Bali’s is chock-full of natural attractions, with miles of sandy beaches (many are
well-known amongst surfers) from Legian to Kuta and Nusa Dua, picturesque rice terraces, towering active
volcanoes, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical
forests full of exotic wildlife. It’s also a scuba diver’s paradise — the best Bali diving sites are along Bali’s
east cost near Candi Dasa, Amed, Tulamben and Nusa Penida
The island’s rich
cultural heritage is visible everywhere, with more than 20,000 temples — the best at Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and the Besakih Temple on the slopes of holy Mount Agung — plus palaces and dozens of colourful festivals and ceremonies including tooth
filings and cremations with drama, music and dance.
The tourist strip from Kuta to Legian and Seminyak is a hedonist’s dream, with plenty of packed clubs, bars and pubs that are packed in the dry, warm winter months from May to September with revellers from all corners of the globe. Hit the Bounty Hotel if you’re up for a big night of cruise the bars along the beachfront and Poppies Lane.
Peace and quiet
The tranquil town of Ubud is a great escape into the cool mountainous interior of Bali, away from the hectic pace of Kuta if you’re craving some peace and quiet. It also has a colourful daily market is a famed for carvings and sculptures.
You could while away a lengthy holiday just in Bali, but the island is also the perfect launching pad for cruises of the Indonesian archipelago. There are literally hundreds of cruises from Bali through to Lombok, Sumbawa, Sulawesi and the Moluccas. You can choose from modern
cruise liners, luxurious private yachts, and traditional Balinese schooners.