Bali is an island in Indonesia, popular with visitors for its lush, green, forested landscape, rice paddies and volcanic mountains, as well as for its stunning coastline and coral reefs. Just south of the equator, you can enjoy an even temperature all year round, which is why it’s a haven for beach lovers who flock to the southern coasts in resorts such as Kuta, Legian and Seminyak on the southern peninsular of the island, surrounding the capital Denpasar. Here you’ll find the majority of the island’s hotels, with all the top restaurants and big town nightlife you’ll love.
Find your inner calm
A largely Hindu nation, Bali is the place to go if you’re seeking peace and enlightenment. It’s considered by many to be the yoga and meditation centre of the southern hemisphere, with retreats dotted around the island, both inland and on the coast. If you’re interested in the religious aspects of Bali life, you might choose to make a beeline for some (or all) of the six temples of Bali, also know as the ‘Land of the Gods’. These popular religious sites include the stunning cliff top Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern tip, and the beachside Tanah Lot. Both will give you magnificent views of the ocean.
Love waterfalls? Then Bali will be your idea of heaven. You could easily spend a fortnight’s holiday just searching them out and spending time in their plunge pools. Head to the central region for the most spectacular ones, including the famous Gitgit Waterfall at 35m high, or Sekumpul, which is actually seven different falls set in one leafy valley.
Bali is a place to get your adrenaline pumping, be it on land, on water, or under it. It’s a mecca for dive enthusiasts, who head to this island in the Indian Ocean for the wealth of marine life that call these coral rich seas home. To date, 500 reef building coral species have been identified in the seas of this area, which experts call the Coral Triangle.
The rivers of Bali are a water sports playground, with white water rafting and tubing a must for the adventurous at heart. Can you think of a better way to see the mighty Ayung and Telaga Waja rivers? Meanwhile, the mountainous central region has many peaks over 2,000 metres, including Mounts Batur and Agung, which are still active volcanoes. While in the island’s interior, head to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a great example of native farming methods, and popular with visitors for its clear-cut steps and local facilities including food stalls, cafés and souvenir stands. Or book a quad bike adventure to see the breathtaking scenery Bali has to offer in a fun and memorable way. However you see this island, Bali is sure to make its mark on you like no other destination can.