A year ago I chose to settle in Bali because the island has
First of all, there are many ways to roam around the Dewata Island – whether you choose to rent a car with a driver, self-drive a rented car or take a motorbike or scooter.
My method of choice is the scooter – if you
Most travelers come to Bali for the waves, and whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there are plenty of places to find the perfect wave - none more so than Uluwatu.
Bali’s best surf can be found in an area called the Bukit, better known as Uluwatu,
There are two great places for surfing down here, the first is Balangan Beach where you’ll find surfing schools and huts for the surfers. Balangan is a long stretch of white sand, with green seaweed covering the rocks around.
The second option is Suluban Beach, but it’s strictly for advanced surfers. To find the beach, search for its nickname, Blue Point. To get to the sand, follow a relatively narrow path, and swim out to wait for the perfect break.
What makes this area special, is that it’s a great place to enjoy the sunset and you’ve got plenty of cafes and restaurants up top.
The small island of Bali is packed with adventure. After you’re done with surfing, head inland to find waterfalls, mountains, lakes, local villages and paddy fields.
On your way to Buleleng regency in the north of Bali, you’ll pass beautiful highlands, many temples, and rural villages.
Banyumala waterfall may be just a short walk from the parking lot, but the sticky climate will leave you sweaty and ready for a dip in the jungle.
Tip: Arrive in the morning to beat the crowds and tourists before the heat of the day.
About 30 minutes from Banyumala, you’ll find
Hiking to the top of Mt. Batur in time to see the sunrise is an unforgettable experience. This active volcano sits at 5,633ft (1,717m) above sea level, and should only take you
From the top, you can see Mt. Abang, as well as the most sacred and highest mountain in Bali, 9,944ft (3,031m) Mt. Agung. Check local alerts to be sure there’s no volcanic activity occurring when you plan to walk.
On a clear day, you can also see the neighbor island of Lombok and its majestic mountain, Mt. Rinjani.
Tip: Avoid hiking in the high season, as the summit can become seriously overcrowded.
Once you’ve explored Bali’s interior and you’re ready to see the ocean again, make your way to the south coast. Head to Uluwatu temple at sunset to see the famous cultural site, and then ditch the crowds for the lesser-known Karang Boma – a cliff that was once unknown by travelers, but is still less crowded than other spots.
If you go just beyond Uluwatu Temple, you’ll find another cliff that doesn’t even have an official name, yet.
Bali is just one of the many thousands of islands in Indonesia, and over 80% of the population practices Hinduism. To get an insight into the religious beliefs and practices, here’s where to experience Bali’s culture first-hand.
If you’re staying in Seminyak, a trip to Lempuyang Temple will take approximately 2.5 hours. It’s best to come early in the morning to witness Mt. Agung perfectly lined up between the main gate of the temple, and watch as the sun lights up the mountain.
Explore the temple grounds by foot – there’s a short path and a long path depending on how much time you have to see the site.
Ubud is not only a destination for
Visit the mesmerizing Gunung Kawi temple, just a 10-15-minute scooter ride from the center of Ubud. This temple is dedicated to the king, and the enormous rock carvings and beautiful gardens will keep you occupied for hours.
Many travelers are now choosing to stay in the privacy of a bungalow or villa, over luxury hotels and resorts. But where should you start looking?
Located beside the river of Campuhan in Ubud, this bamboo house is a perfect getaway from the busy center of town. Listen for the sounds of cows, frogs, and ducks as you settle into the village life.
Atap Putih is located in the heart of Seminyak, surrounded by eateries and nightlife hotspots. The best part is, this villa is located in a nearby alley, making it perfect to avoid the disturbances
If you’re basing yourself in the Bukit area to go surfing and find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, check out The Alchemist Bungalows. There are six eco-bungalows, complete with a healthy restaurant out the front.
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