For years, Bali has been the 'dream' of travel destinations. When asked, if you had all of the money in the world and could go anywhere, you'd be surprised how many people name the Indonesian island.
The good thing is, you don't need all the money in the world and it doesn't need to just be a dream. An estimated 3 million people visit this beautiful spot per year, making it one of the most popular islands in the world. And on average, travelers spend less than $75 per day in Bali. Sure- the flight may be long, but once you're there, traveling within this 95 mile-wide island is doable and affordable, not to mention breathtaking and so worth it.
Bali is known for its balanced lifestyle - centering wellness, and serenity. The Balinese follow a unique form of Hinduism called Agama Hindu Dharma - and hold a belief in the power of nature; the island holds many beautiful temples that you definitely need to see. People from all over the world come to Bali as an oasis - to disconnect from the world as they know it, and reconnect to their mind, body, and soul. You can find daily practices of yoga, surrounded by the jungle or the beach. It's no surprise that it's a hotspot for retreats. Here's some places you have to check out on your next trip to the Island of the Gods:
Ubud: Known as the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is surrounded by lush rice terraces, dense forests, and traditional Balinese villages. It's an ideal destination for those seeking a more relaxed and spiritual experience. Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, explore art galleries, and attend traditional dance performances. Don't miss the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace and the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) nearby.
TANA LOT TEMPLE:
Tanah Lot Temple: One of Bali's most famous and picturesque temples, Tanah Lot, is perched on a rocky islet just off the coast. The temple is dedicated to the sea gods and offers a breathtaking view, especially during sunset. Make sure to check the tidal schedule, as you can walk to the temple during low tide, but during high tide, it becomes an isolated sanctuary.
Uluwatu: Located on the southern tip of Bali, Uluwatu is renowned for its stunning cliffs and world-class surf breaks. The Uluwatu Temple, perched on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, is a must-visit. Additionally, witnessing the traditional Kecak fire dance at sunset in Uluwatu Temple's amphitheater is an enchanting experience.
KUTA + SEMINYAK:
Kuta and Seminyak: These neighboring coastal towns are famous for their vibrant nightlife, lively beach scenes, and surf-friendly waves. Kuta is known for its bustling atmosphere and budget-friendly accommodations, while Seminyak offers a more upscale setting with trendy restaurants, bars, and boutique shops. Both places are perfect for experiencing Bali's beach culture and enjoying the island's vibrant energy.
TEGAL WANGI BEACH:
Tegal Wangi Beach: If you're looking for a hidden gem away from the crowds, Tegal Wangi Beach is a secluded paradise. Located in Jimbaran, this picturesque beach is known for its unique rock formations and natural hot springs that emerge during low tide. It's an excellent spot for relaxation and enjoying a quieter beach experience.
Posted on Sat 26 Aug 2023 · by Meag Donnelly