That is a lot of islands but out of all those there are only 3 that gets the majority of tourists, Bali, Lombok and Java. Interestingly though, Bali Island itself receives about 80% of all of Indonesia’s tourists. It’s also long been a popular tourist spot among surfers and scuba divers but these aren’t the only activities available here as the island is home to incredible archaeological sites such as thousands of ancient temples and a variety of natural attractions. Bali has a very well developed tourist infrastructure and there are all kinds of accommodations available to suit every budget. This 90 mile wide Indonesian paradise has just over 4 million residents and attracts everyone from backpackers, the very wealthy and everyone else in between.
Bali offers a number of unique experiences which includes surfing some of the best waves in the world, scuba diving around sunken warships, climbing active volcanoes and visiting ancient Hindu temples that are thousands of years old. Here is a list of some of the most popular things to do while vacationing on this breathtaking Southeast Asian island.
No vacation in Bali would be complete without having spent some time in Ubud and it’s one of the best towns to visit for a real Indonesian cultural experience. The town also has some incredible tourist attractions located nearby such as various smaller villages, the Goa Gajah Temple, a number of rice fields and the Monkey Forest. One of the best ways to sight see around Ubud is by renting a bicycle and making your way to the different attractions. The town isn’t too big and you should be able to see most of it, along with the neighboring tourist attractions, in two days or less.
Bali Island is a major scuba diving destination and has a number of incredible diving sites for you to enjoy. Choose from any of the fantastic coral reefs at Menjangan and Padan Bai, drift diving and even exploring a sunken US warship at Tulamben. If you don’t have any experience with scuba diving and would like to learn then Bali is the place to be since the island comes with more than enough SSI and PADI certified training centers.
Bali has been attracting a lot of the worlds top surfers for many years now thanks to its warm ocean and excellent waves. Places such as the internationally renowned Bukit Peninsula is where you will find the largest waves which is ideal for professionals while the smaller and calmer waves, which are perfect for beginners can be found at Legian and Kuta. If you have little or no surfing experience then you can learn from any of the various surfing schools found along the southern coast of Bali.
Bali is home to many volcanoes, some of which are still very active. The most popular one is the Mount Batur Volcano and is loved by tourists for its stunning views from the top and its nearby lake. Mount Batur is also very easy to climb so it would be ideal for those who aren’t very fit. Climbing it shouldn’t take more than two hours and most people start climbing as early as 4 am so that they can enjoy the views from the summit during sunrise.
Bali is known as the land of a thousand temples because of the enormous amount of ancient Hindu temples found here, many of which are thousands of years old. These ancient structures are the biggest tourist attraction on the island and some of the most popular ones to visit are Pura Uluwatu, Pura Kehen, Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Ulun Danu Batur.
Bali is situated a short distance to the south of the equator which means it has a tropical climate all year long. Therefore anytime would be a good time to visit. A lot of tourists don’t like too much humidity and heat which is a common trademark with most tropical destinations around the world. If you don’t like too much heat then visit the island during the months of April and October as this is when the island experiences the least amount of humidity. Rain is somewhat common during these months but luckily the rain never lasts long.
Ancient temples of Bali: Head over to goseeasia.about.com to learn more about the most popular Hindu temples in Bali.
Diving in Bali: Balidiving.com has listed all of the best scuba diving spots on their website, as well as a list of PADI certified diving instructors for those who are interested in learning how to scuba dive.
Where to stay in Bali: Vilondo.com is a great place where you can find any type of accommodation you are after.