Explore Beautiful Bali
Bali is the most famous of Indonesia’s islands, blessed with a natural beauty that has some referring to as ‘the last paradise on Earth’. Striking sand beaches circle Bali’s coastline; inland, pristine rainforests dot the island as they surround volcanic mountains. Filled with unique flora and fauna, Bali is home to some 2.5 million people. Much like the accommodation in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam hotels in Bali can vary in their facilities and it’s best to book well in advance during the busy seasons.
By all accounts, Bali’s beaches are wonderful places to relax and enjoy the water, and probably one of the key attractions for most travellers. Keeping in mind that you’ll have many of beaches around the island to choose from, here are just some of the most famous Balinese beaches.
- Kuta Beach – one of the most popular beaches and easy to access. Bordered by the airport on one side and miles of white sand as far as the eye can see toward the north, Kuta beach see many surfers and holidaymakers. Annual events like surfing competitions, too, are numerous.
- Anur Beach – Sanur beach is situated on the south eastern side of Bali and only 10 minutes drive from Denpasar. Sanur is one of Bali’s biggest traditional villages
- Kuta and Legian – These beaches are located on the south western face of Bali and popular with surfers. There are lots of shops and pubs in Kuta.
Other notable beaches include Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Soka, Medewi, and Lovina.
Bali is home to two major lakes (Batur, Bratan, Buyan, and Temblingan), all of which provide wonderful scenery and photo opportunities for the traveller.
Bedugul is Bali’s highland retreat and suitable for those seeking cooler weather. This mountain lake retreat is located approximately 18km north of Denpasar and set right into the crater of an extinct volcano. Populated with lush forests, clear springs and rice fields, Bedugul is also famous for its fresh produce.
Kintamani affords spectacular mountain and lake views in the area around Lake Batur (Bali’s largest lake) and Mount Batur. The sight of lush green forests and the pristine lake framed by the Mountain will rejuvenate any weary traveller.
Forests and Wildlife
Bali’s Barat National Park is a large reserve dedicated to conserving and protecting Bali’s unique flora and fauna. It’s a great place for hiking and getting close to the natural wonders of Bali.
Bali has a truly unique culture, perhaps due to its strong Hindu roots. Balinese Hinduism is steeped in art and ritual, which has manifested in a rich dance culture. Balinese dance can be seen at temples, hotels, or restaurants.
It’s been observed that there are more temples than homes in Bali and while this may be an exaggeration, Bali has a lot of beautiful temples, numbering over 10,000. Temples are peaceful places of worship during normal periods but come alive during festivals.
- Besakih Temple – the most holy and largest of Bali’s temples, Besakih Temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung.
- Elephant Cave - Goa Gajah is a religious and historical site built in the 11th century and only rediscovered in 1923. A place for worship and meditation, the Elephant Cave was built for the Hindu God Lord Ganasha.
Bali has many great restaurants and warungs that serve traditional Balinese, Indonesian, Chinese, and Western food. Hotels in Bali, like, for example, Jimbaran hotels, will often serve traditional fare along with Western foods. Traditional Balinese foods emphasise pork, duck, chicken, and rice.
- Nasi Campur – steamed rice mixed with coconuts, vegetables, sambal, curried meats, and other ingredients.
- Lawar – the ubiquitous Balinese dish made from meat, vegetables, spices and coconut.
Bebek Betutu – a traditional favourite, Bebek Betutu is roast duck or chicken in banana leaf stuffed with spices