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TOP 10 Things to Do in Bali 2019

Suddenly it seems that “Bali” is on the tip of everyone’s tongues. Weather you are a yogi, a surfer, soul-searching, or looking for the next hot travel destination, the world around is flocking. How then to navigate this Island of Gods? Here is our Top 10 List to get you started.

Different parts of the island are known for their own traits – from foodie experiences, adventuring, to cultural sights we have aimed, in no particular order, to cover a bit of everything

1.   NYANG NYANG BEACH – Uluwatu

 

To date Nyang Nyang, in the Bukit peninsula, is still a pretty pristine and less travelled beach (listing it here may not help that but we trust in you to look after every place you visit!). Known amongst locals for great surfing and the numerous shipwrecks to discover, this extremely clean paradise is undeveloped and quite isolated. Only accessible via a steep walk down and a staircase (about 20 minutes), the turquoise waters will great you as soon as you step onto the soft white sand. While there is no official entrance fee, it is requested that you make a donation. The entry point is about a 40 minute drive from Kuta and a 10 minute drive from Uluwatu. Look out for the graffiti art adorning the shipwrecks and definitely stay for sunset! If you’re looking for a memorable activity, you can paraglide out of Nyang Nyang. 

2. BANYU WANA AMERTHA WATERFALL

 

 

The Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls are still quite a hidden gem, and we hope it manages to remain so! Costing about 10,000 Rupiah to enter, the falls are well marked and the ticketing office can direct you. A short hike down through the banana plantations will lead you to a set of two stunning waterfalls. Though there are more, and clearing of space and bamboo bridges are being constructed to access these at some point, these two will have to enthrall you for now. Enjoy rock pools, cascading falls, and little bridges as you explore this paradise.

3. PURA TIRTA EMPUL

 

 

As Tirta Empul is a water temple, this is an ideal, though busy, place to witness practicing Hindus go through cleansing rituals. The springs on which the temple is built, in 962 AD, are considered sacred, though open to the public, and are said to have been created by the Hindu god Indra, specifically to cure disease and poisoned individuals. Explore the numerous shrines, temples, purification pools, gates and springs. Important to note: you are required to wear a Balinese sarong to enter the temple (which costs about $1 or 15,000 rupiah).

4. SUKAWATI ART MARKET – Ubud

 

 

As Tirta Empul is a water temple, this is an ideal, though busy, place to witness practicing Hindus go through cleansing rituals. The springs on which the temple is built, in 962 AD, are considered sacred, though open to the public, and are said to have been created by the Hindu god Indra, specifically to cure disease and poisoned individuals. Explore the numerous shrines, temples, purification pools, gates and springs. Important to note: you are required to wear a Balinese sarong to enter the temple (which costs about $1 or 15,000 rupiah).

5. ECHO BEACH – Canggu

 

 

Echo Beach is one for the surfers out there, big breaks and strong currents make it a tough one for general swimming. Surfers will be in paradise, as will sunbathers and those who like escape touristy spots and explore. Island idyllic in look and feel, this beach also has a few gems in store – such as a Hindu sea temple, Pantai Batu Mejan, and the new COMO Uma Canggu Hotel for a trendy beach-luxe bar and eatery and amazing sunsets. If you’re looking to simply walk around near the beach, there is a raised promenade snaking the coastline for just this sort of thing. If you’re looking for more relaxed eateries in the area, Nalu Bowls, Barack Durga Cafe, All day BBQ on the beach at Echo Beach Club, and La Brisa are all recommended spots.

6. TANAH LOT TEMPLE

 

 

A popular spot for sunset (read: go in the morning to avoid crowds but keep in mind that at high tide the temple is an island), the dramatically located Tanah Lot Temple is quite the seaside sight. Built in the 16th century as a “directional temple”, in place to protect the island from evil spirits, on a rock on the edge of the beach in the ocean. About 40 minutes drive from Seminyak, you’ll also find lots of souvenir and trinket shops set up between the parking lot and the temple. Most noteable is how important this site is for pilgrimages and is said to have been erected on the request of an important Hindu Priest, a Shaivite figure famous for having a big role in the shaping of Hinduism in Bali.

7. TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES – Ubud

 

 

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Tegalalang rice terraces are considered a must-see in Bali. This incredibly aesthetically pleasing part of the world is a 20 minute drive from Ubud and is kept going by descendents of the engineers behind these sophisticated irrigation systems, using the same techniques. While you are not restricted in where you may traverse, we recommend ensuring that the farmers are comfortable with where you’d like to roam. The photogenic rice paddies and their slopes should have you captivated for quite some time, should you need a break however there are a few al-fresco cafes.

8. MUNDUK

 

 

For those really trying to escape the bigger cities and touristy areas, this little village is perfect. With hikes, treks, and locals tastings there is so much to do in the area. Book yourself into one of the few guesthouses or B&Bs, or the Munduk Moding Plantation Resort & Sa,  to spend a couple days in the area. We highly recommend doing a coffee plantation tasting  For more famous parts of the area check out the uber photogenic “golf gates” with the mountains in the background, the temple on a lake – Temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, and the numerous cafes with stunning views across Twin Lake.

9. SIDEMAN – Ubud

 

Sidemand, home to Bali’s highest mountain, Mount Agung, is about a 45 minute drive outside of Ubud. This area is the outdoorsy guy or gal’s paradise. From rafting the Telaga Waja River to trails for beginners as well as seasoned hikers alike, and rice fields near rising volcanoes, you will not run out of scenery to explore. A real adventure area, we recommend booking into one of the truly lovely places in the area and soaking up this less-traversed area before it too becomes overrun.

10. MENJANGAN ISLAND – West Bali National Park

 

 

Though surprising that the Menjangan island has not been more frequented by deep flocks of tourism, we are yet thankful. This area is under conservation regulations of the West Bali National Park and therefore enjoys a certain level of protection, which is probably what keeps that jungle feeling. Mangroves and forests a plenty, explore to find Hindu temples and sight barking deer. A wonderful spot for snorkeling, enjoy the coral reefs which flank the coastal area.

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