate watching the sun set from one of the beautiful beaches even more. Here are five of our favourite things to do in the country:
- Go on a trek
Trekking is a great way to see a side of Bali the tourist trail doesn’t always reach. Breathtaking views and exotic landscapes await those who are willing to take on the challenge.
One of the best hikes is the active volcano, Mount Batur. Standing at 1,717m, it’s no easy task – but it’s achievable for most people. If you’re in doubt, read this honest blogger’s experience, who admits they’re not actually athletic but made it to the top – and back.
For the locals, hiking to the top of the 3,000-metre high mountain Mount Agung is a pilgrimage they must do at least once in their lifetime. It’s a great one to try to get the greatest bird’s eye view of Bali and achieve something truly special.
- Learn to dive
Bali is known across the world for its great diving sites. But it’s also special because it hassome of the best spots to learn to dive anywhere in the world. They boast great visibility and calm waters, making learning to dive a must-do when you’re in Bali.
However, as a beginner, you’ve got to exercise caution –pay attention to these six dangers when planning your diving experience and you’ll be sure to have a great trip. They recommendBuyuk Nusa Penida for newbies – so start your research there.
- Master authentic cooking
For something you’ll treasure forever, learn to cook some of the great dishes you’ll find in Bali. You might have enjoyed NasiGoreng or satay meat cooked for you, but if you can replicate it at home it’s a great way of remembering your travel experience – and showing off to your friends and family.
- Experience a local trade
Explore how the locals live by visiting where they work – the seaweed farm in Lembongan, for example, offers boat rides through the mangroves where you can watch the farmers care for their crops. You’ll even get to try some freshly harvested seaweed.
But if seaweeds not your thing, what about harvesting some rice? Some tour operators are now also offering the opportunity to be a rice farmer for the day – with the added bonus of a traditional Balinese bathing ritual and massage after your hard work.
- Be quiet
In Bali, you can experience something you won’t find elsewhere – a day of silence. Nyepi Day is the Balinese New Year, celebrated by internal reflection with no noise or light to interrupt your thoughts.
In the days before, cleansing ceremonies occur throughout the villages and traditional rituals are meant to scare away evil spirits for another year. On Nyepiday itself, you must stay quiet as the entire island turns off – even the airport closes.
The Huffington Post visited Bali during this period and described silence as“the perfect accompaniment” to the trip – but found the most enjoyment in the preparations.
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