Bali is a magical place where the jungle meets the shore, from serene beaches to towering volcanoes and pristine rice terraces. This Indonesian paradise is a surfer’s dream, but also offers a vibrant cultural experience with dramatic dance and music, evocative ceremonies, and intricately carved temples.

It’s easy to get lost in the buzz of Bali’s pulsing cities and towns, but make sure you take some time to explore the island’s quieter villages for authentic culture and natural wonders. From a traditional cooking class in Sidemen to a visit to a sacred cave and a secluded waterfall in Ubud, Bali is bursting with experiences that will inspire you.

The pristine shores of Bali are not to be missed, from world-class surfing spots in Kuta to tranquil seascapes in Nusa Dua and Sanur. But you can also dive into the clear waters off the coast of Bali’s lesser-traveled eastern and northern regions to discover coral gardens teeming with marine biodiversity.

One of the top things to do in Bali at night is attending a performance by a Balinese dance troupe, which dazzles young and old alike with its hypnotic music and mesmerizing costumes. Kids can also hone their skills in an art workshop at a village, where they can learn how to paint and make masks and jewelry.

A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without trying its signature dishes, such as babi guling, which is a whole pig roasted on a spit until its skin is crispy and the meat is tender. You can find it at restaurants like Murni’s Warung in Ubud.

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