With pristine beaches, volcanic sand and serene lakes, Indonesia’s Bali island is a gastronomic, cultural and natural paradise. From awe-inspiring temples and shrines to ancient ruins and rice terraces, there is something for everyone. It’s no wonder why the island is consistently featured on top ten lists by leading travel publications.
The Balinese people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality, and they help you to feel welcome from the moment you arrive. The island’s evocative, magical culture has been influenced by Hinduism that blended with local animist beliefs creating its own unique form. The result is a fascinating and diverse melting pot of tradition, ritual and creativity.
If you want to immerse yourself in the culture, visit one of the many dance and music classes on offer, where locals will be happy to teach you their art. Alternatively, visit the Ubud art market where you can shop for everything from knock-off designer clothes and bags to wood-carved statues and handicrafts.
As with any trip, be aware of the potential for natural disasters. Being situated on The Ring of Fire, Bali has three active volcanoes and earthquakes are common. Also be mindful of the beaches and respect their delicate ecosystem, avoiding litter (including cigarette butts) and leaving no footprints on the dunes or coral reefs. Also, be wary of swimming in rough surf as its strong currents and exposed rocks can be dangerous.