7 things to do in Bali and yet crave for more
It's lush, serene, cultural and the best place to kill the summer heat - that's right, it's Bali. Ornamented with its share of tourists seeking the sun, sea and sand, the southern Asian beauty is so much more than bar and beaches, inviting frequent flights to Bali. Despite of striking rice terraces, colossal volcanic mountains, cultural villages and age-old temples, tourists still look beyond to find solace as well as spiritual and physical enrichment.
Frankly speaking, the Bali that we all envision, does exist. You can still find ladies wearing sarongs, walking gracefully towards the ancient temples, carrying dignified offerings. You can still see topless male farmers, toiling hard in knee-deep paddy fields along with the selfless buffaloes and sweet-looking ducks.
When to Visit
In terms of the weather, May to July are specifically advised to be the best time to visit to Bali. However, depending on surfing or exploring, the preferences may change. Surfers can swarm into Bali during the dry seasons of May to October and go surfing on some of the world's best waves. Make sure you get tickets to Bali booked much in advance.
The best part is, you do not have to go far to explore the 'real Bali'. Just step out of your resort, explore and soon you'll be surrounded with awestruck volcanoes, resounding gongs, flourishing rice fields, quaint villages and more.
So, searching for something authentic and unique in Bali? Here's something beyond the tourist trail:
Admire the views of Mount Batur
Bali has uncountable range of mountains and Mt. Batur is one of them. With an active volcano and Caldera Lake, the day-trip uphill is quite easy. Up there, the place bustles with crowd who just love to enjoy the cool air. If you are adventurous, you can reach the top with an overnight trek and be closer to nature.
Go Surfing at the Renowned Padang Padang Bay
Famous as one of the best beaches in Bali, the Padang Padang Bay attracts nervy surfers from all over the globe. You might have seen it in the Hollywood flick 'Eat Pray Love'. You can hire a board for £3.86 per hour or even hire an instructor for £12 per hour.
Relish Seafood Treat at Jimbaran Beach
Within 10-minutes reach from the airport the Jimbaran Beach draws visitors to its three expansive restaurants offering assorted seafood delicacies. What was once a tiny fishing village, teems with life and a huge fish market. Popular with tourists and mouth-watering meals, be prepared to soak up authentic Balinese elements.
Chill out in the Chic Canggu
Among all the districts in Bali, the surfer's town Canggu is highly loved. Endowed with a cool climate and a laid-back glamour the place is extremely down to earth. The captivating cafes and flimsy hangout areas keep pulling people back. Old Man's, Moana Fish Eatery and Dandelion are some of the favourite spots in Canggu.
Take a walk through the Sacred Monkey Forest
Playful, mischievous and adorable, the little macaques rule the nature reserve and also the temple area. The forest is dense and hilly, but makes up for an amazing getaway from the chaos and crowd. There are three major temples that are almost 700 years old. Just stay calm and walk gracefully when you walk pass a monkey. It's a moment to be cherished.
Take a Dip in the Tirta Empul Springs
Balinese and foreign tourists love to soak themselves in the mysterious Tirta Pools for therapy and purification. It is believed that each spring has healing powers. Established in 962 AD, the area is dedicated to the deity Vishnu. With cheapflights to Bali, you'll surely leave the place rejuvenated and spirituallycharged.
Dare to go Wreck Diving?
Heard about the USAT Liberty Wreck Dive? This is the best dive site in Bali located towards the Tulamben shores. The USAT was a US cargo ship attacked by a Japanese submarine in the 1900s. In 1963, the tremors by a volcanic eruption caused the army cargo ship to slip into deep waters, creating a unique dive site since then.