With towering volcanoes and pristine jungles, Bali is a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts. But it’s also a tropical paradise with soft sandy beaches and vibrant coral gardens. Spend a day at the beach in popular Kuta and Seminyak or visit remote Sanur, Nusa Dua and Candidasa for calm waters and tranquil sunrises.
If you want to see the island at its best, visit during the shoulder months (October/November and March/April). These are outside of the peak season when hotels, tours and popular sites are less expensive.
The best way to explore the natural beauty of Bali is by hiking. Take the steep but rewarding climb to the top of Mount Batur and enjoy a stunning panorama of mist-shrouded mountains and the caldera below. If you’d prefer a more leisurely stroll, wander through the lush crater lake of Bratan or visit a sacred temple such as Pura Tirta Empul.
For a taste of local cuisine, try bebek betutu (smoked duck). The rubbed and stuffed local duck is wrapped in banana leaves and coconut husks and traditionally cooked on embers underground for up to 24 hours. The resulting tender meat is slathered in a rich, spicy mix of lemongrass and ginger.
If you’re looking for the ultimate shopping experience, head to Ubud’s infamous art market. It’s a huge space filled with all sorts of souvenirs from the predictable to the unique wood-carved items.