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10 Things to do in Bali on Holiday

Bali – also known as the Island of the Gods, presents a varied, breath-taking landscape that comprises craggy coastlines and miles of shiny, sparkling beaches, hills and mountains, sumptuous rice terraces and volcanic hillsides which together add up to a picture-postcard destination for those on holiday in this idyllic part of Indonesia.

Bali is one of more than 17 000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago – an island of the Lesser Sunda group, east of the tip of Java and a little west of the island of Lombok.

Bali is a unique destination best known for its superior surfing and diving opportunities, and combined with other activities which include historical and archaeological delights make it a perfect draw-card for thousands of visitors to the island.

The Balinese are a colourful, spiritual and unique people of which 4 million individuals call this paradise home. The island stretches for 144 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south.

For those individuals seeking a little peace and quiet and good discounts, it is advisable to avoid the Southern parts of the island during peak season for a more traditional island experience – high tourist season happens during the months of September and August, and again during Christmas and New Year - and try out a few of the following ten holiday ideas when in Bali.

Ten Unmissable things to do when visiting Bali:

  • Bali surfing and diving holidays - Bali offers visitors a surfeit of adventurous outdoor activities to participate in – these consists of a wide range of water sports, cruises, horse riding, cycling, adventure tours and more.
  • Elephant Rides in Bali - Bali's regal elephants are found at numerous elephant parks - Bali Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro, north of Ubud is one of these where guests are offered a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these passive giants.
  • Temple visits – a stopover to the numerous temples dotted throughout Bali is an absolute must – Tanah Lot Temple is a perfect example although there are numerous others to enjoy.
  • Places of interest in Bali include the Tealalang Rice Terrace, Ubud Village, Sangeh Monkey Forest, and The Botanical Gardens amongst others.
  • Visit the spectacular Tropical rain forests and volcanic mountains – no visit to Bali is complete until you have seen or climbed at least one volcano or taken a walk through the lush rainforests – a faultless way to take a walk on the wild side.
  • Bali beaches - Bali is famous for its eye-popping stretches of palm-fringed beaches for those that love to soak up the sun.
  • Bali food exploration will introduce you to the exotic and flavoursome cuisine and unusual dishes indigenous to the island.
  • Retreat at Ubudmost famous for the setting of the movie, Eat, Pray Love – a wonderful spot to enjoy the arts, dance, culture and music of Bali.
  • Enjoy the shopping and prolific nightlife in Kuta – Kuta is Bali’s popular beach town where revellers can party all night and shop all day.
  • Spend time in Seminyak – a drink at the Black Dog which is tucked away in a corner of the town in Seminyak is a must-do at least once in your lifetime.

These are but 10 magical things to do in Bali, it still has much to offer visitors who come to this spectacular Indonesian Island which is a combination of pristine, palm-waving beaches, friendly smiles and majestic mountains.