Bali is the holiday destination of my dreams. Everyone I know who has ever visited there has said how absolutely amazing it is and I long to take my family. The villas in Bali look absolutely wonderful and would provide such a great base from which to explore, The thought of all the fabulous sunshine and the glorious beaches just make me smile and oh ! there really is so much more to Bali than that too.
I want to share with you the top 10 things I would have on my list of things to do/see in Bali.
The Ubud Art Market
This was the market featured in the film Eat, Pray, Love and it is full of treasures.It sells locally made beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, woven bags, hats and baskets, statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods from the surrounding villages. Haggling is expected.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the centre of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, It has been dated back as far as 28,500 years hikers head to the summit for a sp[ectaulr sunrise on this sacred mountain and it takes around 2 hours to reach the summit. Tours are available.
The Komodo dragons of Komodo National Park are just fascinating. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is so special. You can almost imagine a world untouched by humans. It is a 2-hour boat ride to get there and the park itself is full of trails for you to follow and explore. Komodo Island is also home to other wildlife such as cockatoos, megapodes (chicken-like birds with small heads and large feet) and beautiful kingfishers.
Waterbom is rated Asia’s number one waterpark and has brilliant reviews. The waterslides are exciting and plentiful. It has a separate area for kids and a lazy river too, It is set in beautiful natural parkland surrounding. It is clean and well maintained. A brilliant day out for all the family.
Turtle rescue on Kuta Beach
This really is the sweetest conservation project and such a lovely thing to be involved in You can read more about the project here
Basically, Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Center program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates.
UBUD Monkey Forest
My cousin Melissa has been to the UBUD Monkey Forest and said it is really exciting and her advice is ‘just don’t take any bananas..we got mobbed’ Doesn’t that sound fun. Mobbed by monkeys! Apparently, the monkeys are really playful and there is a temple to be found in the forest too.The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. There are around 700 monkeys, you also can see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest. A really gorgeous day out in Bali. The forest also hosts a myriad of religious and cultural celebrations and it really is a very sacred and special place.
Sekumpul is a collection of 7 waterfalls in one beautiful area. The fresh water pours from heights of 260 feet and these are said to be the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali set within the lush green jungle. My friend Marie tells me her husband Alan did a rope swing and dropped about 40 foot into the waterfall and it was fabulous and chilly! Sounds great fun to me.
Candi Dasa is a seaside town in eastern Bali that rests on the edge of a freshwater lagoon. It is a popular tourist stop yet despite that often described as a more sedate and laid back beach alternative some of the more bustling resorts. There is great snorkelling & luxurious accommodation in Candi Dasa and it is wonderful place to visit.
The Rice Fields
Rice fields can be found just about everywhere in Bali and are a must-visit. The Balinese have been farming rice for over 2000 years and this is the most important type of agriculture in Bali. The original fields were carved by simple tools and are still worked on today. They are absolutely stunning and walking and cycle tours are available you to explore these vast areas set in the most beautiful of areas.
And oh my goodness I haven’t even begun to mentioned the fabulous beaches and the exciting watersports and the glorious lakes and the wild parties by the ocean!
There is JUST so much to do in Bali.